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Batman - The Dark Knight Vol. 3: Mad (The New 52) (Batman: The Dark Knight series) [Kindle Edition]

Gregg Hurwitz , Van Sciver Ethan , Szymon Kudranski
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"Ethan Van Sciver's collaboration with Gregg Hurwitz is yet another fine Batman offering."—CBR

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The third volume of the Best selling Batman: The Dark Knight kicks off with the new all star team of Gregg Hurwitz and Ethan Van Sciver.

Batman discovers a trail of bodies but no leads. His detective skills are put to the test as the Mad Hatter begins kidnapping Gotham citizens for an unknown purpose. But as the Dark Knight delves deeper into this mystery, he soon realizes that this is unlike any Mad Hatter case before. The Hatter's gory past will be revealed and Batman's resolve will be put to the test.

Collects issues #16-21 of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT and BATMAN - THE DARK KNIGHT ANNUAL #1.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Die Ursprungsgeschichte des Hutmachers 24. Januar 2014
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Wieder einmal hat Bruce Wayne eine starke Frau in seinem Leben, die mindestens solche Traumata durchlitten hat wie er selbst. Und als er merkt, dass seine emotionale Verbindung zu ihr immer enger wird, beginnt er sich von ihr zurückzuziehen. Dies gelingt ihm besonders deswegen, weil Mad Hatter wieder "bei der Arbeit" ist und diesmal lässt er wirklich sehr viel Perosnal auffahren für ein sehr persönliches Projekt.

Während sich die Geschichte entwickelt, erfahren wir die Kindheits- und Jugendgeschichte von Batmans Gegner mit dr Alice-im-Wunderland-Fixierung - und die ist überraschend anders, als man das erwartet hätte.

Neben diesr Hauptgeschichte gibt es auch noch eine weitere, etwas kürzere Story, in der sich unser Held einen kleinen Helloween-Streich mit dreien seiner Intimfeinde gönnt.

Die Art, wie Bruce neue starke Frauen trifft, nur um sie dann wieder loszuwerden, wird langsam zu einer sich zu oft wiederholenden Formel, die hoffentlich die nächsten fünf Jahr enicht noch einmal angewendet wird. Daneben ist die Haupthandlung sowohl erzählerisch als auch zeichnerisch so überzeugend und eindringlich dargestellt, dass dieser Band trotzdem voll zufriedenstellen kann.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Dark and Pyschedelic 26. Januar 2014
Von Slim Cat - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This volume collects issues 16-21 and Annual 1.

This may be volume 3 of the series, but it is really volume 2 of writer Greg Hurwitz run on the title. He has really settled into this title, which was a bit directionless and goofy, and turned it into a spotlight series, in which he focuses on a Batman villain that does not have a rich history or definitive origin story. His sets a very darker tone in comparison with the other bat titles. It is less action/adventure or mystery driven but more of a psychological study of one of Gotham's rogue alongside the Dark Knight.

The previous volume focused on the Scarecrow and was really good. In this volume, for the first six issues, Hurwitz takes a long standing Arkham rouge that has gotten even less spotlight, the Mad Hatter, and lets his craziness shine. The Hatter is kidnapping people via his mind control hats that he sells through dummy corporations in order to "cast" for a grand play. As these events unfold we get to see what drove this man mad to begin with. Thankfully, Hurwitz does not make it as predictable as having an obsession with a girl named Alice. There is a girl involved but a lot more as well as narcotics and eventually psychedelics play pivotal roles in shaping this twisted mind. On the other side of this good verses evil tale, Bruce Wayne may have finally found his soul mate in Natalya, a world famous pianistic from a war torn country who knows there is more to Bruce than meets the eye. Also, of course, Bruce as Batman is on the trail of the Hatter's missing people as the case gets more and more grand.

The story is very engaging and really makes the Mad Hatter a top tier villain for Batman. By making him one of the leads of the story as opposed to being a pawn for another bid baddie or the mysterious reveal near the end an arc, he gets the chance to stand out and become a richer and more interesting character. One of the problems I had with this story is how overly violent the Hatter is. In the opening scene with Hatter he disposes of someone in a very visceral way that felt inconstant to how close to violence he likes to get in the rest of the story. He definitely has no value for human life unless he can use them but that murder was a little too personal and more fitting for the Joker. Also, the body count in general was overdone. There did not need to be so much death shown to get the point across how sick the Mad Hatter is.

It should also be mentioned that Hurwitz likes to write an incredibly violent Batman. He makes him more of a crippler and torturer almost in comparison to other writer's takes. There is a moment where Batman confronts one of Hatter's henchmen who goes in length on how badly his face is messed up due to the Dark Knight's pummeling. In the next panel Batman looks sad (this book does have it's moments of humor) and the next he is right into the, "Where is he?!" Batman (in gruff Christian Bale voice of course). Later in the story there is some brutal payoff to this setup as Batman messes this man's face up even more. Uggh. Some may find this take on Batman off putting.

The whole relationship between Bruce and Natalya is kinda pointless as any Bat-fan can guess how a romantic relationship with Bruce will end up. Having said that, I am going to semi-contradict myself in saying it is very well played out and to great dramatic effect by Hurwitz, even if it adds unneeded motivation for Batman to go after the Mad Hatter.

The annual is just a blast. It is self contained story that celebrates the three villains Hurwitz has covered now, including the Penguin from the awesome Penguin: Pain and Prejudice mini-series. On a Halloween night, the Penguin, Mad Hatter, and Scarecrow are invited to an abandoned building, seemingly by each other to discuss business. Someone else sent the invites (guess who) and gives our trio a night to never forget.

Cannot do this review without mentioning the great artwork done here. Ethan Van Sciver does the first three issues and the finale of the Mad Hatter arc. Highly detailed and dark, it is just such a thrill to see Van Sciver back to doing interiors again. Szymon Kurdranski does the other two issues of the Hatter arc plus the annual. He does a very noirish murky style with minimal lines. The two are different but match the dark tone of this series and are a joy and highlight of this book.

Yeah, Batman has got a lot of ongoing titles but this one does justify itself in being a dark psychological thriller focusing on Batman's villains and giving them better background stories. Unfortunately, the next volume will be the last of this series as DC makes way for a weekly Batman series headlined by amazing Bat-writer Scott Snyder and a solid group of creators. So there will still be something for everyone in the Bat-verse.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Delightful Mad Hatter Tale, Hampered by Bruce's Love Interest 25. Januar 2014
Von Anarchy in the US - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Batman: The Dark Knight had a change about since volume 2 when writer Gregg Hurwitz took over, making it more character driven and focusing on lesser known Bat-Rouges, with an air of grittiness and horror added to the mix. Although volume 2 had its stumbling blocks, I thought the deep inner workings of Scarecrow compared to Bruce Wayne were pretty good. Now we see Jervis Tetch, AKA Mad Hatter, as he gets his time to shine against the Dark Knight, although this volume has its low points like before, but it he does have its high points as well.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOL.3: MAD collects issues #16 - #21 and BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ANNUAL #1.

Numerous riots are happening around Gotham and within these riots; people are mysteriously being kidnapped from under Batman's nose. It appears the Mad Hatter is controlling these riots through his usual repertoire of mind control, but the Hatter is one step ahead of Batman this time. He's been building a monopoly of hat companies all over Gotham and has hidden his empire well from Batman with little evidence to nabbing him. How will Batman stop these kidnappings and find the Mad Hatter? And the continuing relationship/conflict with Bruce Wayne and pianist/model Natalya has reached its breaking point. Does Bruce let her go like all the other women who entered his life so he can continue being the Batman? Does he tell her who he really is? Either way, it spells trouble for the Dark Knight.

Volume 3 follows the same structure as Hurwitz's Penguin: Pain & Prejudice and his previous Scarecrow arc where we cut between Batman doing detective work and the villain putting his plan in motion while reflecting on his childhood. The difference between 2 is was that it half the time it was about Scarecrow and the other half was on Batman equally, with the Natalya angle in the back. Now the book is split about Batman dealing with Mad Hatter and Bruce Wayne dealing with Natalya. This makes MAD not only an in-depth look at the Mad Hatter's origin, but the old superhero trope of carrying the responsibilities of having a regular life and secret identity. One thing or the other will eventually overtake the other identity. And whereas volume 2 was really horrific in tone and writing, volume 3 is not quite as bleak, but it has its share of graphic scenes and dark humor. You know when Batman and Jim Gordon talk to each other and Batman usually leaves while Gordon is still talking? Well Hurwitz does a little joke on that.

Speaking of the Mad Hatter's new 52 origins and portrayal, I am impressed. I love seeing lesser used villains get a spotlight and seeing the Hatter be Mad, you know, actually be crazy, is really cool. Hatter has had various portrayals in the past before, but I do not recall showing him being truly crazy. He's super short with inch-high shoes, crooked teeth, and crossed eyes that look in opposite directions. He kills people left and right for certain reasons and sometimes no reasons at all like eye gouging, snapping necks, and lining up people and shooting them like firing squads. This is a truly crazy Mad Hatter and I like it. It helps thanks to Hatter's new origins is something I do not think has ever been this deep before, giving Jervis Tetch a happy childhood and things go sour into the short psycho he is today.

And the Batman: Dark Knight Annual #1 is a stand-alone tale of Penguin, Scarecrow, and Mad Hatter receiving invites to a party on Halloween night by none other then Batman himself, to which the three villains have to escape the house from Batman. Although the Annual has nothing to do with the MAD story, it's quite a fun detour. Seeing the three characters play out like a spoof of film Home Alone when getting trapped in the house, is quite humorous and somewhat horrific. And it's a nice bookend seeing Hurwitz include the three villains together since he's already written story arcs for each of them.

To fully help with the crazy portrayal of Mad Hatter is Ethan Van Sciver, who does some of the most insanely detailed work out there. Every detail stands out with huge splash pages of Batman crashing through a window, his cape looking like vampire wings, and seeing the vivid drugged up hallucinations when a character has taken Hatter's tea. If there is a reason to look at this book, it has to be the art. And Syzmon Kudranskis (who did Penguin: Pain and Prejudice with Hurwitz) does the Annual and issues #19-20. His art is super bleak and noir like, which fits a book splendidly when the material is serious.

For the negatives, I have a few. First is the change in art. Van Scivers art and Kudranski's art are beautiful but completely different from one another and hurts the tonality of this story arc (besides the Annual because it has nothing to do with the Hatter story). Van Scivers art is more expressive and even humorous at times, while Kudranski's is bleak and serious through and through. It's a rough spot for transitions. I also think some parts of each artist are off in some ways. Van Sciver's moments of humor might seem weird if you don't get the joke and Kudranski has times his art is too hard to tell what is going on.

In terms of annoying bits, I think Hurwitz does a better job than he did for volume 2, but he still has his share of odd wording. Batman calls Alfred "Penny One" all the time, which I think is annoying and unnecessary for Batman to call Alfred anything other than Alfred. And even Alfred calls Batman "Bat-One", which it to is odd because Batman is already an alias name, so why "Bat-One"? It just felt weird. Even further oddities will go to the new reason why Jervis becomes "Mad" in the first place (it makes sense, but old fans might not like it), Catwoman makes a cameo for some reason (and she's stealing hub calves from the Batmobile?), Hatter using Scarecrows tactic on Batman feels wrong, and the buildup between Batman and Mad Hatter is a bit of letdown.

And finally, the thing I did not discuss about before: Bruce and Natalya. I think it's well handled and ends decently, but anyone who knows the character of Batman/Bruce Wayne changing his life around a woman just will not last. Silver St. Cloud, Jezebel Jet, Talia Al Ghul, and Selina Kyle are all love interest that do not stick around because we all know Bruce Wayne will probably never give up being Batman over a woman. So seeing how Natalya ends the relationship angle is nothing new.

Overall, just like volume 2, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOL.3: MAD is a weird conglomerate of great pieces and weak pieces. It's got a great portrayal and insight on the Mad Hatter, pretty fun Annual, and phenomenal art from both Sciver and Kudranski. But the change up in art styles, some annoyingly written sections, a hit-or-miss arc ending, and mostly predictable outcome of Natalya hamper this book. I'm split down the middle about the score, with it being 3  star review, but I think I'll round to 3 stars. If you want to read this just for Mad Hatter or the art alone, then I think you will enjoy this. If you didn't like volume 2 for Hurwitz writing style, volume 3 might not change your mind.

Next volume Batman - The Dark Knight Vol. 4: Clay (The New 52) will be the last of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT as it will be cancelled with issue #29 being the last. Volume 4 will be featuring a story arc for Clayface, The Voiceless, and Man-Bat.
4.0 von 5 Sternen It's a mad, mad, mad world... 6. April 2015
Von N. Beitler - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Title: Batman: The Dark Knight: Mad
Publisher: DC
Writer: Greg Hurwitz
Artists: Ethan Van Scriver, Szymon Kudranski (pencils, inks), Hi-Fi, John Kalisz (colors), Ethan Van Scriver & Hi-Fi (covers)
Collects: Batman: The Dark Knight #16-21, Batman: The Dark Knight Annual #1
Price: $16.99

A Batman book illustrated by the great Ethan Van Scriver? Sign me up! At least, that’s what I thought when I saw this book on the shelf at my library. Those are – after all – two of my favorite things at DC. However, after reading it, I do have a few misgivings about the book.

I can’t say that I am really familiar with the origin story of The Mad Hatter. His origin story is told, here, for the first time in the New 52 universe, and I enjoyed the telling of it, but I am not aware of how much it differs from his origin story(s) of the past. It’s an origin aptly told by Hurwitz, and the current events of the storyline tie directly into Hatter’s origin story.

The Mad Hatter of the New 52 universe is truly mad and barbaric. He uses his mind control hats to kidnap hundreds and hundreds of Gotham’s citizens, and most of these people are later murdered. The body count in this book is shockingly high, and is one of the things that I liked least about this story. The story isn’t necessarily bad, but is seems a bit too brutal. And it’s OK to have an occasional story with a high body count of victims, but it seems like this is the norm with all Batman-related books. Nearly every Batman story I’ve read over the past year had hundreds of civilians killed by costumed maniacs. Taken as a whole, it’s waaaay over the top. If any major metropolitan city was continually under siege by one lunatic after another and each one of these people was indiscriminately killing hundreds of its citizens, no person or business would insist on remaining there. You would have a mass exodus from the city, leaving it derelict and broke. To imagine that Gotham City would just continue to plug along and experience a rebound again and again after so much terror, strife, and sadness is unthinkable. As much as every writer wants to tell his or her own unique story and have free reign to do so, it just seems to me like the editorial staff should reign in this bunch a bit more. (I know the same could be said of New York City in the Marvel universe, but two wrongs don’t make a right.)

Aside from the detraction of the overly dark and disturbing storyline, the artwork is (as expected) fantastic. Van Scriver always knocks it out of the park on art chores, and I got just what I wanted in his beautiful pencils. The colors were also deftly handled by Hi-fi and Kalisz. Kudos to the entire art team.

It’s also noteworthy that the cover price on this book is quite reasonable. Finding a seven-issue collection for $17 is practically impossible these days. A book like this from Marvel would be at least $20, so the value of this book is better than most.

Batman fans will love this book. I found it to be far above average, despite by misgivings about the too-dark storyline, and I would still recommend it to others.

Writing: 8/10
Artwork: 9/10
Cool Factor: 7/10
Value: 9/10

Overall: 8.25/10
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Mad Hatter Returns! 5. März 2014
Von Sam Quixote - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Yes - I knew I’d find a good New 52 book eventually! And, after trawling through what seems like an endless array of crap, I’ve found a really good New 52 book in The Dark Knight Volume 3: Mad.

I’ve never been sure what The Dark Knight was supposed to be about. Batman is the superhero comic, Detective Comics is the crime/mystery title, Dark Knight is…? Going by the first volume, Knight Terrors, I’d say it was the super-pervy Batman book but thankfully Paul Jenkins and David Finch have exited and taken their deplorable White Rabbit character with them. Gregg Hurwitz and Ethan Van Sciver have stepped in though the Alice in Wonderland theme still persists. So Dark Knight is the psychological horror/warped Alice in Wonderland Batman book apparently.

Volume 3 is about Jervis Tetch, the Mad Hatter. Hurwitz explores his tragic past and how he became an insane Wonderland cosplayer really well as Jervis tries to re-enact a perfect day he had as a kid with a girl called Alice. His stunted growth led to him using experimental hormones in a desperate attempt to be as tall as the other boys and have Alice fall in love with him. The side-effect that probably wouldn’t happen, happened, and drove poor Jervis mad. Couple that with his father’s profession as a haberdasher, his pet white rabbit, and the Wonderland theme-park where he spent his perfect day and you’ve got the makings of the Mad Hatter.

I liked that Hurwitz added the detail of the various teas that Jervis drinks altering him in different ways. A roid-esque tea makes him temporarily strong, enabling him to get in a good hit to Batman with his cane, while other teas can make him see what he wants to see, or slow down Batman and cause him to hallucinate. The teas play to the character while also making him more of a threat to Batman.

But no matter what, Jervis will never really be a threat to Batman, physical or otherwise. So if he can’t threaten Batman, who’s next? Gotham. This book shows how dangerous Mad Hatter can be to Gotham City when he’s let loose with his mind control hats en masse. There’s a nightmarish scene where hundreds of bodies are floating in the Gotham river that surprisingly underlines Hatter’s insanity and menace to ordinary people.

Where the book falls down is when Bruce falls in love for the umpteenth time and decides to reveal his secret identity to this new love, a concert pianist. This never goes well for the girl and, predictably, doesn’t go well here either. Her inclusion in the story felt arbitrary and dull at best and was the only real let-down of the book. Hurwitz needed more of a link between Batman and Hatter so he created this poor woman to be that connection for this book only. That and the fact that Batman doesn’t notice all the hat stalls that crop up across Gotham, as Hatter distributes thousands of his mind-control hats to the population were the only big flaws in the book. Batman’s faced Jervis before, he should recognise his MO straight off!

After the main storyline ends, the book closes with a one-shot story of Penguin, Mad Hatter and Scarecrow being tricked into going to the Arkham Children’s Facility on Hallowe’en, wandering the halls at night scaring themselves silly. It’s a funny and inventive tale that shows the extent of Batman’s ingenuity and understanding of his rogues.

Gregg Hurwitz has done something I didn’t expect with the third volume in The Dark Knight series and written a brilliant Mad Hatter story! He seems to have a knack for writing excellent Batman villain books like 2012’s The Penguin: Pain and Prejudice mini-series, which is also worth a look. The Dark Knight, Volume 3 is a really good Batman book and one of the few New 52 volumes that doesn’t suck!
3.0 von 5 Sternen An Improvement, But Rather Gratuitous 14. Mai 2014
Von cinewhore - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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An improvement over the previous volume - the new origins of the Mad Hatter were far more interesting than the cliched daddy issues of Scarecrow. I am more of a fan of the artwork here as well, which told the story well and clearly. Perhaps Hurwitz needs to lighten up on the death toll. Seems to me that with all these villains killing people left, right and centre, Gotham might end up a ghost town in a matter of weeks. Besides, too much gratuitous death numbs the senses.
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