Writer: Scott Snyder
Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Mark Morales
and Dean White Price
A Different Perspective...
First things first, Scott Snyder does something a little different with this issue and because it's Batman, it works. The issue is written from the perspective of Batman and it feels like he himself is telling you the story.
Another thing I liked about this issue was the opening. We see Batman rising out of a lake making his way to his next destination and the art right away is fantastic. I love the watercolor look and the shading and detail is so well done.
This Weeks Villain...
Batman starts to tell us about the first time he met Jervis Tetch, AKA the Mad Hatter, and the story reminds me of how he first meets the Riddler in Batman Forever. Tetch worked for Wayne Industries and invents a hat that allows the wearer to see their own version of the world. Only problem was, some people continued to see their version of the world even after removing the hats. So of course he was shot down by Bruce. The great thing about this little back story is that the Mad Hatter himself brings it up as well when Batman finds him. He tries to convince Batman that he did something to his hat at their first meeting and everything Batman has done/been through has all been in his head.
Of course the story arc as a whole is trying to figure out who's behind everything that's going on. The tech built by the Mad Hatter is somehow involved, that is why Batman tracked him down in the first place. But it turns out that someone else is behind all of this and probably my favorite line in the issue, the Mad Hatter is trying to talk his way out if the situation and Batman tells him to tell Aquaman while pushing his face into water with his boot. Love it!
But we still don't know who it is that's pulling the strings. The only clue we really get is a panel showing a grandfather clock and Batman telling Hatter to speak faster before it's too late... The Clock King perhaps? I don't think it has to do with Doctor Manhattan, but I could be wrong. We’ll just have to wait and see!
The Cursed Wheel part 7...
The Cursed Wheel this week shows us Duke talking with an old friend at the Lucius Fox Centre for Gotham Youth about him having doubts about being part of the Bat family. He's having a
hard time finding his place but gets a little bit of courage when Iz (old friend) shows him pictures done by the kids showing heroes, including him.
Duke then has a revelation and thinks he knows how the Riddler is terrorizing Gotham from his cell. Unfortunately, when he tries to tell Batman he's confronted by Darryl who tells Duke that the next riddle is for him and him alone.
I'm really enjoying this story arc. I love the way Scott Snyder brings mystery into it. Every issue keeps me wanting more as more clues are given. And the art is fantastic, Giuseppe Camuncoli is a perfect fit for this series. Some of my favorite panels are when Batman seems to be hallucinating and everything goes all trippy. Really looking forward to the next issue.
As for the Cursed Wheel I'm still not into it to be honest. I like that we're seeing Duke have doubts and his journey to becoming part of the Bat family, but it should be its own comic.
Holy: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ 8/10
Brandon Reid | NCR