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Batman - The Dark Knight Vol. 3: Mad (The New 52) (Batman: The Dark Knight series)
 
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 110028 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC (21 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H4EW102
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The story running through issue #16-21 of the New 52's Batman - The Dark Knight is collected, along with Annual #1, as Batman The Dark Knight Volume 3: Mad (The New 52). This time it is the Mad Hatter's turn to be dissected in this six-issue story (the Annual is unconnected). The six excellently-scripted and illustrated chapters gradualy reveal the `origin' of the Mad Hatter through a series of flashbacks to his younger days, as in the here and now he is busy kidnapping scores of Gothamites to populate a reconstruction of his one perfect day with the girl of his childhood dreams, and ruthlessly killing them if they fail to play along with his script. As the Batman works to track him down and figure out what he is up to, Bruce Wayne is has also discovered the girl of his dreams, an Ukrainian concert pianist, who he eventually reveals his identity to in a show of honesty. Well, we all know what happens next, don't we, as the Mad Hatter pounces on her - but not randomly, as the intersection of the two is expertly set up earlier by the mechanics of the plot.

This story is a redevelopment of the Mad Hatter, adding quite a lot to his character and turning him into the equal of the Joker for ruthless insanity, rather than the weird/dirty old man of past stories. We also discover what goes into the tea that he is always drinking, which now has a much more meaningful role in his costumed character.

This is another excellent volume in this Dark Knight series, which is one of the better Batman family titles in the New 52.

The Annual is an excellent Halloween story starring the Penguin, the Mad Hatter and the Scarecrow, as Batman gets the night off for a change.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just skip this one, it's terrible 29 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
This one was really boring. To get the good out of the way before I start the review proper, the art is fine but not revolutionary, the dialogue is fine and the writing flows.

Now for the story which is the reason anyone would buy this. It is just bad and most of it comes down to The Mad Hatter. He is just not a good villain. His entire motivation is about reliving a perfect day. That is the worst motivation I've come across. After that does he just want to sleep, have a tea party? Mortiarty he is not. It made me not care one bit because all of his actions were so bizarre and insane I couldn't follow. I know he is meant to be mad but all of his actions felt totally unconnected and had no sense so getting an attachment to him as a character was impossible. Secondly he also seems to heavily use the 'let me get close and then jump you' technique to the point you think all his employees would stop falling for it and just kick the midget.

My other issue is that he has very little personality and story. He just makes comments about Alice in wonderland but not in relation to Gotham. With no connection his comments makes no sense and actually feels like very lazy writing to 'sound crazy'.

Finally he kills a lot of characters, some of he cared about a lot in previous slides and while I think this is meant to show his attachment to the past and his mercurial nature but it never feels sensible or even part of any arc past 'ain't he insane'.

The last part of the novel is a one shot where mad hatter, penguin and scarecrow are brought to an abandoned building and scared witless. Spoiler alert, batman summoned them and let their own imagination do the work. But it again doesn't make sense, this is torture and batman only catches villains when they break the law. Batman is not out and out a sadist. Poor writing, stupid plot and frankly shouldn't have existed
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By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The story running through issue #16-21 of the New 52's Batman - The Dark Knight is collected, along with Annual #1, as Batman The Dark Knight Volume 3: Mad (The New 52). This time it is the Mad Hatter's turn to be dissected in this six-issue story (the Annual is unconnected). The six excellently-scripted and illustrated chapters gradualy reveal the `origin' of the Mad Hatter through a series of flashbacks to his younger days, as in the here and now he is busy kidnapping scores of Gothamites to populate a reconstruction of his one perfect day with the girl of his childhood dreams, and ruthlessly killing them if they fail to play along with his script. As the Batman works to track him down and figure out what he is up to, Bruce Wayne is has also discovered the girl of his dreams, an Ukrainian concert pianist, who he eventually reveals his identity to in a show of honesty. Well, we all know what happens next, don't we, as the Mad Hatter pounces on her - but not randomly, as the intersection of the two is expertly set up earlier by the mechanics of the plot.

This story is a redevelopment of the Mad Hatter, adding quite a lot to his character and turning him into the equal of the Joker for ruthless insanity, rather than the weird/dirty old man of past stories. We also discover what goes into the tea that he is always drinking, which now has a much more meaningful role in his costumed character.

This is another excellent volume in this Dark Knight series, which is one of the better Batman family titles in the New 52.

The Annual is an excellent Halloween story starring the Penguin, the Mad Hatter and the Scarecrow, as Batman gets the night off for a change.
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