A new story arc begins in Batman: The Dark Knight
#16 involving The Mad Hatter who turns out to be a wicked villain that will oppose The Dark Knight.
The artwork by new artist Ethan Van Sciver contributes to the tone writer Gregg Hurwitz is conveying with the threat The Mad Hatter will present. The final panels of a kidnapped victim being killed by the Mad Hatter before he executes one of his henchmen show how diabolical the villain is and why he should not be taken lightly although Batman does not overlook any criminal threat to the city he protects.
Kidnappings are occurring throughout Gotham City and the individuals being abducted vary in gender and age. Batman is able to prevent a young woman from being taken but the kidnappers seize several sweatshop workers. Bruce and Natalya reach a break in their relationship because of Bruce’s choice to not tell her about his secret identity.
The Penguin is first suspected by Batman to be responsible for the abductions in Gotham but the Penguin reminds him that he is not the only known criminal who is to be suspected in this circumstance.
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Hurwitz writes another solid issue of the title and along with the superb pencils of Van Sciver, Batman: The Dark Knight is an enjoyable read once again. - Matt Grazel