Batman: The Dark Knight #17

Batman: The Dark Knight #17

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 27, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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Ethan Van Scivers first storyline as regular artist continues as the gory details of The Mad Hatters past are revealed! With The Mad Hatter kidnapping citizens all over Gotham City, not even Batman can figure what hes after.

  • 8.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Feb 28, 2013

    So far, I'm really enjoying this new team's direction on this book. As good as the other Bat titles are " especially Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's book " this is probably the most "pure" Batman series of them all. Other than the exclusion of Batman's extended crimefighting family (Nightwing, Robin, etc.) this is eveything I want from a Batman book: a great detective story, in-depth character analyses, a classic depiction of Batman and his world, and realistic dialogue. I highly recommend all Batman fans pick up this comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Feb 27, 2013

    This issue definitely had a bit more substance than last, and I'd like to say that EVS' art is even a tad bit better looking here, or so it seems to me. Overall, I'm really enjoying the sort of "classic" Batman feel this book has at the moment, and the slight variation of the Mad Hatter's past (as compared to the Penguin and Scarecrow arcs) has kept me interest a bit more than I would have expected. Still, the similarities between this and the other two arcs Hurwitz have done, makes this issue especially hard to actually stand out from that pack. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Feb 27, 2013

    I almost hate to hype up Batman: The Dark Knight since it's let me down so much in the past, but this comic was totally worth my $2.99. It looks great, it's funny, it's thrilling, and there are quite a few unique twists on Tetch's origin that have me curious about what new direction Hurwitz is going in. I'm still nervous that he's going to write something that's overly dark thus bridging the gap between Tetch's picturesque past and neck-snapping present but as far as this issue goes I like what I saw. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Feb 27, 2013

    You might be asking yourself why the cover is all psychedelic and freaky. The answer is…I'm not sure yet. The final page of this issue seems to suggest Hatter has some kind of involvement with drugs; I'm leaning towards a Carlos Castaneda peyote connection, but it's still too early to tell. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Feb 27, 2013

    As has been the case since day one, the main attraction to Batman: The Dark Knight is the art. Ethan Van Sciver does some killer work. His Mad Hatter looks almost too insane, which would be fine if this series embraced its sillier tone. There's a still a dark intensity in these pages, a sinister overtone that is ever so slowly disappearing from the scripts and story. Van Sciver draws a spectacular looking Batman, but if Hurwitz keeps making with the funny, a different artistic tone might be required. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Den Of Geek! - Robert Bernstein Mar 6, 2013

    I hate to trash Gregg Hurwitz this time around because he hasn't let me down in the past, but this issue doesn't get a pass. It was almost saved by the creative artwork and psychedelic cover, but not quite. Hopefully, Hurwitz will limit the Mad Hatter storyline to just one or two more issues, as I'd love to see who he is going to bring to the Dark Knight next! Read Full Review

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