Batman: The Dark Knight #18

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 27, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
6.2Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

The terrifying tale of the Mad Hatters origin continues! Batman is still two steps behind the Hatters current reign of terrorwill Catwomans interference make it three?

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

    Artist Ethan Van Sciver can do no wrong when it comes to Batman. I really love how menacing his Batman looks, as if he is almost literally half bat and half man. He really sells the grim and gritty Batman look here. The Mad Hatter has never looked so gruesomely" well, mad. His look is very much keeping in line with Hurwitz' origin story. Having some experience in professionally dealing with mental patients in the past, I have no problem in believing the reason for his psychosis and appearance. In summary, this issue does not disappoint. I urge all Batman fans to pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Mar 27, 2013

    Artist Ethan Van Sciver continues to do an impressive job, although I sure wish he drew more tech in this issue. The flashbacks are composed well and add to the psychological trauma Mad Hatter is going through. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Apr 1, 2013

    Worth picking up? If you've been reading this arc since the beginning, sure. If you're curious about the new Mad Hatter origin and have $3 bucks to spare, sure. Is it must-reading? Not really. There's some excellent artwork here but the overabundance of unnecessary gore and stilettos with Mad Hatter and the overly open and sarcastic Batman turn me off. Ya know, even though I said this late review would play out differently than usual, I think it turned out about the same. About 1000 words worth of me rambling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Mar 27, 2013

    The This issue, like the arc as a whole, remains fine. There's some fun stuff, and there's some stuff I just don't dig. But at the end of the day, I can't fault this title for just doing it's own thing, and having fun with these classic villains. Don't get me wrong, the humor and ridiculous nature of the Hatter are really enjoyable, but some plot holes and personal developments I just don't agree with end up bogging it down a bit. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Mar 27, 2013

    Ethan Van Sciver does some nice work on the art in this issue. He struggles a bit with non-costumed characters, but when Batman or Mad Hatter get panel time, it looks great. Unfortunately, this issue also has a guest appearance from an incredibly strange looking Catwoman. Her poses, movement, and ability to mash her breasts into Batman without touching any other part of him are downright bizarre. Like the story itself, Catwoman's appearance is out of place and largely pointless. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 1, 2013

    Perhaps once the conclusion to this story hits I'll feel a bit better about it. But for now, I think "Batman: The Dark Knight" #18 is easily the darkest issue of the series to date. Did it step over a line? Perhaps a bit. I don't mind dark or violent comics, but there's something about this one in particular that's a little bit rattling. Read Full Review

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