Despite being one of the most underrated bad guys in the DC Comics universe, the Mad Hatter is one of my favorite villains. Jervis Tetch (the Mad Hatter) has been causing chaos for the Dark Knight for almost seventy years now, and it is my belief that he deserves to sit at the same table as Scarecrow and Mr. Freeze, and the Penguin…especially since he’s been a villain longer than all of them have. Is he the Joker, no, but Jervis Tetch has affected Bruce Wayne in some interesting ways over the years, and whenever he’s incorporated into a storyline or a scheme to bring the Batman down, it’s understood that things are going to get weird and shit is going to get deep. All-Star Batman #8 is a perfect example of this.
“‘Hats and Bats!’ Underestimate the Mad Hatter at your own peril. Batman takes on one of his most dangerous and deranged foes in a mind-bending tale from the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli!”
I absolutely love how the Mad Hatter attempts to take down Batman in All-Star Batman #8, because while he was working on Bruce Wayne, I, the reader, began to question what I was reading, and slowly but surely found myself intrigued with the alternate truth that Tetch was trying to get Bruce Wayne to accept. Thus, I must applaud Scott Snyder for his writing here. No one writes Batman quite like Scott Snyder does.
In addition to Snyder’s awesome writing, Giuseppe Camuncoli’s artwork is, at times, utterly intoxicating. Some would say that Camuncoli’s art is enough to drive one…mad…Okay, sorry about that, but I saw the opportunity and I took it. Seriously though, Camuncoli’s artwork works wonderfully with Snyder’s writing. I am especially fond of Camuncoli’s full-page spreads. This is one of those issues that is worth the read just for the artwork, so be sure to, at the very least, flip through a copy.
As I am sure you can tell from my review, I recommend that you pick up and read All-Star Batman #8. Mad Hatter fans will be pleased.