Ethan Van Sciver Takes Over Batman: The Dark Knight With Issue #16

Ethan Van Sciver Takes On The Dark Knight
In January!

Batman: The Dark Knight #16

Industry legend Ethan Van Sciver will take over as the series artist with Batman: The Dark Knight #16. Not only is this his first issue of the series, but it also marks the NEW 52 introduction of one of Batman’s most notorious adversaries – The Mad Hatter.

“With this first issue, I think I really just found a Mad Hatter that makes me happy and I think a lot of other people are going to like him too. He’s creepy and kooky and silly and fun and mean all at once,” teased Van Sciver. “Part of keeping a readership on their toes, part of keeping them scared, part of keeping Batman heroic is constantly reinventing them, rethinking the villains that have become maybe too familiar.”

“For me, the Hatter is a character who I was always interested in. He was always running around. He was obsessed with reclaiming his Alice or finding his Alice. He has this incredible fixation. He’s interesting. He’s a household name, in comic book households. I never felt he was granted an overall narrative that really explains and defines him and shows who he is. One that shows why he’s a force to be reckoned with. I think that’s one of the things that Ethan and I are really trying to do,” revealed series writer Gregg Hurwitz about the creative team’s upcoming arc. “If people are going to have a New 52 brand new version, brand new reinvention of the Hatter, we hope it will be the definitive one. They understand where he came from, they understand his past. And they understand why he’s such a huge threat. This guy, all 4’6" of him is going to put a plan into motion that’s going to rattle Gotham to its cornerstones in our arc.”

Batman: The Dark Knight #16 arrives in stores on January 30th, 2013, but you can take a first look at 3 pages of Van Sciver’s art from the issue below.

Batman: The Dark Knight #16 Page 12 & 13Batman: The Dark Knight #16 Page 14Batman: The Dark Knight #16 Page 18

– The Comic Book Critic

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