Prepare for melodrama.
The Renegade Robins Club is no longer in Batman’s custody! Last week, Bruce discovered that the Child Welfare Bureau had taken Jason away from him, and now they’ve given the boy to Nocturna! Meanwhile, Thief of Night has rebranded himself as Night-Slayer and is set on revenge, as is Dr. Fang. On top of that, the Mad Hatter’s back!
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The Mad Hatter’s history is confusing. He was introduced alongside Vicki Vale in Batman #49 (1948) by Bill Finger, but he had no real name. Finger rebooted the character with a new appearance and M.O. in Detective Comics #230 (1956), and this version of the Hatter was named Jervis Tetch. Then Gerry Conway retroactively declared the second Hatter an impostor and reverted back to the 1948 design in Detective Comics #510 (1982). The first Hatter was now the “real” Jervis Tetch, and all subsequent appearances in the 50s, 60s, and 70s didn’t count.
Reporter Olivia Ortega premiered in Detective Comics #504.
When the Caped Crusader gets grazed in Batman #380, he sees some of his classic rogues: Penguin, Catwoman, Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, Killer Moth, Joker, Killer Croc, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Riddler, Clayface, and…Spook? The Spook first appeared in Detective Comics #434-435.
There’s no way Jason could face this group of foes, right?
Here’s our schedule: 2020-01-06T06:00:00Z → 2020-01-19T06:00:00Z
Week 6 Reading (Eight Issues)
Note: One issue is missing from DC Universe. A link to a summary with images has been provided.
II. Mad Hatter
Missing Issue: Detective Comics #546 (Summary)
- What did you think about how Jason takes advantage of the circumstances?
- How do you feel about the Batman/Nocturna/Night-Slayer triangle?
- Which villain interested you the most: Night-Slayer, Mad Hatter, or Hamilton Hill?
- Were you surprised or satisfied with the resolution of the Dr. Fang story?
- How does this “villain dresses as Batman” story stack up to similar stories?
I think that’s called grooming, Nocturna. And it’s super-creepy.
Should Jason embrace Natalia Knight as his new mommy?
- No way!
- Maybe more like an aunt…