Two weeks ago we delivered a first look at DC's All-Star Batman #8, featuring the philosophical words of writer Scott Snyder and crisp art by Giuseppe Camuncol in a trippy peek at a nightmarish sequence involving the Dark Knight clashing with Red Hood, Nightwing and Batwoman in the Mississippi Delta.
Now check out four more pages with deep psychological underpinnings as the Caped Crusader confronts the Mad Hatter's insanity.
We're entering the third chapter of the new "Ends of the Earth" story arc following the Two-Face-centric "My Own Worst Enemy" narrative ending in issue #5, and here Snyder is confidently free-falling into some of his best writing since Wytches and The Wake (both headed for feature film adaptations!).
Here's the official solicitation synopsis:
"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!
Snyder spoke with Newsarama and explained what makes his Mad Hatter so unnerving:
"I think first and foremost, what's scary is when you don't trust your own mind. He's kind of king of that. He's the one that says, 'You should take control and make sure you perceive the world however you want, and there is no objective reality. Go down the rabbit hole and get lost in the way you want to see things.'
"What Cammo (Camuncoli) and I wanted to explore in the issue was, once you're lost in your own mind, that guy's king. So he can become however large or small or twisted or monstrous he wants to be. He's kind of like a lord of nightmare in your head."
Check out these four pages from the new issue of DC's All-Star Batman which lands today (March 15).