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Batman: Through the Looking Glass (Batman)

2.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  379 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
In this original graphic novel, Batman meets his foe The Mad Hatter for the very first time - landing The Dark Knight in a Won-derland he could never have imagined, hot on the heels of a white rabbit. But is this strange place real, or a hallucination? Robinand Alfred have to believe he's deep in delirium - but if that's the case, how does he manage to resolve several myst ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sam Quixote
Jan 21, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it
I’m not sure when or even why Lewis Carroll came to be so closely associated with Batman but today there’s a very strong Wonderland presence in Gotham thanks to the character of Jervis Tetch aka The Mad Hatter. To be fair to ol’ Jervy, he’s had his moments. In New 52 The Dark Knight Vol 3: Mad, we got an enthralling Hatter origin and a thrilling Batman tale, and his part of the Arkham City video game was easily one of its highlights, not to mention quite atmospheric.

Then there’s Batman: Through
Dec 26, 2013 Jeff rated it it was ok
Shelves: comix
The Mad Hatter, named for the Alice in Wonderland character, has been a villain of the Batman for quite some time. A somewhat lame villain, but a member of Batman’s rogues gallery nonetheless. His shtick is he basically uses his hats to mind control his victims. It was only a matter of time before some enterprising writer added elements of Alice in Wonderland into a Batman/Mad Hatter story. On paper, it has the makings of a fairly interesting saga; however, we’ll have to wait before someone actu ...more
Don't misread the 3 star rating.
This is definitely not a comic book for fans of Batman.
This is a graphic novel for folks who like Alice In Wonderland, and might find it cool to see Batman thrown in the mix.

The art is whimsical (READ: stretchy and weird), and the storyline has a very trippy feel to it.
But, in it's defense, Batman has been drugged.

The ghost/hallucination of a little girl (Bruce used to be friends with her when he was a child) is his tour guide though the Looking Glass.
The sto
Callie Rose Tyler
Jul 31, 2014 Callie Rose Tyler rated it did not like it
What the hell did i just read? Obviously the writters were trying to entice a wider market by using Alice in Wonderland??? It wasn't much of a mystery, it wasn't much of a story, it wasn't much of anything really. I hate when the story of Alice in Wonderland is regurgetated as nonsense, if the books were just nonsense they wouldn't still be read today.

The book tried too hard to be edgy/trippy, and I saw nothing about this "Batman" that was true to character. It was just some flat nobody dressed
Oct 12, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it
This story had a *very* Sam Kieth feel, so I enjoyed it.

But it only felt *somewhat* Batman. So if that's all you're looking for here, you're probably going to be disappointed.
Real Supergirl
Mar 13, 2012 Real Supergirl rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel
Art is classic Sam Kieth, and he's a master. The reviewers of this graphic novel who were so shocked by the art just display their ignorance about who Sam Kieth is. His art is very recognizable, and personally I think he's a welcome and much needed new visual look for classic comic book characters. But if you're coming to this book looking for your classic Batman comic style, it's not going to be for you. If you like some of the archetypes of the comic book classics but think they need a breath ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Robert rated it did not like it
The only thing worse than the derivative story is the childish art. Avoid at all costs.
Jay Rox
Sep 30, 2015 Jay Rox rated it liked it
this is a very crazy play on Alice in wonderland trough Bruce Jones is eyes set in the Batman universe. Sam Keith's art is a very unique style that might not be for every one & here it gets even weirder as u see things constantly change from imagination to reality & people change back in fort from human to anthropomorphic animals depending on the situation wish I enjoyed. the story was fun but lacked a good ending or good reason why everything happened
Jan 06, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
This book is more for Alice in Wonderland fans and not as much Batman fans. It was a good story but Batman was so out of character throughout the whole thing. It was still an interesting story
Mar 27, 2015 Damon rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Very confusing story; But this is exactly how Robin should always be drawn.
Mar 25, 2012 Meghan rated it really liked it
I love Batman, and I love Alice. This was a gift from a fellow comic friend that knows me well. I thought it was a fun story and didn't take it as seriously as some if the other fans did here. I just looked at it as a quirky one-off that was just for kicks. I did get a little bothered by the inconsistent art, but I also just attributed to the twisted world that is Wonderland and left it alone. I thought overall it was an enjoyable story and it was fun seeing Batman running around with my favorit ...more
Michael Foley
... Not as good as I would have hoped. They story and art were all over the place making everything hard to follow. Jones has given us a pleasant (but completely disposable) tale. There is nothing here that is going to thoroughly grip the reader. Sadly, not even the art couldn't lift story into something more redeeming. Some of Kieth's panels were very well rendered whereas others seemed like rough sketches. With these two at the helm, this should have been much more creative and exciting than i ...more
Ethan Peverley
Mar 26, 2016 Ethan Peverley rated it really liked it
4/5. A fantastically twisted story, for anyone appreciative of the weirdest and most obscure aspects of both represented creative properties.

I disagree with the majority of negative reviews, as many refer to the art style as unappealing and the story as convoluted. I loved how the art style would shift between a standard Batman art style and a purposefully distorted and surreal one, depending on the mental state of the characters. It was a unique and clever way to drive the story through visuals
William Rodriguez
Jun 24, 2014 William Rodriguez rated it it was ok
While I do enjoy the influence of Lewis Carroll in Batman, I must sadly say that Through the Looking Glass falls quite short of an enjoyable usage of the Wonderland charm. The story is led by a random sequence of events that, while trying to make you believe it is going through Bruce's usual detective work, is highly abusive of the hallucinogenic mushrooms mentioned at the beginning of the story. It simply feels like there is no real link in between the occurrences in the real world and those ha ...more
Feb 23, 2013 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, graphic-novels
I liked this quite a bit more than I thought I would based on reading reviews. It's a quirky, heavily themed (Alice in Wonderland) standalone mystery. Yet, the mystery, and its solving, though done while hallucinating, is interesting and logical. The art was very well done and added to the mystique of the story. This is currently one of my favorite Batman stories.
May 01, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Although the storyline's nothing new and Hatter proves to be a very 2D Batman villian, I can't help but love the Alice In Wonderland inspired Batman graphic novels. I really enjoyed this and I loved the real rough and ready artwork, it went great with the grungey world of Alice.
Mar 19, 2014 Steven rated it it was ok
So, the plot is this: Batman,m as a result of accidentally eating magic mushrooms, is trippin' balls and doing a whole Wonderland thing wherein the role of Alice is played by a dead childhood friend. Add in a lame mystery, the Mad Hatter, and a stripper with a heart of gold, chuck into a blender with the art of Sam Kieth, and out comes this concoction. The stylized art isn't going to sit well with many people, but ity really does work for the story (although it's a strain when it's doing real wo ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Wesley rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This is an original graphic novel featuring Batman and (surprise, surprise) the Mad Hatter. It was written by Bruce Jones whose only other work I have read was a Deadman series for Vertigo though he has written other things for DC and Marvel - probably most notably on The Incredible Hulk. The art was by Sam Kieth thecreator of the Maxx and Zero Girl but who I first came across on the Epicurus the Sage books and most lately on the Arkham Asylum: Madness graphic novel.

The story is set in the days
Jan 28, 2013 Jacob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do often enjoy the works written by Bruce Jones and I do consider myself a fan of Sam Keith, I only wish I could recommend this effort. This effort unfortunately pales in comparison to either creator's earlier attempts of Batman stories. I only wish this story was half as interesting as the last Batman story by Bruce Jones I read where the Scarecrow was the villain and Sean Gordon Murphy drew the heck out of it. Keith's art was a bit all over the place. Some pages had neat, dynamic composition ...more
zaCk S
Nov 15, 2012 zaCk S rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
read it for sam keith!

despite my love of both Batman and the Alice books, i've never been a big fan of jervis tetch. his stories always seem a little too contrived (even for gotham) and because there are only the 2 alice books, it seems as though just about every single case involving the Mad Hatter has to include every single major Wonderland / Looking Glass character. this one is no different (in fact, with characters named 'mr. carpenter,' 'mr. russwall' and 'harry march,' it might even be w
Oct 24, 2013 M rated it it was ok
Batman takes a tumble into Wonderland thanks to writer Bruce Jones and artist Sam Keith. After the death of politician Dunphrey Tweedle, Batman finds himself under a powerful hallucinogenic that is affecting his worldly perceptions. Faced with an apparition of childhood friend Celia, the Dark Knight traverses a weirdly familiar landscape of Gotham that leads directly to the door of the Mad Hatter. While Sam Keith does his contorted artistic magic to typical perfection, the Bruce Jones story feel ...more
Nov 04, 2015 Ravenswan rated it did not like it
Despite the Mad Hatter being a Batman villain, this Batman/Alice in Wonderland mash-up just doesn't work.
I found the plot very weak and the art work, although really interesting and well done, didn't suit a Batman comic of any sort!!
I like the idea of re-inventing classic literature, I'm not a purist but this was truly the most awful Batman comic I have read so far and also one of the worst comics I've read EVER
Graham Bailey
Oct 06, 2013 Graham Bailey rated it it was ok
Shelves: dc-comics, batman, 2013
It's been a while since I've been so disappointed with a graphic novel. The art is unique, reminiscent of Sergio Aragones and is definitely work checking out but for some reason I just didn't click with this book.

As far as I can tell, this story is outside of regular continuity. As the title suggests, it's a Alice in Wonderland meets Batman story - yes, another one...

Long-time fans will know that the Mad Hatter is a recurring character in Batman's rogues gallery; Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee have
Jan 13, 2016 Kristina rated it did not like it
Shelves: batman, graphic-novel
The story was insane, as you might expect when Batman follows the plot of Alice in Wonderland. I couldn't understand who was responsible for the murders or why. The character names were too convenient and the addition of Bruce's childhood friend felt forced and wrong.
I didn't like the artwork style either but all of this could have been saved if they'd only published it as an Elsewhere comic.
[3.5 arrotondato a 3]
Il grande punto a favore di quest'opera è rappresentato dalle splendide tavole di Kieth, per quanto mi riguarda il lavoro di Jones non è allo stesso livello. Un albo davvero ben disegnato, ma con una storia solo un po' folle, nei limiti dell'ordinaria follia insomma. E quando Carroll incontra Kane ci si aspetterebbe la pura follia, o sbaglio?
Dec 14, 2014 Belinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Perfection. I don't know what it is about Batman but he attracts the most amazing artists and writers. I love anything Wonderland related so this was amazing for me. The art is the real star of this piece--incredibly expressive, funny, charming and beautiful and above all different from the average comic book art today. The colorist gets high marks for this one too. Absolutely adored it.
Rachel Craig
Feb 11, 2016 Rachel Craig marked it as books-i-couldn-t-finish
The combination of Batman and Alice in Wonderland go together...pretty terribly, actually. The story is so boring and the artwork looks like American McGee's paintings melting in the sun, that I just didn't care to finish. No Batman Wonderland for me, thanks.
Feb 03, 2013 Boots rated it did not like it
an unfortunate train wreck: might have been an okay story under there somewhere, but it's too long, too convoluted, and too hampered by artwork that is beyond inappropriate for the subject matter (in my opinion). if you don't mind bobble-headed cartoon renditions of superheros the art might not bother you as much, but i didn't turn a single page without wondering whether this would have been one thousand times more interesting and effective if it had been "played straight" instead of as if seen ...more
Jan 11, 2014 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery that leads Batman on a journey through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole. It makes many references to Alice in Wonderland including plot and characters. I want to read the original text of Alice in order to understand all the references, I am primarily familiar with the Disney film. Bruce has a soft spot for Celia, his childhood friend, she serves as quite the effective guide for him through "Wonderland." A fun first meeting of the Mad Hatter good for comic and Alice fa ...more
Asellus Claudum
Jan 21, 2015 Asellus Claudum rated it liked it
Sam Kieth's art is absolutely amazing. The story, however, leaves a lot to be desired. In that there isn't much of one. But every single page is beautiful. Any other artist would have landed it 2 stars tops.
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