"The Dark Knight" Sucks!

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Due to a time crunch (I only have about an hour to write this), a personal crisis, (my girlfriend's best friend is terminal with brain cancer. Prayers would be appreciated) and a general sense of apathy, this will probably be the most poorly written and least though out of all my commentaries. Luckily, my main though it pretty simple; The Dark Knight series, taken as a whole, is awful.

Just looking at the DCNU run, Batman has been great, Batman, Incorporated has also done really well, Detective Comics is blooming beautifully under Layman's care, but The Dark Knight is just plain bad.

Knight Terrors

David Finch took the writing reigns on The Dark Knight's astoundingly stupid first arch. Now, David Finch is also responsible for the art, and in the art department, he can hold his own with the very best artists on the market as far as I am concerned, but in the the writing, not so much. Paul Jenkins (former writer of Hellblazer) plays second fiddle to Finch in the writing department, so I do not know how much of this travesty can be pinned on him, but if it was my work, I would be ashamed to put my name on it.

What's so bad about it? Everything except the art. The story (and I use the term loosely) is based around The White Rabbit, a speedster lingerie model who plagues Batman by amping up various villains on some sort of Venom like substance. The plethora of villains get superpowered, act like morons, and then kick Batman's butt until they either run out of juice or are taken out by a guest appearance from the Justice League.

Layered on top of this are various subplots all of which are as shallow as the central premise. Batman fights Superman in a Venom fueled slug fest which is less interesting then watching a turtle wrestling contest. Flash gets poisoned and has to outrun the effect in a scene that has all the tension of broken rubber band. Bane ends up being the bad guy who was testing something or plotting revenge or something else so stereotypically villainous that my brain has blocked it out.

The White Rabbit

Even worse than the world's greatest detective being unable to win a fight or figure out that the person with a huge supply of venom is Bane is the convoluted brain melting White Rabbit aspect of the story. In a play that was old in the seventies, Finch introduces a new female love interest, Jaina, for Bruce Wayne at exactly the same time as the villainous seductress White Rabbit pops up. Could these two events be linked? Of course they are, but wait, Bruce is with Jaina when the White Rabbit is spotted therefore it must be someone else.

Just to flip the bird at every fan who actually made the mistake of caring about this mystery, Finch and Jenkins resolve the mystery by showing that in addition to being able to move at super speeds while magically retaining minuscule amounts of clothing, White Rabbit has the power to split herself into two equally annoying and irrelevant people.

White Rabbit managed to fool the Dark Knight through plot convenient powers, but we all know Batman always takes down his target, so it was with eagerness that I read the next issue after her escape which featured White Rabbit displayed on the cover only to see to my ever increasing frustration that White Rabbit was nowhere to be found in the issues' pages. In fact, she has not been seen since she fooled Bruce underscoring just how pointless her character truly was.

Also, just look at that picture. I am genuinely embarrassed to put this on my site, and I usually avoid such images, but it is too helpful in making the case that this series has been completely soulless and exploitative of the basest aspects of comic books.

Night of the Owls

This leg of the travesty was handled by Joe Harris, the former writer of Marvel's Slingers and DC's The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men.

Hope bloomed in my little heart when I saw that Red Robin was on the cover of The Dark Knight number nine. Tim had been far removed from the Bat Family, so I was looking forward to some old school Tim Drake action and Bruce/Tim partnering. However, The Dark Knight said, “Screw you!” once more by barely giving Tim Drake an appearance in the issue and nothing whatsoever of significance. Fool me once, Dark Knight...

Hollow Man

Finally, we get to the arch written by Gregg Hurwitz (former writer of Vengeance of the Moon Knight) which has just concluded and featured Scarecrow. In comparison to the previous archs, this is Shakespeare, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. At first, it seemed like this arch might be going somewhere new and interesting, but it soon devolved into the same old same old. Scarecrow got the drop on Batman and began to expose Bruce to Fear Toxin. Wait, I thought Bruce had immunity to fear toxin? He does, but this isSuper Toxin. Oooh, well played Dark Knight. Didn't see that one coming.

Bruce experiences pain, Crane is crazy, and it's pretty much rinse and repeat for two whole issues of torture. A few revelations about Bruce and Crane's pasts are made, but they hardly make up for the agonizingly slow pacing.

When Bruce finally breaks free, the master of a million martial arts throws himself on Scarecrow's scythe then shoots a bat line through Crane's jaw before crawling out of the house and leaving the kidnapped girl to die in the explosion caused by a gas leak. Luckily for Bruce's conscience, Scarecrow decided he will pick up Batman's slack and selflessly free the girl. As if realizing he is acting out of character and trying to make up for it, Crane takes a blimp and sprays the whole town with Fear Toxin. (or is it Super Toxin?) When Batman, amazingly recovered from his injuries after twenty seconds of rest, has a final confrontation with Crane, Crane simply accepts defeat and does not put up a fight. Boy! I'm sure glad they avoided a cool action scene because you know how we comic fans hate those!

The Worst Is Yet To Come?

The next arch for The Dark Knight is a reboot of a classic character, The Mad Hatter, but it is being written by the same guy who brought us the overly long and uninspired Scarecrow arch, Gregg Hurwitz, so how good can it be? Furthermore, David Finch has stopped doing the art on the book which has been the only thing consistently good about this series. Luckily, Finch is being replaced by Ethan Van Sciver (former artist on Impulse and Firestorm: The Nuclear Men) who appears to have the skills to fill Finch's shoes pretty well. Still, it's hard to get excited about a new arch with The Dark Knight's lousy track record.

43 Comments
43 Comments
Edited by End_Boss

I agree, from what I've read, The Dark Knight is definitely the weakest Bat book out right now. Although, in the future, you might want to consider making your titles a little clearer, as I came in here all ready to trade blows over the Nolan flick. It seems like nobody who has taken the helm story-wise has had any idea of what to do with it and, as a result, has puttered around until their inevitable axing and replacement by yet another bewildered scribe.

EDIT: Sorry to hear about your friend. I meant to mention it in the main body of my post, but reading your (justified) rant pushed it from my mind. I'm not sure what else of significance there is to say, my being a stranger to the situation and all.

Posted by wessaari

i hope for the best for your gf's friend, and i hope she pulls through.

Posted by sethysquare

i think it got better with hurwitz

Posted by Aronmorales

Firstly: You and your girlfriend and her best friend are in my prayers.

Secondly: None of those Bat-stories sounded very good to me at all, and I thank you for for saving me from what possible fate there was that I would buy these.

Posted by Lvenger

Firstly, I'm truly sorry about your girlfriend's best friend being terminally ill with brain cancer. My old primary school teacher passed away from cancer last week and I sincerely hope your friend gets the necessary medical treatment to improve swiftly and soundly. Secondly I agree that The Dark Knight has been so terrible and by far the weakest Batman book but Hurwitz has improved the quality of storytelling it if only a bit IMO.

Posted by Reignmaker

Why do people spend their money on bad comic books? Drop it. Send DC a message.

I can understand if you're in the business of running a Batman site, that you have to keep up with these things, but others who have been making this a solid seller are without excuse.

Posted by FatihBATMAN

First and foremost, my prayers are with your friend!

as a comment on this subejct...I must say im a blind Batman fan, im a sucker for it, I buy B&R, LOTDK, Batman, Detective Comics. The Dark Knight. and that is a must for me.

Posted by entropy_aegis

Sorry to hear about your friend.

And agreed on TDK,if it was supposed to reboot Crane in to a more dangerous foe then mission failed.

Posted by danhimself

@BatWatch:

I'll read your blog post in a bit but I just wanted to say that I hope things work out for your friend....I just lost my best friend to brain cancer two months ago so I feel what you're going through

Posted by Surkit

@End_Boss said:

I agree, from what I've read, The Dark Knight is definitely the weakest Bat book out right now. Although, in the future, you might want to consider making your titles a little clearer, as I came in here all ready to trade blows over the Nolan flick. It seems like nobody who has taken the helm story-wise has had any idea of what to do with it and, as a result, has puttered around until their inevitable axing and replacement by yet another bewildered scribe.

EDIT: Sorry to hear about your friend. I meant to mention it in the main body of my post, but reading your (justified) rant pushed it from my mind. I'm not sure what else of significance there is to say, my being a stranger to the situation and all.

haha same

Far as the book goes I don't pick it up.

Posted by Skewer

What about the arc pre 52 arc "golden dawn"? I haven't read it but I heard it also sucked.

Posted by Target_X

So spot on about Jaina Hudson. She made me facepalm really--really--hard. The book in general sucks.

Posted by John Valentine

Yep, it sucks.

Posted by BatWatch

@Skewer said:

What about the arc pre 52 arc "golden dawn"? I haven't read it but I heard it also sucked.

I haven't read pre-52 Dark Knight, but that is what I have heard as well.

@Target_X said:

So spot on about Jaina Hudson. She made me facepalm really--really--hard. The book in general sucks.

Yeah, I know I have already said this, but that was such a middle finger to the fans. It was as if Finch said, "I'll tech you to try and make sense of my story!"

@John Valentine said:

Yep, it sucks.

No one yet has tried to defend this series.

Posted by Squalleon

@BatWatch said:

No one yet has tried to defend this series.

no one will :-P

Posted by gotwillpower

Yeah, I don't like The Dark Knight. We gave Hurwitz the chance to do something, and he chooses Scarecrow and the Mad Hatter? I know that a great writer can make the best of any situation, but those villains instantly make me hesitant to read the book.

Posted by Nathaniel_Christopher

I actually like both characters and after Flashpoint was eagerly anticipating their first new stories...needless to say i've been let down.

Posted by BatWatch

@Squalleon said:

@BatWatch said:

No one yet has tried to defend this series.

no one will :-P

(grins) Apparently not. You know, its nice when comic book fans can come together to uniformly condemn something as crap.

@gotwillpower said:

Yeah, I don't like The Dark Knight. We gave Hurwitz the chance to do something, and he chooses Scarecrow and the Mad Hatter? I know that a great writer can make the best of any situation, but those villains instantly make me hesitant to read the book.

Hmmm. I enjoy Scarecrow as a concept, but they need to find something new to do with him. He has been used well in the past (though I admit, I have a hard time of finding a good example at this exact moment. I think I like him more when his psychological skill set is being more used than his fear toxins. Anyway, strapping Batman to the table and scaring him is soooooo overdone.

I do not think I have ever seen a good Mad Hatter story. Anyone? Maybe some okay stories, but good? I don't think so.

@Nathaniel_Christopher said:

I actually like both characters and after Flashpoint was eagerly anticipating their first new stories...needless to say i've been let down.

Well, maybe this next arch will be good, but I'm not holding my breath. As a fan of the character, help Got and I out. What's a good Mad Hatter story?

Posted by Nathaniel_Christopher

@BatWatch said:

@Nathaniel_Christopher said:

I actually like both characters and after Flashpoint was eagerly anticipating their first new stories...needless to say i've been let down.

Well, maybe this next arch will be good, but I'm not holding my breath. As a fan of the character, help Got and I out. What's a good Mad Hatter story?

Batman Through the Looking Glass immediately springs to mind. His appearance in Robin Year One was also interesting I think.

Posted by JamesKM716

Well, the White Rabbit was really lame and dumb, but i rather enjoyed Flash's appearance in Dark Knight; I didn't read the sScarecrow arc though, so no comment on that.

Posted by entropy_aegis

@gotwillpower said:

Yeah, I don't like The Dark Knight. We gave Hurwitz the chance to do something, and he chooses Scarecrow and the Mad Hatter? I know that a great writer can make the best of any situation, but those villains instantly make me hesitant to read the book.

This series has a lot of problems but that's not it,I for one am glad that we're not being spammed with Joker stories or arcs with crappy tough guy villains like Hush,Black Mask and Lincoln March.

Posted by gotwillpower

@entropy_aegis said:

@gotwillpower said:

Yeah, I don't like The Dark Knight. We gave Hurwitz the chance to do something, and he chooses Scarecrow and the Mad Hatter? I know that a great writer can make the best of any situation, but those villains instantly make me hesitant to read the book.

This series has a lot of problems but that's not it,I for one am glad that we're not being spammed with Joker stories or arcs with crappy tough guy villains like Hush,Black Mask and Lincoln March.

It's not that I disapprove of using background villains. I just don't think Hurwitz will do anything ground-breaking with them. Mark Waid used odd characters like Spot and Stilt-man wonderfully in Daredevil, but he didn't focus on the villains. Instead, he focused on how they affected Daredevil. Not to mention, Waid's stories are creative. Hurwitz's...are kind of cliche.

Posted by entropy_aegis

@gotwillpower said:

@entropy_aegis said:

@gotwillpower said:

Yeah, I don't like The Dark Knight. We gave Hurwitz the chance to do something, and he chooses Scarecrow and the Mad Hatter? I know that a great writer can make the best of any situation, but those villains instantly make me hesitant to read the book.

This series has a lot of problems but that's not it,I for one am glad that we're not being spammed with Joker stories or arcs with crappy tough guy villains like Hush,Black Mask and Lincoln March.

It's not that I disapprove of using background villains. I just don't think Hurwitz will do anything ground-breaking with them. Mark Waid used odd characters like Spot and Stilt-man wonderfully in Daredevil, but he didn't focus on the villains. Instead, he focused on how they affected Daredevil. Not to mention, Waid's stories are creative. Hurwitz's...are kind of cliche.

True.

Posted by BatWatch

@Nathaniel_Christopher said:

@BatWatch said:

@Nathaniel_Christopher said:

I actually like both characters and after Flashpoint was eagerly anticipating their first new stories...needless to say i've been let down.

Well, maybe this next arch will be good, but I'm not holding my breath. As a fan of the character, help Got and I out. What's a good Mad Hatter story?

Batman Through the Looking Glass immediately springs to mind. His appearance in Robin Year One was also interesting I think.

I have not read through the looking Glass. I have Robin Year One, but I have not read it yet.

@JamesKM716 said:

Well, the White Rabbit was really lame and dumb, but i rather enjoyed Flash's appearance in Dark Knight; I didn't read the sScarecrow arc though, so no comment on that.

Mmmm. He pretty much showed up, ran, and then saved Bruce's butt at the last minute. To each their own, but it did not work for me.

@entropy_aegis said:

@gotwillpower said:

Yeah, I don't like The Dark Knight. We gave Hurwitz the chance to do something, and he chooses Scarecrow and the Mad Hatter? I know that a great writer can make the best of any situation, but those villains instantly make me hesitant to read the book.

This series has a lot of problems but that's not it,I for one am glad that we're not being spammed with Joker stories or arcs with crappy tough guy villains like Hush,Black Mask and Lincoln March.

(chuckles) You mean in this one series, we are not being spammed unlike every other series. Well, hopefully the villain spamming will stop after DotF.

Posted by JamesKM716

@BatWatch: I liked the tension he had in that, he had to run faster than before or he'd die. It was interesting at least.

Posted by BatWatch

@JamesKM716 said:

@BatWatch: I liked the tension he had in that, he had to run faster than before or he'd die. It was interesting at least.

(shrugs) It didn't for me. I feel like I've seen this plot line many times over...Justice League Doom had a similar scenario for instance.

Posted by Skunkstein

My friend is reading the Dark Knight at the moment and he apparently enjoys it very much.

Posted by BatWatch

@Skunkstein said:

My friend is reading the Dark Knight at the moment and he apparently enjoys it very much.

Friends don't let friends read The Dark Knight.

No, to each their own, but there are much better Batman comics on the market right now. If he is a new reader, you might want to lend him a copy of something better.

Posted by Imagine_Man15

I read the first two issues, dropped it out of spite, then started reading again when Hurwitz took over because I was curious about seeing his interpretation of Scarecrow. I was a bit disappointed because it felt like there was never a single new idea presented... I didn't hate it, but there was certainly nothing to love. I'm tempted to drop the book again, but now I want to give his Mad Hatter arc a shot... I've always wanted to see a good story revolving around the hatter, and I'm holding onto hope that we might possibly get one.

Posted by entropy_aegis

@BatWatch:He doesn't really have a memorable storyline that stands out but he does have some solid,creative and entertaining stories to his resume.

For now I can think of Joker Asylum:Mad Hatter,a storyline in Gotham Central,Arkham Asylum,Secret Six(the mini series),an arc in Detective comics(Rucka) had a nice appearance in Knightfall and as much as I hate to admit it Jeph Loeb used him well in Haunted Knight.

Posted by NovaDawg

We need a Killer Moth story arc, its the only way to save the Dark Knight!

Posted by TheCannon

I thought this was about the movie. My bad.

Posted by BatWatch

@Imagine_Man15 said:

I read the first two issues, dropped it out of spite, then started reading again when Hurwitz took over because I was curious about seeing his interpretation of Scarecrow. I was a bit disappointed because it felt like there was never a single new idea presented... I didn't hate it, but there was certainly nothing to love. I'm tempted to drop the book again, but now I want to give his Mad Hatter arc a shot... I've always wanted to see a good story revolving around the hatter, and I'm holding onto hope that we might possibly get one.

Yeah, that pretty much sums up my feeling on the Scarecrow run. It wasn't complete trash, but it was not good. If you want to hold on for the Mad Hatter arch, more power to you, but I would not be buying the series if not for BatWatch. Somebody above said, "Through the Looking Glass" was a good Mad Hatter story though I've heard others speak ill of it, so...

@entropy_aegis said:

@BatWatch:He doesn't really have a memorable storyline that stands out but he does have some solid,creative and entertaining stories to his resume.

For now I can think of Joker Asylum:Mad Hatter,a storyline in Gotham Central,Arkham Asylum,Secret Six(the mini series),an arc in Detective comics(Rucka) had a nice appearance in Knightfall and as much as I hate to admit it Jeph Loeb used him well in Haunted Knight.

I was trying to think of an appearance that I really liked of him, and I failed. I do remember one time he partnered with Scarecrow which seemed like a cool setup, but I don't think I ever finished that arch. I thought he was cool back in the day watching the animated series, but when I really think about those issues, he is pretty much just your typical crazy Batman villain with a gimmick.

I read Mad Hatter's issue of Knightfall just a week or so ago with my girlfriend. It is actually the first official issue of the arch, and...ouch. Not good. He has this monkey going along with him that he talks to, and the monkey follows all his commands even though there is no reason for him to have intelligence, and it is nothing more than, "Take over Gotham and kill Batman. Not awful, but not good. I'll keep an eye out for those other series and add them to my pile.

@NovaDawg said:

We need a Killer Moth story arc, its the only way to save the Dark Knight!

(laughs hard) You mean Charaxes? Killer Moth was so pre-Underworld Unleashed.

You know, it might actually be cool if they had a Batman series that just focused on non-A-list villains. Any thoughts?

@TheCannon said:

I thought this was about the movie. My bad.

Bwah, hah, hah! My cunning trickery to draw you to my thread has succeeded! Give in to the power of BatWatch! Or don't. Not giving in is cool to. Whatevs.

Edited by Nathaniel_Christopher

@BatWatch said:

@Nathaniel_Christopher said:

@BatWatch said:

@Nathaniel_Christopher said:

I actually like both characters and after Flashpoint was eagerly anticipating their first new stories...needless to say i've been let down.

Well, maybe this next arch will be good, but I'm not holding my breath. As a fan of the character, help Got and I out. What's a good Mad Hatter story?

Batman Through the Looking Glass immediately springs to mind. His appearance in Robin Year One was also interesting I think.

I have not read through the looking Glass. I have Robin Year One, but I have not read it yet.

Check it out.Very, very trippy at some points (Like Alice in Wonderland) but still a decent read.

Posted by NovaDawg

@BatWatch:

Wasn't Charaxes killed in IC? I was hoping that he could come back as good ole blundering Killer Moth again. And yea, I would love to see some of the B-Team villains get some story time.

Clock-King, Captain Stingray, Zodiac Master all could hold down a two or three parter with the right reimagining. And any writer who brings back the Penny Plunderer would become my favorite guy EVAR!

These B-Team characters were invented specifically to pad out the time between major villain story arcs. Given that most comic book fans have gotten tired of the Joker, Scarecrow, Bane rinse&repeat this would be a perfect time to bring them in.

Posted by BatWatch

@Nathaniel_Christopher said:

@BatWatch said:

@Nathaniel_Christopher said:

@BatWatch said:

@Nathaniel_Christopher said:

I actually like both characters and after Flashpoint was eagerly anticipating their first new stories...needless to say i've been let down.

Well, maybe this next arch will be good, but I'm not holding my breath. As a fan of the character, help Got and I out. What's a good Mad Hatter story?

Batman Through the Looking Glass immediately springs to mind. His appearance in Robin Year One was also interesting I think.

I have not read through the looking Glass. I have Robin Year One, but I have not read it yet.

Check it out.Very, very trippy at some points (Like Alice in Wonderland) but still a decent read.

I'll add it to my very, very large pile of trades to read.

@NovaDawg said:

@BatWatch:

Wasn't Charaxes killed in IC? I was hoping that he could come back as good ole blundering Killer Moth again. And yea, I would love to see some of the B-Team villains get some story time.

Clock-King, Captain Stingray, Zodiac Master all could hold down a two or three parter with the right reimagining. And any writer who brings back the Penny Plunderer would become my favorite guy EVAR!

These B-Team characters were invented specifically to pad out the time between major villain story arcs. Given that most comic book fans have gotten tired of the Joker, Scarecrow, Bane rinse&repeat this would be a perfect time to bring them in.

You got me on Charaxes. The last time I saw him, he was strapped to the top of a Bat Plane being taken somewhere by Nightwing...or maybe he escaped and was captured by another group. I don't know.

I'm glad to hear someone else is down for a B stringer Batman villain series. You know, they are supposed to be doing that with Beware the Batman.

(laughs) It would be cool to see Penny Plunderer make a return. Honestly, I think it adds a lot to the universe to have lame villains running around. There are so many capes that some delusional moron could easily get the idea that all he needs is costume to be a criminal mastermind. It's a more fleshed out world when Bruce has to deal with idiots who are dangerous because of their incompetence.

There really have not been any B-String villains in Batman titles, have there? I guess you could say there was Nobody from Batman and Robin, but I consider that Damian's title anyway.

Posted by Stronger

@BatWatch: You are demented.

You have deep psycological problems.

Posted by BatWatch

@Stronger said:

@BatWatch: You are demented.

You have deep psycological problems.

That's very rude. Would you care to explain yourself?

Edited by FatihBATMAN

Why not give this a chance, I like the dark tone TDK has...

Posted by Stronger

@BatWatch said:

@Stronger said:

@BatWatch: You are demented.

You have deep psycological problems.

That's very rude. Would you care to explain yourself?

You do not like the Dark Knight? How can you not like it?

Give it a chance bro...

Posted by BatWatch

@FatihBATMAN said:

Why not give this a chance, I like the dark tone TDK has...

I did. That why I was able to take it apart so thoroughly. Batman and Batman Incorporated are just as dark thematically, and they are also well written. The Dark Knight...not so much.

@Stronger said:

@BatWatch said:

@Stronger said:

@BatWatch: You are demented.

You have deep psycological problems.

That's very rude. Would you care to explain yourself?

You do not like the Dark Knight? How can you not like it?

Give it a chance bro...

@Stronger said:

@BatWatch said:

@Stronger said:

@BatWatch: You are demented.

You have deep psycological problems.

That's very rude. Would you care to explain yourself?

You do not like the Dark Knight? How can you not like it?

Give it a chance bro...

How can I not like it? I just wrong a thousand or so works about why I do not like it, and I would not be able to give specif criticisms if I had not read it! Can you respond to it with logic or are you limited to insulting me?

Posted by Stronger

@BatWatch said:

@FatihBATMAN said:

Why not give this a chance, I like the dark tone TDK has...

I did. That why I was able to take it apart so thoroughly. Batman and Batman Incorporated are just as dark thematically, and they are also well written. The Dark Knight...not so much.

@Stronger said:

@BatWatch said:

@Stronger said:

@BatWatch: You are demented.

You have deep psycological problems.

That's very rude. Would you care to explain yourself?

You do not like the Dark Knight? How can you not like it?

Give it a chance bro...

@Stronger said:

@BatWatch said:

@Stronger said:

@BatWatch: You are demented.

You have deep psycological problems.

That's very rude. Would you care to explain yourself?

You do not like the Dark Knight? How can you not like it?

Give it a chance bro...

How can I not like it? I just wrong a thousand or so works about why I do not like it, and I would not be able to give specif criticisms if I had not read it! Can you respond to it with logic or are you limited to insulting me?

No,I am limilted to insulting you.:P

Well,I agree with you that The White Rabbit thing was a complete piece of sh!t as an idea,but honestly the Scarecrow or the Bane issue,what did you not like in them?

I am assuming you are a bat-fan too.

Posted by BatWatch

@Stronger:

Yeah, I'm a Bat fan.

You agree with me that White Rabbit was stupid which consisted of eight issues, so in defense of this series, you are already agreeing that half the issues so far have been complete crap. I wrote three paragraphs on what was wrong with the Scarecrow arch. You can read that and respond if you are actually interested.