Warning! Spoilers for ‘New Day Rising’ and ‘Anything for you’ ahead!
The Wonderland Gang
Last week in the episode ‘New Day Rising’ The Mad Hatter continued his quest to take back his sister Alice while maintaining his hypnotic hold over Jim Gordon. It has been revealed that Alice holds a special appeal because of her blood. We are still in the dark on why her blood seems to have a healing and strengthening effect on people (as evidenced by Barnes ditching his cane in ‘Anything for you’) but we should learn more as we see how this Barnes story plays out.
The Mad Hatter enlists the help of two familiar henchman to help him carry out his plans, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. The Tweeds were depicted as masked professional wrestlers turned heel (a pro wrestling term used in the place of ‘bad’). The Tweeds are of course another set of characters inspired from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland series. It seems that The Wonderland Gang may be starting to take shape. You can see the Tweeds doing The Mad Hatter’s dirty work in Batman: The Dark Knight issue #18. This issue also delves into the psychological trauma that molded The Mad Hatter.
At the end of ‘Anything for you’ we saw The Mad Hatter at the end of a long dining room table with a captive woman dressed as Alice from Wonderland. Now The Hatter is really starting to line up with his comic book depictions as a serial kidnapper with an obsession with finding his “Alice”. Of course Alice is nowhere to be found and Hatter’s victims will never live up to expectations…unfortunately for them.
The Red Hood Gang?
Now that Penguin has been sworn in as the new mayor of Gotham City, it’s time to start mayor-ing. He finds the job more difficult than expected but at least he has his two best buds, Ed and Butch, at his side right? Not so fast.
As Penguin is unveiling a grand statue to honor his late mother the procession is interrupted by The Red Hood Gang. The masked men destroy the statue and now Penguin is calling for their heads.
Meanwhile it turns out that the man behind this revival of The Red Hood Gang is Pengy’s oldest confidant Butch! Always being the observer, Eddie quickly figures out what is going on a sets up a double (or triple) cross on Butch and exposes him to his longtime boss. Both Nygma and The Red Hood Gang feature prominently in Scott Snyder’s Batman: Vol. 4 Zero Year – Secret City.