""The Wonderland Gang!"": Batman investigates a growing new team of costumed crooks, "The Wonderland Gang". Led by the Mad Hatter and featuring Tweedledum and Tweedledee, they quickly amass high-class muscle from all over [[G
Appearing in "The Wonderland Gang!"
- Tweedledum and Tweedledee
- The Mad Hatter
- The Wonderland Gang (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Wonderland Gang!"
Batman investigates a growing new team of costumed crooks, "The Wonderland Gang". Led by the Mad Hatter and featuring Tweedledum and Tweedledee, they quickly amass high-class muscle from all over Gotham dressed as different Lewis Carroll characters. Finding the crimes somewhat amiss, Batman eventually tracks the gang down to the House of Mirrors at the Gotham Amusement Park. He finds Tetch, the Mad Hatter, spinning aimlessly on the Teacups ride. Sure enough, Tetch is victim of one of his own mind-controlling chips, which Batman removes. He then goes in and confronts the gangs real leaders, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. While Batman is battling the rest of the Wonderland gang, Tweedledum and Tweedledee both escape outside only to be subdued by the Mad Hatter, who beats them both unconscious with an oar. Batman calls Jim Gordon to tell him where to pick the gang up, and to make sure his men know to take it easy with Jervis Tetch, who really hadn't done anything wrong. Later, in Arkham, the frightened Tweedledum and Tweedledee try to apologize to the Mad Hatter. He slips two mind-control chips onto their necks, and then has them fight each other.
- Editor's Note: The events in this issue take place prior to Salvation Run.
- Collected in Batman: Private Casebook.
- While The Mad Hatter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and The March Hare are easily recognizable characters from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the Lion, the Unicorn, the Walrus and the Carpenter are slightly more obscure. The latter four each take their names from two poems, respectively "The Lion and the Unicorn" and the "The Walrus and the Carpenter," both published in Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass." While "The Walrus and the Carpenter" is an original poem by Carroll, "The Lion and the Unicorn" is a more traditional nursery rhyme only utilized by Carroll in his work. The Lion and the Unicorn are symbols for the United Kingdom, the Lion representing England, and the Unicorn representing Scotland.
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