If Not For The Meddling Bat (Batman: Kings Of Fear #1 Comic Review)

Writer Scott Peterson

Artist Kelley Jones

Colorist Michelle Madsen

Letterer Rob Leigh

Cover Jones & Madsen

Variant Cover Bill Sienkiewicz

When reading Batman, do you ever feel like Bruce and his villain’s ma find some form of enjoyment from all of the violence? That maybe for Bruce and company this may be just a hobby involving high-level terrorism and crime? In Kings of Fear #1, we get to see just that, with The Joker setting up some kind of operation in the warehouse. Waiting for Batman to arrive, he kills one of his henchmen. Showing nothing but a pure thrill from what he had just done, and even more when Batman arrives on the scene and beats his cronies to a pulp.

Joker then begins to antagonize Bruce in a manner that reminds readers how familiar the clown is with Bruce just by how he presses his buttons. Batman eventually drops him with sleep gas while in the Batmobile on their way to Arkham. When they arrive, Joker has set a trap and all of Batman’s rogues have escaped. Bruce makes very handy and entertaining work of them, almost was like a reverse of Scooby Doo, with the rogues being frightened while Batman does what he does best.

The artwork in this issue is great, with the legendary Kelley Jones coming in for this short six part mini-series giving us a very classic feeling of Batman with some fresh direction from Scott Peterson to join into the fun. With Jones’s familiarity with the character and Peterson’s machine for mysteries, this series is slated to be a great little arc.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
This was an awesome issue, full of nostalgia for what exactly I love about Batman. While also holding up a very critical lens to the character and what he does (feels like a theme throughout his publications of late). I'm excited to see what's in store for the next parts of this series and eagerly await more phenomenal iconography in the issues to come.
Good
  • Compelling
  • Leaves You Excited For More
  • Ambitious Illustration
  • Nostalgia
Bad
  • First Issue Hype Leads to Next Issue Anxiety
8.5
Great
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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