Yep, That’s About It (Batman Kings Of Fear #3 Review)

By Scott Peterson & Kelley Jones

Colorist Michelle Madsen

Letterer Rob Leigh

Cover Jones and Madsen

Warden Dave Wielgosz

Superintendent Jamie S. Rich

Last Issue

Batman cleaned up Arkham Asylum and had one villain left to go when he runs into Scarecrow. Typically, Dr. Crane doses Bruce heavily with his fear toxin. Batman was thrust into a world full of his worst fears. Punctuated by the psychedelic nature of his hallucination, while exploring inner fears and a complex with inadequacy, Bruce finds himself mentally fighting the likes of Jim Gordon and his childhood self.

This Issue

As the initial effects of the toxin wear off, Crane, using the leverage of a hostage forces Batman to take the Scarecrow on one of his patrols.  Scarecrow observes that Batman is essentially almost a big brother to Gotham, and he is almost insulted that he’s constantly bested the caped crusader.  Finding patrols entirely boring, Scarecrow opts to change the stage and shows Bruce to the hostage. The game is set as the miniseries mounts up for an eye-opening showdown.

Thoughts

This was a fun issue, in my opinion, not sure if it’s by design but when Batman patrols are being subjected to the level of mundane that they outright BORE one of his premier villains I find myself chuckling. For me, a lifelong fanboy it makes me think of the line between Batman and the villains here in Gotham. Scope. Bruce does his best to make sure everyone he can save is saved. Few and far between will we have another issue that illustrates that very ideal than this.

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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
Kings of Fear is turning out to be a fun ride of nostalgia, humor, and thought-provoking to the fans. I recommend this for any hardcore Gotham reader. This series cuts to the chase and makes sure the chase isn't boring or complex for the reader. With the classic and iconic artwork of the series to help out, what else could you want?
Good
  • Compelling
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Ambitious Illustration
  • Nostalgia
  • Leaves You Excited For More
Bad
  • Cliche
  • CLIFFHANGER!!!!!! F@?%$
8
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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