Title: Batman: Kings of Fear (2018-) #2
Words: Scott Peterson
Art: Kelley Jones
Published: September 26, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Scarecrow is loose in the streets of Gotham City, and Batman must drag him back to Arkham Asylum! To make matters worse, he’s doused Batman with the strongest batch of fear gas in his arsenal, turning the city the Dark Knight Detective protects into his worst nightmare and enemy!
Chapter two of this tale begins with free association and Scarecrow asking Batman about the first thing that pops into his head; it should come as no surprise that, when asked, Batman’s mind immediately focuses in on Gotham City’s most notorious villains as well as some of the most painful moments of his life. This opening scene sets the book’s pace and tone and works to remind readers that they’ve already fallen down the rabbit hole and that madness awaits.
Batman: Kings of Fear #2 is filled with trippy, mind-bending illustrations that complement the script, and while not much happens by way of plot progression or further character development, this issue offers an immersive reading experience that moves at a breakneck pace.
While I have, thus far, enjoyed reading them first two issues of this series, I want more; still, readers are being teased with glimpses of the nightmare that awaits Batman. If Issue #3 doesn’t deliver on the promises that have been made, I fear that readers will be disappointed, and ultimately, abandon the series. Scott Peterson and Kelley Jones have successfully created a fresh tale that’s inspired by Batman’s past, but for the series to succeed, Peterson and Jones have to up the ante.
The Bottom Line:
Readers continue to slip deeper into the nightmare that Scarecrow has crafted for Batman, but they’re not fully immersed…yet. The best is yet to come, sure, but it’s time for the book’s creators to deliver the goods.