Title: Batman: Kings of Fear (2018-) #3
Words: Scott Peterson
Art: Kelley Jones
Published: October 24, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: There’s nothing to fear but fear itself—unless, of course, the Scarecrow is trying to scare all of Gotham City to death with his fear gas! Dr. Jonathan Crane has undergone an intense therapy session in order to “cure” Batman of his various psychoses. That involves Batman and Scarecrow battling through the streets of Gotham City, with the Caped Crusader not knowing what’s real and what’s fake. Can Batman handle this sudden influx of personal demons into his psyche? Or will the next cell in Arkham Asylum be reserved for Bruce Wayne?
As of late, there have been quite a issues, throughout all of DC’s Batman-related series, that have examined and, ultimately, deconstructed the Dark Knight. Batman: Kings of Fear (2018-) #3 continues the further exploration of the Caped Crusader’s psyche and does so in a way that entertains while simultaneously provoking thought.
Scott Peterson’s script is smart and well-crafted and makes for an exciting reading experience. Scarecrow has thus far had the upper-hand on Batman and it appears as though there is no end in sight for his manipulation as he continues his examination. At points throughout the issue, Scarecrow points out the triviality of Batman’s nightly routine and pokes fun, calling him a Pro Bono Bodyguard and a Babysitter.
Kelley Jones continues to produce unique, stylized artwork that realizes the nightmare that is Gotham City after dark and personifies the fear that surrounds both the Dark Knight and his villains.
The Bottom Line:
Batman: Kings of Fear (2018-) continues to gain momentum as the Dark Knight slips deeper into the asylum-like nightmarescape that the Scarecrow has crafted for him. DC’s overarching deconstruction of the Caped Crusader continues.