Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Batman: Kings of Fear #2 Review



Dream Warrior

Writer: Scott Peterson
Artist: Kelley Jones
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 26, 2018

This book kind of came out of nowhere and for me, it came at the right time.  There is nothing like being frustrated with the main Batman run to get you excited about an old-school feeling Bat-book with classic villains and the Dark Knight punching his way out of trouble.  Of course, that does lead him into trouble and the last issue ended with a cool cliffhanger that had me excited for this issue to get here.  Was it worth the wait?  Let's find out...

We start this month's issue with some word association that ends with a tweest.  Yea, Batman is actually with Gordon, not his Rogues Gallery and we continue the story from there.



Batman heads off to dig up some evidence on the guard whom Scarecrow kidnapped and after finding out his daily (non) habits, he gets a tip and heads to the Narrows. Once there, Batman kind of lucks into some bad guys doing bad things (if that can be considered lucky) and takes down the ones that deserve it, but teaches a lesson to a younger guy who is on the brink of becoming bad.  It's a nice little display of how scary and inspiring Batman can be in just a couple of panels.



We then end the issue (it really is a very quick read) with Batman way out of it and Scarecrow offering some unique help...if Batman wants it, that is.



I have to admit, there isn't much of a story going through this book right now.  It is being held together by the Kelley Jones art, which I do love, but after an interesting start, I am in grave danger of losing interest here.  We finally get to the Scarecrow and possibly a glimpse of what is going on, but having to wait for issue #3 in a six-issue mini seems extreme.  I hope things pick up right away next month, but I can't recommend this series right now.

Bits and Pieces:

There is not much to this months issue except some very good and moody art and a cool cliffhanger.  After a good start, we kind of stall here and I am left on the fence on whether I can recommend this book any more.  Right now, my gut feeling is no.

5.5/10



1 comment:

Jeremy Daw said...

Not read this issue, but I wasn't *that* impressed with the first one, despite loving the art. There are some nice bits of dialogue between the Joker and Batman, but the Arkham Nurse/Doctor's dialogue was forced and was done better in The Dark Knight Returns. I'll probably pick up the rest of the series, but I was hopeful for better.