STORY FOR THE MIDNIGHT SOCIETY…
When you think of Batman and hear a title like “King of Fears” chances are, you’re thinking about Jonathon Crane, better known as the Scarecrow. In this introduction to the mini-series however, the narrative spends most of its’ time focusing on Batman capturing the Joker, only to lead to a break at Arkham Asylum.
The narrative is a unique thing to say the least. With its introductory issue, it feels very fast paced and full of action, yet slow in its’ delivery. You are left with the feeling that the Scarecrow really is the main antagonist of the series and the story is merely just getting started. For its’ majority, it doesn’t break any new ground. Batman does remain silent for the majority of the book. For the most part, this is a Joker issue. Its’ sad to say that this is an issue with the handling of its’ dialogue that is familiar and in some ways dated.
HOPES FOR A PAYOFF!
Sometimes when you read issues like this, you hope for the best. While there are aspects of the narrative, which feel dated, that’s not entirely a bad thing for the art. Kelley Jones really does steal the show in this book.
The art is a throwback to the bright days of the 1990s. If the art looks and feels familiar thing back to his days on Knightfall. The vibrant nature of the art engages the readers in a wild and wonderful ride and doesn’t let go.
Overall, Batman: King of Fears #1 is a mixed bag of goods. It’s filled with beautiful and vibrant art. The writing is astonishing in its’ slow pace. Yet stumbles throughout the quick paced conversation between hero and villain and dated remarks of the Joker. King of Fears is a series full of potential but falls just shy in its’ introduction.
FINAL SCORE: 7.5/10
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