Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Colors by Tomeu Morey
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Scarecrow ramps up his plans to bring a new kind of fear to Gotham.
In the aftermath of his time with Scarecrow, Batman is unable to trust his own eyes as visions of the villain take hold in the Dark Knight’s mind. As he fights to make his way back to a sense of safety, things in the city continue to take a dark turn. Saint finds himself not only dealing with some personal issues of his own, but his newly minted Peacekeeper 1 finds himself on the streets of the city affected by Scarecrow as well.
Batman makes his way to Barbara and a small group of allies, but things are still dire. While Harley and Gardner attempt to help a compromised Poison Ivy beneath the streets of the city, Ghost-Maker is called in to help a Batman who cannot trust himself. As Batman prepares to hunt for Peacekeeper 1 before he causes a massacre, Saint has his own contingency plan he activates to stop his creation.
The Story: James Tynion IV brings all the tension from Fear State and ramps it up with a story that takes the Batman into some interesting places of uncertainty and vulnerability. It’s an interesting transition for the character to see him have to rely on others and the story brings that out organically. I enjoyed the parallel storylines of Batman and Saint rallying to hunt down Peacekeeper 1 for their own reasons and I am interested in seeing how the characters will clash when their plans for into effect. It will also be interesting to see how Scarecrow takes advantage of the situation.
The Art: Jorge Jimenez delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. There are so many great visual moments to be found throughout the issue.