I Am Batman #2
Written by John Ridley
Art by Stephen Segoya
Colors by Rex Lokus
Letters by ALW’s Troy Peteri
The Rundown: Batman searches for a mysterious foe. A murder investigation by the GCPD becomes divisive.
The story opens with a deadly confrontation involving masked vigilante Anarky. Later, Detectives Chubb and Whitaker question a young man with ties to the Moral Authority regarding the incident. When the two detectives discuss their findings with the Commissioner Montoya, conflicting views of a terrible crime are exposed. Afterwards, Montoya solicits the help of Tanya Fox.
Elsewhere, Batman confronts an armed mob. He then questions them about a previous crime. Later, Jace investigates both Tyler Arkadine and the Seer. Finally, Batman tangles with a group of armed conspiracy theorists in his search for answers.
The Story: John Ridley crafts a brilliantly written commentary on extremism in the third installment of this series. The Fear State is exploring the nature of humanity in a multitude of ways. And I am intrigued by the way Jace’s storyline is addressing the crisis.
I appreciate how this issue takes a problematic character and assesses their crime through a multitude of perspectives. It allows the reader to not only formulate their own opinion, but explore the ideas of others. It also sets the stage for even more provocative social analysis in future chapters. I look forward to finding out what happens next for these characters.
The Art: Stephen Segoya takes the helm as artist in this beautiful edition. His detailed drawings are perfectly complimented by the stunning color work of Rex Lokus. The result is a mesmerizing series of panels that perfectly capture the tone of the story.