Batman: Kings of Fear #4

Writer: Scott Peterson Artist: Kelley Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 28, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 8
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Scarecrow's psych evaluation of Batman takes its darkest turn yet, as it completely dismantles the Dark Knight and keeps him from Gotham City! And a threat of immense magnitude will ravish the city unless Batman snaps out of Scarecrow's control.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Londyn Jackson Nov 28, 2018

    While I wish this series would be longer than six issues, Im curious to see how part five presents itself after that shocking last page. Peterson and Jones continue to put out an amazing Scarecrow tale, a very under-appreciated villain that Im so glad see get the attention he deserves. Any rogue that pushes Batman to his limits mentally is one that this character need to go toe to toe with to better himself for the fight against evil he desperately wants to win. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 22, 2018

    The journey into what drives the Batman is a beautiful and sad telling. The story finally gets into the Dark Knight's soul and answers some important questions. James Gordon gets some neat action sequences and the citizens and criminals get some space to react to an iconic item. The visuals are exceptional in this issue, with them showing a lot of humor and a lot of horrors, including personal failings. If you haven't read the first three issues, you could pick this up and not be lost. Seriously, this is a book that every Batman fan should read. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 29, 2018

    This book has proven itself to me. I was pretty well done with Kelley Jones on Batman as I thought I had my fill. I was wrong. He just needed to be inspired again. And this series certainly has inspiration in spades. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Nov 27, 2018

    Scott Peterson has done an exceptional job with this story and it's pacing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Nov 28, 2018

    Two thirds in and I'm still aching for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Nov 28, 2018

    Although it's been popular, as of late, to deconstruct the Dark Knight,Batman: Kings of Fear (2018-) offers the darkest, and most exciting deconstruction of Batman in recent history. Sure, there's not much here that fans don't already know, or haven't already thought about, but watching Scarecrow bleed information from Batman makes this series a captivating read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Dec 1, 2018

    A great issue of a great series. We venture deep into Batman's psyche, and rather than spelling out everything in captions, Peterson fully trusts Jones to illustrate Batman's hallucinations and tell the story that way, and Jones is doing a great job. Especially in a time where other Batman titles fail to successfully "deconstruct" our hero, it is a real treat to see it done right in this book. Recommended to all Batman fans! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 28, 2018

    The art drives this series, but the story is pretty strong too. It reminds me a little of Robinson's Two-Face story in Detective Comics, in that it's an intimate spotlight on Batman and one of his long-term villains. Strong art and a compelling story lift this above similar stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Nov 28, 2018

    This particular issue moves at a faster pace, there isn't much to chew on, and it doesn't add much of anything to the Batman mythos. In fact, it plays up storylines from the past. However, instead of being dull, it's actually quite the palate cleanser. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Nov 28, 2018

    Check this out if you haven't. Or pick the trade up when it's out. This is a really fun and beautiful story that every Bat-fan should check out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 12, 2018

    Writer Scott Peterson is presenting an interesting dynamic between these two characters. I always knew the Scarecrow was a fierce foe in Batman's rogues gallery, but this book puts him on a new level of psychological horror. He literally brings the Dark Knight to his knees and he never even had to throw a punch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Nov 28, 2018

    A unique and exceptional series that offers a fascinating glimpse into the psyche of one of the pop culture world's biggest heroes! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Christian Ruiz Nov 30, 2018

    This issue had the Dark Knight facing his greatest fear. More so than dying, he was faced with the idea that he is Gotham's greatest villain. Showed a sprawling beautiful city, one he was not part of, Scarecrow demonstrated that Gotham without Batman is a safe secure paradise. Many have argued that the rise of Gotham's hero also created Gotham's dread in the form of his rogues, as with any great victory, challenges will rise to meet it. This idea has always been toyed with but never brought face to face with reality. Now Batman will have to over power Crane and show how essential he is to Gotham's survival and that makes for a great comic. I look forward to the last two issues of Kings of Fear; it has had its ups and its downs, but certainly it has carved its place as an outstanding Batman comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Nov 28, 2018

    Reading Batman Kings of Fear #4 is akin to finding yourself waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat after a terrifying fever dream. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Chris Showalter Nov 28, 2018

    Scott Peterson and Kelley Jones continue their excellent character study of the Dark Knight in Batman: Kings of Fear #4. Unfortunately, the slow pacing is beginning to hurt the overall narrative. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Nov 30, 2018

    This is a good comic. Not very grabbing of a story, but will be a great trade paperback when the time comes. When that happens, this series will be best used as an intro to Batman and Scarecrow. It covers all of the bases we normally see these two touch down on. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comic Watch - John Jack Dec 4, 2018

    Getting to the point where the novelty of this series is wearing off and mid mini slump is evident, if next issue isn't better I might not finish this 6 issue series. Read Full Review

  • 4.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 28, 2018

    I love the art in this series, but not much else.  The premise may have a uniqueness to it, but the execution feels like we've all been there and while we were there, we certainly have done that.  I hope things turn around, but with two issues left, I can't recommend this. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    YourGreenMuse Nov 29, 2018

    I genuinely enjoyed this a ton. The art really stands out and tells the story better than words could've. But the writing isn't bad either. This one-off story is probably the most enjoyable Batman story I've read recently.

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  • 10
    Darkseid24 Nov 28, 2018

    Loved this issue. Scarecrow is continuing to give therapy to Batman& it’s fun to watch. This series manages to mix sad scenes like Batman‘s past& his unachievable goal with funny scenes like how Batman sees himself. The art intensifies both. I like how the story isn’t solely told with words, but also with art.
    Compared to the main Batman run Kings of Fear shows more understanding for Batman as a character.
    I also like the way Scarecrow is portrayed here. He isn’t just reduced on his fear gas, instead his genius as a professor of psychology is shown here as well. This story gives Scarecrow the spotlight he deserves& I wish the story would be longer than 6 issues. The ending teases an interesting plot& I am definitely exci more

  • 7.5
    myconius Nov 28, 2018

    this issue was alright.
    it tried a bit too hard to be profound.
    not sure how much fun it'll be upon re-reads though.

    the art was still nice as ever.
    Kelley Jones art alone is worth the price tag.

  • 10
    Khamul Mar 28, 2019

    There is more going on in this one issue than any six issues of any comic you can buy.What a ride this book is!!

  • 9.0

    The best issue yet.

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