Batman: Kings of Fear #5

Writer: Scott Peterson Artist: Kelley Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 19, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 9
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8.9User Rating

Scarecrow's endgame is in sight! He has created a world without Batman for the Caped Crusader to be tortured by. It's a world controlled by crime, where fear always wins!

  • 10
    Comicosity - Londyn Jackson Dec 19, 2018

    Im literally devastated the next issue will be the last of Peterson and Jones Batman: Kings of Fear. Nevertheless, Ill push my sadness to the side and focus on the absolute joy Ive had reading this new dark and twisted look into the mind of Batman. The last page brings me major anxiety but huge anticipation as to how this Dynamic Duo of Bat-horror will close out this short story. Will Batman shake off the god of fear or will he have his fear and insecurities succumb him? I cannot WAIT to find out!! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 21, 2018

    None of this would work without that art by Kelley Jones. Jones gives his artwork feeling, emotion, and an expressiveness all of it's own. It's beautiful in its creativity and the colors really pop as well. This is a descent into madness and it takes that decent very seriously. And that's something to truly be commended. This is simply a comic book that is fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 30, 2018

    This is a must-read, must-own Batman book. The story is fantastic and the visuals are to die for. I've read Batman comics for years and I've not seen Batman's psyche so focused on with such mind blowing artwork. Seriously, this is the Batman to get. Highest possible recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Dec 19, 2018

    This is just fantastic. Everyone should be reading this; Peterson's dialogue is expert and Jones' artwork is some of the best of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Dec 18, 2018

    Batman Kings of Fear #5 ends with Batman injecting himself with something. It might be more scarecrow juice, maybe something else? It's hard to tell what, making it impossible to figure out exactly how this mini-series will wrap up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Dec 19, 2018

    I have been enjoying this series so much, and this issue is my favorite so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Dec 19, 2018

    Batman has been broken physically on numerous occasions, but rarely have we seen him as psychologically torn as he is in this story. Has The Scarecrow finally proven himself the true King Of Fear? Though we know heroes always win in the end, I truly feel that any victory Batman may yet glean will come at a cost. This series has been so well executed that I even fear he may not win at all. I eagerly, yet tentatively, look forward to the final chapter of this excellent series. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Dec 19, 2018

    Batman: Kings of Fear #5 is another impressive chapter, and with only one issue left in this run, I'm eager to see how it'll end. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 19, 2018

    It's a more low-key Batman story than what we normally get, with the battle being joined inside the mind rather than the streets, but it's no less compelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Dec 19, 2018

    A book that's unafraid to explore the hard truths behind The Batman! Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Dec 19, 2018

    Though the dialogue seems rather cut-and-dried, the premise of the mini-series is still intriguing enough to provide an alternate look at the Caped Crusader. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Dec 19, 2018

    This has been an excellent character study of Batman. I'm anxious to see how things end here. With an out-of-continuity book, there's no telling how it could end. Will it go the safe route and play out as all Batman books do; with him emerging victorious and broken – or will he concede defeat, letting Scarecrow win and Gotham along with it? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Chris Showalter Dec 20, 2018

    Batman: Kings of Fear #5 is a mixed bag. Although Scott Peterson and Kelley Jones' analysis of Batman is excellent, the pacing feels too slow. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 19, 2018

    I really don't have much to say about this issue or series in general.  I love Kelley Jones' art, but there just isn't much story to justify this many issues.  Oh well, one more issue and then we can just move on and forget about it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    myconius Dec 19, 2018

    the art is still as beautiful as ever.

    i really enjoy the surreal dreamlike/nightmarish style of the narrative.


    it was very interesting to see where the Scarecrow speculated that he and the other rogues of Gotham would be without Batman. though i still can't imagine how he'd actually be able to know all this.

    it was pretty funny seeing Batman flop around like a rag doll, and Scarecrow easily pushing him over.

    ((((end spoilers))))

    i'm just not sure that we really needed 6 issues to tell this story.
    though for more of Kelley Jones's art, i'm not going to complain.

    + LikeComments (13)
  • 10
    Darkseid24 Dec 19, 2018

    With Nightwing #55& also with Kings of Fear# 5 it’s a great week for Scarecrow fans. Issue 5 is just as great as the last one& Scarecrow is continuing to give therapy to Bruce. This issue mostly concentrates on showing what would have happened, if Bruce had never become Batman& what he could have done with his life to really help people. The way it is written is funny& serious at the same time. Scarecrow‘s criticism of the Dark Knight is justified, but he also exaggerates from time to time like with Joker for example. But that’s the part where Kelley Jones& Scott Peterson manage to mix humor with a serious criticism of the Dark Knight. As a longtime reader I of course would think, that the Joker just would have never existed without B more

  • 9.0
    YourGreenMuse Dec 20, 2018

    I enjoyed this issue a lot. It's actually pretty funny while still being sort of justified. The art is really fluid and crazy to look at, and that's truly the main attraction here.

  • 10
    Khamul Mar 28, 2019

    What a stunning issue and Kelley Jones still reminds you that comic art can be transcendent.Get this book.

  • 8.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling Jan 7, 2019

    Batman The Animated Series had so much better examples of how Batman is responsible for how Gotham is, I would even argue some of these don't add up at all, but perhaps it is commenting on it from another angle, a butterfly effect rather than Batman indirectly or directly being responsible. I loved Kelley Jones' art and the story was still effective. It is good to see Scarecrow being used effectively, he hasn't had the best stories since Rebirth began

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    Reitherschach Dec 23, 2018

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    mrbrans Dec 26, 2018

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    Grape Ape Jan 4, 2019

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