Written by Scott Peterson
Illustrated by Kelley Jones
Published by DC Comics
After reading this issue, I have come to one conclusion: this is the best work Kelley Jones has drawn in years.
The drawing and the storytelling are both wonderful. Batman and the Scarecrow are fighting each other throughout the series and it’s quite a delight to read!
The issue starts off with the Batman and Scarecrow facing off. The Scarecrow falls off of a building. Batman saves him. They go to the ground and have a conversation. Batman is unsure of what is real and what isn’t.
Peterson writes each scene with a sense of mystery.
Even a simple scene of the Scarecrow talking is psychological and strange. When you add in the art you get something that is really unique.
Batman and the Scarecrow hang out talking most of the issue.
The Scarecrow basically analyzes Batman after hitting him with fear gas. Batman is trying to get information on Crane’s overall plan but is less and less successful as the issue goes on. At the end, it looks like the Scarecrow has gotten away.
That is, until he surprises Batman and starts choking him to death. Things aren’t looking too good.
Now that Jones is moving away a little from being a clone of Bernie Wrightson, his art is much more enjoyable to look at. This whole series has been a joy and I can’t wait to read it all together. This is one of the more underrated series to come out for Batman in recent years.