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The Batman: Fear State Event is collected like never before! Gotham City is on the brink of martial law as Batman fights a two-front battle! The Scarecrow is unleashing a devasting attack on the city while the Magistrate have made their move to invade! Gotham City is on the brink of a violent evolutionary path and the danger level to Batman and his allies reaching a fever The Batman: Fear State Event is collected like never before! Gotham City is on the brink of martial law as Batman fights a two-front battle! The Scarecrow is unleashing a devasting attack on the city while the Magistrate have made their move to invade! Gotham City is on the brink of a violent evolutionary path and the danger level to Batman and his allies reaching a fever pitch! The Magistrate now have full support from the mayor to handle high-level law enforcement in Gotham and have branded the Dark Knight as Public Enemy #1. Batman must also contend with the return of the Scarecrow who pursues his own terrifying agenda as he takes this chaotic moment to launch his FEAR STATE. And that's just the start of the Dark Knights twisted tale in Batman: Fear State Saga collecting Batman #112-117; Batman Secret Files: The Gardener #1; Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper #1; Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1; Batman: Fear State: Alpha #1; Batman: Fear State: Omega #1!


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The Batman: Fear State Event is collected like never before! Gotham City is on the brink of martial law as Batman fights a two-front battle! The Scarecrow is unleashing a devasting attack on the city while the Magistrate have made their move to invade! Gotham City is on the brink of a violent evolutionary path and the danger level to Batman and his allies reaching a fever The Batman: Fear State Event is collected like never before! Gotham City is on the brink of martial law as Batman fights a two-front battle! The Scarecrow is unleashing a devasting attack on the city while the Magistrate have made their move to invade! Gotham City is on the brink of a violent evolutionary path and the danger level to Batman and his allies reaching a fever pitch! The Magistrate now have full support from the mayor to handle high-level law enforcement in Gotham and have branded the Dark Knight as Public Enemy #1. Batman must also contend with the return of the Scarecrow who pursues his own terrifying agenda as he takes this chaotic moment to launch his FEAR STATE. And that's just the start of the Dark Knights twisted tale in Batman: Fear State Saga collecting Batman #112-117; Batman Secret Files: The Gardener #1; Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper #1; Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1; Batman: Fear State: Alpha #1; Batman: Fear State: Omega #1!

30 review for Batman: Fear State Saga

  1. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Anders

    The best way to enjoy this book is to look at all the pretty pictures, and just make up all the dialogue in your head. I ended up enjoying this a lot more when I started doing that. The Gardener one-shot was pretty good, just not enough to save this massive collection of shit. Pretty bad end to a pretty boring Batman run.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    This far more comprehensive collection of Fear State includes the main Batman issues, as well as the opening Alpha and concluding Omega one-shots and the Gardener, Peacekeeper-01, and Miracle Molly Secret Files issues. I'd highly recommend this over the Batman trade, because you're basically missing half the story if you skip out on this trade. Fear State is the (early) culmination of James Tynion IV's Batman run, bringing together the Future State Magistrate story and The Cowardly Lot Scarecrow This far more comprehensive collection of Fear State includes the main Batman issues, as well as the opening Alpha and concluding Omega one-shots and the Gardener, Peacekeeper-01, and Miracle Molly Secret Files issues. I'd highly recommend this over the Batman trade, because you're basically missing half the story if you skip out on this trade. Fear State is the (early) culmination of James Tynion IV's Batman run, bringing together the Future State Magistrate story and The Cowardly Lot Scarecrow story into one big knockdown brawl. With Scarecrow in control of the city as well as Simon Saint, leader of the Magistrate, it's up to a pared-down Batman and friends to take to the streets and wrestle back control even as the entire city turns against them. It's the kind of cinematic storytelling that reminds you why people keep coming back to Batman. It's easy to tell a story where Gotham goes mad, but it's much more difficult to tell a story like this where all the action is framed with some thought-provoking ideas about fear and the nature of why people are the way they are. This is explored even more in the Secret Files one-shots, which serve not only to give us the origins of Miracle Molly, The Gardener, and Peacekeeper-01 but also show us why they're acting the way they are in this story. Everyone has their own motivations that feed into the bigger plot, helped by the fact that Tynion IV writes all of these issues as well. The Alpha and Omega one-shots are also essential to the story - the Omega especially helps propel Batman into his next storyline under new writer Joshua Williamson, as well as set-up the next Detective Comics story, The Tower. I'm really surprised DC omitted these from the Batman trade given that the story kind of starts in-progress without the Alpha and doesn't really close down without the Omega. Odd decisions. The artwork's nothing to sniff at either - Jorge Jimenez tackles the Batman issues with his usual dynamic flair (aided by Bengal here and there), while Riccardo Federici's beautiful renderings fill the Alpha and Omega one-shots. Dani captures the mundane and the marvelous in the Miracle Molly one-shot, while the Gardener's world of plants is brought to insane life by the painterly styles of Christian Ward, and Joshua Hixon makes his mark on the Peacekeeper-01 story. Fear State got a lot of hate, but I really enjoyed it. It's not quite the blockbuster that Joker War was, but it's in the same vein, and an explosive bang for Tynion IV to end his time on the main Bat-title with.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Batman: Fear State Saga collects DC Comics issues Batman 112-117, Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly 1, Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper-01 1, Batman Secret Files: The Gardner 1, Batman Fear State: Alpha 1, and Batman Fear State: Omega 1 written by James Tynion IV and Ed Brisson with art by Jorge Jimenez, Bengal, Ryan Benjamin, Christian Duce, RiccardoFederici, Dani, Trevor Hairsine, Joshua Hixon, Guillem March, and Christian Ward. The Magistrate has secretly made a deal with Scarecrow to unleash Batman: Fear State Saga collects DC Comics issues Batman 112-117, Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly 1, Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper-01 1, Batman Secret Files: The Gardner 1, Batman Fear State: Alpha 1, and Batman Fear State: Omega 1 written by James Tynion IV and Ed Brisson with art by Jorge Jimenez, Bengal, Ryan Benjamin, Christian Duce, RiccardoFederici, Dani, Trevor Hairsine, Joshua Hixon, Guillem March, and Christian Ward. The Magistrate has secretly made a deal with Scarecrow to unleash a Fear State upon Gotham City. When Scarecrow's toxin quickly overpowers the Magistrate's new super cop, Peacekeeper-01, and the Batfamily's communication with the city is shutdown, will Batman and Gotham be able to survive the terror that has been unleashed? I have never been a big fan of Scarecrow. Every Scarecrow story is the same: Scarecrow unleashes a new toxin, Batman is effected and trips out, Batman overcomes the fear toxin, Batman capture scarecrow. Rinse and repeat. They even mention it in the epilogue how every villain has evolved except Scarecrow (which begs the question why they bothered to do this story?). I really liked the underlying Poison Ivy story and wish it focused more on that than Scarecrow. I have liked a lot of the original characters Tynion has created for the Batverse, but his actual story arcs failed to capture what I thought he would bring to the table. Which is a surprise because I really like what he did with Detective Comics, Batman/TMNT, and Batman Eternal. The art is pretty great throughout which isn't a surprise as Jimenez has been one of most consistently great artists lately. I am really hoping we can get back to some smaller scale Bat stories now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    pretty good but why was scarecrow ginger in some of the chapters lol

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris Richards

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Fear State is the grand finale to James Tynion IV’s Batman run. I did read the Batman volume when it came out but it was missing the start and end of the story so I waited for this to come out to write a review. Fear State sees Gotham plunged into chaos and fear by the Scarecrow as part of a plan to push Gotham to its absolute limit to prove people are better once they’ve faced their own fears. Scarecrow’s plan has only been made possible by the actions of Simon Saint and his Magistrate Programme Fear State is the grand finale to James Tynion IV’s Batman run. I did read the Batman volume when it came out but it was missing the start and end of the story so I waited for this to come out to write a review. Fear State sees Gotham plunged into chaos and fear by the Scarecrow as part of a plan to push Gotham to its absolute limit to prove people are better once they’ve faced their own fears. Scarecrow’s plan has only been made possible by the actions of Simon Saint and his Magistrate Programme and now Saint is desperately trying to clear up his mess as Peacekeeper-01 goes on a Scarecrow-fuelled rampage, and Saint’s scapegoats The Unsanity Collective seek refuge underground with Poison Ivy. Batman is caught in the middle of all this chaos, trying to hold Gotham together. Tynion’s Batman run has relied heavily on new original characters and Fear State is really the story of those characters. Batman’s sidekicks do appear but mostly only briefly. Harley Quinn goes off to complete her part of the story predominantly in tie-ins. Scarecrow doesn’t actually get much focus for the middle part of the section. Fear State instead focuses on Sean Mahoney, Miracle Molly, Simon Saint, Ghostmaker, The Gardener and of course Batman. This book even includes three Secret Files issues to dive into the origins of The Gardener, Miracle Molly and Peacekeeper-01 in detail. It will be interesting to see how many if any of Tynion’s creations survive him now he’s moving on. Simon Saint is a fairly generic evil businessman really and I can’t say I’m desperate to see more of him. The Gardener is a weird character I still don’t entirely understand, but the secret files gave us some context for her. I’ve found myself enjoying Ghostmaker much more than I expected, his relationship with Batman is refreshing and cute. At the end of the book, he takes other Tynion creation Clownhunter under his wing. I’ve not minded Clownhunter so seeing that combo together could prove interesting. Miracle Molly gives us insight into the Unsanity Collective and I found her origin interesting to explore but I didn’t entirely click with it. I started to have horrific Harper Row flashbacks at times in the middle of the book when Molly seemed to be perfect and amazing at everything. But then I warmed to her again by the end as I really liked her ending. Her final position leaves her open to return as an ally or an enemy. Bruce’s speech to her at the end is my favourite part of the book and gave me chills. Peacekeeper-01/Sean Mahoney is the main antagonist really, even if Scarecrow is pulling the strings for most of it. The Secret Files provided useful context for his history. For most of the story, he’s Scarecrow’s puppet and I struggled to care. But there’s real weight to the moment when he shoots Scarecrow and finally takes on Batman as himself. I loved that fight, and the weight of Future State weighed on it. Having seen the world if Mahoney won that fight, it felt like a really important moment and Batman’s victory was that much more satisfying. Most of the story sees Batman and the Magistrate running around Gotham almost aimlessly. It’s mindlessly entertaining but not brilliant. The strength of the story is its ending. Fear State delivers the punch the air moments we needed at the end - the Harley-Ivy kiss, the Bat-Signal in the sky as a symbol of hope, etc. - but also manages to give each character a satisfying ending for Tynion’s run while leaving them available for new writers to pick up and use. The Poison Ivy plot felt detached from the rest of the story and significantly relied on tie ins that aren’t collected here (Catwoman I think), but seeing Harley and Ivy reunited at the end warmed my heart and I loved the kiss. DC doesn’t chicken out on what their relationship is here. Scarecrow is very well written and I enjoyed him a lot. There wasn’t as much of him as you’d expect since the focus was on Mahoney and the Magistrate. But he still is the driving force of the story and I really liked Tynion’s take on the character. The last issue tying up all the loose ends focused on Batman and Scarecrow together and I enjoyed that a lot. Overall, Fear State is not the best story Tynion has ever written but is enjoyable throughout and delivers a satisfying ending. I had hoped for more from Tynion’s Batman run narrative-wise but I felt the character work has been consistently strong and Tynion has created some memorable new characters like Ghostmaker and Punchline. Fear State leaves Batman ready for a new status quo and I’m interested to see where we’re headed next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hugo Emanuel

    The Fear State Saga marks the end of Tynion's Batman run. Overall I found it to be all flash, and very little substance, especially when compared with the previous Tom King run, who was absolutely amazing. It did take a few risks with the character, and introduced a whole new slew of new ones, but neither were that compelling, and just added unnecessary padding to the story. I did feel that it got significantly better after the joker war. It became more fleshed out, and compelling, but it never The Fear State Saga marks the end of Tynion's Batman run. Overall I found it to be all flash, and very little substance, especially when compared with the previous Tom King run, who was absolutely amazing. It did take a few risks with the character, and introduced a whole new slew of new ones, but neither were that compelling, and just added unnecessary padding to the story. I did feel that it got significantly better after the joker war. It became more fleshed out, and compelling, but it never really went beyond decent to me. The artwork is a different story, though. Jorge Jiminez was the artist for most of his run, and he is just amazing. Too bad it was in the service of a mediocre run. This volume is definetly the best way to read the whole Fear State Saga. It contains all the pertinent tie-ins and one-shots, and reads very well, and since it was all mostly written by Tynion, the stories maintain a level of cohesion throughout. 3.5 out of 5 for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Geoff Mclennan

    Lots of fun moments but a little all over the place. One thing that didn’t work for me was that in Future State all of the setups seemed like they had been that way for a long period of time but then in the book everything was very compressed. For example, in Future State it seemed like Batman had been assumed dead for quite awhile but it’s less than a full issue in Fear State. I think part of the problem was that they had already told those stories in Future State so it would have been anti cli Lots of fun moments but a little all over the place. One thing that didn’t work for me was that in Future State all of the setups seemed like they had been that way for a long period of time but then in the book everything was very compressed. For example, in Future State it seemed like Batman had been assumed dead for quite awhile but it’s less than a full issue in Fear State. I think part of the problem was that they had already told those stories in Future State so it would have been anti climactic to rehash them but it made everything feel very fast. The art was fantastic.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Terrance

    This is quite possibly one of the least interesting Batman storylines I’ve ever read. Interminable, dull, and chock full of characters I do not at all care about. Tynion is better than this. If this is the future of Batman, I think I’m done. Should have learned my lesson with the terribly named Ghost-Maker.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lucille

    Vraiment bien aimé ce tome ! Un indispensable si on lit la série Harley Quinn aussi car très lié au personnage de Ivy. J'ai surtout adoré le chapitre sur Gardener. Vraiment bien aimé ce tome ! Un indispensable si on lit la série Harley Quinn aussi car très lié au personnage de Ivy. J'ai surtout adoré le chapitre sur Gardener.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nigel

    "Holy ****! It's ******* Batman!" "Holy ****! It's ******* Batman!"

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kaiulani

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grant Baker

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gabe Kłosowski

  14. 5 out of 5

    Garret

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ece Miller

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  18. 4 out of 5

    Spencer Ricker

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Parrott

  20. 5 out of 5

    Snega

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Stewart

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Micah Sewell

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shane Charles

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Granzow

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brad Richardson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jay

  29. 5 out of 5

    Declan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adriano

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