Writer Scott Peterson
Artist Kelley Jones
Colorist Michelle Madsen
Letterer Rob Leigh
Cover Jones & Madsen
Variant Cover Bill Sienkiewicz
When reading Batman, do you ever feel like Bruce and his villain’s ma find some form of enjoyment from all of the violence? That maybe for Bruce and company this may be just a hobby involving high-level terrorism and crime? In Kings of Fear #1, we get to see just that, with The Joker setting up some kind of operation in the warehouse. Waiting for Batman to arrive, he kills one of his henchmen. Showing nothing but a pure thrill from what he had just done, and even more when Batman arrives on the scene and beats his cronies to a pulp.
Joker then begins to antagonize Bruce in a manner that reminds readers how familiar the clown is with Bruce just by how he presses his buttons. Batman eventually drops him with sleep gas while in the Batmobile on their way to Arkham. When they arrive, Joker has set a trap and all of Batman’s rogues have escaped. Bruce makes very handy and entertaining work of them, almost was like a reverse of Scooby Doo, with the rogues being frightened while Batman does what he does best.
The artwork in this issue is great, with the legendary Kelley Jones coming in for this short six part mini-series giving us a very classic feeling of Batman with some fresh direction from Scott Peterson to join into the fun. With Jones’s familiarity with the character and Peterson’s machine for mysteries, this series is slated to be a great little arc.