Writer Scott Peterson & Kelley Jones
Artist Kelley Jones
Colorist Michelle Madsen
Letterer Rob Leigh
Cover Jones & Madsen
Warden Dave Wielgosz
Superintendent Jamie S. Rich
Dr. Crane is examining our beloved dark knight after a heavy dose of fear toxin, following Batman around while patrols Gotham. To the Scarecrow’s surprise, Batman saves mostly regular Joes around Gotham and Crane finds it to be rather pathetic. Referring to each citizen of Gotham as a nobody and Bruce as a glorified babysitter. Wrapping up the night by saving a little girl who had strayed from home late at night all in the name of a bag of chips. Batman gets her home safely while wondering if she was really due to the effects of the fear toxin.
Its time for Batman to open up about his issues and Dr. Crane is in. Seemingly diving into Bruce’s mind we find out what it is he really wants and needs. While also digging up what exactly it is that one of the most proficient users of fear as a tool, fears himself. How will the bat fare in this involuntary therapy sessions?
I really like how this mini-series is turning out. Its making significant statements about Bruce, most of which we already know, packaged in such a manner with this classic art style makes it feel like these old classics being like your grandma coming over for a visit and bringing a new batch of her classic cookies. This series is nostalgia incarnate, which isn’t always a good thing, but this time it is. It’s not a very compelling story if I’m being completely honest, but it’s an enjoyable read that will be great as a trade paperback when its done it two more issues.