Batman: Kings of Fear #6 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on January 09, 2019

Written by Scott Peterson
Art by Kelley Jones
Colouring by Michelle Madsen
Lettering by Rob Leigh
And thus ends this bizarre six-issue series. While I do this it was weirdly plotted and overall very reminiscent of other Batman stories, something here hit home for me and it was mostly the art and the tone of the dialogue that Scott Peterson added to the story.
Kelley Jones is just wonderful. This is one of the more basic-looking issue of the series but there's the occasional page with simply insane layouts that is par for the course with Jones. The first few pages in particular might be my favourite sequence of the entire series. It was beautifully plotted and I'm not sure if it was Jones or Rob Leigh who was responsible for the background lettering, but it looked phenomenal.
This was a bit of a dialogue and conversation-heavy issue, and while it felt a bit grating near the end of the issue, Peterson was clearly trying to tie the book together with his thesis before ending it. I'll give him a bit of leeway, but it was still overly talky.
In essence, Batman questioning his mission is a dangerous thing. He's done a lot of good but he never feels good about it, and a large chunk of the issue is dedicated to people essentially telling Batman that he matters and while he may feel like he's fighting a losing battle, he is still saving countless lives, both strangers and allies alike. It's a good theme and it's a good reminder of why Batman is one of the more unique DC characters despite his enormous popularity.
While there were some clunky elements, namely the dialogue and plotting, this was still a solid finish to this weird little series. I think it'll read even better collected, and the art by Jones is some of the best I've seen in a while.

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