Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Was this anybody's favorite FEAR STATE story THIS WEEK?
Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2021 at 02:14:59 pm EDT (Viewed 71 times)
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This issue is sound and fury signifying nothing. Again, it's all exposition. The handicaps Batman faces are explained, but we don't actually see how they affect his fighting. We don't see how he overcomes it.

The plan by St. Simon Says is a false flag operation. But we knew that. Batman explains it to the commissioner and she says "I need proof, McGonicle." Batman says I'll get right on it. Except that there are things happening on the street that people can see. There's no way the Gotham PD would be blind to that other than the writer says they are. Yet another city goes to hell story.

And don't get me started on Simon, Simon, Simple Pieman getting scared that his plot is being exposed. That thought never occurred to him? Now that's something even the Joker was say is crazy.

I've pushed this point before, but Gotham is in the U.S. There are governors and presidents and federal agencies and state agencies that don't answer to a corrupt mayor. The thought that they do nothing is just silly. That's why it's hard to write these kinds of stories and probably why DC shouldn't. Keep raising the stakes and you run into the "one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic" problem. Killing more people is just chasing the dragon. We don't care about the million Gothamites because they are literally paper figures. To make this work, we have to care about the characters.

Also Clownkiller is going through some psychic trauma thanks to Scarecrow. So what. He is a flat character that is just plain stupid. And Bruce letting this murderous psychopath go free is stupid. You can't kill dozens of people in a horrible way and be considered normal or "saveable." He has to be locked up. In the real world, he'd get psychological treatment, but thanks to DC not actually understanding mental issue and its treatments, that would mean putting him Arkham, a facility that would exist in the real world because mental health facilities are designed not look like gothic nightmares. Also, does Bruce tell everyone who he is like he has escaped from "How This Movie Should Have Ended" from YouTube?

Another issue where all the exposition is talk and all the action is over in a second. Not compelling, not interesting and simply not good storytelling.

The art is pretty but doesn't help the action flow. Also don't like the colors, but that seems to be me.

Not good. Or I could be wrong

Thanks for the review - as usual. Will definitely check out the GL Annual too.

Hopefully anybody/everbody will share which was their favorite FEAR STATE story THIS WEEK? And how this compared?

Catwoman (2018-) #35
The Strays disable the Magistrate’s communication around Alleytown and replace it with their own ramshackle network. Harley Quinn believes Ivy is the key to helping the city, so she and the Gardener start heading to Alleytown to track down Catwoman and retrieve Ivy.

Batman (2016-) #113
Ghost-Maker reveals a dark revelation about his past connection to Jonathan Crane while Batman puts together the pieces of Scarecrow’s master plan. Using the Unsanity Collective’s technology, the villain plans to detonate a “Fear Bomb” in Gotham City! Backup: Clownhunter has been dosed by the Scarecrow with a deadly fear toxin and is now traveling through his greatest nightmare of Gotham City. Will the Clownhunter center himself and strike back at Scarecrow? Or will he succumb to all his worst fears?!

Nightwing (2016-) #84
When the Bat-Family receives misleading information and incorrect directions from Oracle, ones Babs didn’t send herself, they realize Oracle’s system has been hacked! But who is powerful enough to break into Oracle’s own super-secure network? And what personal information is now at risk? Not only that, this mysterious Anti-Oracle is taking advantage of Gotham City’s state of fear and has bombarded the city with falsities, spreading even more fear. With the Bat-Team’s comms unreliable, Nightwing heads to Gotham to find the source of Anti-Oracle’s transmissions.

Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly (2021-) #1
Since Miracle Molly’s explosive first appearance in the pages of Batman, people have been clamoring to know more about the colorful transhumanist vigilante! Now the wait is over-the history of Gotham’s latest breakout star is revealed! It’s a story so secret even Miracle Molly doesn’t remember it! Discover what led a regular Gothamite to reject their past, name, and humanity to embrace the promise of a blank slate-the promise of the Unsanity Collective! Batman series writer James Tynion IV teams up with rising superstar artist Dani to bring you all the way back to the beginning of Miracle Molly in this exciting and integral Fear State special.


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