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"Batman #107" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Jorge Jimenez and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Colored by Tomeu Morey
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
2021, 34 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on April 6th, 2021

Review:

After the events of A-Day that left many residents dead, it was believed that the Scarecrow was among them. Now, Dr. Jonathan Crane is terrorizing Gotham City on a new level, raising tension not by shooting fear gas everywhere, but by setting everyone on edge, including the Mayor. As new faces pop up in the city, Batman has his hands full trying to stay ahead of the carnage.

Writer James Tynion IV is spinning quite a few plates in the pages of Batman. There are a few different plot threads at work here, weaving together in interesting ways. There are levels to Gotham City and not everything revolves around the Dark Knight. That's a good thing, as it offers a variety of different stories showcasing multiple areas of the city.

The main thread, regarding the Scarecrow's return, is super unsettling if for nothing else than the villain's new design. Artist Jorge Jimenez makes Crane look larger than life with a bulky straw hat and glowing gas mask. Pieces of straw jut out in all directions, making him appear unapproachable. His fingers end in needles, presumably filled with fear toxin.

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When the Scarecrow appears, it's like reality around him bends. It makes me wonder if we're really seeing him or if it's just figments of imagination. Perhaps the characters are seeing things and there's someone else pulling strings from the shadows. Colorist Tomeu Morey gives this a hazy look, adding to that uneasy feeling.

Letterer Clayton Cowles gets in on this action, adding some blurs to the Scarecrow's dialogue. It's already creepy by appearing in roughly shaped black word balloons, but these little touches put it over the edge. I also really like the opening page where Cowles changes the usual rigid caption boxes into wavy ones, showing us how Batman is losing control.

Gotham City is usually full of ominous darkness, yet this version is full of neon lights. This gives the city life, like it's a beating pulse. This is perfect for the scenes with Harley Quinn, as she's much more colorful than the brooding Caped Crusader. This allows us to uncover some unique corners that Batman may not have went before.

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This issue also features a backup story following the Ghost-Maker illustrated by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz. This is very different in tone, coming through much more like a high-tech adventure tale than the action horror we're seeing in the main tale. Ortiz's artwork bends and twists to match up to the Ghost-Maker's attacks.

There's a lot going on in this book right now and it's absolutely riveting. With all this around to unpack, it's clear there's a ton in store for the Dark Knight and Gotham City. Starting off this next phase with the Scarecrow and the heightened tension of the city is a great choice. You really get the feeling that this place is a powder keg and that's the perfect place for fear to spread.

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Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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