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DC LAUNCHES FEAR STATE HORROR-THEMED EVENT THIS SUMMER

The Scarecrow has been pulling strings in the shadows since his return in Batman after the events of the Joker War. This summer, he's sending Gotham City straight to Hell in Fear State, a new horror-themed event that unifies plot threads from DC Future State and Infinite Frontier. It not only continues Dr. Jonathan Crane's vision of a fear-controlled Gotham, but also Mayor Christopher Nakano's mission to protect the city with his deal with the Magistrate. It also serves as a launching point for several new series and plotlines across all the Batman-family titles, leading into an exciting 2022. Check out the details below.

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I Am Batman #0 drops on August 10th, 2021 from writer John Ridley and artist Travel Foreman. It features a main cover by Foreman, card stock variant covers by Dave Wilkins and Derrick Chrew, and a card stock 1:25 variant cover by Riccardo Federici.

The age of a new Dark Knight begins! On August 10, picking up immediately from the events of The Next Batman: Second Son, Jace Fox begins the march toward his destiny when he fights to protect Alleytown against the oppressive forces of the Magistrate, using Batman armor and tech he’s found in Bruce Wayne’s old base of operations, the Hibernaculum!

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Catwoman #34 debuts the following week from writer Ram V and artist Fernando Blanco with a main cover by Yanick Paquette and a card stock variant by Jenny Frison.

Alleytown continues to be the hotspot in Gotham City, with Selina Kyle’s quest to keep her home safe beset on all sides, not only by law enforcement gone bad, but a potential invasion by the city’s villains as well. And if those problems aren’t enough, Batman makes the scene, breaking his and Selina’s vow to give each other another one-year break.

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The next week has the release of Harley Quinn #6, written by Stephanie Phillips and illustrated by Laura Braga, featuring a main cover by Riley Rossmo and a card stock variant cover by Derrick Chrew.

What would any crisis that threatens all of Gotham City be without Harley Quinn? Boring, that’s what! The mistress of mischief and mayhem teams up with Catwoman to kick the Magistrate out of Alleytown for good!

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The event officially begins on August 31st with Batman: Fear State Alpha #1 from writer James Tynion IV and artist Riccardo Federici. This features a main cover by Ben Oliver, a variant cover by Dylan Teague, a 1:25 ratio variant cover by Jorge Jimenez, and a 1:50 variant cover by Francesco Mattina.

The event over a year in the making begins...Fear State settles upon Gotham City, and no one is safe! Overwhelmed by the dual threat of the?Scarecrow?and Peacekeeper-01, Batman and his allies?have been one step behind since the events of Infinite Frontier #0...and with the arrival of a mysterious?anti-Oracle and the return of Poison Ivy...Batman might have more than he can handle!?

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Batman #112 through #117 also tie into Fear State. These will feature variant covers by Jorge Molina which connect to form a linked image of the allies and enemies that the Dark Knight will encounter through the event.

This is pretty cool. Tynion has been planting seeds in his work on Batman since he took the title over. It's exciting to see how this will start to come together in a big way.

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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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