Batman's Next Big Event Fear State Sends Gotham City Straight To Hell

Fear State will be a launching point for several new stories for the Batman comic books, which will lead to a new status quo for the caped crusader in 2022.


After surviving the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal and Joker War, the next big Batman event will build on story threads introduced in Future State and Infinite Frontier to create a horror-themed storyline called Fear State. The Scarecrow has been working in the shadows for months, and Fear State will cross over with the ongoing Catwoman and Harley Quinn comic books when it begins on August 10.

For Batman fans worried about catching up, DC is promising that Fear State will be the launching point for several new series and plotlines across all Batman-family titles, directly leading into a new status quo for the Dark Knight and his allies in 2022.

"This Fall, The Scarecrow is sending Gotham City straight to Hell, and it's up to Batman and his allies to stop it," DC's synopsis reads. "Fear State not only continues the Scarecrow's vision of a fear-controlled Gotham, but also Mayor Christopher Nakano's mission to protect the city with his ground-breaking deal with The Magistrate."

Fear State begins with the 40-page I Am Batman #0 by writer John Ridley and artist Travel Foreman, which continues on after the events of The Next Batman: Second Son. You can see a full selection of covers below from August's tie-in issues, with the main Batman title having six variant covers from artist Jorge Molina that forms an interconnected showcase.

Batman: Fear State
Batman: Fear State

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