by Michael Reaves and Steven-Elliot Altman

Published by A Del Rey Book, an imprint of Random House

A review by John Irvin


“She dropped the book, jumping back as it hit the hardwood floor of her office alcove. Her arms were puckered with gooseflesh, and she rubbed them, wondering how a writer she’d never read could so thoroughly push her buttons.”

            From the back cover blurb:

Batman strikes fear in the hearts of criminals, but there’s a killer stalking Gotham who’s even better at inspiring fright—and his method just might be unbeatable…because it’s invisible.

            Unbeknownst to the general public, a powerful new designer drug has hit the streets of Gotham, courtesy of an evil genius determined to turn the expression “scared to death” into lethal reality.

            Unlike the Caped Crusader, who petrifies only villains, this mastermind is targeting decent citizens—and he’s come up with the ultimate delivery system. After all, the public can’t refuse something they can’t see, hear, or smell. That’s the beauty of a terror toxin that is undetectable by the human senses. And with all of Gotham’s super-villains incarcerated, Batman must hunt down a mystery madman about whom he knows nothing.

            Maybe the Dark Knight should be afraid…because there’s plenty of fear when you go head-to-head with fear itself.

Batman: Fear Itself by Michael Reaves and Steven-Elliot Altman, A Review

            Whether you read about him in the comics, graphic novels, or watch him on TV or in the theater, there’s something about an actual Batman novel.

            Fear Itself is disturbing to a delicious level. I loved every minute of it and felt like I was right there at my hero’s side, trying to unravel this dark, terror-inducing mystery taking Gotham City by storm—or rather by invisible toxins.

            Michael Reaves and Steven-Elliot Altman make a great team in revealing the dark underbelly of the old haunting grounds of the Dark Knight and his villains. You know Batman always wins, but there are moments where you actually find yourself doubting if we’re going to make it out alive.

            Can anyone—even the Caped Crusader—go toe-to-toe with fear itself?

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: BATMAN: FEAR ITSELF.

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