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DC Comics announces horror event 'Fear State' for August 2021
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DC Comics announces horror event ‘Fear State’ for August 2021

Batman, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and more face off against a new threat to Gotham in ‘Fear State’ this August.

Today, DC Comics has announced a new fall event that’s horror-themed set in and around Gotham City called “Fear State.” The event promises to continue to tell Scarecrow’s fear-controlled Gotham story but also ties into Mayor Nakano’s mission to protect the city with The Magistrate. The event also is promised to set up a new status quo for 2022. The event will take place over multiple titles and will carry forward on a weekly basis.

“Fear State” kicks off with I Am Batman #0 written by John Ridley with art by Travel Foreman with new batman Jace Fox protecting Alleytown from The Magistrate. Out August 10th, Jace is using armor and Batman equipment he found at Bruce Wayne’s old base.

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The story continues on August 17th in Catwoman #34 with the story focused on Alleytown. Ram V and Fernando Blanco, and will focus on Catwoman trying to keep her neighborhood safe. The following week, Stephanie Phillips and Laura Braga continue the tale in Harley Quinn #6 as Harley joins the fray to help Catwoman.

Then on August 31st, James Tynion IV and Ricardo Federici launch Batman: Fear State Alpha #1 as the heroes are overwhelmed by Scarecrow and Peacekeeper-01. They’re also threatened by the “anti-Oracle” and the return of Poison Ivy.

Check out the full solicits and preview pages below for more info in each issue in August.

I Am Batman #0 – 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!

  • Written by John Ridley
  • Art and Main Cover by Travel Foreman
  • Card Stock Variant cover by Dave Wilkins
  • Card Stock Variant cover by Derrick Chew
  • Card Stock 1:25 Variant cover by Riccardo Federici
  • 40 Pages; $4.99 ($5.99 card stock variant cover)
  • On Sale Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Catwoman #34 – Then on August 17, 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.

  • Written by Ram V
  • Art by Fernando Blanco
  • Main cover by Yanick Paquette
  • Card stock variant by Jenny Frison
  • 32 Pages; $3.99 ($4.99 card stock variant)
  • On Sale Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Harley Quinn #6 – 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!

  • Written by Stephanie Phillips
  • Art by Laura Braga
  • Main cover by Riley Rossmo
  • Card stock variant by Derrick Chew
  • 32 Pages; $3.99 ($4.99 card stock variant cover)
  • On Sale Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Batman: Fear State Alpha #1 –   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!

  • Written by James Tynion IV
  • Art by Riccardo Federici
  • Main cover by Ben Oliver
  • Variant cover by Dylan Teague
  • 1:25 ratio variant cover by Jorge Jimenez
  • 1:50 ratio variant cover by Francesco Mattina
  • 40 Pages; $4.99 ($5.99 card stock variant cover)
  • On Sale Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Then in September, Tynion’s Batman series ties into “Fear State” with issue #112 through issue #117, and courtesy of Jorge Molina a variant cover series connects to reveal allies and enemies that the Dark Knight will encounter throughout the event!

DC Comics announces horror event 'Fear State' for August 2021

The event looks to put all of Gotham in danger, but what say you readers, are you excited for this series? Let us know in the comments.

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