For quite some time now, the Batman has been trapped inside his own mind. From Professor Pyg transforming into Robin to losing Selina again in a far more violent fashion, Bruce has finally started to recognize the hand that’s moving the pieces of his mind in circles: it’s the Scarecrow, of course, and he’s inundating Bruce with fear toxin.
The Batman shouldn’t be here, having these dances with his lost love. He shouldn’t be here, going on these double dates inside his head. He should be out there, in the real world, where he last saw his unsteady ally the Penguin and his father figure Alfred in mortal danger. He should be out there, defending them and wresting control of Arkham from Bane, who has enlisted a cadre of villains to break the Bat. He should be out there, confronting his father, who seemingly, in fact, is still alive.
But first, the Batman must escape.
Check out the Beat’s exclusive preview of this week’s Batman #69 after the jump.
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Yanick Paquette
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
The Dark Knight is breaking through the bad dreams and coming out the other side. But is he ready for the culprit waiting through the veil of terror? And what lasting effects might this whole ordeal have on Bruce Wayne’s psyche? With artist Yanick Paquette (WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE) jumping on board to tackle the art, “Knightmares” comes to a shocking close. This will be the strangest issue yet—a no-holds-barred journey through Bat-man’s psyche via the inner workings of Arkham Asylum, setting up the next big chapter of Tom King’s epic BATMAN tale. Batman’s future starts now!
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