"Fear State": Anarky runs down an alleyway clutching his bloodied side. He turns back for a split second to see what is pursuing him, and is shot six times in the chest. His dead body is left upon a pool of his own blood in the alleyway.
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Synopsis for "Fear State"
Anarky runs down an alleyway clutching his bloodied side. He turns back for a split second to see what is pursuing him, and is shot six times in the chest. His dead body is left upon a pool of his own blood in the alleyway.
Later, Batman (Jace Fox) pursues a group of 3 heavily armed men that shoot back at him. They a part of a civilian militia known as the Moral Authority that hunt down masks in the name of justice within a an already unstable and fearful Gotham. Jace subdues the men and sends the leaders own knife into his thigh. Upon interrogation, the leader states he was the owner of the warehouse blown up in I Am Batman #1, and paid a copious amount of cash by an unknown figure to lease the building.
Meanwhile, Detectives Whitaker and Chubb at the Gotham Police Detention Facility interrogate a young man named Morris, who also claims he is part of the Moral Authority. He admits to the murder of Anarky stating he did it for the safety of Gotham and her citizens and believes his actions are justifiable within the limits of current Magistrate Law. Relaying this information to Commissioner Renee Montoya, Montoya states she requires the advice of Gotham district attorney Tanya Fox, mother of Jace Fox.
Tanya, having sided with pro Magistrate ideology after the events of The Joker War, believes the man’s actions were indeed justified. Montoya disagrees and believes Morris should face full prosecution for murder.
Speaking with his A.I. construct Vol, Jace discusses the recent extradition of Arkadine and believes the new digital supervillain known as Seer is escalating violence between Gotham citizens, masks, and police by manipulating audio and video channels throughout Gotham's networks. Jace also inquires into the Moral Authority, to which Vol states is just a faction of citizens that have congregated and sided with the Magistrate within the recent Gotham Civil War; a community response to the current Fear State that has consumed the city.
Jace asks Vol to hack Seer's messaging boards and arrange a meeting amongst their followers. Vol agrees and Batman departs to seek information on Seer.
Batman arrives to the entire Moral Authority awaiting Seer, not realizing yet they are being set up. He quickly subdues the men and inquires of the whereabouts of Seer. The leader refuses to talk and states Batman wouldn’t kill. Jace removes the lower half of his mask revealing his black skin and beard. The leader realizes this is not the real Batman. Jace admits he isn’t the real Batman, but will stop at nothing to get the information he needs.
The leader states Seer is everywhere and in everything electronic, so finding an exact location to their whereabouts are near impossible. The leader exclaims Bruce Wayne’s Batman could find Seer, to which Jace replies, 'I am Batman'.
Appearing in "Fear State"
- Gotham City Police Department
- Commissioner Montoya
- Detective Chubb
- Detective Whitaker
- Tanya Fox
- Vol (On a TV or computer screen)
- Ghost gun carriers
- Moral Authority
- Morris Caulfield
- Seer (Voice)
- Anarky (Dies) (Flashback and main story)
- Arkadine (On a TV or computer screen)
- Batman (Bruce Wayne) (Mentioned only)
- Charlie (Mentioned only)
- The Magistrate (Mentioned only)
- Scarecrow (Mentioned only)
- Wayne Enterprises (Mentioned only)
- Lucius Fox (Mentioned only)
- United States of America
- Vietnam (On a TV or computer screen)