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‘Fear Case #4:’ Advance Comic Book Review

I will never know true, unfettered fear. Not like some people. I’m not wearing that as a badge of honor, it’s simply a reality of the world we live in. I have more fear for other people than I do myself, and yet, I’m afraid. Like so many of the rest of the world, we are taught to fear: fear the other side, fear circumstances yet unseen, fear the unknowable. Especially in the last four years, as a culture we’ve lived in a cacophony of fear, because we see just how vulnerable we truly are: vulnerable to the whims of a terrible leader, vulnerable to a wide-ranging disease, vulnerable to the people who are supposed to protect us.

Matt Kindt and Tyler and Hilary Jenkins’ Fear Case has been a smart and character-driven way to distill those themes into a hard-boiled, LA noir, Lovecraftian puzzle box as our two Secret Service agents try to track down an almost mythological and incredibly elusive brief case that has been cursed with a dark power.

The question at the center of this story isn’t simply “what is fear?” but instead “what does fear inspire us to do?” The almost singular rule behind the case is the most telling thematic statement about this story and about how fear affects us in the real world.

Do our characters find the case? Or does the case find them? You’ll have to read to find out, but I guarantee you that will be the question that matters least when you’re finished reading it!

Creative Team: Matt Kindt (writer), Tyler Jenkins (art), Hilary Jenkins (color), Daniel Chabon (editor), Chuck Howitt (assistant editor), Josei Christensen (digital art technician), Patrick Satterfield (designer), Mike Richardson (publisher)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor



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