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This is a Community dedicated to all those who love the comic: Mistress of Fear, Scarecrow (Villains) #1 February 1998. It is also a place to support Becky Albright, or as Crane deemed her: Mistress of Fear.
MISTRESS OF FEAR
Originally presented in "Scarecrow Villains #1", Feb 1998
Story: Peter Milligan
Editor: Darren Vincenzo
Art: Duncan Fegredo
Cover: Jason Pearson
Color: Bjarne Hansen
Letter: Albert De Guzman
Mistress of Fear is also featured in: Batman: Scarecrow Tales - I would suggest buying it.
You can also visit us at our other site Mistress-of-Fear on Deviant Art:
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My favorite story, though, is unsurprisingly “Mistress of Fear” by Peter Milligan. The art by Duncan Fredego is gritty and in a palette of Halloween brown, with some of the dirt and smudges of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. There’s a fantastic teaser-opener, and I guess what I like best about it is that Becky Albright, the only person brave enough to testify against the Scarecrow and get him behind bars, looks exactly like a mish-mash of how I imagined my two female characters in the first Crane-fic I wrote, “Cold Shower,” Susannah from Crane’s high school, and Colleen, one of his patients. The opening sequence in the Gotham suburb of Greenvale, which Crane reduces to chaos as ordinary citizens fight each other, is both reminiscent of Batman Begins and some of the Joker’s antics in The Dark Knight. Although the Scarecrow has employed the Blues Brothers for some reason, the rest of the comic is dark and stylish. There’s been a redesign of the scarecrow outfit as well as Crane himself who, while getting younger, is nowhere near the cool gorgeousness of Cillian Murphy. In fact, he is believably weird and grotesque-looking. The Scarecrow sequences are suitably freaky, but obviously what I like best is that it isn’t colleagues tormenting Crane, it’s an abusive, cruel childhood. Sharing with Becky a background of pain, Crane actually cries—and wants to make Becky his “mistress of fear.” He even constructs a rather Sally the Rag-Doll-esque costume for her (and this is 1998, so I can actually make the comparison!). But of course she rejects him, saying she’d rather die. Fortunately Batman is there to rescue her from the Scarecrow’s rage, but seriously, is it any wonder he’s so messed up? We’ve definitely moved toward the origin story he’s given in Scarecrow: Year One.
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1. Giving lingerie on the first date is a ballsy move, but one that should be reserved for your Hal Jordan-pretty man types, not for anyone with an underbite you could hang your coat on.
2. If you're looking for your female counterpart, your 'Harley Quinn' as it were; maybe you want to let her approach you, so you know she's committed to it. Nothing sucks worse than coming up with a good sidekick name, then blowing it on someone who's not interested.
3. The Scarecrow doesn't have a good sidekick/counterpart name: "Mistress of Fear" makes "Batgirl" sound like it took three years of market research to come up with.
4. With the mask and all, the girl would look less like the "Mistress of Fear," and more like "Lady Sexbag." Or possibly, "Double Bagger"--that's a name that strikes fear in the hearts of men! Plus, I really doubt all that straw hair is comfortable, or flame retardant, and that's the sort of thing that's going to come up again.
5. In a world where Black Canary and Zatanna are public figures, giving a girl fishnet stockings seems risky. And that's even by these standards, risky: "I want you to dress up like a sexy Scarecrow! A sexy Zatanna Scarecrow! Baby, wait, come back!"
6. And always, always, always: aim a size or two small. It's flattering, and ahem, flattering. Can't stress that one enough, guys...
From New Year's Evil: Scarecrow, "Mistress of Fear" Written by Peter Milligan, art by Duncan Fegredo. (Jason Pearson cover, although I don't know why not Fegredo.) I recall another Batman story or two from Fegredo, but it seems like those barely had Batman in them either. I also don't know why I ever say what I've got planned for the week, I'm always wrong.
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NOTE: The Scarecrow has been loose from Arkham for two weeks now and he wants revenge against Becky Albright, the young woman who testified against him a month ago, resulting in his last incarceration. Even though she is safely under Batman's watchful eye, the Dark Knight can't be there for her all the time, so the Scarecrow attacks her on the subway train and doses her with fear gas. There's a great scene where a Guardian Angel (those guys who guard the subways) is easily discarded by the Master of Fear. Anyway, Scarecrow learns that Becky's greatest fear is based upon memories of kids teasing her because she had horrible scoliosis as a child. With tears in his eyes, Scarecrow lets Becky go, relating his troubled childhood to hers. (As seen in Scarecrow (Villains) #1).
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Batman Arkham: Scarecrow:
-Scarecrow: The Love of Fear (Peter Milligan, Duncan Fegredo).
Undoubtedly the best story of this volume Batman-Arkham. Scarecrow and fully focused on a young woman named Becky Albright (Batman only comes out) is the final transformation of Dr. Crane. Care drawings to the smallest detail by Duncan Fegredo, (Hellboy: Darkness Calls) and a perfect psychological description of the mental state of the Scarecrow, a hybrid of constant paranoia and delusions of grandeur set by the unjust treatment inflicted by his cruel classmates in high school.
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