Review: Batman Chronicles Vol.4
It’s a very odd experience reading the stories within the Batman Chronicles. I find it’s impossible to enjoy it in its own right and can only really read it as a historical artifact. This volume collects every Batman appearance between May and October 1941.
They don’t really read right, no one had really worked out how to write a comic yet. There are too many captions, there’s almost no attempt at composition beyond the individual panels, and the writing keeps overwhelming the art (which is really a shame as it’s really good).
Now what’s most notable about the collection is the inclusion of World’s Finest #3, the first appearance of the Scarecrow. He doesn’t have any fear gas yet, or other gimmick’s besides the costume, but the character’s pretty much fully formed here. If you’re a Batman fan this issue is pretty much worth the cost of the book. But besides that there’s not much here that you won’t see in the earlier volumes.