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"Art of the Crime, Part Two: Found Objects": Barbara Gordon is being transported to the hospital after suffering a seizure. Half-unconscious, Barbara tries to remember what happened. She remembers she was fighting Grotesque, who has


Quote1 Screw my implant. Screw the risk. I'm not letting one more home be ripped apart by a selfish bastard who's gone off the deep end. Tonight, Gotham belongs to Batgirl. Quote2
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Synopsis for "Art of the Crime, Part Two: Found Objects"

Barbara Gordon is being transported to the hospital after suffering a seizure. Half-unconscious, Barbara tries to remember what happened. She remembers she was fighting Grotesque, who has apparently moved from thievery to brutal murders, but her memories are blurry.

Barbara comes around in a hospital bed. Her father is standing by her side, and he tells her implant seems to be malfunctioning, but Barbara is too dazed and worried about her failing perfect memory to pay attention. Barbara asks her father her notebook and tries to note down what she remembers about Grotesque in shorthand, ignoring her father and her doctor who tries to explain her implant needs to be replaced and she needs to rest in order to prevent brain damage. Finally James gets her to listen he wants her to come home and rest until her surgery. Barbara doesn't like the idea but she pretends to give in.

Back home, Barbara goes up to her room. James tries and fails to cheer her up, so he leaves her alone. Barbara pores over Detective Evans cloned hard drive and discovers he stopped looking for Grotesque weeks ago; but she also gathers a list of possible hideouts. Barbara realizes she is risking to disable herself for good, but she will not allow Grotesque to hurt anyone else. She has no time to go back to Burnside for her costume, so she puts an old suit on and goes out.

Batgirl looks in different safe houses until she finds Phillipe Rianne's body stuffed in a fridge. Grotesque enters the room, and although he claims he never wanted to fight her, he confesses he stole Rianne's villain identity to deceive the police as he murders people and sells their art. Batgirl gleans he's working for the Dark Web and calls him out on his murders. Grotesque claims his victims deserved to suffer, as she'll do if she protects them.

Batgirl and Grotesque battle, and Batgirl manages to take him down and tie him up. She can't get off his booby-trapped mask, but she calls the police. All of sudden, her implant malfunctions again and she starts getting dizzy and hallucinating. Batgirl stumbles her way in the fire escape and drops in a trash container. Batgirl loses consciousness for a while; then she climbs her way back to the apartment and finds Rianne's body is lying on the floor with one of her Batarangs sticking out of his chest, and Detective Evan is urging two cops to arrest her.



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  • This book was first published on September 26, 2018.
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