"Original Gangsters": As a result of the Day of Judgement events, some of the most prolific criminals of Gotham City of the 40's were coming alive. The leader, Johnny Maggot, started gathering his old gang in order to retake control of the city. However, the dead gangsters didn't realize
Batman: Day of Judgment #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of November, 1999.
Synopsis for "Original Gangsters"
As a result of the Day of Judgement events, some of the most prolific criminals of Gotham City of the 40's were coming alive. The leader, Johnny Maggot, started gathering his old gang in order to retake control of the city. However, the dead gangsters didn't realize that Gotham City has been declared No Man's Land and was separated from the rest of the country.
At Oracle's Watchtower; Batman informed Barbara that he was needed in the Justice League to help with the Day of Judgement and that he would soon be back but in the meantime, it was up to her, Nightwing and Robin to take care of the situation in Gotham.
Robin and Nightwing were patrolling the city and found that there have been several explosions around the city due to gas leaks in the main gas line.
Meanwhile, Maggot managed to join back his gang and after learning the secret location of a stash of weapons, they went to the cemetery to take the arms and use them to take over Gotham. A couple of kids that worked for Barbara spotted the group of gangsters and called Barbara to inform her about the suspicious activity. One of the kids went to take a closer look at the gangsters despite Barbara's orders to stay away. Barbara contacted Robin and Nightwing and told the to get to the cemetery as soon as possible.
The gangsters spotted the kids and took them as hostages. Maggot wanted to know who was the person they were working for and the kids told him about Barbara. Nightwing and Robin arrived just in time to prevent the zombie-gangsters from hurting the kids. Barbara did a research on the thugs and found out that they died almost 60 years ago. When Nightwing and Robin learned that they were fighting the dead, they attacked without mercy and vanished them from the earth. However, while they were fighting, Maggot took one of the kids, dragged her with him and wanted her to show him the way to Barbara's place.
When Nightwing and Robin finished with all of the dead guys, they went straight to the Watchtower. However, Maggot arrived there first and attacked Barbara. Robin arrived in time to stop Maggot from hurting her but Maggot was too strong for Robin in his weakened state. Maggot was ready to deliver his final blow when Nightwing appeared and tackled him down. Suddenly, the floor started to crack and Maggot was standing just above the place where the crack was opening. Maggot's body was consumed by the fire of the explosion caused by another gas leak in the gas line.
The threat of the dead gangsters was over and now, Barbara, Dick and Tim were thinking what would they tell Batman when he returned to Gotham and how would they explain all that just happened.
Appearing in "Original Gangsters"
- Gotham Mafia(Deceased)
- Johnny Maggot
- Tommy-Gum (Single appearance)
- Krissy (Single appearance)
- Ivan (Single appearance)
- This Day of Judgement tie-in is set in Gotham City during the No Man's Land era, thus it is considered to be part of the No Man's Land Crossover.
- In the No Man's Land storyline, the events of this issue are assumed to take place between Robin #72 and Robin #73.
- As in Nightwing #39; Oracle's Clock Tower is heavy damaged and this time it is almost completely destroyed. However, in later issues of the crossover, the towers appear undamaged.
- There is a Batman doll in Barbara's desk.
- There are references to Scooby-Doo and to The Godfather film; including the credit box's label for Darren Vincenzo.
- DC Universe Magical Community Recommended Reading
Links and References
|Day of Judgment Crossover|
This comic issue is a part of the "Day of Judgment" crossover event that took place in 1999. Day of Judgment involved the rogue Angel Asmodel being bonded to the Spectre Force, and using his powers to wreak havoc on the world, attempting to take vengeance against the Presence. Hell was frozen over, and both Demons and the Damned were released upon Earth. This template will automatically categorize articles that include it into the "Day of Judgment Crossover" category.
|No Man's Land Crossover|
This issue is a part of the Batman: No Man's Land crossover that swept through all Batman Family Titles during 1999. Gotham City was declared by the President to be no longer a part of the United States after the combined disasters of Contagion, Legacy and Cataclysm.