"Duel": Batman is walking through a snow covered mountain range carrying a green bag. He approaches a monastery he trained in passing by a grave. In the monastery the Master states that Batman has two choices: abandon his current path or embrace it fully. Batman chooses the second option and
Appearing in "Duel"
- Master (Hallucination)
- Talia al Ghul (Hallucination)
- Zombie Nazi soldiers
- Hell (Hallucination)
- Washington, DC (Hallucination)
- Prohibition Era America (Hallucination)
Synopsis for "Duel"
Batman is walking through a snow covered mountain range carrying a green bag. He approaches a monastery he trained in passing by a grave. In the monastery the Master states that Batman has two choices: abandon his current path or embrace it fully. Batman chooses the second option and is instructed to go though a door and not to forget his bag (called a burden for the rest of the story)
Once through the door Batman finds himself in Hell where a demon tries its best to get Batman's burden but is defeated. Exiting Hell Batman finds himself at a castle with a princesses whose clothes change to that of a simple housewife. He recognizes her as Taila as she offers him food and drink. The food tastes like dried jerky and the wine like blood. Talia then changes into a white skinned demon who tries to prevent Batman from leaving but fails.
She confronts Batman again and he knocks away her cup of blood revealing another doorway which takes him to Washington, DC which is under invasion by a flying saucer. After the saucer crashes into the Capital Building the image of a bug like alien demands the sacrifice of a million people or it will destroy the planet. Batman enters the Capital Building finding and defeating the alien. The alien reveals that it was all a ruse as its ship's crash was due to it being out of fuel and was bound to a code where it must slay a foe or die in combat. Batman informs the alien his own code forbids the taking of life and the alien asks if it might find asylum here. Batman replies it might and goes up into the spaceship.
Batman is now in Prohibition Era American and after fighting the gangsters (and saving one from drowning) Batman finds himself in a snowstorm. He again hear the voice of the demon from Hell who tells him that Batman knows how to shut him up.
Lighting a fire Batman falls asleep only to be waken by Nazi soldiers who are animated corpses. Batman escapes to a ledges above a bridge with German casualties buried at the site. On the bridge are two tanks. On the nearest one is an Obeah Man (a practitioner of voodoo) and from the other emerges Adolf Hitler. As Hitler rages in German about soldiers who will not fall to bullets the Obeah Man raises the German soldiers from their graves. The ledge Batman is on collapses, putting him in the middle of the German soldiers. As Batman dashes toward the tank with Hitler he is hit in the side of the head which echoes blows he has had at every other stage of this journey. Getting to Hitler the tank falls backward and only Hitler survives. Hitler then changes into the Joker.
The Joker reveals that Batman has been hallucinating brought on but the cold and the Joker hitting him in the head with a rock. Batman reveals the grave he passed was that of the Master. Batman, suffering from a fever, imagined the trip through hell and meeting with Taila. A blizzard brought on the hallucination of the insect and then Batman fell into a stream. The Joker is flattered when Batman tells him he mistook him for Hitler.
The Joker then asks why Batman doesn't kill him. Batman responds that would make him no better then his enemies and make him into the insane avenger people already think he is. When the Joker comments about how disgusting noble that is Batman reveals that his final reason is that he refuses to give the Joker the satisfaction of him failing and that makes the Joker absolutely miserable.
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