"Underground Railroad: Part One": A street gang was about to attack an astray family when they were ambushed by a group of people led by Mackenzie Bock. The people almost took out all of the gang except for one man. The man was about to attack an old person when [[
- "Hardback!? They'll call you "Broke-Back" after I'm through with you--"
- — Gang Member to Mackenzie "Hardback" Bock.
Appearing in "Underground Railroad: Part One"
- Vanessa DeVries
- Alfonso Devries
- Margo (Single appearance)
- Teacake (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Underground Railroad: Part One"
A street gang was about to attack an astray family when they were ambushed by a group of people led by Mackenzie Bock. The people almost took out all of the gang except for one man. The man was about to attack an old person when Batman arrived and knocked him down. Hardback told the gang to never come back to his territory. Batman was proud for what they did and left them.
Bock returned to Westside High; the place he and other folks were using as headquarters, as an school on survival techniques and as a medical center for all the injured people. Bock talked to the nurse named Vanessa DeVries; a young woman who used to be a veterinarian before the quake. Vanessa told Bock that she was running out of medicine and asked him to go with her to the market zone in Gotham. Bock agreed and he went to find some valuable goods among the debris and dead people around Gotham, along with other folks, to exchange them in the market.
The next day, Vanessa and Bock arrived at the market, a free territory used for exchange goods between the Gotham gangs. They noticed all sort of things happening, including a man begging to another man for something to happen that night. Bock was intrigued but he got distracted by Vanessa when she talked and told him that there were no medicines and that the only place they haven't visited was Penguin's place. Bock and Vanessa went there and found a public match going on. It was a brutal fight and all the bets were on the man called Angel; who was beating his opponent. Vanessa and Bock found Penguin and explained their problem. Cobblepot wasn't willing to give away his producs just like that. He demanded something in exchange; he asked for Vanessa's knowledge on animals to help him with his precious birds. She told him all that he needed to do to take care of his pets and he gave them the medicines. Once Bock and Vanessa left the place, Penguin received a visit of the Joker; who tried to convince Penguin to double-cross Bock and the girl. Penguin refused and Joker left the place, not without killing an innocent bird first.
The next day, Bock trained some self-defense with Vanessa's father, Alfonso and at night, he and a group of men went to scavenge a half-collapsed building looking for more valuables, but when they stepped inside, the building fell apart on top of them. Bock was badly injured and some of his peers died crushed by the debris. Vanessa did her best to heal Bock's injuries but the accident had left them without medicines again. They were thinking of going back to Penguin when Bock saw a man on the TV news. The anchorman was the same man that he saw at the market place, begging for something. Bock was shocked and wanted to know how did the man got out. Bock and Vanessa decided to pay Penguin a visit and ask him about the situation.
They went to Penguin's place and again Penguin refused to give anything for free. As they had no money, Bock and his partner were leaving when Penguin told them that he might help them if Bock was willing to enter a cage and fight against Angel in a public match. Despite his recent injuries, Bock agreed with the condition that, winning or losing the match, the kids at his care get the chance of leaving Gotham with Penguin's help. Penguin agreed and planned the match for the next day; revealing that Penguin was in fact the responsible for getting people out of Gotham using methods only known to him. As Bock and Vanessa were leaving, they came across Angel, who mocked and laughed at Bock at his injured state.
The rest of the day, Bock spent training with Alfoso the art of siloh; which was a technique in which the body became motionless and painless. To achieve that state, the person must perform a series of movements until his body felt nothing at all and could not move. Bock managed to reach that state and while he was lying motionless, Alfonso told him that he would teach him how to move and fight without feeling pain.
- This is the first part of the storyline titled Underground Railroad. The events of this issue take place after Detective Comics #738. No Man's Land and Underground Railroad continues in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #91.
- There is a special thanks to Stevan Plink for the martial arts choreography.
- Penguin is seen using a computer designed by LexCorp; hinting his involvement with Lex Luthor as it is later confirmed in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #93.
- This is the only issue in the NML crossover in which a functional car is featured among the citizens.
- Hardback and his people are wearing armbands with the Bat-Signal on it.
- There are references to Tetracycline; Peppershrike; Quid pro quo and Reverse osmosis.
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- Batman Recommended Reading
- Batman (Volume 1)
- Batman (Volume 2)
- Batman (Volume 3)
- Batman and Robin (Volume 1)
- Batman and Robin (Volume 2)
- Batman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Batman: Gotham Knights (Volume 1)
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (Volume 1)
- Batman: Shadow of the Bat (Volume 1)
- Batman: Streets of Gotham (Volume 1)
- Batman Incorporated (Volume 1)
- Batman Incorporated (Volume 2)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- Batman: The Dark Knight (Volume 1)
- Batman: The Dark Knight (Volume 2)
- The Brave and the Bold (Volume 1)
- Detective Comics (Volume 1)
- Detective Comics (Volume 2)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)
Links and References
|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.