"Going Sane, Part One: Into the Rushing River": On a bright sunny February Saturday in the neighborhood of Park Ridge, the citizens of Gotham City are treated to a passing parade. The people are especially into a clown doing his tricks and gags as his fumbles his juggling balls on the ground. Ob
- His kind of madness never really dies. It just keeps cycling back, again and again...to destroy all that's good...to corrupt all that's innocent
- — Batman
Appearing in "Going Sane, Part One: Into the Rushing River"
- Lynn Eagles
- Elizabeth Kenner
- Frank Maguire
- Mike Morice
- Lisa Gilland
Synopsis for "Going Sane, Part One: Into the Rushing River"
On a bright sunny February Saturday in the neighborhood of Park Ridge, the citizens of Gotham City are treated to a passing parade. The people are especially into a clown doing his tricks and gags as his fumbles his juggling balls on the ground. Oblivious to the spectators is that the clown is the Joker and the fumbled balls are explosives. The destruction leaves four dead and seventeen injured. Later that night, after foiling a robbery, Batman is on the scene ivestigating.
Knowing that the Batman is on his trail, the Joker, posing as a cab driver, kidnaps Councilwoman Elizabeth Kenner, who has been working late that night. He takes her to the Comedia Theater, where he subjects her to various comedic acts of the 1920's and 1930's. After seeing that the councilwoman is not laughing, he violently beats her.
Joker makes his presence known, mimicking the Bat Signal with a Joker Signal. Batman easily takes him down only to see that it's not him but a small time hood named Frank Maguire. Maguire gives Batman a map upstate to where Joker has Kenner. Joker's tactics begin to further furiate Batman. Batman takes his chopper upstate to a cabin in the woods, where Joker is holding Kenner at gunpoint. Without warning, Joker shoots Kenner, but it's just a blow up doll, as he had released her hours ago in the cold woods. Before Batman can take him down, Joker escapes via a trap door. Batman suddenly realizes from a clue that Joker gave him that the cabin is wired with explosives. Before he can act, Batman is caught in the explosion, leaving him half dead and half unmasked. Joker doesn't buy it, and demands Batman to get up. With no movement at all from Batman, Joker finally accepts that he's dead and dumps his body into a river and with a somewhat sad feeling watches as he floats away.
Joker returns to the Comedia Theater in Gotham and accepts that fact that since there is no more Batman, there is no need to continue with his run as the Joker. He blows up the theater and contemplates getting a job and doing something about his skin condition. Back upstate, two kids run to Dr. Lynn Eagles house and tell her they found a near dead man lying beside the river.
- This four part story recalls Batman's third encounter with the Joker.
- Collected in Batman: Going Sane.
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