"Creatures of Clay: Child's Clay": Lady Clay got Batman in her grip. She had transformed into a giant clay snake and was about to break Batman's body when he was able to reach a panic button that he installed on the [[Utility Belt|b
- It'll take hours for you to die, cousin--a day, more! And every instant that you scream--every time you curse me, I'll be absorbing just that little more of your spirit! As your life-force seeps away, so will it make my life-force stronger!. Now is that family bonding, or what?
- -- Abattoir
Appearing in "Creatures of Clay: Child's Clay"
- Cassius Clay (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- Graham Etchison
- Gotham City Police Department
Synopsis for "Creatures of Clay: Child's Clay"
Lady Clay got Batman in her grip. She had transformed into a giant clay snake and was about to break Batman's body when he was able to reach a panic button that he installed on the belt. The button activated a jolt of electricity on the batsuit powerful enough to knock Lady Clay and leaving Batman wondering what to do with her.
Back in the building where Graham Etchinson was kidnapped by Clayface 3; Commissioner Gordon and Leslie Thompkins were examining the crime scene. Officer Kitch examined the bodies and confirmed the murders were committed by Preston Payne a.k.a. Clayface 3; and sent word to all the units in the area to stay alert at any sight of the criminal.
Clayface is seen carrying Graham Etchinson to a place known only to him. At that moment Abattoir was in his hideout at some abandoned place with Clayface's son. Abattoir kidnapped the child when he escaped from Batman in their last encounter. To calm the kid, Abattoir read him some pages of Lady Clay's diary. In the diary were described the moments that the clay family lived before and after the arrival of their baby.
Batman injected a potent tranquilizer on Lady Clay to prevent further struggling. In a weakened state Lady Clay explained Batman why was she chasing him. She told him about her son, Cassius, and how he was kidnapped by Abattoir. She was to kill Batman and her husband would take Graham Etchinson to Abattoir so the killer give them their son back. She passed out before telling Batman the complete direction of the place they were to meet with Abattoir and Batman set out to find it.
At the corner of Magenta and Vinto, the meeting point, Clayface arrived with Etchinson. Abattoir descended to the street via the fire escape leaving Cassius tied to a litter. He ordered Clayface to place Etchinson in the backseat of a car and to take his kid at the fire escape. Abattoir intended to leave on that car but Clayface crushed the windshield with a trash can and grabbed Abattoir to give him his lethal touch. Batman arrived just in time to stop Clayface from killing Abattoir. Batman and Clayface engaged in a fight and Abattoir escaped on the car, hitting Clayface and breaking his leg on the way. Batman started to chase Abattoir but stopped to help Clayface. Cassius managed to untie and was about to jump off the fire escape and Clayface was unable to reach him with a broken leg. As the kid was falling, Batman saved him. Once the kid was save they engaged in combat again but as soon as it started it was over. Batman sprayed some gas on Clayface's face and left him unconscious until S.T.A.R. Labs staff arrived to take him into custody.
Meanwhile, Abattoir took his cousin to an abandoned building, stripped him naked and tied him to a torture machine of his own designing. Graham was lying over hundreds of oversized nails and above him were some weights that would be released every hour to increase the pressure of the body over the nails giving the victim a slow but painful death. Abattoir watches as his cousin suffers and laughs maniacally.
- This issue is part of the "Knightquest" saga.
- Batman (Jean-Paul Valley) appears next in Showcase '94 #7.
- Abattoir appeared last in Batman #505. He appears next in Batman #508.
- First appearance of Cassius Clay Payne, the child of Preston Payne and Sondra Fuller.
- This issue is reprinted in Batman: Knightfall Volume Two - Knightquest.
- Knightquest: The Crusade continues on Detective Comics #674.
- Clayface came up with his son's name as a pun on Cassius Clay, better known as Muhammad Ali.
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|Knightfall Saga Crossover|
This comic issue is a part of the massive Knightfall crossover event. Knightfall consisted of three parts, Knightfall, Knightquest, and KnightsEnd. The trilogy involved Batman's back being broken by Bane, the debut and subsequent descent into madness of Bruce Wayne's successor Batman Jean-Paul Valley, and Bruce Wayne's recovery and reclamation of his former title, combatting Valley himself. This template will categorize articles that include it into the "Knightfall Crossover" category.