"Contagion, Part Seven: Angel of Death": Poison Ivy is taking all the goods and money from the wealthy people of Babylon Towers in exchange for a splash of the vaccine Batman gave her to test if it worked as an im
- This might not be the time to say it... but there might never be time again -- I hate this city -- the crime and corruption and the filth and the subway and the crowds! But... I love it, too. It's part of me, the way it's part of you. If Gotham dies, they might as well bury me with her. There've been a lot of regrets in my life, Batman. But there's one thing I won't ever regret -- that you and I fought in the same war.
Appearing in "Contagion, Part Seven: Angel of Death"
- Gotham City Police Department
- James Gordon
- Joel Rivers (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "Contagion, Part Seven: Angel of Death"
Poison Ivy is taking all the goods and money from the wealthy people of Babylon Towers in exchange for a splash of the vaccine Batman gave her to test if it worked as an immunity. Most of the people inside Babylon are already dead and those who were given a taste of the serum believed they were cured. Meanwhile outside Babylon the looting and riots are starting to get closer to the towers. Batman, Nightwing, Robin and Huntress stop some of the vandals and hold their groud for a little longer but Batman is worried about Ivy and Robin starts to feel weak.
James Gordon leads some of the GCPD to Babylon and help to calm the people outside. When Batman decides to go inside Babylon looking for some answers of the vaccine and Ivy; Gordon follows him without Batman's knowledge. Inside Babylon, the people realize that the serum didn't work and want to lynch Ivy. She then convinces the Babylonians that she is immune to the virus and that she can pass on that immunity to them with a kiss. She has kissed some people when Batman arrives to stop her from poisoning more people. She tries to escape but Gordon knocks her down.
Outside Babylon, the riots intensifies and Huntress, Robin and Nightwing have to hold the ground. Suddenly Robin faints but recovers almost instantly only to discover that blood is leaking from his eyes. Robin is infected, most likely because of the spit he received by one of the rioters. Nightwing takes Robin from the danger zone and Huntress alone isn't able to hold on much longer. The people go berserk and are ready to burn and destroy Babylon Towers while all the infected inside are dying helplessly.
- This is the seventh part of the Batman: Contagion storyline; as indicated in the cover.
- The events of this issue takes place between Batman #529 and Detective Comics #696.
- This issue is reprinted in the Batman: Contagion collected edition, as well as the 2016 edition.
- There is a reference to Edgar Allan Poe's story The Masque of the Red Death. The story of Babylon Towers and it's inhabitants bears a resemblance to this Poe's story.
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Links and References
The events from this issue are related to the Contagion crossover that went through the Batman Family Titles in 1996, in which Gotham City had an epidemic of a mutant strand of the Ebola virus. The events of Contagion lead into Batman: Legacy, Batman: Cataclysm, and ultimately No Man's Land.