"His Master's Voice": The Riddler's latest breakout attempt jars the Ventriloquist's Scarface personality from its usual sleep schedule, whereupon it finds the Ventriloquist has made a meeker, kinder sock puppet to keep himself company. Enraged, Scarface forces the Ventriloquist to abandon the n
Appearing in "His Master's Voice"
- "Mister Buttons"
Synopsis for "His Master's Voice"
The Riddler's latest breakout attempt jars the Ventriloquist's Scarface personality from its usual sleep schedule, whereupon it finds the Ventriloquist has made a meeker, kinder sock puppet to keep himself company. Enraged, Scarface forces the Ventriloquist to abandon the new puppet and hijack the Riddler's escape route, swearing to punish this "betrayal" with an attack on the Wesker family.
Responding to the breakout, Batman and Robin force a few reluctant details from the Riddler, and track the Ventriloquist to the Wesker Estate - a stronghold for one of Gotham's most prominent crime families. Here, they find a gunfight already raging, with Scarface forcing the Ventriloquist deeper and deeper inside; unfortunately, the other Weskers prove almost as hostile as Scarface himself, one even attacking Batman's offer of first aid.
As they fight their way through the estate, the Dynamic Duo suddenly hear the Ventriloquist screaming for his mother, mingled with several gunshots. Following these noises, Batman finds the Ventriloquist quietly kneeling, hand bleeding heavily, Scarface's head shot clean off. What he and Scarface had fought over was a photograph, now damaged beyond repair - the last remnant of a mother killed in a mob shooting when Arnold Wesker was only ten years old.
Expressing his sympathies, Batman tries to bring the Ventriloquist medical attention, only for the Ventriloquist to cling to the mangled puppet; for better or worse, only his attachment to Scarface now survives.
- The Ventriloquist's Scarface personality appears to have grown stronger from its first few animated appearances. Where it could once be - temporarily - silenced by shooting ("Read My Lips") or decapitating ("Trial") the puppet, in this issue neither seems to hinder its communication.
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