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Appearing in "Unplanned Obsolescence"
- Batman (Flashback and main story)
- Night Moon (Dies in flashback)
- Killer Moth (Flashback and main story)
Synopsis for "Unplanned Obsolescence"
After beating up a thug, Batman learns that Killer Moth is the behind robberies of televisions from warehouses. Batman still fears him as he's outsmarted him many times despite being cornered, nor ever saw him resigning to defeat. After finding out his next probable target, Batman surveys Warehouse 36 and learns that someone is there after hearing noise from inside it.
Batman remembers that Killer Moth's guile made him better and then overhears gunshots ringing out. While he hopes that his adversary didn't see him enter, he finds that he's been shot dead by a security guard who states that he got startled and killed him. He informs him who he shot and reminisces how Killer Moth had outsmarted him by ambushing with bears, despite being lured into a false lair.
Batman ascertains the guard is Killer Moth after he talks about fighting off three bears, something he never told him. While trying to arrest him, he gets fired upon by Moth but stuns him with a light grenade. Moth surrenders and states he just wanted to quit his life of crime as it was getting too expensive to evade getting caught and his health was declining, which is why he chose to stole the televisions for easy money.
As to the corpse dressed in his outfit, Moth states that it's his mentor Night Moon who died of old age and had nothing left. He dressed him up and shot his corpse to make it look like that Killer Moth was killed, but Batman spoilt his plans. A year after having turned him in, Bruce visits the Arkham Asylum fitted with redesigned cells. Bruce is glad that he never saw the defeat in Killer Moth's eyes, as he's now happily living in the asylum.
Appearing in "Joker's Wild aka “Whacha Got in the Trunk?”"
- The Joker (Flashback and main story)
- Tony Finks (Flashback and main story)
- Gotham City Police Department (Mentioned only)
- Gotham City (Flashback and main story)
- Awkward Silences comedy club (Flashback only)
- Joker's Wild comedy club (Flashback and main story)
Synopsis for "Joker's Wild aka “Whacha Got in the Trunk?”"
The story starts with Joker coming up to Tony Finks, the owner of all comedy clubs in Gotham and later holding him at gunpoint after stating the he knew him once. The Joker reminisces that he was an aspiring comedian who got the chance to perform at one of his comedy clubs named Awkward Smiles. During a performance by another comedian, Tony made him deliver chicken strips to a customer, warning he won't be able to perform otherwise. As another customer demanded chicken strips, Joker who felt humiliated assured he will bring them.
During his performance, the Joker states that he used to be a family doctor but is currently unemployed and was also an orphan. As he tries to make a joke about his forgetfulness and asks the audience what he can't remember, the customer who demanded his order earlier states chicken strips. The Joker then tells Tony to put on handcuffs while he reminds him that he had promised him a performance in a month at Joker's Wild, the premier comedy club in Gotham, after telling him he needed to act like a joker instead of focusing on jokes as what matters is what someone's got under their hood.
The Joker spent the next month trying to act properly like a joker based on Tom's advice, but when the tine came he found out that Tom didn't even schedule him to perform at Joker's Wild. After having flopped at his comedy career and being evicted, he decided to bomb himself in his car, but it was towed away to the impound lot next to the Awkward Smiles comedy club. During one of his performances, he told people to not laugh at him as he knew he was a failure and his car with the dynamite had been towed, But after stating they needed to be careful whose car they tow, he bombed the impound lot and was hailed as a legend by the club's patrons.
Joker while getting Tony inside his car's trunk tells him that he was right that this cruel world needs a joker, but what really matters is what one has got in the trunk and not under the hood. After locking him inside the turnk, the Joker drives away in the car.
Appearing in "The Court of Owls, Part Five: Face the Court"
- Batman Family
- Gotham City Police Department
- Martha Wayne (Hallucination)
- Thomas Wayne (Hallucination)
Synopsis for "The Court of Owls, Part Five: Face the Court"
This story is reprinted from Batman (Volume 2) #5.
After eight days, Commissioner Gordon still won't consider turning off the Bat-Signal. Though Batman seems to be missing, he leaves the light on for all of those who need to be reassured; the criminals who need to be warned, and the loved ones who need hope that the man behind the mask is still out there.
Batman is trapped in a giant maze deep beneath Gotham City. After eight days of finding himself in the same rooms over and over again, his resolve and his sanity are starting to dwindle. He winds up in a room with a massive fountain in the shape of an Owl, and though he is thirsty, he is reluctant to drink, lest the water be drugged by the watching Court of Owls.
He returns to the maze to find himself in another room he has seen before. It is a room full of portraits of people who have been killed in this maze, driven mad in the same way that he is being driven mad. Each portrait is the haggard face of an enemy of the Court of Owls, driven to madness and starvation by the maze. In the centre of the room stands a camera waiting to take Batman's photo, but angrily he destroys it and runs back into the maze.
Thinking he sees his captors at the end of a hallway, he rushes at them only to find that it was a hallucination. Unseen by Batman, the Talon watches his every move.
Batman stumbles into a room with thousands of names carved into the walls. He thinks this room is meant to tell him that the Court of Owls has been there much longer than he has; that their claim on Gotham is more worthy than his. He surmises that the names on the walls must be people who were used, or members of the flock, or enemies they killed. Regardless, Batman is still determined that Gotham is his.
He works his way to a new room he hasn't seen before full of caskets embedded in the floor. Each casket has a photo of a child on it. He deduces from the carving of a talon on the wall that each of these children was warped into becoming the Court's assassins. He finds one of the caskets open, but stops himself before he investigates it much further.
Eventually, he finds himself back in the photo room, the camera set up again, and a portrait of him already on the wall. He assures himself that Gotham is his city, and that this is his story before moving on again.
Further down the halls of the maze, he feels eggs crushing underfoot as he sees an elderly couple wandering ahead of him. When he catches up to them, the couple introduce themselves as his parents, somehow still alive after all these years. He embraces them happily until they suddenly turn into bloody owls, and he realizes that he's hallucinating again.
Again, he finds himself in the fountain room. Frustrated, he claws one of the tiles from the floor to reveal a hole, and leaps down it. However, once again, he ends up in the portrait room, with yet another photo of him on the wall. Angrily, he covers his ears and shouts out that he won't listen to the story that they are trying to tell him. In his madness, he fails to notice the Talon sneaking up behind him to thrust his blade through Batman's gut.
Atop Gotham City Police Headquarters, the bulb in the Bat-Signal has exploded, and the lamp has gone up in flames. Gordon and Bullock wonder what to do about it when they hear the voice of Robin. He tells them to replace it as soon as possible. He is visibly shaken by the omen this portends.
Appearing in "Elegy, Part Four: Rubato!"
- Claire (hybrids)
- Hayes (hybrids)
- Gotham City
- Fort Richards
Synopsis for "Elegy, Part Four: Rubato!"
This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #857.
With the Colonel by her side, Alice is able to traipse right into Fort Richards Military base where her followers have infiltrated the ranks and allow her full access to Siglain Air Field. There awaits several barrels of a toxin known as Cyanogen Chloride marked for disposal. Able to be absorbed into the blood stream either through direct contact with the skin or inhalation, Cyanogen Cholride is quickly broken down once inside the body, becoming cyanide. Alice plans on blanketing almost all of Gotham in a thick cloud of the poison via a specially rigged airplane at the field. And Kate has only moments to stop her.
Luckily for her, Kyle Abbot is not only an anthromorphic wolf-person, but a well connected anthromorphic wolf-person, and is able to commandeer a second air craft at the field. Piloted by the ever-capable snake-woman Claire, the craft climbs to an altitude just above that of the other craft at which point Kate sky-dives from one plane to the other. There, Kate decommissions the pump connected to the barrels of poison on the plane's wings and then sets her sights on Alice.
While the Colonel rights the plane's trajectory, the two women engage in combat. Naturally the fight spills outside the cabin and onto the wing of the plane itself. But as always, the 'Batman rule' (as Kate's father puts it) is in effect, meaning that no matter how evil Alice may be, Kate is determined not to let the fight end in a fatality. As a gust of wind catches Alice off guard and threatens to toss her into the unforgiving bay below, Kate reaches out and grabs the mad woman by her pale white hand.
But then a strange emotion seems to wash over Alice's face. Those two cold and distant blue eyes lost amidst a sea of charcoal eyeshadow seem to fix themselves directly on Kate, focused with a sense of coherence and rationality for perhaps the first time in ages. From her mouth comes not the ominous and twisted tones of the monster Alice, but that of a stranger. It is the human lost and trapped inside that looks up and says simply, "You have our fathers eyes."
Kate gasps and clutches Alice's hand tighter, but it's too late. Reaching upward, Alice plunges her dagger into Kate's arm, forcing her to release her. Kate watches helplessly as the figure in white flutters through the air toward the water below. And in that moment, time seems to stop for both of them. All the complexities of the world seem to disappear. Her world of color becomes nothing but shades of gray.
Appearing in "Rise of Raptor, Part One"
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Wayne Enterprises
- Flying Graysons (In a photograph only)
- Barbara Gordon (Mentioned only)
- Doctor Leviticus (Mentioned only)
- Midnighter (Mentioned only)
- Monster Men (Mentioned only)
- Red Robin (Mentioned only)
- Titans (Mentioned only)
- Raptor Air
- United States of America
- Book of Wisdom
Synopsis for "Rise of Raptor, Part One"
This story is reprinted from Nightwing (Volume 4) #7.
- Katie Kubert states in the comic that the origin story "Joker's Wild aka “Whacha Got in the Trunk?”" is likely untrue and only tells a legend about him, having been distorted by people after being passed down from person to person.
- No trivia.
- 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)
- Nightwing Recommended Reading