"The Sound of Silence": Batman and Robin end their patrol on a saturday night, but they come across the theft of a bell clapper from a church. Instantly, they are summoned to the GCPD Headquarters by [[James Gordon (New Earth)|Commission
Batman #412 is an issue of the series Batman (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1987.
Appearing in "The Sound of Silence"
- Mime (First appearance & origin)
- Gotham City Police Department
- Mr. Itkowitz (Single appearance)
- Marcel Marceau (In a photograph only)
- Oscar Ortin (Flashback only)
- Cynthia (Single appearance)
- Jerome (Single appearance)
- Blister Twister (Single appearance)
- Nigel (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Sound of Silence"
Batman and Robin end their patrol on a saturday night, but they come across the theft of a bell clapper from a church. Instantly, they are summoned to the GCPD Headquarters by Commissioner Gordon, who informs them about similar thefts across the city.
At few moments later, a street mime shoots a cab driver during her performance and makes her getaway being folowed closely by Batman, who fails to capture her, but recognized her appearance. The next day, Bruce Wayne visits the offices of Vue Magazine and inquires to Vicki Vale as to the whereabouts of a mime named Camilla Cameo, who he believes is the culprit.
With the information provided by Vicki, Bruce learns Camilla's background and hatred for noise. Using these details, Batman and Robin go into action the following night to a Twisted Blister concert, where Camilla tries to stop the band from playing but is foiled by Batman. The Mime is finally stopped and taken away by the authorities, who ironically read her rights, including the line "you have the right to remain silent".
- This story is reprinted in the Batman: Second Chances collected edition.
- The name of the rock group "Blister Twister" is a parody of the band Twisted Sister, but the character design and models of the group are more reminiscent of the shock-rock band Kiss. Both bands were very popular in the 80s.
- There is also a reference to the rock superstar Alice Cooper and his band of the same name.
- There are also small references to the Aida musical and the Otello opera as posters on page 17.