"The Ogre and the Ape": A disfigured man and his ape starts killing doctors across Gotham City by electrocuting them to death but dosing them with a strong sedative so they won't feel their deaths. Batman starts to investigate the crimes and he notices that the ki
Appearing in "The Ogre and the Ape"
- Ogre (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- The Ape
- Dr. Winston Belmont (Only appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story)
- Dr. Rem Chopra (Only appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story)
- Dr. Jared Barzinski (Only appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story)
- Benito Benavides (Appears only as a corpse) (Flashback only)
- Daryl Jackson (Single appearance)
- Dr. Malmstadt (Only appearance; dies)
- Dr. Franklin Gould (Single appearance)
- Gotham City
Synopsis for "The Ogre and the Ape"
A disfigured man and his ape starts killing doctors across Gotham City by electrocuting them to death but dosing them with a strong sedative so they won't feel their deaths. Batman starts to investigate the crimes and he notices that the killer or killers leave a strange mark at the crime scene. Batman takes a picture of the symbol and makes his way to the batcave in order to create a link between the symbol and the first victim.
At their secret hideout, The Ogre and the Ape reminisced about the experiments that they were victims. The doctors who they were killing once experimented with them to recreate some kind of "missing link" by evolving the ape and devolving the human. The Ogre and the ape were killing the doctors as a personal vendetta. Both of them managed to escape from the doctors and their experiments and they took a list of the doctors names with them to track them down in the future.
The Ogre and the ape struck again and Batman started the investigation on the second victim. This time he realised that both victims were part of a secret investigation in Atsugi, Japan. Batman discussed the matter with Commissioner Gordon and Mackenzie Bock. Bock told Batman that criminals tend to use graffiti as a warning for their future victims and that the symbol that the killers were using might be used in the same manner. Later in the morning Gordon called Batman and told him that the symbol was seen at the Gotham Men's Club. Batman went there as Bruce Wayne and pretended to be interested in becoming a member of the club just to look a list of the current members. He discovered that there was a member who was a doctor that also was linked with Atsugi.
Batman rushed to the doctor's place but when he arrived he saw an ape leaving the doctor's home. Batman attacked the animal that responded with human-like refelexes. The two of them exchanged a couple of punches but then they were interrupted by Ogre. The ape took the chance to attack Batman and hurt him badly. Ogre told the ape to leave Batman because he was innocent and deserved no punishment. By the time Batman recovered they were already gone. Batman decided he needed help in the case and he contacted Oracle.
Batman told Oracle to search the cyberspace for the words Mirakle or Project Mirakle; as that was the only clue Batman had from the victims' personal files. Oracle did her best and find the information that Batman needed. Oracle gave Batman the information but she was left terrified with the results. Batman read the information and learned that Project Mirakle was a program that used apes and humans, with no family or friends that might wonder about them missing, and mixed their DNA in order to create a "perfect intelligence agent". The rate of failure of the project was 100%; meaning that all of the 22 first test subjects suffered a hideous death. Subject 23 managed to escape before the final procedure and the project was cancelled or shifted to some other secret activity. Subject 23 was Michael Lane, now known as Ogre.
Batman hurried to find the two remaining doctors but when he arrived to check upon one of them, he saw the symbol on the outside wall and continued straight forward towards the last victim without stopping to see the fourth victim.
The last doctor knew that his fate was near so he welcomed Ogre and the ape and told them that he was waiting for them. The doctor drew a gun and shoot thrice to the Ogre but the ape jumped to protect him and died. The Ogre was furious and tried to electrocute the doctor when Batman arrived and stopped Ogre. Batman told Ogre that he will take the doctor to justice and see that he pays for his crimes. Ogre agreed and left the building carrying the ape's dead body. The doctor continued talking about leaving a monster roaming free until Batman heard enough of his rant and knocked him out. Batman then remembered what Oracle told him: Please, stop them.; and he realized that she was referring to the doctors rather than the Ogre and the Ape. Batman felt bad for Adams and the ape, but he knew that Oracle was going to be haunted and devastated for such atrocities, longer than him as she is left crying in a catatonic state.
- This story is divided in 16 small chapters. The chapters are entitled: Chapter One: 20,000 Volts of Vengeance; Chapter Two: The Writing on the Wall; Chapter Three: Gothic Garret; Chapter Four: Intelligence Squarred; Chapter Five: Man and Ape; Chapter Six: Murder One Times Two; Chapter Seven: Ogre's Evolution; Chapter Eight: Hardback's Heiroglyphics; Chapter Nine: The Miracle Mistake; Chapter Ten: Gorillas of Gotham; Chapter Eleven: Canvas Clues; Chapter Twelve: Gentlemen of Gotham; Chapter 13: Mirakle and Murder; Chapter Fourteen: Erasures and Additions; Chapter 15: The Oracle's Advice; Chapter 16: Meeting in the Middle.
- This issue is reprinted in Batman by Doug Moench & Kelley Jones Volume 1.
- The cover bears a '1 of 1' logo indicating that the story is complete in this issue
- This is a special edition issue since it features 38 pages instead of the regular 21 pages.
- There are references to The writing on the wall; the NSA and pink elephants from Dumbo.
- The issue's story bears some resemblances with the Edgar Allan Poe's story The Murders in the Rue Morgue as it is acknowledged by Batman in one of his dialogues.
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