"The Devil His Due!": The United States Government has given forty-eight hours for the citizens of Gotham City to abandon it if they can, as the decision to shut down Gotham was already taken. The U.S. Marshals are in charge of checking all the people who try to get out of Gotham and pre
Appearing in "The Devil His Due!"
- Barbara Gordon
- James Gordon
- Sarah Essen
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Marion Grange (Dies)
- Lucius Fox
- Nicholas Scratch
- Maxie Zeus (Cameo)
- Killer Croc
- Mr. Zsasz (Cameo)
- Jonathan Crane (Cameo)
- Edward Nashton (Cameo)
- Ventriloquist (Cameo)
- Poison Ivy (Cameo)
- Two-Face (Cameo)
- U.S. Marshals
- Tara Schoenstein-Jimenez (On a TV or computer screen) (Single appearance)
- Skip (On a TV or computer screen) (Single appearance)
- Dot Clower (Last appearance)
- Coleen (GCPD Mortician)
- Washington, D.C. Police Department
- Karen Abrams (Single appearance)
- United States Army
- Washington, D.C.
- Gotham City
- Scarface Puppet (Cameo)
Synopsis for "The Devil His Due!"
The United States Government has given forty-eight hours for the citizens of Gotham City to abandon it if they can, as the decision to shut down Gotham was already taken. The U.S. Marshals are in charge of checking all the people who try to get out of Gotham and prevent any sort of criminal to do so; that is the case of Killer Croc who tried to escape but was forced to stay in. The press are broadcasting the events and some of them don't really care for the situation.
Commissioner Gordon went to Gotham's morgue to learn the identitites of the men who tried to kill him and his wife. The doctor told him that those men have been genetically modified in order to change their appearance to that of a demon. Gordon told the doctor to burn the bodies and he left the place stating that he won't leave the city without a fight.
Elsewhere, Nicholas Scratch was notified by his minions that they failed in killing Gordon, but it was unimportant to him as he has hired a professional killer to deal with his prime target: Bruce Wayne.
When Bruce and Marion Grange finished their discussion, they decided it was time to leave to catch a rest and the next day they would attend at the ceremony in the Capitol Building. When they were entering the car, the hired assassin was looking at them from a hotel window ready to strike Bruce with a bullet on his head, but the second before pulling the trigger she was distracted by the housekeeping woman and hence the shot went straight to Grange's back killing her instantly. Bruce was angry and already spotted the place where the bullet came from but the assassin was gone and Alfred prevented him from risking his life. Scratch was furious for the failure of his plan and he send his minions to find and kill Bruce Wayne.
In Gotham, Lucius Fox prepared everything for his departure and he along with the last of the corporate workers of Wayne Enterprises, used a helicopter to leave to condemned city and they watched how the bridges to the city were destroyed one by one. At the same time, the Arkahm Asylum inmates that were released also witnessed the closing of Gotham.
At the Gotham Clock Tower, Robin announced that he and his dad were thinking of moving to Keystone City and Nightwing told them that he will return to Bludhaven. Barbara Gordon told them that she was staying in the city and she wouldn't abandon it for no reason.
On the streets of Gotham, all the rebels and outlaws were gathering and decided to try to get out of Gotham one way or another.
The next day, Nicholas Scratch's minions told him that Bruce Wayne didn't showed up at the Capitol Building and he was enraged, as he wanted Bruce Wayne dead at all cost. That moment, the members of the congress were at the Capitol Building to sign the "Gotham's Death Warrant" and the press along with all the nation noticed the conspicuous absence of Bruce Wayne.
- This book was first published on December 9, 1998.
- This is the third and last chapter of the storyline labeled as Mr. Wayne Goes to Washington.
- The storyline Road to No Man's Land concludes in Detective Comics #729.
- This issue is reprinted in Batman: Road to No Man's Land Vol. 2 (Collected).
- There is a reference to the Rodney King trial.
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Links and References
|No Man's Land Crossover|
This issue is a part of the Batman: No Man's Land crossover that swept through all Batman Family Titles during 1999. Gotham City was declared by the President to be no longer a part of the United States after the combined disasters of Contagion, Legacy and Cataclysm.