"Fear of Faith, Part 3: Life in Hell": As Scarecrow observes the fear in the people at the Ark Project Refugee Center, Huntress brings a near-dead Mikey to Father Chris, hoping he can do something. Although Father Chris can only pr
- They are a cowardly and superstitious lot. The faithful, that is. Angry and terrified over their own impending deaths, those who turn to myths of eternal salvation to comfort themselves must also assuage their guilt with fantasies of perpetual damnation. Nearly every religion has a unique vision. Whether it is the Christians' pedestrian and predictable lake of fire--classical Buddhism's seven "Hot Hells," such as the particularly brutal Sanghata, where the damned are dashed between twin mountains--or the Hindus' Deep Abyss of Lower Darkness where vultures feast on the flesh of its ill-fated inhabitants--each of these wildly disparate spectacles of hell can be described in the exact same way...a land without hope.
Appearing in "Fear of Faith, Part 3: Life in Hell"
- Leslie Thompkins
- Gotham City Police Department
- Father Christian Sounder
- Mikey (Former False Facer)
- Father Papaleo
- Ruth (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Fear of Faith, Part 3: Life in Hell"
As Scarecrow observes the fear in the people at the Ark Project Refugee Center, Huntress brings a near-dead Mikey to Father Chris, hoping he can do something. Although Father Chris can only pray for him, Huntress knows he won't live to the morning and leaves to get help. Scarecrow, who hoped that the attack on Mikey would cause a riot, fears that the people have been brought closer together instead. He tries to incite a riot, claiming that prayer is not helping and that instead the people are now in hell and cannot be saved.
Huntress finds Batman on a rooftop and asks him to help Mikey. Although he tells her about the MASH sector hospital that was set-up, she says she can't afford to leave the area unprotected. Begging him to help, he agrees and carries Mikey himself. On the way, Mikey confesses that he is happy that he has been able to help people, since his mother would be proud of him. The MASH sector is busy, as the only real doctor there is Dr. Leslie Thompkins, former partner of Thomas Wane. Batman surprises her in her tent with Mikey, asking for her help. She helps him, but he falls asleep in critical condition. Dr. Thompkins and Batman talk as friends and equals, her calling him Bruce. They ask each other why they stayed. Leslie confesses that she stayed because of Bruce's father, while Batman confesses that he stayed partly just for her.
In the center, Scarecrow is still trying to incite a riot, telling the people that Mikey is dead. Despite Huntress' concerns, Father Chris claims that Scarecrow is not dangerous without his chemicals. Father Chris, though, leaves for a meeting with Commissioner Gordon, who is adamant that the center comes under the Blue Boys protection. During the meeting, Gordon implies that he knows that the center is hiding Penguin's arsenal for him, and that he is not afraid of raiding the center for the guns. During their meeting, Batman confronts Penguin to find where he hid his arsenal. Penguin finally confesses where it is hidden, after Batman threatens to blow up his office with a time bomb. When Penguin finds out the bomb was actually an alarm clock, he tells his henchmen to get the gang together to take back his arsenal.
Scarecrow sets his plans in motion by sending a note to Huntress to tell her about the arsenal and then finding the False Facer gang and letting them know about the arsenal. While Father Chris is worried about what Gordon told him, Huntress receives her note. She rushes to the fallout shelter and brings back a box of weapons. As Chris tries to explain to Father Papaleo about his deal, the False Facers show up outside, ready to attack for the weapons. Although Scarecrow convinces the people to pick up the guns and fight for their center, Father Chris realizes it is all his fault, and goes outside by himself to confront the gang.
- This is the third part of the Fear of Faith story arc in the No Man's Land storyline. It began in Legends of the Dark Knight #116, continued in Shadow of the Bat #84 and concludes in Detective Comics #731.
- There are two statues around Gotham. The first one represents french emperor Napoleon and the second one represents the fictional characters of The Three Musketeers.
- The visions of Hell depicted by Scarecrow are a loose representation of the Christian Hell; the Hindu hell and the Buddhist hell.
- There is a reference to Hammurabi.
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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.