"Gotham Is": Alfred walks down the stairs to the Batcave, to give Bruce Wayne his daily mix of proteins, caffeine, creatine and listerine, with a touch of banana flavor. Alfred comments on how Paul Dekker managed to save his hand after it was severed by the Joker. B
- I can only hope you're reading this, Batman. In case you don't know, this column asks the people of the city to send in letters with their answer to one question: Gotham is...what? (...) In the end, the answer to the question the column poses is simple. It's what we say to you, and what you say to us. Gotham...is you. Always.
Appearing in "Gotham Is"
- Arkham Inmates
- Court of Owls
- Gotham Organized Crime
Synopsis for "Gotham Is"
Alfred walks down the stairs to the Batcave, to give Bruce Wayne his daily mix of proteins, caffeine, creatine and listerine, with a touch of banana flavor. Alfred comments on how Paul Dekker managed to save his hand after it was severed by the Joker. Bruce replies that the new hand comes from reserves, and he has no idea whose it was, leaving the butler wondering whether he's serious or not. While Bruce prepares to leave as Batman, Alfred stops him, realizing he has no scars anymore (consequence of the Lazarus Pit he fell in with Joker) and he'd like to fight Bruce's inner demons that compell him to be the Bat-vigilante.
As the road outside the Batcave seems to be fully clear of people, Batman decides to take the Batmobile out as she is, without any camouflage. As soon as he gets a clear picture of Gotham, Batman notices it went full black, with certain unnatural causes. While he discusses the possible moves to make, a policeman reaches them to worn the commissioner that the inmates at Arkham are escaping, courtesy of the power outage.
At Arkham, Batman is ready to confront some of his most infamous rogues (Bane, Clayface, Riddler, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Mister Freeze and Killer Croc), but they are prevented from advancing by a new security system developed by the returning director. As the situation is clearly under control, Batman proceeds to his next target, as Alfred informs him that the attack came from underground.
Underground, three members of the Court of Owls are wading across a body of water in order to activate a secret mechanism that projects three owl masks, apparently their superiors in the Court's hierarchy. They ask if the power outage is the start of "the mantling", but they are told the black-out is not their doing: the Strigidae are restless, but not yet ready to begin their plan. As one of the Owls complains about the delay, the one disguised as a fat, blonde woman is actually Batman himself, who knocks his enemies out and informs Alfred that there's no trail there.
Other possible threats to Gotham, like the Black and Whites and Joker are equally not ready for their big plans for the future, so Batman is left wondering what's causing the black-out, sitting on its supposed epicenter. Batman notices something going on inside a building and catches a man running away with some documents. The guy turns out to be a former member of the Whisper Gang, which Batman defeated with a magnet during his investigations concerning the Court of Owls. That blow changed the man's life, making him reconsider his inclinations: he now goes to school and writes the "Gotham Is..." column for the Gotham Gazette. He wanted to upload this week's article now, so he activated a mini generator, causing the sparking of a small fire.
Apparently, Batman can take a night off, as nothing deserving of his intervention seems to be happening in the city. Alfred informs Batman that the tremor was actually just a natural occurrence and that the power is supposed to come back on in seconds.
As the Sun dawns, Batman stands on a Gargoyle, telling Alfred he'll stay watching, just in case something happens.
- This book was first published on April 27, 2016.
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