"...I am Happiest When at War...": Three years ago, David is patrolling with a fellow officer, who takes a bribe to look the other way in a traffic accident which may have involved gunrunners for a warlord. Later, a furious David rants about it to Matu and insists that he will not sit by and wat
- I'd say an army served me. And I am happiest when at war.
- — Massacre
Appearing in "...I am Happiest When at War..."
- Batwing (David Zavimbe) (Flashback and main story)
- Batman Incorporated
- Bruce Wayne (Flashback and main story)
- The Kingdom
- Matu Ba (Flashback only)
- United States (Cameo)
- Gotham City (Cameo)
Synopsis for "...I am Happiest When at War..."
Three years ago, David is patrolling with a fellow officer, who takes a bribe to look the other way in a traffic accident which may have involved gunrunners for a warlord. Later, a furious David rants about it to Matu and insists that he will not sit by and watch, and will honour what is right, rather than finding honour in blood, as General Keita, the warlord who turned him into a child soldier, used to tell him.
In the present, in Giza, Massacre has apprehended a bus full of businessmen, and expresses disappointment that one of them, Daniel Balogun, won’t fight him. He claims that Daniel was once Steelback the man machine from the Kingdom, which he denies, and that without his tools Daniel’s just flesh and blood. Suddenly Batwing arrives, and Massacre is glad for the fight. He herds the men onto the bus, and David notes that he uses a military expression, to which Massacre responds that rather than serving in an army, and army served him.
In a flashback a year previously, David, before he has become Batwing, interrupts an arms deal for Blood Tiger, and warns that he is coming for all of Blood Tiger’s men. Batman appears and announces that David is making a reputation for himself, and that he’d like to help with that.
In the present, as they fight, Massacre declares that Batwing doesn’t know the scum he's trying to protect. Momentarily at a disadvantage, Batwing begs Massacre not to carry out his attack, but Massacre replies that it’s unseemly for a warrior to beg, and uses the phrase “We honour them all in blood”. David recoils as Massacre makes his way to the bus, recalling that General Keita often used that phrase. In shock, he wonders if Massacre is truly Keita, after he previously left him at the hands of his enemies and had assumed his death. He is determined that he will see to his death again.
At the bus, Daniel asks Massacre to let the others go, which bravery Massacre takes as a small shred of the man he used to be. Suddenly, David, determined to show Keita the man he made him into, sprays fuel on Massacre and sets him alight. Massacre turns this to his advantage, shutting the other men in the bus, cutting open the fuel tank, and setting it on fire with his own body. Batwing manages to rescue them as Massacre flees.
Back at the Haven, Daniel expresses his gratitude, as Batwing and Batman question him, but he doesn’t know how Massacre is tracking down the ex-Kingdom members, as all but one of their identities was kept secret even from the government. Batwing asks him about what Thunder Fall said with his dying breath, that the Kingdom had betrayed the people of Africa and allowed 50,000 people to die. Batman says he can tell them on their way to track down the other Kingdom members. Daniel responds that Massacre will never find Deity, who left modern civilisation, but that Razorwire and Staff have gone to the US, to Gotham. Batwing notes that they’ll have to get there quickly, and Batman replies that they will, and they’ll have plenty of help when they get there.
- This book was first published on February 1, 2012.
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