"Terror Times Three!": When a young group of thugs take on the identities of Batman's old foes, He soon realizes that one of the members is linked to his own personal life.
- You aren't any Terrible Trio I recognize!
- — Batman
Synopsis for "Terror Times Three!"
When a young group of thugs take on the identities of Batman's old foes, He soon realizes that one of the members is linked to his own personal life.
Appearing in "Terror Times Three!"
Synopsis for "Dark Messenger of Mercy"
This story is reprinted from Batman #307.
A bag lady in a subway is murdered by poisoned gold coins laid on her eyes by a mysterious "benefactor" who kills her to release her from her squalid existence. After finishing business matters concerning Wayne Enterprises with the second in command, Lucius Fox, Bruce Wayne retreats to his apartment at twilight and learns about the ghastly murder from Alfred. Changing to Batman, he goes to the GCPD Headquarters, where he learns from Quentin Conroy, who files a complaint with Commissioner Gordon that the coins have been stolen from his late father's priceless collection.
Batman prowls the Gotham streets to look for the killer and finds a band of homeless people, led by Shamrock, a friend of the murder victim. During the visit he saves one of their number from being slain by the coin-killer, whom they recognize as John Francis Conroy, aka "Limehouse Jack", but the killer escapes. The street people tell Batman that Conroy disappeared from their group fifteen years ago. Batman confronts Quentin Conroy and learns that Limehouse Jack was his father. The elder Conroy succumbed to job pressure, left his family, and took to the streets. Though Conroy claims his father is dead, Batman is not so sure.
Later, masquerading as a panhandler, Batman traps and battles Limehouse Jack with the help of the street dwellers. Limehouse Jack proves to be Quentin Conroy, whose motivation was to "give (the street dwellers) peace!" Later, after Conroy is taken in, Batman tells Gordon that Conroy's shoe soles gave him away. One heel was worn away more than the other, and, though Conroy did not limp, "Limehouse Jack" certainly did.
Appearing in "Dark Messenger of Mercy"
- Quentin Conroy (Single appearance)
- Ballerina (Only appearance; dies)
- Gloria - Gordon's receptionist
- Squirrel Kominsky (Single appearance)
- Shamrock (Single appearance)
- Slugger (Single appearance)
- Poet (Single appearance)
- Good Queen Bess (Single appearance)
- Terror Times Three! is a "lost tale" from the 1970s featuring Bruce Wayne (Earth-One).
- "Terror Times Three!" and "Dark Messenger of Mercy" are both reprinted in Tales of the Batman: Len Wein.
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