- My life is sworn to fighting crime... and protecting the people from its ravages. Not "saving the world." The day I can "hang up my cape and stay home" is the day I'm working toward.
- — Batman
Synopsis for "Eyrie"
The Gotham University campus is terrorized by violent falcons. Batman and Robin watch a political rally held by G. Gordon Godfrey, who decries all superheroes. Godfrey insists that superheroes are holding humanity back, and they will witness the triumph of the common man once all superheroes have been eliminated. There is massive support growing for his movement. Robin makes an off-hand quip about wanting to retire, and Batman mentions that he does hope to retire someday. Robin is surprised and asks Batman how he can retire when he's dedicated his life to saving the world. Batman explains that he swore to fight crime and protect people from its ravages. He looks forward to the day he can hang up his cape. They spot one of the birds attacking a student, and Batman lassos the bird. It's revealed that someone broke into the Natural Science Building, and the falcons escaped. Batman rushes to investigate but tells Robin to stay behind with the wounded student. This angers Robin, but Batman insists that protecting the victims of crime is always more important than catching criminals.
It's revealed that the Penguin is behind this scheme. The Penguin has kidnapped a scientist named Doctor Baird, who is breeding experimental peregrines for a wealthy financier. The birds are extremely rare, and Penguin plans to hold them hostage with Baird for a large sum. Batman bursts in and attacks the thugs. The Penguin threatens to kill Baird with his umbrella sword unless Batman relents. Batman is forced to let the Penguin escape.
Batman does extensive research on falcons to figure out the Penguin's plan. Following a lead about falcon nesting habits, Batman discovers the Penguin's hideout. The Penguin and his men wait for Baird's Arab shiek financier to pay their ransom. Batman attacks what he thinks is the Penguin, but it is revealed to be a decoy, and Batman falls through a trap door. The Penguin has his falcons attack Batman. Baird begins to break out of his bonds using a table knife. Batman uses one of his gadgets to force the falcons to flee. Baird sneakily puts falcon bait in the back of Penguin's pants. Together, Batman and Baird get the birds to attack the Penguin instead. The Penguin's henchmen are easily dispatched. Batman throws a net over the falcons and captures the Penguin.
The next day, Bruce Wayne and Jason Todd watch the news in Wayne Manor. They are reporting on the Godfrey rally, and they mention that Batman and Robin were seen watching. Jason asks Bruce if Godfrey is right. Bruce says that Godfrey is right about one thing. He was surprised by Doctor Baird's resourcefulness and skill in dealing with adversity. Bruce says that the "triumph of the common man" is assured, whether or not there's a Batman to help him.
Appearing in "Eyrie"
- Doctor Baird (Single appearance)
- This is "chapter 2" of the Legends crossover. The previous chapter was Batman #401. The next chapter is Green Lantern Corps #207.
- This issue takes place prior to Legends #1.
- This story takes place following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, which erased Earth-One continuity and replaced it with New Earth continuity. There is no direct reference in the Detective Comics series, so it is difficult to figure out where Pre-Crisis continuity ends and Post-Crisis continuity starts. The Legends crossover is the first issue of Detective Comics that explicitly takes place in the new continuity.
- The politician who speaks at the Godfrey rally does not look like G. Gordon Godfrey. This is possibly intentional, or possibly an artist mistake.
- This story is reprinted in Batman: The Dark Knight Detective Vol. 1 and The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told Vol. 2.
- Batman Recommended Reading
- Batman (Volume 1)
- Batman (Volume 2)
- Batman (Volume 3)
- Batman and Robin (Volume 1)
- Batman and Robin (Volume 2)
- Batman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Batman: Gotham Knights (Volume 1)
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (Volume 1)
- Batman: Shadow of the Bat (Volume 1)
- Batman: Streets of Gotham (Volume 1)
- Batman Incorporated (Volume 1)
- Batman Incorporated (Volume 2)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- Batman: The Dark Knight (Volume 1)
- Batman: The Dark Knight (Volume 2)
- The Brave and the Bold (Volume 1)
- Detective Comics (Volume 1)
- Detective Comics (Volume 2)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)
- Legends Recommended Reading