"Systemic Shock": An unknown villain sets a gas explosion in the center of a Gotham park. The police, Batman and Robin track the man but he manages to escape. The gas is a strong defoliant that kills every plant in the park. Meanwhile, [[
- The suffering. The pain. Can't you hear them? Their cries for mercy?
Appearing in "Systemic Shock"
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Gotham City Police Department
- Amygdala (Cameo)
- Armand Krol
- Marion Grange
- Mad Hatter (Cameo)
- Seth Voder
- Andy Howe (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Systemic Shock"
An unknown villain sets a gas explosion in the center of a Gotham park. The police, Batman and Robin track the man but he manages to escape. The gas is a strong defoliant that kills every plant in the park. Meanwhile, Marion Grange wins the election for mayor and the police try to discover what kind of chemichals were used to create the gas bomb in the park.
At Arkham Asylum, Poison Ivy watches as the grass in the gardens is being cut down. She refuses to watch it and turns her view to the T.V. in which the news is reporting the incident in the park as Ivy watches in shock.
Armand Krol plans to put an incompetent man as the Gotham Police Commissioner to undermine Marion Grange's management. It is then revealed that the man who set the bomb is just a citizen prone to suffer from allergies of any kind induced mainly by plants and pollen.
The doctors at Arkham allow Poison Ivy to work in the kitchen making some salads. Ivy gives them some red vegetables similar to radishes; but when the doctors eat them, they are unable to breathe. The vegetables are actually a plant known as "jack in the pulpit"; and Ivy has the doctors at her mercy.
The police track the responsible man for the gas bomb and plan a raid on the man's house; but before they can make their move, the man runs away driving a chemical container. Batman and Robin follow him but the pursuit leads them to a rising drawbridge. The Allergent manages to jump above the bridge but Batman and Robin cann't do it and they find themselves falling helpless to the river.
- No special notes.
- The plant used by Poison Ivy to intoxicate the doctors is a real plant. It's named Arisaema triphyllum and it is very similar in appearance to the Poison Ivy plant. It also have some poisonous effects.
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