"The Tomb": The prisoners on Lock-Up prison are starving. Bolton has been captured by the police and he refused to tell them the location of his prison. Later that night, Lock-Up manages to escape and steals a police car to reach his prison and feed his prisoners.
Appearing in "The Tomb"
- Young El
- Jay Huffman (First appearance)
- Vanya "Hunky" Triplet (First appearance)
- Wesley James Croup (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Tomb"
The prisoners on Lock-Up prison are starving. Bolton has been captured by the police and he refused to tell them the location of his prison. Later that night, Lock-Up manages to escape and steals a police car to reach his prison and feed his prisoners.
Batman devised a plan that involved three possible Lock-Up targets. Batman disguised himself as Matches Malone and infiltrated the gangster Vanya Triplet's inner circle and expected that Lock-Up appears. Soon the goons suspected that Malone was wired and they took Malone to a car in order to finish him in a quiet and dark place.
The second target was a child abductor and murderer named Jay Huffman. Nightwing was in charge of looking over that man. Everything seemed quiet in the man's apartment. Hoffman was cooking dinner and served two plates. Nightwing then remembered that Hoffman lives alone. He entered the man's apartment and discovered Hoffman have abducted another child. Nightwing put the man down and rescued the kid; but there was no sign of Lock-Up.
The third target was Eldon Adams. Tim already knew the guy so he was sent to check over Adams' turf. Tim disguised himself as a young delinquent named Alvin Draper. Tim told Adams that he needed some weapons. When Adams was showing Tim his weapons, an armored car crushed the place. Adams ran away but Tim stayed. He tried to radio Batman and Nightwing but his efforts were futile. Lock-Up was angry because his target escaped so he knocked Tim and took him as a "consolation prize".
- The story continues in Detective Comics #699.
- Tim Drake states that Gotham's population was of 15 million and decreased to 7 million; and all that before the clench.
- There are small references to Tom Cruise and The Impalas's song (Sorry) I Ran All the Way Home.
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