- I vowed to protect the innocent. I promised that no one would suffer if I could do anything to stop it. I've lived this years to be a guardian to the entire city. But there's little I can do against disease and natural disasters. A lost cause can become a fool's errand. I'm still only human. I did what was humanly possible. I hope you don't think I've failed in my promise. And I renew that promise now. Mother...Father...As long as there's breath in my body I am an instrument of justice. Justice for you. Justice for all. I only hope you can forgive me my failures. Because I'm not sure I can forgive myself.
- -- Bruce Wayne
Appearing in "The Grieving City"
- Lucius Fox
- Devlin Davenport
- Harold Allnut
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Tim Drake
- Barbara Gordon
- James Gordon
- Marion Grange
- Willy (Single appearance)
- Mussy (Single appearance)
- Miss Wynowski (Single appearance)
- Montgomery (Single appearance)
- McWorley (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Grieving City"
Devlin Davenport behaves in an obnoxious way and stops the rescuing efforts from Van Meer Boulevard because it would destroy his property; a building that has collapsed and is blocking the transit throught the streets.
Commissioner Gordon tells her daughter Barbara that she can go home now that the order is slowly coming back. Mayor Grange does his best to obtain help from other cities, but she faced the raw reality that no city is willing to help Gotham.
At night, Batman uses a big truck to open a path across the Davenport building to help the rescuing efforts and the supplies delivery to cross with ease, much to Devlin's dislike.
Bruce then visits his parents grave and renews his promise but knowing that he is just human and sometimes that is not enough to fulfill his vows. He leaves the place asking his parents for forgiveness for his failures.
- This issue holds the first official statement of the U.S. againts helping Gotham City after the earthquake. This would develop further in the Road to No Man's Land storyline and eventually would end in No Man's Land.
- This issue is reprinted in Batman: Road to No Man's Land Vol. 1 (Collected).
- A reporter is holding a Warner Brothers microphone.
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Links and References
|Batman: Cataclysm Crossover|
This issue is a part of the Cataclysm crossover that swept through all Batman Family Titles during 1998. Gotham City was almost completely destroyed by a massive earthquake. This story led into the events that would eventually create No Man's Land.