"Terminal 1": With autumn hitting Gotham City, the season has brought with it rains and more crime. Despite this, Alfred has insisted that Bruce Wayne take a few days' vacation from being Batman, and get a bit of sunlight
- Whatever happened on this plane took eight hours. That means we potentially have eight hours too.
- -- Batman
Appearing in "Terminal 1"
- Ed Boar
- Alfred Pennyworth
Synopsis for "Terminal 1"
With autumn hitting Gotham City, the season has brought with it rains and more crime. Despite this, Alfred has insisted that Bruce Wayne take a few days' vacation from being Batman, and get a bit of sunlight. As his car approaches the airport terminal, the air-traffic control centre for the airport receives news that a flight is coming in to land too quickly, and hasn't got clearance to land. They can only respond to it in a short amount of time, and it may be a terror attack.
Sitting in his private jet on the runway, Bruce wonders what the delay is in getting the plane off the ground, and Alfred admits that he would prefer not to say why they can't fly yet - he would like for Bruce to stick with the plan to get some vacation time. Bruce pushes him, and fails to even finish his coffee before leaving.
As the rogue plane makes its landing, the airport police speed to catch up with it as the chief, Ed Boar, warns via megaphone that they should follow the escort to Hangar 7. Instead, the plane is headed straight for the terminal itself, and it smashes through the glass window, causing chaos among the waiting patrons. Several are killed or injured, but Batman manages to rescue one girl from being flattened beneath the plane's wheels. As soon as the plane comes to a stop, Batman is broken inside, and Boar sets up a perimeter to keep the crowd under control. When Boar himself boards the plane, he finds Batman there, and warns that this is Port Authority jurisdiction. Batman reminds that soon it will be the FBI's jurisdiction, and they should cooperate if they want any part in the investigation. Every passenger on the plane is dead - and appear to have been for some time. They have nearly thirty minutes to figure out what killed them. Batman warns that Boar will have to turn his perimeter into a quarantine zone.
Despite the advanced decay of many of the passengers, Batman is sure that the plane was landed by someone, and he checks the cockpit. Inside, he finds an elderly man, dying in front of the wheel. He demands to know what happened, but the man expels his death rattle, and dies before anything can be said. Boar can at least reveal that the flight came from Frankfurt - which leaves them an eight hour window to find out what killed these people, before they are dead of the same thing.
Soon, the airport is on lockdown, and Batman and Boar are surprised to learn from a news report that a Stanford-Educated NGO worker called Magnus Magnuson is claiming responsibility for the air crash. A video plays of Magnuson's confession, in which he explains that opening the plane released a deadly contagion into the air at the terminal, and the deaths will number in the millions if the US does not withdraw its troops from the Middle East. He believes those troops are only there to cover the US' search for oil and minerals. He has condemned all of those people to death, merely to express an environmental agenda to the United States.
- This book was first published on October 1, 2014.
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