- Dick's pager isn't respondin'. He's definitely taking this whole retirement thing seriously.
- — Cyborg
Appearing in "A Lonely Place of Dying - Chapter Two: Roots"
- Mister Muscles/Samson the strong man (Single appearance)
- Pedro (Single appearance)
- Batman (Cameo)
- Haly's Circus
- Joey the security guard
- Martha Wayne (In a photograph only)
- Two-Face (Behind the scenes)
- Ravager (In a photograph only)
- Batmobile (Cameo)
Synopsis for "A Lonely Place of Dying - Chapter Two: Roots"
Cyborg and Starfire search the Titans Tower I computers for any trace of Dick Grayson, hoping to tell him about the mysterious boy who had been asking about him. Soon, Donna Troy calls from Dick's abandoned apartment to report that Speedy has arrived at Dick's request, to retrieve files from the Teen Titans. While investigating, Jericho reveals that the apartment has recently been broken into, and they find a safe containing Dick's scrapbook. They discover that a page is missing. The team concludes that whoever broke in must know Dick's secret identity.
Meanwhile, at Haly's Circus, Dick returns to his old home, meeting old friends, and realizing that the circus has fallen on hard times. Mr. Haly intimates that there have been a number of accidents at the circus which are driving down attendance numbers, and costing the circus money. As Dick explores, he hears a scream and investigates. The lion tamer angrily berates Harry the clown, who is now a drunk. Harry is accused of sabotaging the circus in order to scare off potential buyers, which he denies. In anger, he throws his flask of alcohol at his friends, but it is caught deftly by Dick.
As the circus show starts, the mysterious boy who has been looking for Dick sits in the audience with his camera, trying to catch a glimpse of his target. During the lion tamer's act, one of the lionesses attacks him, prompting Dick, who has disguised himself as a clown, to leap into action. He uses the trapeze to launch himself into the air, and drops a net over top of the angry lioness. This leads the boy to recognize Dick. Unfortunately, the lion tamer has been killed.
Mr. Haly resigns himself to closing down the circus, but Dick feels there's more to the story. As he wanders outside, he comes across the mysterious boy, who suggests that Harry the clown drugged the cat in order to make her attack and kill the lion tamer. Dick is suspicious and doubtful, but investigates anyway.
In Harry's tent, Samson the strongman and Pedro the dwarf accuse Harry of murdering the lion tamer. However, Pedro lets slip that he knows where the flask used to drug the cat was found. Harry reveals that he is actually Dick in disguise, and subdues Samson. Outside, the mysterious boy has captured Pedro.
Afterwards, Dick becomes the co-owner of Haly's Circus. He questions the boy about his identity, but instead, the boy shows Dick evidence that Two-Face is back in Gotham City. The boy pleads that Batman needs a Robin, revealing that he knows everything about the dynamic duo.
In Gotham, Two-Face watches Batman from his window, ominously.
- The previous chapter takes place in Batman #440 and the story continues in Batman #441.
- Speedy rejoins the Titans on a temporary basis while Nightwing is on leave.
- Nightwing appeared last in Batman #439.
- This issue is reprinted in the Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying and Batman: A Death in the Family trade paperbacks.
- No trivia.
- Teen Titans Recommended Reading
- New Teen Titans (Volume 1)
- New Teen Titans (Volume 2)
- Tales of the New Teen Titans (Volume 1)
- Team Titans (Volume 1)
- Teen Titans (Volume 1)
- Teen Titans (Volume 2)
- Teen Titans (Volume 3)
- Teen Titans (Volume 4)
- Teen Titans (Volume 5)
- Teen Titans Spotlight (Volume 1)
- Teen Titans Go! (Volume 1)
- Teen Titans: Year One (Volume 1)
- Titans (Volume 1)
- Titans (Volume 2)
Links and References
|A Lonely Place of Dying|
|Part 1: Batman #440||Part 2: New Titans #60||Part 3: Batman #441||Part 4: New Titans #61||Part 5: Batman #442|