"The Belly of the Beast": Lock-Up has been running Blackgate Penitentiary since the beginning of No Man's Land and in the meantime he has allied with KGBeast and the Trigger Twins to control all of the inmates i
Appearing in "The Belly of the Beast"
- Chief Redhorn
- Trigger Twins II
- Blackgate Prisoners
- Clyde Greenlaw (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Belly of the Beast"
Over the course of NML, the prison has been filling up with criminals and Batman fears that they might realize the combined power all of them can be. Batman asked Nightwing to take control of Blackgate. Nightwing complained at first but after listening to Bruce's reasoning, he accepted the challenge. Batman went on to take care of other important matters and Nightwing contacted Oracle to get some info before going in. Oracle informed Nightwing that there was a man inside Blackgate named Clyde Greenlaw that has similar physical appearance to him. Nightwing planned to disguise himself as Greenlaw and infiltrate in Blackgate. Greenlaw was a janitor working for Lock-Up in Blackgate.
Lock-Up arrived at Blackgate with a couple more of criminals to put them in jail. As KGBeast was taking them to their cells, Nightwing arrived at Blackgate using a scuba gear. Nightwing climbed one the prison's walls and entered it through an opened crack.
Back in Blackgate, Nightwing was inside the prison and found that most of it was empty and destroyed. He searched for people until he found Greenlaw. Nightwing told Greenlaw that he was taking his place but Greenlaw didn't like the idea of going to Gotham. Greenlaw started screaming and ran away from Nightwing. The noise alerted the Trigger Twins of Nightwing's presence and they started shooting at him. Nightwing managed to escape them but he came across KGBeast. Nightwing did his best to avoid the three of them but after a while they cornered him. Nigtwing used his acrobat skills and took the three of them down. He was contemplating their fallen adversaries when he received an electric shock from behind. The charge was so powerful that knocked him out immediately. Lock-Up was alerted by Greenlaw and now he was considering what to do with Nightwing.
- This is the first part of the storyline titled Escape to Blackgate. The events of this story happened after Batman: Harley Quinn. No Man's Land continues in Nightwing Secret Files and Origins #1 and Escape to Blackgate continues in Nightwing #36.
- Clyde Greenlaw has the Superman S symbol tattooed on his right shoulder.
- KGBeast makes a reference to the Gulag; a infamous administration of the Soviet Union.
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Links and References
|No Man's Land Crossover|
This issue is a part of the Batman: No Man's Land crossover that swept through all Batman Family Titles during 1999. Gotham City was declared by the President to be no longer a part of the United States after the combined disasters of Contagion, Legacy and Cataclysm.