"Cracks": The Penguin kidnaps James Gordon's wife, then turns himself into the GCPD, demanding that he only be interrogated by Gordon alone. The two of them argue, while Gordon tries to figure out where his wife is, they also discuss the recent changes in Batman, unbeknownst to the them caused b
- We are dinosaurs, you know. You and I... we appreciate style, finesse, not like nowadays, where any two-bit punk with spandex and a homicidal attitude thinks he's a hero.
Synopsis for "Cracks"
The Penguin kidnaps James Gordon's wife, then turns himself into the GCPD, demanding that he only be interrogated by Gordon alone. The two of them argue, while Gordon tries to figure out where his wife is, they also discuss the recent changes in Batman, unbeknownst to the them caused by his change in identity to Jean-Paul Valley after Bruce Wayne's back was broken by Bane during the events of "Knightfall". Brought to a rage by the Penguin's attempts to torment him, Gordon and the Penguin finally start fighting, leading to acts of police brutality on Gordon's part, reflective of the also recent violent changes in Batman. After punching him and even burning him with his own fancy cigarette, Gordon actually takes the Penguin onto the rooftop, where he threatens to drop him. The two are interrupted by Batman, who had in the meantime simply rescued Gordon's wife, choosing to ignore the Bat-Signal as it would only slow him down.
Appearing in "Cracks"
Synopsis for "Terrorsmith: Life on the Run"
Living life on the run, Jack Mobley, a.k.a Terrorsmith is caught by a group of mysterious agents after he accidentally transmogrifies a waitress who grabbed his bare flesh while he was trying to run out on a check. He is taken to an underground base run by Brain Storm, who believes that Terrorsmith's ability to activate powers in people will recharge his own long since faded superpowers. Despite Terrorsmith's reluctance, his hand is forced, and he turns Brain Storm into a giant raving beast, who eats many of his own men and destroys the headquarters, before Terrorsmith transforms another of the agents into a second monster capable of stopping him. Brain Storm is eventually shot down, critically injured and loses his powers again. Angry at Terrosmith's failure, he tells his agents to kill Mobley, and Mobley is forced once again to a life on the run.
Appearing in "Terrorsmith: Life on the Run"
Synopsis for "Arsenal: Weapons"
Arsenal is charged with protecting the ambassador of Bialya while he is in America, but accidentally lets the man's daughter be kidnapped because her resemblance to his own daughter Lian makes it difficult for him to act. Angry at his own failure and not wanting to screw up another job, he tracks the terrorists down and launches a daring one-man raid of their hideout, knowing that there is no other way to save the girl. After defeating most of the men, he finds himself confronted with a direct hostage situation. He realizes he has no other choice but immediate action, and uses a combination of boomerang and shuriken to free the girl from the gunman's grasp before knocking the rest of the room out and giving the young girl back to their father. The ambassador is pleased, but unforgiving that it happened in the first place. Arsenal tells him to remember that his girl almost died today every time he tucks her into bed at night.
Appearing in "Arsenal: Weapons"
- Ambassador of Bialya
- His Daughter
- Lian Harper (Flashback only)
- "Cracks" is reprinted in Batman: Knightquest - The Crusade Vol. 2.
- This is the second appearance of Terrorsmith. Terrorsmith is a New Blood, who previously made his first appearance in Justice League America Annual #7. He was one of the few New Bloods who did not take part in the ending battle against The Taker during the climax to Bloodlines, "Bloodbath".
- The Penguin Recommended Reading
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