"Gothic: A Romance, Volume Five: Walpurgisnacht": Batman frees himself from the deathtrap Mr. Whisper left him in and makes his way to the Gotham Cathedral to confront the mastermind. At that moment, Mr. Whisper is
- This is the moment! Can you smell it? The breath of the Cathedral, held for centuries, turning sour in the darkness. Altar of roses and plague dust. Come down and face me now, Batman! Come down and breathe these killing airs. Will you?
Appearing in "Gothic: A Romance, Volume Five: Walpurgisnacht"
- Mister Whisper (Final appearance; Dies)
- Bride of Christ (Revealed to be the Devil)
- Lake Dess
- Monastery of the Capuchins
Synopsis for "Gothic: A Romance, Volume Five: Walpurgisnacht"
Batman frees himself from the deathtrap Mr. Whisper left him in and makes his way to the Gotham Cathedral to confront the mastermind. At that moment, Mr. Whisper is awaiting for midnight to strike so that his plan can be finished. The young girl who claims to be a nun is taken by Whisper, who wants her to be the first victim of the plague when it is released.
Batman appears and chases down Whisper, with only minutes to spare. The two men confront one another and leave the woman at the Cathedral. Whisper goes to the building's basement to get a vial of the plague and use it on Batman, but his plan fails as Batman has come prepared with a rebreather. The fight continues into the subway underneath the cathedral, until they are standing on the tracks. A subway train approaches and only Batman is able to jump from the tracks. After the train passes, Whisper, still alive, leaps from the tracks and breaks Batman's left arm. Batman sprays Whisper with Mace and Whisper grabs Batman, forcing him to stand on the tracks in front of an oncoming train. Batman flips Whisper into the train and dodges the train himself.
While Whisper is taken to the next train station, Batman climbs to the belltower, where he removes the clapper and prevents the bell from breaking the glass and spreading the virus. Immediately after this, Batman calls Alfred for assistance. A few minutes before midnight, Whisper returns to his low rent apartment, where he is shocked to find the young nun. Whisper confronts her, but he soon learns that the woman is in fact the Devil himself, who has come to claim his soul and take him to eternal damnation.
The next morning, Bruce Wayne recovers from the confrontation and watches the TV News. The Gotham Cathedral has been closed to the public and the authorities are working to remove the glass containing the plague. Alfred then delivers a package to him and they are both shocked to find a human heart inside. Bruce deduces that it belongs to Whisper and he decides to take the thing to the rightful place. Back in Austria, Batman throws Whisper's heart into Lake Dess, hoping to bring peace to the soul of the nun who was sacrificed hundreds of years ago by the murderous Mr. Whisper.
- The title of the story "Walpurgisnacht" is German for Walpurgis Night; a notorious celebration of witches.
- This issue is reprinted in the Batman: Gothic trade paperback.
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