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"Gothic: A Romance, Volume One: Man Without a Shadow": In a warehouse, two men torture a third, hanging by his feet a the end of a rope, to determine the whereabouts of a missing shipment of drugs. The second man hands the first some lighter fluid and as the first begins dousi


Quote1 Gotham City is Hell. We are all in Hell. And I am the King of Hell. Quote2
-- Batman



Appearing in "Gothic: A Romance, Volume One: Man Without a Shadow"

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Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Gotham Organized Crime
    • "Bat-Man" O'Rourke (Only appearance; dies)
    • Jack Kane, Kane Bros. (Only appearance; dies)
    • Leo Graziano (Only appearance; dies)
    • Morgenstern (First appearance)
    • Ottavio (First appearance)
  • Mister Whisper (First appearance)
  • Shadey (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Bernie (Single appearance)
  • Bride of Christ (unnamed)
  • Harry (Only appearance; dies)
  • Martha Wayne (in picture only)
  • Martin (Only appearance; dies)
  • Mr. Crane (In dream sequence only)
  • Robert (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "Gothic: A Romance, Volume One: Man Without a Shadow"

In a warehouse, two men torture a third, hanging by his feet a the end of a rope, to determine the whereabouts of a missing shipment of drugs. The second man hands the first some lighter fluid and as the first begins dousing their captive with it, they hear music. The second man goes to check it out as the first threatens his captive. After a minute or so, when his compatriot has not returned, the first torturer goes in search of him and finds a record player. While he is distracted another man kills him. This man then goes to the captive, strikes a match, lights a cigarette and sets the man ablaze.

Later, two people are killed when the elevator they enter falls down the shaft. A mobster named Jack Kane is on the phone and tells another criminal, by the name Ottavio, that Mr. Whisper has returned and is killing members of the mob. Mr. Whisper appears and kills Kane.

In the meantime, Batman foils a mugging, while across town Mr. Grazzano is killed in an opera house by a bomb in a box of chocolates.

Members of the mob gather atop a building, where they decide they need help against Mr. Whisper. They activate an upside-down Bat-Signal of their own making, calling Batman.



Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in the Batman: Gothic trade paperback.
  • This issue marks the first time that the Bat-Signal is altered in any shape or form. This has become a notorious trait of Grant Morrison, who likes to twist the image on his stories.

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