- Life is like a detective story. It starts with a dame, and ends with a funeral...
- -- "The Chump"
Appearing in "Masquerade"
- The Nurse
- Roderick & Elizabeth Kane
- Dr. Carter Nichols
Synopsis for "Masquerade"
In the present, the heroes reveal that Bruce is traveling forward in time due to a build-up of Omega energy in his body, with potentially disastrous- albeit unknown- consequences if he reaches the present on his own and releases that energy all at once.
Reviving in hospital, Bruce meets Marsha, a woman who claims that she wants to employ him as a detective to investigate the death of her friend, Martha Wayne, providing him with a 1930s suit to wear as he carries out his investigations. Meeting with Martha's parents, Bruce learns of Thomas Wayne's apparent infidelity and his connection to various orgies, but remains suspicious that he is not being told the whole truth. After Wayne is provided with a Bat-costume to wear during the final stages of his investigation- the same costume worn by Thomas Wayne long ago-, he tracks 'Marsha' to a graveyard, where it is revealed that she is a member of the Black Glove, who believes that she will be granted eternal youth if she ritually sacrifices the 'Bat-Man', having selected the amnesic Bruce as the perfect sacrifice as nobody will miss him. Despite his confusion and weakness, Wayne fights off the Black Glove before he vanishes once again, leaving the Glove without a sacrifice.
As Red Robin and the JLA attempt to analyze the costume Batman was wearing when he was sent into the past for clues that they can use to determine when he shall return to the present, the Watchtower alarms go off as an unknown intruder attacks, revealing a twisted Batman emerging in the tower.
- Marsha Lamarr's speech about the Wayne graveyard references two old stories:
- "Jeremy Coe, the frontiersman" is a reference to Detective Comics #205, in which Batman and Robin travel back in time and met a man Coe, who fought evil from the Batcave in that era while wearing a disguise.
- "The Hellerite sect" is a reference to Brave and the Bold #89, in which Batman and the Phantom Stranger met the ghosts of a cult who had owned the land upon which Gotham City was built.
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