"Predation": Gotham City is in complete darkness and a bat-like creature has started to terrorize the city. An eye witness goes to the police department and tell Sgt. Bullock about the creature. Bullock let Batman know about the sigh
- You again...always trying to stop me...always stealing the night from me...even though it's mine not yours! You're a fake...just a man...not a real bat! Just a pretender...not a predator!... No more talk! I'm sick of you...but I can never kill you! Now the night is everywhere...so why should I stay here...with you? I'm going away...to hunt and prey elsewhere...and never see you again! I'm leaving this place...forever!
- -- Man-Bat
Appearing in "Predation"
- Man-Bat (Flashback and main story)
Synopsis for "Predation"
Gotham City is in complete darkness and a bat-like creature has started to terrorize the city. An eye witness goes to the police department and tell Sgt. Bullock about the creature. Bullock let Batman know about the sightings of the bat creature. Batman reckoned that some of those sightings might have been himself but just to make sure about it Batman went to Kirk Langstrom's house. When he entered he find Francine Langstrom lying unconscious on the floor and the place was a mess indicating a previous struggle. Batman knew then that Man-Bat was prowling the city. Batman told Bullock to call an ambulance for Francine Langstrom and he started to create the antidote to revert Kirk's mutation.
Meanwhile, Man-Bat attacked some people at the harbor just to feed from their fishes. Every second that passed, Man-Bat started to lose any humanity left inside him and was acting more feral and instinctive. Batman's theory was that because of the prolonged night time, the instincs of a nocturnal animal in Langstrom became stronger and controlled the man.
Batman patrolled the streets to find him and in the meantime he stopped a robbery. Just when he was about to knock out the last of the thieves, Man-Bat appeared and took the thug as his prey. Batman tied up a rope in the man's ankle and prevented him becoming Man-Bat's dinner. Man-Bat was furious at Batman and the monster decided to leave Gotham once and for all in order to escape from Batman and to hunt any prey he wanted. Batman saved the thief and took him to the police.
Later, Commissioner Gordon called Batman and told him that Francine Langstrom was already awake and asking for her husband. Batman decided to follow Man-Bat to the north, where the beast has departed and help the doctor trapped in the monster's body.
- This is a tie-in to the Final Night storyline.
- The story continues in Batman #537.
- The credit box features a special thanks to Ray McCarthy.
- This issue is the first part of the three part storyline labeled as Darkest Night of the Man-Bat.
- The letter column features a little essay from inker John Beatty. In which he explained that he came up with the idea for the Batman #535 issue. He also explained that for health issues regarding his eyes, he needed the help of Mark Heike in completing the issue's inks. He also thanked the doctors who treated his ailment and of couse he thanked the DC group that he has been working with at the time.
- There is a quote by John Herschel; a prominent British figure.
- Harvey Bullock is seen eating from a box that reads: Colonel Jimbo's Ribs. This is a reference to Colonel Sanders and his famous chickens.
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Links and References
Final Night Crossover