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Batman Vol 1 537


Batman Vol 1 537

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"Pursuit": Batman patrols Gotham City in search of any lead that could take him to Man-Bat. It's been a week since Langstrom left Gotham and Batman's cure was useless unless Man-Bat was found.

Quote1 Don't do it Langstrom! You're not a killer! Quote2
-- Batman

Appearing in "Pursuit"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

  • Alfred Pennyworth
  • Hessler
  • Jenks (Single appearance)
  • Lydea Steinman
  • Dr. Baldini
  • Trask


  • Harmonic Atmospheric Research Project
  • Kimchatka



  • WayneCorp Jet

Synopsis for "Pursuit"

Batman patrols Gotham City in search of any lead that could take him to Man-Bat. It's been a week since Langstrom left Gotham and Batman's cure was useless unless Man-Bat was found.

A group of scientists discover the frozen body of Man-Bat in the North Pole. They take him into their investigation center. The scientists were testing a new equipment that injected impulses into the atmosphere that are translated into energy harmonics; the kind of information that bats use to travel as they can't see. They deduced that Man-Bat might have been attracted by those harmonics and they were hoping to study the specimen once the ice has thawed. Meanwhile they informed about the situation to Washington, but the signal stutters and the people in Washington transcripted the message as a real dangerous situation going on in the North Pole.

Washington send some people to Gotham to retreive information on Man-Bat. Commissioner Gordon handed them the information and later informed Batman about Langstrom's whereabouts. Gordon also told Batman that the government was trying to kill Man-Bat.

Batman followed the government agents to Kimchatka and then he grabbed the helicopter that they were using to travel.

Meanwhile at the North Pole station, Man-Bat was already free from the ice and just as one of the scientists approached to study him, Man-Bat woke up and knocked the doctor. Man-Bat went berserk and knocked three more scientists. He was hungry but he only ate rats. Later, Man-Bat found a laboratory and he tried to create a cure for himself but his animal part was dominant and he couldn't recall the right ingredients for the serum. That moment, the government agents arrived to the North Pole. Batman descended first and he found the station faster tha the agents. Batman entered and found Man-Bat about to feed on one of the scientists. Batman told him not to do it and they started to fight each other. Man-Bat escaped through one of the walls and Batman followed. The agents saw the bat-shaped creature and started shooting at Batman. He took that advantage to prevent them from killing Langstrom. Batman attacked the agents and they stopped their attack.

There was one scientist that wasn't aware of what was happening and he decided to test the pulse injector. The energy beam impacted Man-Bat as the agents and Batman watched helpless and screamed for Langstrom's life.


  • Editor Dennis O'Neil wrote one of his letters, From the Den in the lettercolumn as a requiem to Mark Gruenwald, who died in August 12, 1996.
  • The events of this issue takes place between Batman #536 and Batman #538.
  • This issue is the second part of the three part storyline labeled as Darkest Night of the Man-Bat.


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