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"Suit of Evil Souls": Batman chases a murderer and corners him in an alley. Batman questions the man about the crime and the reasons behind it and the man reveals himself as part of a group called the Aryan Reich that hated Jews. He attacked but Batman knocked the
- Ragman--defender of the weak and oppressed--punisher of evil. And you...are evil.
- -- Ragman
Appearing in "Suit of Evil Souls"
- Aryan Reich
- Johnny (Single appearance)
- Frank (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "Suit of Evil Souls"
Batman chases a murderer and corners him in an alley. Batman questions the man about the crime and the reasons behind it and the man reveals himself as part of a group called the Aryan Reich that hated Jews. He attacked but Batman knocked the killer and took him to the police.
Rory Regan returns to Gotham City to attend the funeral of the murdered man. At the funeral, Regan speaks to Rabbi Isaac Luria and asks him to fill him with details of the murder of the man. Luria told Regan that it was a hate crime perpetrated by a gang that have taken the slum where he lives and also where Regan grew up. The rabbi told Regan that the Aryan Reich were not only misogynists, but that they were xenophobic because of their attacks to all people that were not caucasian. They continued the conversation inside the synagogue and suddenly a window was destroyed by a brick thrown from the outside. Regan followed the vandal through the streets and when they were at a safe distance from the public, Regan summoned the power of the Suit of Souls to catch the man and transform into the Ragman. With the powers of the Ragman, Regan knocked down the punk and he was about to leave the man for the police to find him but the rags of the suit started to act by themselves. Regan tried to control the rags but it was futile, the rags were asphyxiating the punk to the point of killing him. Once the man was dead, the rags returned to the suit and a new evil soul was attached to the suit. Regan was shocked to realize that the power of the evil souls in the suit was now stronger that his power to control them.
Elsewhere, Vesper Fairchild hosted his radio talk show as usual but she had a guest man to talk about the recent crimes in Gotham. Bruce Wayne listened to the interview outside the radio station where he was waiting for Vesper.
Regan returned to the synagogue to ask for the rabbi's help controlling the powers of the Ragman. Regan told the rabbi the background story of the Ragman but the rabbi didn't believe Regan could be telling the truth. Regan decided to show rabbi the powers of the Ragman and so he summoned the Suit of Souls again. This time the rabbi believed in Regan's story and was willing to help him to control the evil of the suit but this time the Suit of Souls was in full control of Regan's body and the Ragman's power. Ragman left the rabbi alone and flew away.
Bruce and Vesper go out on a breakfast date where they discussed about their situation after their first kiss and Vesper's revelation of her feelings for Bruce. Vesper told Bruce not to worry, as she didn't expect that the city's most prominent playboy would love her back. She also told him that she "knew" that the nights he wasn't at home or faked some sudden illness, he was actually seeing other girls. Bruce couldn't tell her that she came to the wrong conclusion and she left Bruce alone at the restaurant.
The Aryan Reich was mad at the loss of two of their members and they decided to declare war on every person they considered not pure and they managed to get a lot of weapons to achieve their goal.
At night, Commissioner Gordon called Batman to give him an envelope that was addressed to him. Batman opened it and found a rag inside. He knew that it could only mean trouble.
Elsewhere, Rory Regan was being tortured to death by the rags of the suit of souls.
- This is the first part of the storyline featuring Ragman.
- The story continues in Batman #552.
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