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"Joe Chill in Hell": After being shot by Bat-Devil, Batman goes into cardiac arrest and has numerous visions and hallucinations of old cases and past experiences, including the death of Jason Todd, [[Bat-Mite (New E


Quote1 I shoulda shot the kid right there. I shoulda done him first. Three for three. Quote2
-- Joe Chill



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Synopsis for "Joe Chill in Hell"

After being shot by Bat-Devil, Batman goes into cardiac arrest and has numerous visions and hallucinations of old cases and past experiences, including the death of Jason Todd, Bat-Mite, the Ten-Eyed Tribe, and his ascendance into the Batman persona.

In one vision, Bruce recalls a time where he underwent the "Thogal Ritual" in Nanda Parbat. The 7 week ritual is an extended form of meditation that simulates death, after-death, and rebirth. During this state of meditation, Wayne experiences a hallucination.

In the hallucination, Joe Chill, the criminal who killed Wayne's parents, is locked in his penthouse suite, surrounded by criminals, presumably in hiding from Batman. Batman has visited and frightened Chill every night for a month. Chill is living as a shut-in, but his guards never see or catch Batman during the visits. On his final visit, Batman gives Chill the gun he used to kill the Wayne's, to which Chill realizes who Batman is. He then gives the gun to Chill, presumably to kill himself, because if the Underworld knew he was responsible for the Batman, they would kill him.

Still hallucinating, Bruce flashes back to a time when he volunteered to participate in an experiment for "Space Medicine", where he would spend 10 days in an Isolation Chamber. In reality, he agreed to the experiment only so that he could use the "hallucinatory and psychotic state" to catch a glimpse of how the Joker's mind worked.

Due to his isolation and mental blackouts, Bruce hallucinated Dick Grayson dying during the experiment, proving that even Batman can succumb to mental stress and anxiety.

Suddenly, Bruce is resuscitated by Bat-Devil, who prepares to torture him.



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  • This book was first published on January 30, 2008.
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