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"Requiem for a Martyr!": Batman tracks the Sensei and his laborers, but fails to capture him initially. It turns out the Senseis' plan is to use explosives along a fault line to cause an earthquake at a house where a famous archbishop is having an international dinner party. [[Bruce Wayne (Ear
Appearing in "Requiem for a Martyr!"
- Mayor of Gotham
- Reverend Reeney (Only appearance; dies)
- Barton McManus
Synopsis for "Requiem for a Martyr!"
Batman tracks the Sensei and his laborers, but fails to capture him initially. It turns out the Senseis' plan is to use explosives along a fault line to cause an earthquake at a house where a famous archbishop is having an international dinner party. Batman manages to save everyone (with the Commissioner and GCPD's help), but it turns out that one of the guests (a Japanese reverend) is secretly the Sensei. He assassinates the archbishop and escapes back into the house. Batman is about to pursue, when Ra's Al Ghul has him shot with a poison dart for he believes that the Sensei is a greater enemy to him than Batman. Talia takes Batmans' body moments before the earthquake destroys the house. Batman awakens in a small village and is convinced to take a day to heal and relax with Talia before continuing his mission against crime.
Appearing in "Dance of Death!"
- Philipe Rey (Single appearance)
- Charles Rey (Single appearance)
- Cecile Rey (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Dance of Death!"
Batgirl finds a sniper at her father's home, but the sniper escapes by using a smoke grenade. She suspects that this is related to threats against her fathers guest Charles Rey. She gets an undercover job at Charles Rey's ballet company. As Batgirl, she stops a bomb delivered to Charles, seconds before it explodes. Later, she observes Cecile Rey trying to talk her dad into cancelling the show, but ultimately failing. Charles does however say he has an announcement he will make after the performance, that should make her happy. At the performance, Batgirl notices a slight hissing sound coming from some flowers that Cecile's holding right by her father. She jumps into action and gets the flowers away from everyone. She had realized that earlier when Cecile was complaining about the strong chemical taste of the water her brother gave her, that it must be a chemical antidote to the poison gas in the flowers. She confronts Philipe on stage, who admits that he was the would-be assassin. He felt that he was a better dancer than his father, but his father would never let him be the lead dancer in any of their family performances, so he had to get his dad out've the way. The irony of all this is that Charles' announcement would've been his retirement, thereby allowing his son to take over the family business.
Appearing in "Encounter"
- GCPD officer (Single appearance)
- Unnamed Woman (Single appearance)
- Gary Brown (Behind the scenes) (Single appearance)
- Inspector Fitzpatrick (Behind the scenes) (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Encounter"
A lady gets stuck in the snow, while listening to the car radio. She sees a shadowy figure and gets scared (the radio is talking about what women can do to prepare themselves in case they're attacked outside). She starts looking for a weapon, but it turns out the shadowy figure is a Gotham City police officer, who was just helping her car get out of the snow.
Appearing in "The Deadly Answers!"
- Jennifer Ann
- Chief Frank McDonald
- Professor Milton (Single appearance)
- Mrs. Higgins
- "Man in Black" (Single appearance)
- Billy Baldwain (Single appearance)
- Batman (In a photograph only)
Synopsis for "The Deadly Answers!"
Dicks' girlfriend Jennifer has to re-take a physiology test because it turns out some students had a cheat sheet for the exam. Robin decides to investigate and ultimately figures out that Professor Milton himself was selling the answers to his tests because he needed money (due to his lack of tenure at the university). After class, Robin is signing autographs, when he notices a "man in black" following Jennifer.
Appearing in "Lightning Strikes Out!"
- Wandine Trask (Flashback only)
- random Haitians
- Mama Mambu (First appearance)
- Jacques Cravin (First appearance)
- Leon (First appearance)
- Lincoln Trask (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Lightning Strikes Out!"
Lincoln Trask is kidnapped from his Garfield High shower room after a workout with his gym teacher Jefferson Pierce. As Black Lightning, he tracks them to a Haitian apothecary. He gets knocked out in battle and has a flashback to a week earlier, when Lincoln's sister visited him saying that she thought Lincoln was gonna do something to the people at the Apothecary. It seems that Lincoln's mother died after refusing to take medicine from a doctor and instead took a Haitian remedy instead. Black Lightning comes to, escapes from the trap he was put into while unconscious, and activates the automatic sprinkler system to put out a fire. Unfortunately, the water causes Black Lightning to be electrocuted and fall (presumably to his death).
- "Requiem for a Martyr!" is reprinted in Batman: Tales of the Demon.
- The mystery of the Man in Black at the end of the 4th story "The Deadly Answers" is supposed to be continued in future issues.
- The 5th story "Lightning Strikes Out" is continued in Detective Comics #491 in the 4th story "Short-Circuit".
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