"The Burning Pit": Upon discovering California's murder, the rest of Cardboard City's inhabitants form an angry mob and threaten to kill Webley in revenge. Batman reluctantly protects Webley in exchange for Kadaver's current location, wagering that the Corrosive Man will be headed there. True to
- Two years inside, Kadaver -- thinking, figuring... and it all came down to you! You set me up. You tipped the cops off about the hit. It couldn't have been anyone else! Why? Greed? Didn't want to share the payout? Or did you just want to see me die? Rottin' away slowly in the pen -- a living death -- you'd have loved that!
Appearing in "The Burning Pit"
- DJ Dark
- Dalton "California" Walls (Dies)
Synopsis for "The Burning Pit"
Upon discovering California's murder, the rest of Cardboard City's inhabitants form an angry mob and threaten to kill Webley in revenge. Batman reluctantly protects Webley in exchange for Kadaver's current location, wagering that the Corrosive Man will be headed there. True to his predictions, the Corrosive Man invades and ransacks Webley's apartment, and finds the same address.
Meanwhile, Kadaver calls a meeting with Phil Hobart, the man who had contracted California's death. After trapping Hobart over a pit of quicklime, Kadaver reveals that he had researched California's background, and discovered the vagrant was actually a fast-food tycoon who'd abandoned his wealth in search of enlightenment. Hobart, the tycoon's closest living relative, stands to reap millions in inheritance from his death - and Kadaver, who had only been paid twenty-five thousand for the murder, demands an equal share.
Faced with a slow, painful death, Hobart agrees to Kadaver's terms, but Kadaver's hideout is quickly invaded by both Batman and the Corrosive Man. The latter inflicts several brutal burns on Kadaver, but is stopped by Batman before he can land a killing blow. Batman then knocks the Corrosive Man into Kadaver's quicklime pit, creating a chemical reaction that completely neutralizes Mitchell's acidic body. With all three criminals helpless, Batman calls the police and leaves for home.
On the way back to Wayne Manor, Batman spots one final twist of fate: the cocaine smuggler Thomas Woolf is dead, struck by a car driven by a cocaine-addicted DJ.
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