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"A World for Burning": Firefly is seeing burning Batman and Robin, but the Lynns wakes up by the sound of a knocking door. It was all a dream and the householder was knocking at his door to make him shut up.

Quote1 Sometimes the future is even more certain than the past. Quote2
-- Wiley Dalbert

Appearing in "A World for Burning"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

  • Reilly
  • Felder




Synopsis for "A World for Burning"

Firefly is seeing burning Batman and Robin, but the Lynns wakes up by the sound of a knocking door. It was all a dream and the householder was knocking at his door to make him shut up. Garfield Lynns was hiding at a "hotel for criminals"; as the householder would take any criminal in as long as they pay the rent.

Somewhere else in Gotham City; Montoya and Bullock arrested a man for drunk driving and a federal warrant appeared at the system. They delivered the man whose name was Waley Dalbert to a couple of FBI agents. When the feredals were taking the main into their car, a flash of light blinded all of then and when the light faded, Dalbert was gone.

Later, Batman and Robin went to the scene to discover what have happenned in that case. Meanwhile, Dalbert is seeing entering the hotel run by Clifford Deems looking for a room. Deems agreed to give Dalbert a room as soon as Dalbert gave the man a sheaf of dollars. Deems went up and told Garfield Lynns to pick his stuff and leave the place. Dalbert noticed that Lynns was a pyromaniac and decided to pay Deems another sum so he leave his own room and stay at a hotel for a couple of nights. Dalbert offered Lynns to work together as partners. Batman and Robin discover Dalbert's identity but the information wasn't enough to clear why is he wanted by the FBI and much less how he dissappeared from 4 highly trained officers.

Montoya and Bullock are searching the city for Dalbert and they are told by some witnessed that Dalbert was seeing at a different place the time he dissappeared. Bullock got mad thinking that the people wasn't being serious and decided to let Montoya handle the questioning. Bullock went to a parking lot to smoke when an officer from the Denver Police Department named John Jones called him. Jones was looking for Dalbert as well and asked Bullock afew questions. When Montoya reached Bullock, Jones was gone and Bullock didn't even noticed when he left.

Dalbert is at the Gotham Library searching for some books and the librarian is curious about Dalbert's old books request and looks, that reminded her of a man she knew many years before. Meanwhile, Deems was trying to make a reservation at the Ritz Marlton Hotel when he is taken by the security guards after paying his reservation with Dalbert's money. Later, Dalbert and Lynss were planning an strike on a jewelery to take the gems. Dalbert told Lynns that he would meet him at a certain point and time in the future.

Alfred and Robin are discussing some possible theories of how Dalbert managed to escape when Batman broke their discussion as there was a new lead on the case. Commissioner Gordon called Batman to tell him that the police apprehended a man at the Ritz Marlton for paying with cash that is dated two years from the present. Gordon told Batman that the police were on their way to apprehend the source of the cash: Wiley Dalbert.

The GCPD and John Jones arrived at Deems' hotel in order to take Dalbert into police custody. At the sight of the police Lynns and Dalbert started to argue. Jones and Bullock were about to catch when Jones felt a change in the barimetric pressure and again the blinding light struck them and Dalbert was gone. A few second later a fiery explosion consumed half the building in fire. Bullock. Montoya and the CGPD were safe but Jones received the impact of the explosion directly. He was burning and his clothes were completely destroyed.

At that moment, Batman and Robin decided to act, but as soon as they entered the building the floor beneath them collapsed and they were at the mercy of the Firefly and his flamethrower.


  • This is the first part of the storyline featuring Firefly, Wiley Dalbert and Martian Manhunter.
  • The story continues in Detective Comics #715.


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