"Dead Reckoning, Part Four": The Mad Hatter is slipped poison during Arkham's dinner hour, sending him into violent, near-fatal convulsions. Inside his meal is another double-marred coin, marking him as Paul Sloan's latest target.
Appearing in "Dead Reckoning, Part Four"
- Joker (Flashback and main story)
- Killer Moth (Flashback only)
- Mad Hatter (Apparent Death)
- Penguin (Flashback only)
- Riddler (Flashback and main story)
- Paul Sloan (Flashback and main story) (Origin)
- Two-Face (Flashback only)
- Veronica Bella (Flashback only)
- Leonard Weinstein (Flashback only) (Appears only as a corpse)
- United States of America
Synopsis for "Dead Reckoning, Part Four"
The Mad Hatter is slipped poison during Arkham's dinner hour, sending him into violent, near-fatal convulsions. Inside his meal is another double-marred coin, marking him as Paul Sloan's latest target.
From this and the previous attacks, Batman concludes Sloan's "learning opportunity" had involved Gotham's supervillains, who eventually disfigured Sloan facially as well as mentally. With Catwoman's help, Batman tracks down a likely participant who has remained unscathed - the Riddler, who reluctantly confirms his theory. Eight years ago, Sloan had been brought into an elaborate conspiracy to kill Batman, most of the conspirators confident his acting talents could substitute for Two-Face (who had rejected their plan after a coin toss).
An uneasy Batman convenes with the ex-Commissioner Gordon, who assures him that he bears no responsibility for Sloan's decisions and circumstances. At Batman's request, Gordon then invokes an old favor that grants Batman access to Antarctica's Slabside Penitentiary, so Batman may interrogate the conspirator most responsible for recruiting Sloan in the first place: the Joker.
Appearing in "Spore, Part Five"
- Extraterrestrial Spore (Dies)
Synopsis for "Spore, Part Five"
Navigating its way through Batman's polluted bloodstream, the Nanobat finally manages to locate and destroy the original spore which has infected the Dark Knight. In moments, Batman's mutation reverses, freeing Superman and, indeed, the entire planet. Even so, the Nanobat remains alert within Batman's body, ever-ready to protect its creator as its creator protects his city.
- This book was first published on March 5, 2003.
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