"Locked In": Mitch Shelley has been taken to Arkham Asylum, where his doctors don't believe a word of his claims that he gains superpowers by dying and resurrecting. In order to prove his sanity, he tries to provoke the guards and other inmates into kill
- If only I could focus. Show them what I am. What I can do. Show them the truth. Can't take this. Need to do something... drastic.
Appearing in "Locked In"
- Arkham Inmates
- Dr. Rogers
- Dr. Stephenson
Synopsis for "Locked In"
Mitch Shelley has been taken to Arkham Asylum, where his doctors don't believe a word of his claims that he gains superpowers by dying and resurrecting. In order to prove his sanity, he tries to provoke the guards and other inmates into killing him, but he is consistently thwarted. A failed suicide attempt puts him on suicide watch, making it even more difficult.
One guard in particular has trouble restraining his disgust with Mitch - an overweight sadist called Fletcher. One night, the Bat-Signal shines in the sky over the asylum, and Fletcher predicts that the signal will send the inmates into hysterics, and require a lock-down. While the other inmates become more agitated, Mitch decides that it's time to do something drastic, as he rediscovers his most recent power over electricity.
The next day, Mitch stands in the lunch line and uses his electrical power to ignite his oatmeal with electricity and launch it into the face of the hulking Amygdala. Before he can incite further violence, he is cracked hard on the head with Fletcher's nightstick. The guards decide that it's time to move Mitch down to where they keep the real freaks.
Mitch wakes in his new cell with a clear head for the first time in days. The doctors don't medicate the inmates in the 'bin'. HE looks out his glass wall to see Fletcher negotiating with Sumo on a breakout. Fletcher agrees to open all the cells, after a threat from the criminal. Within just seconds, Gotham City's worst criminals are free and running rampant in the asylum. With the diversion set, Fletcher tells Sumo to head for the service tunnels, but Mitch is prepared, and he fills Sumo with electrical discharge. Angrily, Sumo grabs Mitch by the throat and snaps his neck.
Meanwhile, the Gotham City Police Department, led by Commissioner Gordon, surround the courtyard. Their distraction gives Mitch enough time to recover, and with new-found super-strength, he picks up Sumo over his head, and throws him to the ground at Gordon's feet. Before the police can open fire, Mitch calls out that he has a handle on it, and he knocks Sumo unconscious. Gordon orders his men to hold their fire, but Fletcher fires a shot straight through Mitch's brain. He claims that Mitch was dangerous, and he was protecting the Commissioner's life.
Later, Gordon visits the morgue to check on Mitch, only to find that he's gone missing. Meanwhile, at Fletcher's apartment, he has been declared a hero, and he's converted his workman's compensation into cash for a trip to the Caribbean. Suddenly, he turns to see his door burning down. There stands Mitch, resurrected with the power of an ethereal blue flame.
Gordon arrives in time to see the apartment complex enveloped in blue flames, with the image of a bat-symbol glowing in the sky. Up on the roof, they find Fletcher tied to a post, rambling about how someone has come back from the dead to get revenge on him. Gordon is confused and suspicious.
- This book was first published on February 8, 2012.
- No special notes.
- On the wall in Mitch's cell, it says "they tried to make me go to Arkham" - a reference to the Amy Winehouse song "Rehab."
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