“I AM GOTHAM” PART IIII SYNOPSIS
“I Am Gotham” part four. When Gotham City falls prey to true evil, will Batman be abandoned by the new heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl? The Dark Knight must decide who to entrust with the safety of his beloved city if he hopes for any of its citizens to survive.
Oh, the brutality
The issue is opened with the scene of a rather tragic occurrence that has taken place in Gotham. Batman is speaking to Alfred, and he comes across body after body (27 to be exact,) who appear to have been killed by Superman-like powers, and then sees Gotham Girl amongst all the bodies, who is scared to death. Constantly saying she is afraid. Batman then asks Alfred where Gotham is
Where is Gotham?
Gotham is saving a man from jumping off of the ledge and into the concrete below. Citing how he can fix this problem.
Sadly, once on the ground, the man blows said building up, right after saying “The Monster Men are coming.”
Back in the Batcave, we see Alfred asking Gotham Girl
if she would like some coffee, much to her displeasure she covers her ears and yells no, no, no! To which Alfred’s retort is “Perhaps tea, then?” (On a side-note, I love Alfred’s wit, thus far, in this run.) Duke comes in and comforts her, slightly.. As the page changes, we see Gotham trying to repair the bridge as part of what was blown up. “I can fix this, I can fix this..” Batman has now found him and tells him he is not an engineer, not an architect. He’s not the Mayor, he’s not the city council. All of which means that he cannot fix this. He can only make it worst..
Gotham takes extreme offense to the previous statement and throws part of the bridge into the Batmobile. (Talk about anger issues…) Batman tells him of the twenty-seven bodies; massacred at his hands. It is then revealed that Gotham is indeed part of Task Force X.
AMANDA WALLER – TASK FORCE X
We now see where General Lane is conferring with Amanda Waller, about his blockbuster team of guys guarding their facility, which is a mile under Gotham. Unfortunately, Batman is right behind him.. “Lane… The damn Batman is right behind you..”
It is revealed that ever since Batman’s arrival in Gotham, it has gone up in flames, and she has been assigned to put out the fire. Waller tells Batman she hand-picked two of her men that she thought were enough for the task. Psycho-Pirate, who controls emotions, to handle the problems. Hugo Strange, who controls criminals, to handle the Psycho-Pirate. The problem is that Strange has betrayed the mission at hand and is now using Psycho-Pirate to drive Batman’s new “Super Fiends” crazy. The good news, as Waller states is ” You’re here, Batman. To help me, with this unfortunate situation. How nice.”
Batman tells Waller how Psycho-Pirate could make the gods go mad, to which Waller expounds upon with “A man who could make the mad gods sane again.” She Tells Batman that she s aware of Gotham’s whereabouts and how he has killed 28 people in her unit. Sadly Batman was too late in stopping Gotham before finding his parents’ murderer, and Gotham snapped his neck. The issue ends with Batman fighting Gotham and Gotham saying: “I can’t save Gotham, Batman. But I can kill it before it hurts anyone else.
“I GOTHAM” PART IIII was made possible by the following people…
Writer: Tom King
Pencils: David Finch
Inks: Sandra Hope and Matt Banning
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: John Workman
Cover art: Finch, Banning and Bellaire
Variant Cover: Tim Sale
Associate Editor: Rebecca Taylor
Editor: Mark Doyle
Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.
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