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A sting to capture the blackmailers goes south when the girlfriend of the extortionist manages to get away with the money, but the paintbomb inside the ransom bag explodes, coating them in blue sludge. The male criminal angrily sputters that don't the police realise that they're playing with people's lives here?...

Later at the GCPD headquarters, Batman informs Commissioner Gordon of his suspicions regarding how he doesn't believe that the Joker committed the murders he's been imprisoned for.

Back at the Batcave Alfred asks the obvious question, in that even if the Joker is innocent in this case, might it just be a case of karma finally catching up with him, with it now finally being the time he pays for his many crimes. Bruce points out that there is another murderer out there who had used the Joker's crimes as a smokescreen to disguise his own efforts, and if they don't attempt to find him, then who knows how many other innocent victims of the real killer will follow the Joker to his grave? Tim comments that he's never seen Batman this grim before, and Alfred responds that Batman's like many great detective, in that he's got a deep seated loathing for mysteries.

Batman then begins an intensive search of the Joker's former henchmen and other people that might have a grudge against him, and while that's going on, The Joker is then transfered to Blackgate from the courthouse jail,

Batman's search for known associates continues and eventually he works his way around to the man who was blackmailling the city. The man explains that he worked with the Joker on a job once, but to escape Mr Jay ran him over with their own escape car, with paralysed the guy from the waist down and put him in a coma for three months. He then goes on to say that he's glad the Joker's destined for the chair, and that his only wish is that he could pull the lever on him himself.

Tim and Batman leave him alone though, with Tim noting that he had a good alibi for the extortion scheme (implying that people in wheelchairs aren't able to mail threatening letters?) while Batman notes that the same token means he has a very strong motive for framing the Joker as well.

Back in Blackgate, the Joker has decided that he's liked the attention he's gotten lately, and he want's it to stay that way.

Time skips on, the city wants the Joker dead as soon as possible as a means of saving money etc. Tim, meanwhile, takes time out from searching through the dozens of "SO" "101 EA" business addreses in order to help out Arianna. Arianna, for those who don't know, is his girlfriend from before Steph, though there was actually kind of a large overlapping gap when he was actually dating them both at the same time. Hrrm.

Batman visits the Joker in his cell. His head's been shaved in preparation for his date with the electric chair, and it's actually become kind of sullen. Batman points out that he could actually save himself by helping Batman work out who is committing the stamp murders, but the Joker tells him to go to hell. He then asks Batman why he cares about him, getting the reply that he doesn't care about the Joker, he cares about Justice. The Joker replies, "Justice. Just us. Show yourself the door, old friend.".

Meanwhile, back at the blackmailers' place,

The wheelchair using blackmailer cradles his girlfriend, who quickly dies from the poison. The guy looks up, crying to see that Batman has appeared, having heard the laughter as he was going past, too late to save her. He tells the guy to call 911 and that he'll stay until he can hear sirens.

He's arrested for his part in the extortion scheme, and Gordon later tells Batman that the guy was an opportunist and that he knew the Joker well enough to copy his style with the ransom demands, in addition to having motive to frame the Joker due to the aforementioned paralysis thing.

Gordon points out that there really isn't anything definite at this point that proves the Joker WASN'T involved in the stamp blackmail scheme in some way, and tells Batman just to put it to rest. Batman points out that the Joker only has two days to live, and Gordon snaps back that the Joker can just go to hell. He says that Batman's just wasting his time and that there won't be any 11th hour stay of eecution for the mad man. Batman admits that he knows how Gordon feels, but he HAS to know who is responsible.

Tim, later, checks out the lock-up he went to earlier with Arianna and searches around for a bit for the one the company's records says was rented to a "H.A. Laughlin" before calling the GCPD with an anonymous tip-off. Bullock and co. turn out to search Laughlin's storage unit, and it turns out to be full of dead rats, a life-size cartoonboard cut-out of the Joker and about three oil-drums full of Joker venom.

Meanwhile, the Joker is talking to his lawyer. He says that he was able to get everything that the Joker asked for, and that the lawsuit has made it so that the (broke) city is trying to rush him to the chair in record time, even though they know that he won't collect. He also says that the bidding to cover the Joker's execution has reached $3 million and that a movie production company had already bought the film rights. This pleases the Joker to no end.

The next day Gordon tells Batman that his men are starting to hate him for pushing through he forensic reports from the lock-up so fast, and says that there are some partal prints from the Joker but known from any of his previous known associates. He presumes that this means that he might have arranged the stamp poisonings solo, but then Batman points out that he can't possibly be the only one to have access to the storage unit. He asks Jim to collect up a list of employees connected to the storage warehouse, which Jim dismisses as a fool's errand, getting Batman to admit that this wouldn't be the first time.

They get the list,

Yes, that's the man who set up an anti-Joker charity and called him a coward for "his" stamp scheme.

Meanwhile, on the run down to the Joker's execution he's going through the motions of a convict's last hours.

Bullock calls the ADA down to the Major Crimes Unit, where Ernest has turned himself in. It turned out that he was fed up of his wife nagging him all of the time, and that he didn't want to divorce her due to the legal costs. So when the lease on, what turned out to be the Joker's, storage unit was up he went to inspect it, as is standard. Finding the poison he poisoned a bunch of stamps and put them back into circulation so that it would cover up his own wife's murder in the process. He says that he didn't care about the other victims, he didn't know them. They just had to die in order for him to be set free...

With this full confession from the actual murderer, the wheels begin turning to stop the Joker's execution. Though the fact that they have to do it makes Harvey sick, though that's probably just a combination of that and Ernest's horrific confession.

Back at Blackgate, the Joker is being lead to the chair, and the warden has a surprise for him.

The governor's on the phone, and he's ordered a stay on the Joker's execution. The fact that the Joker's suddenly gone still causes him to panic though, thinking that they must have flipped the switch anyway. But the guards begrudgingly point out that the Joker just fell asleep by himself.

Wrap up, Batman and Tim talk about the case...

"Next mission, stop the Moon before it crashes into the Earth! Seriously, look at that thing!"

And Batman catches up with the Joker, who is now back in Arkham.

Up next... I don't know, I'd say Sandman Mystery Theatre or the Kents, but they're both really dense series'. Plus I don't think that many would be interested in 'em.

Date: 2012-09-26 05:55 pm (UTC)
crinos: (Default)
From: [personal profile] crinos
You repeated the phone ringing page.

Also, someone on a messageboard once said that Joker would get eaten alive if he was put in a regular prison Gen Pop, this very story was cited to demonstrate how wrong that idea was.

Date: 2012-09-26 05:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I don't think it worked if that was their intent. Yes, the Joker would be dangerous one on one, but a gang of criminals and much more used to actual violence than he is (That is causing it, rather than ordering it) and with no one on his side, he wouldn't be invincible. Or just putting poison in his food.

Date: 2012-09-26 07:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Charismatic, but these are guys who have seen the nastier side of the Joker a lot more than, say the public has, they will have no delusions about his toxic nature.

When was an immunity to poison confirmed? (That's much more Ivy's and, ironically, Harley's schtick

Date: 2012-09-26 07:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Hmmmm, immunity to his OWN toxin, yes, no problem, long exposure to small quantities of it, it possibly being derived from something akin to the chemical bath he took, but I wouldn't have linked to that to ALL poisons myself.

I recall in some story or other, a mosquito bites him and dies as a result of blood poisoning, and I wasn't even struck on that idea.

Of course, based on the post above, powdered glass would be the way to go then! :)

Date: 2012-09-26 10:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crinos
Someone did postulate that a group of guys could corner Joker in his cell and let him have it, but someone else pointed out that while that is true, the first guy (Heck, maybe the first two or three guys) into the cell were guaranteed dead man, and no one would have the stones to go first.

Date: 2012-09-26 07:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
There were senior and junior Mangles IIRC, they were a Bludhaven based criminal family who did some work in Gotham from time to time.

Date: 2012-09-26 05:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Anyone else find it hard to believe that no one at the execution just thought "Sod it, let's fry the SOB anyway" and flicked the switch?

A shame also, that you had to lose the page of Barbara's reaction to Bruce's plan to investigate the murders
Edited Date: 2012-09-26 05:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-26 11:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] freezer
Anyone else find it hard to believe that no one at the execution just thought "Sod it, let's fry the SOB anyway" and flicked the switch?

I find it downright impossible that nobody dragged their feet in trying to find the real killer/extortionist.

And what governor ON EARTH would take any sort of political heat for refusing to stay the execution on someone like The Joker?

And shouldn't The Joker have gone right back to regular jail instead of Arkham? You don't go from Sane/Convicted to Exonerated/Not Sane.

Date: 2012-09-26 06:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] an_idol_mind
The one thing that doesn't sit well with me is the end of this story. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me that the Joker would be so bothered by Batman saving him. If anything, I think he'd find it quite a gag that the next person he kills (or in his case, hundreds or persons) wouldn't have died had it not been for Batman.

Date: 2012-09-26 06:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] an_idol_mind
Also, is anyone else bothered when the hero responds to a moral dilemma with, "You know it doesn't work that way," or something similar? It's like the writer felt obliged to bring up the very legitimate issues against what the hero is doing, but couldn't think of an actual compelling argument against them.

Date: 2012-09-26 07:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
One wonders why they didn't push forward with capital charges the NEXT time he's arrested for murder, it will clearly work in the Gotham system.

Date: 2012-09-26 06:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
I may someday have to do a whole thesis on how I "Monday Morning Quarterback" Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Anyway...
Something like "The Joker freaks out because he owes Batman his miserable life" would have worked for THE DARK KNIGHT.

Date: 2012-09-26 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pyrrhocorax
Don't you smirk at me, you Lawful Stupid Batjerk!

Date: 2012-09-26 07:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Batman: We had to save the Joker. He needs to be tried for his crimes.
Robin: He was tried for them. He always gets off on a technicality, and then escapes.
Batman: But he wasn't actually guilty of this crime this time.
Robin: But he kills people! Regularly! Why not take the opportunity to stop him once and for all? You know, for all the past crimes?
Batman: That's not the way justice works.
Robin: You routinely deny people their constitutional rights by unreasonable searches and seizures. You never have a warrant. You're constantly guilty of B&E. Vigilanteism is against the laws as well, the last time I checked.
Robin: You have no idea how justice really works, do you?
Batman: I'm Batman.

Date: 2012-09-27 01:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] glprime

Date: 2012-09-26 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverhammerman
Wasn't the Joker executed once before, back in the Golden Age or something? I think Wikipedia says his goons just resurrected him.... somehow.
I wouldn't mind seeing Sandman Mystery Theatre on here, I've read about half the series, liked a lot of it, disliked some elements, and overall think it's a fairly interesting book.

Date: 2012-09-26 10:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crinos
Yeah, that was at the end of his original mini arc when he was first introduced. He was killed off, but he proved so popular they brought him back.

And they've been doing it ever since.

Date: 2012-09-27 04:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chocochuy
It would super bodacious to see some Sandman Mystery Theatre posted around here, mostly because back in the 90s most people I knew said it was the bomb.


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