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Prevous part,

Captain Gordon manages to get into the subway station where Batman and the FPC officer were shot, by faking a permission slip from Tibble to bypass the guard. While this is going on, Batman examines the corpse, having broken into the FPC HQ, and finds something unusual.

Gordon is beaten up by FPC goons, the guard having called to confirm Jim's authorisation while he was examining the crime scene and CCTV tape. Batman himself is also in trouble, someone having figured out that the cameras had mysteriously gone down in the morgue. He makes a break for it, dodging their tranq darts and climbing into an air vent, dropping a gas grenade after him.

He then gets a call from Tora, explaining that they have Batman's blood awaiting processing, his having bled all over the place after getting shot in the first issue.

Batman blows up hole in the wall of the fifteenth floor, which happens to be where an Agent Mercer has been waiting with some FPC troops. He was also present at Jim's interrogation, and his importance will be explored in a bit.

Batman gets away again, and makes his way to the room where the DNA samples are stored... only to find that they all have a random computer generated number to identify which belongs to who, so there's no way of telling which is Batman's. A problem, sure, but one he gets around by blowing them all up, destroying not just his but also the hundreds of other people's DNA that the FPC have on file.

As Batman makes his escape, Jim manages to stagger to Dr Goss' apartment to get some medical attention for the beating that he'd received. Luckily Tora and Roin are at Batman's apartment at the time, so Jim is able to give exposition without Goss having to explain what they're doing helping Batman.

It seems that Jim was actually placed within the GCPD by the head of the FPC, Agent Pravdzka, and accelerated up the ranks in case they needed someone on the inside, like potentially dozens of regular policemen. Jim always wondered why this was, but his examination of the footage and crime scene have lead him to believe why he was specifically chosen.

Because Batman is innocent, the FPC (at least those at the top) know he was real, and they want to get rid of him as soon as possible as he's the last trace of the old, uncontrolled part of America that the current regime has carefully scrubbed away.

Jim explains, back when he used to be warden at Arkham Asylum, there used to be supervillains. But then, one day...

Gordon says that his transfer to the GCPD was his "reward" for standing by and allowing Pravzka to kill off the Arkham patients, and for the most part their deaths don't bother him. They were, he admits, some of the worst kinds of people. But Batman... this is different, all evidence suggests he's a good man being targetted because his only crime appears to be that no one knows who he is.

Back with Batman and Mercer, the telepathic agent attempts to force the superhero to reveal his name. Batman struggles against it, but almost is forced to cave until a FPC troop distracts Mercer long enough for Batman to shove his face into a wall, breaking his concentration and allowing him to escape.

As Batman speeds off, Jim tells Dr Goss that he's going to the house of his grandfather (the original Commissioner Gordon) to see if there's anything there that can help him. From what he read original Jim seemed to get along well with Batman back in the day, so maybe he has some files or something.

He gets out to the city just in time for the FPC to put the entire place on lockdown...

To be concluded...

Date: 2015-05-03 09:04 am (UTC)
captainbellman: It Was A Boojum... (Default)
From: [personal profile] captainbellman
Teeth are a real theme of this story, huh...

Date: 2015-05-03 09:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
Batman putting in fake scary monster teeth is still one of the most awesome things I've seen in a Batman story.

And the idea of Gotham's police in the future seemingly being more like an overzealous, trigger-happy, thuggish sports team is particularly jarring lampshading of the current problem with US law enforcement.

Date: 2015-05-03 10:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
I would have to imagine it's mostly the latter, given recent events in America involving the rather prominent murder and brutalisation of POC's have been asserted by lots of people to be similar to what's been going on for a long, long time, only now the actions of the police are repeatedly being dragged out into the spotlight. So in that sense I could maybe see Pope drawing from things that weren't so public, like they are now.
Edited Date: 2015-05-03 10:44 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-05-03 12:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] althechi
He would probably still remember Rodney King and the L.A. riots of 1992.

If so, it wouldn't be the first time Batman comics tackled the subject: there's a '90s issue of one of the Bat-books with an incredibly pissed Batman reviewing footage of police brutality leading to the death of a detainee. I can't remember which issue it was, though.
Edited Date: 2015-05-03 01:02 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-05-03 12:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zapbiffpow
Loved Gordon's Arkham story. They could've gone the gory route, but framing it like something you'd tell over a campfire...economical and effective.

Date: 2015-05-03 12:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
I think it's way more scary because of the sound of how it was carried out. Not like some grisly bloodbath with a mess left behind, just everyone gone and everything horribly pure and clean.

Date: 2015-05-04 03:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
This might be my favorite Batman.


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