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DB Comics Mailbag: How Do Poison Ivy’s Powers Work?

 

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AT A BASE LEVEL, POISON IVY CAN BRING DOWN A SEVEN-STORY BUILDING WITH TREE VINES

Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18. DC Comics.

In many respects, Poison Ivy has been described as a Gotham City Siren. Among Batman’s rogues she is a powerhouse that has threatened the Dark Knight both physically and mentally. At a base level, she is powerful enough to bring down a building. Let’s explain.

In Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are out to save Catwoman. Recently, Talia Al Ghul has jealousy over Selina’s feelings for Bruce. As a result, she commissions Zatanna to wipe Selina’s memories of Bruce’s secret identity.

Though Zatanna is conflicted she agrees to keep Batman‘s secret. Meanwhile, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn attack the apartment where Zatanna and Talia are staying with Selina. Powerfully, Pamela topples the apartment building with her vines.

In New York, the average apartment size is about 866 square feet. At about 50 pound per square foot, a seven-story apartment building weighs 303100 pounds or 151.55 tons. Really, the question is to explain how Poison Ivy can produce such chlorokinetic power.

 

POISON IVY IS A CHLOROKINETIC

3. CHLOROKINESIS CAN MOVE TREES TO GIANT SIZE:

Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18. DC Comics.

Concerning Pamela Isley’s accident and become Poison Ivy, read our article. In the Post-Crisis continuity, the villain has vast chlorokinetic powers. Let’s explain. Namely, chlorokinesis is the ability to move plants, trees and organisms containing chlorophyll.

To calculate the insolation needed for the vines to move 30 meters high, we roughly assume a 300 meters squared albedo canopy. Typically, this applies to trees and not vines. However, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinesis is directly depending on light absorption by photosynthesis.

In the issue, Pamela had to generate an Energy Projection of 5111019.38901 Joules. At 30 meters tall, a tree should generate a 0.11 albedo canopy. At 150.97 billion meters, the sun shines 1355.74 Watts per meter squared of light energy on Earth.

Definitely, Poison Ivy performed a Building Level of Energy Projection according to the Power Level Wiki.

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2. WITH TOXIKINESIS, POISON IVY CAN KILL 1000 MEN WITH PURPORTED CARDENOLIDES

In 'Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow' (1992), Pamela Isley is stated to have enough poison to kill a regiment.
Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow (1992). DC Comics.

In Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow (1992), we learn about the extent of Poison Ivy’s toxikinesis. Since Crisis On Infinite Earths, the femme fatale has gained the ability to seduce or kill with a toxic kiss.

Incredibly, her poisoned blood contains thousands of toxins which despite their amount has not killed Poison Ivy. Rather, they have made her stronger. After an exam, we learn the villain’s blood contains enough toxins in her blood to kill a regiment.

At about a 1000 men, her poison is also able to kill an elephant. Recently, it has been found that a species of rats contains a toxin called cardenolide that allows it to kill an elephant in small amount.

Moreover, a small amount of cardenolides is enough to stop a human heart. With 115000 Joules of energy, the human heart beats many times a minute. Since she can kill a thousand men, she can generate 115000000 Joules of energy per day.

At a base level, her toxikinesis produces a Peak Human Level of Energy Projection.

1. THE GREEN IS HER CONNECTION TO EARTH’S BIOMASS

Gotham City Sirens (2009) #4. DC Comics.

Importantly, Poison Ivy is actually a mystic. Indeed, her chlorokinesis actually allows her to tap into an ambient energy called the Green. Really, this power exists within the Earth’s vegetation.

Effectively, Poison Ivy is able to see within the Earth’s biomass across vast distances and sense the events in the environment. As an eco-terrorist, this is very important when she has to solve problems or operate on a large scale. Finally, to answer the user’s question.

Indeed, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinetic cells are photosynthetic. Moreover, her photosynthesis would preclude her need for food, sleep and sex. Since she has access to the Green like Swamp Thing she may even duplicate herself by self-pollination. Visit Batman’s feat reversing her chlorokinesis.

ANSWER:

Really, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinesis is mystical and explains her ability to produce toxins and connect to the Green while maintaining a human appearance.


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Gotham City Sirens Vol 1 18 in DC Database.
Predicting Maximum Tree Heights and Other Traits from Allometric Scaling and Resource Limitations in PubMed Central.
The Secret Social Live of Giant Poisonous Rats in The University of Utah.
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Battles Of The Week: Batgirl vs Catwoman Round I (Heroine vs Villain)

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “THE CAT AND THE BAT, PART ONE”

Barbara Gordon is working at the Gotham City Public Library. Suddenly, she notices her father’s notebook has been stolen. Quickly, she chases down the thief and finds out it is Catwoman.

In order to retrieve Commissioner Gordon’s notebook, she must beat down on Catwoman. However, it is easier said than done.

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‘Batman Confidential’ (2008) #17. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Enter the contestants in Gotham City. On the left side is Batgirl, and on the right side is Catwoman.

Let’s look at the stats.

BATGIRL – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Athlete 8%
Durability: Athlete 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Combatant 33%
Intelligence: Genius 42%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Utility Belt.
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CATWOMAN – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

PARAPHERNALIA

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  • Claws.
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Catwoman has stolen Batgirl’s father’s notebook. Now, Batgirl is in pursuit. Urgently, Batgirl must fight Catwoman to retrieve it.

The battle to decide who is the true martial artist!

DAMAGE SCALE

DAMAGE POINTS

The fight starts out with Batgirl gassing Catwoman with a smoke bomb. Then, she punches Catwoman.

BATGIRL EXPLOSION AND BLUNT FORCE ATTACKS: 1 DAMAGE PT + 5 DAMAGE PTS = 6 DAMAGE PTS.

On the following page, Catwoman responds with devastating attacks.

CATWOMAN BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x5): 1 DAMAGE PT x 5 = 5 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end of the fight, Batgirl is defeated and sits on the floor.

CATWOMAN BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.

TOTAL


BATGIRL’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-6 DAMAGE PTS.

DURABILITY: ATHLETE

Durability: Athlete 8%

CATWOMAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-6 DAMAGE PTS.

DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

WINNER: CATWOMAN WINS. ROUND II ON NOVEMBER 15TH.

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CATWOMAN'S FIRST APPEARANCE

Batman (1940) #1, the feature titled “The Cat” is the first appearance of Catwoman in DC continuity. In the issue, Catwoman is a thief that steals a $500,000 necklace worn by Mrs. Travers. To stop the thief, Dick Grayson goes undercover on the yacht. Then, Batman and Robin have to stop her.

'Batman' (1940) #1, the feature titled "The Cat" is the first appearance of Catwoman in DC continuity.
Batman (1940) #1, the feature titled “The Cat” is the first appearance of Catwoman in DC continuity. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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Reviews: “Batman: Hush” (Graphic Novel)

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
 

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Batman (2002) #608. DC Comics

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In Batman: Hush, the Dark Knight must recover the Lamont ransom. To this end, the comic features a who is who of Batman’s rogues. And the Dark Knight races to uncover the identity of the masked villain who threatens the Bat-family.

Together, collect issues #608-619 in Batman: Hush (New Edition) (Batman (1940-2011)).

Perhaps, one of the most popular Batman story arcs in recent memory. With superstar talent from writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee, Hush is one of the greatest Batman graphic novels. In addition, Superman appears in issues #611 and #612. Also, witness Batman vs Killer Croc.

 

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DIALOGUE

To sum, the dialogue serves the ambiance of mystery and thriller characteristic of the best detective stories. In part cryptic, and in part terrifying, the dialogue heightens the comic.

Certainly, it is a strong part of the comic and the narration helps point important moments and their urgency.

PLOT

Generally, Hush has a stellar plot though with some great themes. Indeed, the central theme in the graphic novel is Batman’s failure to protect Jason Todd, the second Robin.

Though the first part of the arc is its strongest, the big reveal of the masked villain at the end may feel contrived. In addition, the resolution leaves some plot holes unanswered. Overall, the plot is focused and brilliant as a detective story.

CHARACTERIZATION

Perhaps, the most faithful aspect of the comic. Really, Jeph Loeb’s characterization is top-notch. For the most part, heroes and villains act in character.

In addition, Batman’s budding romance with Catwoman is left unresolved though with an indication the villain may know more than she seemed. However, other rogues only appear for fan service. Notably, Joker is not fully developed in the story.

ART

When the series debuted in 2002, the creative team was its strongest selling point. As matter of fact, Jim Lee’s art is legendary in this comic. In Superman: For Tomorrow, the artist continued on the work started here.

Really, Batman: Hush has been one of the most successful Batman comics in years.

VERDICT

With action, mystery and romance, comic collectors love this story. Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Batman stories.

RECOMMENDATION:

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DC Day Series: Batman Is Plagued By Femme Fatales (And “Hush”)

 

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In 'Batman' (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss under the full moon in Gotham City.
In Batman (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss. DC Comics

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INTRO

Over his long storied history, Batman has been incarnated in various media: comic, live-action series and movies, video games, radio and more. Importantly, what has seized the fans’ imagination seems to have been the Dark Knight’s tortured but disciplined humanity. Though Batman may have demons, he always seems to come out on top. And he always comes to a battle prepared with ten moves ahead.

However, in the romance department Batman seems to consistently fail to form lasting relationships. Since DC Universe Rebirth, has that changed? Let’s explain.

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#BATGOD OR #BATNINJA?

Batman Begins. WB.

In his multiple relationships, Batman has always seemed to remain aloof. In addition, he has struggled with trust and the ability to manage both his romantic relationships and his crusading as the Dark Knight.

From our previous article, we continue the central question of our series: Do his relationships with his femme fatales, bring out the best in Batman making him a #Batgod, or the worst in Batman making him a #Batninja?

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OUR POLL

So far, the Twitter audience has given one vote to Talia Al Ghul.

Let’s look at four of Batman’s femme fatales and explain how they affect whether they are #Batgod or #Batninja.

 

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BATMAN’S FEMME FATALES

BAT-NINJA: TALIA AL GHUL

Perhaps, one of Batman’s most dangerous loves. In fact, Talia Al Ghul loves and is loyal to two men: Her father Ra’s Al Ghul and Batman her lover. Without a doubt, her loyalty to her father has often caused conflict with Batman. In Tower of Babel, she breached Batman’s trust in order to steal his contingency plans and attacks the JLA. Later, Robin: Son of Batman popularized in Damian Wayne’s solo title the truth he was Batman’s and Talia al Ghul’s.

For years, Talia hid his existence from the boy’s father. Moreover, she trained Damian in the League of Asssassins. Also, to complicate matters, in Deathstroke vs Batman, Talia arranged for Damian’s false paternity tests in order to start a feud between the rivals. Though Talia has helped Batman on many occasions, she definitely brings the worst in him. Definitely, Batman is her Bat-ninja.

In 'Deathstroke' (2018) #30, Batman fights Deathstroke.
In Deathstroke (2018) #30, Batman fights Deathstroke. DC Comics.

BAT-GOD: WONDER WOMAN

Really, this relationship has remained more of an infatuation and respect than anything else. Within the Trinity, Wonder Woman has held a close bond with Batman and perhaps, a closer one with Superman. In fact, the Superman-Wonder Woman romance takes its starting point from their impossible romance while fighting a thousand years in Valhalla.

For their part, Wonder Woman seems drawn to Batman’s decisiveness, mystery and solitude. During their battles, they naturally grew close together. During “JLA: Obsidian Age,” they even shared a kiss. However, nothing long-lasting came of it. For their mutual respect and burgeoning romance, Wonder Woman definitely makes Batman into a Bat-god.

In JLA (2002) #74, Batman and Wonder Woman share a kiss. DC Comics.

BAT-NINJA: POISON IVY

Perhaps, a strong contender for Batman’s most passionate flame. Initially, Batman mistook his feelings for Pamela Isley as love. In reality, as a chlorokinetic, Poison Ivy can manipulate men’s and women’s emotions with pheromones. On many occasions, Poison Ivy has attempted to kill the Dark Knight.

On other instances, she has longed for a relationship with him. In Feat: Batman, Batman: Gotham Knights #64, we explain how Batman cured Pamela Isley of her chlorokinesis. Later, the two would have a relationship that ended on Pamela’s suicide attempt. Definitely, Pamela brings the worst in the Caped Crusader as her Bat-ninja.

In Batman: Legends Of The Dark Knight (1993) #43, Poison Ivy’s kiss causes Batman to hallucinate. DC Comics.

BAT-GOD: CATWOMAN

Over 82 years of shared history, Catwoman has been the relationship that has suited Batman the best. At times tense, at times passionate. Also, at times supportive, at times cheating. At the same time, though they ultimately did not trust each other in Hush, their relationship blossomed over the years. In Tom King’s DC Rebirth run on Batman (2016), Batman actually proposes to Catwoman.

Certainly, a monumental shift which even leads to her pregnancy. However, the pair ends up not marrying. Nonetheless, it appears Catwoman has been a constant in the Bat-family and continues to support the Bat in times of need. Definitely, Batman is Catwoman’s Bat-god and their relationship truly helps both.

In 'Batman' (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss under the full moon in Gotham City.
In Batman (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss. DC Comics

 

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THAT FAMOUS BAT-KICK

In Batman, ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ #1, we rated Batman’s notorious Bat-kick in the DC/Marvel crossover from the 1980s.

Given Hulk’s tough skin and “oversized lungs”, no one outside of at least a Metahuman Level in Strength Class could have caused Hulk’s reflex.1 Evidently, Batman kicked Hulk at a pressure point, the solar plexus.

In terms of Strength Level, Hulk’s oversized lungs would have necessitated approximately a Planetary Level of Super Strength in order to gasp for air.

For this reason, in order to save appearances, we can state that the Bat-kick likely required Bat-ninja Fighting Skills with chi manipulation. Or blame it on Deus Ex Machina.

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“Batman Confidential (2006-2011) #17” Review

 
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‘Batman Confidential’ (2008) #17. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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“The Bat and the Cat” part 1! Batgirl crosses paths with the Catwoman for the first time…and that’s bad luck, especially for Batgirl’s father: Commissioner Gordon!

To begin, “Batman Confidential (2006-2011) #17” is comedy about the Bat-family and superheroing. In order to retrieve an important family item, Batgirl engages Catwoman in pursuit. Indeed, a cat and bat fight!

Importantly, Fabian Nicieza’s handles comedy brilliantly whereas Kevin Maguire pencils nude bodies to anatomical correctness. In fact, Maguire’s panels are sulfurous and are all about action!

Certainly, this is a comic you do not want to miss. Indeed, share this comic to Batgirl fans and on the occasions of Comic-Cons. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Batgirl! And Catwoman!

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  • “Batman Confidential (2006-2011) #17.”
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  • Publication Date: May 14, 2008.

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To sum, the first encounter between Batgirl and Catwoman in DC continuity. When the two vixens meet, a featherweight fight ensues. In fact, a fight with multiple rounds where Batgirl finally earned her stripes.

The graphic novel is excellent for your collection. Fans of Batgirl and of cat fights will love Maguire’s seductive pencils. This is the graphic novel to own in order to build your Comixology collection.

This product has excellent reviews and has 5 ratings with an average customer review rating of 4.7 out of 5. There is a great satisfaction with the product.

One customer review said: “Batman Confidential # 17 – 21 was a excellent Catwoman – Batgirl story containing “catfights”, chases and a great ending.”

The reviews were overall very positive with no negative reviews.

Overall, this graphic novel was great.

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DC Day: In “Hush”, Batman Has To Free Superman From Poison Ivy’s Mind Control And Recover Lamont’s Ransom

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
 

DC DAY

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN MIND CONTROL

CATWOMAN, UNDER MIND CONTROL, STEALS LAMONT’S RANSOM AND DELIVERS IT TO POISON IVY

In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Batman fights Poison Ivy’s mind control of Catwoman. It is almost midnight. On the scene of a kidnapping, Batman sneaks through an FBI security perimeter at the Gotham City Shipyard. He has one minute and 13 seconds left. Using acid, he burns through the lock and gets into the Shipyard. He quickly takes down the enemy crew who he knows by name: Nails Nathan, Tommy Harper, Carlos Valdez, and Spider Hancock.

Having interrogated Spider Hancock, he locates the kidnapped, Edward Lamont IV, the sole heir to the Lamont Chemical fortune. Batman notes that he only has 37 seconds left and attempts to get the boy out. The boy is trembling and Batman notes Superman’s smile could have re-assured the boy. He had been kidnapped two days ago by Killer Croc. Within six hours, a $10 million demand for ransom was made. Everyone, the Lamont Family, the Mayor, G.C.P.D. and the F.B.I. but Batman wanted to pay the ransom.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.

During the fight, Batman recalls that Killer Croc send everyone on a “wild-goose chase” and went to retrieve the money.1 Batman thought he had two minutes before Croc would realize the child was missing. In reality, he was off by 11 seconds. Batman is intrigued at the fact that kidnapping was never Killer Croc’s Modus Operandi. In fact, the operation was well-planned and executed. Using Croc’s vulnerability to hypersonics, Batman takes him down with “ten thousand bumblebees at one thousand decibels.”1 Batman ties Killer Croc into chains.

The F.B.I. arrives on the scene. One of the officers states though they may not use Batman’s methods, he gets results. Asking about the money, Batman states someone may have gotten it during the fight. Using his heat sensors, he sees Catwoman leaving the scene on a rope. Batman catches up to her and notes that taking ransom money was never Catwoman’s style. In fact, as of late, she had been on the path to reform. As Batman is about to catch Catwoman, his Batrope breaks. Batman exclaims to himself that someone must have cut it. Batman tries to hold onto a gargoyle but his shoulder breaks, then he falls to the ground. At the end of the issue, Catwoman delivers the ransom money to… Poison Ivy who says that no man or woman can resist her mind control.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Catwoman under mind control, delivers Lamont's money to Poison Ivy.
In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Catwoman under mind control, delivers Lamont’s money to Poison Ivy. AP Photo/DC Comics.

DR. ELLIOTT, BRUCE’S CHILDHOOD FRIEND, OPERATES ON AND SAVES BRUCE FROM A SKULL FRACTURE

In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Bruce Wayne is operated on and saved from a skull fracture by Dr. Elliott. On the streets of Gotham, thugs witness Batman’s fall. He is bleedy and barely conscious. Batman manages to activate the alarm signal on the utility belt in order to alert Oracle. The thugs attempt to take off his mask. When they are unable, they try to kill Batman. Oracle manages to alert the closest vigilante to Batman. Batman smells the smell of gun oil as one of the thugs is about to shoot him.

Suddenly, Huntress answers the alarm and arrives on the scene. She takes down the thugs. Batman is able to follow on the fight and thinks to himself, that Huntress wants to prove herself. Oracle remote controls the Batmobile to their location. Huntress is startled and Oracle tells Huntress to load Batman into the Batmobile. Huntress says Batman feels broken. As the Batmobile shuts and departs, Oracle tells Huntress that Batman is sure to thank her in person once he recovers. As the Batmobile departs, a mysterious man whose head is covered in bandages observes from a vantage point.

 

In 'Batman' (2003) #609, Batman has a skull fracture and is immobilized on the ground as he is attacked by thugs.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Batman has a skull fracture and is immobilized on the ground. Thugs who witnessed his fall are trying to kill him. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Elsewhere, Poison Ivy takes the attaché case with half of the ransom money retrieved by Catwoman who is under her mind control. She gives it to a mysterious man. At the Batcave, Alfred Pennyworth states Batman’s injuries are too severe for his skills. Bruce has a skull fracture. Oracle recommends contacting Shondra Kinsolving but Alfred advises against it, as she is having some issues as of late. Oracle says she will have Dick Grayson wreck Bruce’s Porsche.

At that moment, Bruce starts tapping a name. Alfred thinks it is an involuntary nerve movement. Then, he realizes it is Morse Code and that Bruce is tapping “Thomas”. Alfred thinks Bruce is delirious and is recalling childhood memories of his father. However, Bruce continues tapping and Alfred recognizes the name “Thomas Elliott”, Bruce’s chilhood friend who is now a neurosurgeon. The news report on the surgery at Gotham City Hospital and that Dr. Elliott is being flown in from Philadelphia. Eventually, the surgery is successful and Dr. Elliott saves Bruce Wayne’s life.

In 'Batman' (2003) #609, Dr. Elliott operates on Bruce Wayne's skull fracture.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Dr. Elliott operates on Bruce Wayne’s skull fracture. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BATMAN AND CATWOMAN KISS

In 'Batman' (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss under the full moon in Gotham City.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss. AP Photo/DC Comics

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EXPLOSIVE RUMBLE IN METROPOLIS: BATMAN VS SUPERMAN UNDER MIND CONTROL BY POISON IVY

In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman has to fight Superman under mind control by Poison Ivy. In order to recover Lamont’s ransom, Batman and Catwoman have traced Poison Ivy to Metropolis. Poison Ivy has Superman under mind control and orders Superman to kill Batman and Catwoman. Superman attacks them with heat vision but Batman and Catwoman escape to the Metropolis underground system. When Superman vociferates he can’t kill, Poison Ivy poisons him. Batman is conflicted because of his feelings for Catwoman who has a personal vendetta against Poison Ivy because she put her under mind control to steal Lamont’s ransom.

However, with prep time, Batman has a plan. They have escaped to the Lexcorp tunnel systems which are lead-lined. After Batman puts on his Kryptonite ring, Catwoman kisses him and departs. The fight between Batman and Superman is uneven. During the fight, Batman thinks Clark is a good person, while Bruce is not. Though Superman has the advantage, Batman uses Clark’s psychology with a lie so he can’t use his heat vision. Then, he times Superman’s punch and avoids it, to hit High Voltage. Superman is electroshocked by Metropolis’ power system. There is a power outage, then power returns.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Superman storms out of the underground and exclaims to Batman: “You hurt me. This ends now.”2 He grabs a car in order to slam it into Batman. Batman asks Superman to look up and gives him a choice: He can either continue fighting or he can save Lois Lane who is being held by Catwoman atop the Daily Planet building. Catwoman pushes Lois off the Daily Planet. Superman frees himself from the mind control of Poison Ivy and saves Lois.

Coming to his senses, Superman says they are unable to track Poison Ivy though Batman knows someone who can. Meeting Ivy at Metropolis Plaza, Superman says he has arranged for Maggie Sawyer to deliver Poison Ivy to G.C.P.D. Poison Ivy attempts to leave but is met by Krypto the super-dog. Batman, Catwoman and Superman used Krypto’s super smell in order to track Poison Ivy. Then, Catwoman knocks out Poison Ivy to even the score for Poison Ivy putting her under mind control. At the end of the issue, Batman and Superman congratulate each other for their friendship.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Catwoman drops Lois Lane off the Daily Planet and Superman frees himself from Poison Ivy's mind control in order to save her.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Catwoman drops Lois Lane off the Daily Planet and Superman frees himself from Poison Ivy’s mind control in order to save her. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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LINKS

Batman Vol 1 612 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 608 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 609 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 610 in DC Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman #608.
  2. Batman #612.

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DC Day: Joker Plans His Birthday Celebration By Gassing The GCPD Precinct With Joker Venom

 

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In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Joker sends the GCPD an invitation letter gassed with Joker Venom.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker sends the GCPD an invitation letter gassed with Joker Venom. Photo/DC Comics

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JOKER SENDS A LETTER TO COMMISSIONER GORDON FOR HIS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION GASSED WITH JOKER VENOM

In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker sends Commissioner Gordon a letter with no return address at the GCPD gassed with Joker Venom. The letter is an invitation to Joker’s birthday celebration with the etiquette being “black ties optional, funny hats mandatory.”1 Immediately, the police officers at the precinct start laughing and fall on the floor.

Joker makes his clown entry into the GCPD precinct. He asks for “a rousing round of applause.”1 At this time, Batman swings around the precinct perimeter. Noticing the hysteria around the building he concludes Joker has used Joker Venom and equips himself with a respirator. Then, he crashes into the precinct window.

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Joker sends the GCPD an invitation letter gassed with Joker Venom.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker sends the GCPD an invitation letter gassed with Joker Venom. Photo/DC Comics

JOKER KIDNAPS COMMISSIONER GORDON, ROBIN (DICK GRAYSON) AND ALFRED

Batman quickly fights Joker’s henchmen remarking that Joker still hires muscle men that are “inept.”1 He makes short work of them, but notices Joker has escaped. Batman runs out on the street and sees the Jokermobile with Joker escaping with Commissioner Gordon. Batman laments that he hasn’t “got a prayer of catching them.”1 The police officers exclaim that the Joker has got Commissioner Gordon “too.” Batman finds out from them that he was called because earlier the Joker kidnapped Robin in New Carthage.

Switching to Bruce Wayne’s penthouse, Alfred who is hosting Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman and Lucius Fox, notices footsteps on the roof and thinks it is Batman. Instead, there is an explosion. Joker and his henchmen arrive. Catwoman attempts to fight off Joker but is knocked out by Joker’s boxing glove sprawling from a bouquet of flowers. Joker and his henchmen escape with Alfred aboard his balloon. Batman arrives on the scene, wakes Selina Kyle and greets her.

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Joker kidnaps and boards Alfred Pennyworth aboard his balloon.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker kidnaps and boards Alfred Pennyworth aboard his balloon. Photo/DC Comics

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JOKER’S EXTRAVAGANT PLAN TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY

In the Clown Prince of Crime’s “hidden Ha-Hacienda”, Joker reveals to his captives his extravagant plan for his birthday celebration.1 Joker sets up his “victim-go-round” to kill all his sworn enemies “while all Gotham City watches” as celebration for his birthday.1

As Joker revels in his plan, his henchmen laugh with him, save one called Sidney. He intimidates Sidney and then shoots him with a spear-gun that shoots the message: “BANG You’re Dead.”1 Robin shocked by the Joker’s sick jokes exclaims he is out of his mind.

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Joker sets up his "victim-go-round" to kill all his sworn enemies "while all Gotham City watches" as celebration for his birthday.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker sets up his “victim-go-round” to kill all his sworn enemies “while all Gotham City watches” as celebration for his birthday. Photo/DC Comics

Robin asks Joker where he will find an audience willing to watch the murder. Joker shows “the late edition” of the Gotham Gazette.1 It contains an invitation to the Harlequin Baking Company to see its wares.

Batman watching individuals on the street deciding to go to the event notes “the Joker has finally made his first mistake” since the Harlequin Baking Company doesn’t exist.1

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Joker sends invites to the Harlequin Baking Company, a fictitious company, in "the late edition" of the Gotham Gazette.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker sends invites to the Harlequin Baking Company, a fictitious company, in “the late edition” of the Gotham Gazette. Photo/DC Comics

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BATMAN SAVES JOKER’S SWORN ENEMIES ON THE CLOWN PRINCE OF CRIME’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

A crowd gathers at the Harlequin Baking Company. As the crowd congregates and sits down, Joker gasses them with Joker Venom. Lights go out. Then, Joker appears with his captives on stage. Each is tied to an incendiary candle on a cake. Once Joker presses the detonator in front of him, each “will burn brightly”, Joker will make a wish then blow them up.

Batman arrives and surrenders to the Joker in exchange for the captives’ lives. Joker says he lied, ties Batman to an incendiary candle. However, Batman ejects himself by pressing a button since he rigged his candles incendiary jets, unties himself and throws his batarangs at the captives’ ropes. Meanwhile, Joker presses the detonator. The captives are saved in time. Robin goes after Joker’s henchmen. Batman goes after Joker who escapes.

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Batman has to save the Joker's sworn enemies on the Clown Prince of Crime's birthday celebration.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Batman has to save the Joker’s sworn enemies on the Clown Prince of Crime’s birthday celebration. Photo/DC Comics

BATMAN DUELS WITH JOKER ON A GETAWAY BOAT

As Batman is in pursuit, Joker is headed for the docks. Joker boards his getaway boat while Batman uses the boat’s harness rope to jet-ski holding up to the boat as it speeds on the waters. Batman finally boards the boat. Batman avoids the Joker’s squirting flower, takes him down only to be met with a flying kick.

With the Joker no longer helming the wheel, the boat is out of control, headed for the shoals. Batman attempts to convince Joker to abandon ship, only to fall into the waters tricked by Joker’s “phony-hand-up-the-sleeve gag.”1 The duel ends up in an explosion. Batman survives only to hope with Robin and Commissioner Gordon that it is the last of the Joker.

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, at the end of his duel on the runaway boat with Batman, Joker is presumed dead.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, at the end of his duel on the getaway boat with Batman, Joker is presumed dead. Photo/DC Comics


LINKS

Batman Vol 1 321 in DC Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman #321.


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