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

 

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IN SUPER POWER EXPLAINED

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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LINKS

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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DC Day: Here’s What You Don’t Know About Bane, Batman’s Rogue (Comics, TV and Film)

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Chuck Dixon


Penciler(s)

Jackson Guice


Colorist(s)

Shannon Blanchard, Digital Chameleon


Cover

Jackson Guice, David Smith


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

February, 2001

IN SUPERVILLAINS

COMICS: IN BIRDS OF PREY, BANE TRIED TO GET ON WITH BLACK CANARY

In Birds of Prey (2001) #26, Bane seeks to woo Black Canary. First, Bane’s passion for Talia Al Ghul leads him to the Muslim country of Dhabar. There, he enters a temple in ruins. Also, he meets Black Canary for the first time.

When Ra’s Al Ghul‘s assassins fire at them, they escape inside the temple. There, Dinah finds the weapons and explosives of her mission. Then, Bane decides to explode the temple and the Lazarus Pit which resurrects Ra’s. When Bane makes advances, Black Canary knees him in the groin and escapes.

 

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COMICS: ON A NEW VENOM, BANE ONCE RAN DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS IN SANTA PRISCA, HIS HOME COUNTRY

Bane. DC Comics.

COMICS: BANE JOINED THE SUICIDE SQUAD

After Bane lost his hero status in Santa Prisca, he became addicted to Venom once again. In addition, he joined Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad team.

During Salvation Run, Bane was tricked by his Squad members to prison. There, he sided with Luthor‘s faction against Joker‘s faction.

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Birds of Prey (2001) #26. DC Comics.

TV: BANE ONCE FOUGHT SUPERMAN IN DISGUISE AS BATMAN

In Superman: The Animated Series, Henry Silva reprises the role for Bane from Batman: The Animated Series. In Knight Time, Bane teams up with Riddler and the Mad Hatter. Together they intend to rule Gotham City under Batman’s absence.

Under disguise as Batman, Superman teams-up with Robin against the villains. Despite a stronger version of his Venom, Bane is no match for Superman. Though he lands a few blows, Superman defeats him by knockout. Then, he pulls the tube out of Bane’s head.

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FILM: IN THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BANE WAS TRAINED BY THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS

In the comics, Bane was a prisoner in Peña Duro prison who survived the Venom experiment. But in the Dark Knight Rises, Bane was trained by the League of Shadows. In addition, Bane was the protector of Talia Al Ghul. In a prison in the Middle East, Bane, Ra’s and Talia Al Ghul were held prisoners in the Pit. After Bane protected Talia, he helped her escape.

However, the prisoners attacked him and he suffered serious injuries on his face. Later, Bane was rescued by Ra’s and trained by the League of Shadows. Because of his injuries, Bane was forced to wear a mask that pumped gas into his face. However, Ra’s excommunicated him because of his extremism. After Ra’s death, Talia took over the League and reinstated Bane. Together, they sought to finish her father’s work in destroying Gotham.

 

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LINKS

Birds of Prey Vol 1 26 in DC Database.
15 Things You Didn’t Know About DC’s Bane in TheRichest.
Bane (New Earth) in DC Database.
Bane (The Dark Knight Rises) in Batman Fandom.
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Reviews: “Birds of Prey: The Chaotic Code”

 

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Birds of Prey (2003) #49. DC Comics

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STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: BIRDS OF PREY (2002-2003)

Collects Birds of Prey #47-49


























Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In The Chaotic Code, the Birds of Prey embark on their latest adventure. In the story arc, the Birds of Prey must stop Lexcorp’s latest attempt to manufacture a living weapon. Together, collect issues #47-49 in Birds of Prey (1999-2009) Vol. 1.

Perhaps, a Black Canary’s and Birds of Prey‘s coming of age story. Really, one of the most comedic stories of the new millennium. In addition, Lex Luthor is featured as the architect behind The Chaotic Code. In addition, witness Black Canary vs Talia Al Ghul.

 

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DIALOGUE

To sum, the dialogue highlights the different characters’ professions. Terry Moore’s word balloons focus on the subject that is the title: Is The Chaotic Code a hoax or a conspiracy? In fact, the dialogue progresses quickly moving the action forward.

For the most part, the story arc is filled with dialogue and some narration.

PLOT

Generally, The Chaotic Code has a generic plot though with some innovations. Since it is Birds of Prey, its protagonists are female characters. Even the final fight is between female characters and features a street fight.

At the same time, the story is comedic and truly enjoyable. In the comic, Barbara Gordon briefly regains the usage of her legs. However, the end of the story arc resets the status quo for the former Batgirl.

CHARACTERIZATION

Perhaps, the most enjoyable aspect of the comic. Really, Black Canary shines as the superheroine and the comic’s street fighter. Without a doubt, she is given the best lines and saves the day.

Equally, Barbara is revealed as capable and combat-competent despite her disability. Perhaps, the weak point, Talia Al Ghul is not given the time to shine.

ART

Incredibly, Amanda Conner does an impeccable work on the layouts. As matter of fact, the characters’ expressions are very different. In addition, Conner works to do the characters justice.

Indeed, the female characters are not over-sexualized nor put in risque poses. Though Dinah‘s dialogue and attire are with a lot of innuendos.

VERDICT

Finally, the comic highlights the best Birds of Prey elements. With action, adventure and sexual comedy, new readers have a good jumping on point. Definitely, this storyline is one of the most enjoyable Birds of Prey stories.

RECOMMENDATION:

Definitely, collect the story arc digitally in single issues format or volume 1 in paperback format.


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LINKS

Birds of Prey Vol 1 47 in DC Database.
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Battles Of The Week: Black Canary vs Talia Al Ghul (Hero vs Villain)

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

Terry Moore and Amanda Conner.

SYNOPSIS FOR “The Chaotic Code, Part Three: Family Matters”

Blackaver has taken Madison and Barbara Gordon hostages. Now, it is up to Dinah to save them. First, she must beatdown on Talia Al Ghul.

IN MARTIAL ARTS

Birds of Prey (2003) #49. DC Comics

Enter the contestants. On the left side is Black Canary and on the right side is Talia Al Ghul of the League of Assassins.

Let’s look at the stats.

BLACK CANARY – NEW EARTH

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

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Body Armor.
  • Oracle Tech.
  • Various Martial Arts Weapons.

TALIA AL GHUL – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Athlete 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Leader 33%

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THE FIGHT

In order to save Barbara and Madison, Black Canary must go through Talia Al Ghul.

The battle to decide who is the assassin!


DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Talia Al Ghul nd Black Canary each drawing blood.

BLACK CANARY BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.
TALIA AL GHUL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.

On the following pages, Black Canary gets the upperhand with a kick and a takedown.

BLACK CANARY BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x4): 1 DAMAGE PT (x4) = 4 DAMAGE PTS.
TALIA AL GHUL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.

On the final page, Black Canary throws Talia Al Ghul onto Madison’s electrical body. In the end, Black Canary wins by electroshock.

BLACK CANARY BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.
MADISON ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


CANARY’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-3 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Martial Arts 6 Hours = 3528 kcal/hr = 2.46*10^6 J/hr = 0.00058571428 Ton of TNT/hr.
-(3 DAMAGE PTS * 2584.935 N * 157.079632679 m * 0.25 hr * 1 Ton of TNT)/(1 hr * 4.2*10^9 J) = 0.00007250725
PTS * Ton of TNT.
Canary’s Durability = (-0.00007250725
PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.00058571428 Tons of TNT) = -0.12379286706 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 0.12379286706 = 1.88 PTS = PEAK HUMAN.


DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

TALIA’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-13 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Martial Arts 6 Hours = 3528 kcal/hr = 2.46*10^6 J/hr = 0.00058571428 Ton of TNT/hr.
-(13 DAMAGE PTS * 2584.935 N * 157.079632679 m * 0.25 hr * 1 Ton of TNT)/(1 hr * 4.2*10^9 J) = 0.0003141981
​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Talia’s Durability = (-0.0003141981
PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.00058571428 Tons of TNT) = -0.53643578572 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 0.53643578572 = 0.46 PTS = ATHLETE.


DURABILITY: ATHLETE

Durability: Athlete 8%

WINNER: BLACK CANARY WINS BY INCAPACITATION.

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BLACK CANARY IN COMICS

Justice League of America (1969) #76, titled “In Each Man There Is A Demon” marks the first appearance of Black Canary in DC continuity. The issue tells the recording of the recruitment of Black Canary into the JLA as an unofficial member.

During the issue, the League deals with the fallout from their Earth-Two battle against the villain Aquarius.

The comic was written by Dennis O’Neil and penciled by Dick Dillin.

BLACK CANARY’S FIRST APPEARANCE
Justice League of America (1969) #76, titled "In Each Man There Is A Demon" marks the first appearance of Black Canary in DC continuity.
Justice League of America (1969) #76, titled “In Each Man There Is A Demon” marks the first appearance of Black Canary in DC continuity. DC Comics

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

 

DC DAY SERIES

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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IN ROMANCE

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.

The TV Regent

#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?

*This image is copyright-reserved to James on Flickr and is titled Brooding Batman.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

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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DC vs Marvel: On His Worst Behaviour, Ra’s Al Ghul Blackmails Kingpin With Vanessa’s Cancer To Sink New York

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Ra's Al Ghul tempts Kingpin to punch in satellite codes in order to sink NYC.
 

DC VS MARVEL

Writer(s)

J.M. DeMatteis


Penciler(s)

Graham Nolan


Publisher

Marvel Comics/DC Comics


Publication Date

January 1997

IN TEAM-UPS AND CROSSOVERS

TALIA AL GHUL AND KINGPIN MAKE A DEAL

In Batman and Spider-Man (1997) #1, Kingpin makes a deal with Talia Al Ghul. On Earth-7642, Kingpin and Talia’s organization have been working together. For months, they have been assisting each other’s operations, increasing wealth. But, Talia continues to keep her organization’s head a secret. Strangely, she proposes to import cargo into New York without customs’ interference.

Visibly, Kingpin reveals the terrorist organization’s plan to extend its operations to NYC. Angrily, Fisk declines her proposition. However, Talia offers to cure Vanessa Fisk’s cancer. Outside, Batman is spying on the criminals with goggles. Suddenly, Spider-Man comes in and shares intel. When Spider-Man questions if Talia works for a crime cartel, Batman says no. After a brief scuffle, both superheroes agree to work together.

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Talia Al Ghul proposes to cure Vanessa Fisk's cancer.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Talia Al Ghul proposes to cure Vanessa Fisk’s cancer. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

BATMAN AND SPIDER-MAN SHAKE HANDS

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Batman and Spider-Man shake hands.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Batman and Spider-Man shake hands. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

KINGPIN MUST ENTER SATELLITE CODES TO SINK NYC IN EXCHANGE FOR THE ANTIDOTE

Surreptitiously, Ra’s Al Ghul lures Kingpin into his lair in Nanda Parbat, Tibet. There, Kingpin learns that Ra’s is long-lived. In fact, the secret of his longevity is the Lazarus Pit. Surprisingly, Ra’s Al Ghul blackmails the Kingpin in order to cure Vanessa’s cancer. In exchange, Kingpin must swear allegiance to Ra’s, the new leader of the world. As a test, Kingpin must punch in the satellite codes to activate devices that will sink NYC.

At that moment, Spider-Man storms into the cave. Violently, a fight follows with Ra’s men. Interestingly, Ra’s senses “The Detective” is not far behind.1 Summarily, the eco-terrorist orders Kingpin to punch the code. When he does, the satellite explodes. Then, it is revealed that Wilson Fisk re-programmed the satellite. Previously, he had amassed a “formidable dossier” on Ra’s in addition to “schematics on his stronghold and operating systems.”1

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Ra's Al Ghul tempts Kingpin to punch in satellite codes in order to sink NYC.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Ra’s Al Ghul tempts Kingpin to punch in satellite codes in order to sink NYC. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

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In fact, Batman reveals Ra’s Al Ghul manipulated the Kingpin. In reality, the demon caused Vanessa’s cancer to lure Fisk into his plan. When Kingpin found out, he joined forces with Batman. Furthermore, Batman and Spider-Man boarded Fisk’s plane to Tibet. Visibly amused, Ra’s proposes to let the heroes to walk out alive. Even, he offers them transport.

Really, Spider-Man is surprised at Ra’s arrogance. But Batman states the heroes should accept their victory and leave. In fact, none of them would leave alive if Ra’s wanted to. Resolutely, Fisk asks for the antidote to his wife’s cancer. Shockingly, Ra’s lies that there is no antidote. Privately, Talia tells Batman she chooses to both love him and be at his father’s side. In secret, she commissions the antidote to Batman. Finally, Batman gives the antidote to Spider-Man, who delivers it to Fisk.

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Spider-Man delivers the antidote to Vanessa's cancer to Wilson Fisk.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Spider-Man delivers the antidote to Vanessa’s cancer to Wilson Fisk. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

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LINKS

Batman and Spider-Man Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Earth-7642 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman and Spider-Man #1.