Batman: Gotham After Midnight #1

The cover to Batman: Gotham After Midnight #1
Batman finally finds a clock which shows how he feels for every hour of the day.
From Series: Batman: Gotham After Midnight

What Happened:

In case you are caught with your pants down on this topic during an upcoming dinner, allow me to refresh your memory: Batman (Bruce Wayne) is Batman. Don’t be ashamed you forgot something so simple. Batman himself needs to be reminded by his own voice. He alerts himself to this news several times just so the knowledge is fresh and hot on the brain.

When battling Scarecrow (Dr. Jonathan Crane) who is acting pretty oddly for a lunatic, Batman even reminds him what’s up in the identity department with a well growled “I’m Batman”.

After exposing Scarecrow to his own fear toxin Scarecrow hallucinates there are a bunch of Batman pointing at him. I guess that’s scary to anyone. Particularly people who really put a lot of stock in what they’re wearing that day and dread being criticized for their fashion choices. Yeah, they would really hate a bunch of Batman pointing at them.

Detective Clarkson and her partner Detective Lucas show up to take the disabled Scarecrow into custody and take credit for the whole thing. This really bugs Batman. He works really hard to catch the bad guys. Is it too much to want a pat on the back for a job well done?

Commissioner Gordon gives him a pat on the back and sends him off to find escaped convict the Axeman. Perhaps by following the scent of his body spray. Who knows.

Before Batman gets to the Axeman’s hideout, the clock strikes midnight and everyone just starts being weird. A dude stops kissing his gal. A man climbs out from the sewer. It’s all kooky crazy!

When Batman finishes his sandwich from Alfred he heads to Axeman’s hideout. Axeman has somehow gotten himself a large posse of those crazy dudes from before. They shoot Batman. Right in the breadbasket. He goes down, and a man who is clearly a doctor checks for signs of life by plopping his own head on Batman’s chest.

Batman’s Dead!

What I Learned From This Comic:

Batman’s cape ain’t no cape.


Writers: Steve Niles
Artist: Kelley Jones
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Executive Editor: Dan DiDio
Editors: Michael Siglain & Harvey Richards