Killer Croc Kills A Cop – Batman: Gotham After Midnight #7

The cover to Batman: Gotham After Midnight #7
Nobody mention the spaghetti sauce stain on his forehead, he’d be so embarrassed to know it’s been there the whole time,
From Series: Batman: Gotham After Midnight

What Happened:

Batman (Bruce Wayne) really goofed up guessing the identity of the serial killer Midnight. He was pretty certain the murder was Detective Lucas of the Gotham Police because The Joker told him so.

And The Joker never lies!

Well, Lucas’ partner Detective Clarkson is pretty steamed at Batman because they only find a torn apart car and a lot of blood where Lucas should be. Clarkson socks Batman in the face for being wrong about her partner and then Commissioner Gordon tells him to scram. When he gets a good distance away them, Batman rubs his bruised chin and grins like a dummy. THE SEXUAL TENSION BETWEEN CLARKSON AND BATMAN IS UNBEARABLE. By which I mean HORRIBLE.

Anyway, Batman is pretty sure that Killer Croc (Waylon Jones) got to Detective Lucas. After analyzing some mud he knows exactly where Killer Croc is been hiding (in mud)! Alfred has already gotten to work preparing everything Batman will need to save the missing detective and battle Croc without even being asked. This, everyone, is a honest to God professional. Without Alfred around, 80 percent of all Batman stories would be Batman moving boxes around trying to find the batsuit which has goggles AND bulletproof armor.

Batman is too late to save Lucas though and finds him dead in a villain’s lair. Something about the lair isn’t right and Batman suspects it is meant to appear to be Midnight’s base of operations. The place looks too over the top for Batman to take is seriously. Even Batman, the man who decorates with dinosaurs and mannequins of dead coworkers, thinks the place is gaudy.

The whole thing is a trap and Batman is attacked by Killer Croc! Can that be considered a trap though? Batman is there to find Killer Croc. Giving someone what they want isn’t very devious!

Meanwhile on the other end of the city, Midnight kills the Mayor of Gotham! He pokes out Mr. Mayor’s heart with his clawed weapon as easily as plucking a spare sock from a laundry basket. Mayor’s should be made of sterner stuff!

After defeating Killer Croc, Batman finds Detective Clarkson and police backup at the hideout’s entrance. Showing Clarkson the dead body of her partner really gets her motor humming (passion-wise) and she and Batman just sort of hold each other. It’s a very 8th-grade-dance kind of look.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Batman mistakes being punched as foreplay, which raises so many questions about how he views his rogues gallery.

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