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.

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

The Joker’s Halloween – Batman: Gotham After Midnight #6

The cover to Batman: Gotham After Midnight #6
Well. Gross. Now I know where pumpkins come from.
From Series: Batman: Gotham After Midnight

What Happened:

Bruce Wayne (Batman) tries to woo Detective Clarkson with brunch and pearls but strikes out big time. Also, he apparently has flashbacks of his mother dying whenever a pear necklace breaks. Also, Clarkson is really rough when handling new jewelry. The whole thing was a disaster. I blame everyone.

Batman throws a dramatic, dynamically hissy fit about not being able to capture Midnight. The mystic artifacts he’s been stealing and the list of his victims do not seem to match together as far a motive usually does. This makes Alfred wonder if maybe they are not supposed to match. Alfred also calls Batman on being upset his date did not go well. Right on Alfred.

Work then calls Batman to action because The Joker has kidnapped a school bus full of kids. Batman is able to break into his safe house and starts roughing him up for the location of the children when Midnight strikes with a surprise attack. Joker and Midnight’s long history (a couple hours) of communication and team work (Joker invited Midnight over to hid in a box) ends abruptly when they can’t decide who is working for who. Or is it who is working with who? Or is it who is working on behalf of who? I’m not sure what the argument is actually, and they probably aren’t either. Some folks just don’t know how to speak without being angry about something!

Batman takes advantage of their fight to get the upper hand. Before the Joker can tell Batman who Midnight really is, he wounds the Joker and flees. Batman is forced to stay behind to save the Joker’s life.

He does get the name of who Joker thinks Midnight is though: Detective Clarkson’s partner Detective Lucas.

Meanwhile, a lost Lucas is found by an angry Killer Croc (Waylon Jones).

What I Learned From This Comic:

Sometimes a Brunch is a lunch.

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

Batman: Gotham After Midnight #3

The cover to Batman: Gotham After Midnight #3
The Gotham Police zeppelin heat lamps only manage to make Clayface more soothing to Batman’s skin.
From Series: Batman: Gotham After Midnight

What Happened:

The newest overly dramatic villain to put up shop in Gotham, Midnight, breaks into the hotel room of Councilman Hedgley. Midnight asks Hedgley’s prostitute to stand back so he can rip Hedgley’s heart out. She complies. Everyone is really professional and the deed gets done with zero struggle.

Clayface (Basil Karlo), then shows up and wonders why Midnight wanted to meet. Also he probably wonders why he wanted to meet at the scene of a murder. Also he probably wonders why Midnight is– eh it’s an endless tumble down the “why stairs” at this point let’s stop before we break out necks.

Midnight shows Clayface his own mutilated face by taking off his hat/veil. He’s ugly and has a voice box. Instant super villain origin! Keep the story going! Don’t lose momentum now!

With just the teensiest bit of coaching, Midnight convinces Clayface that he should eat everyone in Gotham so he’ll grow bigger. Clayface starts with Hedgley’s prostitute and then moves on to dance clubs, apartment buildings, etc. Clayface wants to eat everyone. It may be a serious problem which needs to be addressed in therapy.

Detective Clarkson and her partner Detective Lucas meet up with a grumpy Commissioner Gordon at the location of Midnight’s latest victim. They go over the finer points of the crime. Small time crook… found tied to a clock face… with his heart ripped out. Pretty open and shut if you asked me. Find the heart, find the killer. Batman (Bruce Wayne) then pops out of the shadows. He does some real bad office politics with Clarkson then outright says he’s taking evidence for himself. Gordon doesn’t care. Gordon just wants everyone to stop talking.

After visiting Arkham Asylum to question Scarecrow (Jonathan Crane), Batman realizes the other criminals involved have been drugged and don’t remember doing what they did.

Batman tries to get a quick nap in the batcave but then the alarms go off because of Clayface’s attack. So, Batman puts on his fanciest Giant Robot suit and hits the town in style.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Either the colorist didn’t get the script or the Joker escaped Arkham pretty quickly.

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

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.

Creators:

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