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"Closed Circuit!"
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General Information
Series: Batman
Issue Number: 331
First Published: January 1981
Previous Issue: Batman #330
Next Issue: Batman #332


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"Closed Circuit!"Edit

The Electrocutioner, a self-appointed executioner of criminals who slip through the hands of the law, begins a series of crook-killings in Gotham City with his electrically-charged suit. A touch from one of his hands delivers a severe shock, but when both his hands touch a victim the circuit is completed and the victim dies. Batman has three encounters with the Electrocutioner. In the first, killer Mike Caine dies; in the second, Batman rescues Dane Whitney; in the third, the Electrocutioner falls through a window, grips a metal railing, and shocks himself, so that he lets go and plunges off a cliff into the river below. Despite the growing rift between him and Batman due to his decision to drop out of college, Robin traces Ronald Watkins to Gregorian Falstaff's headquarters. He also learns that six months back, Wayne Enterprises acquired a dozen of the seediest tenements in Gotham, and the fact has made the headlines of the Daily Star. Bruce, noting the paper is published by Falstaff, says that he will have to have it out with his corpulent competitor. Later, Talia arrives at the Batcave, seeking sanctuary in the wake of Ra's Al Ghul's apparent death. Robin is vehemently opposed to the idea, but Batman agrees to it, saying Robin needs to learn more about "people, and about relationships!" Robin snaps that Batman is the one who has a lot to learn, and stomps out.

"Wolf In The Fold"Edit

Tipped off that special police investigator Mark Rearden has vanished, Batman disguises himself as policeman Al Nelson with Nelson's consent and goes undercover to find the "inside man" in the department responsible for his disappearance. Neither of his teammates, Hank Samuels or Frank Trask, admit knowing where Rearden is. Batman investigates and finds the files on the investigation team have been stolen, with a greasy substance left behind on the folder. Commissioner Gordon finds a bomb in his file boxes, and gets Batman to help him disarm it. Afterwards, they corner Hank Samuels, who left the grease stains on the file after practicing on the target range with a freshly-oiled gun. Batman disarms Samuels and forces him to reveal where Rearden is captive, after which they rescue Rearden.

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