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|First Published:||February 1981|
|Previous Issue:||Batman #331|
|Next Issue:||Batman #333|
Robin leaves Batman and Talia at the Batcave, refusing to tolerate Talia's presence any more. Batman tackles the Gregorian Falstaff problem and discovers that his foe is being bankrolled by an outside interest from a Swiss bank account. He deduces that Caroline Crown has been feeding Falstaff Wayne Enterprises information and, going to see her, finds Ms. Crown with a mutate, who threatens to harm "Elizabeth" unless she keeps up the information supply. Batman is unable to best the mutate in battle and is knocked unconscious, while Caroline Crown flees. Much later, Caroline Crown confesses to Bruce Wayne that her daughter Elizabeth is being held prisoner by Gregorian Falstaff in an upstate hospital. When Wayne confronts Falstaff in the latter's office, he discovers that Falstaff has bought up the mortgages on Wayne's Asian oil properties, making most of Wayne's assets virtually worthless. Bruce angrily refuses Falstaff's offer to work with him as his lackey. Robin goes to Catwoman for help with the Falstaff affair. Talia drugs Batman and goes to Falstaff's office herself. Batman revives in time to trail her, fighting off Karlyle Kruggerrand and an army of mutates. Holding Elizabeth Crown hostage, Falstaff sends an energy-globe at Batman and Talia from a strange weapon, but Talia kicks him into the globe and he disintegrates. Talia says that Falstaff once worked for Ra's Al Ghul, who gave him the globe-shooter. She then embraces and kisses Batman, just as Catwoman and Robin open the door. The latter two leave in different directions. On the high seas, Archer Templeton thinks he has made an escape from Infinity Island, a twin-peaked volcanic isle in the middle of the ocean, by raft. But a red energy-globe from one of the island's peaks engulfs him and destroys him. In his raft, a small radio transmitter beeps on.
Catwoman tracks down a gang of crooks pulling a chemical warehouse robbery. She apprehends all by one, Joseph Walters, whom she traces to Karlyle Kruggerrand. Kruggerrand tells Walters that he and Falstaff were indeed working for another master. He then tries to use the chemicals and the electricity from a Gotham power station to transform several subjects into mutates. Catwoman battles Kruggerrand and knocks him backwards as the equipment, powered beyond its limits, explodes. Kruggerrand, Walters and the mutates are destroyed. Catwoman trudges off, not certain now that Kruggerrand's and Falstaff's employer was Talia, who, unknown to her, is watching her leave the power station.
- Talia al Ghul
- Lucius Fox
- Gregorian Falstaff
- Caroline Crown
- Karlyle Kruggerrand
- Elizabeth Crown
- Archer Templeton