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|"The China Syndrome!"|
|First Published:||March 1981|
|Previous Issue:||Batman #332|
|Next Issue:||Batman #334|
"The China Syndrome!"Edit
In Katmandu, Nepal, King Faraday receives the radio signal from Archer Templeton's transmitter, for which he has been waiting ten years. Batman, disguised as Karlyle Krugerrand, is allowed inside the Criminal Bank in Montfaucon, Switzerland, which handles cash for virtually all criminal organizations in the world. He learns that Falstaff did business with the bank, but his disguise is penetrated and he is wounded while escaping. Talia heals him with her special salve. Batman confides to her that Falstaff was hired to ruin Bruce Wayne, but he does not know why.
Bruce and Talia face another assassination attempt, and decide that the best way to meet their next contact, one Captain Torrents, in Hong Kong is to cross the heavily-guarded Red Chinese border. They manage to do so, despite several perils. Bruce leaves Talia behind as he boards Torrents' junk, The Phoenix. But once on board, Bruce is locked into a room which is filled with sleep gas, and he falls victim to the fumes instantly.
Robin and Catwoman are present when Ronald Watkins is released from jail for spilling information about Gregorian Falstaff. Timothy Fox, who also goes free, is astonished to hear that Falstaff paid Watkins to raid the Wayne Foundation building and to beat Lucius Fox, and intended to have him kill Timothy later. Tim and Lucius have a heartfelt reunion. Commissioner Gordon tells Robin and Catwoman that King Faraday has summoned them via radio to a Shanghai, China rezendevous to hear information about the Batman. Once there, Faraday tells the two that his old partner, Archer Templeton, recently sent a radio signal as agreed upon ten years ago. But all that arrived with the transmitter was an empty raft with the word "Batman" scrawled on it. Since Batman could not be contacted, Faraday opted to try for Robin and Catwoman. They go to meet an informant, who is killed by an assassin that escapes. Catwoman takes Robin and Faraday, dressed in civilian clothes, to meet Chin Ho, a fence and dope smuggler knowledgeable about all Far Eastern crime. While in his shop, the three are drugged unconscious and awaken to find themselves strapped to slabs. Chin Ho informs them that he will now have revenge on Catwoman for her past interference with his smuggling operations. He orders his aides to inject them with "enough cocaine that even the Lord Himself would be helpless to quiet their pain!"
"The China Syndrome!"Edit