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|"Batman in Bethlehem"|
Three Ghosts of Batman
Batman & Son
|First Published:||July 2007|
|Previous Issue:||Batman #665|
|Next Issue:||Batman #667|
"Batman in Bethlehem"Edit
The world has plunged into a series of constant war and terror set against the backdrop of a climate at nearly unlivable temperatures. And in this dark and all too possible future, Damian Wayne - having sold his soul to Satan in exchange for Gotham's protection on the night of Batman's death- now wears the mantle of the Bat. Bearing a personal vendetta against the Dark Knight of the future, Commissioner Barbara Gordon continues to hunt him down out of revenge for a loved one's death she blames Damian for.
The Third Batman, claiming to be the Anti-Christ returning to bring about Armageddon, has killed five major Gotham crime bosses. Each murder scene, when connected together makes a five pointed star across the face of Gotham. Damian wonders if the Third Batman is aware of his own arrangement with the Dark Prince. Armed with a flame thrower and accompanied by some of the worst of Arkham Asylum's offenders, the so-called Anti-Christ crashes a climate change summit and holds the diplomats hostage. His plan to draw out Damian works like a charm as the son of Batman arrives mutilating anything that gets in his way as he heads towards the face-off.
Aside from obviously being unaware of Damian's satanic pact, the Third Batman is also unaware of Damian's mind boggling level of preparation for this fight. "The victory is in the preparation," Bruce used to say. And Damian, knowing he could never fill the boots of his predecessors, has gone about booby trapping every inch of Gotham. Damian detonates one of this bombs sending the "son of Satan" flying through a plate glass window and into a pool outside. He recovers and returns demanding that Damian bow to him and claming that Bruce Wayne should have killed this third imposter when he had a chance.
Damian promised his father he would never kill, but like so many other things, Damian fails to follow his father's wishes. He slashes the imposter's innards before snapping his neck saying, "What happened to my dad paved the way for a Batman like me. Too bad for you... Tell your big, bad daddy to bring it on, anytime. If he wants what I owe him... Batman is waiting." Damian tells the diplomats in attendance that they are free to go but Barbara arrives on the scene and shoots him. Unfortunately for her, bullets don't appear to kill Damian. Shocked at this revelation, Barbara Gordon demands to know who Batman is.
"Batman in Bethlehem"Edit
- Bruce Wayne (In Flashback Only)
- Gotham City Police Department
- Dick Grayson (Dies in this issue) (In Flashback Only)
- Flamingo (First Appearance)
- Commissioner Barbara Gordon
- Candyman (In Flashback Only)
- Jackanapes (First Appearance)
- Bat-Devil (Dies in this issue)
- League of Assassins (In Flashback Only)
- Talia al Ghul (In Flashback Only)
- Max Roboto (First Appearance)
- Weasel II (First Appearance)
- Professor Pyg (First Appearance) (Dies in this issue)
- Loveless (In Flashback Only)
- Phosphorus Rex (In Flashback Only)