We continue with the second act of Joker’s little drama.
Detective Comics #672
Written by Chuck Dixon
Pencils by Graham Nolan
Inks by Scott Hanna
Colors by Adrianne Roy
Letters by John Costanza
Edited by Darren Vincenzo & Scott Peterson
AzBat sees Robin plummiting to his presumed death. He quickly makes the save and discovers they are actually Cindy Brooks, dressed up in an older Robin costume, unconscious, and drugged. He makes sure an ambulance is getting her to the hospital, as The Joker fumes at things not quite going according to script. AzBat internally monologues about underestimating The Joker. He returns to the Batcave, reviewing the file on The Joker (noting that Robin tapped the computers in the process) before going to bed.
The next day, GCPD, the papers, and Gotham’s underworld have received the one-sheet movie posters for Joker’s movie, mentioning the studio (where Joker is holed up), and a theater where the premiere would be.
Gordon sends up the Bat Signal, but AzBat doesn’t show. Instead, Jean-Paul checks on Cindy while in disguise, and learns that she’s been checked out to the car of an “Alan Smithee.”
Jean-Paul puts two-and-two together, and AzBat heads to the studio, while GCPD raids the theater. GCPD faces a hail of bullets (which turns out to be a SAW set up as a sentry turret), while AzBat goes through a series of movie-themed traps, before getting knocked out by a drugged pie, and waking up chained to the floor while Cindy dangles (also chained) upside down above a slowly filling tank of water, as this issue ends.
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