Already he finds himself detesting the grime of the city, but his thoughts are on his pregnant wife Barbara. Inwardly, he hopes her tests come back "negative". He plays up the role of billionaire playboy, but secretly he is anxious to begin a new career as a crime fighter. He wants to avenge the tragic deaths of his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne.
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Gordon hears about the maneuver and intercepts Branden before he can do anything rash. Jim enters the building alone and manages to single-handedly defeat Blume without causing him undue harm. A few nights later, Bruce Wayne makes his first official debut as Batman.
He attacks a group of teenage punks stealing electronics and intercepts them on an apartment fire escape. The fight proves difficult and one teen nearly loses his life. However, he succeeds in apprehending all three and promises to improve his technique before venturing out for a second time. You have eaten well. Even Detective Flass experiences a chance encounter with the mysterious vigilante.
Gordon holds a meeting with the other cops and addresses the Batman situation. Flass gives his jaded eyewitness account of the Batman, but neglects to include details involving his own illicit affairs at the time of the encounter.
The mayor is hosting a party with several key city patrons including Commissioner Loeb and criminal entrepreneur Carmine Falcone. Batman throws a smoke grenade through the window and warns them that from this point forward none of them are safe. Following the event, Loeb appoints Gordon the lead investigator in a special task force designed to bring down the Batman. He dies. He interviews assistant D. Harvey Dent and even begins to suspect him of being the Batman.
However, Dent has a solid alibi for his whereabouts and Gordon crosses him off the suspect list. Later, Gordon and detective Sarah Essen are nearly killed by a runaway truck driver asleep at the wheel. Batman arrives on the scene and Gordon witnesses him rescue a wino who has fallen in the path of the out of control vehicle.
He commands Batman to halt, but the vigilante darts down an alleyway. SWAT officers arrive and open fire, but Gordon begins to suspect that the Batman is not the evil creature that he read about in his files. Batman runs inside of a derelict building for shelter.
Commissioner Loeb consults with the SWAT officers over the radio and authorizes the use of deadly force. Chief Branden uses a helicopter to firebomb the apartment building. Notes This issue is reprinted in the Batman: Year One trade paperback. This issue is the earliest chronological appearance of Bruce Wayne as the Batman. Reference is made to Arkham Asylum in this issue. Jefferson Skeevers makes a cameo appearance in flashback only.
He appears next in Batman The tagline for this issue is, "He has trained and planned and waited eighteen years. See Also.
I have the means, the skill -- but not the method. Already he finds himself detesting the grime of the city, but his thoughts are on his pregnant wife, Barbara. Inwardly, he hopes her tests come back "negative". He plays up the role of billionaire playboy, but secretly he is anxious to begin a new career as a crime fighter.
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