the Man who laughs.
It was all over the news. commissioner Loeb was dead. Nobody knew who the murderer was. Falcone and he's remain men, watched the news.
"What the heck happened to him?" Gordon asked, as they were looking at the corpse. One of the doctors who examined the corpse, had taken a blood sample. "Well...From the looks of it..he was poisoned...There is something in he's blood here...We're not exactly sure what it is, but from the looks of it, its what caused Loeb to die." Gordon looked worried. "...He's death, was shown on Direct TV under he's speech...if We don't find the culprit..it can cause mass panic..." Gordon, then took the communicator batman had given him. "Meet me on the roof." he said.
Later, on the roof of GCPD, batman was there. "..And thats it." gordon said. "Do you have any idea, on who could have done such a thing?" Batman looked at the picture of Loeb's corpse. "...most likely, the culprit must have been someone who Loeb did something bad against in the past...He wasn't exactly a good cop back then...I'll look into it." Batman, then got into the batmobile, and drove to Loeb's house. There had to be something there, that could tell him, when Loeb was poisoned. He looked all over the house, but didn't find anything suspicious. He was then about to leave the house, but then he saw something on the door. Someone had attached a joker card there. He looked at the markings of the tape, that had been used to attach it to the door, and noticed that someone had attached it there, not too long ago, meaning someone put it there, after Loeb went to work. then Batman noticed something odd about the card. someone had written a message on the backside of it. "Did You miss me?"
Later, Batman was in the batcave, looking for any fingerprints on the card, but he did find nothing. "Sir..?" Alfred asked. "Nothing.." he said. "Not a single fingerprint...which can mean, the culprit used gloves...But...there is something else..." Alfred looked curiously at batman. "Whats that?" Batman got up. "Before Loeb died, the scarecrow said that the person who supplied him with the chemicals in order to create he's fear toxin, told him to give me a card like this...Whats the thing with the joker card...Its like the culprit is giving me a message..." Then, Batman noticed something else on the joker card. He had been so busy looking for fingerprints, he didn't notice a string of hair. and, it looked like there was something else there too. He put the card on a scanner, and looked. and he found strands of 3 different DNA. One for Flass Arnold, in the GCPD, Jack Collins, the business man, and One for Aaron Eckhart. "...My...god..." batman said, and ran to the batmobile. "What is it sir? SIR?" Batman drove the batmobile, to Flass Arnold's apartment, ran inside, and there he saw...the corpse of Flass Arnold, grinning from ear to ear, he told Alfred to call it in, via the Communicator, then he went to the batmobile, and drove to Collins Mansion, and he saw the same thing there. Dead. With a grin. He feared he would see the same thing, at Eckhart's place, and he was right. all of them, were dead.
the cops started to worry. who was this killer? Falcone was sitting in a meeting room, with he's remaining loyal thugs. "...Sir? Doesn't this seem like a good thing?" one of them said. "With the cops distracted, we can make our move against the Penguin!" Falcone didn't smile. He wasn't angry. he was actually, very quiet. "Eh..sir..?" Falcone, looked at him. "...There is..something about this killer....I..I don't know what it is...but..there is something familiar with the people he have killed..."
Then, Suddenly the door was kicked open, and falcone saw who did it. Batman. "It wasn't hard tracking you down falcone.." he said. "After Penguin had taken over so much from you, this was the only place left. Now tell me....WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS KILLER?" Falcone looked curious. "Wh..What?" The thugs took up their weapons and started shooting at Batman, but he dodged, and managed to knock them down, then he took Falcone and held him up against the wall. "Everyone of the victims...They used to work for you..Now tell me...WHO IS HE??" Falcone, looked at batman. "I Don't Know! Im honest!" Batman dropped him on the floor. "I knew there was something familiar about the people this guy murdered but...I didn't notice it at first..." Batman glared at him. "Do you have any idea who it can be? Someone with a grudge against you?" falcone laughed. "Do you have ANY idea HOW many people in this city can be? You for one, for example! Honestly, I wish I knew, cause if he killed those guys, then he could be coming for me next! or for all we know, maybe its quite obvious...I mean, sometimes we can't see whats right in front of us."
As Falcone said that, Batman then remembered something about the victims, he then turned around. "This isn't over Falcone. as soon as I have stopped this killer, I will bring you in."
Meanwhile, Harvey Dent, was on he's way home. He was talking to Gordon on the phone. "I know, Gordon..I know...but if you find anything, please call me..." He stepped out of the car, and walked inside the house, but what he saw there, was shocked him. 5 thugs, dressed like clowns, all armed. "Evening Mister Dent..." One of them said.
Meanwhile, batman had reached the place he was driving to. It could be a coincidence but..Arnold..Collins...Eckhart...A..C...E..A.C.E. Batman looked at Ace chemicals in front of him. and he walked inside. As he got inside, he saw corpses there. Laying here and there, some hanging from the ceiling. "So...much...death...who could do such a thing?" Batman said. He then heard some sounds, coming from an office there, and went inside. And there, was members of the red hood gang, breaking into a safe there, they all stopped as they saw Batman. "You..." batman said, as he looked at them, then he showed them a joker card. "This...What can you tell me about this?" They looked at each other, Then Batman heard some clapping sounds, and he turned around and saw a man in the shadows. He didn't see he's face tough. "Congratulations.." the man said. "You figured out the clue from the joker card...Heh. You really ARE the world's greatest detective!" Batman looked at him. "You...your voice..it sounds familiar....were you with the red hood gang?" The man laughed a bit. "The red hood gang? the red hood gang is gone...they vanished, when you killed their leader..." Batman shook he's head. "That was an accident.." The man laughed more. "Whatever you say, that makes you sleep at night..oh wait. Your the batman! You don't sleep, do you? Anyway..The red hood gang and their operations...well...its actually MY operation now...Isn't that right boys?" the red hood members nodded, then switched their red hood masks with clown masks, and the man in the shadows stepped forward and Batman saw he's face. He had white skin, green hair, he's eyes were very light green, with he's pupils being tiny dots. Like bullets coming at you. He was grinning, and he had something red around he's mouth giving him a huge smile. Batman walked around him. "You..You were the one giving chemicals to crane..." The man nodded. "And Not just that..Im the guy, who told Falcone where to break in, so he would accidentally release clayface..." Batman was shocked. "You mean...its been you this whole time?" The man laughed. "YES!" Batman shook he's head in shock. "Why? What was the point?" the man, was grinning. "All part of my little game...But enough of hiding...Now its time, I REALLY Hit the town!" Batman took up he's hands. "Wait...clayface.....scarecrow..they both tried to kill me...clearly you did want to attack me. And Now you got me...nobody else has to get hurt." the man laughed. "HA HA HA HA HA!!! oh...life would be so simple, if you were all I wanted...no no. Your just a TEENY LITTLE DISTRACTION, compared to what I got up my sleeve!"
"Who are you?" Batman asked. The man was smiling. "I am the darkest thought in the back of your head...I am the very idea...of chaos...But you can call me..The Joker!" Then, the thugs ran out, as the room was filled with gas, batman wasn't fast enough to take up he's gas mask, as he fell down. the joker, was standing over him. "Don't worry...It won't kill you...Because now...its time, you got your act together...its time, you really participated in my game...soon more people will die...and you won't be able to stop it...heh heh....One by one will hear my call...then this whole wicked town will follow my fall...and one more thing...And soon...you will have to make a choice...what choice? Just you wait and see....heh heh heh..ha ha ha ha ha HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!"
Later, Batman woke up, and the joker and the clowns were gone. he got back to the batmobile, and he heard Alfred on he's communicator. "MASTER BRUCE!" Alfred yelled. "I'm here.." batman said. "Oh thank heavens! What happen? you were gone for hours, hours, not calling, I thought something had happened!" Batman shook he's head. "No...but..I met the man who killed Loeb...Now I need to..." but then Alfred interrupted him. "Catch the joker, I know.." Batman got confused. "Wait...how did you know he calls himself the joker?" batman didn't tell Alfred that. "Sir...its been on the television for hours..."
At the GCPD, the cops were watching the TV. The joker had managed to broadcast a signal, which went on repeat. "Good Evening gotham! Lately, a bunch of psychopaths as you call them, have attacked people here. The Likes of Mister freeze, the riddler, Scarecrow, and every time, they have been caught! You must all feel oh so safe...well...we can't have that..." Then the joker stepped aside, and behind him was a man tied up to a chair. "Who is this man you ask? He's a doctor...cured many people...Very kind...in he's spare time, he donates money to the poor, helps at shelters, a regular white knight....oh, I don't care about he's name, we'll just call him doctor...now, a man who is so nice...nobody would dare to harm him, right? Wrong..." The Joker then took up a crowbar. "People believe that Gotham is a city of justice...like the late commissioner Loeb...he was wrong..gotham is NOT a city of justice and order...there is only one that rules this city..chaos.." The joker then proceed to hit the doctor with the crowbar, over and over. "Pure...simple...chaos..." Then, he knocked the crowbar across the doctor's head, killing him. "...WHOPS! Maybe I should have warned him...I could have screamed Exterminate in he's face. HA HA HA HA!!! Now...I know what you are thinking? Your asking yourself, "Who is this person, who beats up doctors?" Well...You can call me, A monster...psychopath...that random guy who stabs you in the street with a knife...but I prefer...The joker! But, I tell you now...The Doctor here was only the first...There is more to come...Tonight...at midnight...Judge Harkness will feel my wrath..Unless you try to stop me...But...the judge will probably die anyway so...heh..heh...ha ha HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!"
Later, The cops were at Judge Harkness' apartment, surrounding him. "This joker must be crazy, if he thinks he can get me here." the judge said. Gordon was the one leading the group. "Maybe, but he has killed a lot of people to deliver that threat..." It was 15 minutes left until midnight. batman was watching through the window. the cops had tested the judge's blood to make sure, he didn't have some of the same toxin, the joker had used on Loeb. They were waiting. Tic...tock..tic..tock.., the clock was ticking. Then..it was midnight. "heh...look at that.." the judge said. "Seems like you were all worried for nothing! heh..heh...heh heh." then, as he started to laugh, they looked, Batman was more shocked, the judge continued laughing, coughing blood, Batman went crashing through the window, but he was too late. the Judge was dead. the cops pointed the guns at batman. "Men! Put your arms down!" Gordon said. Gordon looked at the judge, and then at Batman. "How is this possible..." he said. "We tested him..there is no way he could have gotten the same toxin as loeb..." Batman shook he's head. "Seems like the joker, has used another variety...you checked for the first one.." Gordon continued "...and we didn't think about checking for any other things...SON OF A BITCH!" Then Gordon's phone rang. "Who is this?" Then he heard the joker's voice. "Knock knock..." Gordon was angry. "You..." The joker sighed. "Aww...your supposed to say Who's there?" Gordon was not amused. "Listen...I don't know where you are...But I will find you.." The joker laughed. "HA HA! Sure you will...Now hand me over to the bat. he's the one I want to talk to. Oh..and By the way...there is no point in tracing this signal. You would end up in Bludhaven....and do you really think thats where I am? Now hand over the bat..." Gordon gave Batman the phone. "Im here..." the joker laughed. "Is someone feeling a little down?" Batman didn't react. "Why did you kill the judge?" The joker, sounded disappointed. "Why? Are you serious? You really still don't get it, do you..." Batman, got a bit angry. "WHY? TELL ME! Did he sentence you to jail before? WHY?" The joker laughed again. "Ha ha. you know...I could ask you Why too! Why...so serious?" Batman got more angry. "ENOUGH GAMES! WHY? WHY DID YOU KILL HIM??" The joker, laughed less. "Listen...I told you...you will soon have to make a choice...and that choice is what will show you the truth! You couldn't even see what I Planned to do after killing the judge! but..heh, I bet Falcone can..."
Batman then, knew who the joker planned to kill next.
At that time, Falcone and he's remaining men, had found out where the penguin was hiding. He was hiding out at the old Penthouse, Falcone used to have. "You see boys?" Falcone said. "with the cops too distracted with this joker guy, they won't notice us, taking out Cobblepot.." they were ready with machine guns. "Say boss...how did you know the penguin would be here?" Falcone looked at him. "Got a call from one of my former guys. turns out, he was playing Penguin for a fool, to make sure I would get back here! Loyalty will be rewarded boys.."
Falcone, then kicked open the door, to the office and there was the Penguin. "Well, well, well Oswald.." Falcone said. The Penguin didn't reply. "Seems like your luck has run out...I hope you enjoyed the seat as the big crime boss..cause Now Im gonna take it back, and show your corpse in the public. to make sure, NOBODY will mess with me again! Your alone Penguin! We managed to take down your men here! There is nowhere to run!" The Penguin didn't react at first, but then he smiled. "Tell Me Falcone...have you heard about the phrase, the enemy of my enemy, is my friend?" Then suddenly a gas, came in the room, and the penguin put on a gas mask, and Falcone and he's thugs, started to cough more and more, They fell down on the floor, and then someone came into the room, and shot each of Falcone's men in the head, except for Faclone himself. Falcone turned he's head around...and he saw the joker. "Did you miss me?" The joker said, before Falcone fainted from the gas. then the gas was sucked out of the room. "Good Job Penguin!" The joker said, and the penguin looked at Falcone. "I wasn't sure about this at first Joker...but when you guaranteed, that This would mean Falcone will die...well, Lets just say, its a no offer, I simply could not refuse!" Some of joker's men then entered the room, and took Falcone, then The Joker heard a noise, and looked outside the window. It was the batmobile. "Heh heh....He's here.....You boys take Falcone out of here, to where I told you..I'll distract the bat!"
Batman got out of the batmobile, and spotted the joker on the top floor through the window. he used he's grapple hook, and got up there, and crashed through the window. "HEY!" the joker said. "That window has never done anything to you!" Batman looked angry at him. "Where's Falcone?" The joker laughed. "Wouldn't you like to know?" The Joker then turned around and ran out of the room, batman ran after him. He followed the joker, up on the roof, and the joker stood on the edge of the building. "Its over Joker!" batman said. "Not yet.." the joker said, and he showed Batman a remote. "One step closer, and I'll blow up this building!" Batman stopped. "...Now..hold on. You don't need to do that....Do you know how many people there are in this building?" The joker smiled. "Heh heh...Your right...I SHOULD JUST PRESS THE BUTTON ANYWAY!!!" The joker pressed the button, and explosions were heard, as the different floors in the building exploded one by one, The Joker, then tried to climb down the building with a fire escape ladder, but then, another floor exploded, the joker lost he's grip, and was falling down, Batman ran, used he's grappling hook, swung down, grabbed the joker, and landed safely on the ground. The Joker was shocked. He Looked at Batman. "...why? Why would you DO THAT???" Batman looked at the joker. "...NEWSFLASH! IM A MURDERER!!!! Do you have ANY idea how many people I have killed now? And you SAVED MY LIFE??? You could have let me die..." Batman shook he's head. "That is not who I am..." The Joker laughed. "Oh really? Well...just you wait and see..." The joker then took some marbles, from he's pocket, threw them in Batman's direction, and they exploded, but Batman got away in time, but as he turned out and looked in Joker's direction..The joker was gone.
Much Later. at an Unknown location, the joker was with he's henchmen. Still a bit confused that batman saved him. "he could have let me die...but he didn't?...WHY?..." The joker then opened a door, and saw three people tied up. "Oh well...it won't matter...because soon enough....Falcone...will be Killed By batman...heh heh..." And the three people who were tied up, was Falcone, Harvey Dent, and Harvey's Wife Grace."
"Heh..heh heh..ha ha..HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!"
To be continued.