Batman Comic Books

Batman #438 September 1989 DC Comics Grade NM


  • Details
    Marv Wolfman script. Pat Broderick art. John Beatty inks.

    Seated on his bed, holding a gun, Alfred Pennyworth contemplates the pending release of Anthony Zucco that he could not prevent and decides that something must be done. After pacticing aiming, however, he realizes he can not kill, not even for Dick Grayson. He leaves Wayne Manor, thinking to himself that things will turn bad when Grayson finds out his parents murderer has been released and even worse when the recently more erratic and violent Bruce Wayne finds out.

    Elsewhere, Nightwing searches the streets of Gotham City for Batman, contemplating the changes in the man who raised and trained him. He begins to wonder if Bruce isn't going crazy, a theory Kory has always believed in, because though he's always seemed to be in control the death of Jason Todd changed all of that.

    Outside of a warehouse, the press questions Commissioner Gordon on the deaths of the recent crime lord deaths and rumors of a coming bloody retaliatory war on the horizon. As he answers their questions to the best of his ability, Nightwing arrives on the scene and is invited by the investigating officers to check the roof, as long as he doesn't touch anything. While he does, eventually finding a silk parachute thread and a fingerprint, he reminisces on his early studies with the Batman who taught him his craft. Meanwhile, outside, Gordon proposes a meeting between a city negotiator and the leaders of the "alleged" crime families.

    Meanwhile, Batman is face to face with the surviving mob bosses in a restaurant. They pull their guns on him, but he warns them that killing him will leave them to be killed off by whoever is out there. One of the bosses, Agoura, decides that if anyone can hunt down the killer it's Batman and decides to trust him, however another figures this will be the only chance they have "to skag Batman" and that they'll get their killer soon enough.

    At Gotham Prison, Taft, a lawyer and Zucco's man on the parole board, protests the warden allowing the just arrived Alfred to visit Zucco. When they come face-to-face, Zucco tells Alfred that he knows he's the man who petitioned to keep him in prison for the past eleven years, and admits that he allowed it to work for ten years for his own reasons, but now wants to know why he came to visit him on the eve of his pending release. Alfred explains that he works for Bruce Wayne, who took in Richard Grayson--the surviving member of the family Zucco murdered--and for their sake he will pay Zucco any amount to leave Gotham on his release, to which Zucco laughs uproariously.

    1st printing.
    This comic book is in new condition. Comic is complete with cover and all pages attached. This comic has some flaws that warrant a NM grade.
    Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded!
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