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Discussion in 'Batman World' started by DarkKnightJRK, Apr 23, 2005.
What a beautiful letter... and how sad. I guess Bruce became more like his father than was intended.
Batman: War on Crime
"I buried my parents here where I was eight. Since that day, part of me has always been bound to this place. To the memories of innocent people destroyed by crime. Ghosts long-departed and ghosts who still wait."
"I have sacrificed much to operate as Batman. My wealth buys me privacy, crucial to the survival of both my idenities. But what kind of man would I have become if things had been different. If, instead of using my fortune as a means to fight crime, I allowed myself to be ruled by it and all its temptations. If I truely became what I appeared to be to others."
"The shots told me what to expect. I'm not surprised when I see the bodies. Then I see something else. Something unexpected. But familiar."
"The boy's name is Marcus. The only family he has is awaiting the coroner's van.
"I see him later, sitting alone, lost in the confusion of a busy night at the station. In time the police will provide him with shelter and food. Perhaps counseling.
"It's hardly enough, and it won't wipe away what he's feeling tonight. The grief, rage, and fear.
"The first night is always the worst."
"Whether the scars are physical or mental, crime wounds everyone it touches.
"It brings injury and death.
"Poisons the mind and soul.
"And in the end, leaves only dispair."
"The woman behind the counter is a hardened criminal. I've hander her over to the police several times before. I'll probably do it again.
"Like many, she returns from confinement determined to maintain a quiet, low-profile extistence. She tries very hard to fit in. Working a simple job, forcing away any thoughts of her criminal past.
"I sense she doesn't know how to live this way. The crushing drudgery of her self-inflicted routine will soon send her back into past habits and the influence of old friends.
"There is a ssad predictability to this woman's situation. A frailty that I feel as her delicate hand brushes against mine.
"Crime is a netlike trap from which few truely escape."
"In my darkest moments, I'm taunted by the suspicion that my parents' murder was the best thing that ever happened to me. Cynically, I tell myself it has given my life a destiny and the means to fulfill it.
"I try to imagine what my life would have been like as a poor child on the street, my family gone, no one to look after me.
"Stripped of those resources, would I still have tried to fight crime however I could, or would I have turned my anger back on society as so many others have done?"
"Night after night I'm there, waging my fight against crime in whatever form it takes. I strike quickly and vanish, a vengeful extension of the darkness. My unspoken message swiftly spreads through the streets: Someone's watching, and he's angry."
"'Marcus, this isn't you. At least, it doesn't have to be. I saw what happened to your parents. I know what you're feeling.
"'A man with a gun once took away people I loved. I never stopped missing them. Never forgot it was to be alone.
"'You can't bring your parents back, but you can break the cycle of violence that took them. Don't be a part of it, Marcus.
"'Don't become what killed our families.'"
"I know I am fighting a war I can never completely win. But there are small victories that encourage me to keep trying. If I can win back one child, ther may be hope for many others. If it starts with one person, and then a neighborhood, then perhaps redemption can spread through an entire city, and finally back to me."
"I helped Marcus deal with his pain. It will take him some time, but I know it will eventually leave him.
"Maybe someday I'll feel I can leave mine behind as well.
"But for now I still wait."
SUPERMAN: Bruce, I know you're down here. You can't hide from me.
BATMAN: I bow to your superior wisdom. After all...you know all about hiding...don't you Clark?
SUPERMAN: That's right. Someone told me your nights became free once Genosyde blew up Arkham Asylum and everyone in it.
BATMAN: Not to mention Bellereve Prison and Blackgate. Not an action I'd condone...but tell me the thougth of it doesn't give your invulnerable sking a little tingle.
SUPERMAN: I don't have that dark a side.
BATMAN: Tell that do your tailor. Black is a new look for you.
SUPERMAN: Dick doesn't see it that way.
BATMAN: You got him to reclaim the Robin mantle. Is that supposed to sway me? Try harder. He and I never did see eye to eye.
DINAH: You sound as if you have a plan.
OLLIE: How soon they forget.
TED: Does Batman ever not have a plan?
IBN AL EX'FFASHCH:And they're prepared to fight tooth and nail with the generation that sired them?
BATMAN: Aren't all young people, son?
BATMAN: J'onn...can you verify?
J'ONN: I wuh-will attempt...TOO MUCH NOISE! TOO MUCH--
BATMAN: Shh. Shh. It's okay.
J'ONN: What n-now? I want to stay, I want to...muh-matter, I... Oh. You...you don't think I'll h-help...
BATMAN: J'onn, you fought the good fight longer than any of us. You've done all that's ever been asked of you. And today is no exception. You've paid your dues, old friend. Go hom and rest. Dream of red sands and silent stars.
LUTHOR: B-But our goals--
BATMAN: My only goal in allying with you was to learn your connection to Captain Marvel. In this entire global conflict, he was the wild card...and I hate wild cards.
LUTHOR: You--you double-crossed me!
BATMAN: I learned from you.
DARKSTAR: Then may we assume you've given the signal?
BATMAN: Absolutely. Strike.
SUPERMAN: The deliberate taking of human--even super-human life goes against every belief I have--and that you have. That's the one thing we've always had in common. It's what made us what we are. More than anyone in the world, when you scratch everything else away from Batman, you're left with someone who doesn't want to see anybody die.
*After Superman disapears when Batman turns away*
BATMAN: So that's what that feels like...
LUTHOR: Shut up.
BATMAN: Clark. Diana.
SUPERMAN: There you are. You snuck up on me. Me. How do you do that?
ROBIN WAITER: Hi, I'm Robin.
BATMAN: Of course you are.
BATMAN: Steak. Well-done.
ROBIN WAITER: Which? There's the Man of Beef, there's the--
BATMAN: Steak. Well-done.
DIANA: We...we have something to announce.
BATMAN: You're pregnant.
DIANA: How...how did you...?
BATMAN: Observation. For an ageless Amazon of perfect physique, you've put on a pound or two. That was my first clue. There were others.
SUPERMAN: You're right about me. Trust is the center of my world. I don't know if that makes me an expert on it...but I know I trust you. Despite our differences over the years...I always have.
BATMAN: You realize you've just handed me influence over the most powerful child in the world?
SUPERMAN: I thought you agreed rather quickly.
Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
"But even then, I think I understood that mother HAD been born again, into that other world.
"A world of fathomless signs and portents.
"Of magic and terror.
"And mysterious symbols."
BATMAN: Afraid? Batman's not afraid of anything. It's me. I'm afraid. I'm afraid that The Joker may be right about me. Sometimes I...question the rationality of my actions. And I'm afraid that when I walk through those asylum gates...when I walk into Arkham and the doors close behind me...it'll be just like coming home.
JOKER: Bye, Pearl. Let's do it again sometime!
BATMAN: But what about her eyes? You said...
JOKER: APRIL FOOL. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
JOKER: Cheer up, honey pie! Listen: How many brittle bone babies does it take to--
BATMAN: Shut up.
JOKER: Oooh! At home with Mr. Touchy, are we? Loosen up, tight-ass!
BATMAN: TAKE YOU FILTHY HANDS OFF ME!
JOKER: What's the manner, have I touched a nerve? How's the Boy Wonder? Started shaving yet?
BATMAN: Filthy degenerate!
JOKER: Flattery will get you nowhere.
CHARLIE: Joker! I had enough of this madness!
JOKER: Enough madness? Enough? And how do you measure madness? Not with rods and wheels and checks, surely? You know you look so pretty when your mad. KISS ME CHARLIE! RAVISH ME! But no tongue, ya hear? Not on the first date.
CHARLIE: I'm warning you...
JOKER: You're in no position to issue warnings, Charlie, not with your guilty secret. Now you sit down and stay down before I think of something funny to do with you.
JOKER: Please miss! Two-Face pissed himself again!
BATMAN: Ah. Pearl.
BATMAN: Stop. Stop.
JOKER: Well... This guy goes into the hospital, okay? ...His wife's just had a baby boy and he can't wait to see them both. So he meets the doctor and he says, "Oh, Doc, I've been so worried, how are they?"
And the doctor smiles and says, "They're fine. Just fine. Your wife's delivered a healthy baby boy and they're both in tip-top form.
"You're one lucky guy."
So the guy rushes into the Maternity ward with his flowers. But it's empty.
His wife's bed is empty.
"Doc?" He says and turns around and the doctor and all the nurses wave their arms and scream in his face:
"APRIL FOOL! YOUR WIFE'S DEAD AND THE BABY'S A SPASTIC!!"
TWO-FACE: The moon is so beautiful. It's a big silver dollar, flipped by God. And it landed scarred side up, see? So he made the world.
"And then I look at the Dollhouse. And the Dollhouse
"Slowly, methodically, I put on my Mother's wedding dress and I kneel down. I kneel down in that nursery abattow. It all seems perfectly rational. Perfectly perfectly rational.
"Later, I find myself sobbing, choking, retching into the lavatory bowl. Is this what it all comes down to--all our dreams and hopes and aspirations?
"Nothing but vomit?
"Oh God, I'm afraid.
"I'm so afraid.
"I think I may be ill."
MAD HATTER: Sometimes...sometimes I think the asylum is a head. We're inside a huge head that dreams us all into being. Perhaps, it's your head, Batman. Arkham is a looking glass. And we are you.
MAXIE ZEUS: Ah. A pilgrim. Come into my presence, pilgrim. Gaze upon the Lord thy God.
Zeus Arrhenothelus, part man, part woman, electricty enflams my brain. Voltage. Current. The fire of Heaven. ...
Electricity. Ahh. Gift of my body, divine. Fertile. It shall transform the dry lands of Africa into the purfumed orchards of paradise and men will worship me anew.
For I am Zeus, Lord of Ect. God of electric retribution. I give, so that thou shouldst give. Here, my gift to you. Do you want power? I can give you power.
Eat. Drink. This is my body. This is my blood. The AC/DC alter awaits! Let me know you in the form of a shower of sparks!
"And the world explodes. There is nothing to hold onto. No anchor. Panic stricken, I flee. I run blindly through the madhouse.
"And I cannot even pray. For I have no God."
"I am not mad. I am not mad. But God help me, I see it. I see the thing that has haunted and tormented my poor mother these long years. I see it. And it is a bat. A BAT!"
CAVENDISH: You see now? You understand? You who've kept this place supplied with poor mad souls for years. You who've fed this hungry house. Do you see? You are the Bat!
BATMAN: No. I...I'm just a man.
CAVENDISH: I'm not fooled by that cheep disquise. I know what you are.
RUTH: You're going back in, aren't you? You're going to undo all my work... What are you?
BATMAN: Stronger than them. Stronger than this place. I have to show them.
RUTH: That's insane.
BATMAN: Exactly. Arkham was right; sometimes it's only madness that makes us what we are. Or destiny, perhaps.
JOKER: Parting is such sweet sorrow, darest. Still, you can't say we didn't show you a good time. Enjoy yourself out there. In the Asylum.
No Man's Land:
Superman(on his attempt to fit into the run down population of Gotham): How'd I do?
Batman: The toes of your shoes are scuffed, but you forgot to scuff the heels. Your shirt is dirty but bears no evidence of sweat or epidermal oil secretion stains-- And no one around here has smelled like deodorant soap or laundry detergent for over five months.
Superman: And if I asked someone who wasn't the world's greatest detective?
Batman: You look fine.
Penguin (facing Batman to one side and Robin to the other): Why can't you two get a day job?
I absolutly loved that part in the whole book.Talk about great.
Batman: Night Cries
"The cries pierce his sleep, driving him awake. Even rising, there is no shutting them out. It is time. Time to don the mask. Time to hunt. In a city full of prey."
"He comes out of the darkness. Eyes glittering, threatening, like the gun that he holds. Perhaps only robbery is his intention but when he is done - my mother and father are dead. And a void opens that I will devote my life attempting to fill. A task terrible, elusive -- despite the extremes to which I'm willing to go. But, even if temporary, there are satisfactions. The shock. The fear. Freezing their faces, eating at their thoughts. What kind of madman comes among them like this? Wearing the suit, defying their guns? What level of craziness hides behind a mask and shadows? How far will it go? Where will it end? Their minds question. I strike. An important edge I've trained years to assure that I have others. Beyond all else, there is the void. The hole in my life where two people I loved used to be. Thomas Wayne, Martha Wayne, my parents, my family. The void yawns. It cannot be filled. But I owe the debt to men like these -- for the opportunity to try."
"Something draws him to the horror, calls him through the darkness, drives him over the edge. How close is that to what drives me?"
"The sheet, like sleep itself, is no protection. The cries come again. he cannot stop hearing them. They cannot be shut out. Another night waits. This time free of falling snow. A perfect night. A hunter's night. The mask and equipment are close at hand. The cries piercingly strong, shatteringly clear. And he knows what must be done to bring silence once more."
"This country has over two million cases of child abuse every year, more than two thousand deaths. Too many cries. I can't go on listening, someone else has to hear them. I can't..."
"In the night, he listens. And only the sound of his own voice comes to him, screaming in frustration. The cry of a lone bat. Unable to find its way."
I want to read that one so f**king bad it hurts.
"I will not... take any responsibility... for the Joker." - Batman - Hush
Scarecrow: But if I am truely the Master of Fear it is time to conquor that which really scares me...the only thing that scares me....Batman.
Scarecrow: If I am the Master of Fear than surely you are it's King. (To Batman)
(while in a burning building)
Oracle: Well, last time I checked im black, not japanese.
Batman: I know.
- War games
taken from Swamp Thing #54
Mayor: But you dont understand! That woman had a relationship with something that isnt human! We cant make exceptions to the law!!
Batman: No Exceptions? I see. In that case, i suggest you start rounding up all the pther non human beings who may be having relationships outside their species.
Mayor: What do you mean?
Batman: I mean, if you want to take this all the way, non humanity doesnt end with the Swamp Thing. Let me see...you'll possibly have to arrest Hawkman and Metamorpho. And there's also Starfire from the Titans. Her race evolved from cats, i believe. The Martian Manhunter, obviously Captain Atom.....And then of course, there's what's-his-name....the one who lives in Metropolis.
Mayor: (practically ****s himself) OH GOD! I hadn't though! I didnt realize... Hello? Hello, carrie? Can you put through a call to Washington please? Yes, yes it IS pretty urgent.
Batman & Gordon stand there with smirks on their faces
TAKEN FROM SAME ISSUE:
Batman: Be outside the court building in an hour. All charges have been dropped, on orders from Washington. They're letting her go. You've won.......
But if you EVER do this to my city again....i'll kill you.
Swamp Thing: Yes...yes, i do believe that you might.
DARK KNIGHT RETURNS
thug: No! STAY BACK!! I got rights!!::falls out window onto fire escape::
Batman: You've got rights. Lots of rights. Sometimes i cound them just to make myself feel crazy. But right now, you've got a piece of glass shoved into a major artery in your arm.....Right now you're bleeding to death. Right now....im the only one in the world who can get you to a hospital in time.
Batman: (to mutant leader in prison) There. Just climb into the pipe. Remember: Rats carry diseases. Dont eat any.
BATMAN: YEAR ONE SCRIPT
Loeb: I've got the woman, and you won't kill me! It's against your code!
Gordon: Do it!
::Batman throws a knife into Loeb's eye::
Batman: I've got lots of codes.
BATMAN & ROBIN ALL STARS #2.
Robin: Fighting crime?
Batman: Yea. Fighting crime! Do you have a problem with the notion of fighting crime!?
Orpheus actually said that, not Oracle.
Richard Grayson: "You still haven't told me what a "ward" is.
yeah whoops relised that now
Batman: Shut up.
Which comic book is that from?
"By nature criminals are a superstious and cowardly lot.To install fear into their hearts I became a bat,a monster in the night.In doing so have I become the very thing all monsters become.....Alone? -Batman:Hush
All Star Bats #3. Not too bad, though most of it was basically a barmaid called Black Canary slowly snapping and beating the s**t out of everyone in the bar.
Crap I forgot All Star#3 is out now.
The Dark Knight Returns Cont.
"The wind rises, tearing dead leaves free. Frogs croak like a cartoon car alarm. Crickets pick up the chorus.
"A wolf howls.
"I know how he feels."
"I'll count the dead, one by one. I'll add them to the list, Joker. The list of all the people I've murdered...
"...By letting you live."
"There's just the sun and the sky and him, like he's the only reason it's all here.
"Then he ruins everything by talking."
ALFRED: Your accountants wait in the West Wing, sir.
BRUCE: Tell them I'm sick.
ALFRED: Shan't have to lie. That Refugee Charity called...
BRUCE: Write them a check.
ALFRED: And the Committee for the Prevention of Obsessive Behavior in Middle-Aged Men?
BRUCE: Write them a check.
ALFRED: Very good, sir. Your sense of humor is keen as ever, sir.
SUPERMAN: They'll kill us if they can, Bruce. Every year they grow smaller. Every year they hate us more.
We must not remind them that giants walk the Earth.
"It's a .45 caliber bullet. Hollow point. It explodes in his chest. I feel the shock through his fingers.
"For the hundred-thousandth time--my father dies..."
"You tried to warn me, Jim...so many times... You told me that I break too many of the IMPORTANT rules...that I've made too many of the WRONG enemies...that, for all my tricks...I've been getting by on LUCK. It's a game of ODDS, you said...and all it will take...is ONE BULLET."
JOKER: They could put me in a helicopter and fly me up into the air and line the bodies head to toe on the ground in delightful geometric patterns like an endless June Taylor dancers routine...and it would never be enough. No, I don't keep count, but YOU do. And I love you for it.
"Can you see it, Joker? Feels to me...like it's written all over my face.
"I've lain awake night...planning it...picturing it...
"Endless nights...considering every possible method...treasuring each imaginary moment...
"From the beginning I knew...that there's nothing wrong with you...that I can't fix...with my HANDS..."
"A gun...is a COWARD'S weapon. A LIAR'S weapon. We kill...to often..because we made it easy...too easy...sparing ourselves...the mess...and the work..."
JOKER: I'm really...very disapointed in you, my sweet... The moment was...perfect...and you...didn't have the nerve. Paralysis...really...? ... They'll kill you for this...and they'll never know...that you DIDN'T HAVE THE NERVE. I'll...see you...in HELL...
"With a devil's stregnth, he twists...and twists...what's left of his spine...goes...whatever's in him rustles as it leaves."
"I waste one second...with a good-bye..."
PROSTITUTE: You can SAY what you want. You can CALL HIM what you want. You don't HAVE to walk down AVENUE D at night. You don't have to hear the sucking sounds they make every time you walk by.
The creep's pulling out his weapon when there's this SHRIEK. Straight out of HELL there's the SHRIEK. It turns into a GROWL--flapping of WINGS--BIG wings--something WET happens to the creep--a side of BEEF slams into the camppost-- ... BONES start POPPING inside the creep--he's SCREAMING and BEGGING--what grabbed him is LAUGHING and so am I...
REPORTER: And the man who assaulted you?
PROSTITUTE: Still in the hospital.
SUPERMAN: Twenty million DIE by fire...if I am WEAK.
BATMAN: This loud, clumsy, STUPID thing--this is the weapon of the ENEMY. We do not NEED it. We will not USE it.
Our weapons are QUIET--PRECISE. In time, I will teach them to you. Tonight, you will rely on your FISTS--and your BRAINS.
Tonight, WE are the law.
Tonight, I am the law.
BATMAN: Boyy, girls...I'm here to appeal to your COMMUNITY SPIRIT. I'm sure you're all EAGER to help.
SUPERMAN: Our people, Bruce. You LAUGH at them. They can do THIS and you LAUGH...
I have always loved you... Though I was born a galaxy away...I have always served you...
I swear...your ADOPTED SON will HONOR you.
"It's way past time you LEARNED...what it MEANS...to be a MAN..."
"You sold us out, Clark. You gave them--the POWER--that should have been OURS. Just like your PARENTS taught you to.
"MY parents...taught me a DIFFERENT lesson...lying on this street--shaking of shock--DYING for no reason at ALL--they showed me that the world only makes sense when you FORCE it to."
"You're beginning to get the IDEA, Clark. This...is the END...for the BOTH of us...
"We could have CHANGED the WORLD...now...LOOK at us... I've become a political liability...and YOU...you're a JOKE...
"I want you...to REMEMBER, Clark. In all the years to COME...in your most PRIVATE moments...I want you to REMEMBER...my HAND...at your THROAT...I want you to REMEMBER...the one MAN...who BEAT you..."
"...Here, in the endless cave, far past the burt remains of a crimefighter whose time has passed... It begins here--an ARMY--to bring SENSE to a world plagued by WORSE than THIEVES and MURDERERS.
"It will be a good life...good enough."
Batman: Well? What about the penny?
Aquaman: It's not going anywhere, but you know that before you called me. Bruce listen. Next time, just ask me to pick up some beer and videos on my way over, okay? Have you ever seen "The Lost City Of Atlantis"? It's hysterical...
Where is THAT from?
Richard Grayson: Wha... what's a ward?
...They released that?!
I've been waiting for months...Goddamned delays...