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Detective 625 (Dec. 90) sees the big finale to the Ostrander/Sprang/Henry/McKone/Marzan Jr comic-within-a-comic storyline.

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Batman has managed to deduce the identity of the killer claiming to be him, and confronts the psychiatrist who had released back into the public.  Her guilt and anger are very sad, and real, and one is left feeling sorry for her, rather than upset.

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The third issue of the Batman comic sees the creation of a Catwoman, also supernatural, determined to devour the soul of Batman.

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Catwoman almost succeeds, but is killed by Batgirl, who unrequited love for Batman prompted her to adopt the identity.

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The climaxes of the two stories are intertwined, and though the Batman-killer is a dangerous and deluded maniac, there is little that feels like a triumph in his defeat, much as there is little triumph in the conclusion of the comic-within-the-comic.

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Though the sales on the book have been excellent, the resulting murders have repulsed the author of the comic, and he ends publication with the third issue, killing off his version of Batman.

An excellent story from start to finish, the comic-within-the-comic could have simply been published as an Elseworlds, but is so much more effective in the context Ostrander placed it.

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And you just gotta love Alfred’s closing observations.

 

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