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Detective 842 – the Suit of Sorrows

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Peter Milligan joins Nguyen and Ridolfs for a story centring on the Suit of Sorrows, given to Batman by Talia, in Detective 842 (May 2008).

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Batman has noticed that he has become more violent with criminals since he has begun wearing the suit, and he and Tim decide to find out as much as they can about it.  Carbon dating of some dirt found deep in the armor dates it to the Crusades, at the time Ra’s Al Ghul was working with the Order of St Dumas.

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Batman heads to Spain to seek out the connection between the suit and a Catalonian massacre hundreds of years earlier.

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Batman learns that the suit was forged by an off-shoot of the Order of St Dumas, the Order of Purity, whose members continue to this day.  They are pleased that Batman has returned the suit to them, and attempt to arrange his death while heading back.  But he survives and beats them.

And learns the darker secret, that the massacre, blamed on the Moors, was in fact by the first person to wear the suit, as it amplifies one’s darker impulses.

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Batman is tempted to destroy the suit, but keeps it in the cave, where Talia finds it a year or so down the road.

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