domingo, 24 de junio de 2007

Batman: Black or White, Chapter One

BATMAN: BLACK OR WHITE

CHAPTER ONE

9:11 p.m.

Alone, in the middle of a dark and filthy alley stands the Batman. With his eyes nailed to the floor, he stares at the lifeless body lying in front of him.

Batman (to himself): HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO WITNESS THE SAME SCENE?

From a distance, commissioner Gordon and his policemen struggle to keep away the curious citizens. The area is isolated with police tape.

Crouching next to the body, the Batman examines the corpse without touching it.

Batman (to himself): NO. IT’S NOT THE SAME, IT’S ALWAYS DIFFERENT. THE NEXT BEING MORE TERRIFYING THAN THE LATTER.
Batman (to himself): THIS TIME, A GIRL NO OLDER THAN THIRTEEN OR FOURTEEN YEARS OLD, STRANGLED. THE MARKS IN HER NECK SUGGEST A LEATHER BELT WITH SOME KIND OF ENGRAVINGS ON IT.
Batman (to himself): FURTHER STUDIES ARE NECESSARY TO CONFIRM THIS FIRST HYPOTHESIS.

Commissioner Gordon comes to his encounter.

Gordon: HOW BAD IS IT THIS TIME?

The Batman disappears into the night, without turning back.

Batman: NOT BAD…
Batman: EVIL.

Batman: I’LL TAKE HER WITH ME.

Commissioner Gordon tries in vain to repress a feeling of both exhaustion and annoyance.

Later on that night, the corpse of the young girl lies on a metal surface of what seems to be the Batman’s personal forensics room. All necessary instruments lie perfectly ordered at hand.

First, he takes photographs of the marks on her neck.

Then he proceeds to remove the clothes from the body, discovering new marks all over it resembling the ones on the neck, especially near her tiny breasts.

Batman: A MOUTH MADE THESE.

He takes more photographs.

Last, he holds a scalpel in his hand and buries it deep behind each of the girl’s ears. The two incisions meet at the sternum. From there he continues to cut a line running through her body, ending in the pubic bone.

He takes the skin and peels it back.

Batman: THE AUTOPSY EFFECTIVELY CONFIRMED THE CAUSE OF DEATH AS OF ASPHYXIA; CONTRARY TO MY FIRST HYPOTHESIS, IT WAS NOT BECAUSE A BELT WAS USED TO STRANGLE HER: SOMEONE WITH A GREAT STRENGTH HELD HIS HAND AGAINST HER MOUTH.
Batman: THE EXAMINATION REVEALED THE MARKS WERE DONE A WHILE BEFORE HER DEATH.
Batman: TIME RANGES FROM TWO TO THREE DAYS.
Batman: ALSO, THERE ARE NO EVIDENT SIGNS OF RAPE,
Batman: THOUGH THE GIRL IS NOT A VIRGIN.

Walking around the room, he continues:

Batman: THE BELT WASN’T FOUND NEAR THE CRIME SCENE.
Batman: NEITHER A CLUE OF WHO COMMITTED THE ASSASINATION.
Batman: ABOUT HER IDENTITY: NO IDENTIFICATION OR WALLET WERE FOUND.

The Batman leaves the room and walks down a hallway leading to the Main Computer. While staring at the bats above him, he keeps talking:

Batman: DATE: APRIL THE 1ST.

His eyes widen with surprise.

Batman: WAIT!

…as he lowers his head, showing defeat.

Batman: THIS CAN’T BE A JOKE
Batman: APRIL’S FOOL…

The Batman removes his cowl.

He sits down and takes a deep breath.

Utterly alone, he leans against the back of his chair in the deep underground, dark Batcave.

Batman: STOP RECORDING.

3 comentarios:

Angel dijo...

sin palabras!!!

insantidad dijo...

y, aparte de estos dos capítulos acá publicados, ya tengo otros cuatro listos.

Sergio Andrés Henao López dijo...

Santiago, prometo que haré los comentarios pronto.

Quería contarle que estoy recomendando esta lectura: http://seranhelo.blogspot.com/2008/08/batman-dark-knight.html