Abandoned Love: Did Batman Just Kill That Guy?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, we look at the time that Batman seemed to kill one of his opponents...

Ten Nights of the Beast pitted Batman against a Soviet assassin named the KGBeast. The Beast was a lot like Bane in that he was every bit as tough and as skilled as Batman. The Beast recently finished in the Top 40 on our ongoing Greatest Batman Villains list.

Soon before their final battle, Batman has an interesting conversation with a CIA agent...

This clearly informs the final battle between Batman and KGBeast.

Their final combat took place in a sewer in Gotham City.

Writer Jim Starlin has Batman pull a bit of a trick on the Beast, though. The Beast thought that this was going to be their dramatic final battle. Batman, knowing the sewers of Gotham better than most, had other plans (note that KGBeast's gunhand has malfunctioned and is therefore not working at this point)...

So yeah, Batman just flat out decided to let the Beast starve to death. It's a pretty hardcore ending for a Batman story.

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