Detective, Part 3
Series  Season 11
Number  7
Writer  Bryan Q. Miller
Pencils  Chris Cross
Cover  Mico Suayan (print)
Cat Staggs (digital)
Inks  Marc Deering
Colors  Carrie Strachan
Lettering  Saida Temofonte
Assistant Editors  Michael McCalister
Editors  Jim Chadwick
Publication Date  November 7, 2012
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Smallville: Season 11 #7 is the seventh issue of the print edition of the DC Comics comic book series. The issue collects the third three chapters of the Detective story arc, originally released digitally.


It’s a four-way, knock-down, drag-out rumble as Intergang guns-for-hire the Prankster and Mister Freeze join the fray.Can Batman and Superman survive these villains and protect the life of – Joe Chill?!



Lois Lane questions Toyman.

Lois Lane arrives at Stryker's Island to question Toyman about The Prankster. Toyman reveals that Prankster had stolen his idea for Kryptonite bullets. Superman and Batman are fighting Prankster and Mr. Freeze. Batman reveals that Mr. Freeze is Victor Fries. Prankster reveals that he wants to prove himself to Intergang. While Superman tries to distract the villains, Batman and Joe Chill try to escape. Superman gets shot by Kryptonite bullets while Mr. Freeze kills Joe Chill and frames Batman for the crime.

While Lex and Oliver talk about the e-mails that keep flashing on Oliver's, Lois and the FBI argue about what has happened. Batman escapes, sees that Chill is dead, and finds Superman in trouble. Batman contacts Nightwing to inform her about Superman's condition. The FBI comes in to arrest Batman. Batman escapes with Superman. Lois joins the police and the FBI in a chase.


Chloe hacks into the traffic system so noone will get hurt during the chase.

Upon dropping off his last passenger; a bus driver doses off in the middle of the street, only to be waken up by the Batmobile going through his bus. News stations cover the pursuit of the "murderer Batman kidnapping a wounded Superman" just as Lois and Ollie meet up (wondering where Batman is taking Superman) and Chloe is hacking into the traffic system so no one is hurt during the chase.

Inside the Batmobile: Nightwing comments on the stress she's feeling over Superman being hurt and Batman being chased, just as Superman tells Batman to call him Clark and Batman, relieved that Clark is still alive, asks him who to call to save him. Nightwing calls Chloe, who in turn calls a choked up Lois; Nightwing gives her the situation: Superman has four Kryptonite bullets, none to the heart, but his vitals are fading. Nightwing, later, gives Batman Lois' message: get the Kryptonite out, and then expose Superman to yellow sunlight. But as Batman says, he's already has his hands full.


Green Arrow pops up onto a helicopter.

A road block is set up, with cops surrounded, so Batman can't "go through it" like before, so he comes up with a different idea. Shifting the front tires to a "X" position, and firing the boosters from below, the Batmobile literally goes around the road block from above. The cops, and even Lois and Ollie, can't believe what they saw. A helicopter approaches, with a EMP on board, and Batman knows this and but can't do anything about it, until Ollie messages him that he can. Ollie simply "pops up" to the helicopter, and it goes away. Nightwing takes control of the Batmobile, leading it outside the Leviathan ship. Batman performs the surgery inside the car, just as Lois arrives and she sees it happening. After getting the bullets out, Batman reprograms his vest and splash Clark with yellow sunlight, just as the police report that they lost the Batman. Chloe is relieved that it's over, but Batman and Nightwing respond that it isn't; they need to make sure that the authorities know it was Freeze and Prankster who killed Chill. Ollie agrees, but also asks for his lawyer to be called too (he's been arrested).

Green Arrow gets arrested.

In parts unknown: Prankster and Freeze meet up, and Freeze comments on our heroes' "heroics." It is here that Prankster reveals his prank: the Kryptonite bullets were homing devices, and they now know where Superman, Batman, and Nightwing are: Leviathan.


  • Detective refers to Batman, as he is often referred to as the World's Greatest Detective and the Dark Knight Detective.


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