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Abattoir is the alias of Arnold Etchison, a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. He first appeared in the January 1991 (#625) issue of Detective Comics.[1][2][3]

Fictional character biographyEdit

A serial killer who was convinced that his family was evil,[4] Arnold Etchinson believed that he absorbed something of their life force when he killed them. He was apprehended and incarcerated in Arkham Asylum. He escaped several times and was usually recaptured by Batman; the last time he escaped was when Bane set all the inmates free in the Knightfall storyline, and he went on to kill several more members of his family.

Eventually he was tracked down by Jean Paul Valley, who was acting as Batman at the time, unbeknownst to Etchinson.[5] Valley chased him into a refinery and nearly knocked him into a vat of molten metal. Abattoir was hanging from a chain above, barely able to hold on, but Valley allowed him to fall to his death, to Robin's horror. The reason for this was given that Valley had a conflict of conscience due to his mental state. St. Dumas, the angel in this case, asked him to cast his grapple and save Abattoir, whilst his father, the devil in this case, asked him to throw a shuriken and kill him. Unable to handle the moral battle occurring in his head Valley, a devout Christian, did neither, leaving the matters of mercy and justice in God's hands. Since Abattoir was holding a relative, Graham Etchinson, inside a secret, hidden torture chamber at an unknown location, Valley indirectly condemned that prisoner to death, though he was unaware of it until Police Commissioner James Gordon informed him. It was also the main factor in Bruce Wayne taking back the mantle of Batman.

Abattoir returned as a ghost (during a brief period of increased supernatural activity, worldwide), to torment the original Batman (Bruce Wayne) using Valley's Batman-armor, but Batman proved much less susceptible to psychological assault than his substitute. Batman tricked Abattoir's ghost into abandoning the armor and his mission. (The ghost was attempting to cause his last remaining blood relative, a pregnant cousin, to miscarry and then he would possess the infant.)[2][3]


Blackest NightEdit

As part of the Blackest Night event, Abattoir's corpse is reanimated by a black power ring and recruited to the Black Lantern Corps in Blackest Night: Batman #1 (October 2009) In "Blackest Night: Batman #2", Abattior's corpse was blown to shreds, and seemingly murked, by Comissioner Gordon; Abbattior appeared floating through a window outside of Gordon's office, where he and his daughter Barbara (aka Oracle) were seeking refuge. Cornered, Gordon picked up the shotgun and started dumping on Abbattoir, who soon was left with nothing but his feet. However, he was later seen fully regenerated alongside King Snake and the Trigger Twins.[6]

AppearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Abattoir/Abattoir appearances". Comic Vine. http://www.comicvine.com/abattoir/29-41369/. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Greenberger, Robert (2008). "Arnold Etchinson". The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. Google Books: DC Comics. http://books.google.com/books?id=2JTO9IaCKbkC&pg=PA130&lpg=PA130&dq=Arnold+Etchison&source=bl&ots=gZ2UBhyMzm&sig=ns4Yls-89UTFH-rAwjjTaTaxf0Q&hl=en&ei=rYADS_ixI4_kswOeq4nSDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CDIQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=Abattoir&f=false. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Abattoir Real Name: Arnold Etchison". Comicbookdb.com. http://www.comicbookdb.com/character.php?ID=15463. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  4. Robert Greenberger, "Abbatoir," The Essential Batman Encyclopedia (2008), 3.
  5. Unearthing Batman's Rogues, Broken Frontier, by Fletch Adams Oct 15, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2009
  6. "Abattoir - Blackest Night: Batman (2009)". ComicBookDB.com. http://www.comicbookdb.com/character_title.php?ID=24803&cID=15463. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  7. Unearthing Batman's Rogues, Broken Frontier, by Fletch Adams Oct 15, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2009
  8. ComicBook DB: Blackest Knight: Batman (2009) #3

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