26 January 2008

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Killer Croc

The first of a couple of "killers," Killer Croc is one of Batman's less plausible foes (if you can swallow Clayface- not literally). Still to make his live-action debut, the Croc has been features in Batman: The Animated Series and The Batman. He also strikes some similarities to Spider-Man's enemy The Lizard. Good thing you can't patent a comic book villain.

Waylon Jones is born with a medical condition that caused him to grow progressively more like a crocodile. In his original appearances, he resembled a powerfully-built man covered entirely in green scales. However, his disease has slowly robbed him of all identifiable human traits. In his most recent appearances, he has an enlongated snout and tail.

Killer Croc attacked a shopping mall where Batman and Robin arrived later. After Killer Croc received several punches, Batman got distracted by an image of Bane, Croc grabbed Batman and tried to break his back. Robin kicked Killer Croc right near Bane and Bane broke Killer Croc's arms. He was then put back into Arkham.

When Bane helped get everyone out of Arkham in the Knightfall saga, Killer Croc went to get revenge on Bane. While in the sewers, he smelt Bane and went after him but only found Robin. Bane then attacked him but the ledge they were standing on broke and the three fell into the sewers. The fight ended up as a draw.

Later, Killer Croc was summoned by a paranormal force to break out of Arkham Asylum and make his way to the Louisiana swamps. Batman followed him there only to find that the mysterious force was actually the Swamp Thing, who offered Croc a place in the swampland where he could finally give in to his animal side and live free from human persecution.

The Dark Knight returns in 174 days!

1 comment:

finky the kid said...

As I was always more of a Marvel kid until I was 12 or 13, I rememebr the first time I saw/heard about Killer Croc, i thought it was an exact parallel to The Lizard in Spider-man. They're obviously pretty villains with pretty different stories, but in their "reptilian" forms, they do seem pretty similar. But, such is the way with comics.