So… How Long Can You Keep Alfred's Arm On Ice Anyway? We Ask Scott Snyder…

Yesterday's Batman #40 made a big splash, with coverage all over the place, and eBay prices reflecting the rush of people trying to buy the comic, from its $4.99 cover price up to $15 in some cases…

And while everyone is concentrating on the astounding final scene between Batman and Joker deep underground (right next to a big pile of healing juice, remember) there's another medical issue that took my attention. That of the recently de-limbed Alfred, a character that writer Scott Snyder had been threatening chopping his hand off for some time. And teasing the possibility that it could be reattached….

Batman #40 (2015) - Page 26So the doctors have Alfred's hand on ice and could reattach it two weeks later…

It can be done, and it has been done. But here's the thing, only up to four days after the incident, and ideally straight away.

Maybe Mr Freeze has been working at Gotham City Hospital with some new cryogenic innovations?

I get in touch with Scott Snyder who tells me "regarding the hand, I can make it clear in the trade cover but they're using crazy quilts helix stitch to keep it viable for a short period of time. It'll last about a month given the restorative power of the stuff (my phd in comic science!) Whether Alfred find a reason to have it reattached, you'll have to wait and see…"

Alfred, if someone offers to give you a hand, maybe you should accept it…

 

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