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Real Name
Arnold Etchinson
Current Alias





Elinore Etchinson (cousin by marriage, deceased); Graham Etchinson (cousin, deceased); Henry Etchinson (cousin, deceased)


Base Of Operations
Arkham Asylum and the greater Gotham County area


187 lbs (85 kg)



Unusual Features
Abattoir had a scar running vertically across his left shoulder, and another that ran down his right thigh.


Marital Status

Serial killer

Abattoir was a serial killer stalking the streets of Gotham City. Jean-Paul Valley, in the guise of Batman captured Abattoir but violated his predecessor's most sacred rule, by allowing him to die in a vat of molten metal. Years later, Abattoir was resurrected by Black Hand to serve in the Black Lantern Corps.

Place of Birth
Unknown (presumably Gotham City)

Place of Death


First appearance
Appearance of Death

Image:Quote1.png He calls himself Abattoir -- a slaughterhouse. Killed nineteen, stripped their flesh to eat their souls, he said. Image:Quote2.png



A serial killer who was convinced that his family was evil, 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 when Bane set all the inmates free during the events of "Knightfall," and 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. Valley chased him into a refinery and nearly knocked him into a vat of molten metal. Abbatoir was hanging from a plank above it, but Valley allowed him to fall to his death. Since Abattoir was holding an innocent man inside a secret, hidden torture chamber at an unknown location, Valley indirectly condemned that prisoner to death.

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 Abbatoir´s ghost into abandoning the armor and his mission. The ghost had been attempting to cause his last remaining blood relative, a pregnant cousin, to miscarry so he could possess the infant.

Blackest Night

More recently, the supervillain Black Hand resurrected Etchinson to serve in his Black Lantern Corps. [1]

Powers and Abilities


Strength level

Despite being slight of build, Abattoir demonstrated a physical strength level in excess to that of his physical size.



Abattoir utilized various bladed weapons during the span of his short career. His new power ring allows him to generate any weapon he can imagine.


  • An abattoir is another name for a slaughterhouse - a processing plant where cattle and pigs are killed and butchered for their meat.
  • Abattoir was forty-years-old at the time of his death.

Recommended Reading

See Also

Links and References


  1. Blackest Night: Batman Vol 1 1

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