Greg Rucka, Shawn Martinborough and Steve Mitchell are back as Commissioner Gordon retires after recovering from being shot, in Detective 754 (April 2001).
The story is largely narrated by Sasha Bordeaux, as she observes the odd behaviour of Bruce Wayne. The notion that Wayne is a combination of Cary Grant and Jim Carrey is brilliant.
In fact, much of this story plays out as light comedy – the terribly awkward silence after Bruce introduces Sasha around at the party, and no one has anything to say. Nice to see Shotgun Smith there, and Barbara’s presence is a given.
Sasha notices that, despite Bruce’s behaviour, he is not drinking alcohol, nor has she ever seen him do so.
Things get a bit more serious when arm armed man bursts in to kill Gordon. Well, not on this page, which makes it clear he has no chance.
But amidst the chaos and comedy, Sasha notices something. And Bruce notices something. And Sasha notices that the lazy playboy, with a hard as rock body, has noticed what she has noticed. And once again he disappears on her.
Following him into the men’s room, she delivers a stern lecture to the one occupied cubicle, only to find that Bruce was not inside it – Two-Face was.
Two-Face takes the podium, as Batman pulls Sasha to safety. But instead of some deranged attack, it’s Harvey Dent who speaks, giving a testimonial to Jim Gordon as if the years, and the acid scarring, were erased.
An excellent story. A lot of fun, some good surprises, and Bruce has no idea how close Sasha is to figuring things out.
Gorfinkel and Panosian bring the Jacobian story towards its conclusion in this chapter.
The Mahmetchik are bringing the Jacobian and Leelee to their secret temple, on board a flying slave ship thing.
As they arrive, they face Kobi. I have a hunch that Kobi is the same boy who was the general a few issues ago. And in this series, hunches are what you go on.