Rucka, Martinborough and Delperdang are the creative team on Detective 763 (Dec. 01), which is part of the crossover series Joker: Last Laugh. Believing he is dying the Joker releases massive amounts of Joker toxin, Joker-izing a host of other DC villains. I don’t care for this crossover much, but have to admit that this issue has one of its better stories.
Rather than dealing with a known villain, this story deals with Cucilla, an inmate at Arkham who gets changed by the gas. She seems to have a thing for swords, and other pointy objects.
Being Jokerized, she is far from rational, but there is enough in her rantings to know that her father is of some importance.
With Batman super busy, Sasha goes out on her own to deal with the craziness on the streets, and runs into the Huntress. The two women do not hit it off, not at all. So much so that Cucilla gets away, because they are to into squabbling with each other.
The Huntress intends to kill Cucilla, while Sasha insists on a non-lethal solution. The Huntress scoffs, and tells Sasha that Batman will just use her and throw her away.
But the Huntress does use netting to safely catch Cucilla. And it’s a good thing, as she was not really an Arkham inmate, but an undercover DEO operative, being transferred so she could attend the funeral of her father, a duellist.
Josie Mac debuts in this issue. Created by Judd Winick and Cliff Chiang, she is a Gotham cop, but not one of the ones who gets to hang out with Batman.
After she leads a bust that winds up revealing the mayor’s wife in bed with another man, she gets demoted.
We discover that she has the ability to psychically find lost objects -but not lost people. As a young girl, she learned it was better to conceal this ability.
She begins her new post, in Missing Persons, and her first case deals with the kidnapped son of a gangster.
I don’t really care for this series, although it was popular enough to return. This first serial goes on for 10 installments, but I will only return to it towards the end.