Patrick Zircher and Aaron Sowd join Ed Brubaker on Detective 784 (Sept. 03), which begins a three-part story that teams up Batman with Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern.
Jim Gordon opens this story, as he fights off muggers in a park. There is a statue of Alan Scott (never shown before), commemorating his days as Gotham’s guardian in the 1940s.
Gordon finds a grisly sight at the base of the statue, and one that seems vaguely familiar.
Batman consults with Gordon, and they agree that the murder likely has something to do with Green Lantern, whose weakness, not widely known, was to wood.
Alan Scott also hears about the murder, and recalls finding a similarly carved victim at the base of the statue more than forty years earlier. Doiby Dickles cameos in the flashback.
Batman finds what must be the killer’s lair. The suspicion that this is a copycat killer seems off-base, as the lair has newspapers from the 40s, but is still being used.
The story continues in the next issue.
Josie Mac returns for a one-shot story,by Judd Winick and Cliff Chiang.
Her partner at Missing Persons is retiring, moving to California to become private security.
But she is moving up as well. After so many successful cases, Josie Mac gets promoted to the Major Crimes Unit, under Maggie Sawyer, and becomes a regular player in the book Gotham Central.