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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.

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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.

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Gordon finds a grisly sight at the base of the statue, and one that seems vaguely familiar.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Josie Mac returns for a one-shot story,by Judd Winick and Cliff Chiang.

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Her partner at Missing Persons is retiring, moving to California to become private security.

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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.

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