As if a shot, pregnant teenage girl was not enough, Gabrych, Woods and Smith take Detective 792 (May 2004) into even darker territory.
Leslie and the girl have been kidnapped by a gangster and his pop star wife, L’Shea. As the story slowly comes out, we discover that L’Shea, who claims to be the girl’s sister, is really her mother. She had the child at a young age, but didn’t want her to ruin her career. The kidnapping is just further insurance.
To complicate things, the gangster is involved in a power struggle over a region of Gotham known as The Hill, with Mr. Freeze also interested int the territory.
The story also has a flashback. There was a period, in Bruce’s youth, when Leslie moved to Africa, running a clinic there. Alfred and Bruce came to visit, and armed men tried to rob the hospital. Bruce tried to fight them off, but failed. It was Alfred who saved the day. The story also touches on the romance between Alfred and Leslie, which never came to fruition.
Batman also demonstrates that safety is no deterrent to fashion, with his snazzy new Bat-helmet for motorcycling.
The story culminates as Mr. Freeze’s men demonstrate why they will never be major villains on their own, using his weaponry so badly that they collapse an entire building on themselves, as well as L’Shea, Leslie and the wounded girl.
The story continues next issue.
The Tailor heads to prison, in this chapter by Lieberman, Dzialowski and Green.
Three more of his former gang members have been released, leaving only one behind bars. Once again, he attempts to argue that he was not the snitch. But it’s far too late for that, the other three are already on their way to Gotham, and neither the Tailor nor his daughter are safe.
The story continues in the next issue.