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Dini, Kramer and Faucher return on Detective 828 (April 2007), as the Batman and Riddler work on the same case.

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Matthew Akins, Bruce’s friend from the first story of Dini’s run, returns in this tale, running into Bruce Wayne at a costume party aboard a yacht.  Bruce was dressed as Zorro, but dramatically unmasked by the Riddler.  Matthew winds up falling overboard, dying apparently after being eaten by sharks.  But both Batman, and the Riddler, suspect there is more to it.

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Looking into Matthew’s past, and his sudden flush of cash that made Bruce suspicious of him in the earlier tale, Batman finds clues that lead to the museum, where he had recently been working.  Batman discovers the Riddler already three, and unconscious, on the same trail he is.

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Oh, and Batman finds the killer as well.

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The Riddler revives, while Batman is on the ropes, and to everyone’s surprise he stands his ground and defeats the costumed villain.

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Batman solves the rest of the case, how Matthew’s girlfriend, who worked at the museum, had been using him to sell off antiques.  But greed spelled the end for the poor guy.  The Riddler offers to share the credit with Batman, who has a number of good reasons to refuse.  But the offer, following the heroics during the fight, pretty much show the Riddler to be one of the good guys now.

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