Posts tagged ‘Arthur Brown’

Detective 810 – Why the Joker is pissed, and Croc ends

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War Crimes, by Gabrych, Woods, and Bergantino, continues in Detective 810 (Late Oct. 05).

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Batman finally figures out that Aaron Black is Arthur Brown.  Now, to be fair, the Cluemaster had supposedly died in the debut issue of the Suicide Squad revival a year or so earlier.  So Batman didn’t know he was alive.  But really, Aaron Black?  And so concerned about Spoiler?

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Black Mask has been impersonating Batman, framing him for a series of murders, and he attacks Stephanie’s mother on live tv.

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Batman shows up in time to save the woman, but after the feed is cut, so people will not know he was not the attacker.

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Black Mask gets away, simply by putting others in danger.  But he runs afoul of the Joker.  As far as the Joker is concerned, killing Robins is his shtick, and Black Mask had no right to hone in.

The story concludes in the next issue of Batman.

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Croc’s story comes to a bitter ending, by Gabrych, Castillo and Rick Purcell.

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The doctor tries a number of potential cures on Croc, and one even changes him back to a form he was comfortable in, but the Hush virus is too strong and mutates him again.

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Regretfully, but hungrily, he eats the doctor.  His more bestial state appears permanent.

Detective 706 – the Cluemaster switches teams

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Dixon, Nolan and Roach continue the Riddler/Cleumaster saga in Detective 706 (Feb. 97).

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Batman and Robin do not trust Cluemaster at all, but need him to get the Riddler’s clues.  So they stick him in the trunk of the Batmobile.

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And Arthur Brown shows why it is never wise for anyone to trust him.  When Batman cannot hear him, he tries to make a deal with the Riddler; but when the signal gets blocked later, and the Riddler cannot hear him, he tries to make a deal with Batman.

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This issue sends the heroes racing around the city, and solving clues that just create more confusion.  Oracle is helping out, but all the answers are letters or numbers, not words.  Their code breaking skills are put to the test.

The story concludes next issue.

Detective 705 – the Riddler, Cluemaster, Query and Echo

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Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan and David Roach launch a highly entertaining, three-part story that has the Riddler and Cluemaster together for the first time, beginning in Detective 705 (Jan. 97).

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The story also brings back Query and Echo, the Riddler’s sidekicks from his Year One origin in last year’s annual.

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Nigma is in the hospital, and we see how his broken arm int he previous issue was intended to get him to where he wants to be.

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As Query and Echo rampage through the city, they also break Arthur Brown out of prison.  At first, he is not recognized by the police, who believe the girls have a hostage.  Sergeant William Pettit makes his first appearance in Detective.  A trigger-happy cop, he was introduced the previous year in the Man-Bat miniseries.

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Query and Echo bring the Cluemaster to the roof of a building, which the police have surrounded.  Their plan seems to make no sense, and things look bleak when Gordon realizes that they are holding Cluemaster, not believing that this is all happening without his consent.

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The roof escape is great.  Huge and garish, suiting the two villains, as the radio tower is blown up and used as a bridge to the next building.

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Cluemaster is not surprised that the Riddler is none too fond of him, and I do enjoy how Nigma contrasts the two men, who methods seem so similar.  For Nigma, the riddles are part of the entire meaning of his existence.  For Brown, they are just a gimmick.

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So the Riddler puts Cluemaster in the centre of his new caper, strapping a bomb to him, and making him solve the riddles he usually sends to Batman.

The story continues in the next issue.

Detective 647 – Cluemaster returns

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Dixon, Lyle and Hanna bring the Cluemaster back in Detective 647 (Aug. 92).  For the past few years, the Cluemaster had been a member of the Injustice League, appearing in various Justice League books, and more or less reduced to a joke.

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In this story, he presents himself to one of Gotham’s gangs, showing himself to be far more capable than he had seemed in recent years.  He insists that he has been cured of his compulsion to send clues to the police before his crimes.

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There is another mayoral election brewing, with Armand Krol as the front runner.  And a mysterious young girl, Stephanie, is also introduced.

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Commissioner Gordon starts receiving puzzle pieces, and calls in Batman and Robin.  They eliminate the Joker and Riddler as suspects, leaving Cluemaster the most likely culprit.

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Batman tracks him down, and for the first time in his long career, we learn that his real name is Arthur Brown.  Brown insists he is on the side of the angels, and has no connection with the clues being sent.  The partial truth is enough to make Batman let him go.

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The gang, however, are none to thrilled about the clues the police are receiving, and the boss accuses Cluemaster of sending them, and orders him killer.  Cluemaster quickly turns the tables, killing the boss and taking over the gang.

The story continues in the next issue.

 

 

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