Chapter Eight of Bruce Wayne: Murderer gives Sasha Bordeaux the starring role, under the hands of Greg Rucka, Steven Lieber and Mick Gray, in Detective 767 (April 2002).
Sasha sits in prison, awaiting her trial, and enduring the hardships and humiliations of life behind bars.
Even her lawyer cannot understand why she will not take a plea, or give any sort of proper defense or explanation. And as the story progresses, and Sasha wears down, she begins to wonder herself.
Her dream of Batman coming to her aid, and freeing her, is nothing more than a dream.
But as she reaches her lowest point, a touch on the shoulder from Bruce strengthens her resolve.
Up to this point, I enjoyed the Bruce Wayne: Murderer storyline, to a degree. His silence was a bit annoying, along with the fact that he didn’t seem to be trying very hard to clear his name. But I had faith in it.
That faith would not sustain it much longer.
The story continues in Nightwing.
After a prologue in the one-shot Batman – the 10-Cent Adventure, which ended with Bruce and Sasha discovering Vesper Fairchild’s dead body in Wayne Manor, the Bruce Wayne: Murderer storyline starts off in Detective 766 (March 2002), by Greg Rucka, Scott McDaniel, and Jesse Delperdang.
Maggie Sawyer leads the investigation, with Montoya and Allen as the detectives on the case.
Montoya finds it hard to believe that Wayne would be guilty, but all she is really going on is that he bought her flowers as a present from Harvey Dent. Crispus Allen, going by the evidence, is sure he is the killer.
Much of the story takes place in the interrogation rooms, as Montoya works on Sasha, and Allen tries to break Bruce. Of course, no matter what the pressure, the two do not break.
They play the recording of Vesper’s 911 call, which includes the sound of her being shot. The cops treat this as damning evidence, despite no killer being identified in the call.
The story closes on Alfred. For the past few years, he had been serving as Tim Drake’s valet as the boarding school he attends. But with Bruce in so much trouble, it’s time to return home.
The story continues in the next issue of Batgirl.