Posts tagged ‘Commissioner Akins’

Detective 816 – Alfred as bait

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Detective 816 (April 2006) concludes the Zsasz story that McCarthy and Chiang began last issue.

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Batman tries to convince Commissioner Akins that Zsasz is too deadly for the police, and he is needed by them.  Akins still has no faith in Batman, and rejects his help – even though a number of cops do get killed by Zsasz.

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And Batman has to deal with angry police, as well as the serial killer.  Still, the bait worked, drawing Zsasz to the hospital to finish Alfred off, and Batman does take him down.

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And the story ends on an up note, as Alfred informs Bruce that he will buy Alfred an expensive Bentley to replace the car he modified.

Detective 814 – City of Crime ends

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City of Crime has its final issue in Detective 814 (Feb. 06), as does the creative team of David Lapham, Ramon Bachs and Nathan Massengil.

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Robin deals with an attacking Scarface, as Gordon faces the Joker- but really, both are under the effects of the hallucinations, and fighting each other.  So the apparent movement by Scarface last issue is meant to be understood as Robin’s vision, not reality.

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Batman gets Commissioner Akins to light the Bat-Signal, which draws all of the Body’s bodies.  Then he flies by, luring them all further, to his trap.

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And blows them all up.

There is a bit more.  A kidnapping thread that I haven’t really touched on, where it turns out the mother actually killed her own daughter.  Darkness and dead ends all around.

But while there are a lot of individual things I like about City of Crime, it really just doesn’t come all together for me.  Where was the Penguin?  That all got dropped.  Too many threads, not carried as well they might be.

 

Detective 800 – fallout from War Games, and a teaser for City of Crime

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Andersen Gabrych, Pete Woods and Cam Smith end their run on this book with an epilogue to War Games, in Detective 800 (Jan.05).

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Batman finds himself on the wrong side of the law once again.  Akins is still out to get him, and the police blame him for the deaths of many of the comrades during War Games.

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With her Clock Tower base destroyed, Barbara decides to leave Gotham, and set up as Oracle somewhere else – corresponding to events in Birds of Prey.  And with Barbara gone, Jim Gordon also feels it is time to move on.

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Orpheus turns out to be a more successful martyr than hero, and Onyx leads his old followers, and new devotees.

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There is a kidnapping in this story, and some action.  Batman tracks down the kidnapper, the Mad Hatter, who is using a mind-controlled Croc as his muscle.

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But the real goal is not the kidnapping, but luring Batman, so that Black Mask can gloat, and show off the degree of control he now has, thanks to Batman.

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About his only friend left is Catwoman, who learned his identity during Hush, and can still can break through his dispassionate shell.

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The second story in the issue is a teaser, or a prologue, for City of Crime, which will run in this book over the next year.

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David Lapham is the writer and artist.  The story, if there is one, is not very clear, but certainly sets an evocatively threatening mood.

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The art is great, but the lack of focus or direction left me concerned.

 

Detective 799 – Batman’s plans go very wrong, and Poison Ivy’s plans work out

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Gabrych, Woods and Smith open the third act of War Games in Detective 799 (Dec. 04).

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Batman now has a desperate Commissioner Akins on his side. All the gangs have gathered in the big arena, with Tarantula looking after the kids in the crowd.  Batgirl, Robin and Nightwing are all stationed outside, with the police armed only with rubber bullets, at Batman’s insistence.

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Orpheus takes the stage, and is meant to give a speech that will unite the gangs under him, and thus, under Batman.  But that does not happen.  Because it’s not Orpheus under the helmet, it’s Black Mask (though Batman does not learn that in this issue).

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Onyx does find the corpse of the real Orpheus, but too late to warn anyone.

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Batman swings down into the arena, attempting to take control of the situation.  But even that goes very wrong.  Firefly hits him with a jet of flame on his way down, and a burning Batman in the midst of dozens of criminals does not inspire terror.

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Aside from Firefly, The Electrocutioner, Scarecrow and Tweedledum and Tweedledee appear in this issue.  Some of the gang members come pouring out the arena, and get into a shooting match with the police.  But they have real bullets and the police do not.

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By the end of the issue, it is total chaos.  Commissioner Akins has had enough, and issues a shoot to kill order on Batman and his entire crew.

The story continues in Legends of the Dark Knight.

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The Riddler’s story also comes to a close this issue, by McCarthy, Castillo and Ramos.

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Ivy quickly catches up with the Riddler.  Not much use trying to hide from her in her own jungle.  Although the Riddler is waiting for Ivy to kill him, her intent is more subtle, and she continues to degrade and humiliate him.

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In the end, she simply turns her back and contemptuously walks away.  Her goal was to destroy the Riddler, not kill Edward Nigma.  And she has succeeded.

Detective 798 – Tim Drake makes a decision, and the Riddler does as well

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War Games has the first chapter of its second act in Detective 798 (Nov. 04), by Gabrych, Woods and Smith.

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The gang war has turned personal, as the teenaged daughter of one of the mobsters was murdered, and Batman is getting frantic. It doesn’t help that he was captured on television for the first time.  Oracle suggests bringing in Stephanie, as they need more operatives, but Batman, though he regrets how he treated her, does not think Spoiler would be safe.  Neither realizes yet that she is already sooo involved.

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The Body Doubles, villains from the old Resurrection Man series, who proved far more popular than the hero, make an appearance in this, shooting Renee Montoya.

Batman meets with Commissioner Akins, asking him to turn the police force over to him, so that Batman can have the men needed to end the gang war, but Akins turns him down cold.

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Tim Drake spends a lot of time agonizing in this issue.  He vowed to never become Robin again, after his father’s death.

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But he knows he is needed, and too many lives are at stake.  Tim returns to the Manor, and a grateful Alfred, and once again becomes Robin.

The story continues in Legends of the Dark Knight.

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The Riddler is at the mercy of Poison Ivy in the second chapter of his three-part story,by McCarthy, Castillo and Ramos.

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Ivy really belittles him.  Not only does he not have any powers, he does not have the stature of the Penguin,or even the Joker.  He whines and pleads and begs.

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Marched to the top of a high canopy of trees, and certain that Ivy intends to kill him, the Riddler shows some courage after all.  He tosses Ivy a riddle, and jumps into her jungle.

The story concludes in the next issue.

Detective 764 – Bruce invites Vesper to join him in the hot tub

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Three women are at the core of the story in Detective 764 (Jan. 02), by Rucka, Martinborough and Delperdang.

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Sasha continues to watch the romance between Bruce Wayne and Vesper Fairchild, with bitterness, a touch of jealousy, and mystification at what Bruce sees in her – particularly when the time he spends with her does not seem to make him happy.

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This issue also sees Maggie Sawyer move from Metropolis to Gotham, taking up the lieutenancy vacated by Bullock.  The story teases her identity, with her name slowly being painted into her door, but her first scene shows her girlfriend, Toby, which is a dead giveaway to any comic geek.

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Tensions is also rising between Batman and Sasha, as she disobeys orders in the interests of helping, and calls him out on caring more about being in command than in saving lives.  Batman does not appreciate that.

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Commissioner Akins presents Maggie Sawyer to the cops – only Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen get shown specifically.  But Maggie gives a good introductory speech.

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Bruce pretends to forget a date with Vesper, and she shows up to the Manor, only to find him in the hot tub with three other women and no bathing suit.  Bruce invites her to join, but she storms out.

And Sasha is left more confused than ever.

Detective 761- Sasha trains, and Slam Bradley meets Batman for the first time

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I choose to interpret this cover to show the first meeting of Batman and Slam Bradley, which takes place in Detective 761 (Oct. 01), even though the figure with the gun might be anyone.  Certainly it seems to fit the second story, and not the first at all.

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The Batman story in this issue, by Rucka, Martinborough, and Jesse Delperdang, has him lay out a 30 day training regime that Sasha Bordeaux must complete in order to continue to work with him.

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While this is going on, and Internal Affairs investigation begins of the police.  Renee and Allen are focussed on by the other cops, because of their actions under the Mad Hatter.

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Bruce continues to see Vesper, to Sasha’s dismay.  Vesper is no longer a radio host, having moved into journalism, and has come back to Gotham on a story.

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And what is that story?  Well, she is spying on Batman, and flirting with Bruce.  She even has a camera.  Oh, no!  Vesper Fairchild has turned into Vicki Vale!  She must be trying to prove Bruce is Batman!  How…boring.

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The Internal Affairs investigation provides a better twist, as Renee discovers it’s not about the Mad Hatter at all.  The man who shot Jim Gordon has been killed, and the evidence points to a cop.

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Slam Bradley continues to have a hard time of things in this chapter, by Brubaker and Cooke.

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People are beating, threatening and bribing him to either find or not find Catwoman and/or Selina Kyle, but despite everyone’s interest, Slam really isn’t getting anywhere.

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He does have his first meeting with Batman, over 60 years since the men began sharing this comic. And it doesn’t start well, as Batman threatens Slam, wanting to know his agenda.  Slam does manage to convince Batman that he has no bad intentions towards the woman.

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And so, cleared by Batman, Slam Bradley meets Selina Kyle.

The story concludes next issue.

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