Lapham, Bachs and Massengil continue City of Crime in Detective 802 (March 2005).
The Penguin is brought into the story. He has a new assistant, Miss Jessica. One of the tenements he owns burns down, and he expects trouble as a result. Not only from Batman, but also from the lawyers at the free legal clinic.
Mr. Freeze, recently escaped from Arkham, decides to help the Penguin with his problems.
But the only part of this issue that really grabbed me was when Bruce and Alfred watch a security camera from the Manor, and see that Haddie came by, wanting to see Bruce Wayne. He was not there, and she stole one of his antiques. Bruce suspects she sold it for the drugs she overdosed on, and continues to feel really crappy.
Mike Carey and John Lucas provide the most entertaining chapter of The Barker in this issue.
Circus skills prove uniquely valuable when breaking in to City Hall. They raid the files on the autopsy and police investigation into the dog-faced boy’s death.
The evidence they find implicates a Senator, who is holding his seat under a fake name.
The story continues in the next issue.