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Detective 865 – how Jeremiah Arkham became Black Mask, and the Question ends

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David Hine and Jeremy Haun conclude the look at Jeremiah Arkham in Detective 865 (July 2010).

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Jeremiah’s three special patients never existed at all.  They were all hallucinations, which is quite staggering, considering the elaborate back stories they were given in earlier tales.  The marrotte, the jester stick that Arkham has been carrying, gets broken, and is revealed to be filled with psychotropic drugs.

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Hugo Strange had convinced Arkham that he needed to understand madness in order to cure it, and suggested he visit the Joker to try to understand him better.  And in walked the fly to the spider.  The Joker gave Arkham the wand, which slowly drove him mad.  He adopted the identity of Black Mask, after Sionis’ death, which gave him the strength and power he had craved.

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After the drugs are washed out of him, he insists that he is fine, he has regained his sanity.

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He gives the code to de-activate the bomb he had planted on the man (from the previous issue), but it explodes anyway.  Was Arkham just too late, or did the code he give activate the bomb?

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He is left in the care of Alyce Synner, the new head of the asylum, and his lover when he was Black Mask.  She sets Zsasz on him, but once again Jeremiah proves his stuff, carving his initials into Zsasz’s eyelids.

Sadly, this is, I think, the final appearance of Jeremiah Arkham before Flashpoint wipes out this reality.  The New 52 restores his sanity and position.

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Greg Rucka and Cully Hamner bring the Question’s series to a close in this issue.

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Renee is determined to take the burning mark, to save Helena, but Helena wants no sacrifices for her.  Essentially, the two women fight over which one gets eternal damnation.

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The Huntress starts the process of removing the mark, but the Question intervenes.  Still, Vandal starts losing the mark, so someone must be gaining it.

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The Huntress and the Question flee.  Helena knows that she does not have the mark, as her face is clear.

Renee refuses to remove her mask.

A strong ending.  But again, I think this is The Huntress’ final appearance before Flashpoint.  The Question returns a few months down the road in Detective Annual 12.

Detective 863 – Batwoman ends, and the Question finds the big guy

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Scott Kolins joins Greg Rucka and Jock for Batwoman’s final story in Detective, in issue 863 (May 2010).

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Batman and Batwoman continue on their separate, but similar, cases, and the art does all it possibly can to parallel the two stories.

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I particularly like Kate’s tennis suggestion, which allows Bette to free herself from Cutter, and uses the skills she is known to have.

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The story ends as Bette confronts Kate.  She knows her cousin is Batwoman, and reveals herself to be Flamebird.  She has found the hero she needed.

Batwoman moves into her own book, bringing Bette along with her, but it’s launch is delayed until the New 52.

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The Huntress and Question find prison on Oolong Island not as bad as they feared in this story, by Rucka and Hamner.

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That’s largely due to Veronica Cale, the ruler of the island of mad scientists.  She knows Renee and Helena are spies, but figures she has more chance of finding out what they are up to over lunch than through torture.   And indeed, the women are forthcoming.  It becomes a clever bit of negotiating, convincing Veronica that it is in her interest to lead them to the head of the Network, rather than waiting for the big guns heroes to show up.

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So Veronica sends them on to Syria, where they finally meet the man in charge.  Vandal Savage.

The story continues in the next issue.

Detective 862 – Bette joins the fight, and Oracle helps out

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Rucka and Jock continue the Cutter storyline in Detective 862 (April 2010).

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The missing girl that Batman is pursuing turns out to be a different case than the one Batwoman is on.  Add to that the missing girls in the Question’s Pipeline story arc, and that’s a lot of missing women.

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Bette has a conversation with Kate about letting go of the past.  Kate is thinking of her sister, and the kidnapping, and does not clue in that Bette is referring to her career as Flamebird.

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The story climaxes as Bette and a friend are heading home, and Cutter attacks.  Batwoman intervenes, but Bette’s friend is killed, and Bette gets taken by Cutter.

The story concludes next issue.

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The Question and Huntress need someone to replace Tot as their human computer in this story, by Rucka and Hamner.  Helena takes Renee to Oracle, but introduces her as Barbara Gordon.  Renee knows her, of course, and thinks it’s crazy to trust their case to the police commissioner’s daughter, but Huntress is just amused.  Sooo many secret identities.

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Barbara gives them the name of the company that runs the Network.  The Question plans to use stealth to learn what they want, but Huntress prefers a more direct approach, and makes that happen.

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Following the trail, the woman head to Oolong Island, where they are promptly arrested.

The story continues in the next issue.

 

 

Detective 860 – suspicions confirmed, and the Question teams with the Huntress

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Batwoman’s origin storyline concludes in Detective 860 (Feb. 10), by Rucka and Williams III.

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Kate has been operating as a vigilante, but without any costume or even a clear goal.  Renee runs into her in a biker bar, and can’t fathom what is going on with her.  Her father figures it out, and Kate insists that she has found her purpose, her way to serve.  Jake gives in, but insists she get better training.  Kate spends two years being trained by the best in the world, while her father builds a base of operations, and creates a suit for her as well.  What a nice dad.

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This makes it all the more crushing when Batwoman gets the results of a DNA comparison between her and Alice, and it confirms that they are twins.  Her father lied to her about Beth’s death all along.

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Rucka and Hamner continue the Question story, as Zeiss starts tracking her down.

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After a good tour busting ass and taking names, Renee and Helena return to Tot’s place.  The Huntress had worked with Vic Sage, the original Question, but had never met Tot.

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Very nice ending, with the women saying they weren’t followed, and Zeiss’ arrival immediately after.

The story continues in the next issue.

 

 

Detective 720 – swimming out of the Batcave

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Dixon, Nolan and Janson are the creative team on Detective 720 (April 1998), chapter 5 of Cataclysm.  Gotham has been hit by a massive earthquake, leaving Batman trapped in the cave when Wayne Manor collapses.  As with Contagion, this storyline does an excellent job of giving interesting arcs to many of the supporting players, and telling a large, sprawling story while keeping it grounded in smaller, personal events.

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The art is top-notch, and the ruined Gotham looks just terrifying.

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Helena Bertinelli had the misfortune to be down in the subway when the earthquake hit.  She dons her Huntress outfit, hoping to make people follow her to safety.

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Instead, she comes across a wanted felon in the subway car, who believes that she is only there for him, and the situation deteriorates rapidly.

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She does manage to get most of the people out of the subway car, but when the shooter gets partly buried by another collapse, she leaves him to die in the rubble.

Alfred, also trapped in the cave, is more surprised than he ought to be when Harold bulldozes his way in.

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Batman has spent this issue swimming through flooded tunnels and caves, trying to find a way out.  It a taught scene, with limited air, but he does make it out.

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But his first view of Gotham does not make for a happy ending.

The story continues in the next issue of Robin.

Detective 652 – The Huntress gets back into the game

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Chuck Dixon brings the Huntress into the Batman family in Detective 652 (Late Oct. 92), with art by Graham Nolan and Scott Hanna.

Helena Bertinelli, the post-Crisis version of the Huntress, had been introduced in her own book, and given a mafia background, unrelated to the Batman.  He had guest-starred in a couple of issues before the book was cancelled.  She had last appeared a couple of years earlier, in a Justice League International Special, which tied up the plots left dangling by the cancellation, and also saw her give up being the Huntress.

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In this story, Helena is in the subway when a number of masked and armed men burst in following a robbery. Batman is chasing them, and Helena feels guilty and upset with herself for sitting back and doing nothing.  She does, however, notice an unusual tattoo on one of the men.

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Heading home, some other goons attempt to mug her, and she fights them off.  The evening’s events lead her to go back to her old hideout, and her old costume.

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We continue to follow Helena as she goes to do research on the tattoo that she spotted.  She senses being followed, and indeed she is, but by Batman, as the reader discovers.

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They do run into each other as Batman and the Huntress, and agree to work together to take down the Krasny gangsters, although there is little warmth between the two.

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They follow the gunmen, and take them down, but find themselves on the wrong side of the law when the police burst in, and they learn they are in foreign embassy.

The story concludes next issue.

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