Alan Grant and John Wagner script Detective 596 (Jan. 89), while Eduardo Barreto and Steve Mitchell provide the art.
The story deals with a video store owner who makes tapes of people fighting and hurting each other. It’s an ok tale, but not one that I would have included, except that this issue introduces Lt. Kitch of the Gotham police force.
Kitch is not the focus of the story, his role is limited to helping Batman track down the maker of the videotapes, but it does mark the beginning of really creating characters out of the Gotham police. Up to now there had only been Commissioner Gordon, and more recently Harvey Bullock.
At the end of the story, as Batman is being beaten and videotaped, the meta-gene bomb explodes, causing the “negative image.” Although this is not technically an Invasion! crossover, I do like the inclusion of the bomb scene, showing that the events in this story were taking place at the same time.
Alan Grant and John Wagner are joined by Irv Novick and Steve Mitchell for Batman’s Invasion! crossover, in Detective 595 (Holiday 1988).
Maxwell Lord contacts Batman after the alien invasion begins, but Batman begs off, insisting he must deal with the crime in Gotham. But then Batman discovers Durlan shape-shifters running guns into the city. They make the mistake of using cuban cigar crating for their guns, unaware of the US embargo.
Batman defeats the Durlans and then heads down to Havana, where he takes on Thanagarian flyers.
And big, nasty Khund warriors.
Considering that Batman was, largely, out of his league in the Invasion! storyline, this crossover gave him a chance to show his stuff against three of the major alien races involved.
This issue also contains a Bonus Book, by Jeff O’Hare, Roderick Delgado and Jerry Acerno.
It’s a really straightforward Mr. Freeze story. He escapes from Arkham and heads to S.T.A.R. Labs, to steal a big diamond they have, to power his freeze gun.
He captures and tries to kill Batman, who escapes and captures him. Same old same old.