Posts tagged ‘Jean-Jacques Dzialowski’

Detective 794 – Batman meets the Tarantula, and The Tailor ends


The ground is getting laid for the upcoming War Games, as Gabrych, Woods and Smith bring the Tarantula and Orpheus into Detective 794 (July 2004).


L’Shea is also sticking around for a while.  The Miracle Mom attends the funeral of her daughter, although no one but Batman (and Leslie) realize that.


Catalina Flores gets introduced,before her alternate identity does.  The Tarantula had been around for a couple of years already, in Nightwing’s comic, driving him up a wall with her murderous vigilantism.


Orpheus also makes his first appearance in these pages.  Introduced back in 2001, Orpheus has become Batman’s undercover operative, a supposed gang leader taking control of The Hill, in order to prevent any other gangs from doing so.


The Tarantula also finds that the business that has brought her to Gotham involves the Hill.


And Tarantula gets to encounter one of Batman’s more disgusting enemies, Kafka.  Introduced a few years earlier in Gotham Knights, Kafka is a semi-sentient collection of cockroaches, who take on human form.  Just, yuck.


Batman is none too keen on having the Tarantula in his city, knowing about her already from Nightwing.  But she has no intentions of doing what Batman wants.

The story continues in the next issue.


AJ Lieberman, Jean-Jacques Dziakowski and Daniel Green conclude The Tailor in this issue.


It’s a big, burning finale, as the Tailor takes down the former members of his team, even finding the one who betrayed them and set him up.


The ending confuses me.  Presumably the Tailor finally got the money from the heist, although the dequence of events on this page is not clear.  The finale had been a let down to me before that, though, as we never got to see that much of the character functioning as designer/armorer.  All in all, I prefer Gambi.


Detective 793 – tunneling out, and getting ready


Gabrych, Woods and Smith continue their story of family troubles and mob manipulations in Detective 793 (June 2004).


Below the rubble of the building, Batman finds Leslie, L’Shea and the still-dying girl, now with the baby delivered.


There is no clear way out, but a small passage that Batman has opened.  L’Shea crawls out with the baby, her grand-child.  It’s really not clear if she will take the baby to the hospital, or just dump it and run.  Batman and Leslie stay with the mother until she dies.


Batman hunts down Mr. Freeze, unplugging him and quickly removing him from the picture.


The story ends as Bruce and Leslie take a walk through the rarely-seen gardens surrounding Wayne Manor.  L’Shea did get the child t safety – and to the media, where she spun a story of delivering the child herself and earned the monicker Miracle Mom.  Bruce and Leslie are neither impressed nor surprised, but have also found more understanding between themselves.


Liberman, Dziakowski and Green get things set up for the finale of The Tailor, coming in the next issue.


Each page of this story shows the Tailor getting prepped for the coming fight, and along the bottom, his three former team-mates approaching Gotham, as the mileage signs mark the distance.


The story concludes next issue.

Detective 792 – a real diva, and The Tailor learns the plan


As if a shot, pregnant teenage girl was not enough, Gabrych, Woods and Smith take Detective 792 (May 2004) into even darker territory.


Leslie and the girl have been kidnapped by a gangster and his pop star wife, L’Shea.  As the story slowly comes out, we discover that L’Shea, who claims to be the girl’s sister, is really her mother.  She had the child at a young age, but didn’t want her to ruin her career. The kidnapping is just further insurance.


To complicate things, the gangster is involved in a power struggle over a region of Gotham known as The Hill, with Mr. Freeze also interested int the territory.


The story also has a flashback.  There was a period, in Bruce’s youth, when Leslie moved to Africa, running a clinic there.  Alfred and Bruce came to visit, and armed men tried to rob the hospital.  Bruce tried to fight them off, but failed.  It was Alfred who saved the day. The story also touches on the romance between Alfred and Leslie, which never came to fruition.


Batman also demonstrates that safety is no deterrent to fashion, with his snazzy new Bat-helmet for motorcycling.


The story culminates as Mr. Freeze’s men demonstrate why they will never be major villains on their own, using his weaponry so badly that they collapse an entire building on themselves, as well as L’Shea, Leslie and the wounded girl.

The story continues next issue.


The Tailor heads to prison, in this chapter by Lieberman, Dzialowski and Green.


Three more of his former gang members have been released, leaving only one behind bars.  Once again, he attempts to argue that he was not the snitch.  But it’s far too late for that, the other three are already on their way to Gotham, and neither the Tailor nor his daughter are safe.

The story continues in the next issue.



Detective 791 – Leslie asks for help, and the Tailor remembers


Gabrych, Woods and Smith are the creative team on Detective 791, in which Batman must hunt for the relatives of a dying girl.


A 16-year old pregnant girl is brought into Leslie Thompkins clinic after being shot in the stomach.  Leslie fears the girl will not survive the night, and contacts Oracle, to contact Batman.


The relationship between Bruce and Leslie, once so strong, has developed tensions over the past few years, as her disapproval of his violent ways has increased.  To be fair, Batman is far more violent than he was when her character was introduced in the mid-70s.  But she knows what he is capable of, and needs her Jane Doe identified, and relatives found, before the woman dies and her baby is left orphaned.


Batman delves into an underworld of deprivation and poverty for children, among the seedy denizens of the underworld.  He does get a name and address for the girl’s sister, but when he returns to the clinic, Leslie and the girl have vanished.

The story continues next issue.


Much of this installment of The Tailor, by Lieberman, Dziakowski and Green, is a flashback to the heyday of a villain team called Mayhem, which the Tailor was a part of.


We see a robbery of theirs go terribly wrong, someone gave information to the cops.  The Tailor was, and still is, blamed for being the snitch, and the other gang members intend to exact vengeance.

The story continues next issue.


Detective 790 – Happy Birthday, Jason Todd, and the Tailor chooses to help


Andersen Gabrych begins his run with Detective 790 (March 2004), with art by Pete Woods and Cam Smith.


The story deals with people overdosing on the drug GBH, as Batman tracks down the dealers and suppliers.  They try to defend themselves by saying that they did not force anyone to take drugs, the people chose it on their own.


Batgirl joins Batman on his hunt, fearing that he is being too rough, that something else is bothering him.  She guesses that it has to do with his recent troubles with Stephanie Brown, and trying to keep her out of his world.  Cassandra argues that no one has forced Stephanie, she chose it on her own.


The story ends as Bruce takes Cassandra with him to Jason Todd’s grave.  Today would have been his eighteenth birthday.  No one forced him to become Robin, he chose it on his own.  But that makes him no less of a victim, just like those who overdosed.  And Batman wants to keep Stephanie out of it, so that she can grow up and enjoy her life, which none of the Bat-family will ever be able to do.

Some really nice layers in this one.


The Tailor accompanies Batman, in order to save his daughter, in this chapter by Lieberman, Dzialowski and Green.


No hero himself, the Tailor shuts down the man’s armor, and then shoots him.  Batman once again asks him about the armor, and once again he denies making it, but the final panel shows him with a old team, including the man he just killed.

The story continues next issue.


Detective 789 – Batman crushes it, and the Tailor begins


Bolles, Lilly and Davis conclude their 2-parter in Detective 789 (Feb. 04).


Batman is tearing up the city, looking for the man now blamed for the murder the previous issue’s main character was sentenced to prison for.


When he finds him, the reaction is very similar to that of the woman last issue, which somehow clues Batman in that she must be lying, and the real killer.  I really don’t follow the logic.


But he’s right, and the stone is the key, somewhat magical.  It drives those it possesses into uncontrollable rage.


But Batman, able to control his rage, is able to crush it in one hand.  Which is really kind of amazing, especially for a magical stone.  But at least it resolves the storyline.


The Tailor begins in this issue, by AJ Lieberman, Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, and Daniel Green.


The titular character is a specialist who designs and makes costumes for Gotham’s villains, making him Batman’s version of the Flash’s Gambi.  But this is Gotham, so he is a much darker and more serious character.  A subway car of passengers is being held hostage by a man in armor, and Batman suspects the Tailor made the suit.  He denies it, and refuses to help, as that would ruin his rep in the underworld.


Batman gets Oracle to call up the security cam from the car, and the Tailor sees that his daughter is one of the hostages.

The story continues next issue.


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