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Detective 669 – Batman vs the Trigger Twins

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Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan and Eduardo Barreto share the conclusion of the Trigger Twins storyline in Detective 669 (Dec, 93), part of Knightquest: The Crusade.

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The Trigger Twins pull a train robbery – stealing the finds gathered by the subway system.

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Batman does much better with his rocket on this outing, using it to get alongside the subway train, and board it.

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This issue is almost entirely devoted to the robbery, and Batman stopping the duo.  It’s a pleasant change of pace from the long, multi-part storylines, although this had been built up over the past two issues.  Jean-Paul spends this issue acting like Batman, instead of stressing over it.

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The last page features the Joker, preparing to shoot his movie.

The Trigger Twins return a few years down the road, in a Robin annual.

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Detective 668 – Batman vs Robin

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The tensions between Tim Drake and Jean-Paul Valley reach a breaking point in Detective 668 (Nov.93), part of Knightquest: The Crusade, by Dixon, Nolan and Hanna.

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Batman goes for a test drive of the subway rocket, and almost has a head-on collision with a train.  One cannot help but be impressed at the vehicle’s ability to instantly change direction.

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Tim comes home from school to discover that he special driver’s liscence has arrived.  Though he is only fifteen, he has used his father’s disability to get the dispensation.  Excited, he heads for the Batcave, to get the car that Bruce had constructed for him.

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The Trigger Twins get their monicker from a gang boss they consult with in Gotham.  I love that he alludes to them being comic book characters.  The Trigger Twins were western heroes, and the cover feature for many years in All-Star Western.

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The Joker also has a cameo, setting up his forthcoming storyline.  He contacts a Hollywood producer about making a movie about himself.

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Robin has to sneak into the cave, and finds a very angry Jean-Paul.  He wants Robin out of the cave, and has no interest in Tim’s explanation about the Redbird.  Their fight ends the issue, and continues into the pages of Robin 1, as the first ever ongoing Robin series begins.

 

Detective 667 – The Trigger Twins debut

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With Knightfall ou tof the way, Detective Comics 667 (Oct. 93) begins relating the adventures of Jean-Paul Valley as Batman, under the banner Knightquest: The Crusade.  Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan and Scott Hanna remain the creative team.

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Two bank robbers, Tom and Tad Trigger, meet by pure fluke when they both rob the same location.  They appear to be twins, and may be related, although neither is sure.  They bond, though, and decide to work together, and head for Gotham City.

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Jean-Paul is not having an easy time fitting in to the Batman role.  Being visited in his dreams by the ghost of St. Dumas does not help things any.

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We discover that Harold has been quite busy and resourceful, as Jean-Paul stumbles across the new passageway to the Gotham subway system, and finds the rocket that Harold has designed.  Remember that issue a while ago in which Harold found the connection to the subway through the caves?

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The Trigger Twins (not yet referred to by that title) amuse themselves by quoting the film The War Wagon during a robbery, but their purple costumes with prominent triangles put me more in mind of Brokeback Mountain.

The story continues in the next issue.

Detective Annual 6 – Geist, the Twilight Man debuts

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Detective Annual 6 (1993) is part of the Bloodlines crossover, running through the DC annuals this year. I hated Bloodlines.  I don’t know anyone who liked Bloodlines.  A bunch of aliens come to Earth and kill people. But some of the people they kill do not die, instead gaining super-powers.  Chuck Dixon, Jim Balent and Gary Fernandez do an ok job on this issue a short-lived and forgettable hero, Geist.

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Those who survive the alien attack suffer memory loss, so this guy is given almost no backstory.  Which is fine, as it’s not needed.

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Oh, look, the aliens got him.

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And he wakes up, and discovers that he is invisible in the light, but can be seen in darkness.

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For some reason, he figures this merits becoming a hero, and he makes himself a costume, and starts calling himself Geist, the Twilight Man.

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And so, later on, when Harvey Bullock, Lieutenant Kitch and Renee Montoya are being menaced by another alien, Geist comes along to help.  As does Batman.  It’s Jean-Paul Valley in the costume, but he gets so little time in the issue, one could almost miss that.

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Geist does prove himself useful, making Renee Montoya invisible as well, saving her from being killed by the alien.

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The final page does give Jean-Paul the opportunity to show what a jerk he is, although I suspect Bruce Wayne would have been equally dismissive of this hero.

Geist returns in the Bloodlines finale.

Detective 666 – the new Batman faces Bane

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Knightfall has its penultimate chapter in Detective 666 (Sept. 93), by Dixon, Nolan and Hanna.

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Commissioner Gordon has his suspicions confirmed, that someone new is in the Batman costume, in a nicely done scene.  Gordon’s proof is simply that Batman did not vanish in the  middle of the conversation, waiting to see if Gordon had anything more to say.

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Bird, Trogg and Zombie gets busted out of prison, and head for Bane, who they think was behind the breakout.  In fact, it was one of Jean-Paul’s more intelligent moves, as he expected the henchmen to act exactly as they did.

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So it’s rematch between Batman and Bane, but with a new Batman.  Jean-Paul has added some ridiculous hi-tech gloves to the outfit, but still fails to take down Bane.

The story concludes in the following issue of Batman.

Detective 665 – Jean-Paul becomes Batman

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Jean-Paul Valley dons the Batman costume in Detective 665 (Aug. 93), as Dixon, Nolan and Dick Giordano bring Knightfall closer to it’s conclusion, with chapter 16.

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While Jean-Paul does not find it difficult to intimidate or beat up criminals, Robin finds him extremely difficult to work with.

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We catch up with Tim’s father, Jack Drake, and his doctor, Shondra Kinsolving.  Jack has moved into the mansion next door to Wayne Manor.  Both Bruce and Tim realize that, as Bane knows Bruce’s identity, he must also know Tim’s, making Jack Drake a target.

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Sadly, this does not occur to either of them before the night that Bane sends men to kidnap Drake and Dr. Kinsolving, although Bruce wheels over in his chair, attempting to stop them.

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And Tim is far too busy watching Batman’s back, as Jean-Paul tries to determine Bane’s location by beating it out of anyone he can find.

The story continues in the next issue of Batman.

Detective 664 – Broken Bat

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Things are looking really grim in Detective 664 (Late July 1993), the 12th chapter of Knightfall, by Dixon, Nolan and Hanna.

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Having broken Batman’s back, Bane tosses the hero down into the street.

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Alfred and Jean-Paul show up, as ambulance drivers, taking Batman away before anyone else can.  Fortunately for them, Renee Montoya had been keeping back the curious crowds.  Alfred refuses to allow Jean-Paul and Tim to take Bruce to a hospital, and does all he can for him.  Robin and Azrael make an emergency run to get a drug, decadron, that is needed for his spine.

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Meanwhile, the Joker turns on the Scarecrow, ending their alliance and taking the Scarecrow down.

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While the Ventriloquist finds that Scareface simply cannot share him with the other puppets.  The argument turns into a gunfight.  Brilliant and crazy, and it adds a lighthearted note to an otherwise heavy issue.

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At this point, Knightfall kinds of spreads out, with the next chapter taking place in Showcase 93.

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