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Detective 766 – Bruce Wayne: Murderer begins

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After a prologue in the one-shot Batman – the 10-Cent Adventure, which ended with Bruce and Sasha discovering Vesper Fairchild’s dead body in Wayne Manor, the Bruce Wayne: Murderer storyline starts off in Detective 766 (March 2002), by Greg Rucka, Scott McDaniel, and Jesse Delperdang.

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Maggie Sawyer leads the investigation, with Montoya and Allen as the detectives on the case.

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Montoya finds it hard to believe that Wayne would be guilty, but all she is really going on is that he bought her flowers as a present from Harvey Dent.  Crispus Allen, going by the evidence, is sure he is the killer.

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Much of the story takes place in the interrogation rooms, as Montoya works on Sasha, and Allen tries to break Bruce.  Of course, no matter what the pressure, the two do not break.

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They play the recording of Vesper’s 911 call, which includes the sound of her being shot.  The cops treat this as damning evidence, despite no killer being identified in the call.

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The story closes on Alfred.  For the past few years, he had been serving as Tim Drake’s valet as the boarding school he attends.  But with Bruce in so much trouble, it’s time to return home.

The story continues in the next issue of Batgirl.

Detective 765 – The wrong house to rob

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Wow, what a great cover for Detective 765 (Feb. 02).  The story, by Rucka, Steve Burchett, Jesse Delperdang and Rodney Ramos, is pretty good as well.

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Jim Gordon’s house gets robbed – completely emptied, the possessions carted away by truck.  Batman is out to find the ones who did it, and Sasha fears for the safety of the thieves, due to the intensity of Batman’s reaction.

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For the first time, she expresses her concerns to him.  But when she says that the fears for the well being of the thieves who robbed the “wrong” house, he jumps on her words, suggesting that she implied there was a “right” house to rob, and sulks off.

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Sasha also gets a codename, of sorts, as one of the thieves misunderstands a bit of their conversation, and thinks her name is Cover.  Which isn’t a bad name for her, really.

To her relief, and that of the felons, all Batman intended to do was retrieve the truck, and restore Gordon’s possessions, before they got sold and spread around.

Detective 764 – Bruce invites Vesper to join him in the hot tub

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Three women are at the core of the story in Detective 764 (Jan. 02), by Rucka, Martinborough and Delperdang.

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Sasha continues to watch the romance between Bruce Wayne and Vesper Fairchild, with bitterness, a touch of jealousy, and mystification at what Bruce sees in her – particularly when the time he spends with her does not seem to make him happy.

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This issue also sees Maggie Sawyer move from Metropolis to Gotham, taking up the lieutenancy vacated by Bullock.  The story teases her identity, with her name slowly being painted into her door, but her first scene shows her girlfriend, Toby, which is a dead giveaway to any comic geek.

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Tensions is also rising between Batman and Sasha, as she disobeys orders in the interests of helping, and calls him out on caring more about being in command than in saving lives.  Batman does not appreciate that.

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Commissioner Akins presents Maggie Sawyer to the cops – only Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen get shown specifically.  But Maggie gives a good introductory speech.

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Bruce pretends to forget a date with Vesper, and she shows up to the Manor, only to find him in the hot tub with three other women and no bathing suit.  Bruce invites her to join, but she storms out.

And Sasha is left more confused than ever.

Detective 763 – Sasha meets the Huntress, and Josie Mac debuts

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Rucka, Martinborough and Delperdang are the creative team on Detective 763 (Dec. 01), which is part of the crossover series Joker: Last Laugh.  Believing he is dying the Joker releases massive amounts of Joker toxin, Joker-izing a host of other DC villains.  I don’t care for this crossover much, but have to admit that this issue has one of its better stories.

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Rather than dealing with a known villain, this story deals with Cucilla, an inmate at Arkham who gets changed by the gas.  She seems to have a thing for swords, and other pointy objects.

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Being Jokerized, she is far from rational, but there is enough in her rantings to know that her father is of some importance.

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With Batman super busy, Sasha goes out on her own to deal with the craziness on the streets, and runs into the Huntress.  The two women do not hit it off, not at all.  So much so that Cucilla gets away, because they are to into squabbling with each other.

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The Huntress intends to kill Cucilla, while Sasha insists on a non-lethal solution.  The Huntress scoffs, and tells Sasha that Batman will just use her and throw her away.

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But the Huntress does use netting to safely catch Cucilla.  And it’s a good thing, as she was not really an Arkham inmate, but an undercover DEO operative, being transferred so she could attend the funeral of her father, a duellist.

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Josie Mac debuts in this issue.  Created by Judd Winick and Cliff Chiang, she is a Gotham cop, but not one of the ones who gets to hang out with Batman.

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After she leads a bust that winds up revealing the mayor’s wife in bed with another man, she gets demoted.

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We discover that she has the ability to psychically find lost objects -but not lost people.  As a young girl, she learned it was better to conceal this ability.

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She begins her new post, in Missing Persons, and her first case deals with the kidnapped son of a gangster.

I don’t really care for this series, although it was popular enough to return.  This first serial goes on for 10 installments, but I will only return to it towards the end.

Detective 761- Sasha trains, and Slam Bradley meets Batman for the first time

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I choose to interpret this cover to show the first meeting of Batman and Slam Bradley, which takes place in Detective 761 (Oct. 01), even though the figure with the gun might be anyone.  Certainly it seems to fit the second story, and not the first at all.

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The Batman story in this issue, by Rucka, Martinborough, and Jesse Delperdang, has him lay out a 30 day training regime that Sasha Bordeaux must complete in order to continue to work with him.

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While this is going on, and Internal Affairs investigation begins of the police.  Renee and Allen are focussed on by the other cops, because of their actions under the Mad Hatter.

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Bruce continues to see Vesper, to Sasha’s dismay.  Vesper is no longer a radio host, having moved into journalism, and has come back to Gotham on a story.

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And what is that story?  Well, she is spying on Batman, and flirting with Bruce.  She even has a camera.  Oh, no!  Vesper Fairchild has turned into Vicki Vale!  She must be trying to prove Bruce is Batman!  How…boring.

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The Internal Affairs investigation provides a better twist, as Renee discovers it’s not about the Mad Hatter at all.  The man who shot Jim Gordon has been killed, and the evidence points to a cop.

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Slam Bradley continues to have a hard time of things in this chapter, by Brubaker and Cooke.

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People are beating, threatening and bribing him to either find or not find Catwoman and/or Selina Kyle, but despite everyone’s interest, Slam really isn’t getting anywhere.

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He does have his first meeting with Batman, over 60 years since the men began sharing this comic. And it doesn’t start well, as Batman threatens Slam, wanting to know his agenda.  Slam does manage to convince Batman that he has no bad intentions towards the woman.

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And so, cleared by Batman, Slam Bradley meets Selina Kyle.

The story concludes next issue.

Detective 754 – The Interrogation Room, and Leelee finds her husband

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Detective 754 (March 2001) is the sixth chapter in Officer Down, a storyline running through the Batman books this month, in which Commissioner Gordon gets shot, and the regular creative teams get shunted around.

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Nunzio Defilipis scripts, with Michael Collins on pencils, and Jesse Delperdang and Steven Bird on inks, as Crispus Allen and Renee Montoya try to extract a confession from the man they are certain is guilty of shooting Gordon.  He was a policeman in Chicago years ago, and Gordon fired him for corruption.

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The evidence they have is not enough for a conviction, but even with Renee doing all she can as bad cop, the guy never loses his cool.

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Barbara Gordon is sitting vigil with her father, while Batman watches from an adjacent roof.  Harvey Bullock comes by, with a picture of the man, but Gordon did not see his shooter, and cannot identify him.

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Allen nearly gets the confession they want, after threatening the man with Batman, who he fears will kill him.  He actually admits the crime, but modifies his sentence to wheedle out of it.

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They release him, and Batman corners him. But when he finds out that Batman does not intend to kill him, his composure returns, and goes free.

The story continues in the next issue of Gotham Knights.

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Gorfinkel, Johnson and Panosian leave the Jacobian under the sea, as Nereus heads above the waves to attack a city.  Nereus remembers the Jacobian, but it’s not mutual.  The Jacobian recalls none of his abilities, yet retains some, as he and Leelee are able to breathe and talk underwater.

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Leelee is finally able to convince the Jacobian that he is her husband. It’s been pretty obvious for a while now, but he’s suffered numerous memory wipes, and wouldn’t have believed her had she said it at the start.

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The Jacobian makes a deal with the Mahmetchik to restore enough of his powers that he can stop Nereus, which they do.

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