Posts tagged ‘Lucius Fox’

Detective 829 – Wayne Tower under attack

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Stuart Moore and Andy Clarke fill in for a two-part story, beginning in Detective 829 (Early May 2007).

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Bruce Wayne is hosting an international anti-terrorism conference, which not everyone is happy about.  Chiefly, the guy who sets off bombs within the Tower.

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There he is.  Vox.  His agenda has to do with a fictional middle eastern country.  He broadcasts to the police, but Batman realizes the signal is coming from inside the building.  Batman is trapped as Bruce, with the delegates, and Lucius Fox.

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Tim Drake managed to get to one of the secret “closets” and change into Robin, but Bruce is stuck with his cell phone, talking to Gordon.  It all makes for a decent thriller.

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Tim winds up face to face with Vox.

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And as the story reaches its cliffhanger, Robin is coated in explosive goo, as Vox heads away to a safe distance before detonating it.

The story concludes in the next issue.

Detective 779 – Mark Merlin reveals the identity of the Charlatan, and Superman vs Spore

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The Charlatan’s story continues to unfold in Detective 779 (April 2003), by Brubaker, Castillo and Von Grawbadger.

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The Riddler heads to Arkham, and has a frantic conversation with Johnathan Crane about the Charlatan.  The Scarecrow does not seem afraid at all – but then, that’s who he is, right?

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And, in a complete cut away from the story, Lucius Fox leaves the hospital.  He has been in a coma.  You didn’t know that?  Maybe because Lucius has not appeared in Detective Comics for over a year, and his period in hospital was never even referred to.  But at least you now, too late to send flowers.

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Batman learns that the Penguin consulted Mark Merlin before his attack, and goes to see him.  Mark Merlin had been a detective with a supernatural bent in the pages of House of Secrets in the early 60s.  His final appearance saw him lose his body to the extra-dimensional Prince Ra-Man, as explained in a DC Comics Presents in the 80s.  This marks Mark’s first appearance as himself since that.

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Mark tells Batman that the Penguin wanted protection from a ghost, of Paul Sloan, a famous actor, who disappeared eight years earlier.

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Bruce Wayne arranges to attend the theatre with Jim Gordon and Barbara, and Barbara casually gets Sloan’s wife to talk about her husband, and his dangerous way of getting too much into his roles, and his strange behaviour, shortly before vanishing.

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And during the performance, Bruce spots something Phantom of the opera-like, changes clothes, and winds up confronting the scarred Charlatan.  Sloan manages to get away, but Batman knows who he is now.

Paul Sloan is clearly a re-working of Paul Sloane, the actor who got scarred while playing Two-Face, and wound up committing crimes in that persona.  Sloane had most recently appeared in this book, shortly after Crisis (shortly after this blog took over form the previous one).

Gagne and Gagne pit Superman against Spore.  Say no more!

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Detective 751 – Sasha Bordeaux debuts, and the Jacobian finds a magic child

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Rucka, Martinborough and Mitchell tend to Poison Ivy in Detective 751 (Dec. 00).

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Even though No Man’s Land has ended, Poison Ivy has remained in control of Robinson Park, with her Ferak creatures defending it, and a group of children who have become her devoted followers.  Gordon and the police decide the time has come to get her out.

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Lucius Fox decides the time has come to get a bodyguard for Bruce Wayne, and hires Sasha Bordeaux.

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Bruce is not pleased.

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But he is also not able to argue against Lucius’ reasoning.

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Gordon sets up a perimeter around the park, and the Ferak’s start fighting back.

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Spotting this from his building, Bruce excuses himself from Sasha to go to the bathroom.

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While not shown to be any less ruthless, Poison Ivy is still quite a sympathetic figure in the story.  No one else really seems to care about the park, or the children.  And there is nowhere else for her to be.

As well, starting with this story, Poison Ivy’s colouring is no longer shown to be human skin tone, but rather a more plant-like shade.

The story concludes next issue.

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The Jacobian story jumps a bit, as he and Leelee are now in the middle of a combat situation, thanks to Gorfinkel, Johnson and Panosian.

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There is a child general, reputed to have magical powers.  The Jacobian catches up to him just as the enemy troops do.  They are prepared to kill the boy, but he actually has powers – not unlike the Jacobian.

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The Mahmetchik appear, using a special word to erase the boy’s powers and memories.  And then they do the same to the Jacobian.

 

Detective 749 – Lucius gives a good report,and the Jacobian looks at a map

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Detective 749 (Oct.00) has a really great cover, even if it doesn’t pertain to the Rucka/Hester/Mitchell story about a bomber.

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Commissioner Gordon does appear, along with Bullock, as they find the body at the site of the latest bombing, and swallow the bait, assuming him to be the bomber.

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Gordon goes to check on the man’s background.  He had been an employee of Wayne Enterprises before No Man’s Land, and Lucius Fox explains that he was a software engineer, a model employee and in no way a likely mad bomber.

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Batman tracks the bomber he saw at the rally, and eventually puts the pieces together.  he and Gordon wiretap the contractors, who were raking in insurance money from their bombed sites.  They wait long enough to hear them dis the OGs, and then pounce.

A decent little tale.  I enjoyed how it expanded on Gotham’s new peculiar divide in its citizenry.

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The Jacobian gets some answers in this installment, by Gorfinkel, Jeff Johnson and Dan Panosian.

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He continues to follow his hunches, and they continue to be correct, as Leelee is nowhere near as injured as she was pretending to be.  He gets some answers out of her about the ninjas – the Mametchik.

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Looking at a map, the Jacobian discovers that his travels and those of the ninjas are the same…

Detective 740 – Bane vs the Joker

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Greg Rucka, Sergio Cariello and Mark Buckingham bring the two-part Shellgame storyline to a close in Detective 740 (Jan. 00), as No Man’s Land draws to a close.

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The issue, which scans over a large group of people and places, begins with Oracle musing over Lex Luthor’s reconstruction of Gotham, and how he has played the media to make himself the golden boy hero of the city.

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Batman and Robin have been monitoring Pettit and the Huntress.  Their region has held off everyone, including all aid, and the people are starting to flee.  Pettit demands that no one be allowed to leave, as it will weaken them.  The Huntress tries to reason with him, but fails.

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Luthor gets frustrated at how his equipment and crews keep getting sabotaged and killed by the Joker, and enlists Bane to guard them.  The Joker brings Harley Quinn to help him, but Bane also has Mercy at his side, and fends the Joker off.

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We even catch up with good old Dr. Simpson Flanders, back on tv, hawking his new book about life in No Man’s Land.

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With Luthor’s rebuilding indicating a power shift in Gotham, the Penguin makes his move, with a large group of men, to demand his cut of the action.  Mercy takes out the Penguin’s men without even breaking a sweat.  Luthor gives the Penguin nothing but his own life.

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The issue has lots of ominous foreboding, but ends on a happy note, as Lucius Fox takes the airwaves to announce that the government has rescinded the No Man’s Land proclamation, and Gotham is open again.

But the story is not yet over…

Detective 0 – Batman gears up

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The “0” issues that ran in the DC books throughout October 1994 were used to tell the origins of the series stars, with any alterations they wanted to make, in the wake of the new reality created at the end of Zero Hour.  Because there were so many Bat-books at this time, each chose to focus on a different side of the Batman tale.  In Detective 0, Dixon, Nolan and Hanna look at his early days in the costume.

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Alfred is there from the start, of course, but now Lucius Fox is as well.  In fact, this scene mirrors the way Lucius would be introduced in Batman Begins, in conjunction with Bruce seeking out Wayne technology for his car and weaponry.

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I should mention that there is a framing device of Batman hunting down and beating up criminals in present day Gotham, but that’s really just an excuse for action scenes.  More interesting, to me, was the use of the classic Batmobile, keeping that in the new continuity.

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The story briefly acknowledges other supporting cast towards the end – Commissioner Gordon and Harvey Bullock.  Dick Grayson’s days as Robin, and Jason Todd’s brief career.  We see the Joker, Riddler, Two-Face, Scarecrow, and Ra’s and Talia Al Ghul.

Not great, not awful.  About on par with most of the “0” issues.

Detective 658 – Batman vs Cypher

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Chuck Dixon, Mike Netzer and Luke McDonnell conclude the Cypher storyline in Detective 658 (April 1993).

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Lucius Fox is the intended victim in this issue, and we discover that Cypher uses muzak tapes, with his voice hidden in the recordings, to hypnotize his victims.

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But once again, the read focus of this issue is on Azrael.  Batman tries to keep him marginalized, feeling that he is too muhc of a loose cannon.  But Azrael refuses to follow instructions, and winds up the one to save Lucius Fox when Cypher tries to make him jump from a bridge.

Cypher is not part of Knightfall, returning in the Robin comic.

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