Posts tagged ‘Mr Scratch’

Detective 729 – Mr Scratch’s plans shot down


Fight or Flight, Road to No Man’s Land, and Chuck Dixon’s run on this book all come to an end in Detective 729 (Feb. 99).


Gordon and Sarah return to Gotham, and he finds a core of the police force also willing to defy the government and stay on their posts. Bullock, Montoya, Bock and Kitch are all there.


As the military close the bridges, a hooded man leads a crowd of stragglers, demanding to be let out of the city.


Despite Robin and Nightwing’s efforts, Mr. Scratch’s men blow the bridge.


They do rescue the hooded man, revealed to be Simpson Flanders, who has certainly seen better days.


Mr. Scratch’s plans come to an abrupt halt, when the Joker single-handedly wipes out his men.  He has no interest in any newbies claiming Gotham.


Nightwing and Robin discover Wayne Manor gone, plowed into the cave.  The Return of Bruce Wayne storyline, much more recently, would amend this, that only one wing of the manor was destroyed at this point.  But that clearly goes against what is shown here, so I view that as being the result of Superboy punching a wall.

Don’t get the reference?  Stick around, I’ll get to it one day.




Detective 728 – Gordon hears the bitter truth


Fight or Flight continues in Detective 728 (Jan. 99), part of the Road to No Man’s Land running through the Bat-books.  Dixon, Rosado and Buscema are the creative team.


Mr. Scratch, more prominently featured in the other books, wants No Man’s Land passed so his gang can take over Gotham.  He sends in a number of destructive felons to wreak havoc in the city, which Robin and Nightwing try to stop.


Gordon has an interview in another city, and feels that is went pretty well.  But when he heads back, having left his glasses, he overhears what contempt he is held in.  A soul crushing scene.


Nightwing and Robin fare better against the various villains, but there is little to be celebrated, as the government sets the deadline to shut off Gotham from the rest of the country.

The story concludes next issue.



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