Posts tagged ‘Order of St Dumas’

Detective 866 – Dick Grayson solves an old case

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Denny O’Neil, Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs relate a decent one-issue tale, of a mystery that has puzzled Dick Grayson for many a year.

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Dick Grayson is Batman in this story, but Bruce Wayne has returned.  Because he has launched Batman Incorporated, he is busy around the world, so there is room for both him and Dick in the role.  After fighting some hoods, Dick comes across a medallion in the refuse on a street.  He recognizes it instantly, and Nguyen changes the art to a very child-friendly style for an extended flashback.

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The Joker has stolen the medallion from the Order of St Dumas, and fights an early (but uncostumed) Azrael.  Batman gets in the middle, and the flaming sword takes precedence.

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Robin follows the Joker, and captures him, but the medallion is nowhere in sight.  The Joker had bumped into a bum, Loomis, along the way.  Loomis was arrested, along with the Joker and Azrael, but while they escaped, he went to prison for 25 years, protesting his innocence, even though the medallion was never found.

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Dick finds the dying old man, assures him that his name will be cleared, and then finds the hoods and scares them into turning themselves and the medallion in.

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Batman rushes back with the good news, only to find the Joker had been there first.

Lots of different moods in this story, and the art carries them all well.

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Detective 842 – the Suit of Sorrows

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Peter Milligan joins Nguyen and Ridolfs for a story centring on the Suit of Sorrows, given to Batman by Talia, in Detective 842 (May 2008).

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Batman has noticed that he has become more violent with criminals since he has begun wearing the suit, and he and Tim decide to find out as much as they can about it.  Carbon dating of some dirt found deep in the armor dates it to the Crusades, at the time Ra’s Al Ghul was working with the Order of St Dumas.

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Batman heads to Spain to seek out the connection between the suit and a Catalonian massacre hundreds of years earlier.

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Batman learns that the suit was forged by an off-shoot of the Order of St Dumas, the Order of Purity, whose members continue to this day.  They are pleased that Batman has returned the suit to them, and attempt to arrange his death while heading back.  But he survives and beats them.

And learns the darker secret, that the massacre, blamed on the Moors, was in fact by the first person to wear the suit, as it amplifies one’s darker impulses.

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Batman is tempted to destroy the suit, but keeps it in the cave, where Talia finds it a year or so down the road.

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