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.
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.
Detective 727 (Dec. 98) is the beginning of the three-part Fight or Flight storyline, one of the threads of Road to No Man’s Land, which runs through the Bat-books. Each book took a different facet of the story to focus on, and Detective Comics sees Nightwing and Robin do their best to protect the city, while Bruce is in Washington, D.C., trying to fend off No Man’s Land. Chuck Dixon is joined by William Rosado and Stan Buscema for this, the final storyline of his long run on the book.
The Firefly is the main villain in the issue. This seems odd, considering that he was just captured last issue, but reference is made to him escaping 12 hours earlier.
Nightwing and Robin find it hard to take down a villain who cares nothing about being set on fire during their fights.
This storyline also deals with Jim Gordon and Sarah Essen. With the government discussing sealing off Gotham and letting it die, the Gordons decide to move on, and find employment in a more stable city.
Firefly gets set on fire twice in this issue, but isn’t down for the count until being hit by a cement truck. Bullock and Montoya are the police given some play in this issue, but only minor roles.
The story continues in the next issue.