I took a ridiculous amount of screen shots for Detective 750 (Nov. 00), but I do like both stories in it.
Greg Rucka, Shawn Martinborough and Steve Mitchell are the team as Whisper A’Daire returns, catching up with the now one-eyed Abbot. She gives him the serum to restore his powers, so Ra’s Al Ghul can make use of him again.
Batman has begin actively searching for Ra’s, and though he claims he is just catching up on his hunt for Whisper, Oracle knows this has to do with events from JLA – the Tower of Bable storyline, in which Talia stole Batman’s plans to use against the other members of the team, and Ra’s executed the plans, almost killing the other Leaguers. Batman was expelled from the League shortly before the events in this story.
Ra’s has been searching for Talia, who split from him towards the end of Tower of Babel. Whisper has found her, and Ra’s demands she be brought to him.
Talia is in Gotham, so it’s no surprise that Batman finds her as well, and there’s a rematch for Batman and Abbot. Whisper shoots Talia before Batman takes her down, and Abbot flees with Al Ghul’s daughter.
And Ra’s is all angry at Talia, for betraying and deserting him, yet again.
Batman holds Whisper, and gets information by “torturing” her, pouring out all her serum. Love this page, so well done.
Batman also gives her the antidote, freeing her of her addiction, and removing her cobra tongue.
Silly Batman. Whisper was not a victim of Ra’s, but a willing follower, and she returned to him, and is back on the cobra juice. Everyone is gathered for Ra’s latest big evil destructive plot. He orders Batman killed, but Talia begs to be allowed to plead with him.
Which, as always, leads to his escape. What makes me fascinated with this story is that Ra’s expects it, watches it. He even gives up before Batman returns to attack, knowing that it is over, as it always is. There is an odd fatalism to it.
There is an extra-length Jacobian story in this issue, by Gorfinkel, Johnson and Panosian.
The Jacobian hears about a hero from the past, the Moment, and the woman he tried to train as a sidekick. He was about getting out of the moment, or into the moment. Being of the moment and what it can free you to do. Gorfinkel writes it all waaaay better than I do.
And this chapter is really fun, with the art altering to convey the different takes on reality that the Moment and the sidekick-turned-villainess can create.
And all the while reading it, one cannot help but feel there is a connection between these two characters, and the Jacobian and Leelee – which is confirmed by the art towards the end. Gotta love parallel structure.