Posts tagged ‘Vesper Fairchild’

Detective 766 – Bruce Wayne: Murderer begins

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After a prologue in the one-shot Batman – the 10-Cent Adventure, which ended with Bruce and Sasha discovering Vesper Fairchild’s dead body in Wayne Manor, the Bruce Wayne: Murderer storyline starts off in Detective 766 (March 2002), by Greg Rucka, Scott McDaniel, and Jesse Delperdang.

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Maggie Sawyer leads the investigation, with Montoya and Allen as the detectives on the case.

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Montoya finds it hard to believe that Wayne would be guilty, but all she is really going on is that he bought her flowers as a present from Harvey Dent.  Crispus Allen, going by the evidence, is sure he is the killer.

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Much of the story takes place in the interrogation rooms, as Montoya works on Sasha, and Allen tries to break Bruce.  Of course, no matter what the pressure, the two do not break.

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They play the recording of Vesper’s 911 call, which includes the sound of her being shot.  The cops treat this as damning evidence, despite no killer being identified in the call.

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The story closes on Alfred.  For the past few years, he had been serving as Tim Drake’s valet as the boarding school he attends.  But with Bruce in so much trouble, it’s time to return home.

The story continues in the next issue of Batgirl.

Detective 764 – Bruce invites Vesper to join him in the hot tub

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Three women are at the core of the story in Detective 764 (Jan. 02), by Rucka, Martinborough and Delperdang.

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Sasha continues to watch the romance between Bruce Wayne and Vesper Fairchild, with bitterness, a touch of jealousy, and mystification at what Bruce sees in her – particularly when the time he spends with her does not seem to make him happy.

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This issue also sees Maggie Sawyer move from Metropolis to Gotham, taking up the lieutenancy vacated by Bullock.  The story teases her identity, with her name slowly being painted into her door, but her first scene shows her girlfriend, Toby, which is a dead giveaway to any comic geek.

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Tensions is also rising between Batman and Sasha, as she disobeys orders in the interests of helping, and calls him out on caring more about being in command than in saving lives.  Batman does not appreciate that.

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Commissioner Akins presents Maggie Sawyer to the cops – only Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen get shown specifically.  But Maggie gives a good introductory speech.

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Bruce pretends to forget a date with Vesper, and she shows up to the Manor, only to find him in the hot tub with three other women and no bathing suit.  Bruce invites her to join, but she storms out.

And Sasha is left more confused than ever.

Detective 762 – Batman gives Sasha a push, and Slam Bradley ends

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Sasha Bordeaux becomes a costumed crime-fighter in Detective 762 (Nov. 01), whether she wants to or not, in a story by Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett, Dan Davis and Rodney Ramos.

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As the Internal Affairs investigator takes Renee Montoya around, showing her the evidence and the witnesses, Bruce continues to play the fool, even with Vesper Fairchild.

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But he is all business when it comes to Sasha.  She does not want to wear a costume and mask, but he insists.  It would detract from his persona to have her dressed normally, and add to the risk of exposure.  She is also tentative about his retracting line, but he gives her no choice, shoving her off the roof.  Hang on or die.

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The training night is interrupted when Batman spots some actual criminals.  He orders Sasha to stay behind.  And like every single other person Batman has trained, she disobeys and dives into the action.

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Having seen all the evidence, Renee is brought back to the station.  She confronts Harvey Bullock, who admits the murder.  The guy got away with shooting Gordon, and Harvey couldn’t have that.  He resigns from the force.

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Slam Bradley meets with Catwoman in the last issue of his series, by Brubaker and Cooke.  She answers his questions and fills in the gaps, and generally charms Slam.  Enough that he decides to say he couldn’t find anything.

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The mayor, the mob and the cops are all upset to hear that Slam is leaving the case without a solution, and express their discontent. But he keeps his mouth shut.

And for this, gets a supporting role in the new Catwoman series, launching the following month.

 

 

Detective 761- Sasha trains, and Slam Bradley meets Batman for the first time

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I choose to interpret this cover to show the first meeting of Batman and Slam Bradley, which takes place in Detective 761 (Oct. 01), even though the figure with the gun might be anyone.  Certainly it seems to fit the second story, and not the first at all.

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The Batman story in this issue, by Rucka, Martinborough, and Jesse Delperdang, has him lay out a 30 day training regime that Sasha Bordeaux must complete in order to continue to work with him.

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While this is going on, and Internal Affairs investigation begins of the police.  Renee and Allen are focussed on by the other cops, because of their actions under the Mad Hatter.

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Bruce continues to see Vesper, to Sasha’s dismay.  Vesper is no longer a radio host, having moved into journalism, and has come back to Gotham on a story.

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And what is that story?  Well, she is spying on Batman, and flirting with Bruce.  She even has a camera.  Oh, no!  Vesper Fairchild has turned into Vicki Vale!  She must be trying to prove Bruce is Batman!  How…boring.

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The Internal Affairs investigation provides a better twist, as Renee discovers it’s not about the Mad Hatter at all.  The man who shot Jim Gordon has been killed, and the evidence points to a cop.

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Slam Bradley continues to have a hard time of things in this chapter, by Brubaker and Cooke.

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People are beating, threatening and bribing him to either find or not find Catwoman and/or Selina Kyle, but despite everyone’s interest, Slam really isn’t getting anywhere.

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He does have his first meeting with Batman, over 60 years since the men began sharing this comic. And it doesn’t start well, as Batman threatens Slam, wanting to know his agenda.  Slam does manage to convince Batman that he has no bad intentions towards the woman.

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And so, cleared by Batman, Slam Bradley meets Selina Kyle.

The story concludes next issue.

Detective 760 – Sasha provides interference, and Slam Bradley gets taken for a ride

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Rucka, Martinborough and Mitchell conclude the three-part Mad Hatter story in Detective 760 (Sept. 01).

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Batman gives Sasha a role in his plans to take down the Mad Hatter.  She does not understand it, it seems weird and trivial, but he just barks at her not to ask questions.

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The Hatter continues to recite poetry by Lewis Carroll – The Hunting of the Snark.  And we see his big device for sending his mind control waves.

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Stacey, Commissioner Akins secretary, is ordered to kill her boss, but Batman arrives in time to intervene.  The coffee cards function as the receiver, and need to be cut to stop the Hatter’s waves from affecting those who drank his coffee.

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But the Hatter sets off crazy cops, running wild, throughout the city, before the news of the card can get out.

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Crispus Allen and Renee Montoya, whose cards were taken with their possessions, have to fight to escape from their crazed guards.

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So it’s Sasha who saves the day, using an amplifier on the device Batman gave her to send out an electronic interference that messes with the Hatter’s waves, and frees his victims.

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Batman takes down the Mad Hatter. And Sasha gets a shock when she returns to the Manor, and finds Bruce having coffee (the non-mind controlling kind) with Vesper Fairchild.  She is an ex of his, making her first appearance in this book.

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Slam Bradley exhumes the body of Selina Kyle in this chapter of the Brubaker/Cooke story.

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The results are inconclusive, but Slam has no time to mull on that, as he gets knocked out and taken away by the mob.

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They are eager to find out the truth about Seline Kyle, and demand he report to them on her, as well as to the Mayor about Catwoman.  Slam figures out what none of the rest have, that the two women are the same.

 

 

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