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Detective 809 – War Crimes begins, and Croc needs help

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Andersen Gabrych and Pete Woods return, with Javier Bergantino on inks, for War Crimes, a four part sequel to War Games, beginning in Detective 809 (Early Oct. 05), and continuing though the following issue, and the two issues of Batman the same month.

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The question of blame for the events in War Games is central to this storyline.  Batman takes down the head of the Vosovs, but even she blames Batman for the revived warring.

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Bruce Wayne is sent the tape of a tv show, in which a heavily scarred survivor, Aaron Black, is interviewed, and talks about the torture and death of Stephanie Brown at the hands of Black Mask.  He reveals her identity as Spoiler, and as Robin as well.

Batman goes to see Leslie Thompkins, only  to find that she has left Gotham completely.  And Stephanie’s medical records have been stolen as well.

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Batman runs into Aaron Black, and has the guts to stand up to him and defend his position, but gets a bit more scared when the Joker shows up.

The story continues in the next issue of Batman.

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Gabrych also scripts the Croc story, with Castillo and Ramos on the art.

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As dangerous and threatening as he is, Croc still maintains enough sanity to not eat the doctor, who he is relying on to cure him from the virus Hush injected him with.

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The last page of the story makes one wonder about the doctor’s motives, but that’s just for the cliff-hanger.  She stays true to her oath.

The story concludes in the next issue.

 

Detective 797- War Games begins, and the Riddler visits Poison Ivy

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Gabrych, Woods and Massengil launch the first chapter of War Games, which will run through the Batman books for the next three months, in Detective 797 (Oct. 04).  The story follows the one-shot, Batman – the 15 Cent Adventure, in which Stephanie, back as Spoiler, tries to prove her worth to Batman by stealing one of his secret plans and putting it into operation – which results in sparking a gang war.

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Batman and Oracle spend most of the issue trying to co-ordinate things and keep control of a situation that spirals rapidly away from them.  The Penguin had attended the meeting-turned-firefight with Deadshot as his bodyguard, and as the story progresses, all the mobs wind up hiring costumed villains, though most only get cameos.

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Orpheus and Onyx visit the Penguin and Deadshot, but discover that they know no more than anyone else about the situation.  But everyone is leaping to take advantage of it – the Escobedos and Vosovs get into their own personal vendetta, and the Triad splits and winds up fighting against itself for dominance in Chinatown.

The story continues in Legends of the Dark Knight.

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The Riddler comes to visit Poison Ivy in the first chapter of a three-part story, by Shane McCarthy, Tommy Castillo and Rodney Ramos.

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The story is a follow-up to Hush, from recent issues of Batman.  The Riddler, blamed by many for setting all of that off, is on the run, and mistakes Poison Ivy’s invitation for sanctuary.  He is amazed at her private jungle, unaware that her powers were so great.

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She, of course, did not invite the Riddler for tea.  She was used as part of Hush, and none too happy about it.

The story continues next issue.

 

Detective 743 – Whisper A’Daire and Abbot debut

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Ra’s Al Ghul sends two new agents to Gotham in Detective 743 (April 2000), Whisper A’Daire and Abbot, who will both play major roles for a while, as Rucka, Martinborough and Mitchell launch a complex storyline.

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Whisper has been Ra’s acolyte, while it appears Abbot has been working for him longer.  With unspecified plans, and an even more mysterious potion they need to take, Ra’s Al Ghul sends Whisper and Abbot to Gotham to do his bidding.

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Batman and the police have been extremely busy, as a variety of gangs are moving in to the newly opened Gotham, despite the best efforts to hold them back.

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Rucks cleverly uses a briefing by Bock to introduce the heads of the five families that will be significant in this storyline: the Crowns, the Tzus, the Edcobedos, the Kosovs, and the Galantes.

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Whisper runs into Bruce Wayne at a society function, as he endows a new library.  He notices as she works the room, meeting all the influential people. Barbara Gordon is also there, and grew suspicious of the woman as well.

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Batman goes to investigate the youth centre built by Crown, and ponders on the accusation thrown at Bruce Wayne earlier, that building the library is not compensation for leaving Gotham.  But he is not so lost in thought that he does not notice Abbot (although he does not know who is at this point), who blows up the centre.

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