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Detective 776 – a cycle of vengeance, and Spore begins

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Paul Bolles, William Rosado and Bob Wiacek are the creative team on the one-shot story in Detective 776 (Jan. 03).

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Beuce Wayne has been very mopey since Sasha left.  The story begins with a beautiful illustration of the Manor and the cave, but the bleakness and emptiness convey Bruce’s emotional state.

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Batman winds up on a case that involves an undercover cop now in the witness protection program.  He gave evidence against the mobster whose organization he had infiltrated, but the man went free.  Now, someone is killing off the gang members, the former cop is the prime suspect.

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Batman goes to visit the man’s father, to find out where he is.  Despite being in the witness protection program, the guy apparently stayed in touch with his father.

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Nor does the gangster have much trouble finding him, as they are out to kill him before he can kill them.  Great art on this.

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It turns out Batman and the police have it all wrong.  The father was killing the gang members, to draw out the leader.  And though he pulls a gun on him, it’s only to ensure that he gets shot himself, with Batman as a witness, to ensure the man will go to prison and his son can return to his life.

A really sad little story.  Batman can be a downer.

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Spore, a really wonderful, off-beat back-up series begins in this issue.  Written by J.C. Gagne, and illustrated by Michel Gagne (I bet they’re related), Spore is a silent series that runs for five issues.  So I will respect this by doing my best to summarize it solely with screen caps.

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Detective 747 – Happy Birthday, Renee Montoya, and the Jacobian gets a case

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William Rosado joins Greg Rucka and Steve Mitchell on Detective 747 (Aug. 00), which puts the spotlight on Renee Montoya.

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It’s her birthday, but all that seems to mean in her neighbourhood is that everyone hassles her about not being married with children.

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At work, she discovers a bouquet of flowers, and an unsigned card.  Her partner Crispus Allen is curious, but isn’t even aware that it’s her birthday.

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Commissioner Gordon knows what day it is, but his attempt to bring some birthday cheer turns into a shoulder for Renee to dump her troubles on.

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With no pressing cases, Renee investigates the mystery of the flowers.  Tracking down the florist, she discovers that they were ordered by Bruce Wayne, and goes to confront him.  Hr confirms her suspicions, that the actual sender was Harvey Dent.  He had contacted Wayne to send the flowers, counting on their old friendship.

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So her birthday party winds up consisting of shared cupcakes in the prison visiting room, with the man who held her captive.  It’s sad, and touching.

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There is an uplifting moment at the end, as Batman leaves her a birthday card, thanking her for her kindness towards Dent.

Not a big story, no huge drama.  But it sure hits you.

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The Jacobian faces the sniper in this installment of his series, by Gorfinkel, Johnson and Sowd.

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The Sniper is a woman, Leelee, and quickly moves from attacked to client, as she asks the Jacobian to find her husband, though she has no idea who he is, or where he might be.

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The one clue she can provide winds up leading him to his old friend, Farouk, as well as a group of assassins, dressed just like Leelee.

Detective 729 – Mr Scratch’s plans shot down

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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).

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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.

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As the military close the bridges, a hooded man leads a crowd of stragglers, demanding to be let out of the city.

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Despite Robin and Nightwing’s efforts, Mr. Scratch’s men blow the bridge.

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They do rescue the hooded man, revealed to be Simpson Flanders, who has certainly seen better days.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

Detective 728 – Gordon hears the bitter truth

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 – Nightwing and Robin vs Firefly

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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.

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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.

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Nightwing and Robin find it hard to take down a villain who cares nothing about being set on fire during their fights.

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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.

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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.

 

Detective 725 – Batman and Nightwing patrol the ruins

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Chuck Dixon, William Rosado and Tom Palmer are the team on Detective 725 (Sept. 98).  It’s an Aftershock story, dealing primarily with the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson.

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Batman and Nightwing patrol what might once have been the streets of Gotham.  His new Batmobile sprays a smelly dye on rioters, marking them for the police.  Dick talks about the good old days, though Bruce doubts that it could ever have been called good.

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Dick also discusses his plans to become a police officer in Bludhaven, doing openly what he has been doing in secret for so long.

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Bruce commends Dick, on how Robin and Nightwing are simply extensions of who Dick Grayson is, while Batman has always been an identity for Bruce Wayne to hide in.

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Nothing big or super-dramatic.  Just a good story about the two men.

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