Batman: War Games act one: Outbreak

Batman: The 12 Cent Adventure

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: War Games prelude: No Help
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Ramon Bachs, Paul Fernandez, Rondey Ramos
Storyline: Spoiler, after being fired as Robin, watched Pasquale Galante Junior - the top mob boss in Gotham City. Orpheus and Onyx approached him. Other rival gang lords arrived including Penguin with Deadshot and Lew Moxon with Hellhound. When Scarface entered the picture, so did Catwoman. She approached Spoiler. The meeting became a shootout. Catwoman split and Spoiler was close behind her.
An event Bruce Wayne was attending was crashed by Kobra terrorists. He quickly changed clothes. By the way they headed straight for their loot, Batman knew it was an inside job.
Alfred contacted Nightwing after not hearing from him in a while.

Detective 797

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: War Games act 1, part 1: Flashpoint
Writer(s): Anderson Gabrych
Artists(s): Pete Woods, Nathan Massengill
Storyline: After the firefight, Orpheus called Batman. He and Batgirl arrived quickly. Of the 21 gang lords who attended, only 8 walked away. Batman clued in Oracle. Batgirl went in to the Chinatown mob, where a coup was attempted within their ranks to gain power. Batman went after Escabedo's family on the North End - it was attacked by the Odessa Mob. Orpheus went to Penguin, who denied calling the hits. Chaos touched all the gangs.

Legends of the Dark Knight 182

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: War Games act 1, part2: Behind Enemy Lines
Writer(s): AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): Brad Walker, Troy Nixey
Storyline: Batman got to Orpheus and gave him orders of which gangs he needed to take over. Matches Malone set some things up to help Orpheus with the task. A ship was destroyed at sea before the help could get to it - its crew took over the would-be rescuing ship. Penguin's men took the bounty. Orpheus met with complications on his first take-over attempt. Onyx was shot.

Nightwing 96

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 1, Part 3: A Sort of Homecoming
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Mike Lilly, Andy Owens
Storyline: Nightwing returned to Gotham City and met up with Batman. He was sent to the Thompson Clinic to help Leslie. Tarantula showed up in Gotham City, too. She stopped a brawl between a gang and the police and later boasted that she'd killed Blockbuster. Nightwing spoke with Onyx who was also being treated at the clinic. Tim assured his father that he had no plans of going out to help. Nightwing reported to Batman that Tarantula had the Latino Unified gang under control. Batman told Oracle she would be working with the team for the duration of the uprising.

Gotham Knights 56

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 1, Part 4: Rules of Engagement
Writer(s): AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): Al Barrionuevo, Francis Portella
Storyline: Hush surveyed the mob situation overlooking Gotham City. Penguin attempted to auction off some arms and people to rivals, but his asking price was too high for them. Batman sent Batgirl to order Tarantula to merge with Orpheus' gang. She refused. The Russian mob proposed a merger with another, only to double-cross them and join Scarface. Hush turned down an offer from Penguin.

Robin 129

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 1, Part 5: Alamo High
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Giuseppe Camuncoli, Lorenzo Ruggiero
Storyline: While walking to school, Tim witnessed a mob team try to kidnap his classmate, Darla Aquista - the daughter of one of the few remaining mob bosses. He was able to take down some of the gunmen and save Darla, though the gun battle took care of a few of the combatants. Scarface's gang joined in the hunt. One of Tim's friends caught a bullet in the leg. Tim captured Scarface after wrecking their car. Other gangs began hitting family members of those in charge of their rivals. Darla was shot; Tim gave her CPR.

Batgirl 55

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 1, Part 6: Total War
Writer(s): Dylan Horrocks
Artists(s): Sean Phillips
Storyline: Batgirl stopped two assassins from hitting a four-year-old boy. Oracle continued to point her toward her next assignments. Oracle got word to Batman about the shootout at Tim's school. Batgirl encountered Spoiler and told her to go home. Batgirl took leave and headed to help Batman at the school. The media was already on site. Gunshots were heard.

Catwoman 34

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 1, Part 7: Cold Hard Facts
Writer(s): Ed Brubaker
Artists(s): Paul Gulacy, Jimmy Palmiotti
Storyline: Catwoman stopped a shootout from getting too close to a group of children. She got the victim to the Thompson Clinic. Holly called - Mr. Freeze attacked a group attending what they thought was a peace conference. Catwoman took him down, though when she arrived he'd already killed everyone involved. She spied Spoiler and talked to her. Stephanie believed she was the cause of the war. Catwoman took her to her home so they could talk. She admitted that she'd stolen plans from Batman's computer and had invited all the mob bosses together that first night. One major player didn't show up - Matches Malone - which set the whole thing in motion. Stephanie had no idea Malone was one of Batman's aliases.

Batman 631

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 1, part 8: Last Stand at Alamo High
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Kinsun, Aaron Sowd
Storyline: Batman, Batgirl, and Nightwing readied to enter the school. Once in, Nightwing got to Tim and was briefed on the current situation. Batman got to a set of hostages, took down their captors, and released them. Batman walked Darla Aquista out to the paramedics. He, Batgirl, and Nightwing were all captured on film by the media - some of which believing they were behind the incident.

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