Batman: War Games act two: Tides

Detective 798

Cover Date: November 2004
Subtitle: War Games act 2, part 1: Undertow
Writer(s): Anderson Gabrych
Artists(s): Pete Woods, Cam Smith
Storyline: News sources reported Darla Aquino dead of the gunshot wound she received at the school attack. Her father ordered the entire Odessa mob killed. Oracle and Batman spoke on the current situations as Tim contemplated helping out. Batman met with Commissioner Akins requesting command of his men for the next eight hours. Akins denied him. Onyx left Dr. Thompkins' clinic; Tim met Alfred and suited up.

Legends of the Dark Knight 183

Cover Date: November 2004
Subtitle: War Games act 2, part 2: Philosophical Differences
Writer(s): AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): Brad Walker, Troy Nixey
Storyline: Catwoman told Spoiler that Batman was Matches Malone. Spoiler tried to run, but Catwoman stopped her and put her under the watch of Holly and Karon. Jim Gordon stopped in and spoke with his successor to offer help. Matches Malone began snooping around asking questions. Word on the street was Diego Escabedo was calling the shots. Robin (Tim) joined Batman on patrol. Catwoman clued Leslie Thompkins in on the Spoiler situation. Batman talked to Gordon and voiced his concerns over Akins' abilities. Diego Escabedo had been captured and was being tortured.

Nightwing 97

Cover Date: November 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 2, Part 3: Clarification
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Mike Lilly, Andy Owens
Storyline: Batman picked up Nightwing and they discussed the overall situation. Batman saw it as very methodical and familiar. They met with Tarantula to get an update on her gang. Batman ordered Oracle to get her in on the information loop. Robin noticed something was going on in Nightwing's head. Spoiler escaped the care of Holly and Karon. Escabedo continued to be tortured. His torturer took over Scarface's gang. Penguin had Gotham City's power shut down.

Gotham Knights 57

Cover Date: November 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 2, Part 4: The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Writer(s): AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): Al Barrionuevo, Francis Portella
Storyline: Batman ordered Tarantula to take down Penguin with no killing. She got into the Iceberg Lounge. Spoiler was being pursued. Batman realized the whole thing was going according to his plan. Alfred confirmed that Stephanie was the last person to access the file (his contingency plan on this gang war). He got word out to everyone that Orpheus had to stay alive - he was the center of the plan. Tarantula got to Penguin. Spoiler got to Orpheus, who was in the process of being captured.

Robin 130

Cover Date: November 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 2, Part 5: The Only Light in Gotham
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Jon Proctor, Robert Campanella, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: Black Mask, thought to be dead, attacked Spoiler and defeated and began to torture her. She finally broke and told him Orpheus was the central piece of Batman's plan; Black Mask had already killed Orpheus. Tim told his dad he was back in costume. He asked that he and Dana volunteer at Dr. Thompkins' clinic.

Batgirl 56

Cover Date: November 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 2, Part 6: Collateral Damage
Writer(s): Dylan Horrocks
Artists(s): Mike Huddleston, Jesse Delperdang
Storyline: Batgirl took down one of the Moxon family's snipers. The Ghost Dragons tried to take over the Thompkins Clinic but were stopped by Batgirl. Lynx may have been killed accidentally by one of her own. Hush got to Black Mask. He offered to tell the crazed man where Batman's cave was.

Catwoman 35

Cover Date: November 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 2, Part 7: Betrayal
Writer(s): Ed Brubaker
Artists(s): Paul Gulacy, Jimmy Palmiotti
Storyline: Oracle clued Catwoman in on the Ravens, who were in her neighborhood. Batman took control of the police airwaves. He ordered all officers to push their prey toward Robinson Park. Catwoman cornered the Ravens, but one shot a tanker truck causing a huge explosion. Batman called Orpheus and told him to meet him at the Hill; Black Mask intercepted the message.

Batman 632

Cover Date: November 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 2, part 8: Orpheus in the Underworld
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Kinsun, Aaron Sowd
Storyline: Black Mask "became" Orpheus and left to meet Batman. Acquista ordered Zeiss to kill all the remaining bosses, starting with Orpheus. Zeiss got to him; Batman made his appearance shortly thereafter. He took Zeiss down and went to find the explosives he claimed to have set. "Orpheus" let Zeiss go. Batman gave him his orders and contacted Oracle then the police.

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