Batman ongoing 1989 (issues 429-442)

Issue #429

Cover Date: January 1989
Subtitle: A Death in the Family book four
Writer(s): Jim Starlin
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: When Joker unleashed some of his toxic gas in the assembly, Superman inhaled it and flew off. Foiled again, Joker set off an explosion and tried to escape. Batman chased him to the roof where he stowed away on the get-away helicopter. After a gunfight, the pilot was killed and the aircraft crashed. Batman was saved by Superman, but the Joker's body was not recovered.


Issue #430

Cover Date: February 1989
Subtitle: Fatal Wish
Writer(s): Jim Starlin
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: A man disgruntled after being fired from his job set up as a sniper from a rooftop in Gotham City, taking out five people before anything could be done about it. Batman went up to take him out, but the man was shot dead by police when he got to the edge of the building and in range.


Issue #431

Cover Date: March 1989
Subtitle: The Wall
Writer(s): James Owsley
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: A man Batman had been tracking turned himself in. Through him, Batman tracked and stopped a band of assassin ninjas who'd trained under one of the masters that Batman had trained under.


Issue #432

Cover Date: April 1989
Subtitle: Dead Letter Office
Writer(s): James Owsley
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: After speaking with a PI about a missing child case, Batman investigated the seven-year-old crime. He was able to crack the case - a woman abducted the child after her own son died. The kidnap victim was a dead-ringer for her deceased son.


Issue #433

Cover Date: May 1989
Subtitle: Period of Mourning - The Many Deaths of the Batman part one
Writer(s): John Byrne
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: Police responded to a call reporting Batman's death. He was rushed to a hospital, but could not be saved. Someone at the hospital's morgue leaked the story to the press. It made front page news the next day and reached Arkham, Dick, and Alfred. Gordon paid last respects to his fallen friend. A second Batman corpse was found.


Issue #434

Cover Date: June 1989
Subtitle: How Many Times can a Batman Die? - The Many Deaths of Batman part two
Writer(s): John Byrne
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: A third and forth Batman killing was discovered. All four were experts in their fields: a race car driver, a demolitionist, a chemist, and a body builder. A fifth turned up, a gymnast. Gordon investigated by visiting a cross-bow expert (a cross-bow had killed the gymnast) who'd recently arrived in Gotham. He greeted Gordon in a Batman costume and told him that Bruce Wayne had sent it to him for a masquerade. The man died while Gordon was there. The Commissioner went to see Wayne. While talking to Wayne, Alfred brought in a package that had arrived - a Batman costume laced with acid.


Issue #435

Cover Date: July 1989
Subtitle: The Last Death of the Batman - The Many Deaths of the Batman part three
Writer(s): John Byrne
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: While under police protection, Bruce confided to Alfred that all the dead men had been his trainers in route to becoming the Batman. Alfred ran a diversion on the cops while Bruce headed down to the cave. Another Batman was found. The real Batman deduced the killer and took him down before he could strike again - he was one of the alleged dead trying to break ties from Batman before one of his foes killed him.


Issue #436

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: Different Roads - Year 3 part 1
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Pat Broderick, John Beatty
Storyline: Batman was unable to stop the forth hit on a mob boss in as many weeks. After years in prison, Anthony Zucco (who killed the Flying Graysons) was up for parole; Alfred spoke at the hearing. Dick returned to Wayne Manor at Alfred's request to speak to Bruce. Batman attempted to stop the fifth mob killing and was in the boss's house when it was bombed.


Issue #437

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: Changes Made - Year 3 part 2
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Pat Broderick, John Beatty
Storyline: Nightwing saved Batman from the rubble after the bombing. Batman left his former partner in a huff. Alfred, after returning home from the parole hearing, thought back on when Bruce took in "Master Richard." Nightwing came back to the manor looking for Batman. He and Alfred expressed their concerns about Bruce since Jason's death.


Issue #438

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: Turnabout - Year 3 part 3
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Pat Broderick, John Beatty
Storyline: Nightwing again set out to find Batman. From a group of crime bosses, Batman learned of Zucco's book - a ledger he'd kept about every crime and every criminal for the past 30 years. Alfred told Dick Zucco was getting out. He went to the release and found Batman watching. They witnessed as he was gunned down while leaving the prison.


Issue #439

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: Resolutions - Year 3 part 4
Writer(s): Marv Woflman
Artists(s): Pat Broderick, John Beatty
Storyline: Back in the cave, Batman refused to let Nightwing help him and vowed never to have a partner again. All the crime families began to aggressively search out Zucco's book. Batman threatened them to leave it alone. The parole board member who'd voted Zucco out also searched for it. Nightwing went to the orphanage where he and Zucco had both spent time and found the ledger. He was attacked by Taft, the parole board member. The book was lost in their struggle. Dick visited his parents' gravesite.


Issue #440

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: Suspects - A Lonely Place of Dying part 1
Writer(s): Marv Woflman, George Perez
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: A photographer took pictures of Batman in action, knowing he was Bruce Wayne. He then set out to find Dick Grayson. Alfred patched up Bruce from injuries he'd received the night before. He told his employer how concerned he was for him. Batman notified Gordon that Two-Face was back in action. The photographer asked Starfire about Nightwing. He broke into Dick's apartment and learned Haly's Circus was closing.
[continued in The New Titans 60]


Issue #441

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: Parallel Lines - A Lonely Place of Dying part 3
Writer(s): Marv Woflman, George Perez
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: [continued from The New Titans 60]
Batman and Two-Face tracked each other, both trying to lure the other out. Dick took Tim Drake (the kid photographer) to Wayne Manor. There, he told Dick and Alfred his story: he'd been there when Dick's parents died; he'd had his picture taken with the Flying Graysons that night; he'd seen Batman swoop down to console the surviving Grayson; he'd later seen footage of Batman and Robin; he realized that Dick was Robin and figured out the rest. Batman saved a set of twins that the former Harvey Dent had kidnapped. Dick took Tim into the cave and left him with Alfred. He went out to find Batman as Nightwing, refusing to be Robin.
[continued in The New Titans 61]


Issue #442

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: Rebirth - A Lonely Place of Dying part 5
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman, George Perez
Artists(s): George Perez, Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: [continued from The New Titans 61]
Tim grabbed Dick's old costume and insisted that he and Alfred go after Batman and Nightwing. They arrived in time to see Two-Face blow up the building a second time. Robin attacked Dent. He and Alfred saved Batman and Nightwing. Tim confronted Batman with his knowledge and that he'd stuck a tracking device on Dent. The three tracked him down and took him in. Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce agreed he needed a partner and decided to give Tim a shot.


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