Batman ongoing 1991 (issues 458-472)

Issue #458

Cover Date: January 1991
Subtitle: Night Monsters
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman saved Penguin's former electronics genius, Harold, from a mob calling him a monster and pervert. Batman invited Harold to join him. Commissioner Gordon welcomed Sarah Essen back to GCPD.


Issue #459

Cover Date: February 1991
Subtitle: Saturday Night at the Movies
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Gordon and Essen picked right back up with their affair (see Batman Year One). Gordon began feeling like a kid again - he walked Sarah back to her hotel, then had a chest pain.


Issue #460

Cover Date: March 1991
Subtitle: Sisters in Arms part one: It's a Man's World
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Tim Sale
Storyline: On her way home from a jewel heist, Catwoman saved a couple from a mugging. Joe Potato contacted Batman about what he believed was a slaving ring. Everyone readied for a Catwoman appearance - an ancient Egyptian cat artifact was on display at a museum. Bruce was afraid Vicki Vale (who was assigned to photograph it) would get hurt; Gordon was afraid Sarah would get hurt.


Issue #461

Cover Date: April 1991
Subtitle: Sisters in Arms part two: Ladies' Night
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman and Potato saved the latest batch of girls from the slavers, but their ringleader was the museum head - he was setting a trap for the Catwoman. He caught her, plus Essen and Vale. The three worked together to escape. Catwoman got her statue, Vale got her pictures, and Essen got her slaver.


Issue #462

Cover Date: May 1991
Subtitle: Spirit of the Beast part one: To Live and Die in California
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman found one of Bruce Wayne's friends dying of an axe wound. He followed a lead to San Francisco. He was on the scene when another was attacked, but he couldn't stop it. Native Americans were taking back artifacts that the white man had taken from them.


Issue #463

Cover Date: June 1991
Subtitle: Spirit of the Beast part two: Ghost
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: From there, he followed another lead into Death Valley. He stopped the Indians from killing one of their own, an elderly blind man. The old man told Batman what was going on. They went after the rogue Indian preparing for a ritual.


Issue #464

Cover Date: early July 1991
Subtitle: Spirit of the Beast part three: Sacrifice
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman and the old man stopped the ritual and saved the hostages. Batman left him there to die (he was over 130 years old) and went home (taking the man's dog).


Issue #465

Cover Date: late July 1991
Subtitle: Debut
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Tim went out with Batman as Robin for the first time. They split up - Robin took down some muggers and visited his father (who was still hospitalized). Robin and Bruce Wayne later stopped a "star-stalker." Gordon announced to them that he and Sarah were getting married.


Issue #466

Cover Date: early August 1991
Subtitle: No More Heroes
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman and Robin tracked some gangbangers into an amusement park. Robin stopped a sniper from killing himself after shooting one of the gangsters. He and Batman took down the rest of the mooks.


Issue #467

Cover Date: late August 1991
Subtitle: Shadow Box part one
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Tom Lyle, Andy Mushynsky
Storyline: Batman and Robin took down an arms deal being headed by the Ghost Dragons. The way things looked, Kingsnake was alive. The Ghost Dragons hijacked the feds and took back their weaponry. Batman and Robin could not stop them. Lynx reported back to Kingsnake. Gordon showed Batman a Ghost Dragon corpse wearing a Robin outfit.


Issue #468

Cover Date: early September 1991
Subtitle: Shadow Box part two
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Tom Lyle, Andy Mushynsky
Storyline: As the Ghost Dragons played with their new toys, Bruce told Tim he'd be going out alone for the next few nights. He was shot trying to break up a gang fight and returned to the cave. Alfred patched him up and he prepared to go back out; Robin convinced him not to. At a crime scene, someone dropped a dead Robin at Gordon's feet. He gave it to Batman.


Issue #469

Cover Date: late September 1991
Subtitle: Shadow Box part three
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Tom Lyle, Scott Hanna
Storyline: After finding jewels in the dead bird, Batman went back out solo. Tim found out about the jewels and realized what Batman was doing. Kingsnake trapped Batman, who easily defeated the blind martial artist. He was then stopped, caught in the cross-hairs of Lynx's gun. Robin swooped in on her and saved his partner. They left the scene, but Batman was disappointed that Robin disobeyed him.


Issue #470

Cover Date: October 1991
Subtitle: Of Gods and Men (War of the Gods part 5)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Rick Burchett
Storyline: At Wonder Woman's request, Batman and Robin searched for an ancient goblet. They rescued it from Maxie Zeus, who'd recently been released from Arkham Asylum.


Issue #471

Cover Date: November 1991
Subtitle: Requiem for a Killer
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: Batman and his new dog, Ace, searched the sewers for Killer Croc. They found a dwelling that he'd set up for some homeless people. Batman got them to safety when the sewer suddenly filled. Croc was not able to escape and was feared dead.


Issue #472

Cover Date: December 1991
Subtitle: The Idiot part one: The Queen of Hearts
Writer(s): Peter Milligan
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: Batman traveled to Rio De Janeiro tracking the Queen of Hearts. He encountered mindless children called dead boys; they were thought to be taking a new designer drug. He located the Queen and tracked her into the drug den (she was chasing down one of the dealers).
[continued in Detective 639]


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