Batman ongoing 1992 (issues 473-487)

Issue #473

Cover Date: January 1992
Subtitle: The Idiot part three: Into the Idiot Zone
Writer(s): Peter Milligan
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: [continued from Detective 639]
Batman was able to break the link that controlled minds high on the drug by taking it and destroying the link from the inside. Batman was fooled. The Idiot (the entity controlling the users) became real/physical.
[continued in Detective 640]


Issue #474

Cover Date: February 1992
Subtitle: The Destroyer part one: A Tale of Two Cities
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: While Batman was breaking up some painting counterfeiters, an abandoned building was imploded. Another was destroyed moments later. They had a common owner, and Batman (thinking insurance scam) questioned him. The third building was not related to the first two. It appeared to Batman that the buildings were being destroyed to improve the aesthetic look of the city.
[continued in Legends of the Dark Knight 27]


Issue #475

Cover Date: March 1992
Subtitle: The Return of Scarface part one: Mustache Pete is Dead
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: The Ventriloquist was released from prison on a technicality. The Street Demonz had taken Scarface's territory and gang. Gordon introduced Batman to his new assistant, Rene Montoya. Batman saw Bruce Wayne's girlfriend, Vicki Vale, kissing her partner.
[continued in Detective 642]


Issue #476

Cover Date: April 1992
Subtitle: The Return of Scarface part three: The Gig Heat
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: [continued from Detective 642]
Bruce Wayne visited Vicki Vale in the hospital. He contemplated telling her he was Batman. Scarface's gang sabotaged a deal between two of their rival gangs.


Issue #477

Cover Date: early May 1992
Subtitle: A Gotham Tale part 1: Gargoyles
Writer(s): John Wagner
Artists(s): Cam Kennedy
Storyline: Batman attempted to stop a museum robbery, but was locked in the vault with two others.


Issue #478

Cover Date: late May 1992
Subtitle: A Gotham Tale part 2: Venging Spirits
Writer(s): John Wagner
Artists(s): Cam Kennedy
Storyline: Through trickery, Batman got one of his fellow captives to confess to being the serial killer known as the Gargoyle. Police opened the vault and arrested him (the whole ordeal was an elaborate setup).


Issue #479

Cover Date: early June 1992
Subtitle: Pagan
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Tom Mandrake
Storyline: A wealthy young man was found severely beaten and left for dead. Batman, after questioning him, tracked one the man's friends. He'd been kidnapped by a woman calling herself Pagan. Pagan was torturing them for their involvement of a gang-rape of her sister. Batman stopped her; he took her and the rapists in.


Issue #480

Cover Date: late June 1992
Subtitle: To the Father I Never Knew
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: Tim prepared for his father's release from the hospital. Batman and Robin went out for possibly their last night together (Tim's father would require much assistance and could not live alone). Alfred showed Tim the house nearest to Wayne Manor was for sale.


Issue #481

Cover Date: early July 1992
Subtitle: Messenger of Zeus
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: Maxie Zeus sent a message to his gang via his girlfriend, Iris. She overheard them discussing their leader in a bad light, but she told them to call off their heist anyway. Iris had a breakdown and became Harpy. She was there to take down the gang when they went on with plans. They escaped when Batman showed up and Harpy went for him instead.


Issue #482

Cover Date: late July 1992
Subtitle: Vengeance of the Harpy
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: Batman overpowered Harpy easily, but she escaped when he saved a guard she'd endangered. Batman used Maxie Zeus' and her own insanities against them to take her in.


Issue #483

Cover Date: August 1992
Subtitle: Crash & Burn - A Love Story
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: A bank robbing team headed north toward Gotham City. When their capture was imminent, they holed up in a chemical plant and planned to blow themselves and half of Gotham up. Batman and Robin saved them, giving them exactly what they didn't want - imprisonment.


Issue #484

Cover Date: September 1992
Subtitle: Warpaint
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Tom Grindberg, Trevor Scott
Storyline: A Wayne-owned jewelry store was burned by men in masks. It was the third in a string of Wayne burnings. With Black Mask's grudge against Wayne and a burned mask found at the scene, Batman was positive he was the one behind the arsons. Batman infiltrated the False Face Society in disguise; Lucious Fox was kidnapped.


Issue #485

Cover Date: October 1992
Subtitle: Faces of Death
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Tom Grindberg, Trevor Scott
Storyline: Batman, as Skullface, got in closer to Black Mask. Robin informed Gordon what was going on. Their score went down as planned; the police took in most of the False Facers. Batman gave chase, but Black Mask himself escaped. Showing signs of fatigue, Batman considered himself a failure.


Issue #486

Cover Date: November 1992
Subtitle: Heavy Metalhead
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: Tim's father, Jack Drake, continued to show signs of progress under the care of Dr. Shondra Kinsolving; other doctors had given up on him getting any better. Batman ran into another obstacle, a freak that had been dubbed Metalhead, searching out Black Mask. Batman defeated Metalhead, but was in poor condition - exhausted and hurt. Alfred and Tim got him back to the cave.


Issue #487

Cover Date: December 1992
Subtitle: Box of Blood
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: Bruce agreed that he'd see a doctor. All tests showed he was physically fine. After a week without going out as Batman, he went out for a patrol. Commissioner Gordon was out looking for an assassin hired to kill him. Sarah, though staunchly against the vigilante, called Batman in to help her husband. Batman was able to save his friend.


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