Batman ongoing 1994 (issues 503-513, 0)

Batman 503

Cover Date: January 1994
Subtitle: Night Becomes Woman (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley
Storyline: [continued from Catwoman 6]
Seeing Catwoman on the wharf, Batman believed she'd stolen the neurotoxin. He also harbored fantasies about her. He tracked her - when they met, she claimed to have taken the ingredients so the toxin could not be created. She realized Az-Bat was not the "real" Batman and escaped.


Batman 504

Cover Date: February 1994
Subtitle: Dark Dance (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley
Storyline: Az-Bat experienced another vision of St. Dumas while chasing Catwoman. Gordon, Montoya, and Bulloch closed in on them. Batman fled and left Catwoman holding the canister when they arrived.
[continued in Catwoman 7]


Batman 505

Cover Date: March 1994
Subtitle: Blood Kin (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley, Bob Wiacek
Storyline: While investigating a murder scene, Az-Bat had a vision of his father and St. Dumas doing battle over his course in life. Arnold Etchison (Abattoir) killed five more members of his family. Jean Paul began to realize how helpful detective work was. Abattoir attacked a cousin and a bus load of children. Batman saved the bus and all its passengers, but Abattoir escaped. Jean Paul redesigned his cape.
[continued in SotB 26]


Batman 506

Cover Date: April 1994
Subtitle: Malevolent Maniaxe (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley, Josef Rubinstein
Storyline: [continued from SotB 27]
Az-Bat continued on the trail of Abattoir. Ballistic arrived in town and took a contract for him as well (the contract had been handed down by Graham Etchison's father from prison - he'd helped Abattoir kill his wife). Clues led Ballistic and Az-Bat to the same place.


Batman 507

Cover Date: May 1994
Subtitle: Ballistic (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Balent, Frank McLaughlin
Storyline: Az-Bat and Ballistic took down a gang trying to also collect on the contract for Abattoir. They then took down the lawyer who'd put the contract out. Ballistic collected the fee and left town.


Batman 508

Cover Date: June 1994
Subtitle: Mortal Remains (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley, Josef Rubinstein
Storyline: [continued from Detective 674]
Batman decided to go after Abattoir and hold off on Gunhawk. Robin snuck into the cave and did some computer work. Az-Bat caught up with Abattoir; Robin wasn't far behind. He watched as they struggled; Batman let Abattoir fall into a foundry to his death.
[continued in SotB 28]


Batman 509

Cover Date: July 1994
Subtitle: Spirit of the Bat - KnightsEnd part one
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley, Dick Giordano
Storyline: Bruce Wayne contacted Lady Shiva. She agreed to get him back into shape. She killed one of the deadliest masters in martial arts wearing a bat mask. After two weeks of training, Bruce finally got a strike in on Shiva. She gave him her bat mask and told him where to go. Each of the master's trainees unknowingly were now after Bruce (knowing only their master was slain by the wearer of the mask). The first attacked with chains; Wayne defeated him. Shiva finished him when Bruce refused to. Under Robin's surveillance, Jean Paul continued to spiral downward. Stopping some gun runners, Az-Bat recovered LeHah's medallion of St. Dumas. Bruce defeated another master.
[continued in SotB 29]


Batman 510

Cover Date: August 1994
Subtitle: Return of the Bat - KnightsEnd part seven
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley, Josef Rubinstein
Storyline: [continued from Catwoman 12]
Batman tried to reason with Az-Bat, but his attempts only instigated a fight. Alarms were triggered and Gordon got the call that two Batmen were fighting. Selkirk grabbed the neural enabler and hopped into a helicopter with Catwoman still in pursuit. Az-Bat's grapnel grasped the helicopter, pulling both Batmen into the air.
[continued in SotB 30]


Batman 511

Cover Date: September 1994
Subtitle: The Night Before Zero (part of Zero Hour)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley, Josef Rubinstein
Storyline: Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) captured the Joker with Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Robin (Tim Drake) close behind. While the questioned her, Joker fled and escaped in a helicopter. Another Robin (Dick? Jason?) looked on from a rooftop. Barbara told them that she'd not been shot, her father had. He'd died and Harvey Dent had replaced him as commissioner. Frustrated at not being able to convince them, Batgirl fled. Batman contacted Oracle - also Barbara Gordon. Joker broke into police headquarters and attacked Commissioner Dent. He bound him and placed Gordon's corpse in his chair. Batman was soon to respond. When he arrived, Commissioner Dent became Two-Face and Gordon awakened to chastised him for letting him and the Joker go. Batman had Robin check the grave, and it did not exist. Batman saw Batgirl leaving the Clock Tower - she'd visited Oracle.


Batman 0

Cover Date: October 1994
Subtitle: Creature of the Night
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley, Josef Rubinstein
Storyline: In the time after taking back his true self, Batman thinks back on his past - his parents, their death, Alfred, his training, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Jean-Paul Valley.


Batman 512

Cover Date: November 1994
Subtitle: Robin and Batman - Prodigal part one
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Gustovich, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: [continued from Robin 10]
After defeating Azrael, Batman - Bruce asked Dick Grayson to take over while he was away. Killer Croc surfaced, and some riverside killings caused Gordon to shine the signal; Dick and Tim responded. Gordon immediately knew it was "another" Batman. Working well together as a team, Batman and Robin tracked and took down Croc and some gangsters that were also out to get him. Gordon told his wife, Sarah, he'd met a third Batman.
[continued in SotB 32]


Batman 513

Cover Date: December 1994
Subtitle: Double Deuce - Prodigal part five
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Gustovich, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: [continued from Robin 11]
Batman and Robin were forced to let Dent go when he threatened the life of a hostage. Two-Face ran a computer program that would transpose people in the justice system - criminals were freed, people were jailed before trial. Overcrowding allowed would-be prisoners to take over their transport van and take hostages in a nearby theater. Batman and Robin easily took them down. [continued in SotB 33]


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