Batman ongoing 1995 (issues 514-525)

Batman 514

Cover Date: January 1995
Subtitle: One Night in the War Zone - Prodigal part nine
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Ron Wagner, Joe Rubinstein
Storyline: [continued from Robin 12]
Tim got Dick a list of the three worst criminals still at-large since the Two-Face situation. Batman went after them. He took down the first after he murdered his former partner. The second was also relatively easy - he was staking out the man who sent him to prison. The third was a bit harder, he'd already killed a few former associates. Batman took him down along with the gang he was after.
[continued in SotB 34]


Batman 515

Cover Date: February 1995
Subtitle: Troika part one
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Kelley Jones, John Beatty
Storyline: [continued from Robin 13]
Troika plotted to take over Gotham City. Bruce talked with Dick and Tim about his renewed interests. Two Troika members, Romana and Colonel Vega, decided to oust the Dark Rider (aka the Cossack) and replace him with the KGBeast. Batman and Robin took down one of Troika's agents and were led to the Dark Rider, who was rumored to have a baseball-sized nuclear bomb. Radiation poisoning affected him on his way to take down the "traitor to the motherland," Colonel Vega. Batman and Robin left him for the police.
[continued in SotB 35]


Batman 516

Cover Date: March 1995
Subtitle: Sleeper part one: Night Mares
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Kelley Jones, John Beatty
Storyline: Batman investigated a series of murders in which the victim ended up without its heart, but it appeared they stopped beating before foul play was involved. He found a pattern in the victims and awaited the killer at the next scene. He wasn't quick enough to save the target, and he ingested some of the heart-stopping gas. Hallucinations and panic followed.


Batman 517

Cover Date: April 1995
Subtitle: Sleeper part two: Darkness in the Dream Chamber
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Kelley Jones, John Beatty
Storyline: Bruce Wayne had a dinner party and invited the would-be next target. From him, he learned about scientific experiments on sleep deprivation and how it could be used to create an easy to control zombie. Batman located the killer's "handler," who not only created the killer, but controlled her as well. When he arrived, the handler - Remmy - took the killer - Sleeper - out after she attacked him. A government agent arrived and assassinated Remmy (who was also in on the government plot). Batman took down the killer and left him for Gordon. Sleeper survived but was comatose.


Batman 518

Cover Date: May 1995
Subtitle: Black Mask: The Spidered Face
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Kelley Jones, John Beatty
Storyline: Black Mask and the False Face Society continued making moves in Gotham City's underworld. A man assuming the identity of Black Spider approached them to join. He was given the task of killing anyone but Bruce Wayne (whom Black Mask held a personal vendetta against) at his upcoming masquerade. Black Spider made his move, but it was thwarted by Wayne's clumsiness. Batman had to let him escape due to police responding to the shots fired. Harvey Bullock was released from the hospital and rejoined the force in a limited role.


Batman 519

Cover Date: June 1995
Subtitle: Black Spider: Web of Scars
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Kelley Jones, John Beatty
Storyline: Black Spider reported to his real boss, "Ottoman Turk." Mayor Krol, hoping to help his reelection bid, demoted James Gordon and replaced him with his wife, Sarah Essen-Gordon. The former Commissioner single-handedly took down Gotham's most wanted - Tommy "Mangles." After the collar, he turned in his badge. Batman got on the trail of Black Spider and his two bosses. He easily took him down, but Black Mask escaped.


Batman 520

Cover Date: July 1995
Subtitle: Fades to Black
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Eduardo Barreto
Storyline: Batman began tracking and questioning Black Mask's known associates, but he got nowhere. The estranged Mr. and Mrs. Gordon had another falling out when James refused to retract his resignation. Detective Bullock, on a date, was mugged. His date was shot and killed; the mugger got away.


Batman 521

Cover Date: August 1995
Subtitle: Killer Croc: Fast Train to the Wed Dark
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Kelley Jones, John Beatty
Storyline: Killer Croc escaped Arkham Asylum and began looking for his home. Alfred returned to Wayne Manor after being persuaded by Dick Grayson to do so. Croc hijacked a southbound train; Batman followed him in the Batmobile. After Batman finally got the opportunity to board the train, it derailed - Croc escaped.


Batman 522

Cover Date: September 1995
Subtitle: Swamp Things
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Kelley Jones, John Beatty
Storyline: Batman tracked Killer Croc deep into the Louisiana swamplands, where he was confronted by Swamp Thing. He convinced Batman that Croc was at home now, and a predator - not a killer - neither good nor evil. Swamp Thing promised to let Batman know if Waylon Jones were to ever leave the swamp.


Batman 523

Cover Date: October 1995
Subtitle: Scarecrow part one: Dark Wings Fly Away in Fear
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Kelley Jones, John Beatty
Storyline: Scarecrow escaped the newly rebuilt Arkham Asylum before all security measures were in place. He struck first while Bruce Wayne held a party for all three mayoral candidates. Batman contacted Bullock, who was able to confirm it was Scarecrow's doings. He discovered a pattern and got to the next victim just after Scarecrow.


Batman 524

Cover Date: November 1995
Subtitle: Scarecrow part two: Haunted Houses of the Head
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Kelley Jones, John Beatty
Storyline: Batman saved the second victim, but Scarecrow made his escape. Batman chased him to a haunted house, where the former Professor Crane tortured his next victim and planned a trap for Batman. Batman saved the man and captured Scarecrow.


Batman 525

Cover Date: December 1995
Subtitle: Frozen Assets (part of Underworld Unleashed)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Kelley Jones, John Beatty
Storyline: Mr. Freeze was let loose after a good psychiatric evaluation (and after being approached by the demon Neron). Mr. and Mrs. Gordon seemed to make peace: James was withdrawing from the mayoral race. Freeze began killing potential partners in a cryogenics operation when they denied him. Batman took him down after he'd killed four of them.


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