Batman ongoing 2004 (issues 621-633)

Batman 621

Cover Date: January 2004
Subtitle: Broken City part two
Writer(s): Brian Azzarello
Artists(s): Eduardo Risso
Storyline: Batman called Crispin Allen about the murders and told him to question Farr both about them, and Elizabeth Lupo. After hearing back from Allen (who'd gotten nothing), Batman questioned Killer Croc again, this time about where Angel Lupo might be. He got a name - Jonny Billy. Batman went for him and was taken down by an unseen assailant.


Batman 622

Cover Date: February 2004
Subtitle: Broken City part three
Writer(s): Brian Azzarello
Artists(s): Eduardo Risso
Storyline: Batman awakened and got himself to one of Bruce Wayne's safe houses. Jonny Billy was dead - beaten to death. Batman went to Penguin, who squealed about a tandem calling themselves Fat Man and Little Boy. They wanted business in Gotham City. He also said Scarface was interested in information. Batman caught up with Margo Farr again. Again she said she didn't know where Angel was, and again, he saved her from an attack. Batman went to Scarface and made it be known he wanted Angel Lupo.


Batman 623

Cover Date: March 2004
Subtitle: Broken City part four
Writer(s): Brian Azzarello
Artists(s): Eduardo Risso
Storyline: In the Little Tokyo district of Gotham City, Batman encountered Fat Man (a behemoth of a man) and Little Boy (a very quick female martial artist). They told him Angel was not a killer, and they'd find him before he did. Detective Allen informed Batman that Elizabeth Lupo was pregnant when she was killed. He went after Croc again, and was shot at by Margo Farr. He realized Lupo was running not because he killed his sister, but that he thought he'd be next.


Batman 624

Cover Date: April 2004
Subtitle: Broken City part five
Writer(s): Brian Azzarello
Artists(s): Eduardo Risso
Storyline: Margo knew Elizabeth had been pregnant. She had her killed to protect her from her over-protective brother. He would have gone after the man she'd been dating (she was unmarried) and would have killed him. Penguin pointed Batman in Lupo's direction. He had set up a meeting with Fat Man and Little Boy. Batman took down Fat Man and Little Boy, then waited for Lupo to arrive. When he did, he didn't know what to do. Lupo ran, then was shot.


Batman 625

Cover Date: May 2004
Subtitle: Broken City part six
Writer(s): Brian Azzarello
Artists(s): Eduardo Risso
Storyline: Batman witnessed Arnold Wesker break down and defeat Scarface. He felt more at peace since the girl he loved could now rest in peace. Wesker also thought Lupo had killed his sister. He was taken into police custody. Detective Allen told Batman someone at Arkham Asylum wanted to talk to him. Joker toyed with Batman, knowing everything that had gone on in the case. After thinking back on his own parents, Batman went for the killer of the little boy's parents - the little boy.


Batman 626

Cover Date: June 2004
Subtitle: As the Crow Flies part one: Visions
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Richard Friend
Storyline: Batman went after a mob hitman who appeared to be high on some hallucinogenic drug. The man evaded Batman and fell from the window of a high-rise building. Robin was sent into the morgue incognito for investigation. Another man freaked out after being hit up for "protection" money. After a fight with Batman, he died of heart failure. The mobsters returned to their boss - Oswald Cobblepot. His apparent partner, Scarecrow, informed them they gave the two men concentrated doses of the fear toxin.


Batman 627

Cover Date: July 2004
Subtitle: As the Crow Flies part two: Partners in Crime
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Richard Friend
Storyline: Batman saved Eddie "The Buck" Buccelli from being tortured at the hands of his fellow mobsters. Cobblepot reminded Scarecrow who was boss and ordered him out of his costume. Crane and his associate, Linda Friitawa (who had the hots for him), continued working on their project. Batman threatened Cobblepot: stop what ever it is you're doing - I'm watching. Scarecrow, vowing to earn Penguin's respect, attacked a rival mob.


Batman 628

Cover Date: late July 2004
Subtitle: As the Crow Flies part three: Scary Monsters
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Richard Friend
Storyline: Jimmy Lemongelo, a small time mobster, killed three other 'made' men. He was attacked by what appeared to be a beast-like Scarecrow. With 18 dead at one scene and thirteen at another, Batman believed the killer to be around 14 feet tall. He and Robin found hidden security footage at the second scene. Batman told Robin to go off with the Titans while he took care of things in Gotham City. Penguin talked to Crane about the Scare-beast. Crane insisted he had nothing to do with it. The Scare-beast attacked a meeting between Cobblepot and some of his 'employees.' Batman was there for it. As they fought, it dosed him with fear gas.


Batman 629

Cover Date: August 2004
Subtitle: As the Crow Flies part four: Shotgun
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Richard Friend
Storyline: Batman, though prepared for the fear gas, was infected. He was able to escape by jumping through a window and calling the Batmobile to him. Though Alfred tried to calm him, Batman saw Joker in his passenger seat. Alfred got worried and called Robin in to help Batman. Two-Face appeared to him in the car. As Tim neared the car, Batman saw him as Jason / Hush. He was able to hang on as the car got back to the cave. Batman was knocked unconscious and Alfred dosed him. Nine hours later, Bruce awakened. The Scarebeast was attacking Wayne Manor.


Batman 630

Cover Date: September 2004
Subtitle: As the Crow Flies part five: Home Invasion
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Richard Friend
Storyline: The Scarebeast attacked Wayne Manor. Alfred, while being carried by the beast was able to stab it in the eye. Robin got Alfred to safety and attacked it while it went for Bruce. They were able to get the beast into the cave where Bruce got into an armored batsuit. Alfred hit it with tranquilizers until it shrunk into Jonathan Crane. Batman confronted Penguin about his role in transforming Crane so that he would murder unloyal underlings. Linda Friitawa, Crane's assistant, was also in on it. She escaped, calling herself Fright. Crane transformed into the beast once again while being transported and escaped. Alfred found a green eye mask in the Batmobile.


Batman 631

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 1, part 8: Last Stand at Alamo High
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Kinsun, Aaron Sowd
Storyline: [continued from Catwoman 34]
Batman, Batgirl, and Nightwing readied to enter the school. Once in, Nightwing got to Tim and was briefed on the current situation. Batman got to a set of hostages, took down their captors, and released them. Batman walked Darla Aquista out to the paramedics. He, Batgirl, and Nightwing were all captured on film by the media - some of which believing they were behind the incident.
[continued in Detective 798]


Batman 632

Cover Date: November 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 2, part 8: Orpheus in the Underworld
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Kinsun, Aaron Sowd
Storyline: [continued from Catwoman 35]
Black Mask "became" Orpheus and left to meet Batman. Acquista ordered Zeiss to kill all the remaining bosses, starting with Orpheus. Zeiss got to him; Batman made his appearance shortly thereafter. He took Zeiss down and went to find the explosives he claimed to have set. "Orpheus" let Zeiss go. Batman gave him his orders and contacted Oracle then the police.
[continued in Detective 799]


Batman 633

Cover Date: December 2004
Subtitle: War Games Act 3, part 8: No Going Back
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Kinsun, Aaron Sowd, Rodney Ramos, Adam DeKraker
Storyline: [continued from Catwoman 36] Batman called the team to the Clock Tower. Black Mask killed the camera man. Batman entered and faced off with Black Mask. Scarecrow, after being double-crossed by Black Mask, became the Scarebeast. Tarantula, Catwoman, Batgirl, and Onyx took on the Scarebeast while Robin created a diversion. Alfred tended Nightwing's injuries. Oracle set the tower to self destruct so that she and Batman could escape. Leslie called Batman and he got there in time to speak to Stephanie before she died. Black Mask greeted his new underlings - all the gangs in Gotham.


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