Detective ongoing 1986 (issues 558-569)

Issue #558

Cover Date: January 1986
Subtitle: Strange Loves
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Gene Colan, Bob Smith
Storyline: (continued from Batman 391)
Batman got Selina to the hospital and Night-Slayer to jail; Robin stayed behind to mourn Nocturna. Batman rejoined his partner to try to save another man caught up in her spell, but it ended in suicide.
(continues in Batman 392)


Issue #559

Cover Date: February 1986
Subtitle: It Takes Wings to Fly
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Gene Colan, Bob Smith
Storyline: Green Arrow stopped Batman from taking out a thief. Black Canary had to step in between them before they came to blows. The out-of-towners clued Batman in on why the guy was stealing - he planned on taking down a corporation that caused his father to die from cancer. Catwoman joined in and the four of them got the evidence they needed. Bruce Wayne purchased the company to clean it up.


Issue #560

Cover Date: March 1986
Subtitle: The Batman Nobody Knows
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Gene Colan, Bob Smith
Storyline: Batman engineered a night off for himself, and an adventure for Robin and Catwoman to take on together in hopes they'd give each other a shot. They reluctantly fought together and stopped a robbery. Robin confided to Batman that she was ok.


Issue #561

Cover Date: April 1986
Subtitle: Flying Hi
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Gene Colan, Bob Smith
Storyline: Jason fell for a new girl in his class named Rena. They met after school, where he tried to convince her not to hang out with dopeheads. She went off with them anyway, but left when they decided to rob a pharmacy. Robin (who'd been following them) swooped in and stopped the boys.


Issue #562

Cover Date: May 1986
Subtitle: Reeling
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Gene Colan, Bob Smith
Storyline: (continued from Batman 395)
The Psycho scene was ruined when Vicki Vale showed up to save her partner. Film Freak ran off and roughed his ex-girlfriend up for exposing him to the press and police. Batman and Catwoman were in time to save her life, but once again, the freak escaped.
(continued in Batman 396)


Issue #563

Cover Date: June 1986
Subtitle: Free Faces
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Gene Colan, Bob Smith
Storyline: Two-Face escaped from Arkham. Batman and Catwoman staked out the False Face Society. Robin went after a drug pusher and witnessed him being taken out by Two-Face's crew.
(continues in Batman 397)


Issue #564

Cover Date: July 1986
Subtitle: Double Crosses
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Gene Colan, Bob Smith
Storyline: (continued from Batman 397)
Batman used Circe, Black Mask's former girlfriend, to try and set up Harvey Dent. He staked out what he suspected would be the next target - a brewery. Two-Face trapped him in a vat of beer. Catwoman, disguised as Circe, saved the Dark Knight. She left him in a huff.
(continued in Batman 398)


Issue #565

Cover Date: August 1986
Subtitle: The Love Killing
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Gene Colan, Bob Smith
Storyline: Batman and Catwoman separately investigated what appeared to be a crime-of-passion murder. Their relationship continued to burn out.
(continued in Batman 399)


Issue #566

Cover Date: September 1986
Subtitle: Know your Foes
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Gene Colan, Bob Smith
Storyline: Batman received a cryptic note via Gordon - "Know your foes" is all that it read. He and Robin scanned the computers to see if they could turn up any suspects. They gave up and decided to wait for a break in the case.
(continued in Batman 400)


Issue #567

Cover Date: October 1986
Subtitle: The Night of Thanks, but no Thanks
Writer(s): Harlan Ellison
Artists(s): Gene Colan, Bob Smith
Storyline: Batman attempted to stop several crimes, but was mistaken or beaten to the takedown on each.


Issue #568

Cover Date: November 1986
Subtitle: Emrie (part 2 of the Legends crossover)
Writer(s): Joey Cavalieri
Artists(s): Klaus Janson
Storyline: Penguin bred huge falcons to aide him in his crimes. Batman turned the birds against him and took the Penguin to justice once more.


Issue #569

Cover Date: December 1986
Subtitle: Catch as Catscan
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Alan Davis, Paul Neary
Storyline: Catwoman ratted out her former gang to Batman and Robin, who easily took them down at an attempted heist. Gordon called in the BatSquad - Joker was on the loose. When they went after him, he captured Catwoman and left Batman and Robin bound. Joker used a corrupt doctor to turn a cat scan machine into a mind altering device - he used it on Selina.
(continues in Detective 570)


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