Detective ongoing 1990 (issues 610-624)

Issue #610

Cover Date: January 1990
Subtitle: Snow and Ice part one: Ode to a Penguin
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman, Gordon, and others were present at Penguin's funeral; he died working out in a prison gym. That night, two of his men dug him up. Kadaver was broken out of prison and ended the hypnotic spell that had Penguin "dead."


Issue #611

Cover Date: February 1990
Subtitle: Snow and Ice part two: Bird of Ill Omen
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: When double-crossed, Kadaver put him back in the trance. After everyone realized who was in control, Penguin was again awakened. Kadaver became his partner. They busted up a big drug deal, scoring both the loot and the cash. Their next heist was a diamond show - Penguin double-crossed Kadaver again, and Batman was there to take them down.


Issue #612

Cover Date: March 1990
Subtitle: Cats
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: A mutilated body was found in Robinson park. Thomas Blake / the Catman went looking for his missing pet. The white tiger struck again; Batman and Catman converged on it. Catwoman put a stop to Catman, while Batman took down the tiger.


Issue #613

Cover Date: April 1990
Subtitle: Trash
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Bruce Wayne and Vicki Vale had lunch and saw some rival garbage men fighting over territory. Batman saw more go down that night as one of the bosses shot the other's son.


Issue #614

Cover Date: May 1990
Subtitle: Street Demonz
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman watched as a street gang tried to turn children into drug pushers. He took down the gang, and made a donation to the kids' education as Bruce Wayne.


Issue #615

Cover Date: early June 1990
Subtitle: The Penguin Affair II: Bird of Ill Omen
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: (continued from Batman 448)
Penguin's birds brought the city to its knees - radio stations went off the air, people were killed, an airliner even crashed. Out of control, the Batmobile went into the harbor. Batman escaped back to the cave with one of the birds to analyze.
(continued in Batman 449)


Issue #616

Cover Date: late June 1990
Subtitle: Stone Killer
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman and Gordon discovered a murder victim that appeared to be a part of some sort of ritual on the night of the Penguin's bird attacks. Batman found another victim in the same fashion and also heard of a strange "red-hooded gunman" loose in Gotham City. At the plane crash site (see Detective 615), Batman found an archaeologist who spoke of "dragon lines." Both ritual deaths had occurred on one of these lines. They were too late at the next location, and they thought the next would be at Wayne Manor. A deer was found dead there. Next on the line was the archeologist's home. Batman stopped the being by separating it from it's magical scepter. It fell into the harbor. Batman realized Joker was on the loose (Red-Hood).


Issue #617

Cover Date: early July 1990
Subtitle: Clash of Symbols
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: (continued from Batman 450)
Batman stopped a robbery at a fortune teller's shop. She asked him to pick a card, which turned out to be the tarot of the joker. She told him of its significance. He thought back on a battle with his nemesis three years previous. The fortune teller asked Batman to be careful.
(continued in Batman 451)


Issue #618

Cover Date: late July 1990
Subtitle: Rite of Passage part one: Shadow on the Sun
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Tim got a post card from his parents, they were island-hopping in the Caribbean. Unknown to him, their plane was forced down and they were captured by a local tribe. Their pilot was killed immediately to show them they were serious. A man calling himself the Obeath Man held them. The news reached Gotham City; Tim was devastated.


Issue #619

Cover Date: early August 1990
Subtitle: Rite of Passage part two: Beyond Belief
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Gordon called Batman in - they'd received a video tape of the Drakes, both still captive. The tape demanded a ransom, and showed a tribe member slashing the throat of the Drake secretary. Bruce deduced from a smell on the tape and a huge centipede that they were being held in Haiti by a voodoo tribe.


Issue #620

Cover Date: late August 1990
Subtitle: Rite of Passage part three: Make me a Hero
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Bruce went to Haiti without telling Tim or Alfred. Tim channeled his energies into pursuit of a cyber hacker that was stealing money from large corporations. He tracked and caught the thief - Anarky. Bruce returned to the cave wounded.


Issue #621

Cover Date: September 1990
Subtitle: Rite of Passage part four: Trial by Fire
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Bruce told Tim of his trip to Haiti, his battle with the Obeath man and his soldiers, his parents' poisoning. Mrs. Drake was dead, Mr. Drake paralyzed in a Gotham hospital. Bruce took Tim to see his father.


Issue #622

Cover Date: October 1990
Subtitle: Dark Genesis
Writer(s): John Ostrander
Artists(s): Flint Henry, Mike McKone, Jose Marzan
Storyline: In a new comic book based on the Batman: The devil asked for peace between heaven and hell. God told him he must walk the earth in a willing human's body and fight evil. Satan found Simon Petrarch and merged with him. The devil took the shape of a Bat Man and began purging evil.
Alfred gave Bruce a copy of the book; a murder victim turned up in Gotham. "Batman" was signed in the victim's blood. The killer called in to a talk radio show.


Issue #623

Cover Date: November 1990
Subtitle: Death of Innocence
Writer(s): John Ostrander
Artists(s): Flint Henry, Mike McKone, Jose Marzan
Storyline: The comic book's writer and publisher appeared on the talk show which "Batman" called into. After the next two killings, it appeared that the "Batmaniac" was emulating the Batman of the comic book.


Issue #624

Cover Date: December 1990
Subtitle: Bitter Victory
Writer(s): John Ostrander
Artists(s): Flint Henry, Mike McKone, Jose Marzan
Storyline: The comic's writer decided to end the Batman title, hoping the murders would also stop. Batman took down the killer.


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