Detective ongoing 1995 (issues 681-692)

Detective 681

Cover Date: January 1995
Subtitle: Knight without Armor - Prodigal part eleven
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Klaus Janson
Storyline: (continued from SotB 34)
Detective MacKenzie Bock reported for duty as Lt. Essen's new assistant. Batman and Robin went after a "winged freak with claws" that had been taking out mobsters. Dick suspected Azrael was making a comeback. He and Robin split up to do some investigating. Batman found Jean Paul Valley in a homeless shelter; he obviously was not the killer. He returned to the cave to find Bruce was back. Robin found the man they were looking for - Steeljacket.
(continued in Robin 13)


Detective 682

Cover Date: February 1995
Subtitle: The Doomsday Clock
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: (continued from SotB 35)
Robin saved Batman after he missed a line throw - he was still feeling the effects of his encounter with Vega. Batman agreed it might be best to take a night or two off. Bruce Wayne visited Lucious Fox and witnessed Troika in action - Romana and her goons burst in and again threatened Fox and Wayne Enterprises. When Fox refused to give in, Romana had the KGBeast bomb a Wayne-owned chemical company across town while Wayne and Fox watched. Robin went to the site to find the beast attacking Bulloch and Bock.
(continued in Robin 14)


Detective 683

Cover Date: March 1995
Subtitle: Odds Against
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Penguin questioned a big winner at his casino. The man used logic and a great memory to break the bank at a black jack table. Penguin decided to use him to help plan heists where Batman would not be involved. The first failed, but the logician gathered info (and the robbery was successful).


Detective 684

Cover Date: April 1995
Subtitle: Darkest Day
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Batman questioned the man he'd captured during the previous robbery; Black Mask made a move in the mob scene by taking out a rival; Penguin planned a daylight robbery. Batman used his source to take down the plot, but was unable to pin anything on Penguin due to his logician taking full responsibility. Bullock recovered from his run-in with the KGBeast and was released from the hospital.


Detective 685

Cover Date: May 1995
Subtitle: War of the Dragons part one: The Iron Dragon
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Steve Lieber, Klaus Janson
Storyline: An Asian general named Tsu made a move to take over control of the heroine trade to the Western world. Word got back to Sir Edmond Dorrance (King Snake). Batman and Robin looked for leads. The Ghost Dragons tried to oust King Snake - Lynx had them attack him. Tsu hired the Silver Monkey to kill Dorrance.
(continued in Robin 17)


Detective 686

Cover Date: June 1995
Subtitle: War of the Dragons part three: The Winged Dragon
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Steve Lieber, Klaus Janson
Storyline: (continued from Robin 17)
Batman forced Huntress out and called in Nightwing for support. He took down some of the warring gangsters while Batman and Robin went after King Snake. Silver Monkey got to him first. Robin kept them from killing each other. Dorrance ended up in police custody while Silver Monkey disappeared.


Detective 687

Cover Date: July 1995
Subtitle: Red Tide
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: A band of modern day pirates, led by Cap'n Fear, attacked a cruise liner. Bruce Wayne and the other high-rollers aboard were robbed, but unharmed. The coast guard rescued them after their yacht was pillaged and set on fire. Batman and Robin went after the pirates. When they attacked, Robin was knocked unconscious and thrown back into the BatBoat. Batman was also defeated - they tied him up to a buoy. Former Commissioner Gordon decided to run for mayor as a third party.


Detective 688

Cover Date: August 1995
Subtitle: The Rip
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Eduardo Barreto
Storyline: Robin awakened in time to escape the doomed BatBoat. He got help from Sheriff "Shotgun" Smith taking down the pirates. Cap'n Fear escaped; Batman got free of his trap and met up with Robin.


Detective 689

Cover Date: September 1995
Subtitle: The Blazing Heart
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Staz Johnson, Joe Rubinstein
Storyline: Garfield Lynns, aka Firefly, escaped Blackgate. Firefly approached the False Face Society looking for a job. Batman and Robin questioned around and learned Lynns was working for Black Mask. He promptly attacked the Batmobile with a flame thrower. Batman gave chase, but he escaped.


Detective 690

Cover Date: October 1995
Subtitle: Burning Love
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Staz Johnson, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Firebug tried to show Gotham City that he was still the best arsonist. Batman arrived in time to see him killed in his own explosion. Batman and Robin got a lead from Joe Rabbit - a member of the False Face Society. They were able to stop Firefly at his next target.


Detective 691

Cover Date: November 1995
Subtitle: Will it Go "ound in Circles (part of Underworld Unleashed)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Staz Johnson, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Batman and Robin went after a second rate crook named Spellbinder. He and his girlfriend got away, but his loot was recovered. Neron approached them; the girlfriend killed Spellbinder and took the demon's offer. Taking over his gig as Spellbinder, she used her new powers to trap Batman and Robin.


Detective 692

Cover Date: December 1995
Subtitle: Lying Eyes (part of Underworld Unleashed
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Staz Johnson, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Batman and Robin had to let Spellbinder go. Batman contacted Oracle from the cave about her new-found powers. Tim saw one of Bruce's lady friends on the grounds of Wayne Manor acting a bit odd. With Spellbinder's ability to control what her victim saw, Tim stayed in the cave and used an uplink to "see" what Batman saw. Batman allowed himself to be his puppet, and together they took Spellbinder down.


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