Detective ongoing 1997 (issues 705-716)

Issue #705

Cover Date: January 1997
Subtitle: Badd Girls
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, David Roach
Storyline: Riddler's women Echo and Query sprung Arthur "Cluemaster" Brown from prison while Riddler escaped from custody in a hospital. Nigma tied explosives to Cluemaster (whom he considered a faker) and told Batman where to find him. Batman had fifteen minutes to solve a batch of riddles or Brown exploded.


Issue #706

Cover Date: February 1997
Subtitle: Trivial Lethal Pursuits
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, David Roach
Storyline: Oracle and Robin worked on the big puzzle of putting all the riddles together. Batman and Cluemaster followed Nigma's trail. Bullock found a notebook with numbers and letters matching Riddler's clues in his Arkham cell. He faxed it to the cave. Batman stopped en route to the next location to stop a crime. He was shot.


Issue #707

Cover Date: March 1997
Subtitle: Riddled
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, David Roach
Storyline: Robin arrived and helped Batman and Cluemaster out. He and Oracle solved the big riddle - it was baseball. Batman took down Riddler trying to steal some baseball memorabilia and kept him from detonating Robin and Cluemaster.


Issue #708

Cover Date: April 1997
Subtitle: The Death Lottery part one: Heart of Glass
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Bill Sienkiewicz
Storyline: Millionaires in Gotham City began being murdered. Gunhawk and Bunny were among the various contract killers in town for the $5 per. After his third straight botched job, Bunny left Gunhawk. He and Deathstroke both took aim at a charity event.


Issue #709

Cover Date: May 1997
Subtitle: The Death Lottery part two: Heart of Stone
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Bill Sienkiewicz
Storyline: Lucius Fox was shot in the arm. Another attack on his life was made while he was hospitalized, but Essen-Gordon and Bock were able to shoot the killer dead. Batman moved in on Deathstroke aiming at one of Bruce Wayne's neighbors.


Issue #710

Cover Date: June 1997
Subtitle: The Death Lottery part three: Heart of Ice
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Bill Sienkiewicz
Storyline: Gunhawk moved in on the millionaire as Batman battled Deathstroke. Robin and Oracle figure out the originator of the contracts - an aging millionaire on his deathbed. He wanted to outlive his competition, but he died before the police could arrive. Batman defeated Deathstroke; Essen-Gordon and Bock apprehended Gunhawk.


Issue #711

Cover Date: July 1997
Subtitle: Knight Out
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Cam Smith
Storyline: Bruce Wayne went to a charity function with a model. On their way, he stopped a robbery at a gas station. While there, he was able to stop a get-rich-quick scam and another burglary all by being Bruce Wayne and developing his playboy image.


Issue #712

Cover Date: August 1997
Subtitle: Gears of Justice
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Bob McLeod
Storyline: Batman worked on a case of what appeared to be industrial espionage. The players mirrored a situation he encountered years before where a man (Nathan Finch) abducting a young girl (Gloria Osteen) fell into a frozen lake. Batman was then unable to save Finch, but he was now back with cybernetic parts.


Issue #713

Cover Date: September 1997
Subtitle: Death Engine
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Bob McLeod
Storyline: Osteen saved Batman from Gearhead (Finch). Batman tracked him with help from Robin through underground tunnels. After another confrontation, Gearhead was left without his robotic legs and one of his arms. He still escaped.


Issue #714

Cover Date: October 1997
Subtitle: A World Burning
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Eduardo Barreto
Storyline: Bullock and Montoya were handing Wiley Dalbert, suspected of treason, over to the Feds when he vanished. John Jones, a PI from Denver, joined in looking for him. Dalbert teamed up with Garfield Lynns (aka Firefly), who'd recently escaped from Blackgate. Jones and Bullock surrounded their hideout, but Dalbert again vanished. Batman and Robin burst in on Firefly.


Issue #715

Cover Date: November 1997
Subtitle: Days of Fire
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Eduardo Barreto
Storyline: Batman grabbed Robin and they escaped. After a quick and amazing recovery from his burns, Jones met with Batman and Commissioner Gordon about Dalbert. They went in for Dalbert and Firefly. Firefly was taken down, but Dalbert again escaped. Jones explained to Batman that he was from the future and was traveling back through time.


Issue #716

Cover Date: December 1997
Subtitle: Death Comes Home
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Stan Woch
Storyline: A felon out on parole was killed protecting his family from a gang he owed money. He was on his way home from a heist in which he'd scored enough to pay them off.


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