Detective ongoing 1998 (issues 717-727)

Detective 717

Cover Date: January 1998
Subtitle: Savage Metal
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Bob McLeod
Storyline: Nathan Finch - Gearhead - began watching Batman and plotted a trap for him. He showed up on TV and Batman gave chase. Gearhead caused the Batmobile to crash, leaving Batman unconscious.


Detective 718

Cover Date: February 1998
Subtitle: Point of Impact
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Bob McLeod
Storyline: The Batmobile's security system notified Alfred that Batman was in danger. Batman regained consciousness in time to get free from some would-be car thieves. Gearhead chased him, but crashed and was hit by a train. Alfred reminded Batman that Gearhead had chosen his own path and his death was not caused by Batman. Gearhead wasn't dead.


Detective 719

Cover Date: March 1998
Subtitle: Sound and Fury (Cataclysm Prelude)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Flint Henry, Mark Buckingham, Bob McLeod
Storyline: A boat load of inmates arrived at Blackgate Prison and were spooked by the number of bats flying around. Seismologist Dr. Jolene Relazzo believed the Gotham area was due for a major earthquake as her gear began registering hits heading toward the city.
(continued in Shadow of the Bat 73)


Detective 720

Cover Date: April 1998
Subtitle: Cataclysm mpart five: The First and the Last
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Klaus Janson
Storyline: (continued from Azrael 40)
Helena Bertinelli was on the subway when the quake hit. She quickly changed into her Huntress garb and began getting survivors to safety. Batman surfaced in Gotham Harbor and was horrified seeing the city he loved in flames.
(continued in Catwoman 56)


Detective 721

Cover Date: May 1998
Subtitle: Cataclysm part fourteen: Shifting Ground
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Klaus Janson
Storyline: (continued from Huntress / Spoiler: Blunt Trauma)
Robin continued to investigate the Quakemaster's tape while Nightwing and Batman went out. Quakemaster's people kidnapped Detective Bock and held Commissioner Gordon and Mayor Grange hostage in the mayor's office. Believing he had a lead on the Quakemaster, Robin went out. At his destination, he met Bullock and Montoya.
(continued in Catwoman 57)


Detective 722

Cover Date: June 1998
Subtitle: Statistics (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, James Hodgkins
Storyline: Robin tried to track down the missing mother of a young girl. When he found her, she refused to be the child's mother. Robin and Montoya found her grandparents, who were more than happy to take the girl in. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon were finally reunited, Sarah had been trapped in Tri-Corner.


Detective 723

Cover Date: July 1998
Subtitle: Fight Back to Gotham (Brotherhood of the Fist part 2 of 5)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Alex Maleev, Bill Reinhold
Storyline: (continued from Green Arrow 134)
While Batman was with Green Arrow (Connor Hawke) out of the country, Nightwing teamed up with Robin in Gotham City. Both teams ended up fighting against monkey cult ninjas. Nightwing and Robin visited Oracle; Black Canary ran into Bronze Tiger looking for the cult's hideout. Batman and Green Arrow headed back to Gotham.
(continued in Robin 55)


Detective 724

Cover Date: August 1998
Subtitle: The Grieving City (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, James Hodgkins
Storyline: J. Devlin Davenport, a neighbor of Bruce Wayne's, began causing trouble when excavation teams needed to destroy part of his fallen building so rescue teams could pass more easily. Batman took it upon himself to clear the wreckage. Harold and Alfred continued to work on the manor and cave. Bruce renewed his vow to his parents.


Detective 725

Cover Date: September 1998
Subtitle: At the End of the Day (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): William Rosado, Tom Palmer
Storyline: Batman and Nightwing talked about Gotham's situation and possible futures. They also spoke on their own past. After hitching a ride on a ferry to Tri-Corner, they went in to stop a gunfight. Dick told Bruce he was thinking of becoming a policeman.


Detective 726

Cover Date: October 1998
Subtitle: Fool's Errand (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Brian Stelfreeze
Storyline: Batman learned of a little girl hostage with the kidnapper found dead. On the anniversary of Jason's death, the Joker told Batman where to find the child. He was able to save her before she ran out of oxygen.


Detective 727

Cover Date: December 1998
Subtitle: Nest of Vipers (part of Road to No Man's Land
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): William Rosado, Sal Buscema
Storyline: Firefly blew up a chemical company; Nightwing and Robin raced to the scene with Bruce in DC. The Gordon's discussed the possibility of leaving Gotham City. The current and former Boy Wonders saved Firefly from his own inferno though he suffered horrible burns. Nick Scratch continued to lobby against Gotham.


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