Detective ongoing 2004 (issues 788-799)

Detective 788

Cover Date: January 2004
Subtitle: (1) The Randoir Stone part one; (2) The Dogcatcher part IV
Writer(s): (1) Paul Bolles; (2) Rick Spears
Artists(s): (1) Mike Lilly, Sean Parsons, Dan Davis; (2) Rob G.
Storyline: (1) Batman found the bodies of two veteran homicide detectives who'd been on their way to guard a local judge. They'd arrested Big Eddie Hurst years before; the judge had sentenced him. Hurst was at the judge's home, and Batman got him on the run. Batman caught up with him as he chased his prosecutor. He was inhumanly fast and powerful. When he'd been arrested, he gave no fight, and had no prior arrests. Batman caught up with him at the home of a witness to the murders. He knew Eddie was innocent, and when he told him that, the man vanished - leaving only a stone with weird hieroglyphics behind. After, the woman told him who'd killed the man's family.
(2) The Joker attacked. The dog catcher gave him back his dog, freshly put to sleep. Joker thought it was most humorous and shot the man in the chest. His lighter saved him, and Batman gave pursuit.


Detective 789

Cover Date: February 2004
Subtitle: (1) The Randori Stone part two; (2) The Tailor part one
Writer(s): (1) Paul Bolles; (2) AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): (1) Mike Lilly, Sean Parsons, Dan Davis; (2) Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, Dan Gree
Storyline: (1) Batman followed one of John Cole's (the real killer) men back to their strong hold. Batman took bullet after bullet, attacking the men as though he cared nothing for their lives. He went back to the witness's home, realizing she'd been the killer. He destroyed the stone that had driven Eddie and himself mad. The woman was committed to Arkham Asylum.
(2) Batman went to his costumer wanting information on a suit of armor that a hostage taker was wearing. The man refused Batman, saying he didn't build the suit. He couldn't help Batman because that would be crossing the line - he didn't want to work for anyone exclusively. Batman gave him visual that his daughter was one of the hostages.


Detective 790

Cover Date: March 2004
Subtitle: (1) Scarification; (2) The Tailor part two
Writer(s): (1) Anderson Gabrych; (2) AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): (1) Pete Woods, Cam Smith; (2) Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, Dan Green
Storyline: (1) A new designer drug called G.H.D. claimed its sixteenth victim. Batman questioned a friend of the victim and got the name of the dealer. He didn't know who supplied him, so Batman and Batgirl gave him a few thrills. Batgirl questioned his motives, mentioning that he seemed to be taking this more personally than normal. The next night, he ignored a transmission for Oracle. He took down the manufacturer of the drug by offering him a choice: handcuffs or his own drug. He chose the cuffs. Later that night, Bruce took Cassandra to Jason's grave. It would have been his 18th birthday.
(2) The tailor went in and got his daughter. He stopped the man in the armor by knowing it's weak spot. He told Batman again that he did not build the suit. Before taking him down, the tailor told the kidnapper he wasn't the one who set him up.


Detective 791

Cover Date: April 2004
Subtitle: (1) The Surrogate part one: Lost and Found; (2) The Tailor part three
Writer(s): (1) Anderson Gabrych; (2) AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): (1) Pete Woods, Cam Smith; (2) Nathan Fox
Storyline: (1) Batman began trailing Jamil Heyman, a former pro football player who was now into gangbanging. After taking him and his gang down after a gun deal, Oracle notified him that Leslie called for him. A young woman had come into her clinic, apparently shot - with no bullet. She and her unborn child were in bad shape. Batman arrived; she asked him to find the girl's family. He took her prints and found out she was an orphan. At her last known address, one of her foster sisters gave Batman a picture of the girl and her real sister. Batman realized Mr. Freeze was somehow involved - he found only water where he'd been shot earlier. After paying another visit to Heyman, Batman returned to Leslie's clinic to find it abandoned.
(2) The tailor thought back on a night seven years ago. He and a team knocked off an armored truck, only he got away. The rest thought he'd sold them out.


Detective 792

Cover Date: May 2004
Subtitle: (1) The Surrogate part two: The Blinding; (2) The Tailor part four
Writer(s): (1) Anderson Gabrych; (2) AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): (1) Pete Woods, Cam Smith; (2) Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, Dan Green
Storyline: (1) Batman found two of the clinic workers drugged and tied up in a closet. After questioning them, he realized the pregnant girl's sister was a famous pop star. While tracking them down, Batman listened in on the bug he planted on Heyman. Mr. Freeze called him. As Batman arrived at the location where the girl and Leslie were being held, Heyman attacked with some of Freeze's weaponry.
(2) The tailor visited one of his old teammates. The rest were on their way to get him.


Detective 793

Cover Date: June 2004
Subtitle: (1) The Surrogate par three: Deliverance; (2) The Tailor part five
Writer(s): (1) Anderson Gabrych; (2) AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): (1) Pete Woods, Cam Smith; (2) Jean-Jacuqes Dzialowski, Dan Green
Storyline: (1) Batman, Leslie, the mother, and the singer were trapped in the collapsed building. Dr. Thompkins was able to save the baby, but the mother died in the operation. Batman cleared enough of the rubble for the grandmother (the singer was actually the mother's mother) to get out. They told her to get the child to a hospital immediately. Media reported her manager and husband (Heyman) dead. Batman tracked down Freeze and stopped him. Later, Leslie visited Bruce at the Manor.
(2) The tailor got money to his wife and daughter, warning them to get out of town quickly. He began working on a suit for himself.


Detective 794

Cover Date: July 2004
Subtitle: (1) Monsters of Rot part one: Cleansing Fires; (2) The Tailor part six
Writer(s): (1) Anderson Gabrych; (2) AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): (1) Pete Woods, Cam Smith; (2) Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, Dan Green
Storyline: (1) Capo Siegel was buried in Gotham City. Matches Malone purchased information from his widow. Batman and Orpheus made a move against the mobsters who were now without a boss. When a load of illegal immigrants arrived in Bludhaven all dead, the ship's captain set fire the his boat. After hearing the truth, Catalina Flores (Tarantula) vowed to find out more. Tarantula got a name and went after the man believed to be behind the shipment of Santa Priscans. He told her they were dead and rotting after only five days at sea. She found a man made of roaches later that night and set him on fire. Rotted corpses began popping up in Gotham City. Batman told Commissioner Akins to stay out of the Hill (where the bodies were found). He and Tarantula bumped into each other that night investigating.
(2) The Tailor was attacked by his former teammates. He found the true traitor and took the money that they thought he'd taken in the first place.


Detective 795

Cover Date: August 2004
Subtitle: (1) Monsters of Rot part two: Knee Deep; (2) Polished Stone part one
Writer(s): (1) Anderson Gabrych; (2) Anderson Gabrych
Artists(s): (1) Pete Woods, Nathan Massengill; (2) Brad Walker, Troy Nixey
Storyline: (1) Batman encountered Tarantula, who was hell-bent on burning things that could be contaminated with the Mugre. He didn't believe her at first, but saw some intangible liquid take form. He welded himself and Tarantula in with it so that no one else could be exposed. They got out via the sewer; Batman sent Flores home and told her not to come in contact with anyone else until he got in touch with her. He researched those known dead and the bacterium that caused their deaths. He realized that cockroaches were the stop for it and created an antidote. After finding Tarantula in the sewer where he last saw her, he dosed her and ordered her to leave his town. He delivered the info and antidote to Akins. Orpheus found the city sanitation chief dead of a self-inflicted gunshot. He told Batman.
(2) Green Arrow arrived at a monastery in the mountains and met with a woman he knew named Onyx. He needed a favor for a "friend." Orpheus's gang got shot at in an arms deal. Back in Gotham City during the shootout, Batman introduced Orpheus to his new bodyguard - Onyx. After she helped them take down the dealers, they dumped the guns in the bay.


Detective 796

Cover Date: September 2004
Subtitle: (1) ...and Red all Over; (2) Polished Stone part two
Writer(s): (1) Anderson Gabrych; (2) Anderson Gabrych
Artists(s): (1) Pete Woods, Nathan Massengill; (2) Brad Walker, Troy Nixey
Storyline: (1) After taking down some muggers, Batman took Stephanie / Robin to investigate a murder scene. Batman quickly realized it was the work of Zsasz. Batman sent Robin home, but Zsasz got to her before she could get clear. Robin was resourceful enough to get away long enough for Batman to get to Zsasz. Together they were able to stop him and get him to the police. Afterwards, Batman got on to her for resorting to deadly force in the battle.
(2) As Penguin welcomed Orpheus and Onyx into the Iceberg Lounge, Batman and Batgirl arrived. A fight broke out, convincingly enough to make everyone believe the Bats were against Orpheus and Onyx.


Detective 797

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: (1) War Games act 1, part 1: Flashpoint; (2) Low part one
Writer(s): (1) Anderson Gabrych; (2) Shane McCarthy
Artists(s): (1) Pete Woods, Nathan Massengill; (2) Tommy Castillo, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: (1) [continued from Batman: The 12 Cent Adventure]
After the firefight, Orpheus called Batman. He and Batgirl arrived quickly. Of the 21 gang lords who attended, only 8 walked away. Batman clued in Oracle. Batgirl went in to the Chinatown mob, where a coup was attempted within their ranks to gain power. Batman went after Escabedo's family on the North End - it was attacked by the Odessa Mob. Orpheus went to Penguin, who denied calling the hits. Chaos touched all the gangs.
[continued in Legends of the Dark Knight 182]
(2) Riddler entered Poison Ivy's sanctuary in hopes that she would protect him.


Detective 798

Cover Date: November 2004
Subtitle: (1) War Games act 2, part 1: Undertow; (2) Low part two
Writer(s): (1) Anderson Gabrych; (2) Shane McCarthy
Artists(s): (1) Pete Woods, Cam Smith; (2) Tommy Castillo, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: (1) [continued from Batman 631]
News sources reported Darla Aquino dead of the gunshot wound she received at the school attack. Her father ordered the entire Odessa mob killed. Oracle and Batman spoke on the current situations as Tim contemplated helping out. Batman met with Commissioner Akins requesting command of his men for the next eight hours. Akins denied him. Onyx left Dr. Thompkins' clinic; Tim met Alfred and suited up.
[continued in Legends of the Dark Knight 183]
(2) Ivy called Riddler a wannabe and had her plants drop him into her jungle.


Detective 799

Cover Date: December 2004
Subtitle: (1) War Games act 3, part 1: Good Intentions; (2) Low part three
Writer(s): (1) Anderson Gabrych; (2) Shane McCarthy
Artists(s): (1) Pete Woods, Cam Smith; (2) Tommy Castillo, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: (1) [continued from Batman 632]
Batman and his team watched as the 'players' all met in an amphitheater. Orpheus arrived at the podium and began to speak. Onyx found the real Orpheus dead in his bedroom. She commed Batman. Batman went in after the fake. While being attacked by gangmembers, Batman noticed Dr. Death working behind the scenes. When things got completely out of hand, Commissioner Akins ordered his force to kill anyone in a mask.
[continued in Legends of the Dark Knight 184]
(2) Riddler punched Ivy and she went berserk. She tore him down physically and mentally and told him to leave and never come back.


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