Shadow of the Bat ongoing 1996 (issues 46-57)

Shadow of the Bat 46

Cover Date: January 1996
Subtitle: Cornelius Stirk part one
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Tommy Lee Edwards, Ray McCarthy
Storyline: From inside Arkham Asylum, Cornelius Stirk gave an interview to a man writing a book on serial killers. While Arkham was making his rounds and the guard was under his spell, Stirk killed the writer and assumed his identity. Armond Kroll was defeated by Marion Grange in the mayoral election; Seth Voder was elected District Attorney with help from Penguin.


Shadow of the Bat 47

Cover Date: February 1996
Subtitle: Cornelius Stirk part two
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Tommy Lee Edwards, Ray McCarthy
Storyline: Stirk attended Oswald Cobblepot's mayoral party as the writer. Bruce Wayne attended the party as well after hearing Stirk had escaped (and knowing the writer was invited to the party). Stirk started a fire in the kitchen and escaped with the mayor. Batman met him on the roof and saved Grange, capturing Stirk once more.


Shadow of the Bat 48

Cover Date: March 1996
Subtitle: The Apocalypse Plague - Contagion one
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Vince Giarrano, Ray McCarthy
Storyline: Azrael sent a report to Batman - a plague connected to the Order of St. Dumas was on its way to Gotham City. Robin found a plane originating from the area which had just landed in Gotham. Batman went to investigate at a military facility where the Ebola Gulf-A virus was being studied. He found a man in quarantine who'd been accidentally infected.
[continued in Detective 695]


Shadow of the Bat 49

Cover Date: April 1996
Subtitle: Angel of Death - Contagion seven
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Vince Giarrano, Ray McCarthy
Storyline: [continued from Batman 529]
Poison Ivy continued selling the antidote to the highest bidders inside Babylon Towers. Batman went in after her. Huntress and Nightwing realized Robin had been infected. Gordon met Batman inside looking for Ivy. The antidote failed.
[continued in Detective 629


Shadow of the Bat 50

Cover Date: May 1996
Subtitle: [untitled]
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Bret Blevins, Norm Breyfogle, Vince Giarrano, Barry Kitson, Dave Taylor, Ray McCarthy, Bob Leigh
Storyline: Batman fought Ultimate Clayface; Ventriloquist attacked along with Amygdala and Rhino. Batman felt he was dreaming, but was unable to wake himself. Tally Man came next. Corrosive Man, Mahakala, and others followed. Batman woke up. Narcosis - a new villain - was standing above him. He sprayed Batman with more dream gas and left.


Shadow of the Bat 51

Cover Date: June 1996
Subtitle: [untitled]
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, John Dell
Storyline: Commissioner Gordon found Batman at the scene, still unconscious. He continued to fight his dreams as Narcosis and company created their poisons. Batman finally awakened and thanked Jim. Narcosis broke into and took over a dairy plant to poison Gotham City's milk.


Shadow of the Bat 52

Cover Date: July 1996
Subtitle: [untitled]
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, Joe Rubinstein
Storyline: Batman made it back to the cave still feeling the after-effects of Narcosis' gas attack. Robin searched, but could come up with no leads on the man. Gordon stationed men at possible targets in attempt to catch him. Batman realized they would have to poison something with a short shelf-life. He took them down at the dairy plant.


Shadow of the Bat 53

Cover Date: August 1996
Subtitle: Hobsomn's Choice - Legacy prelude
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, Stan Woch
Storyline: Bruce told Tim about the new mutation of the Clench. He called Azrael for more info. Batman, Nightwing, and Robin prepared to leave for Sudan. D.A. Voder reported to Penguin on the city's affairs. Huntress continued taking down looters raiding the homes of Clench victims; Robin informed her that she'd be in charge of Gotham City while they were gone. Batman brought Gordon up to speed on the situation.
[continued in Batman 533]


Shadow of the Bat 54

Cover Date: September 1996
Subtitle: The Power of Picts - Legacy four
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, Stan Woch
Storyline: [continued from Robin 32]
Batman was able to stop the dispersion in Edinburgh. Robin informed him they were successful in Paris, but Oracle said Calcutta would be the next target. Batman headed to his new destination.
[continued in Batman 534]


Shadow of the Bat 55

Cover Date: October 1996
Subtitle: Standard Operating Procedure
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Rick Burchett, Klaus Janson
Storyline: Bruce Wayne was found by police at the home of Madolyn Corbett - a woman who'd been stalking Wayne. She was dead. While he was being questioned by Gordon and Bullock, Dick went out as Batman and took down some gang bangers trying to rip off a store. Bruce was let go - it was ruled Corbett died of suicide.


Shadow of the Bat 56

Cover Date: November 1996
Subtitle: Leaves of Grass, part 1: Twin Peaks
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, Stan Woch
Storyline: Someone was making genetically enhanced marijuana available at double the amount and half the price. Poison Ivy was broken out of Arkham Asylum. Batman continued to track down the new drug suppliers.


Shadow of the Bat 57

Cover Date: December 1996
Subtitle: Leaves of Grass, part 2: Reefer Madness
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, Stan Woch
Storyline: Poison Ivy learned the identify of her benefactor: Jason Woodrue - the man who created her. He now called himself Floronic Man since his ordeal with Swamp Thing and S.T.A.R. Labs and his recreation. He offered Ivy $10million for a blood sample so that he could create offspring between them. Batman tried to crash their party but was captured.


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