Shadow of the Bat ongoing 1997 (issues 58-69)

Issue #58

Cover Date: January 1997
Subtitle: Leaves of Grass, part 3: Comedown
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, Stan Woch
Storyline: After giving him a kiss, Poison Ivy cut Batman loose to fight Floronic Man. He defeated the wild plant, but Ivy escaped with the money due to the time-lapse kiss she gave Batman. Tim helped a friend who had an adverse reaction to his first bit of marijuana and gave a lecture to a class on its dangers.


Issue #59

Cover Date: February 1997
Subtitle: Killer Killer part one: Storm Gird
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, Stan Woch
Storyline: Scarface surfaced again in the hands of Rhino, one of his goons. The dummy demanded Arnold Wesker be broken out of Blackgate. Penguin had him set loose (for a fee). Wesker and Scarface were reunited. Batman tracked the "Killer Killer," a vigilante who'd been killing convicted killers.


Issue #60

Cover Date: March 1997
Subtitle: Killer Killer part 2: The Old Man and the Sea
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, Stan Woch
Storyline: Batman caught the Killer Killer trying to take down the Penguin. He turned out to be a high ranking member of Penguin's gang trying to take over the top spot. Scarface and Ventriloquist nearby, Batman knocked the puppet into Gotham Harbor. Wesker dove in after him; neither were found by police.


Issue #61

Cover Date: April 1997
Subtitle: Second Chances
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Stan Woch
Storyline: Batman chased would-be assassins out to get a mob rat being protected by police until the trial. He witnessed a new family getting a second chance and thought back on his childhood and Alfred.


Issue #62

Cover Date: May 1997
Subtitle: Janus part one: Two's Company, Three's a Corpse
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, Stan Woch
Storyline: Two-Face faked a heart attack and was broken loose in transit to a medical center. He bowed out of his first heist, claiming he needed to sleep off his medications. Three of his men were killed by a masked man calling himself Janus.


Issue #63

Cover Date: June 1997
Subtitle: Janus part two: Two and Two is...
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, Stan Woch
Storyline: Janus struck Two-Face's gang again at their next score. Batman cornered the criminal mastermind after realizing he'd hijacked a docked nuclear ship. Knowing he had to be Janus, Batman appealed to Dent's good side and got him back to Arkham.


Issue #64

Cover Date: July 1997
Subtitle: The Wedding Present
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Dave Taylor, Stan Woch
Storyline: Batman wrecked his car while evading a pedestrian on a secluded road. He got out to check on her and was captured. He awakened tied up on a strange old house. The man there mistook him for a demon, who he said killed everyone at his sister's wedding (the pedestrian was in a bridal gown). He set the house on fire hoping to destroy the demon. Batman escaped and saved the man from the burning house. The real demon attacked him while he looked for the bride. Jason Blood, Etrigan's host, arrived and told Batman what had happened: 100 years previous, when couples often got protection demons as wedding presents, a present went berserk.


Issue #65

Cover Date: August 1997
Subtitle: Illusions part one: The Harder they Fall
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Joe Rubinstein
Storyline: Batman saved a boy from muggers; he explained he was running from his father, Bruce Wayne, who'd threatened to kill him. James Gordon was brought up on charges of corruption and money laundering by Internal Affairs. Bock and Montoya were also charged. Essen asked Batman for help. Penguin's birthday party was spoiled by a shootout.


Issue #66

Cover Date: September 1997
Subtitle: Illusions part two: The Bigger they Come...
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Joe Rubinstein
Storyline: Batman began investigating the strange happenings from the night before, plus high profile suicides and an on-air murder. Two men, apparently with psychic powers, robbed a bank. Batman learned the police were after him and visited James Gordon in jail. After visiting the Penguin, he was surrounded by a SWAT team.


Issue #67

Cover Date: October 1997
Subtitle: Illusions part three: Thinker and the Cheat
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Stan Woch
Storyline: Batman escaped the police, but his car was taken. He soon uncovered the scam being run by a hypnotist and a psychic. All charges on him, Gordon, Montoya, and Bock were dropped. Batman spoke with Gordon about it all.


Issue #68

Cover Date: November 1997
Subtitle: A Contract with Death
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Stan Woch
Storyline: Batman tracked an unknown serial killer who struck once per year (on Halloween) for the past eight years. He found the man who'd been sacrificing people to the Lord of Death since a tragic car accident he was in while in college.


Issue #69

Cover Date: December 1997
Subtitle: The Apocalypse Club
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Mark Buckingham, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Malochia, a criminally insane man who thought he was a prophet, escaped Arkham. Strange, unexplained deaths began popping up in cult fashion across the city. A man calling himself Fate fell into the Batmobile. He and Batman teamed up against the suspected Armageddon. They were attacked by stone horsemen atop a building.


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