Shadow of the Bat ongoing 1998 (issues 70-80)

Shadow of the Bat 70

Cover Date: January 1998
Subtitle: The Spirit of 2000 part two: Gothamageddon?
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Mark Buckingham, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Batman destroyed the newly animated horsemen and saw Malochia drawing an airplane to him from a rooftop. Batman stopped him and broke his spell over the pilots; the plane got away safely. Fate took Batman to the underworld, where they fought a demon. Malochia, the demon's portal to the real world, broke down psychologically.


Shadow of the Bat 71

Cover Date: February 1998
Subtitle: Anatomy of a Murder
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Mark Buckingham, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Batman found a man murdered on the roof of his apartment building. He questioned the area street gang (who were the prime suspects), but believed they didn't kill him. His investigation took him to the dead man's wife, son, competition, mistress, business partner, and finally his mistress' husband. The man broke down and confessed.


Shadow of the Bat 72

Cover Date: March 1998
Subtitle: The Meaning of Life
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Eduardo Barreto, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Batman tracked a hitman hired to kill a mobster. The costumed hitman, Drakken, was hired by a mob boss who kept human remains in a morbid collection. Batman couldn't stop Drakken from killing the mobster's girlfriend, but he got the hitman and his employer.


Shadow of the Bat 73

Cover Date: April 1998
Subtitle: Cataclysm part one: Castles Built on Sand
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Mark Buckingham, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: (continued from Detective 719)
Oracle lost connection with the Batcave at 7:03pm while giving a report - a 7.6 earthquake hit Gotham City. Batman was swept up by the rising currents from an underground stream; Alfred fell into the cave from the crumbling Wayne Manor above. Oracle headed to police HQ to find her father and rally the troops.
(continued in Nightwing 19)


Shadow of the Bat 74

Cover Date: May 1998
Subtitle: Cataclysm part nine: The Naked City
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Mark Buckingham, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: (continued from Blackgate: Isle of Men)
Batman reached mainland Gotham City after stopping the riots at Blackgate and began helping victims. In Bludhaven, Tim Drake stole a motorcycle and headed toward his home. Jolene Relazzo was abducted from her home. Batman spoke with Penguin about his "enterprises."
(continued in The Batman Chronicles 12)


Shadow of the Bat 75

Cover Date: June 1998
Subtitle: By Fire or By Ice (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Mark Buckingham, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Eight days after the quake, Gotham City was declared a national disaster area. Batman stopped a man from committing suicide and got on the trail of Mr. Freeze. Shortly after he captured Mr. Freeze, he was attacked by Ultimate Clayface (who'd been trapped underground since their last meeting). Freeze regained consciousness and went after Clayface so he could be the one to kill the Batman. Batman used their struggle to defeat them both.
+Backup story consisting of above suicide man's tale


Shadow of the Bat 76

Cover Date: July 1998
Subtitle: The Guantlet (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Mark Buckingham, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Batman rescued some high-society party goers who'd resorted to cannibalism during their two weeks of entrapment.


Shadow of the Bat 77

Cover Date: August 1998
Subtitle: Arwin's Theory of Devolution (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Mark Buckingham, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Batman stumbled up on a Gotham University professor who'd been trapped in a classroom full of dead students. He'd gone mad and forced Batman into an "experiment." Batman took him down and delivered him to the police.


Shadow of the Bat 78

Cover Date: September 1998
Subtitle: The Blank Generation part 1: Corporate Nightmares (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Mark Buckingham, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Gotham business men met on whether or not to stay in town. Narcosis attacked Mad Hatter's gang. Gordon called Batman in about the blissed-out people.


Shadow of the Bat 79

Cover Date: October 1998
Subtitle: The Blank Generation part 2: A Favorable Wind (part of Aftershock
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Mark Buckingham, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Wayne Enterprises vowed to stay in Gotham City and help start 10,000 new small businesses. Mad Hatter teamed up with Narcosis temporarily and then took him down (so he could have his hat/cowl). He began releasing Narcosis' bliss gas across Gotham. Batman destroyed what he was using to release the gas and took down Tetch. Narcosis was believed dead in an ensuing fire. Oracle called in helicopters to burn away the gas.


Shadow of the Bat 80

Cover Date: December 1998
Subtitle: Wax Man and the Clown (part of Road to No Man's Land)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Mark Buckingham, Robert Campanella
Storyline: Jeremiah Arkham struggled with dwindling supplies, resources, and staff. Joker engineered a distraction and altered files containing medication dosages for the inmates. Bruce Wayne pondered going to Washington DC to speak out for Gotham City.


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