Friday, August 7, 2009

The Batman Universe--July 2009

Here's a run-down of some of the things that happened in the Bat-Universe in July:

Batman and Robin #2:
In the midst of taking on the Circus of the Strange, Dick Grayson continues to have problems keeping Damian in line--with Damian not pleased that he is expected to play nice with the cops. This dilema weighs heavily on Dick. Also, Commissioner Gordon and the GCPD begin to realize thta they are dealing with a new Batman and Robin. As part of Robin's defiance, he takes off on his own to take on the Circus, and he ends up walking into their trap.

Batman #688:
Batman's presence in Gotham is gaining a lot of video coverage, in contrast to the Batman of old, and Dick continues to try to train Robin. Meanwhile, things go bad in the Penguin's operation, not to mention that Two Face tries to focus Batman's attention onto the Penguin. But like others, Two Face has also come to the realization that it's not the same Batman patrolling the streets of Gotham.

Detective Comics #855:
Over in Batwoman's world, she goes up against Alice, trying to uncover the reason why Gotham's covens would be interested in coming after her. This leads to some trouble for Kate that she may not be able to handle.

Gotham City Sirens #2:
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy attempt to get Catwoman to reveal the identity of Batman, but thanks to training from Talia al Ghul, she is able to resist the effort yet keep the trust of her roommates by claiming that Batman is more of a title held by many men at one time or another, including naming Bruce Wayne (as well as Commissioner Gordon). Harley decides to go shopping after that, where she meets up with Hush masquerading as Bruce Wayne, though she is unaware of the ruse. Hush decides to take advantage of Harley's close proximity to kill her. Catwoman is able to see through the ruse, though, after seeing Hush and Harley together on TV, and rushes off to try to save Harley. When they get to the location of the TV shoot, however, Hush and Harley are both gone.

Streets of Gotham #2:
The comic starts out with Hush escaping from his locked cell at the Batcave by seemingly setting himself on fire, and when Alfred tries helping him, makes his escape. We also find that Batman and Robin get some unwanted help from a new Gotham vigilante that they don't know, but who seems to be familiar with Batman and takes offense when Dick doesn't recognize him. Meanwhile, Firefly double-crosses Black Mask, and starts putting chemical implants into people so that he can cause them to "spontaneously combust." Firefly tries to kill Black Mask, which is when Batman and Robin show up. In the fight, Zsasz comes to the defense of Black Mask and saves him, much to Damian's dismay. Hush, free once again, and looking like Bruce Wayne, resurfaces as an apparent benefactor of Gotham by giving out money.