Batman: Aftershock

Issue #555

Cover Date: June 1998
Subtitle: Trapped Like Rats (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): John Beatty, Sal Buscema
Storyline: Batman and Robin set out to save some commuters who'd been trapped in a subway car during an aftershock. Batman confided in Robin (Tim) that he hoped he would be the next Batman. Ratcatcher sent his pets after Batman, Robin, and the subway victims. Batman caught him and forced him to lead them to the surface.


Issue #54

Cover Date: June 1998
Subtitle: Repercussions (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Staz Johnson, Stan Woch
Storyline: Robin checked on Ariana, who's family had been relocated to a shelter inside a local school. He found Stephanie Brown also there; she made him promise to get her Spoiler outfit from her home. There, Robin ran into her father the Cluemaster. After a bit of a chase, Robin escaped and Cluemaster was caught by the National Guard. Tim and Ariana patched things up.


Issue #722

Cover Date: June 1998
Subtitle: Statistics (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, James Hodgkins
Storyline: Robin tried to track down the missing mother of a young girl. When he found her, she refused to be the child's mother. Robin and Montoya found her grandparents, who were more than happy to take the girl in. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon were finally reunited, Sarah had been trapped in Tri-Corner.


Issue #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


Issue #556

Cover Date: July 1998
Subtitle: Help Trapped Money Rescue Ruins (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Joe Rubinstein
Storyline: Dick and Alfred continued to work on Wayne Manor and the cave below. Batman saved some looters who'd been trapped in a bank vault. Bruce Wayne attended a Wayne Enterprises meeting on the status of their relief efforts; later, Wayne took a walk with Vesper Fairchild.


Issue #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.


Issue #557

Cover Date: August 1998
Subtitle: Ballistic's Evidence (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Vince Giarrano, Sal Buscema
Storyline: A "secret agency" hired Ballistic to go into Gotham City and recover a briefcase for them. He arrived and almost immediately ran into Batman (he'd met Batman before, but it was Jean Paul in the costume). They took down the men guarding the rubble and Ballistic found his case. He opened it, found dope, and destroyed it.


Issue #724

Cover Date: August 1998
Subtitle: The Grieving City (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, James Hodgkins
Storyline: J. Devlin Davenport, a neighbor of Bruce Wayne's, began causing trouble when excavation teams needed to destroy part of his fallen building so rescue teams could pass more easily. Batman took it upon himself to clear the wreckage. Harold and Alfred continued to work on the manor and cave. Bruce renewed his vow to his parents.


Issue #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.


Issue #558

Cover Date: September 1998
Subtitle: Dying City (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Sal Buscema
Storyline: With Batman and Jim Gordon nearing despair, Vesper Fairchild gave a sort of state of the city address during her radio show. Batman stopped some graveyard looters and spoke with Gordon about the people left in their city. Bruce met his girlfriend (Vesper).


Issue #725

Cover Date: September 1998
Subtitle: At the End of the Day (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): William Rosado, Tom Palmer
Storyline: Batman and Nightwing talked about Gotham's situation and possible futures. They also spoke on their own past. After hitching a ride on a ferry to Tri-Corner, they went in to stop a gunfight. Dick told Bruce he was thinking of becoming a policeman.


Issue #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.


Issue #559

Cover Date: October 1998
Subtitle: Dead City (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Bob Hall, Sal Buscema
Storyline: Gordon worried about all the deserters, some of which being his own men. Batman and Robin helped Bullock and Montoya fend off a street gang trying to loot the pharmacy of a hospital. A damaged bridge collapsed under the weight of refugees, dropping a large amount of them into the harbor.


Issue #726

Cover Date: October 1998
Subtitle: Fool's Errand (part of Aftershock)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Brian Stelfreeze
Storyline: Batman learned of a little girl hostage with the kidnapper found dead. On the anniversary of Jason's death, the Joker told Batman where to find the child. He was able to save her before she ran out of oxygen.


Issue #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.


Issue #14

Cover Date: Fall 1998
Subtitle: (1) Master of the House; (2) The Lunatic Fringe; (3) Random Encounters
Writer(s): (1) Lisa Klink; (2) Bruce Canwell; (3) Greg Rucka
Artists(s): (1) David Boller, Aaron Sowd; (2) Jim Aparo, Drew Geraci; (3) Sal Buscema, James A. Hodgkins
Storyline: [1] Alfred fended off some looters entering Wayne Manor. Fireworks were set off during the struggle marking the first celebration since the quake (July 4).
[2] Huntress tracked a lost school bus and its occupants. The trail led her to a slaughter house where the children would soon be on the menu. She rescued the survivors and rounded up the bad guys for the cops.
[3] Renee Montoya's brother, Benny, told her the story of why he was back in town. As a fighter pilot in the Persian Gulf, his jet was damaged. He was forced to fire upon an enemy troop transport.


notes

  • Though each issue's cover is bannered with the Aftershock logo, this has not been collected in tpb.