Batman and the Monster Men

Issue #1

Cover Date: January 2006
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Writer(s): Matt Wagner
Artists(s): Matt Wagner
Storyline: Batman swooped down on Sal Maroni's thugs who were torturing a captive. Maroni was in with Carmine Falcone. The vigilante got what he needed: they were in the heroine trade.
Later that night, Bruce Wayne attended a charity ball with his girlfriend, Julie Madison. Her father, Norman, was enraged that Sal Maroni showed up also.
Professor Hugo Strange pitched his new genetic research, but there were no buyers. Outside, he ran into Maroni. The gangster agreed to loan him another $200,000.
Bruce took Julie back to the manor; she later woke up with him gone. Alfred explained he'd been called out on business.
Professor Strange abducted a couple who'd taunted him at the ball.


Issue #2

Cover Date: February 2006
Subtitle: --
Writer(s): Matt Wagner
Artists(s): Matt Wagner
Storyline: Gordon called Batman to the scene of a grisly murder - parts of a woman's body had been pulled out of the sewer. She appeared to have been killed by a wild animal. Batman took some hair from under her nails and left. Professor Strange was visited by two of Maroni's goons who reminded him of his debt. After they left, he had his body guard trail them.
Soon after telling Julie goodnight, Batman was on the scene of a car chase: the police were after armed robbery suspects. He took them down almost effortlessly and left them for the police.
Strange purchased an inmate from Arkham Asylum.
Gordon was given a report. The police had Batman's heavily modified car.
Norman Madison made a deal for $3 from Maroni, to be paid back at 30% interest.
Strange loosed his bodyguard and one of his monsters on the gambling hall nearby.


Issue #3

Cover Date: March 2006
Subtitle: --
Writer(s): Matt Wagner
Artists(s): Matt Wagner
Storyline: Batman went in to shake down some of Maroni's goons, but he was beaten to the punch. Everyone was had been massacred by what appeared to be the same beast that had killed the girl in the sewer. Batman found more hair (the last turned out to be human).
Professor Strange paid Maroni back with the money he'd looted from the gamblers his beast had killed. Falcone told him to get out of town for a while. Batman visited Maroni that night and caught a slip-up: "Strange."
Bruce again cut short his date with Julie. He got into costume and visited Strange's lab. Sanjay, Strange's bodyguard, hit him with a doped dart, chained him up, and threw him in the dungeon with his boss's monsters.


Issue #4

Cover Date: April 2006
Subtitle: --
Writer(s): Matt Wagner
Artists(s): Matt Wagner
Storyline: Batman took down one monster while Strange watched via close-circuit TV. The other two monsters ripped off his cape and belt. The Professor was completely engrossed by the Batman, who escaped by chaining one of the monsters to a drain and leaping in. Strange wanted his DNA for a new monster.
Julie went out with friends. Her father was already drunk with worry for her - Moroni's goons threatened her if he didn't pay his debt. She later stopped in to visit Bruce. She found him in bed and completely banged up. He blamed it on a polo accident, saying his team practiced at night.
Strange got some of Batman's DNA from blood found on his belt. Maroni's goons came in and blasted one of his tanks.


Issue #5

Cover Date: May 2006
Subtitle: --
Writer(s): Matt Wagner
Artists(s): Matt Wagner
Storyline: Captain Gordon was called into Commissioner Grogan's office. He pleaded ignorance when asked how he contacted the Batman. Walking out, he made sure the signal device was still in his pocket. From the rooftop, he called Batman and they discussed the massacre. Batman told him they were genetic mutations, and who was responsible. He'd just watched Hugo Strange's building go up in flames.
Madison came clean to his daughter and told her to leave town for the time being. He went to Maroni with his first "payment." Julie went to Bruce. He drugged her and put her in bed while he went out in his new car.
Strange unleashed his "monster men" near Maroni's home.


Issue #6

Cover Date: June 2006
Subtitle: --
Writer(s): Matt Wagner
Artists(s): Matt Wagner
Storyline: Maroni pulled a gun on Madison when all hell broke loose outside. He believed the man had brought or signaled the trouble. Batman arrived as one of the beasts breached the main entrance. He netted one on his way in and the gangsters killed it. Sanjay was also killed. Batman tied the other two together and went for Maroni. He told Madison to scram as he headed to the helipad on the roof. As he was leaving, Madison ran into Strange, who was coming in. Strange kicked him and ran.
On the roof, Batman encountered a forth monster. He tranquilized him and the beast fell into the helicopter. He fell with it to the ground, three stories below. He told Maroni he was sparing his life, but that Norman Madison no longer owed him a debt. The next morning, Bruce woke Julie up. He told her he'd worked something out with her father so that the loan was no longer a problem. While walking her home, an electronics store's TV display showed an interview with Hugo Strange about his new obsession: the Batman.


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notes

  • This takes place during or directly after The Man Who Laughs, as a newspaper's headlines read: "Red Hood Gone? Eyewitnesses claim mystery thief falls to doom after Ace Chemical heist attempt foiled by run-in with vigilante"Bat-Man.""
  • Gordon references Year One: "I think of Barbara and little James - alive only due to his selfless actions - safe and warm at home. I try not to think of Sarah at all." Superman was later reference in a conversation he had with another officer: "Oh well...guess he'll just have to fly from now on!" "Wrong guy. He's in Metropolis."
  • Maroni to Falcone in #3: "Bad enough I got that pretty-boy DA, Dent, crawlin' up my butt all the time."
  • Return to continuity section 1.