Batman: Dark Detective

Issue #1

Cover Date: early July 2005
Subtitle: Some Enchanted Evening
Writer(s): Steve Englehart
Artists(s): Marshall Rogers, Terry Austin
Storyline: Batman checked out the security before attending a function as Bruce Wayne. Senator Evan Gregory was a man running for governor - Batman wanted to make sure he lived to see election day. Gregory wanted to make the Batman more "legitimate." While speaking, Gregory introduced his fiancee - Silver St. Cloud. After an awkward moment, Silver introduced Bruce to Evan.
The Joker appeared and made his bid for governor - "vote for me, or I'll kill you." He shook hands with Gregory and almost killed him with a rigged joy buzzer. Joker then demanded $1 million from everyone in attendance. Batman was quick to the punch, but Joker escaped cleanly. A police officer was found dead outside.


Issue #2

Cover Date: late July 2005
Subtitle: You May See a Stranger
Writer(s): Steve Englehart
Artists(s): Marshall Rogers, Terry Austin
Storyline: Joker found Two-Face waiting for him at his hideout. The former District Attorney warned him not to run for governor. After seeing Evan off to one of his events, Silver visited Wayne Manor. After they agreed on friendship, Bruce insisted on showing her the cave beneath the house. While inside, he believed Joe Chill and several of his enemies were in the cave, then realized he'd been attacked by the Scarecrow (possibly as a policeman the night before - time released fear gas). When he'd overcome it, he and Silver admitted their love for each other. They gave into their passion as the Joker killed the first victim who didn't pay his demands.
Commissioner Akin wondered about Batman.


Issue #3

Cover Date: early August 2005
Subtitle: Two Faces Have I
Writer(s): Steve Englehart
Artists(s): Marshall Rogers, Terry Austin
Storyline: The next morning, Silver and Bruce discussed what their feelings and what they'd done.
As Batman sought out Scarecrow, he happened upon Two-Face going after the gate of a baseball double-header. Dent got away, but Batman was able to nab one of his henchmen.
Two-Face visited a scientists known as Double X and made the final payment on a clone of himself - one with none of the scarring; one that would follow his every order. Batman somehow found them. Two-Face and Harvey bested Batman for a second time that night and escaped. As they entered their hideout, a bomb went off. Harvey's face was scarred on one side, and hit with Joker poison on the other. Two-Face was devastated.
Bruce returned home and had his wounds tended by Silver.


Issue #4

Cover Date: late August 2005
Subtitle: Thriller
Writer(s): Steve Englehart
Artists(s): Marshall Rogers, Terry Austin
Storyline: Phase two of Scarecrow's new gas took effect - Bruce envisioned a friend of Joe Chill's out to get him as a child. Batman awakened, hooked to his own devices in order to break the Scarecrow's hold over him.
Silver told Evan about Bruce. She told him she'd stay by his side until the election was over, but her heart was not in it. When he was called back to the stage for an encore of his speech, Joker snatched her.


Issue #5

Cover Date: early September 2005
Subtitle: Everybody Dance Now
Writer(s): Steve Englehart
Artists(s): Marshall Rogers, Terry Austin
Storyline: Silver St. Cloud woke up in Joker's presence.
Batman tracked Scarecrow from the chemicals used in his newest gas. Crane was easily defeated. When Bruce returned home, Evan Gregory showed up with the Joker's note. Batman began relentlessly searching for Joker. The police cornered him, but he escaped. He went to Two-Face, who refused to give up Joker's location - he wanted to get even with him for killing the clone. A second clone appeared - one made from only Harvey's bad side. It told Batman where to find Joker.
Joker began to torture her when she mentioned Batman.


Issue #6

Cover Date: late September 2005
Subtitle: Crack House
Writer(s): Steve Englehart
Artists(s): Marshall Rogers, Terry Austin
Storyline: Batman entered the location given to him by the Two-Face clone. He found Gregory and his bodyguards - Gregory was injured and the others were dead. The house was completely boobie-trapped and obviously the right location. Batman got Evan to a safe spot and ordered him to stay. He got to the Joker and freed Silver. With the villain unconscious, Batman and Silver embraced - only to be interrupted by Evan's screams. They found him missing an arm and a leg. Batman told Silver that Gregory needed her now more than he did. She blasted him for not knowing what "love" was. Joker wandered through on fire. Batman got Gregory and Silver out of the house as it went up in flames. Gregory was handed over to medical staff and Batman disappeared.