Batman: Face the Face

Issue #817

Cover Date: May 2006
Subtitle: Face the Face part 1 of 8
Writer(s): James Robinson
Artists(s): Leonard Kirk, Andy Clarke
Storyline: ONE YEAR LATER
Commissioner James Gordon was awakened by a phone call.
The KGBeast, now doing mob hits, sighted in his target. He was attacked and chased through a window onto an adjacent rooftop. The attacker, calling himself "Gotham's Protector," threw him from the rooftop and put two bullets in his head. Detective Harvey Bullock investigated the crime.
Harvey Dent - Gotham's Protector, was told his work was over. He'd been stopping the crimes he once would have committed - as Two-Face.
Gordon, at the stationhouse, thought back - he'd been back as commissioner (for the third time), Bullock had been back on the force six months, Batman had been away for twelve. He and a rookie cop, Harper, went to the roof when he got the call about Poison Ivy's attack. They lit the batsignal. People below cheered as Batman and Robin arrived. After a short talk with Gordon, the Dynamic Duo leapt into action.


Issue #651

Cover Date: May 2006
Subtitle: Face the Face part 2 of 8
Writer(s): James Robinson
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Keith Champagne
Storyline: Jack Ryder's newscast noted the return of Batman (as did the signal overhead) and Poison Ivy. As Batman and Robin neared the high-rise where Ivy was holding several people hostage, her plants attacked the plane. It exploded, but Batman and Robin were safely inside the building. They split up; Batman got to Ivy first. The men she held were running major corporations which were polluting the Earth. She encased Batman in a plant, but he told her Robin had defoliant in the water system and was ready to release it. She gave in.
At Gordon's office, he told them Bullock was on the scene of another murder: Magpie was dead.


Issue #818

Cover Date: June 2006
Subtitle: Face the Face part 3 of 8 + The Crime File of Jason Bard
Writer(s): James Robinson
Artists(s): Leonard Kirk, Andy Clarke
Storyline: Batman, Robin, Gordon, and Bullock checked out the latest crime scene - Magpie was dead. Bullock told them KGBeast had been found the same way - two bullets to the head. All of Magpie's birds had been killed (she had an aviary) also.
Back at the cave, Bruce and Alfred talked. The guns which killed KGBeast and Magpie were the same. They were traced back to Harvey Dent, the former "Two-Face." He then mentioned plans for day time help, and something for Tim. As he watched the "Dynamic Duo" take down Mad Hatter, Harvey thought about Batman and the various Robins. He began to believe this third one was almost as in synch now with Batman as the first had been. He wondered if the third had been trained by the first. He battled back Two-Face as he considered his future as a vigilante.
Batman told Robin to head to Police HQ, he'd meet him there in an hour.
Arnold Wesker - the Ventriloquist - was broken in on. He and his puppet, Scarface were shot. He seemed to know the shooter.
Batman visited Jason Bard in his apartment. Batman acknowledged the man had no fear of him then asked to put him on retainer. Bard took the job and was given some files to check out.


Issue #652

Cover Date: June 2006
Subtitle: Face the Face part 4 of 8
Writer(s): James Robinson
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Michael Bair, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Bullock, Batman, and Robin investigated the Wesker murder scene. Robin found something on the dummy - it turned out to be an address Wesker smeared in before he died. In the cave, Robin found some surveillance footage from that location - Magpie, KGBeast, Ventriloquist, and Orca together. Harvey Dent showed up and they all left.
Batman met with Gordon and Bullock. He gave the former dirty cop a clean slate for what he did to help get the corruption in GCPD cleaned up. He found out Cobblepot had hired each of them during the previous year.
They found a gun with Dent's prints on it. Batman went to confront him while Robin went after Killer Moth. Dent neither confirmed nor denied he had any part in the recent murders. Dent accused Batman of seeing him now as a jealous rival rather than a friend. He detonated his apartment; Batman was thrown clear.
Robin took down Killer Moth.


Issue #819

Cover Date: July 2006
Subtitle: Face the Face part 5 of 8 + The Crime File of Jason Bard
Writer(s): James Robinson
Artists(s): Leonard Kirk, Andy Clarke, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Gordon questioned Batman's decision to leave Dent "in charge" while he was gone. Though Dent's prints were found on the gun, Alfred also examined it.
Batman and Robin, while searching for Orca, encountered Killer Croc. After knocking him out, they found Orca's corpse - two bullet holes in her head. She'd been dead for some time, even before Croc found her.
Harvey battled with his other persona.
Jason Bard went over his notes on Orca: Real name Dr. Grace Balin. She'd worked with killer whale genes to become Orca. She'd married within the last year. Talking with her husband, he learned she'd been missing for about a week. He told her she, KGBeast, Magpie, Ventriloquist, and Firebug were all working for Penguin. They'd been hired to rob one of Penguins weapon houses. Dent had intervened, asking them to be his spy against Cobblepot.
The man was shot dead before he could say anything else. Bard looked up at the gun of the Tally Man (a new person using the name). He fired.


Issue #653

Cover Date: July 2006
Subtitle: Face the Face part 6 of 8
Writer(s): James Robinson
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Harvey Dent talked with his reflection - Two-Face. He realized he was happy and Two-Face was out of the picture until Batman had returned and taken his job. A year previous, Batman had come to him, acknowledging his sanity. He hoped Dent would watch over Gotham while he, Nightwing, and Robin were gone. Batman trained him for a month before he left. They took down Mr. Freeze and Firebug together right before Batman left.
Remembering how great it was to be the best, Harvey poured acid on himself and returned Two-Face.


Issue #820

Cover Date: August 2006
Subtitle: Face the Face part 7 + The Crime File of Jason Bard
Writer(s): James Robinson
Artists(s): Leonard Kirk, Andy Clarke
Storyline: Batman talked with Gordon while he and Robin took on Scarecrow and his new batch of fear gas. Tim saw the E2 Robin and Superboy Prime; Bruce saw his father in his own Batman costume.
The gun had been dismantled, then put back together with another handle and trigger. After the murders, the handle and trigger with Dent's original prints was replaced.
Batman and Robin defeated Scarecrow and stopped in to visit Gordon. While they were there, Jack Ryder broke the story: Two-Face had returned.
Jason had been able to make the Tally Man misfire by tripping him with his cane. He then got up and knocked him out with a kick to the face. He then called Batman with the news.


Issue #654

Cover Date: August 2006
Subtitle: Face the Face conclusion
Writer(s): James Robinson
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: The newly recreated Two-Face took over Gotham Zoo. He ordered everyone to leave except for one janitor and one veterinarian. Four cops were dead, another injured. Dent set all the animals free except for one male and female of each species. Batman and Robin went after him. As they fought, Two-Face told Batman he'd scarred himself because Batman didn't trust him. Dent escaped Batman while Robin disarmed his bombs.
Batman headed to Arkham to interrogate the puppeteer: Warren White - the Great White Shark. Though Batman couldn't prove anything against White, he did put the fear of God in him - both with the threat of physical violence and by telling his victims who was behind everything.
Back at the cave, Batman asked Robin upstairs. Alfred had refurnished Dick's old room - Bruce again asked Tim if he could adopt him.


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notes

  • Harvey Bullock is back on the police force. (Detective 817)
  • "Commissioner for the third time, settling back into the same strange, wonderful terror of crime in this city, just as I'd left it. Three months since my return. Six months since Harvey Bullock made his discoveries." (James Gordon, Detective 817)
  • The deaths of KGBeast, Magpie, Arnold "the Ventriloquist" Wesker, and Orca.
  • Poison Ivy returned from the dead. (Batman 651)
  • Harvey Dent scarred himself with acid and a knife; Two-Face returned. (Batman 653)