Batman: Family

Detective 773

Cover Date: October 2002
Subtitle: (2) The Hunt part one
Writer(s): (2) John Francis Moore
Artists(s): (2) Rick Hoberg, Stephano Gaudiano
Storyline: (2) Police investigated a jewel robbery, some valuable uncut diamonds were stolen. Someone else, appearing to be a vigilante, also tracked the robbery.


Detective 774

Cover Date: November 2002
Subtitle: (2) The Hunt part 2
Writer(s): (2) John Francis Moore
Artists(s): (2) Rick Hoberg, Stephano Gaudiano
Storyline: (2) The vigilante continued his search for the diamond thief, and ended up saving a hostage victim.


Detective 775

Cover Date: December 2002
Subtitle: (2) The Hunt part three
Writer(s): (2) John Francis Moore
Artists(s): (2) Rick Hoberg, Stephano Guadiano
Storyline: (2) The vigilante broke into Arkham Asylum and grabbed their newest employee. He delivered the employee (and diamond thief), along with the goods to police. Matches Malone had his ears open to the situation.


Issue #1

Cover Date: December 2002
Subtitle: Perception
Writer(s): John Francis Moore
Artists(s): Rick Hoberg, Stefano Guadiano
Storyline: Batman arrived on the scene of an arms trade to find seven unconscious gangsters. The Wayne Enterprises Board asked Bruce to resign as president in lieu of his recent fugitive-from-justice status. Batman and Robin investigated a new vigilante being dubbed "the Tracker." He'd been hitting the Rossetti mob hard for two months. Batman finally got a confrontation with him, but the Tracker was called back and escaped. Another masked man, this one calling himself the Suicide King, offered his assistance to the Rossetti family for a cut of their profit. Bruce's main opposition at Wayne Enterprises was federally indicted; he offered her job to an old acquaintance of his mother's. Robin went after a man who was obsessed with Bruce Wayne. Tracker zapped Batman with enough volts to knock him out; Suicide King confronted the Tracker, they fought. Batman got up and went after them both. Suicide King escaped, and the Tracker fell from the rooftop avoiding Batman. Batman realized the dead man was working with Suicide King, not against him. Oracle notified Bruce that Tracker's body turned up missing from the morgue. His mother was the woman Bruce appointed to head Wayne Enterprises.


Issue #2

Cover Date: January 2003
Subtitle: Duplicity
Writer(s): John Francis Moore
Artists(s): Rick Hoberg, Stefano Guadiano
Storyline: Celia Kazantkakis, Wayne Enterprise's new CEO and mother of the now deceased Tracker, went over known facts and allies of the Batman with her "network." They decided to start with the weakest link - Spoiler. They attempted to seduce her into their ranks. Spoiler met with one of their operatives and took the bait. She went after her prey, but was thwarted by Catwoman. Her second attempt wasn't in vain, but Catwoman (who'd been hired as the guy's bodyguard) didn't put up a fight against her when he bad-mouthed women. The man turned state's evidence against his former employers.


Issue #3

Cover Date: January 2003
Subtitle: POV
Writer(s): John Francis Moore
Artists(s): Rick Hoberg, Stefano Guadiano
Storyline: Orpheus, one of Gotham's newest vigilantes, witnessed a senator go berserk and die. When investigating the experimental hospital the senator had been treated at, Orpheus was attacked and drugged. Black Canary rescued him, and the hospital fell victim almost immediately to arson.


Issue #4

Cover Date: January 2003
Subtitle: Identity
Writer(s): John Francis Moore
Artists(s): Rick Hoberg, Stefano Guadiano
Storyline: Kazantkakis's Network watched Huntress. Suicide King was sent to contact her. Batman confronted her and asked her not to intervene with the Rossetti family. The Network uncovered her true identity and planned to use it against her. Helena bested Suicide King, but he escaped. She took off her mask when she realized she had no use in a secret identity - she had no friends or family that could be hurt by it.


Issue #5

Cover Date: January 2003
Subtitle: Interrogation
Writer(s): John Francis Moore
Artists(s): Rick Hoberg, Stefano Guadiano
Storyline: The Network watched Robin save a mugging victim. He took the lady back to her apartment, where he questioned her about Sloan (the dead reporter who was obsessed with Bruce Wayne). She gave him a computer disc that she was told to give to "some reporter named Kent in Metropolis." Freeway, one of the Network's operatives, burst in on them. After a chase, Robin was captured. They let him escape; Freeway told him he knew of an American boy that trained under Shiva in Paris and fought Kingsnake (see Robin 1 miniseries). Robin went to a surgeon who owed him a favor; she removed a tracking device they'd implanted under his skin. Robin showed Batman Sloan's files.


Issue #6

Cover Date: February 2003
Subtitle: Machinery
Writer(s): John Francis Moore
Artists(s): Rick Hoberg, Stefano Guadiano
Storyline: The Batsquad went over known details of Sloan's credentials and the possibility of the "Network." The cops began looking for someone called the Technician, who orchestrated a huge mechanical monkey that served as a diversion for a armored car heist. Rumor was that he outfitted Gotham's biggest criminals with their toys. Batman met with his insider in the Rossetti family, an A.T.F. agent. He and the cops moved in on the Technician's hideout. Batman captured him.


Issue #7

Cover Date: February 2003
Subtitle: Precipice
Writer(s): John Francis Moore
Artists(s): Rick Hoberg, Stefano Guadiano
Storyline: Batman interrogated on of Kazantkakis former associates while the rest of the team ran surveillance. The Network located the Technician by a similar tracking device that they'd implanted in Robin. An operative, Mr. Fun, was sent to retrieve and/or kill him. He ambushed Nightwing and Batgirl and killed the Technician while they were unconscious.


Issue #8

Cover Date: February 2003
Subtitle: Blackout
Writer(s): John Francis Moore
Artists(s): Rick Hoberg, Stefano Guadiano
Storyline: The Batsquad was called in (even Orpheus, Black Canary, Spoiler, and Huntress). The Network shut off all power in Gotham City, while attempting to syphon $2 billion from Wayne Enterprises. Oracle battled the hacker and kept the money where it was. The rest of the team took down the Network's operatives. Athena (Kazantkakis) escaped, but her plan and operation were both smashed.