Batman: Orpheus Rising

Issue #1

Cover Date: October 2001
Subtitle: Mean Streets
Writer(s): Alex Simmons
Artists(s): Dwayne Turner, Danny Miki
Storyline: Batman investigated a series of police shootings. Robin saw a caped figure on a rooftop that wasn't a member of the team. Minority groups began pointing racist fingers at the cops due to recent gang violence. A new player in the mob scene was making his name known: Rasputin. Police burst in on a drug lab to find a new "mask."


Issue #2

Cover Date: November 2001
Subtitle: Who is Orpheus?
Writer(s): Alex Simmons
Artists(s): Dwayne Turner, Danny Miki
Storyline: He escaped; Batman questioned one of the dopers involved, the masked man called himself "Orpheus." Batman went to Rasputin and told him to leave Gotham City. Orpheus attacked a street gang, Batman tracked him.


Issue #3

Cover Date: December 2001
Subtitle: --
Writer(s): Alex Simmons
Artists(s): Dwayne Turner, Danny Miki
Storyline: He and Orpheus had a quick but heated discussion over the body of the sixth cop shooting. Orpheus felt only a black hero could be a hero to blacks. It appeared that the cop shootings were somehow related to No Man's Land - all the victims were stationed at a certain area of the city during that time.


Issue #4

Cover Date: January 2002
Subtitle: The Long Way Down
Writer(s): Alex Simmons
Artists(s): Dwayne Turner, Danny Miki
Storyline: Batman and Orpheus fought when the new hero refused to leave Batman's city. He was easily defeated, but showed strong will. Remembering what Commissioner Akins told him about not having to live under the badge, Batman called Dick Grayson. He met with Orpheus and showed him an ammo storehouse. They were ambushed.


Issue #5

Cover Date: February 2002
Subtitle: Ashes to Ashes
Writer(s): Alex Simmons
Artists(s): Dwayne Turner, Danny Miki
Storyline: After escaping, they went to the scene of a riot, which had broken out between gangs, cops, and civilians. Robin, Batgirl, and Black Canary soon arrived to help out. Orpheus caught the cops behind it all in the act, he transmitted images and sounds to Batman. Batman had them played for everyone on the scene.