Batman: Private Casebook

Infinite Halloween Special

Cover Date: December 2007
Subtitle: Kcirt ro Taert [only story collected here]
Writer(s): Paul Dini
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Storyline: Scarecrow told a tale of Zatanna. While performing a Halloween show for underprivlidged children, one was brought into the hospital hallucinating. She found the pranksters who were guilty and turned the tables on them.


Detective #840

Cover Date: March 2008
Subtitle: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul epilogue
Writer(s): Paul Dini
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Storyline: Batman tracked a man who'd recently moved into the Gotham City area. His thing was stealing maps and globes. When he arrived, Ra's al Ghul was there. The man had ended up with a globe showing all the Lazarus Pits. Ra's told the "detective" he was moving into Gotham permanently.
Batman tracked the Demon's Head to his new lair and thew him out of a window. He created a new identity for him and made sure he was locked up in Arkham, fully medicated, at all times.


Detective #841

Cover Date: April 2008
Subtitle: The Wonderland Gang
Writer(s): Paul Dini
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Storyline: Mad Hatter and his crew struck at a fashion event. Bruce Wayne was there. The next morning, they struck again ... and again. Each time with new members. Batman realized something was wrong - the crimes were derivative of Tetch, but not something he would normally go for.
He shook down Little Italy and ZZZ and found their hideout. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum had Tetch under mind control attempting to run the gang. Batman busted them all and got them back to the authorities.
Note: This takes place before Salvation Run.


Detective #842

Cover Date: May 2008
Subtitle: The Suit of Sorrows
Writer(s): Peter Milligan
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Storyline: While chasing Gotham Jack, Batman recalled the note Talia wrote him about the Suit of Sorrows she'd given him during her father's resurrection. It was said that no one could wear the suit who wasn't pure.
Batman forced himself to let Gotham Jack go - he felt somewhat a madness running through him. He was wearing the suit. He and Robin ran some tests on the suit and dated it to the 1000-1100 AD time period, during the Crusades.
Batman went out in search of answers. He tracked a monk in the Alps. The monk double-crossed him and he was buried in an avalanche. When he freed himself, he found the monk was being attacked by others. Batman stopped them and the monk told him the truth. The story about the pure knight, Geoffrey de Cantonna, who vanquished the Moors, was made up to cover the truth. The suit had caused him to go mad.
Back in Gotham, Batman thought of destroying the suit, but changed his mind. After taking down Gotham Jack while wearing it, he put it in the trophy room as a reminder.


Detective #843

Cover Date: June 2008
Subtitle: Opening Night
Writer(s): Paul Dini
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Storyline: Batman stopped an explosion at a club that would be opening soon to rival the Iceberg Lounge. He immediately thought Penguin to be the culprit.
Zatanna took an offer to do the club's opening as long as the owner, Sabatino, donated her salary to a charity. Bruce was her "victim" in the show. Afterwards, they talked. Shots were fired as Scarface and the Ventriloquist (Peyton Riley ) wanted to take down Sabatino. Wayne was taken as a hostage and recognized the new ventriloquist as the former fiance of a friend.


Detective #844

Cover Date: July 2008
Subtitle: Curtains
Writer(s): Paul Dini
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Storyline: Scarface shot at Bruce, but he was able to duck and kick the puppet through the now broken window. Moose, Scarface's driver, wasn't having it. Wayne woke up with Peyton and Scarface in a cheap motel room.
Peyton told him how everything had worked out - she'd been engaged to his friend years before, but her mobster father wanted her to marry Sabatino, a rival mob prince, in hopes of bringing peace to the families. The marriage didn't work out without love and Sabatino killed her ex. He shot her in the face and left her for dead - at the same time the original Ventriloquist, Arnold Wesker, was being killed. When she came to, she found Scarface.
Wayne was left behind wired to a bomb. Peyton and Scarface headed to sea with Sabatino. As they left, Zatanna appeared and freed Batman. The two made it on to the mobster's yacht. Both Sabatino and Peyton were lost overboard.
In the cave, Zatanna let Bruce know she was serious about them pursuing a romantic relationship as he placed Scarface in the trophy room.


Detective #845

Cover Date: August 2008
Subtitle: The Riddle Unanswered
Writer(s): Paul Dini
Artists(s): Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Storyline: Batman spoke with Gordon at a murder scene. It was the third victim with all the same MO: chloroform, missing left hand, exotic knife, lilly in the pool of blood. Riddler arrived on the scene so Batman split.
Unable to connect the victims, Batman checked the chat rooms where he, Detective Chimp, Oracle, and Riddler all frequented. While researching, he found a connection - a coach / counselor he'd funded had been killed. He was the link to the killer.
Batman followed Riddler to a farm outside the city. He was in time - the murderer had yet to kill him. The man's fiance had been killed at a Riddler heist years before. Batman could not stop him from killing himself.