Batman: The Black Glove

Batman #667

Cover Date: August 2007
Subtitle: The Island of Mister Mayhew
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): JH Williams III
Storyline: Batman and Robin arrived in England to meet up with the "International Club of Heroes." They were invited by John Mayhew, a millionaire who tried to buy himself a superhero team years before. The group settled in without seeing their host. Soon, a display went active - a man wearing Mayhew's skin addressed them as the Black Glove, telling them they'd all be dead within a day.
All their vehicles exploded. The Roman member was the first to die.


Batman #668

Cover Date: September 2007
Subtitle: Now We are Dead
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): JH Williams III
Storyline: With the Legionary dead, the rest of the group began looking for clues. Knight was captured and forced to swallow a bomb - the exact thing that killed the original Knight, this one's father.
The group was split up - Robin and Squire were separated from everyone else. They found Raven Red. The others found Wingman's body after surviving an attack from a blue robotic scorpion.


Batman #669

Cover Date: November 2007
Subtitle: The Dark Knight Must Die
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): JH Williams III
Storyline: Man-of-Bats cut the bomb out of Knight.
Batman outed Dark Ranger as the real Wingman, then took him down as one of the conspirators. Man-of-Bats got to Robin and Squire and helped them free Raven Red, who'd been placed in a deathtrap by El Sombrero.
Batman used Dark Ranger's jet pack and boarded a plane which took off from the island. Mayhew was flying it, but ejected when Batman got close. Batman got back to the island and rounded up the survivors. They escaped before the entire island blew up.


Batman #672

Cover Date: February 2008
Subtitle: Space Medicine
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Tony Daniel, Jonathan Glapion, Florea, Irwin
Storyline: A fake Batman arrived at police headquarters and took Gordon hostage. Bruce saw the signal while hot air ballooning / parachuting with Jezebel. He intentionally overshot and got into costume. He took a shot to the chest from some sort of flame thrower (rpg?). He went into cardiac arrest.


Batman #673

Cover Date: March 2008
Subtitle: Joe Chill in Hell
Writer(s): Grant Morrison (with thanks to Bill Finger)
Artists(s): Tony Daniel, Jonathan Glapion, Sandu Florea
Storyline: While unconscious, Batman dreamed about the isolation experiment he did for 10 days with the GCPD (during Dick's days as Robin) and the Thogal Ritual he endured (during "52"). He also fantasized about meeting Joe Chill and letting him know he'd created Batman.
He awakened in the hands of the fake Batman, who'd revived him.


Batman #674

Cover Date: April 2008
Subtitle: Batman Dies at Dawn
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Storyline: Batman was told that he'd been dead for four minutes. The fake was one of three police officers who participated in the isolation experiment with him years ago under the tutelage of Dr. Simon Hurt. They were being trained to take his place in case something happened.
Bruce continued to hallucinate while falling in and out of consciousness.
The fake burned Hurt's files - they were in the same part of the police headquarters basement where the isolation experiment took place.
The police told Gordon what was going on. The experiment and the replacements were all conducted while he'd been temporarily demoted years before.
Batman got free. The fake set off an explosion that freed the third fake - one aided by Venom and Monster Serum. An officer burst in and shot the hulking fake in the back of the head. Batman and his captor escaped.
Bruce called Alfred while getting into his parachuting gear and hopping into a garbage dumpster.


Batman #675

Cover Date: May 2008
Subtitle: The Fiend with Nine Eyes
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Ryan Benjamin, Saleem Crawford
Storyline: A week later, Bruce and Jezebel went out for dinner. She yelled at him for being distant - she knew he hid something. One of the tattooed fingered men (with a missing finger) attacked them.
Nightwing and Robin were nearby and saw an explosion. By the time they got there, Bruce was taking care of things. Jezebel saw what he was doing and realized he was Batman. Talia, Merlyn, and Damian got word that Bruce and Jezebel had been abducted.


notes

  • "This (isolation experiment / Batman contingency plan) all happened back when I got demoted to patrolman." (Gordon, Batman 674) [this clears up some of the incidents earlier in continuity where he went from Lt to Commissioner, back, etc.]
  • "I remember it all from when I was Robin. He lost it for a couple of weeks. Hallucinated I was dead, space monsters ... all kinds of stuff." (Nightwing to Robin, Batman 675) [this places much of the "silly age" comics back into continuity - they were hallucinations from the isolation experiment.]