Len Wein and Jim Aparo’s Bat-Murderer saga has its second chapter in Detective 445 (Feb./March 1975).
Jack Ryder cameos, recapping the previous issue’s events, and setting up his larger role to come next issue. Alfred actually asks Batman if he did it, but really we can excuse that lack of faith as the necessary set-up to hear Batman’s side of the “murder.”
Batman figures that Ra’s Al Ghul must have some knowledge of what is going on, or possible be behind it, and breaks into Gotham prison to question him. Ra’s openly admits to being behind his daughter’s death, and then promptly pulls out a gun and kills himself.
In a really nice touch, Batman escapes the prison using one of the Spook’s passages. But now he is wanted for two murders.
Robin’s series moves back into Detective from Batman, after a year with no solo tales, in this story by Bob Rozakis and Mike Grell. Robin joins the rotating back-up slot.
Robin is still at Hudson University, but his previous supporting cast and campus issue based stories are done. This tale deals with vandalism of a football from a historic game, and a long held grudge leading to a murder attempt.
The story isn’t bad, and Grell’s art is a treat. Police captain Frank McDonald is introduced, and will be a part of the Robin series for the next few years.