A very moody cover for Detective 660 (March 1986), and I was expecting a Batman solo story, but Moench and Colan go a different way.
Batman does, indeed, go off to sit by himself in a cave and brood, reflect on his origin and training, and look all solemn, sad and spooky. But he sets things up with Harvey Bullock to make Catwoman a true member of his team.
It’s also to force Robin to have to work with Catwoman, which Jason Todd is reluctant to do, feeling that he is betraying Nocturna. But they track down some cop killing Savage Skulls, and bond.
The only problem is that Catwoman has been softened to such an open and accepting person that it hardly feels like it’s really her.
Black Canary shares the billing with Green Arrow on this excellent story lead off by Cavalieri and Moore. The phrase, “does that make me a bad guy?” ends three different scenes in the tale, playing differently each time.
We meet Champion, who uses his powerful costume to help those who can pay for his services. He compares himself to any other trained professional, arguing that he is not required to do heroics for free.
Dinah argues with Oliver over her idea to go undercover and fight crime from the inside, the way her mother had originally. An odd way to go about breaking out of her mother’s shadow, but whatever. The landlord comes by to raise the rent, and basic economics are the root of the second time the question is asked.
And finally, Steelclaw introduced, a powerful villain being hired by the mob, who turns the tables on them and demands a cut of the action. He is definitely a bad guy.