The Batman titles really become pure soap opera at this time. Villains become secondary to Bruce Wayne’s relationships, and his difficulties in getting guardianship of Jason.
The stories are not awful, it’s still Moench and Colan, but it feels a bit more like Dallas than Batman.
Harvey Bullock accompanies the woman from child welfare, as she comes to take Jason away from Bruce. I don’t know if they were expecting Bruce to pull out a gun or something, bringing Bullock seems excessive, especially as all Jason does is cry.
Bruce calls a meeting of the Wayne Foundation board – which means Lucius Fox and some unnamed others – and gives them a big speech about how getting Jason Todd back must be the main focus of the company. They all look stunned, as they well might.
Jason, in an orphanage, sees the Bat-signal, and goes into action as Robin. He catches up with Harvey Bullock, just in time to save him from a sniper. Hamilton Hill, upset that Bullock became friends with Gordon rather than driving him out of the force, has hired a hit man to get rid of Harvey.
Batman is late to join the party, but he captures the sniper. Jason tells him that they might split up him and Bruce, but no one can break up Batman and Robin.
Joey Cavalieri and Shawn McManus bring the Death Dealer story to a clever resolution in this issue.
Oliver gets the dj to start playing a pre-recorded show of his, and that makes the Death Dealer think that they put out the fire. He returns to the studio, and when he opens it to enter, sees Green Arrow, who he believes managed to enter somehow. Thanks to the recording, and the Dealer’s confusion, his surprise at seeing Green Arrow,and not connecting him to Oliver Queen, is actually plausible.
The explanation to the events is a bit lame though. The dj in the witness protection program happened to work at a station run by ANOTHER guy in the witness protection program, who blamed the dj for him having to go through that. And though the one recognized the other, neither was, apparently, being monitored in any way at all, to prevent them coming into contact.