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Detective 566 – Know Your Foes, and a mystery villain in Green Arrow

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Doug Moench and Gene Colan provide a review of Batman’s major villains in this story, a lead-in to the big Batman 400.  The bulk of it reads much like a Who’s Who, but that series, and its variants, were in the future, and there really had not been anything like this.  It was much more appreciated at the time than such an issue would be now.

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After receiving a mysterious letter saying “Know your foes,” Batman and Robin review them.  All the big names are covered: Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler, Scarecrow, Ra’s Al Ghul and Talia.  Killer Moth makes the cut into the big names, as does Black Mask, the newest addition to the line-up.

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Curiously, this is the first time Poison Ivy makes it into a listing of Batman villains.  She’d been a foe of his since the 60s, but rarely in his own books.  Mad Hatter, Deadshot, Nocturna and the Night Slayer round out the ones who get full entries.

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There is a curious mix on the “B-list” page.  Cavalier and Tweedledee and Tweedledum are golden age holdovers, but Black Spider and Clayface III are supposedly dead.  Mr. Freeze, Cat-Man and Croc could easily have made the cut to major villains at this time.  And they included Crazy Quilt.  Really?

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Green Arrow and Black Canary’s series builds to its finale in this story by Joey Cavalieri and Jerome K Moore.

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Onyx is giving a long, roundabout explanation to her wanna-be boyfriend about why she has come back to Star City, but it gets interrupted by a bad guy smashing right through the wall.

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Who is the mystery attacker?  That gets saved for the finale.

Detective 535 – Robin vs Crazy-Quilt

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Doug Moench and Gene Colan conclude a two-part story featuring Crazy Quilt in Detective 535 (Feb. 84).

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This began as Jason Todd’s first official outing as Robin, but he was attacked by Crazy Quilt, an old enemy (going back to the 40s) of Dick Grayson.  Batman has the red-haired Jason dye his hair black to be Robin, and Crazy Quilt does not realize it is not the same boy.

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Jason was wounded in the first part of the story, and Batman tries to bench him, but Jason tricks Batman and takes off.  Batman pursues, and both join the fight with Crazy Quilt.

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But it’s Jason who figures out how to use Crazy Quilt’s helmet to turn his hypnotic control back onto the villain.

I don’t think Crazy Quilt is anyone’s favourite bad guy, but he was, to this date, probably Robin’s most powerful and enduring enemy, outside of those he faced as part of the Teen Titans.  Having Jason Todd defeat him proves his ability to execute the role of Robin.

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