Gerry Conway, Dan Jurgens and Dick Giordano combine on Detective 525 (April 1983), as Croc and Batman continue their war.
Bruce and Vicki find time in their schedules for a date, and all goes well until Bruce tells Vicki how great it is that she is not demanding or dependent, like Selina was, and how he can’t stop thinking about her. Vicki acts about as well as any woman would in that situation, barking and Bruce and storming off.
Robin is back at the circus with the Todds, where he has the brilliant notion to enlist Joseph and Trina Todd in Batman’s battle with Croc. Because two circus trapeze artists are likely to make a big difference. Jason Todd is totally cool with it as well. Perhaps someone told him this was part of his origin story.
Batman tracks Croc down into the sewers, where they fight. Croc beats Batman for the second time.
This storyline has been moving back and forth between Batman and Detective, but comes to a conclusion in the next issue of this book.
Cavalieri, Novick and Randall conclude Green Arrow’s battle against Machiavelli in this story.
It’s an abrupt and odd finale. As Machiavelli continues to convince the people of the wonders of openly being selfish and criminal, a fire breaks out in the building.
Now, in most cases that leads people into a panic, trampling each other to get out. But Green Arrow tells everyone to be calm and work together, and they do. And in doing so, realize the benefits of community, and turn against Machiavelli.
Of, and there was no fire, just a smoke arrow.
I really wish they had brought this character back. There seems to have been a lot more they could have done with him, particularly considering how political Green Arrow is.