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


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.


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.


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.


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?


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


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.


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

Detective 534 – Poison Ivy’s plant men


Poison Ivy makes her first appearance in this book in Detective 534 (Jan. 84), nearly 20 years after the character was introduced.


Doug Moench, Gene Colan and Alfredo Alcala helm this tale, continued from the pages of Batman, that sees Ivy kidnap a number of men, using them to power her hybrid plant men.


Alfredo Alcala, who does the inks on this story, also was one of the artists on Swamp Thing from this period, so the plant men look as good as they should, reminiscent of the swamp creature, but different.


Jason Todd is allowed to join Batman in battle in this story, and as Batman holds off the plant men, Jason takes down Ivy.


The story ends with a cute scene as Bruce and Jason try to come up with a code name for him.  Until Dick adopted the name Nightwing, Jason was stuck being almost-Robin-but-not-quite.

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