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Man-Bat Pt. 30: Detective Comics #527

Kirk Langstrom has been so consumed by work that he hasn’t taken the Man-Bat antidote in at least a week!

Similarly, Batman has a nagging feeling that he’s spreading himself too thin. Therefore, when they inevitably meet, it doesn’t go well.

Learning that Jason Todd is Batman’s “son,” Man-Bat flies away with him in his arms.

Notes

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Why does Man-Bat hate Batman once again? It seemed like he forgave him in Batman #348 and we were left with a happy ending. I may have misunderstood, because, even though he “cured” him, Man-Bat tells Alfred,

He destroyed my life – almost ruined my marriage – destroyed my child!

Once again, the Man-Bat part of the 16-page story occupies little real estate. Most of the pages provide updates about other ongoing subplots. It’s been a year since we’ve been updated and it seems Gordon is commissioner once again and Vicki Vale is now dating Bruce Wayne… but she thinks he’s losing interest in her.

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Hopefully we get more Man-Bat in the second part of the story in Batman #361. It will be his next-to-last appearance in the pre-Crisis DC universe...

Title: Detective Comics

Issue #: 527

Cover Date: June 1983

On Sale Date: March 24, 1983

Writer(s): Doug Moench

Penciller: Dan Day

Inker: Pablo Marcos

Editor: Len Wein


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