"Access": Batman discovers that the only person involved in the drug business he knows of was killed recently, leaving him with no clue to continue the case.

Quote1 Good luck, whatever you're gonna need it... Quote2
David Said

Detective Comics #771 is an issue of the series Detective Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 2002. It was published on June 5, 2002.

Appearing in "Access"

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Other Characters:

  • Sandy (Single appearance)(On a TV or computer screen)
  • Tom (Behind the scenes)



Synopsis for "Access"

Batman discovers that the only person involved in the drug business he knows of was killed recently, leaving him with no clue to continue the case.

The trial of Sasha Bordeaux is taking place at the Gotham Courthouse and Renee Montoya tries to convince her partner Detective Allen to get insid, but he refuses and stays outside, like waiting for someone who Renee believes is not coming. However, Allen's time is well spent when Alfred Pennyworth arrives at the court house. Allen starts asking him questions about his relationship with Sasha, but Alfred doesn't give much detail, which just enfuriates him.

Batman goes to David Said's place and questions him about the mysterious death of Hasley, their only lead to the drug gang, since only the two of them knew about that man in Gotham. Said tells Batman that he has no concern over the death of one man and that he is just following orders and a procedure. Batman implies that Said or the team he belongs to, Checkmate is involved in the murder of Halsey. At that moment, the leader of Checkmate speaks to Batman through Said's computer and tells Batman that all his assumptions are wrong and that he should stop meddling in their business. Bruce asks about the murder of Hasley and Checkmate tells him that they know the killer but they won't tell him. Pissed, Batman kicks the computer through the window, much to Said's own satisfaction. Batman wants a name and Said gives him one that might help him get the killer. Branford Landis.

When Sasha's first trial is over, Allen follows Alfred to the Heritage Corner Park and asks him why is he protecting Wayne and believing in the man's innocence, to which Alfred replies that it is because he knew Thomas Wayne.

Batman investigates Landis and finds a possible place to find him, but as soon as he gets there, Batman is shot through the window and falls down thirty feet to the street. He manages to slow down his fall, but not enough for the impact to knock him out completely.

That evening, Maggie Sawyer calls Detective Allen to her office and she wants an explanation for him harrasing Alfred Pennyworth. Allen tells her that he is convinced that Alfred helped Bruce escaping and he is still covering his master, but he is unable to arrest Alfred since he has no charges. Sawyer then suggests Allen to find any way possible to charge Alfred because she also wants to get Wayne back in custody.

At dawn, Batman recovers from his fall and he goes to one of his Batcaves across Gotham and he recreates the facial structure of the man who shot him. He takes the day to heal himself and at night, he takes the image to Said, who is already about to leave Gotham, and he recognizes the face and knows that this is bad news for Batman. Landis is a fake name. The man's real name is Robert Amherst, a National Security Agency agent with strong connections to the White House. Said leaves the city but not before wishing Batman good luck, since he is going to need all of it.

Appearing in "Lost Voices, Part 9"

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  • Anthony Antonelli




Synopsis for "Lost Voices, Part 9"

After discovering that Two-Face is responsible for kidnapping the Antonelli kid, Batman and Josie decide to take the criminal down. They get into Two-Face's lair and when the time is right, Batman drops some smoke grenades and Josie turns off the lights, making the fight againts Two-Face's henchmen more easy for Batman, who takes down all of them. However, Two-Face takes the kid as a hostage and moves away from Batman. Josie appears next to Two-Face and she tells him to let the kid go, but he refuses. Josie convinces him to use the lucky coin and it comes up clean. Two-Face doesn't shoot the kid but instead, he pushes him off the handbar of the catwalk they're standing on. Josie tries to reach the kid, but is unable. However, Batman, who is below the catwalk, saves the kid with ease. Two-Face approaches Josie and tells her that even when he is responsible for the kidnapping of the kid, he had nothing to do with her father's murder.



  • There's a panel in which Batman is holding a book with the word Burton. This might probably be a homage to Tim Burton, who directed the Batman movie.

See Also

Recommended Reading

Links and References

Batman 10 Cent Adventure 1
Bruce Wayne: Fugitive Crossover
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This comic issue is a part of the Bruce Wayne: Murderer? and Bruce Wayne: Fugitive story that went through every Batman Family title in 2002. Bruce Wayne was framed for the murder of his love interest Vesper Fairchild and forced to go on the run from the law so he could prove his innocence. This adventure almost completely compromised his identity from the inside.

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