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75 Greatest Friends and Foes of Batman: Allies #20-16

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In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators and stories, but this month will be about Batman’s allies and his villains.

You all voted, now here are the results (40 bad guys, 35 good guys for a total of 75)! Here is a list of all the characters revealed so far. We continue with Allies #20-16…

Enjoy!

NOTE: There’s so many images in these pieces that I’ll be breaking them up over two pages.

20. Renee Montoya

Renee Montoya first showed up in Batman comics as Commissioner Gordon’s assistant. She was created for the Batman cartoon series, but the Batman comics actually put her into the comics before she showed up on the show. She served in that role for a couple of years before she was promoted to a Homicide detective and was paired with Harvey Bullock for a number of years…


During No Man’s Land, she was one of the GCPD members who decided to stay behind and fight for the people of Gotham along with her mentor, Commissioner Gordon. It was during this time that Greg Rucka developed a long-running plot where Two-Face became obsessed with Montoya.

This carried over into Rucka’s Detective Comics run, where Two-Face is one of the few people who remembers Montoya’s birthday…


Two-Face had a major problem when he discovered that Montoya was not only not into him but she was not into men period. So, being a dick, he outed her.

During this period in time, Montoya was partnered with Metropolis transfer Crispus Allen. She and Allen served together for a number of years, spotlighted during first Rucka’s Detective Comics run and then Rucka and Ed Brubaker’s Gotham Central…


Montoya eventually quit being a cop. During the 52 series, Montoya was chosen by the dying original Question to take on the Question title. As the Question, she encountered Bruce and Dick during their time when both were using the Batman identity..


I don’t believe we’ve seen her yet in the New 52, which is kind of bananas crazy.

19. Ace the Bat-Hound

The best thing about Ace the Bat-Hound (created by Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris) is that originally he wasn’t even Batman and Robin’s DOG! He was some other guy’s dog that they just found and discovered that he was useful…



In his first couple of appearances they would just BORROW the dog when they needed him! Hilarious.

Eventually, they were just given the dog in a lucky turn of events…


Ace was excised during the Silver Age (I don’t believe his absence was ever explained, but it easy enough to presume that his owner just came home and took him back), but during a plotline in the Batman books in the early 1990s, Batman ended up adopting a new dog, who was named, of course, Ace…


Ace was later murdered by Joker during the lead-up to Infinite Crisis (not really, but you’d believe that, right?)

18. Talia Al Ghul

Created by Denny O’Neil, Bob Brown and Dick Giordano, Talia Al Ghul actually pre-dated her father in the Batman titles. Both Talia and her father were obsessed with the “Detective,” but her obsession tended to be a bit on the better side of things. Like when she saved Batman’s life in his first fight with Ra’s…



And then, of course, they essentially got married during the graphic novel, Son of the Demon, which eventually inspired Grant Morrison to create Damian Wayne…




Their more recent interactions have been far less cordial, but Batman and Talia definitely had a thing for each other for decades.

Go to the next page for #17-16!

17. Wonder Woman

Created by William Marston, Wonder Woman and Batman are two-thirds of DC’s “Trinity,” but honestly both of them tend to relate more to the third hero in the Trinity, Superman, than they do to each other. That said, there’s clearly a close bond between the two fellow Justice League members. For a time there in Joe Kelly’s JLA they almost got together as a couple.

Their coolest interaction, though, in my opinion was in Greg Rucka and JG Jones’ graphic novel The Hiketia, where a young woman murders her rapists in Gotham City and then flees to Wonder Woman’s embassy and invokes a protection custom that puts her directly under Woman’s protection. Batman as a problem with this, but what can he do?






Awesome stuff.

16. Batwoman (Kate Kane)

Batwoman (created by Greg Rucka, Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison and Mark Waid) is a bit of an odd Bat-character in that her interactions with Batman have been a bit sparse, as she was introduced in 52, a storyline that was based around the notion that Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman were gone for a year. Thus, when Batwoman shows up in Gotham City there IS no Batman there…



Kate Kane grew up in a rich family but also a military family (her mom was a socialite and her dad was a Colonel). She was kicked out of a military academy because of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. She spiraled out of control for a while there and was just a wild socialite. However, after Batman tried to save her from a mugger (that she managed to take out on her own), she was inspired to become a vigilante. Eventually her father discovered her activities and decided to help her, as well as provide her with a fancy Bat-suit. She has since become one of the most successful heroes in Gotham City.

She finally encountered Batman during a Batman Incorporated story…