Detective Comics 518
"The Millionaire Contract"
writer: Gerry Conway and Paul Levitz
art: Don Newton and Bruce Patterson
Jim, I'm re-rethinking my policy on Detective. This issue was not essential reading for following the Batman title, and it was of Conway's signature ho-hum quality. After giving us one and a half more pages of wrap up for the previous vampire story (which helped a little), the story shifts to the problem that's been developing as of late with Vicki Vale, Rupert Thorne, and Deadshot all knowing Bruce Wayne is Batman. Sure enough, this is the issue where Deadshot goes after Wayne while The Human Target is posing as him. Really, it all goes exactly as you'd expect. No unique twists of any kind. By the end, all interested parties casually assume that they made a mistake in assuming Wayne was Batman because they couldn't possibly have been in the same place at the same time. Conway spent a whole lot of issues building this story up for absolutely nothing. What a waste.
Gordan and Bard also get their butts kicked by some crooked cops (now that Gordan is no longer police commissioner).
"He With Secrets Fears the Sound"
writer: Barbara J. Randall
art: Trevor Von Eeden
Batgirlrandomly stumbles upon another upstart female villain (come on, she can't handle a man or an established villain??) who intends to blackmail businesses by using an ingenious new computer program to access and steal info from their mainframes. Granted, I'm a sucker for early '80s techno paranoia stories, but this is no War Games. There's really nothing particularly interesting about the story's premise, writing, nor characterizations.