In today's Batman #94 by James Tynion IV, Guillem March, Rafael Albuquerque and David Baron, we see a young Bruce Wayne meeting Cassander Wycliffe Baker, the greatest detective in the world – until he disappeared. And someone Bruce Wayne wanted to teach him, in preparation for what he would one day become – another world's greatest detective.
This is his first appearance, though it is rapidly been established that Baker has been around for a while, quite a while, but was defeated and shamed by The Designer, which rather put a damper on his whole attitude to life, and his career.
His observations are of the Sherlock Holmes school, standing around, deducing things about a person from the air – even in this case it turns out that while Wayne has been searching for Baker, Baker has also been investigating Wayne. And of course, he is called Baker – as in Baker Street. More likely that than Wycliffe referring to the W. J. Burley novels…
Elementary indeed. Is Baker actually meant to be Sherlock Holmes? It's not that far of a jump. An issue of Detective Comics #572, the 50th Anniversary issue, did one establish that Batman and Sherlock Holmes live in the same fictional universe in a story by Mike Baron and Alan Davis.
And in one trip to London in the mid-eighties, that Holmes was still alive and still working as the Great Detective.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once established that Sherlock Holmes retired and became a beekeeper. It turns out that is the secret of his long life.
Could there be revelations for Baker to come? We do have a Detective Comics #1027 coming…
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Guillem March (CA) Tony S. Daniel
The Designer's machinations have left Batman's life in tatters! Gotham City's ambitious rebuilding has skittered to a halt as new powers are rising to shape its destiny-and Batman is powerless to stop them! With no Alfred or Bat-Family to lean on, the Dark Knight stands alone against the ascendance of his greatest adversary!In Shops: Jul 08, 2020 SRP: $3.99