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November 2000

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #137
Written by Doug Moench; art and cover by Paul Gulacy and Jimmy Palmiotti.

The 5-part storyline "Terror," a sequel to "Prey," begins. Hugo Strange is alive! Taking over an old haunted house as his base of operations, Strange uses fake documents to get him a job as a visiting psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum. Deciding he will need help to defeat Batman, he begins sessions with the Scarecrow, now frightened and humble, in an attempt to win his aid against the Dark Knight. Meanwhile, Batman and Gordon are after a mysterious female Cat burglar...
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Nov. 1.

BATGIRL #10
Written by Kelley Puckett; art and cover by Damian Scott and Robert Campanella.

Batgirl is a second too slow to stop a killer who has murdered his former boss. She cannot begin to imagine his motivation, but is determined to figure it out by doing some interrogation, Batman style.
32 pages, $2.50, ships on Nov. 1.

DETECTIVE COMICS #752
Written by Greg Rucka and Jordan B. Gorfinkel; art by Shawn Martinbrough, and Steve Mitchell; The Jacobian by Jordan B. Gorfinkel, Jeff Johnson, and Dan Panosian; cover by Dave Johnson.

Part 2 of a story where Commissioner Gordon is forced by the Mayor of Gotham to remove Poison Ivy from Robinson Park -- by any means necessary. Can Batman stop the impending mayhem? Plus, "The Jacobian" back-up continues as Jacob is kidnapped by mysterious forces and undergoes extensive re-conditioning. Can LeeLee save him?
40 pages, $2.50, ships on Nov. 8.

AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT #72
Written by Dennis O'Neil; art by Sergio Cariello and James Pascoe; cover by Tony Harris and Ray Snyder.

Part 3 of the 3-part "Prophet." The confrontation between Jean Paul Valley and a foe wearing his old costume continues. In Gotham City, Batman and Oracle begin to worry that Azrael has once again become a vengeful killing machine while, in a desert thousands of miles away, Jean Paul struggles to free the new Azrael from his brainwashed state.
32 pages, $2.50, ships on Nov. 8.

NIGHTWING #51
Written by Chuck Dixon; art by Kieron Dwyer; cover by Greg Land and Drew Geraci.

Finally, the origin of Nite-wing. As a self-appointed hero, Tad had been a wreck from the very beginning. Kidnapped and tortured by Blockbuster, he then unwittingly murdered an undercover operative, which landed him in jail. Now we learn the events of his horrible life that led to his becoming such a twisted, misguided excuse for a super-hero.
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Nov. 8.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #11
Written by Devin Grayson and Robert Kannigher; art by Roger Robinson, Kyle Baker and John Floyd; cover by Brian Bolland.

The shocking extra-sized conclusion of the 4-part "Transference." Bruce Wayne has been kidnapped by Hugo Strange, which leaves his rescue up to Nightwing and Robin. Can they save their mentor from this madman, or will the Batman's secret finally be revealed? And speaking of secrets, the mysterious author of the Journal entries beginning in issue #1 is finally revealed.
48 pages, $3.25, ships on Nov. 15.

ROBIN #84
Written by Chuck Dixon; art and cover by Pete Woods and Jesse Delperdang.

Lagoon Boy guest-stars as Robin plumbs the mystery of that which lurks below the dark, crud-infested waters of Gotham. But a fast and unplanned trip below the rippling waves leaves Robin in a very vulnerable position against the monster in question. Meanwhile, on higher ground, Spoiler has an unusual heart-to-heart with mom, and confronts Batman in her quest to learn Robin's true identity.
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Nov. 15.

BATMAN CHRONICLES #23
Written by Doug Moench, Jim Krueger, and Jay Faerber; art by Bo Hampton, Toby Cypress, Tim Bradstreet, and Paul Ryan; cover by Brian Stelfreeze.

The final issue is a treasure trove of stories about the people, places and tools in the life of Batman. In "The Bomb, The Bull, The Butler & The Bat," written by Doug Moench with art by Bo Hampton, the ever under appreciated Alfred stops a crime on his own. "Automotive," written by Michael Jan Friedman with art by Cam Smith, focuses on one of Batman's most recognizable tools in crime fighting - the Batmobile. In "The Mimic," written by Jay Faerber with art by Paul Ryan, the wisecracking private eye Jason Bard has his own solo tale. This issue also features a pin-up by Kevin Nowlan.
48 pages, $2.95, ships on Nov. 15.

BATMAN #585
Written by Ed Brubaker; art by Scott McDaniel and Karl Story; cover by McDaniel.

Batman's feud with Oswald Cobblepot reaches a fever pitch as he attempts to destroy the Penguin once and for all - leaving Detective Montoya and Commissioner Gordon with their loyalties towards the Bat stretched to their limits. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne takes the stand to win Oswald's eviction from a Wayne Enterprises-owned tenement, and the Penguin seeks revenge on the presiding judge.
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Nov. 22.

BIRDS OF PREY #25
Written by Chuck Dixon; art and cover by Butch Guice.

As Deathstroke attempts to blast his way out of Gorilla City, Barbara Gordon and Ted Kord (formerly the Blue Beetle) take to the skies of Gotham in the Beetle's Bug. Is there romance in the air for the pair? And will a retired Justice Leaguer return to action? Plus, Black Canary faces the rarest of super-hero ventures -- a vacation.
32 pages, $2.50, ships on Nov. 22.

CATWOMAN #88
Written by Bronwyn Carlton; art by Cary Nord and Mark Lipka; cover by Staz Johnson and Wayne Faucher.

Catwoman crosses swords with Batman's foe, the Banner. Caught in the crossfire, there is a police action directed against Catwoman by none other than the mayor of Gotham. But Selina's determined to keep the mayor in her pocket and James Gordon wrapped around her finger.
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Nov. 29.

ROBIN: YEAR ONE #2
Written by Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty; art and cover by Javier Pulido and Robert Campanella.

The story of Dick Grayson, the original Robin, continues. Robin squares off against the Mothman, the original Blockbuster, and Two-Face -- all while trying to live the life of a normal teenager. When duty gets in the way of blooming romance, Dick at last learns the impossible cost he must pay to be a champion of good.
48 pages, $4.95.

December 2000

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS TP

Written by Marv Wolfman; art by George Peréz, Dick Giordano, Mike DeCarlo and Jerry Ordway; painted cover by Alex Ross over pencils by Peréz.

One of the more legendary maxi-series in comic-book history is now collected in a massive trade paperback.
368 pages $29.95, ships on Dec. 6.

BATGIRL #11
Written by Kelley Puckett; art by Damion Scott, Coy Turnbull and Dan Davis; cover by Scott McDaniel and Aaron Sowd.

"This Issue: Batman Dies!" Cain, the assassin who trained Batgirl, attempts to do the impossible -- kill Batman. Unfortunately, it looks like he's going to be successful.
32 pages, $2.50, ships on Dec. 6.

BATMAN #586
Written by Ed Brubaker; art by Scott McDaniel and Karl Story; cover by McDaniel.

"This Issue: Batman Dies!" It's a duel to the death between Batman and Oswald Cobblepot, the avian gangster known as the Penguin...and you'll never guess the outcome.
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Dec. 13.

NIGHTWING #52
Written by Chuck Dixon; art and cover by Greg Land and Drew Geraci.

"This Issue: Batman Dies!" Nightwing faces the feisty feline of femme fatales, Catwoman. Though Selina salivates over the priceless Klopmann Diamond, there's no way Nightwing's going to let her steal it from the King of Diamonds, Casino. But when a group of gun-toting burglars enters the scene, will the duo forge an unlikely alliance?
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Dec. 13.

BIRDS OF PREY #26
Written by Chuck Dixon; art and cover by Butch Guice.

"This Issue: Batman Dies!" He's the man who broke Batman's back, a hideous creature who laughs at danger and defies death. But take a moment to crawl inside Bane's head and you'll find...unrequited love? When Bane forms an unlikely alliance with Black Canary, she may just find herself a man on the rebound.
32 pages, $2.50, ships on Dec. 20.

DETECTIVE COMICS #753
Written by Greg Rucka; art by Steve Mannion, Brad Rader; The Jacobian by Jordan Gorfinkel, Jeff Johnson, and Dan Panosian; cover by Dave Johnson.

"This Issue: Batman Dies!!!" During a psychiatric evaluation, it's revealed that, as therapy, Two-Face has written and drawn his own comic book adventures starring Harvey Dent and Detective Renee Montoya, in which he chronicles the many deaths of the Dark Knight. Plus, the back-up adventure "The Jacobian" continues.
40 pages, $2.50, ships on Dec. 20.

ROBIN #85
Written by Chuck Dixon; art and cover by Pete Woods and Jesse Delperdang.

"This Issue: Batman Dies!" The Joker is perhaps the greatest of Batman's foes, but after the death of Jason Todd he'll be linked forever with Robin. Poor Joker's been locked up in the Slab for so long, he's going cuckoo, and he's ready to spill the goods on Batman and his annoyingly resilient sidekick.
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Dec. 20.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #12
Written by Devin Grayson and Dave Gibbons; art by Roger Robinson, Gibbons and John Floyd; cover by Brian Bolland.

"This Issue: Batman Dies!" The sick serial killer Mr. Zsasz loves nothing more than the thrill of the hunt, commemorating each kill with a fresh hash mark on his body. Now he's after the ultimate rush by having the honor of cutting himself for his next victim, the Dark Knight. Plus, a Batman black and white backup feature written and illustrated by Dave Gibbons,
32 pages, $2.50, ships on Dec. 27.

CATWOMAN #89
Written by Bronwyn Carlton; art by Staz Johnson, Craig Rousseau and Wayne Faucher; cover by Johnson and Faucher.

"This Issue: Batman Dies!" It's the return of Harley Quinn, the cupid of crime. She's one of the few people who knows Selina Kyle's real story, and knowledge is power after all. You'll never look at Catwoman the same way again after this one,
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Dec. 27.

AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT #73
Written by Dennis O'Neil; art by Sergio Cariello and James Pascoe; cover by Tony Harris.

Batman confronts Azrael in part one of a three-part story. The deadly new Azrael has come to Gotham City, with Jean Paul Valley close behind. Batman fears that Jean Paul may have returned to his murderous ways, but can Jean Paul prove otherwise before another innocent victim falls?
32 pages, $2.50, ships on Dec. 13.

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #138
Written by Doug Moench; art and cover by Paul Gulacy and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Part 2 of "Terror." While Batman prowls the streets of Gotham in search of the mysterious female cat burglar, Dr. Hugo Strange has infiltrated the halls of Arkham Asylum and is brainwashing Jonathan Crane into re-embracing the alter ego that once fought Batman to a frightful near-standstill -- the Scarecrow. But once Strange has succeeded in his task, will the Scarecrow prove to be too dangerous for even him to handle?
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Dec. 6.

BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND VOL. 4 TRADE PAPERBACK
Written by Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson, Chuck Dixon and Larry Hama; art by Dale Eaglesham, Mat Broome, Rick Burchett, Paul Ryan, Damion Scott, Mike Deodato Jr., John Floyd and various; cover by Eaglesham and Floyd.

The collections of the most controversial Batman storyline ever continue, as the menace of Bane looms in Gotham.
224 pages, $12.95, ships on Dec. 20.

ROBIN: YEAR ONE #3
Written by Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty; art and cover by Javier Pulido and Robert Campanella.

After last month's disastrous first encounter with Two-Face, Dick learned the terrible sacrifice he must make in order to serve Batman and protect the greater good as Robin. Before his wounds even have time to heal, Dick meets an icy stranger ready to bathe Gotham's streets in cold blood. If Two-Face was too much, how can a wounded, solo Robin hope to defeat the chilling threat of Mr. Freeze? And is he even prepared to stick around and try?
48 pages, $4.95, ships on Dec. 27.


OFFICER DOWN

"James Gordon. He's one of the most respected men on the Gotham City Police Force. He's a trusted aide to Batman in the fight for justice. He's also a loving father and all-around good man. But a sudden attack by a foe from his past will leave Gordon at death's door...

"Three shots in the back. Officer Down.

"Batman: Officer Down is a seven-part storyline running through nearly all of the Batman-related books in the month of January (including a tie-in with Batgirl #12). The books will have a unifying trade dress, with distinctive, beautifully painted covers by astonishing newcomer Durwin Talon. Much like No Man's Land, the reverberations of Officer Down will affect all of the heroes and supporting characters in the Batman titles for many months to come."

"The story came out of last year's Bat-Summit, which I wasn't involved in, but they gave the basic idea to me and Greg Rucka to hammer out into an overall plot for the seven issues," Ed Brubaker, one of the event's main writers, told The Continuum.

"We turned it into a hard-boiled mystery and crime drama, and it deals with a lot of nasty things, like broken loyalties, corruption, and changes a lot of the status quo in Gotham. My actual issue is the second part, which concerns the events directly after the shooting, the investigation of the scene, the introduction of the new acting Commissioner, etc. It was a fun issue to write. This project is going to really blow people away, I think. I just hope we don't piss too many people off."

Following is the solicitation information for the event:

BATMAN #587
Written by Greg Rucka; art by Rick Burchett and Rodney Ramos; painted cover by Durwin Talon.

Part 1 of the "Officer Down" storyline. As James Gordon contemplates his many years on the police force, a sinister threat looms nearby. The unsuspecting Gordon leaves a bar and is shot in the back, with Catwoman watching. After a violent attack, things in Gotham never will be the same again.
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Jan. 3.

BATGIRL #12
Written by Chuck Dixon; art by Dale Eaglesham and Andrew Hennessy; cover by Damion Scott and Robert Campanella.

An "Officer Down" tie-in! Batgirl learns that Commissioner Gordon has been shot, and sets out in search of Batman - but the Dark Knight is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, there's a villain who has mistaken Batgirl for Catwoman. Confused? So is Batgirl. Where is everybody? Note: This issue will not feature the "Officer Down" trade dress.
32 pages, $2.50, ships on Jan 3.

ROBIN #86
Written by Ed Brubaker; art by the Pander Bros.; painted cover by Durwin Talon.

"Officer Down," Part 2. James Gordon lies at death's door, and the immediate suspect is Catwoman. And while a citywide manhunt begins for the feline felon, Batman takes the news of Gordon's situation hard. Prepare yourself for Batman like you've never seen him before.
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Jan. 10.

BIRDS OF PREY #27
Written by Chuck Dixon, art by N. Steven Harris and John Nyberg, painted cover by Durwin Talon.

"Officer Down," Part 3. While her father clings to life, Oracle gathers Batman's allies: Nightwing, Robin, Azrael, and Batgirl. Their mission: capture Catwoman before the police find her. But the search for Catwoman leads them into an unexpected trap.
32 pages, $2.50, ships on Jan. 10.

CATWOMAN #90
Written by Bronwyn Carlton, art by Mike Lilly and Wayne Faucher, painted cover by Durwin Talon.

"Officer Down," Part 4. The hunt for Catwoman reaches its climactic conclusion, but finding Catwoman and capturing her are two very different things. And it may be that Catwoman has information that will change everything the heroes know about the case -- and dramatically reduce their options for achieving justice.
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Jan. 17.

NIGHTWING #53
Written by Devin Grayson, art by Joyce Chen and John Lowe, painted cover by Durwin Talon.

"Officer Down," Part 5. Oracle and Nightwing take the investigation into a new direction, but finding the answers may unleash in these heroes a darker aspect of themselves then they've ever faced before. When the truth behind Gordon's assailant is revealed, Oracle ponders taking justice into her own hands. Meanwhile Alfred has a fateful confrontation with Batman which could tear their relationship to shreds.
32 pages, $2.25, ships on Jan. 24.

DETECTIVE COMICS #754
Written by Nunzio DeFilippis, art by Michael Collins and Jesse Delperdang, painted cover by Durwin Talon.

"Officer Down," Part 6. The GCPD at last finds the person they're looking for, but time is against them, and not even Batman can bring the would-be killer to justice. As the clock ticks towards zero, several characters make decisions that will change their lives forever. Plus, Chapter 9 of "The Jacobian."
40 pages, $2.50, ships on Jan. 24.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #13
Written by Greg Rucka, art by Rick Burchett, and Rodney Ramos; painted cover by Durwin Talon.

The not-to-be-missed conclusion to "Officer Down!" James Gordon faces his final destiny and Batman must accept the possibility of the loss of a valued comrade, and a life which never will be quite the same. Plus, a black-and-white backup feature written by Harlan Ellison and illustrated by Gene Ha.
40 pages, $2.50, ships on Jan. 31.


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