Batman: Contagion

Shadow of the Bat 48

Cover Date: March 1996
Subtitle: The Apocalypse Plague - Contagion one
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Vince Giarrano, Ray McCarthy
Storyline: Azrael sent a report to Batman - a plague connected to the Order of St. Dumas was on its way to Gotham City. Robin found a plane originating from the area which had just landed in Gotham. Batman went to investigate at a military facility where the Ebola Gulf-A virus was being studied. He found a man in quarantine who'd been accidentally infected.


Detective 695

Cover Date: March 1996
Subtitle: The Gray Area - Contagion 2
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Tommy Lee Edwards, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Batman and Robin checked out a possible carrier who lived in a self-sustained condo neighborhood for the extremely rich. They confirmed he'd been infected and began seeking a survivor from a previous outbreak. The residents of Babylon Towers also sought this person out. They pooled their riches and hired bounty hunters. Robin and Alfred arrived in Canada to find him. Catwoman was already there.


Robin 27

Cover Date: late March 1996
Subtitle: Natural Born Healer (Contagion three)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Mike Wieringo, Stan Woch
Storyline: Robin and Catwoman teamed up to find the survivor as they plague spread in Gotham City. Batman asked Azrael to follow and watch out for Robin. He and Catwoman found the survivor only to come in second to a man calling himself Tracker. He hit them from behind; Azrael appeared.
(continued in Catwoman 31)


Catwoman 31

Cover Date: late March 1996
Subtitle: Flesh and Fire (Contagion part four, incorrectly numbered as five)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jim Balent, Bob Smith
Storyline: Robin tried to get the survivor to safety, but they were ambushed outside the cabin. The survivor didn't survive. Robin was able to get a blood sample from him after he mentioned two other possible survivors.


Azrael 15

Cover Date: late March 1996
Subtitle: Requiem for an Immortal (Contagion five - incorrectly numbered as 4)
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Barry Kitson, James Pascoe
Storyline: Tracker caught up with Azrael and Catwoman. They formed a truce. Azrael, on a lead from the first survivor's journal, led them to a yacht housing a gang member who also survived the Greenland outbreak. They found him, but he tried to show them he was immortal by stabbing himself in the chest. He wasn't immortal.


Batman 529

Cover Date: April 1996
Subtitle: Tears of Blood - Contagion Six
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Kelley Jones, John Beatty
Storyline: Gotham City had been quarantined. Robin delivered the blood to Batman, who began working with it in attempt to create an antidote. Azrael soon arrived with a second blood sample. Nightwing offered his services in the battle. Batman got Poison Ivy out of Arkham so that she (being completely immune to all things) could deliver the antidote to the residents of Babylon Towers. Nightwing and Robin attempted to stop rioters outside the strong hold; Huntress joined them as Ivy entered. The police went to James Gordon for leadership.


Shadow of the Bat 49

Cover Date: April 1996
Subtitle: Angel of Death - Contagion seven
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Vince Giarrano, Ray McCarthy
Storyline: Poison Ivy continued selling the antidote to the highest bidders inside Babylon Towers. Batman went in after her. Huntress and Nightwing realized Robin had been infected. Gordon met Batman inside looking for Ivy. The antidote failed.


Detective 696

Cover Date: April 1996
Subtitle: Babylon Falls - Contagion 8
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Nightwing got Robin to the cave under Alfred's care and went back out to find Batman. The governor sent in the National Guard. Batman and Gordon got Ivy and escaped Babylon Towers. Gordon was happy to learn that THE Batman was back. Alfred continued to care for Robin. Nightwing met up with Batman and they headed for the cave.


The Batman Chronicles 4

Cover Date: Spring 1996
Subtitle: (1) Hitman; (2) Huntress: Exposure; (3) Beggar's Banquet
Writer(s): (1) Garth Ennis; (2) Christopher Priest; (3) Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): (1) John McCrea; (2) Matt Haley, Mike Sellers; (3) Frank Fosco, Stan Woch
Storyline: fits in between Detective 696 and Catwoman 32 during the Contagion storyline
[1] Batman learned of a secret government entity that might be able to provide a cure for the Clench. Hitman killed him before Batman could get there.
[2] Huntress went looking for one of her students who'd lost his entire family to the plague. She found him dying of it.
[3] Tim dreamed he was cured. His father and girlfriend knew he was Robin, and his mother was alive.


Catwoman 32

Cover Date: April 1996
Subtitle: Fever Pitch (Contagion part nine)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jim Balent, Bob Smith
Storyline: Catwoman found the trail of the last known Greenland survivor. She picked her up in Florida and headed back to Gotham City. There, she found Babylon Towers completely destroyed - there would be no reward. Batman found them and let them know it was useless, no vaccine could be made from the girl.


Azrael 16

Cover Date: April 1996
Subtitle: Contagion ten
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Barry Kitson, James Pascoe
Storyline: Gotham doctors realized there'd be no cure. Azrael saw a magnification of the virus and realized he'd seen it before. Lilhy began searching through the texts Brian had taken from the Order of St. Dumas. She was able to translate what they believed to be the antidote. Azrael grabbed it up and headed to Gotham City. He delivered it to a hospital and it had a 100% success rate.


Robin 28

Cover Date: April 1996
Subtitle: Bitter Dregs (Contagion eleven)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Mike Wieringo, Stan Woch
Storyline: Tim was cured. Nightwing and Batman went out to clean up some of the mess in their city. Robin went to the aid of the GCPD when he heard they were in a shootout with a local gang while trying to deliver the antidote. Still shaken from his ordeal, Robin took a break on a rooftop. Catwoman found him and gave him a hand taking down the gang-bangers. Tim returned home.


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