Batman: Knightfall 1: Broken Bat

Batman 491

Cover Date: April 1993
Subtitle: The Freedom of Madness
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: Bane and his team raided an armory and stocked up on weapons. They began their assault on Arkham Asylum. Joker was the first to be freed, he took Jeremiah Arkham hostage after letting loose the other inmates. A helicopter dropped crates of guns for the escapees. Bane watched as Batman arrived. On his way there, he ordered Tim and Jean Paul to stay out of the situation. Bane's group opened fire on the approaching police.


Batman 492

Cover Date: early May 1993
Subtitle: Crossed Eyes and Dotty Teas - Knightfall 1
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: Mad Hatter broke a chimp free from a zoo and robbed a hat store. He left Batman an invitation to a tea party there. His group (who he controlled through their head pieces) began following his orders - Film Freak went to find and kill whomever let them out. As he neared, Bane killed Film Freak. Batman and Robin took down the tea party and Jervis Tetch.


Detective 659

Cover Date: early May 1993
Subtitle: Puppetts - Knightfall 2
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: Ventriloquist and Amygdala teamed up to find Scarface. Batman went in on a toy store break-in to get them; Robin followed the second falcon he'd seen that day and was confronted by Bane's henchman Bird. Bane didn't allow him to take Robin down; Bird retreated. Batman took down Amygdala. In the Batmobile, they heard reports that Zsasz had taken hostages in an all girl's boarding school.


Batman 493

Cover Date: late May 1993
Subtitle: Red Slash - Knightfall 3
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: Zsasz had 15 girls hostage and killed the first two policemen who tried to go in after him. Batman and Robin went in as Bane his crew watched the reports on TV. Batman, with help of Officer Montoya, captured Zsasz before he could kill any more. Bird reported to Bane - Batman appeared physically exhausted.


Detective 660

Cover Date: late May 1993
Subtitle: Crocodile Tears - Knightfall 4
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jim Balent, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Robin trailed Bird back to Bane and overheard the group plotting. When Bane split, Robin followed. Soon after, Bane captured him. Detective Bulloch found Batman out cold in an alley near Police Headquarters. Robin awakened tied and blindfolded in an underground reservoir. Bane questioned him and was attacked by Killer Croc. Robin tried to escape as the two brutes battled.


Batman 494

Cover Date: early June 1993
Subtitle: Night Terrors - Knightfall 5
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Tom Mandrake
Storyline: Robin escaped the sewer and returned to the cave. Cornellius Stirk and Joker went after Commissioner Gordon. Batman arrived at stopped Stirk from killing him. Joker and Scarecrow teamed up after Stirk's failure. They attacked the mayor.


Detective 661

Cover Date: early June 1993
Subtitle: City on Fire - Knightfall 6
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Firefly struck. Batman sent Robin to investigate him. As Batman took down Cavalier, Robin informed him of possible Firefly targets. Batman caught up with him.


Batman 495

Cover Date: late June 1993
Subtitle: Strange Dead Fellows - Knightfall 7
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Bob Wiacek
Storyline: Batman was unable to catch Firefly. Azrael went out alone. Bruce Wayne attended a Wayne Foundation dinner with Dr. Shondra Kinsolving. Bane was outside watching and immediately knew that Wayne was the Batman. Poison Ivy struck at the dinner. She carted off all the males (including a faking Wayne). When Batman was necessary, he appeared and took down Ivy. Joker and Scarecrow lured police into a funhouse and detonated it, killing twenty.


Detective 662

Cover Date: late June 1993
Subtitle: Burning Questions - Knightfall 8
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Riddler hijacked a TV talk show. The police and bomb squad were quick to the site, but Robin took him down. Batman finally caught Firefly. Huntress captured Riddler's crew at their heist.


Batman 496

Cover Date: early July 1993
Subtitle: Die Laughing - Knightfall 9
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Josef Rubinstein
Storyline: To lure Batman, Joker and Scarecrow took the mayor into a passage tunnel beneath the Gotham River. They set off explosions on each end. Batman went in after them. He attacked Scarecrow, then the Joker, but was hit with fear gas. Scarecrow breached the tunnel with a rocket launcher. As the river began entering the tunnel, Batman went for the mayor.


Detective 663

Cover Date: early July 1993
Subtitle: No Rest for the Wicked - Knightfall 10
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Grahan Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Batman got the mayor to safety, then stopped to catch his breath in the darkness of a rooftop. Trogg, one of Bane's men, attacked him. Batman defeated Trogg, then Bird and Zombie (all of Bane's men). Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce found Alfred unconscious with Bane waiting for him.


Batman 497

Cover Date: late July 1993
Subtitle: The Broken Bat - Knightfall 11
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano
Storyline: Batman confronted Bane. Bane beat him like a rag-doll - throwing him, crashing him through walls. The beating continued down the stairs and into the cave below Wayne Manor. When Batman refused to beg for mercy, Bane lifted him up and crashed him down across his knee. Alfred went to get Tim.


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