Batman: KnightQuest: The Crusade

Detective 667

Cover Date: October 1993
Subtitle: Wild, Wild East (part of Knightquest the Crusade)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Az-Bat stopped some muggers, but was becoming bored with common criminals. Twin cowboy bandits arrived in Gotham City and joined up with one of the local mobs. Jean Paul continued to tinker with his Batsuit; he found Harold's latest creation - a subway rocket.


Shadow of the Bat 19

Cover Date: late October 1993
Subtitle: The Tally Man part one (part of KnightQuest: The Crusade)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Vince Giarrano
Storyline: Az-Bat continued brutalizing thugs. The Tally Man assassinated a top mob boss and searched out his brother. Batman was next on his hit-list after killing him. He saw Batman and attacked.


Shadow of the Bat 20

Cover Date: early November 1993
Subtitle: The Tally Man part two (part of Knightquest: The Crusade)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Vince Giarrano
Storyline: Az-Bat fought his demons and the Tally Man. Massively injured, the system kicked in and gave him the extra boost to defeat the Tally Man. He stopped short of killing him and left him there.


Batman 501

Cover Date: November 1993
Subtitle: Code Name: Merkos (part of KnightQuest: the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley
Storyline: Az-Bat received a vision from St. Dumas, commanding him to follow his crusade as a dark angel. He broke up a mob meeting and ordered one of the Dons to report to him. Gordon confronted Batman on his methods and realized he was a different man. The Dons got together and hired a former government agent-turned hitman named Mekros to take out Batman.


Detective 668

Cover Date: November 1993
Subtitle: Runaway (part of Knightquest the Crusade)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Tim received his driver's license. Though not yet sixteen, he got a special permit due to his father's handicap. He broke into the cave to get the car Bruce promised him and was attacked by Az-Bat.
(continued in Robin 1 and Detective 669)


Robin 1

Cover Date: November 1993
Subtitle: Outcast
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Tom Grummett, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Robin escaped from Az-Bat and the Batcave in his new car, Redbird. Tim had to start school the next day, and he had a date with Ariana to a school dance. A car theft group struck at the dance and stole the most expensive of the cars. Robin went out later and was caught by a local sheriff.


Batman 502

Cover Date: December 1993
Subtitle: Phoenix in Chaos (part of KnightQuest: the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley, Joe Rubinstein
Storyline: Az-Bat and Mekros both survived their first meeting. The assassin was tailed by the new Batman. Az-Bat learned that the government had hired another assassin to take down Mekros. He took down both hitmen.


Detective 669

Cover Date: December 1993
Subtitle: Town Tamer (part of Knightquest the Crusade)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Eduardo Barreto
Storyline: The "Trigger Twins" held up and stole the Gotham Subway System's money train (the train that took in the daily tolls). Az-Bat went after it and took them in. Joker prepared to make his move.


Catwoman 6

Cover Date: January 1994
Subtitle: Animal Rights (part of KnightQuest: The Crusade)
Writer(s): Jo Duffy
Artists(s): Jim Balent, Dick Giordano
Storyline: Catwoman and some of her environmentalist friends looked for a way to stop rainforest development. One of their people (who'd inadvertently created a dangerous neurotoxin) was attacked; his notes were stolen. Catwoman went out to stop anything from happening.


Batman 503

Cover Date: January 1994
Subtitle: Night Becomes Woman (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley
Storyline: Seeing Catwoman on the wharf, Batman believed she'd stolen the neurotoxin. He also harbored fantasies about her. He tracked her - when they met, she claimed to have taken the ingredients so the toxin could not be created. She realized Az-Bat was not the "real" Batman and escaped.


Detective 670

Cover Date: January 1994
Subtitle: Cold Cases (part of Knightquest the Crusade
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Barry Kitson, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Montoya and Bulloch were called in when a body washed ashore frozen solid in a block of ice. Montoya took it to the morgue; Batman showed up when shots were fired. The block of ice melted, leaving Mr. Freeze free (he'd been frozen since Joker took over his gang). Batman and Montoya took him down.


Batman 504

Cover Date: February 1994
Subtitle: Dark Dance (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley
Storyline: Az-Bat experienced another vision of St. Dumas while chasing Catwoman. Gordon, Montoya, and Bulloch closed in on them. Batman fled and left Catwoman holding the canister when they arrived.


Catwoman 7

Cover Date: February 1994
Subtitle: Body Chemistry (part of KnightQuest: The Crusade)
Writer(s): Jo Duffy
Artists(s): Jim Balent, Dick Giordano
Storyline: Catwoman evaded the police and showed them she'd stolen a decoy. The real toxin was safely hidden away. She convinced Az-Bat to help her. They rescued the kidnapped scientist who'd developed the toxin and saved an international conference from being poisoned.


Shadow of the Bat 24

Cover Date: February 1994
Subtitle: The Immigrant - Rosemary's Baby (part of KnightQuest: The Crusade)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Vince Giarrano
Storyline: Az-Bat saved an illegal immigrant from some thugs. She was in Gotham City to buy her baby back. Az-Bat attempted to find the baby-sellers. With some "boring" detective work, he brought down the racket. Jean Paul wondered about his mother, who he never knew.


Detective 671

Cover Date: February 1994
Subtitle: The Cutting Room Floor (part of Knightquest the Crusade
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Joker forced some Hollywood filmmakers to finance his movie - The Death of Batman. He got his first glimpse of the new Batman by staging a mugging for his film. Batman realized he was being set up the next night, but could do nothing about it. Checking up on the girl he'd saved, he saw Robin fall from her window.


Shadow of the Bat 25

Cover Date: March 1994
Subtitle: Joe Public - the Birth of a Hero (part of KnightQuest: The Crusade
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Bret Blevins, John Beatty
Storyline: Deke Mitchell aka Corrosive Man escaped. Jean Paul, having no knowledge of him, was surprised at what he could do; his suit was nearly destroyed. With help from Joe Public - a man who could use the power of others temporarily - Batman lured Corrosive Man into a trap and covered him in sand. Back in the cave, Jean Paul built a new suit to replace the one that had been ruined.


Detective 672

Cover Date: March 1994
Subtitle: Smash Cut (part of Knightquest the Crusade
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Batman saved Robin, who turned out to be the girl from the previous night. After receiving a promotional poster for his movie, the police went after Joker. Batman was captured.


Batman 505

Cover Date: March 1994
Subtitle: Blood Kin (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley, Bob Wiacek
Storyline: While investigating a murder scene, Az-Bat had a vision of his father and St. Dumas doing battle over his course in life. Arnold Etchison (Abattoir) killed five more members of his family. Jean Paul began to realize how helpful detective work was. Abattoir attacked a cousin and a bus load of children. Batman saved the bus and all its passengers, but Abattoir escaped. Jean Paul redesigned his cape.


Shadow of the Bat 26

Cover Date: April 1994
Subtitle: Creatures of Clay - Diary of Love (part of KnightQuest: The Crusade)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Bret Blevins, Bob Smith
Storyline: Az-Bat checked up on the school bus survivors and was attacked by Lady Clayface. Preston Payne (Clayface 3) attacked some patrolmen and kidnapped Graham Etchison - Abattoir's cousin. Lady Clayface morphed into a serpent and put the squeeze on Az-Bat.


Shadow of the Bat 27

Cover Date: May 1994
Subtitle: Creatures of Clay - Child's Clay (part of KnightQuest: The Crusade)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Bret Blevins, Bob Smith
Storyline: Az-Bat took down Lady Clayface with a jolt from his suit. Abattoir had Baby (Cassius) Clayface hostage. Clayface 3 delivered Etchison to Abattoir; Batman saved Baby Clayface and took down his father.


Batman 506

Cover Date: April 1994
Subtitle: Malevolent Maniaxe (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley, Josef Rubinstein
Storyline: Az-Bat continued on the trail of Abattoir. Ballistic arrived in town and took a contract for him as well (the contract had been handed down by Graham Etchison's father from prison - he'd helped Abattoir kill his wife). Clues led Ballistic and Az-Bat to the same place.


Batman 507

Cover Date: May 1994
Subtitle: Ballistic (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Jim Balent, Frank McLaughlin
Storyline: Az-Bat and Ballistic took down a gang trying to also collect on the contract for Abattoir. They then took down the lawyer who'd put the contract out. Ballistic collected the fee and left town.


Detective 673

Cover Date: April 1994
Subtitle: Losing the Light (part of Knightquest the Crusade
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: Joker got his goons to take Batman. During the fight, he realized Batman wasn't BATMAN. Az-Bat took down all the goons and had to be restrained by the police before taking the Joker down permanently.


Detective 674

Cover Date: May 1994
Subtitle: Out-Gunned (part of Knightquest the Crusade
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: A sniper team took down a Gotham socialite from 16 blocks away. Montoya and Bullock were called in on the case. Az-Bat "questioned" a business associate of the deceased and learned he'd hired the shooter. Az-Bat tracked the team, Gunhawk and Bunny, to a gun show where they were attempting to steal a prototype. Bunny was injured, and Batman was shot up. Gunhawk escaped with Bunny and the prototype gun.


Batman 508

Cover Date: June 1994
Subtitle: Mortal Remains (part of KnightQuest - the Crusade)
Writer(s): Doug Moench
Artists(s): Mike Manley, Josef Rubinstein
Storyline: Batman decided to go after Abattoir and hold off on Gunhawk. Robin snuck into the cave and did some computer work. Az-Bat caught up with Abattoir; Robin wasn't far behind. He watched as they struggled; Batman let Abattoir fall into a foundry to his death.


Shadow of the Bat 28

Cover Date: June 1994
Subtitle: Commissioner Gordon - the Long Dark Knight (part of KnightQuest: The Crusade)
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Bret Blevins, Bob Smith
Storyline: Kitch reported to Gordon that Batman let Abattoir die. The search for Graham Etchison (Abattoir's hostage) continued. He was found dead in Abattoir's torture device. Gordon called in Batman and confronted him. Az-Bat played off the "murder" and left. He took down a street gang and headed back to the cave to modify the bat suit again.


Detective 675

Cover Date: June 1994
Subtitle: Midnight Duel (part of Knightquest the Crusade
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna
Storyline: When he could do no more from her, Gunhawk got Bunny to a hospital. Az-Bat went into the hospital after him. After a fire-fight, the police got in and got the unconscious Gunhawk.


Robin 7

Cover Date: June 1994
Subtitle: Turning Point (KnightQuest - the Conclusion)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Tom Grummett, Ray Kryssing
Storyline: Bruce (now completely healed) and Tim awaited the arrival of Jack Drake at the airport. Bruce told Tim he was serious about retiring as Batman - he wanted to focus on Bruce Wayne. After they got Tim's father home and into bed, Tim told him about Abattoir. Bruce was furious when he saw the condition of his home. They went into the cave and were attacked by Az-Bat, who told them not to be there when he returned. Robin gave chase, but the madman escaped. Bruce told Robin he'd have to take Jean Paul down, but he had to get physically fit first.


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notes

  • This, though each issue is bannered, never has been printed as tpb.