Batman (1940 series) #491 (A Multi-Title Crossover) [SET] — Knightfall; The Complete Saga

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THE BREAKING OF THE BAT! 

The Dark Knight's greatest enemies have all simultaneously escaped from Arkham Asylum and are preying on Gotham City.

With his city under siege, Batman pushes his body to the limit as he is forced to face a gauntlet of his greatest foes on the longest night of his life!

The Joker!

The Mad Hatter!

Poison Ivy!

Killer Croc!

The Riddler!

and The Scarecrow!

But things get much worse when Bane, the man behind all the madness, confronts an exhausted Batman...

And breaks his back!

Not a Dream!

Not  Hoax! 

Not an "Elseworlds" story!

Witness the End of Bruce Wayne as The Batman!

 

 

Collecting the Complete "Knightfall" Story-Arc contained in Batman #491-500 Plus the Crossover issues Detective Comics #659-666, Showcase '93 #7-8, and Batman; Shadow of the Bat #16-18.

 

 

Batman (1940 series) #491
By Doug Moench & Norm Breyfogle. 
“The Freedom of Madness”  Knightfall Prologue
Bane stages a giant break out of Arkham Asylum. He releases many of the most violent offenders and those criminals go on a rampage within the asylum.
Batman (1940 series) #492
By Doug Moench & Norm Breyfogle. 
 “Crossed Eyes and Dotty Teas”  Knightfall pt 1 (of 19)
Following the massive Arkham breakout, the Mad Hatter is the first to make a move. He sends Film Freak out to find out who sprung them from confinement, then invotes Batman to a little tea party.
Detective Comics (1937 series) #659
By Chuck Dixon & Jim Balent / Scott Hanna. 
“Puppets”  Knightfall pt 2 (of 19)
The Ventriloquist and Amygdala tear the city apart searching for the lost Scarface as Batman and Robin try to cope with the madness of Gotham City, under siege by escapees from Arkham Asylum.
Batman (1940 series) #493
By Doug Moench & Norm Breyfogle. 
“Red Slash”  Knightfall pt 3 (of 19)
Already feeling the exhaustion from recapturing the inmates that have escaped from Arkham, Batman focuses on capturing Zsasz, who is holding several women hostage in a school.
Detective Comics (1937 series) #660
By Chuck Dixon & Jim Balent / Scott Hanna. 
“Crocodile Tears”  Knightfall pt 4 (of 19)
Exhausted after his encounter with Mr. Zsasz, Batman is unable to come to Robin's aid as he is caught between Bane and Killer Croc in a death duel beneath the steamy streets of Gotham City.
Batman (1940 series) #494
By Doug Moench & Jim Aparo / Tom Mandrake. 
“Night Terrors”  Knightfall pt 5 (of 19)
Robin narrowly escapes a run-in with Bane and Killer Croc in the sewers. Joker and Scarecrow decide to join forces and kidnap the Mayor.
Detective Comics (1937 series) #661
By Chuck Dixon & Graham Nolan / Scott Hanna. 
“City on Fire!”  Knightfall pt 6 (of 19)
The Firefly returns and sets Gotham ablaze as Batman continues his fight with the Arkham escapees, and the Joker and the Scarecrow toy with the mayor.
Batman (1940 series) #495
By Doug Moench & Jim Aparo / Tom Mandrake. 
“Strange Deadfellows”  Knightfall” pt 7 (of 19)
Exhausted, Batman fails to capture Firefly and must then contend with Poison Ivy and her mindless zombie goons. Meanwhile, the Joker and Scarecrow continue to torture their captive, Mayor Krol.
Detective Comics (1937 series) #662
By Chuck Dixon & Graham Nolan / Scott Hanna. 
“Burning Questions”  Knightfall pt 8 (of 19)
It's Batman vs. Firefly, Robin vs. the Riddler, and the Huntress vs. the Riddler's gang, as Gotham continues to burn.
Batman (1940 series) #496
By Doug Moench & Jim Aparo / Josef Rubinstein. 
“Die Laughing”  Knightfall” pt 9 (of 19)
After seeing a news report following Batman's apprehension of Firefly, claiming that the Batman is looking particularly haggard, Joker suggests that he and Scarecrow take the opportunity to kill their enemy.
Detective Comics (1937 series) #663
By Chuck Dixon & Graham Nolan / Scott Hanna. 
“No Rest For The Wicked”  Knightfall” pt 10 (of 19)
The longest night in Batman's life continues as he and the Mayor are swept away by the irresistible force of millions of gallons of water from the Gotham River. Can the Dark Knight find a way out before the underground tunnel fills up and they both drown?
Batman (1940 series) #497
By Doug Moench & Jim Aparo / Dick Giordano. 
"The Broken Bat"  Knightfall pt 11 (of 19)
This is IT! The Confrontation you have been waiting for! Even though Batman is Exausted and nowhere near Ready, he must face the Rage of BANE! This is the Brutal and Violent Clash you would expect, and when it is over, only One will Walk Away...
Detective Comics (1937 series) #664
By Chuck Dixon & Graham Nolan / Scott Hanna. 
"Who Rules the Night"  Knightfall pt 12 (of 19)
Bane has broken the Batman, and displays his triumph on the streets of Gotham City, holding his enemy's limp body high over his head.
Showcase '93 (1993 series) #7
By Doug Moench & Klaus Janson. 
“2 Face - Double Cross"  Knightfall pt 13 (of 19)
Bruce has been crippled! As Robin and Alfred hold vigil over Bruce Wayne’s broken body, Robin recounts a story of three weeks earlier, where he felt just as helpless. Two-Face returns to Gotham, and takes over “Legs” Lyman’s gang. Batman investigates, but asks Robin to stay out of this case.
Showcase '93 (1993 series) #8
By Doug Moench & Klaus Janson. 
“Bad Judgment"  Knightfall pt 14 (of 19)
Two-Face’s goons fish Batman’s body out of the river, but Batman is waiting in ambush. Though he puts up a fight, Batman is captured and brought to the gutted former Gotham City Municipal Courthouse. Two-Face plans on reliving the events causing him to become Two-Face, but with Batman on trial.
Batman (1940 series) #498
By Doug Moench & Jim Aparo / Rich Burchett. 
“Knights in Darkness”  Knightfall pt 15 (of 19)
While Alfred and Tim Drake look after the crippled Bruce Wayne, Bane wastes no time solidifying his place as the leader of all criminal enterprises in Gotham City.  Meanwhile, Dr. Kinsolving is asked to be Bruce Wayne's personal physician while he recovers from his "car accident."  Back at the manor, Bruce tells Tim that the legacy of Batman must continue. Tim wants to contact Nightwing, but Bruce claims that Dick has his own responsibilities to look after. Instead, he chooses Jean-Paul Valley to take his place - on the condition that he should under no circumstances confront Bane. Tim brings Jean-Paul a Batman costume and the eager young man readily accepts the task.
Detective Comics (1937 series) #665
By Chuck Dixon & Graham Nolan / Dick Giordano. 
“Lightning Changes”  Knightfall” pt 16 (of 19)
Batman continues to be on the mend, and Jean-Paul is standing in for the great Detective. Jean-Paul allows himself to be drawn into the persona of the Batman and begins to loose his concept of justice. Robin is torn between letting Bruce know, or stay with Jean-Paul to keep him from getting killed.
Batman; Shadow of the Bat (1992 series) #16
By Alan Grant & Bret Blevins / Mike Manley. 
“God of Fear” pt 1 (of 3) A Knightfall Tie-In
Some students at Gotham University discover a poster offering $50 to participate in a psychological experiment. The students are excited to see that it involves some kind of virtual reality helmets. Unbeknownst to the public, it is Jonathan Crane who has set up the experiment as part of a plan to take revenge on Gotham City with Mind-Control experiments! Meanwhile, at Wayne Manor, Tim Drake is surprised to discover that Jean-Paul is deliberately flouting Bruce's rules, and stating that he will take up the Batman's mission in his own way.
Batman; Shadow of the Bat (1992 series) #17
By Alan Grant & Bret Blevins / Mike Manley. 
“God of Fear” pt 2 (of 3) A Knightfall Tie-In
Jonathan Crane wants to be Worshiped by the People of Gotham as The God of Fear! Jean-Paul Valley has taken on the mantle of The Bat, but in a much darker and more violent way. There is a confrontation coming, and it is going to be TERRIFYING! Guest-Starring Anarchy! Featuring The Origin of The Scarecrow.
Batman; Shadow of the Bat (1992 series) #18
By Alan Grant & Bret Blevins / Mike Manley. 
“God of Fear” pt 3 (of 3) A Knightfall Tie-In
The Scarecrow warns that if Gordon can't persuade the city to accept him as The God of Fear he will release fear gas from a central location, and put the entire city into chaos. Anarchy waits for The Batman to arrive, but what sort of Justice will this Batman Deliver? The Brutal conclusion to “God of Fear”
Batman (1940 series) #499
By Doug Moench & Jim Aparo / Scott Hanna. 
"The Venom Connection"  Knightfall pt 17 (of 19)
Robin worries about how violent and merciless Jean-Paul Valley is being as the new Batman. In the Batcave, a wheelchair-bound Bruce Wayne investigates the kidnapping of Jack Drake and Doctor Shondra Kinsolving.
Detective Comics (1937 series) #666
By Chuck Dixon & Graham Nolan / Scott Hanna. 
“The Devil You Know"  Knightfall pt 18 (of 19)
Jean-Paul Valley is determined to find Bane and bring him down. Part of his motivation stems from a need to prove himself as the new Batman.  Commissioner Gordon begins to suspect that this is a different Batman than he is used to dealing with.  When Bane's Henchmen Escape from Custody, the Final Confrontation between Bane and The New Batman draws near...
Batman (1940 series) #500
By Doug Moench & Jim Aparo / Jim Aparo. 
“Dark Angel”  Knightfall pt 19 (of 19)
Jean-Paul designs and creates a new and very different Batman Uniform. Meanwhile, Nightwing learns that Bruce has passed the role of Nightwing on to Jean-Paul.  Mayor Krol forbids the police from interfering in any of Batman's activities. Clad in his new costume, Batman heads out for a final confrontation with Bane.