Batman: Knightfall

    (DC, 2000)
™ and © DC Comics, Inc.

Knightfall was an ambitious story arc that ran through all the Batman universe titles in 1993-1994, even Legends of the Dark Knight, which is normally exempt from the ongoing continuity.

The saga began when the villain Bane engineered the mass escape of all the inmates at Arkham Asylum. In capturing and subduing the escapees, Batman became physically and mentally drained. Then Bane struck, defeating Batman and even breaking his back. During his physical rehabilitation, Batman recruited Jean Paul Valley, known as Azrael, to take his place. But Azreal is not the man that Bruce Wayne is. Eventually, Azbat, as he came to be called by fans, became brutal and homicidal in his role, and Batman realized he misjudged Valley. Now he had take back his role and defeat the man who beat Bane.

This long story arc can be read as an entertaining Batman story, but the editors at DC had another message for their readers. During the early nineties, Batman began to be perceived as out of touch with modern comic book trends. The rise in popularity of Image Comics and other companies, with characters who had no compunctions about killing the bad guys seemed to make Batman an anachronism. DC wanted to demonstrate the inherent nobility of Batman by installing a man in the costume who in essence was the kind of “hero” that was popular at other publishers. The contrast between an arrogant, take-no-prisoners hero and a man who puts justice before vengeance was stark. And in case the point was lost on anyone, during his time as a replacement Batman, Azreal changed his costume from Batman’s to a colorful, gaudy blade-wielding monstrosity.

— George Haberberger

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Book #1

  11/1/1993
  $12.95
  $6.50
No copies available
 Collects Batman #491–497; Detective Comics #659–663; 288 pagesDoug Moench, Chuck DixonJim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent

Book #1 - 2nd printing

 
  $12.95
  $13.00
No copies available
 Collects Batman #491–497; Detective Comics #659–663Doug Moench, Chuck DixonJim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent

Book #1 - 3rd printing

 
  $12.95
  $7.00
No copies available
 Collects Batman #491–497; Detective Comics #659–663Doug Moench, Chuck DixonJim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent

Book #1 - 4th printing

 
  $12.95
  $13.00
No copies available
 Collects Batman #491–497; Detective Comics #659–663Doug Moench, Chuck DixonJim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent

Book #1 - 5th printing

 
  $17.99
  $17.99
No copies available
 Collects Batman #491-497 & Detective Comics #659-663Doug Moench, Chuck DixonJim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent

Book #1 - 6th printing

 
  $19.99
  $19.99
No copies available
 Reprint; Collects Batman #492-497, Detective Comics #659-663Chuck DixonGraham Nolan

Book #2

  11/1/1993
  $17.99
  $20.00
No copies available
 Collects Batman #498-500, Detective Comics #664-666, Showcase ‘96 #7, & Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16-18Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Alan GrantJim Aparo, Graham Nolan, Bret Blevins, Klaus Janson, Mike Manley

Book #2 - 2nd printing

 
  $17.99
  $17.99
No copies available
 Collects Batman #498-500, Detective Comics #664-666, Showcase ‘96 #7, & Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16-18Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Alan GrantJim Aparo, Graham Nolan, Bret Blevins, Klaus Janson, Mike Manley

Book #2 - 3rd printing

 
  $17.99
  $7.00
No copies available
 Collects Batman #498-500, Detective Comics #664-666, Showcase ‘96 #7, & Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16-18Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Alan GrantJim Aparo, Graham Nolan, Bret Blevins, Klaus Janson, Mike Manley

Book #2 - 4th printing

 
  $17.99
  $17.99
No copies available
 Collects Batman #498-500, Detective Comics #664-666, Showcase ‘96 #7, & Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16-18Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Alan GrantJim Aparo, Graham Nolan, Bret Blevins, Klaus Janson, Mike Manley

Book #2 - 5th printing

 
  $17.99
  $17.99
No copies available
New Cover artCollects Batman #498-500, Detective Comics #664-666, Showcase ‘96 #7, & Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16-18Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Alan GrantJim Aparo, Graham Nolan, Bret Blevins, Klaus Janson, Mike Manley

Book #2 - 6th printing

 
  $19.99
  $19.99
No copies available
 Reprint; Collects Detective Comics #664-666, Showcase’93 #7-8, Batman #498-500Chuck DixonGraham Nolan

Book #3

  6/1/1995
  $14.95
  $24.00
1 copy available for $24.95
Graham Nolan coverVol. 3 of Knightfall; Reprints Batman #509-510, Detective Comics #676–677, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62–63, Catwoman (2nd Series) #12-13, Shadow of the Bat #29–30, Robin #8-9; 307 pagesChuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Mary Jo Duffy, Doug Moench, Denny O’NeilGraham Nolan, Bret Blevins, Mike Manley, Tom Grummett, Ron Wagner, Jim Balent, Barry Kitson

Book #3 - 2nd printing

  1/1/2000
  $14.95
  $19.00
1 copy available for $19.00
New cover by Mike Deodato JrVol. 3 of Knightfall; Reprints Batman #509-510, Detective Comics #676–677, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62–63, Catwoman (2nd Series) #12-13, Shadow of the Bat #29–30, Robin #8-9; 307 pagesChuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Mary Jo Duffy, Doug Moench, Denny O’NeilGraham Nolan, Bret Blevins, Mike Manley, Tom Grummett, Ron Wagner, Jim Balent, Barry Kitson

Book #3 - 3rd printing

 
  $17.99
  $17.99
No copies available
 Vol. 3 of Knightfall; Reprints Batman #509-510, Detective Comics #676–677, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62–63, Catwoman (2nd Series) #12-13, Shadow of the Bat #29–30, Robin #8-9Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Mary Jo Duffy, Doug Moench, Denny O’NeilGraham Nolan, Bret Blevins, Mike Manley, Tom Grummett, Ron Wagner, Jim Balent, Barry Kitson

Book #3 - 4th printing

 
  $17.99
  $7.00
No copies available
 Vol. 3 of Knightfall; Reprints Batman #509-510, Detective Comics #676–677, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62–63, Catwoman (2nd Series) #12-13, Shadow of the Bat #29–30, Robin #8-9Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Mary Jo Duffy, Doug Moench, Denny O’NeilGraham Nolan, Bret Blevins, Mike Manley, Tom Grummett, Ron Wagner, Jim Balent, Barry Kitson

Book #3 - 5th printing

 
  $17.99
  $17.99
No copies available
 Vol. 3 of Knightfall; Reprints Batman #509-510, Detective Comics #676–677, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62–63, Catwoman (2nd Series) #12-13, Shadow of the Bat #29–30, Robin #8-9Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Mary Jo Duffy, Doug Moench, Denny O’NeilGraham Nolan, Bret Blevins, Mike Manley, Tom Grummett, Ron Wagner, Jim Balent, Barry Kitson

Book #3 - 6th printing

 
  $17.99
  $17.99
No copies available
New cover by Mike Deodato JrVol. 3 of Knightfall; Reprints Detective Comics #576; Reprints Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62; Reprints Catwoman (2nd Series) #12; Reprints Detective Comics #576-577; Reprints Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62-63; Reprints Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29; Reprints Batman #509-510, Detective Comics #676–677, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62–63, Catwoman (2nd Series) #12-13, Shadow of the Bat #29–30, Robin #8-9; 307 pages; Mike Deodato Jr. (cover); Collects Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29–30; Detective Comics #576–577; Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62–63Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Mary Jo Duffy, Doug Moench, Denny O’NeilGraham Nolan, Bret Blevins, Mike Manley, Tom Grummett, Ron Wagner, Jim Balent, Barry Kitson

Collector's Set #1

 
  $29.99
  $29.99
No copies available
 Batman: Vengeance of Bane SpecialL #1, Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-660, Showcase ’93 #7 and 8 and Collects Batman: Shadow of the Bat #17-18; ca. 2012  

Collector's Set #1 - 2nd printing

 
  $29.99
  $29.99
No copies available
 Collects Batman: Vengeance of Bane SpecialL #1, Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-660, Showcase ’93 #7 and 8 and Batman: Shadow of the Bat #17-18; ca. 2012  

Collector's Set #1 - 3rd printing

 
  $29.99
  $29.99
No copies available
 Collects Batman: Vengeance of Bane SpecialL #1, Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-660, Showcase ’93 #7 and 8 and Batman: Shadow of the Bat #17-18; ca. 2012  

Collector's Set #1 - 4th printing

 
  $29.99
  $21.00
1 copy available for $19.00
 Collects Batman: Vengeance of Bane SpecialL #1, Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-660, Showcase ’93 #7 and 8 and Batman: Shadow of the Bat #17-18; ca. 2012  

Collector's Set #1 - 6th printing

  12/1/2014
  $29.99
  $27.00
1 copy available for $24.99
 Collects Batman: Vengeance of Bane SpecialL #1, Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-660, Showcase ’93 #7 and 8 and Batman: Shadow of the Bat #17-18Doug Moench, Chuck DixonJim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent

Collector's Set #1 - 7th printing

  3/25/2016
  $29.99
  $20.00
No copies available
 Collects Batman: Vengeance of Bane Special #1; Batman #491-500; Detective Comics #659-666; Showcase ’93 #7-8; And Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16-18.Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Alan GrantJim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent, Bret Blevins, Klaus Janson, Mike Manley

Collector's Set #2

 
  $29.99
  $29.99
No copies available
 Collects Detective Comics #667-675, Shadow of the Bat #19-20, 24-28, Batman #501-508, Catwoman #6-7 and Robin #7; ca. 2012Chuck Dixon 

Collector's Set #2 - 2nd printing

 
  $29.99
  $29.99
No copies available
 Collects Detective Comics #667-675, Shadow of the Bat #19-20, 24-28, Batman #501-508, Catwoman #6-7 and Robin #7Chuck Dixon 

Collector's Set #2 - 3rd printing

 
  $29.99
  $20.00
1 copy available for $18.00
 Collects Detective Comics #667-675, Shadow of the Bat #19-20, 24-28, Batman #501-508, Catwoman #6-7 and Robin #7Chuck Dixon 

Collector's Set #3

 
  $29.99
  $29.99
No copies available
 Collects Batman #509-510 & 512-514, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29-30 & 32-34, Detective Comics #676-677 & 679-681, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62-63, Robin #8-9 & 11-13, and Catwoman #12-13; ca. 2012Denny O’Neil 

Collector's Set #3 - 2nd printing

 
  $29.99
  $20.00
1 copy available for $18.00
 Collects Batman #509-510 & 512-514, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29-30 & 32-34, Detective Comics #676-677 & 679-681, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62-63, Robin #8-9 & 11-13, and Catwoman #12-13; ca. 2012Denny O’Neil 

Collector's Set #3 - 4th printing

  10/1/2014
  $29.99
  $27.00
1 copy available for $24.99
 Collects Batman #509-510 & 512-514, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29-30 & 32-34, Detective Comics #676-677 & 679-681, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62-63, Robin #8-9 & 11-13, and Catwoman #12-13Denny O’Neil 

Deluxe Set #1 Hardcover

 
  $99.99
  $99.99
No copies available
 Batman: Knightfall Omnibus  

Deluxe Set #2 Hardcover

 
  $99.99
  $99.99
No copies available
  Alan GrantVince Giarrano

Deluxe Set #3 Hardcover

 
  $99.99
  $99.99
No copies available
 Collects Batman #509-510, #512-515, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29-30, #32-35, Detective Comics #676-677, #679-681, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62-63, Robin #8-9, #11-13, Catwoman #12-13, Nightwing: Alfred’s Return #1, Batman: Vegeance of Bane #2Chuck DixonJim Aparo