Batman: Knightfall

 BR4T   (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
  $13.00
No copies available
Collects Batman #491–497; Detective Comics #659–663; Trade paperback; 288 pagesDoug Moench, Chuck DixonJim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent

Book #1 (2nd printing)

 
  $12.95
  $13.00
No copies available
2nd Printing; Collects Batman #491–497; Detective Comics #659–663; Trade paperbackDoug Moench, Chuck DixonJim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent

Book #1 (3rd printing)

 
  $12.95
  $7.00
No copies available
3rd Printing; Collects Batman #491–497; Detective Comics #659–663; Trade paperbackDoug Moench, Chuck DixonJim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent

Book #1 (4th printing)

 
  $12.95
  $13.00
No copies available
4th Printing; Collects Batman #491–497; Detective Comics #659–663; Trade paperbackDoug Moench, Chuck DixonJim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent

Book #1 (5th printing)

 
  $17.99
  $17.99
No copies available
5th Printing; 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
25th Anniversary Edition; Reprint; Collects Batman #492-497, Detective Comics #659-663Chuck DixonGraham Nolan

Book #2

  11/1/1993
  $14.95
  $13.00
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
2nd Printing; 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
3rd Printing; 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
4th Printing; 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
5th Printing; New Cover art; 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 (6th printing)

 
  $19.99
  $19.99
No copies available
25th Anniversary Edition; 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
Vol. 3 of Knightfall; Graham Nolan cover; 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; Trade PaperbackChuck 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
No copies available
2nd printing; 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 #8-9; Trade Paperback; 307 pages; New cover by Mike Deodato Jr.Chuck 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
3rd printing; 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 #8-9; Trade PaperbackChuck 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
4th printing; 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 #8-9; Trade PaperbackChuck 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
5th printing; 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 #8-9; Trade PaperbackChuck 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
Vol. 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; Sixth printing; Trade Paperback; 307 pages; Mike Deodato Jr. (cover); Collects Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29–30; Detective Comics #576–577; Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62–63; New cover by Mike Deodato Jr.Chuck 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
2nd Printing; 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
3rd Printing; 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
  $26.00
1 copy available for $29.95
4th Printing; 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 #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
2nd Printing; 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
  $23.00
No copies available
3rd Printing; 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
  $23.00
No copies available
2nd Printing; 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 

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