Publication[ edit ] The initial idea for the character of Azrael stemmed from a two-part story idea pitched by Detective Comics writer Peter Milligan circa , as he was leaving that position. The two series each hit numerical milestones at the end of the arc, with a triple-size th issue of Batman and the ominous Detective Comics number wrapping up the storyline only one month apart. The massive story was quickly collected into two volumes of trade paperbacks. The stories were not treated as crossovers and the Batman titles continued as they had before "Knightfall" where the creative teams each pursued its own storyline. Instead of a crossover, "Knightquest" was more of an umbrella title that also encompassed some issues of Batman: Shadow of the Bat to avoid giving away their plans, the publishers treated it as though it were the new status quo, so issues were not numbered as chapters.
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He and his men cut a bloody swathe through the town, gunning down all rival crime lords from dozens of underworld families. Bruce is obviously depressed, having faced another man squarely for the first time and lost. He feels he has failed his mission to protect Gotham. When he realizes that his back has been broken, he declares that Bane has destroyed him.
Tim can barely conceal his tears at hearing his mentor so weak. Together, he and Alfred plan to contact Dr. Meanwhile, Jean-Paul and Sal Fiorini install a new security system to prevent Bane or anyone else from getting into the Manor again. Doctor Kinsolving arrives and is impressed to see that Alfred has set up a triage in the manor that rivals that of any hospital.
Jean-Paul takes the Mantle of the Bat Meanwhile, Bane makes contact with Catwoman and offers her a position in his new empire. 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. Meanwhile, Bruce wonders if it might be a good idea to reveal his true identity to Doctor Kinsolving. This issue is Chapter Fifteen of the " Knightfall " Saga.
The story continues in Detective Comics Trivia Jean-Paul Valley assumes the identity of the Batman on a regular basis in this issue. See Also.
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