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Batman: Shadow of the Bat was a comic book series featuring Batman, published by DC Comics. The series ran for 96 issues, from 1992 to 2000. The stories took place in Batman's then-current continuity along with Detective Comics and Batman, in contrast to Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, which focused on Batman's early years. Batman: Shadow of the Bat looked into the psyche of the various cast members of the Batman comics. It was also notable for introducing the villain Victor Zsasz into the Batman Mythos.

Batman: Shadow of the Bat
Cover of Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 (June 1992).
Art by Norm Breyfogle and Brian Stelfreeze.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateJune 1992 – February 2000
No. of issues96
Main character(s)Batman
Creative team
Written byAlan Grant
Artist(s)Norm Breyfogle
Brett Blevins
Dave Taylor
Mark Buckingham

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Publication historyEdit

Batman: Shadow of the Bat was started with the four-part storyline, "Batman: The Last Arkham," which also saw the introduction of several new characters, such as Jeremiah Arkham and Victor Zsasz. Issues #73 and #74 were a part of the "Batman: Cataclysm" storyline, which was a top vote-getter for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Story for 1999. Issues #83 through #94 were parts of the "No Man's Land" storyline that won the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Story of 2000. Issue #80 was part of a special "flip-book" along with Azrael #47, where both issues were part of the same book. This two-issue special was the first of its kind.

The #1,000,000 issue was a part of the "DC One Million" storyline, which was a top vote-getter for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Story for 1999. Fifty of the series' 96 monthly issues were part of various crossovers with other titles. The majority of the issues were written by writer Alan Grant, notable for his work on Batman in the 1990s. Batman: Shadow of the Bat was canceled at the end of the "No Man's Land" storyline and was immediately replaced with Batman: Gotham Knights.

Collected editionsEdit

The first four issues of the series were collected in Batman: The Last Arkham, and various other issues have been included, among other titles, in a number of trade paperbacks. In more recent times, DC Comics have been publishing this material in new, thicker trade paperbacks. This includes four volumes of 'Shadow of the Bat', through new editions of 'No Man's Land'. In 2017, DC started publishing oversized hardcover editions of the event 'Knightfall', in three volumes, which collect many issues of the series.

New edition trade paperback title Shadow of the Bat material collected Other material collected Publication date ISBN
Shadow of the Bat Vol. 1 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1-12 June 2016 978-1401263195
Shadow of the Bat Vol. 2 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #13-23, Annual #1 January 2017 978-1401265885
Shadow of the Bat Vol. 3 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #0, 24-31, Annual #2 January 2018 978-1401275204
Shadow of the Bat Vol. 4 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #32-43 March 2019 978-1401288051
Contagion Batman: Shadow of the Bat #48-49 Azrael #15-16, Batman #529, The Batman Chronicles (1995) #4, Catwoman (1993) #31-32, Detective Comics #695-696, Robin (1993) #27-28 March 2016 978-1401260682
Legacy Vol. 1 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #53 Batman #533, Catwoman (1993) #53-35, Detective Comics #697-700, Robin (1993) #31 April 2017 978-1401272029
Legacy Vol. 2 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #54 Batman #534, Batman: Bane OGN, Batman: Bane of the Demon #1-4, Catwoman (1993) #36, Detective Comics #701-702, Robin (1993) #32-33 February 2018 978-1401277611
Cataclysm Batman: Shadow of the Bat #73-74 Azrael #40, Batman #553-554, The Batman Chronicles (1995) #12, Batman: Arkham Asylum - Tales of Madness #1, Batman: Blackgate - Isle of Men #1, Batman: Spoiler/Huntress: Blunt Trauma #1, Catwoman (1993) #56-57, Detective Comics #719-721, Nightwing (1996) #19-20, Robin (1993) #52-53 October 2015 978-1401255152
Road to No Man's Land Vol. 1 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #75-79 Batman #555-559, The Batman Chronicles (1995) #16, Detective Comics #722, #724-726, Robin (1993) #54 October 2015 978-1401258276
Road to No Man's Land Vol. 2 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #80-82 Azrael: Agent of the Bat #47-50, Batman #560-562, The Batman Chronicles (1995) #15, Batman: No Man's Land Secret Files (1999) #1, Detective Comics #727-729 July 2016 978-1401232283
No Man's Land Vol. 1 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #83-86 Azrael: Agent of the Bat #51-55, Batman #563-566, The Batman Chronicles (1995) #16, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989) #116-118, No Man's Land #1, Detective Comics #730-733 December 2011 978-1401232283
No Man's Land Vol. 2 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #87-88 Azrael: Agent of the Bat #56-57, Batman #567-568, The Batman Chronicles (1995) #17, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989) #119-121, No Man's Land Gallery #1, Catwoman (1993) #72-74, Detective Comics #734-735, Nightwing (1996) #35-37, Robin (1993) #67, Young Justice in No Man's Land #1 April 2012 978-1401233808
No Man's Land Vol. 3 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #89-92 Azrael: Agent of the Bat #58, Batman #569-571, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989) #122-124, No Man's Land Secret Files #1, Detective Comics #736-738, Robin (1993) #68-72 August 2012 978-1401234560
No Man's Land Vol. 4 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #93-94 Azrael: Agent of the Bat #59-61, Batman #572-574, The Batman Chronicles (1995) #18, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989) #125-126, No Man's Land #0, No Man's Land Gallery (1999) #1, Catwoman (1993) #75-77, Detective Comics #739-741, Nightwing (1996) #38-39, Robin (1993) #73 December 2012 978-1401235642
Omnibus title Shadow of the Bat material collected Other material collected Publication date ISBN
Batman: Knightfall Vol. 1 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16-18 Batman #484-500, Batman Villains Secret Files (1998) #1, Batman: Vengeance of Bane (1993) #1, Detective Comics #654-666, Showcase '93 #7-8 April 2017 978-1401270421
Batman: Knightfall Vol. 2: Knightquest Batman: Shadow of the Bat #19-28 Batman #501-508, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989) #59-61, Catwoman (1993) #6-7, Detective Comics (1937) #667-675, Justice League Task Force (1993) #5-6, Robin (1993) #1-2, #7, Showcase '94 #7 November 2017 978-1401274368
Batman: Knightfall Vol. 3: Knightsend Batman: Shadow of the Bat #20-35 Batman #509-510, #512-515, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62-63, Batman: Vengeance of Bane II, Catwoman (1993) #12-13, Detective Comics #676-677, #679-682, Nightwing: Alfred's Return #1, Robin (1993) #8-9, #11-14, Showcase '94 #10 May 2018 978-1401278496
Trade paperback title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Batman: The Last Arkham Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1-4 October 1995 978-1563891908
Batman: Knightfall, Part Two: Who Rules the Night Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16-18, Batman #498-500, Detective Comics #664-666, Showcase '93 #7-8 September 1993 978-1563891489
Batman: Knightfall, Part Three: KnightsEnd Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29-30,Batman #509-510, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62-63, Catwoman #12-13, Detective Comics #676-677, Robin #8-9 June 1995 978-1563891915
Tales of the Batman: Tim Sale Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #32-34, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #7-9, Showcase '94 #3-4, Solo #1 January 2009 978-1401217358
Batman: Prodigal Batman: Shadow of the Bat #32-34,Batman #512-514, Detective Comics #679-681, Robin #11-13 January 1998 978-1563893346
Batman: Anarky Batman: Shadow of the Bat #40-41, Anarky #1-4, The Batman Chronicles #1, Detective Comics #608-609 February 1999 978-1563894374
Batman: Contagion Batman: Shadow of the Bat #48-49, Azrael #15-16, Batman #529, The Batman Chronicles #4, Catwoman #31-32, Detective Comics #695-696, Robin #27-28 April 1996 978-1563892936
Batman: Legacy Batman: Shadow of the Bat #53-54, Batman #533-534, Catwoman #35-36, Detective Comics #699-702, Robin #31-33 February 1997 978-1563893377
Batman: Cataclysm Batman: Shadow of the Bat #73-74 Batman #553-554, The Batman Chronicles #12, Batman: Blackgate - Isle of Men #1, Batman/Spoiler/Huntress: Blunt Trauma #1, Catwoman #56, Detective Comics #719-721, Nightwing #19-20, Robin #53 June 1999 978-1563895272
Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 1 'Batman: Shadow of the Bat #83-84, Batman #563-564, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #116, Batman: No Man's Land #1, Detective Comics #730-731 September 1999 978-1563895647
Batman: No Man's Land Vol. 2 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #85-87, Batman #565, The Batman Chronicles #16, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #117, #119, Detective Comics #732-733 February 2000 978-1563895999
Batman: No Man's Land Vol. 3 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #88, Batman #566-569, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #120-121, Detective Comics #734-735 October 2000 978-1563896347
Batman: No Man's Land Vol. 4 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #92-93, Batman #571-572, The Batman Chronicles #18, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #125, Detective Comics #736, #738-739 December 2000 978-1563896989
Batman: No Man's Land Vol. 5 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #94, Batman #573-574, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #126, No Man's Land #0, Detective Comics #740-741 April 2001 978-1563897092


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