Gotham Knights ongoing 2002 (issues 23-34)

Issue #23

Cover Date: January 2002
Subtitle: Fear of Success
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, John Floyd
Storyline: One of Wayne Enterprise's competitors hired Dr. Jonathan Crane to do a motivational speech for them on fear. Bruce and Sasha attended his lecture. Even though a troop of Arkham guards were there, Scarecrow somehow got into costume and gassed the area; Bruce also got into costume. He gave a rebreather to Sasha, and gave his own to some civilians caught in an elevator. Batman was affected by the gas. He took down Scarecrow and met Sasha. He envisioned her telling him bad things had happened to Alfred, Tim, Leslie, and Dick. When Bruce returned to his office, he learned Lucious Fox had suffered a stroke.
includes the Black and White story Here be Monsters by Paul Gist and Darwyn Cooke.


Issue #24

Cover Date: February 2002
Subtitle: The Devil You Know
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, John Floyd
Storyline: Bruce Wayne, after being attacked in his office, purchased a gun to help him with his fear of the weapons.
includes the Black and White story Urban Legend by Todd Dezago, Mike Wieringo, and Karl Story.


Issue #25

Cover Date: March 2002
Subtitle: No Exit
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, John Floyd
Storyline: (continued from Nightwing 65)
Bruce was denied bail at his arraignment due to flight risk. Alfred returned to Wayne Manor for the first time since Commissioner Gordon was shot. Barbara offered her services as an attorney to Bruce - she'd taken correspondence courses in her spare time and received a degree from Harvard. He refused and told her he'd need her elsewhere.
(continued in Birds of Prey 39)
includes the Black and White story Last Call at McSurley's by Mike W. Barr, Alan Davis, and Mark Farmer.


Issue #26

Cover Date: April 2002
Subtitle: Innocent Until - Bruce Wayne: Murderer? part 10
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, John Floyd
Storyline: (continued from Nightwing 66)
Nightwing was surprised when Robin entertained the idea that Bruce might be guilty. Alfred felt the same at Leslie Thompkins. Oracle convinced Nightwing to hear Robin out and be there for him. They went out on patrol and Nightwing refused to believe he might be guilty. He went to visit Alfred; Leslie visited Bruce in jail.
(continued in Robin 99)
includes the Black and White story Bruce Wayne is Batman .


Issue #27

Cover Date: May 2002
Subtitle: Murderer? Positive ID (part of Bruce Wayne: Fugitive)
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, John Floyd
Storyline: Superman visited Batman while he was taking down some mooks. He offered his support even after Batman said he had no "identity" to clear (Bruce Wayne). Alfred found a case file in the cave on Bruce Wayne and began reading it.
includes the Black and White story Never Say Die by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan.


Issue #28

Cover Date: June 2002
Subtitle: The Mortician part 1: Bruce Wayne: Fugitive part 7
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, John Floyd
Storyline: The third Lucky Hand Triad member was killed within a week. The murder weapon's prints belonged to a man who'd been dead for nearly a month. Robin found something on the security tapes he'd been given by Nightwing - a boot's shadow and no wind. Batman investigated the Lucky Hand murders, but found all the bodies in the morgue had been taken - all of them. The mortician was somehow reanimating the bodies.
includes the Black and White story Thin Edge of a Dime by Don McGregor and Dick Giordano.


Issue #29

Cover Date: July 2002
Subtitle: Teh Mortician part 2: Zombie Zero
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Leonardo Manco
Storyline: Batman was able to figure out how the mortician was doing what he was doing (by infecting the bodies with parasites) and created an antitoxin. He realized one of the zombies was the killer in the recent Lucky Hand Triad murder. The mortician was taken down.
includes the Black and White story No Escape by Paul Kupperberg and John Watkiss.


Issue #30

Cover Date: August 2002
Subtitle: Turnabout part 1 - Bruce Wayne: Fugitive part 14
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, John Floyd
Storyline: (continued from Azrael 90)
Nightwing arrived at the scene of AzBats' attack. He attempted to resuscitate the victim, but was bashed in the head by AzBat. Nightwing stole a police car and chased him. St. Dumas ordered him to take down the murderous Batman. AzBat went to the cave and they began battle.
(continued in Azrael 91)
includes the Black and White story Punchline by Doug Alexander and Rob Haynes.


Issue #31

Cover Date: September 2002
Subtitle: Clean - Bruce Wayne: Fugitive part 17
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, John Floyd
Storyline: Amherst became paranoid - he didn't believe in Batman, but he believed someone had been sent to take him down. Batman got to him. The man squealed - he'd paid a man $20million to perform a "character assassination" on Bruce Wayne. The White House ordered the "hit."
includes the Black and White story Hands by Scott Peterson and Danuel Zezelj.


Issue #32

Cover Date: October 2002
Subtitle: 24/7 (part of Bruce Wayne: Fugitive
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, John Floyd
Storyline: Bruce got back into the swing of things at Wayne Enterprises. He attended meetings, and a dedication ceremony, played golf with an associate, and visited Lucious Fox in the hospital. After having dinner with the Foxes, he went to work.
includes the Black and White story Toy Ride by Mark Askwith and Michael William Kaluta.


Issue #33

Cover Date: November 2002
Subtitle: Tabula Rasa prologue: "The Devil You Know..."
Writer(s): Scott Beatty
Artists(s): Mike Collins, Bill Sienkiewicz
Storyline: Batman and Robin took down Signal Man, Corrosive Man, and Kite Man on a jewel heist. When Bruce returned home, Alfred was there waiting for him with a house guest: Bane. Nightwing, Robin, and Batgirl were called in by the butler. Bane requested information on the remaining Lazarus Pits - he was out to destroy them all. Batman and Bane visited Jason Blood. He helped the locate what was thought to be the final pit. After they destroyed it, Bane showed Batman a picture of Thomas Wayne with his mother.
includes the Black and White story The Monument by Darwyn Cooke and Bill Wray.


Issue #34

Cover Date: December 2002
Subtitle: Tabula Rasa part 1: Skin Trade
Writer(s): Scott Beatty
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, John Floyd
Storyline: Bruce helped finance an art showing of a tattoo artist for his girlfriend, Kimmie Kariba. After the show, the artist refused a ride from Kimmie and was attacked and raped on the streets. Bane worked with Batman (staying in Wayne Manor) while their blood test was pending. The tattoo artist activated one of her creations - a tattoo of a sword became real and killed the person with the body art. Huntress saw Batman and Bane working together and was not impressed.
includes the Black and White story The Delusions of Alfred Pennyworth by Danielle Dwyer and Scott Morse.


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