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Bruce Wayne: Fugitive

Note: Bruce Wayne: Fugitive is not like most crossovers. It is treated more like a subplot than a crossover, and only involved four books a month. However, some of those books continued into other non-Fugitive comics. For completeness' sake, all non-Fugitive issues from the core books will be listed on this page, in the best reading order.

Batman #600Batman #600
Written by Ed Brubaker; art by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens; cover by McDaniel.
Back-ups: Mystery of the Black Bat! by Ed Brubaker and James Tucker; Joker Tips His Hat! by Ed Brubaker, Stefano Gaudiano, and Eric Shanower; The Dark, Groovy, Solid, Far-Out, Right-On and Completely With-It Knight Returns by Patton Oswalt and Sergio Aragones.

Part 1 of "Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" kicks off in this special 64-page issue! Bruce Wayne is suspected of committing murder and is confronted by his allies in the Batcave - resulting in Batman and Nightwing going toe-to-toe in an amazing display of combat between teacher and student. This confrontation ends with a shocking betrayal by Batman and a startling new direction for the Batman titles! (Note: starting with this issue, all Fugitive issues contained a puzzle piece on the cover. When put together, they form the cover to Batman #605, the final issue of the storyline.

Gotham Knights #27Batman: Gotham Knights #27
Written by Devin Grayson, art by Roger Robinson and John Floyd, cover by Brian Bolland.
Backup: Never Say Die by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan

Superman comes to Metropolis to try to ascertain exactly why Batman isn't in a rush to clear his alter ego. (note: not an official part, but probably should have been.)

Birds of Prey #41Birds of Prey #41
Written by Chuck Dixon; art by Rick Leonardi and Jesse Delperdang; cover by Phil Noto.

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" Part 2! Black Canary breaks into a bank to help Oracle solve the mystery of who framed Bruce Wayne! Meanwhile, Power Girl comes in to help Blue Beetle. Guest starring Nightwing.

Batman #601Batman #602Batman #601-602
Written by Ed Brubaker; art by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens; cover by McDaniel.

Batman #601 - Part 3 of "Bruce Wayne: Fugitive". Introducing Nicodemus!

Detective Comics #768Detective Comics #769Detective Comics #768-770
Written by Greg Rucka, art by Steve Lieber and Mick Gray; covers by John McCrea (#768) and Andrew Johnson (#769-770).
Back-up: Josie Mac - Lost Voices, parts six through eight by Judd Winick and Cliff Chiang

Detective Comics #770"Purity" parts 1-3. Ekin-Tzu -- a freakish nightmare of a man -- has returned to wreak havoc on the Lucky Hand triad. Batman comes into conflict with an agent of the organization known as Checkmate. Both seek to bring down the Lucky Hand Triad, and both are desperate to get a deadly shipment of drugs off the street. But can two men whose lives are shrouded in secrecy and solitude commit to a temporary partnership? And can they stop the frightful menace of Ekin-Tzu? Meanwhile, the Gotham PD grills Alfred for answers in the daring escape of Bruce Wayne. Issues #769 and 770 are also parts 4 and 8 of "Bruce Wayne: Fugitive". (note: While #770 is Fugitive part 8, it is impossible for the issue to take place at that time, since each issue in this arc picks up from the exact moment the previous left off. Thus, it is placed here. Also, a combined total of 8 pages in the three issues are devoted to the Fugitive storyline.)

Batgirl #27Batgirl #27
Written by Kelley Puckett; art by Phil Noto and Robert Campanella; cover by Damion Scott and Campanella

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" Part 5. Batgirl searches for evidence to the murder of Vesper Fairchild. But to get those deep dark secrets, she's going to have to do some digging -- and exhuming. Featuring appearances by Batman, Spoiler and Oracle.

Nightwing #68Nightwing #68
Written by Chuck Dixon; art by Trevor McCarthy, Rob Stull, and Robert Campanella; cover by Michael Golden.

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive," Part 6. An old enemy reappears in Bludhaven, as Nightwing and Alfred pore through the Batcave in hopes of finding evidence to clear Bruce Wayne's name. Meanwhile, now that Tad and Dudley are free from prison, what sort of plans are they concocting?

Gotham Knights #28Gotham Knights #29Batman: Gotham Knights #28-29
Written by Devin Grayson, art by Roger Robinson and John Floyd (#28), Leonardo Manco (#29), covers by Brian Bolland.
Backup: Thin Edge of a Dime by Don McGregor and Dick Giordano. (#28), No Escape by Paul Kupperberg and John Watkiss. (#29)

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" Part 7! (GK #28 only) Enter . . . the Mortician! In all of Batman's war against crime, he's never come across a more ghoulish adversary. Back at Wayne Manor, Robin makes an important discovery that questions his opinion regarding Bruce's guilt.

Nightwing #69Nightwing #69
Written by Chuck Dixon; art by William Rosado, Rob Stull, and Marlo Alquiza; cover by Michael Golden.

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" Part 9, guest-starring Robin and Alfred. In order to prove that Bruce was framed for murder, Dick must prove that someone was able to break into the Batcave. But with miles of unexplored caves and Batman's air-tight security system, can even Nightwing find a security gap?

Birds of Prey #43Birds of Prey #43
Written by Chuck Dixon; art by Dave Ross and Andrew Pepoy; cover by Phil Noto.

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" Part 10! What is the mysterious connection between the final news story of Vesper Fairchild's career and the break-ins at Wayne Manor? Oracle must find the connection, but when Alfred comes forward with even more evidence, the pieces begin to fall into place. Meanwhile, Black Canary makes a final decision regarding Spoiler, and Deathstroke returns - which can only mean trouble.

Gotham Knights #30Batman: Gotham Knights #30
Written by Devin Grayson, art by Roger Robinson and John Floyd, cover by Brian Bolland.
Backup: Punchline by Doug Alexander and Rob Haynes.

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" Part 14! What's eating Azrael? And why is he using those closest to Batman as punching bags? Join us for the first part of a story where the Agent of the Bat plans to take over Batman's cowl - permanently. (note: Yes, it's labeled as part 14, but this issue, and the Azrael issue must take place prior to part 11, based on the actions of Batman.)

Azrael:  Agent of the Bat #91Azrael: Agent of the Bat #91
Written by Dennis O'Neil; art by Sergio Cariello and James Pascoe; cover by Mike Zeck and Jerry Ordway.

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" Part 15 - Azrael's deterioration takes a savage turn as guest-stars Batman, Robin and Nightwing struggle to keep up. With Jean Paul's dementia increasing to match his super-strength, Batman feels responsible for all his new acts of violence, since he failed to stop Azrael's career early on. But will his guilty conscience make him fall victim to an enraged Azrael? Continued in #92. (note: other than one line where Batman tells Azrael that Bruce Wayne is innocent, there is absolutely no other relevence to the Fugitive storyline in this issue or Gotham Knights #30.)

Batman #603Batman #603
Written by Ed Brubaker; art and cover by Sean Phillips.

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" Part 11. Old wounds are reopened as Batman is put on the one case he never expected. The Dark Knight is summoned to the bedside of a dying ex-cop, whose wish is to have Batman solve the one case the cop could never close: the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Guest-appearance by Catwoman. Plus, another piece to the Vesper murder is revealed.

Detective Comics #771Detective Comics #771
Written by Greg Rucka, art by Steve Lieber and Mick Gray; cover by Andrew Johnson.
Back-up: Josie Mac - Lost Voices, part nine by Judd Winick and Cliff Chiang

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" Part 12. The official solicitation: It's one thing to try and solve a murder. Being cleared of the crime is a different matter. While Batman struggles to build a new life, the shadow of the GCPD looms large. The actual plot: A follow up to "Purity". Plus, the trial of Sasha.

Batgirl #29Batgirl #29
Written by Kelley Puckett; art and cover by Damion Scott and Robert Campanella.

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" Part 13. For the last few months in the various Batman-related books, members of the Batsquad have uncovered tiny clues regarding the murder of Vesper Fairchild. Tonight, they piece them together by recreating the crime, with Nightwing playing the role of the killer and Batgirl, the victim.

Batman #604Batman #604
Written by Ed Brubaker; art by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens; cover by McDaniel.

Batman returns to the place that started it all - Crime Alley - to think over the recent events (Vesper's murder, his own arrest and escape, his abandonment of the Bruce Wayne persona). But it's not a quiet moment of reflection. He runs into Catwoman, and they proceed to roof-hop all over Gotham, fighting thugs in between moments of deep thought. (note: not an official Fugitive tie-in, but a good read, anyway.)

Detective Comics #772Detective Comics #772
Written by Greg Rucka; art by Sergio Cariello and John Nyberg; cover by Steve Leiber and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Back-up: Josie Mac - Lost Voices, part ten by Judd Winick and Cliff Chiang (final chapter)

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive," Part 16. Sasha's been in jail for months, while Bruce Wayne has long since escaped. When a mysterious stranger arrives with a proposition - implicate Bruce and walk, or rot in prison 'till the day she dies - will Sasha finally give in?

Gotham Knights #31Batman: Gotham Knights #31
Written by Devin Grayson, art by Roger Robinson and John Floyd, cover by Dave Gibbons.
Backup: Hands by Scott Peterson and Danijel Zezelj.

"Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" Part 17. Batman tracks down a lead that brings about a startling discovery: Who was behind the Bruce Wayne smear campaign and how much absolute power his enemy actually wields.

Batman #605Batman #605
Written by Ed Brubaker; art by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens; cover by Phil Noto.

The astonishing, extra-sized conclusion to "Bruce Wayne: Fugitive." The entire Bat-crew assembles at the cave for the revelation of Vesper Fairchild's murderer. But identifying the murderer and capturing them are entirely different matters. A mind sharp enough to frame Bruce Wayne would have to be very, very difficult to snare. (Note: Clicking on the image will open the full cover to #605.)


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