([July] 2009)

DC, 2009 Series
 
Price:
24.99 USD; 27.99 CAD
Pages:
136
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics
Brand:
DC [swirl]
ISBN:
978-1-4012-2303-8 Search at WorldCat
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Bob Joy
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
7.25" x 11.125"
Paper Stock:
Glossy
Binding:
Squarebound Hardcover with Dustjacket

Issue Notes

Only date given is 2009 copyright date. Month of release from various sources.
No designer is credited beyond Robbin Brosterman, Senior Art Director, in masthead.
Book printed and bound in USA per dustjacket. Cover, text, and compilation copyright 2009 DC Comics, with stories copyright 1989, 1996, and 2009 DC Comics ["A Warner Bros. Entertainment Company"], per indicia.


[Cover] (Table of Contents)

cover / 2 pages (report information)

Letters:
Robbin Brosterman ? (design)

Indexer Notes

Covers are solid black, with no text or art save relief of Batman symbol on front and imprinted lettering on spine.

[Dustjacket] (Table of Contents)

Batman / insert or dust jacket / 0 pages (report information)

Script:
? (text)
Pencils:
Andy Kubert
Inks:
Andy Kubert
Colors:
Alex Sinclair
Letters:
typeset; Robbin Brosterman ? (design)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; The Penguin; The Joker; Two-Face; Catwoman; Thomas Wayne; young Bruce Wayne; Martha Wayne
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Front-cover portion has title, illustration, and DC brand. Front flap has blurb about title story. Back flap has bios of Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, and Scott Williams. Back-cover portion has blurbs from IGN and Wired, text promoting contents, bar code, prices, and ISBN.

[Endpapers] (Table of Contents)

filler / 6 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside covers, first two interior pages, and last two interior pages are solid black.

[Title Pages] (Table of Contents)

Batman / credits / 3 pages (report information)

Pencils:
Andy Kubert
Inks:
Scott Williams
Colors:
Alex Sinclair
Letters:
typeset; Robbin Brosterman ? (design)

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Bat-Girl [Betty Kane]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Half-title page and double-page title spread present book title and credits against enlarged panels from main story.

[Copyright Page] (Table of Contents)

credits / 1 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset; Robbin Brosterman ? (design)

Indexer Notes

Copyright page has dedications to David Gaiman and Muriel Kubert, masthead, and indicia.

An Introduction, or a Love Letter (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Letters:
typeset; Robbin Brosterman ? (design)

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

in Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? (DC, 2010 series) #[nn]

Batman 686 (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Andy Kubert (signed)
Inks:
Andy Kubert (signed)
Colors:
Alex Sinclair (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Alfred Pennyworth; Catwoman [Selina Kyle; Cat-Woman]; Damian Wayne; Two-Face; The Penguin; The Joker; Poison Ivy; Ra's al Ghul; Barbara Gordon [Oracle]; Commissioner James Gordon; Mister Freeze; The Gentleman Ghost; The Mad Hatter; The Red Hood; The Riddler; others (indistinguishable)
Reprints:

[Chapter Break] (Table of Contents)

Batman / filler / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Andy Kubert
Inks:
Scott Williams
Colors:
Alex Sinclair
Letters:
typeset; Robbin Brosterman ? (design)

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First chapter-break page introduces Part 1 of main story with close-up panel detail. Subsequent chapter breaks use same piece of art but pull back slightly in focus.

Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Part 1 of 2 (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Pencils:
Andy Kubert
Inks:
Scott Williams
Colors:
Alex Sinclair
Letters:
Jared K. Fletcher
Editing:
Mike Marts; Janelle Siegel (assistant)

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Selina Kyle [Sadie Kelowski; The Cat; Cat-Woman; Catwoman]; Joe Chill; Alfred Pennyworth; The Red Hood (silent cameo); Two-Face; Commissioner James Gordon; Barbara Gordon [Oracle]; The Riddler [Eddie Nigma; Eddie Nash]; The Joker; Jonathan Crane [Scarecrow] (silent cameo); Ra's al Ghul (silent cameo); Damian Wayne (silent cameo); Poison Ivy (silent cameo); Harley Quinn; The Gentleman Ghost (silent cameo); Mister Freeze (silent cameo); Harvey Bullock; Renee Montoya [The Question]; The Mad Hatter [Jervis Tetch]; The Penguin [Oswald Cobblepot]; Kirk Langstrom [Man-Bat]; Dick Grayson; Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne; others (indistinguishable)
Synopsis:
A crowd of Batman's friends and foes gather for his memorial service. In voiceover, the Dark Knight is confused by what transpires. Selina Kyle is first to speak, describing how he died, but Alfred Pennyworth relates a far different version of his life and death.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story was subtitled "The Beginning of the End" when originally published and credits included "special thanks" to Kurt Busiek.
Civilian names are only indexed when used in-story, due to non-continuity nature of the tale, or for clarification. Costumed identities are given even if not used in-story to aid in searches and identification. Selina Kyle is referred to by every name indexed.
Story continues in later sequence.

Detective Comics 853 (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Andy Kubert (signed; "after Bob Kane")
Inks:
Andy Kubert (signed)
Colors:
Alex Sinclair (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The cover to Detective Comics (DC, 1939 series) #27 is homaged.

[Chapter Break] (Table of Contents)

Batman / filler / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Andy Kubert
Inks:
Scott Williams
Colors:
Alex Sinclair
Letters:
typeset; Robbin Brosterman ? (design)

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Second chapter-break page introduces Part 2 of main story with panel detail.

Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Part 2 of 2 (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 28 pages (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Pencils:
Andy Kubert
Inks:
Scott Williams
Colors:
Alex Sinclair
Letters:
Jared K. Fletcher
Editing:
Mike Marts; Janelle Siegel (assistant)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Dick Grayson [Robin]; Alfred Pennyworth (silent cameo); Commissioner James Gordon (silent cameo); Barbara Gordon [Oracle] (silent cameo); Ragman (silent cameo); The Cavalier (silent cameo); The Red Hood (silent cameo); Catwoman [Selina Kyle] (silent cameo); The Joker; Mister Freeze (silent cameo); Jonathan Crane [Scarecrow] (silent cameo); The Mad Hatter; The Penguin (silent cameo); Harley Quinn (silent cameo); Two-Face (silent cameo); Ra's al Ghul; The Riddler (silent cameo); Poison Ivy (silent cameo); Azrael [Jean-Paul Valley] (silent cameo); Bat-Girl [Betty Kane]; Clayface; Harvey Bullock; Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Martha Wayne; Bane (silent cameo); Man-Bat (silent cameo); Talia al Ghul (silent cameo); Thomas Wayne; Joe Chill; Robin [Tim Drake] (silent cameo); others (indistinguishable)
Synopsis:
Bat-Girl, The Joker, Superman, and others offer their versions of Batman's final moments. The spectre of Bruce Wayne that has been observing the proceedings recognizes the other spirit in his company and realizes what is happening.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Civilian names are only indexed when used in-story, due to non-continuity nature of the tale, or for clarification. Costumed identities are given even if not used in-story to aid in searches and identification.
Story continues from earlier sequence.

Batman 686 Alternate Cover (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Alex Ross
Inks:
Alex Ross (painting)
Colors:
Alex Ross (painting)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Alfred Pennyworth; Batman (empty cowl)
Reprints:

Detective Comics 853 Alternate Cover (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Andy Kubert (signed)
Inks:
Andy Kubert (signed)
Colors:
Alex Sinclair (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints:

Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Sketchbook (Table of Contents)

Batman / illustration / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Andy Kubert
Letters:
typeset; ? (design)
Editing:
Mike Marts; Janelle Siegel (assistant)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Selina Kyle [Catwoman]; The Penguin; The Joker; Bat-Mite; Alfred Pennyworth; Robin [Tim Drake]; Commissioner James Gordon; Two-Face; Ra's al Ghul; The Riddler; Poison Ivy; The Mad Hatter; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne; Joe Chill
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Designs for Batman, Catwoman, Penguin, Joker, and Bat-Mite are presented, along with rough and finished pencils for story pages.

[Chapter Break] (Table of Contents)

Batman / filler / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Andy Kubert
Inks:
Scott Williams
Colors:
Alex Sinclair
Letters:
typeset; Robbin Brosterman ? (design)

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Third chapter-break page introduces the next sequence with panel detail from main story.

A Black and White World (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Pencils:
Simon Bisley
Inks:
Simon Bisley
Letters:
John Costanza
Editing:
Mark Chiarello; Scott Peterson; Darren Vincenzo (assistant)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; The Joker; Lobo (cameo)
Synopsis:
It's just another day at the studio as Batman and The Joker rehearse, perform, and schmooze about a fight scene.
Reprints:

[Chapter Break] (Table of Contents)

Batman / filler / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Andy Kubert
Inks:
Scott Williams
Colors:
Alex Sinclair
Letters:
typeset; Robbin Brosterman ? (design)

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Fourth chapter-break page introduces the next sequence with panel detail from main story.

Pavane (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Pencils:
Mark Buckingham
Inks:
Mark Buckingham
Colors:
Nansi Hoolahan
Letters:
Agustin Mas
Editing:
Mark Waid

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Poison Ivy [Pamela Isley]; Inspector Stuart [real name unknown]; Paula Goldblum; Jason Woodrue (silent cameo flashback); Batman [Bruce Wayne] (silent flashback); Robin [Dick Grayson] (silent flashback)
Synopsis:
The imprisoned Poison Ivy is interviewed for potential placement in the Suicide Squad program.
Reprints:

[Chapter Break] (Table of Contents)

Batman / filler / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Andy Kubert
Inks:
Scott Williams
Colors:
Alex Sinclair
Letters:
typeset; Robbin Brosterman ? (design)

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Fifth chapter-break page introduces the remaining sequences with panel detail from main story.

Original Sins (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Pencils:
Mike Hoffman
Inks:
Kevin Nowlan
Colors:
Tom McCraw
Letters:
Todd Klein
Editing:
Mark Waid

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Steve Jones; Two-Face [Harvey Dent] (image only); The Riddler [Eddie Nigma] (image only); The Joker (image only)
Synopsis:
A documentary crew is in Gotham City to interview its notorious villains; Batman disapproves.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continues in following sequence. It and the sequence after next originally bookended three stories, one of which was the following.

When Is a Door (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Pencils:
Bernie Mireault
Inks:
Matt Wagner
Colors:
Joe Matt
Letters:
Bernie Mireault
Editing:
Mark Waid

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Riddler [Eddie Nigma]; Steve Jones
Synopsis:
The Riddler tells the crew stories from the old days while scampering among giant props.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story is subtitled "The Secret Origin of the Riddler" in first panel but not chapter-break or title pages. It continues from the previous sequence and into the next.

Original Sins [Conclusion] (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Pencils:
Mike Hoffman
Inks:
Kevin Nowlan
Colors:
Tom McCraw
Letters:
Todd Klein
Editing:
Mark Waid

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Steve Jones; John Constantine (cameo); The Joker (cameo)
Synopsis:
The documentary crew concludes its filming with grimly laughable results.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continues from previous sequence.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Cover]
  2. 1. [Dustjacket]
    Batman
  3. 2. [Endpapers]
  4. 3. [Title Pages]
    Batman
  5. 4. [Copyright Page]
  6. 5. An Introduction, or a Love Letter
  7. 6. Batman 686
    Batman
  8. 7. [Chapter Break]
    Batman
  9. 8. Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Part 1 of 2
    Batman
  10. 9. Detective Comics 853
    Batman
  11. 10. [Chapter Break]
    Batman
  12. 11. Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Part 2 of 2
    Batman
  13. 12. Batman 686 Alternate Cover
    Batman
  14. 13. Detective Comics 853 Alternate Cover
    Batman
  15. 14. Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Sketchbook
    Batman
  16. 15. [Chapter Break]
    Batman
  17. 16. A Black and White World
    Batman
  18. 17. [Chapter Break]
    Batman
  19. 18. Pavane
    Batman
  20. 19. [Chapter Break]
    Batman
  21. 20. Original Sins
    Batman
  22. 21. When Is a Door
    Batman
  23. 22. Original Sins [Conclusion]
    Batman
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