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Greg’s contributions to the actual “title” Batman book mostly took place during crossovers or line-wide events. However, this page also details his work on other series, mini-series, one-shots, and collections that bear the Batman name, including Batman / Huntress: Cry For Blood, Legends of the Dark Knight, Shadow of the Bat, and others.

For more of Greg’s work on the Batman character, see the page for Detective Comics.

Batman 587

Art by Durwin Talon

Art by Durwin Talon

March 2001

Art by Rick Burchett.

“Officer Down, Part 1: These Are Your Rights” in which James Gordon’s fellow officers throw him a birthday party.

Batman 574

Art by Alex Maleev

Art by Alex Maleev

February 2000

Written by Greg Rucka and Devin Grayson; art by Dale Eaglesham and John Floyd; cover by Alex Maleev and Jesse Delperdang.

Part 2 of the 3-part “Endgame” for “No Man’s Land.” Christmas Eve in No Man’s Land finds the Joker and Harley running wild with no Batman in sight. As their master plan to destroy Gotham City’s future is revealed, only the Huntress stands a chance of stopping the Clown Couple of Crime. Unfortunately, she’ll have to fight her way through all of the Joker’s forces to get to them.

Batman 573

Art by Doug Mahnke

Art by Doug Mahnke

January 2000

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by Sergio Cariello and Mark Pennington; cover by Doug Mahnke and Tom Nguyen

More is revealed about “No Man’s Land”‘s secret benefactor in Part 1 of the 2-part “Shellgame!” Will this mysterious figure prove to be the greatest enemy Batman faces this year? The rebuilding of Gotham City forces the Joker and Harley Quinn to step back into the spotlight and sabotage the efforts of Gotham’s savior, while Pettit and the Strong Men prepare to save the city through extreme measures of their own.

Batman 572

Art by John Cassaday

Art by John Cassaday

December 1999

Pencilled by Damion Scott, inked by John Floyd.

On the streets of No Man’s Land, Two-Face attacks James Gordon in Part 1 of the 2-part Jurisprudence! With Renee Montoya and her family already his prisoners, Two-Face abducts Jim Gordon from his home. Meanwhile, Batman disrupts Penguin’s secret negotiations with a mysterious figure representing an interest outside of Gotham.

Batman 568

Art by Glen Orbik and Laurel Blechman

Art by Glen Orbik and Laurel Blechman

August 1999

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Dan Jurgens and Bill Sienkiewicz; painted cover by Glen Orbik and Laurel Blechman.

Batman and Robin face Clayface and Poison Ivy in part two of the three- part “Fruit of the Earth.” After battling to enter Robinson Park, Batman and Robin must fight Clayface to free the enslaved Poison Ivy and gain access to a “Batcave” buried deep within Ivy’s paradise.

Batman 565

Art by Frank Teran and Klaus Janson

Art by Frank Teran and Klaus Janson

May 1999

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Frank Teran; cover by Teran and Klaus Janson.

Part one of the two-part “Mosaic,” starring the all-new Batgirl. Black Mask, a major player in Gotham City’s underworld, has gone over the edge and altered his M.O. with the events of “No Man’s Land.” Now leading a cult of self-mutilated crazies and trying to take over the city, Batman and Batgirl — with a little help from Oracle — are all that stand in his way. But Oracle has definite issues with anyone who’s going to put on a costume and call herself Batgirl.

One-Shots

Batman: The 10 Cent Adventure

Art by Dave Johnson

Art by Dave Johnson

January 2002

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by Rick Burchett and Klaus Janson; cover by Dave Johnson

A one-shot you can’t afford to miss! And priced at only 10 cents, you won’t have to! When Batman responds to a series of crimes, little does he know that a crime also is occurring in the one place in the world he considers safe. This story ends with an intense cliffhanger, springboarding into the “Bruce Wayne: Murderer?” storyline running through most of the Batman-related books this month and next!

Batman: Gotham City Secret Files and Origins #1

Art by John Van Fleet

Art by John Van Fleet

April 2000

Catwoman and Batgirl meet for the first time, tracking a man to Cathedral Square, where he delivers a briefcase to Oswald Cobblepot, the Penguin. Penguin’s thugs keep Batgirl busy, while Catwoman snatches the briefcase, with blueprints outlining secret entrances to all major Gotham buildings. She destroys the documents, infuriating the Penguin.

Batman: No Man’s Land Secret Files and Origins

Art by Alex Maleev

Art by Alex Maleev

December 1999

GCPD Profile

Batman Chronicles

Batman Chronicles #16

Art by Jason Pearson

Art by Jason Pearson

February 1999

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by Damian Scott

Two Down: Renee finds an uneasy ally in Two-Face, as theyr try to save several trapped people from her community. The Comforts of Home: Things get a little tricky, when two people scrounge around for supplies in No Man’s Land, not realizing that they’ve found one of the Joker’s old hideouts. Harold: With nothing suitable to fix in the Batcave, Harold leaves Wayne Manor for other pursuits.

Batman Chronicles #15

Art by Dan Norton

Art by Dan Norton

November 1998

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by Roger Cruz

Will to Power: Kyle leads to Gotham to catch a thief, but Batman doesn’t wake kindly to visiting heroes. Between Stars Above and Below: Two thugs break into Bab’s apartment, and a bat comes to her rescue, but it’s not who you think. An Answer in the Rubble: The Huntress tries to stop a gang of thieves from hijacking a medical van, when a certain question leaves her speechless.

Batman: Gotham Knights

Batman: Gotham Knights #13

Art by Durwin Talon

Art by Durwin Talon

March 2001

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by Durwin Talon, pencilled by Rick Burchett, inked by Rodney Ramos.

Part 7 of the “Officer Down” storyline.

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #126

Art by Alex Maleev

Art by Alex Maleev

February 2000

Written by Greg Rucka and Devin Grayson, art by Damien Scott, pencilled by Dale Eaglesham.

“Silent Night (Holy Night, All is Calm, All is Bright)”. (Endgame: Part One) in which help has finally come to Gotham, but Joker has disappeared; continues to Batman 574.

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #125

Art by Jim Aparo

Art by Jim Aparo

January 2000

Art by Rick Burchett.

In “Falling Back” Batman and Gordon attempt to renew their trust and friendship.

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #120

Art by Dale Eaglesham

Art by Dale Eaglesham

August 1999

Art by Mike Deodata, pencilled by Sean Parsons.

“Assembly” is the first appearance of the newest Batgirl.

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #119

Art by Brian Bolland

Art by Brian Bolland

July 1999

Art by Mike Deodata, pencilled by Wayne Faucher.

“Claim Jumping” Part 1, concluded in Shadow of the Bat 87.

Batman: Shadow of the Bat

Batman: Shadow of the Bat #94

Art by Alex Maleev

Art by Alex Maleev

February 2000

Art by Pablo Raimondi, Sean Parsons.

“Endgame Epilogue: Days of Auld Lang Syne” (part of NO MAN’S LAND) continued from Detective #741. Sarah Essen-Gordon’s funeral was held. Lex Luthor made his move to steal all the land in Gotham City (most of the owners were either dead or financially unable to take him to court). Lucius Fox reported to Bruce Wayne, then went to confront Luthor. Batman, knowing what the outcome would be, stopped Mercy from killing Fox after Luthor gave her the order. Nightwing visited Helena in the hospital; Gordon visited his wife’s grave.

Batman: Shadow of the Bat #93

Art by Dale Eaglesham

Art by Dale Eaglesham

January 2000

Art by Paul Ryan, pencilled by Bill Sienkiewicz.

“Assembly Redux” (part of NO MAN’S LAND). Catwoman got the computer discs to Batman; Batman got them to Oracle. Pettit’s crew went in with the intention of assassinating Two-Face, but Batman stopped them and removed them from the territory. Batman, Azrael, Batgirl, and Gordon met. Robin watched as Bane and his employer began moving. Lex Luthor arrived in No Man’s Land.

Batman: Shadow of the Bat #88

Art by Glen Orbik and Laurel Blechman

Art by Glen Orbik and Laurel Blechman

August 1999

Art by Dan Jurgens, pencilled by Bill Sienkiewicz.

“Fruit of the Earth” Part 1 (part of No Man’s Land). Batman and Robin prepared to go into Robinson Park. First, Batman visited Penguin, who told him Clayface was fencing the fresh, yet out-of-season fruit. Pettit and a group left the Blue Boys after another blow up with Gordon. Batman took Robin into one of his “caves” that he’d had built during his absence. Poison Ivy was being held there by Clayface. Continued in Batman 568.

Batman: Shadow of the Bat #87

Art by Brian Bolland

Art by Brian Bolland

July 1999

Art by Mike Deodato, pencilled by Wayne Faucher.

“Claim Jumping” Part 2 (part of NO MAN’S LAND) continues from Legends of the Dark Knight #119. An all-out war broke loose: Two-Face’s army attacked uptown, the Blue Boys (Gotham City PD) raided northward into Penguin’s territory, Penguin attacked Batman’s land. When it was all over, Penguin had lost half his area. Batman’s captor let him loose after Two-Face took all his territory—Batgirl proved no match against the sheer number of attackers. Continued in Batman 567.

Batman / Huntress: Cry For Blood

Batman / Huntress: Cry For Blood #6

Art by Rick Burchett

Art by Rick Burchett

September 2000

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Rick Burchett and Terry Beatty; cover by Burchett.

The mini-series concludes as the Huntress finally learns the identity of Claudio’s killer and the truth behind her parents’ murder as she confronts her greatest enemy. The ending will surprise readers, as Helena Bertinelli must face her greatest challenge…alone.

Batman / Huntress: Cry For Blood #5

Art by Rick Burchett

Art by Rick Burchett

August 2000

Written by Greg Rucka, art and cover by Rick Burchett.

The first-ever revelation of the Huntress’ full origin concludes, but will the secrets Robin and Oracle uncover implicate her as a murderer? In a flashback, we discover how Batman unwittingly changed the direction of Helena Bertinelli’s life, while, in the present, clues surface that may be her undoing.

Batman / Huntress: Cry For Blood #4

Art by Rick Burchett

Art by Rick Burchett

July 2000

Written by Greg Rucka; art and cover by Rick Burchett

The beginning of the first-ever revelation of the full origin of the Huntress. An examination of Helena Bertinelli’s formative years shows how a traumatized young girl became an angry, merciless vigilante. How was the Dark Knight responsible for helping to forge Helena’s costumed identity?

Batman / Huntress: Cry For Blood #3

Art by Rick Burchett

Art by Rick Burchett

June 2000

Written by Greg Rucka; art and cover by Rick Burchett

The Huntress’s last hope for surviving long enough to find the person framing her lies with the Question… and Richard Dragon.

Batman / Huntress: Cry For Blood #2

Art by Rick Burchett

Art by Rick Burchett

May 2000

Written by Greg Rucka; art and cover by Rick Burchett

Things go from bad to worse as the mini-series revealing the secrets of the Huntress continues. Even as the Huntress — aided by the Question — seeks clues to prove her innocence, more murders implicating her are committed, forcing Batman and Nightwing to confront her in a showdown with unexpected results.

Batman / Huntress: Cry For Blood #1

Art by Rick Burchett

Art by Rick Burchett

April 2000

Written by Greg Rucka; art and cover by Rick Burchett.

What role did the family of Helena Bertinelli — the Huntress — play in more than a hundred years of Gotham’s criminal history? And can even the Question — himself a vigilante with a troubled past — help Helena find redemption? Cry For Blood sets the stage for a new direction in the Huntress’s life, dramatically altering her relationship to Batman and Gotham’s other heroes by the miniseries’ end.

Batman: Turning Points

Batman: Turning Points #5

Art by Paul Pope

Art by Paul Pope

January 2001

Art by Paul Pope, inked by Claude St. Aubin. “Chapter Five, Comrades in Arms” (Old as the Stars).

Batman: Turning Points #1

Art by Javier Pulido

Art by Javier Pulido

January 2001

Art by Steve Lieber. “Chapter One, Uneasy Allies” (‘Til Death Do Us Part).

Collections

Batman: Death and the Maidens

Art by Klaus Janson

Art by Klaus Janson

Art and cover by Klaus Janson. A trade paperback covering the 9-issue miniseries, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. A dying Ra’s al Ghul has no choice but to beg Batman, his greatest nemesis, for help against a woman who once shared his life, centuries ago. In exchange, he offers the Dark Knight a chance of a lifetime-the ability to speak with his dead parents. But what Batman’s parents have to say to him will profoundly affect both the man and the hero. This collection also includes an introduction by series editor Matt Idelson and behind-the-scenes unused pages and sketches featuring commentary by Janson.

BATMAN BEGINS: The Movie and Other Tales of the Dark Knight

Batman Begins

Batman Begins

June 2005

Written by Scott Beatty, Dennis O’Neil, Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Bill Willingham; Art by Kilian Plunkett and Serge LaPointe, Dick Giordano, Rick Burchett and Rodney Ramos, Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens and Tom Fowler.

BATMAN BEGINS explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham and features a quartet of classic Batman tales in addition to the Warner Bros. Pictures movie adaptation by Scott Beatty (Batgirl: Year One), Kilian Plunkett (Superman: Red Son) & Serge LaPointe. The collection also includes a rare Batman story from Secret Origins trade paperback by Dennis O’Neil and Dick Giordano, plus stories from Detective Comics 757 by Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett and Rodney Ramos, Batman 604 by Ed Brubaker, Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens, and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 168 by Bill Willingham and Tom Fowler.

Batman: Bruce Wayne—Fugitive Vol. 3

Art by Scott McDaniel

Art by Scott McDaniel

Written by Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker, Kelley Puckett, Devin Grayson, and Geoff Johns; Art by Steve Leiber, Scott McDaniel, Rick Burchett, Roger Robinson, Damion Scott and various; Cover by McDaniel.

Bruce Wayne has been cleared of killing Vesper Fairchild and David Cain has been taken into custody, but the story doesn’t end there! This concluding volume wraps up the best-selling storyline, reprinting Detective Comics 773-775, Batman 606-607 and Batgirl 33, with closing remarks by writers Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker, all under a new cover by Scott McDaniel.

Batman: Bruce Wayne—Fugitive Vol. 2

Art by Scott McDaniel

Art by Scott McDaniel

Written by Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson and Ed Brubaker; Art by Steve Lieber, Scott McDaniel, Sergio Cariello, Roger Robinson, and more; Cover by Scott McDaniel.

The conclusion to one of the most talked about Batman events of all time! Batman’s allies decide he’s been framed for the murder of Vesper Fairchild. Now the Dark Knight must find out who did it-and why!

Batman: Bruce Wayne—Murderer

Art by Dave Johnson

Art by Dave Johnson

Written by Ed Brubaker, Chuck Dixon, Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson, and Kelly Puckett; Art by Rick Burchett, Rick Leonardi, Steve Lieber, Trevor McCarthy, Scott McDaniel, Roger Robinson, Damion Scott, Pete Woods, and others.

After being found with the dead body of Vesper Fairchild in his arms, Bruce Wayne is arrested for her murder. Looking to prove Bruce’s innocence, Nightwing, Robin and Batgirl quickly begin an investigation to discover the true killer. But as the mystery unfolds, evidence of Bruce’s guilt mounts and even his closest allies begin to question their mentor’s innocence. Tired of portraying himself as someone he is not and further embracing the freedom of his masked identity, Bruce decides to lay his millionaire playboy alter ego to rest and live life only as the Batman.

Batman: Evolution

Art by Shawn Martinbrough

Art by Shawn Martinbrough

Art by Shawn Martinbrough, Steve Mitchell and others.

Picking up where Batman: No Man’s Land 5 left off, this trade paperback begins the rebirth of Gotham City. Once again sanctioned by the government, Gotham finds itself on the brink of a civil war between the OG’s, those that stayed in Gotham when it was declared off limits, and the DeeZee’s, those that left and have now returned. As Batman, Nightwing, Robin, and Batgirl try to prevent a war on the streets from breaking out, the Dark Knight’s greatest nemesis, Ra’s al Ghul, enacts a deadly plot that will first consume the city and then the world.

Batman / Huntress: Cry For Blood

Art by Rick Burchett

Art by Rick Burchett

Art by Rick Burchett and Terry Beatty.

After the Huntress, a vigilante with extreme methods, finally earns the approval of Batman, a mafia capo is suddenly discovered murdered by a crossbow, her weapon of choice. Now as Helena Bertinelli, aided by the mysterious Question, attempts to evade Batman and his allies, she must also prove her innocence and determine who is trying to frame her. Through this adventure we discover how watching her father, a powerful mafia leader, and the rest of her family be murdered, transformed this innocent Catholic girl into a nocturnal figure of vengeance.

Batman: Officer Down

Art by Durwin Talon

Art by Durwin Talon

Written by Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and others; Art by Rick Burchett, Jacob and Arnold Pander, and others.

Batman must solve a mystery of an extremely personal nature: Who shot Commissioner James Gordon three times in the back? As one of his dearest friends lies close to death, the Dark Knight begins his investigation with the only eyewitness, Catwoman. As Batman delves deeper into the mystery, he quickly learns that this is more than a simple whodunit. Enlisting the aide of Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, Azarel, and Oracle, Batman discovers the true and shocking identity of the assailant and now must live up to his oath to bring him to justice.

Batman: No Man’s Land Vol. 5

Art by Greg Land

Art by Greg Land

Written by Greg Rucka and Devin K. Grayson; Art by Greg Land, Dale Eaglesham and others.

In the fifth and final installment of the No Man’s Land saga, Batman begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel as the United States government step in to restore Gotham City. But after months of physically fighting for his city, the Dark Knight might see all of his work go in vain as Lex Luthor plots to own Gotham. While working against this “hostile takeover” as Bruce Wayne, Batman learns that his greatest foe, the Joker, has returned. Now, at his physical and mental breaking point, Batman must simultaneously fights battles on two different fronts.

Batman: No Man’s Land Vol. 4

Art by Dale Eaglesham

Art by Dale Eaglesham

Written by Greg Rucka and Devin K. Grayson; Art by Mike Deodato, Damion Scott, Dale Eaglesham and others.

In the fourth installment of the No Man’s Land saga, Batman and his allies continue their quest to bring justice back to Gotham. But as Batman, Nightwing and Batgirl try to defeat the warring gangs of the city and reclaim Gotham, Bane, the man who once broke Batman’s back, returns with his own self-serving agenda. Now, battle weary and physically depleted, the Dark Knight must find the inner strength and mental toughness to face the one man to ever defeat him.

Batman: No Man’s Land Vol. 3

Art by Sergio Cariello

Art by Sergio Cariello

Written by Greg Rucka and Kelley Puckett; Art by Dan Jurgens, Damion Scott and others.

Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Commissioner Gordon, and the Huntress (back to her former guise), continue their war against the gangs and super villains who want to take control of the quake-ravaged Gotham. As Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and Clayface each make their individual plays for power, Superman visits No Man’s Land for the first time and the newest Batgirl makes her first appearance ever.

Batman: No Man’s Land Vol. 2

Art by Mike Deodato

Art by Mike Deodato

Written by Greg Rucka, Bob Gale and others; Art by Frank Teran, Mike Deodato, and others.

In the second installment of the No Man’s Land storyline, Batman and his allies continue their fight to save Gotham during its darkest hour. Taking on a new costume and persona as Batgirl, the Huntress joins forces with Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl, while Nightwing, the former Robin, tries to help the city’s remaining citizens in any way he can. But as Batman begins to realize that he is fighting a fight he can’t win, he collapses into a state of despair from which he may never recover.

Batman: No Man’s Land Vol. 1

Art by Alex Maleev

Art by Alex Maleev

Written by Greg Rucka, Bob Gale and others; Art by Alexander Maleev and others.

Leveled by a massive earthquake that has left thousands dead and millions more wounded, Gotham City has been completely cut off from outside aid, transformed into a lawless battleground—a No Man’s Land—where the survivors are turning against one another, and where the city’s protectors are torn by a crisis that may consume them all. Gotham now teeters at the edge of the abyss…and Batman is missing.

Batman: Turning Points

Art by Tim Sale

Art by Tim Sale

Written by Greg Rucka, Chuck Dixon and Ed Brubaker; Art by Steve Lieber, Dick Giordano, Paul Pope and others; Cover by Tim Sale.

Collecting the miniseries Batman: Turning Points 1-5. This story explores the relationship between Batman and Commissioner Gordon, and how it has developed through the years, from Batman’s early days through sidekicks and even a broken back.

Batman Novels

Batman: No Man’s Land

Batman: No Man's Land Cover

Batman: No Man's Land Cover

Gotham City: a dark, twisted rejection of urban America. Overcrowded, overbuilt, and overshadowed by a continuous air of menace, this gothic nightmare is a breeding ground for the depraved, the indifferent, and the criminally insane. It’s also the object of one man’s obsession. Witness to the brutal murder of his parents, Bruce Wayne has dedicated his life to protecting this city, taking a form to inspire hope in the innocent…and fear in the guilty. He is the masked vigilante known as the Batman.

With Police Commissioner James Gordon, these two men have always fought to preserve law and order, side-by-side, struggling against a pervasive and relentless criminal element, working together to hold the line.

Until now.

Leveled by a massive earthquake that has left thousands dead and millions more wounded, Gotham City has been completely cut off from outside aid, transformed into a lawless battleground—a No Man’s Land—where the survivors are turning against each other, and where the city’s protectors are torn by a crisis that may consume them all.

Gotham now teeters at the edge of the abyss…and Batman is missing.

Read an excerpt.