Writer Brian Azzarello
Art & Cover Lee Bermejo
Variant Cover Jim Lee & Alec Sinclair
Letterer Jared K. Fletcher
Design Steve Cook
Editorial Consultant Will Dennis
Assistant Editor Maggie Howell
Editor Mark Doyle
Sometimes in life, we feel isolated from everything, and no matter how often you try to say you’re not the feeling just can’t be shaken. Those feelings then lead us to sometimes do things that may be indicative of our own desperation. In this new mini-series, Batman: Damned, we are shown Bruce in this exact position but in a more literal sense, with Batman strapped to a gurney in the back of an ambulance bleeding out from a gaping wound in his torso. As the EMTs begin to cut the cowl away, Bruce awakens, beats the snot out of the group and escapes. Fumbling through the streets of Gotham in a frantic attempt to seek medical attention when eventually he collapses. Only to be found by a John Constantine in a pile of trash bleeding out.
Bruce awakens in a run-down apartment building with all of his wounds healed, trying to get his bearings. John skips the small talk and turns the news on, showing Batman that somehow in his recovery, Joker had died. Bruce immediately runs out to find out who’s responsible and find that things are quite amiss, Joker may be dead. But he is felt everywhere.