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While the featured stories all have standalone plots, nearly all of them share the common thread of Batman's "death" being a fantasy from a member of his rogues gallery:


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"This Issue: Batman Dies!!!" was a minor event (or "cross-under") spanning nearly all of DC's Batman titles cover-dated February 2001. In order to raise levity before the dramatic "Officer Down" storyline, every participating title featured a story that killed off Batman in some non-canonical (and often humorously exaggerated) way.

Synopsis

While the featured stories all have standalone plots, nearly all of them share the common thread of Batman's "death" being a fantasy from a member of his rogues gallery:

  • On a standard business day, the Penguin daydreams an elaborate revenge plot culminating in the death of Batman—and the separate murder of Bruce Wayne.
  • As part of a new therapy approach, Two-Face produces a comic book starring pulp adventurer "Copernicus Dent", who kills endless hordes of Batman-themed henchmen sent by his archenemy "Janus".
  • After escaping custody, David Cain half-coherently recounts his recent battle with Batman in a bar, claiming it ended with him successfully killing Batman.
  • While Bane explores an obscure canyon in Dhabar, he unknowingly passes an individual in a Batsuit being mauled by a bear.
  • Catwoman dreams of finally marrying Batman, then of tearing him apart when he refuses to prioritize her over his crimefighting.
  • During a session at Slabside, the Joker wonders if there being multiple Robins also applies to Batman—and whether he has, in fact, succeeded in killing some of them during past encounters.

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Notes

  • Batman: Gotham Knights #12 was originally meant to be part of this event, with a Zsasz-centered story titled "Draining" by regular creators Devin Grayson and Roger Robinson. At a late stage, however, it was pulled for its over-violent content and dark atmosphere, and substituted with an unrelated story by Jen Van Meter and Coy Turnbull. "Draining" would ultimately be published twenty years later, as part of the Batman Arkham: Victor Zsasz collection.
  • Catwoman (Volume 2) #89 bore a similar tagline, modified to read Batman Dies Doesn't Die!!! Its featured story does in fact include an imaginary Batman appearance (part of a Catwoman TV pitch from Harley Quinn) without death.


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