Jean-Paul escapes serious injury when falling from a tall building, and blames the costume for slowing him down in his encounter with Bane. Absorbed in the System, he designs and creates a new one, very different from the classic Batman costume. Meanwhile, Nightwing learns that Bruce has passed the role of Nightwing on to Jean-Paul, and Mayor Krol forbids the police from interfering in any of Batman's activities. Clad in his new costume, Batman heads out for a final confrontation with Bane. Exploiting Bane's dependence on the Venom drug, he is, in time, victorious. At the last moment he pulls back from killing Bane, much to the relief of both Robin and Commissioner Gordon, the latter of whom is beginning to suspect that this isn't the Batman he knows.
- 64 page issue.
- Wraparound cover by Jose Quesada and Kevin Nowlan.
- Wraparound cover outer layer contains Batman.
- Wraparound cover inner layer contains Jean-Paul Valley.
- Wraparound cover is an embossed edition.
- Direct sales and newsstand cover by Kelley Jones.
- Covers colored by Bob LeRose.
- Covers supervised by Curtis King.
- Pencils and inks by Jim Aparo and Terry Austin from pages 1-28.
- Pencils and inks by Mike Manley from pages 29-56.
- "Classic Batman" a postcard attached to the inside front cover by Jim Aparo.
- "The New Batman" a postcard attached to the inside back cover by Mike Manley.
- Part 1: The Fall.
- Part 2: The Descent.
- Part 18 continued from Detective Comics #666.