A deadly plague has struck Gotham City and the infected only have 48 hours to live! Batman must race to find a cure and save the citizens of Gotham before it's too late. With the help of Robin, Nightwing and unlikely allies Catwoman and Azrael, Batman faces off against t only a deadly virus, but also some of the most lethal members of his rogues gallery. Featuring appearances by Poison Ivy, R'as al Ghul, Bane and many more! Written by legendary Bat-scribe Chuck Dixon, these classic tales lead into Batman: Cataclysm which leads directly into Batman: No Man's Land. Collects Batman: The Shadow of the Bat #53-54, Batman #533-534, Detective Comics #700-702, Catwoman #36, Robin #32-33, and Batman: Bane.
Dennis O'Neil began his career as a comic-book writer in 1965 at Charlton, where then-editor Dick Giordano assigned him to several features. When Giordano moved to DC, O'Neil soon followed. At DC, O'Neil scripted several series for Giordano and Julius Schwartz, quickly becoming one of the most respected writers in comics. O'Neil earned a reputation for being able to revamp such characters as Superman, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel -- and Batman, whom O'Neil (with the help of Neal Adams and Giordano) brought back to his roots as a dark, mysterious, gothic avenger. Besides being the most important Batman writer of the 1970s, O'Neil served as an editor at both Marvel and DC. After a long tenure as Group Editor of the Batman line of titles, he retired to write full-time.