Issue: Batman #605
Date: September 2002
Feature Characters: Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Supporting Characters: Barbara Gordon, Nightwing (Richard Grayson), Robin (Timothy Drake), Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), Alfred Pennyworth
Villains: David Cain
Guest Appearances: Martha Kent, Jonathan Kent
Other Characters: Michael Akins, Lex Luthor, Mercy Graves, Hope, Amherst
Batman visited Vesper's grave. He and Nightwing left and headed back to the cave where Robin, Alfred, Batgirl, and Oracle were waiting for them. They went over the entire setup in detail. Luthor had hired David Cain to destroy Wayne. Cain took it upon himself to destroy Batman as well. The guys went after Cain, Batgirl and Oracle stayed behind to help coordinate. The men Robin and Nightwing followed turned out to be decoys. The real Cain was in the cave and attacked Oracle (Batgirl had left to help Nightwing and Robin). Batman was there and went after him. He refused to believe that he was like the assassin. Cain turned himself in for Fairchild's murder. Amherst woke up in Arkham Asylum.
"You still don't get it...I know Cassandra is lost to me...that's not what it's about. Hell, I wasn't even going to take this job until I saw who it was they wanted taken down...Then it all came together...that kid I trained, that emotional cripple...that was Batman. And you aren't good enough to be her father either...How could I let you guide her?"
— David Cain
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- Nightwing is refering to the time he beat the Joker to death during the Joker's Last Laugh. The Joker was later revived by Batman. - David Cain faked his death in Batgirl #22.
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- Scott McDaniel
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