Issue: Detective Comics #741
Subtitle: Endgame part 3: ...Sleep in Heavenly Peace...
Date: February 2000
Feature Characters: Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Supporting Characters: Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Nightwing (Richard Grayson), James Gordon, Sarah Essen Gordon
Villains: Joker, Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel)
Guest Appearances: Alfred Pennyworth, Leslie Thompkins
Other Characters: Azrael (Jean Paul Valley), Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), Robin (Timothy Drake), Renee Montoya, Harvey Bullock
Nightwing and Batman arrive in time to save Huntress from execution but are unable to capture the Joker and Harley Quinn. Huntress warns the duo that Joker was kidnapping the city's newborns and Batman calls for all agents and police to gather at the GCPD Headquarters where they start their search.
While Batman pursues Joker over the rooftops (who is actually Harley Quinn), the rest of the Bat Family and the GCPD investigate various clues through the city but are unable to find the children. Sarah Essen-Gordon returns to the GCPD Headquarters and finds the Joker about to execute the children within the building.
Forcing her to decide between saving the child he was about to throw and shooting him, Joker kills her and surrenders himself to Batman upon the hero's return.
"It's okay, you won't feel a thing. I promise. You'll thank Uncy Joker. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about. Most of the time. Life is the biggest joke of all. You're just gonna get the punchline...sooner..."
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- This comics continues from events in Batman #574
- Azrael Agent of the Bat #61 occurs during the events of this comic.
- The events in this comic occur on December 24th, Christmas Eve.
- Greg Rucka
- Devin Grayson
- Damion Scott
- Dale Eaglesham
- Sean Parsons
- Sal Buscema
- Rob Hunter
- James Pascoe
- Robin #73
- Azrael Agent of the Bat #60
- Azrael Agent of the Bat #61
- Detective Comics #741
- Gotham City Secret Files and Origins #1
- Gotham Knights #2
- Guide to the DC Universe 2000 Secret Files and Origins