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Issue: Gotham Knights #17
Subtitle: Matatoa: Part 2
Date: July, 2001
Feature Characters: Batman (Bruce Wayne), Nightwing (Richard Grayson)
Supporting Characters: Oracle (Barbara Gordon)
Nightwing tells Batman of his relationship with Oracle as Matatoa escapes Arkham. Batman and Nightwing reach him, however, Matatoa leaps from a construction crane to escape them. Presumed dead, Batman closes the case and reveals that he had written up an adoption certificate to official adopt Richard Grayson as his son and heir.
"The Maori shaman he killed should have had the cance to pass his wisdom down to his son, who, in turn, would have passed it on to his...That is the only definition of "forever" that has any meaning. With that in mind, I... had that document you're holding drafted up. It's just a...formality. A gesture. Symbolic. You don't have to sign it. If you think it's...frivolous, or.. disrespectful to the memory of your parents, I'll understand. It doesn't really change anything. It's just the only way I...the only way I could think of to convey that...that..."