This paperback collects the Battle for the Cowl storyline, which was originally published in its own comic book series Batman: Battle for the Cowl and the one-shots Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead? and Gotham Gazette: Batman Alive? from May to July, 2009. The story is written by Tony S. Daniel and Fabian Nicieza. The illustrations are by Tony S. Daniel, Dustin Nguyen, Guillem March, Jamie McKelvie, ChrisCross, and Alex Konat.
This story follows Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, which saw the end of Batman. Now, months following the disappearance of her protector, Gotham City sits at a precipice and it may be too far gone for Nightwing, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and the rest of the city's heroes to save the day. Amid the fires, rioting, looting and gang warfare, one question rings out from the souls of Gotham's desperate citizens: where is Batman?
This paperback collects the following comic books:
- Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead? #1 (Batman Dead?)
- Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1 (A Hostile Takeover)
- Batman: Battle for the Cowl #2 (Army of One)
- Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3 (Last Man Standing)
- Gotham Gazette: Batman Alive? #1 (Batman Alive?)
- No special notes.