Batman: Gotham Adventures #26
DC Comics (July, 2000)
WRITER: Scott Peterson
PENCILER: Tim Levins
INKER: Terry Beatty
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Frank Berrios
EDITOR: Bob Schreck
The entire criminal underworld is after Kristov, a baby born to Ukrainian scientists who somehow has the codes to the former Soviet Union missiles in his DNA. Worried that even Ra’s Al Ghul would want to claim such a prize, Batman and Robin take the baby with them on patrol before figuring out why the baby is so important and comes up with a plan to allow the baby to stay safe with his parents.
What they got right: can be summarized thusly
Later she buys baby supplies for Batman, which he pays for, giving her the change for cab fare. This is the story in a nutshell. It’s a tale in which Batman fights crime, puts out fires, brings a blanket to a homeless man, and all while carrying a baby that he has to learn how to care for. It’s as fun and as troubling as it sounds. It works, though, and is just a fun ride. And they do come up with an excuse as to why they can’t just leave him in the Batcave with Alfred, as I noted in the summary. We also get a scene with Batman changing a baby’s diaper (with Alfred instructing him over the radio), which we will never get to see Peter Parker do with any of his daughters throughout the multiverse.
What they got wrong: You may question what kind of stretch that reasoning is since Ra’s doesn’t seem to have any involvement but I’m willing to let it slide. I do wonder how the agent was willing to stick a needle in a baby in the dark (Batman switched his arm for the baby, so they actually have Bruce Wayne’s blood sample, a sacrifice Batman was willing to make) where he couldn’t really tell where he was putting it.
Recommendation: This is one of my favorite Batman stories. I highly recommend it. If the scene above didn’t already sell you there’s nothing more I can say.