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''Bruce Wayne: Fugitive'' is a storyline that ran through the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' titles in 2002.

After the events of ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' and ''Officer Down'', it seemed that things were looking up for Bruce Wayne, especially as he was starting to rekindle his romance with Vesper Fairchild, a radio personality whom broke off with Bruce prior to NML. However, things quickly fell apart as Bruce would find Vesper dead in Wayne Manor with him as the main suspect. Even worse, the Bat-family has found evidence that [[DeathBySecretIdentity Vesper discovered Bruce's identity and he killed her to preserve it]]. However, it seems that Bruce won't have any of that and is dedicating himself to being Batman 24/7 after escaping prison. Can the Bat-family figure out the truth of Vesper's death and if they can, can they convince Bruce to come back?

''Bruce Wayne: Fugitive'' started out in a special one-shot called ''Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure'', which was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - a 10-cent comic book - before starting the storyline properly with ''Bruce Wayne: Murderer?''. ''Bruce Wayne: Fugitive'' began with ''Batman #600'' and, despite the event running for five months through the various Bat-titles, a few of them actually skipped around as only a handful of stories focused on the crime being solved.

The storyline was collected soon after in three volumes, all under the banner ''Bruce Wayne: Fugitive''.

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!!The story provides examples of the following:

* AmbiguousSituation: While going over the clues, when it's made to light that [[spoiler:Lex Luthor]] put in the hit, Bruce reassures Tim that he's certain that he doesn't know Bruce and Batman are one and the same. The ending doesn't clear it up at all.
* BatmanGrabsAGun: In ''The 10-Cent Adventure'', Bruce is seen purchasing a gun. Everyone thinks that he used it to kill Vesper. [[spoiler:He bought it to overcome his distaste of them.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Bruce is cleared of all charges and David Cain is put behind bars. However, Bruce has lost two people dear to him -- the aforementioned Vesper and his bodyguard, Sandra Bordeaux, who ends up FakingTheDead to become an agent of ComicBook/{{Checkmate}}.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: When Batman reveals his intentions on abandoning the identity of Bruce Wayne, Nightwing takes it hard. When Batman refuses to listen, Nightwing ends up starting a fight that ends in a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Nightwing.
* ChalkOutline: Shown from time to time.
* ClearTheirName: Bruce Wayne decides that being Wayne is a hindrance and decides to forgo that identity and be Batman 24/7. This forces the Bat-family to solve this crime on their own.
* DeathBySecretIdentity: Invoked and Subverted. When the Bat-family gets a hold of Vesper's laptop, it's revealed that she had discovered Bruce's identity and they figured that Bruce killed her and erased the data, which Oracle rediscovered, to hide the fact. [[spoiler:It's subverted because she was killed by David Cain, Batgirl Cassandra Cain's father, who knew his identity and planted he evidence to throw the others off the trail.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: The entire reason the story is kicked off. [[spoiler:President ComicBook/LexLuthor, angry at Bruce for pulling out of his defense contracts to the US Government, decides to get rid of him by having one of his men hire an assassin to frame him. The person hired David Cain, none of them realizing Cain knew Bruce was Batman. David did it to get back at Bruce for taking in Cassandra.]]
* FalseConfession / TakingTheHeat: Bruce's bodyguard, Sasha Bordeaux, is asked to sign a confession to say that Bruce did indeed murder Vesper. Sasha refuses and takes the bullet for her boss.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: [[spoiler:Luthor had a government agent hire David Cain to put the hit out on Bruce Wayne. Bruce suspects that hiring someone who knew Bruce Wayne and Batman were one and the same was completely dumb luck.]]
* NameOfCain: [[spoiler: The Trope itself kind of gives away who the true killer is.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Happens at the end of the ''Fugitive'' storyline, by Batman towards [[spoiler:David Cain]].
* PresidentEvil: [[spoiler: Lex Luthor is the one who hired Cain and it happened during Luthor's tenure as the President.]]
* PrisonEpisode: A good deal of ''Murderer'' takes place in prison.
* SpottingTheThread: [[spoiler:The main clue that leads Bruce and the others to Cain is the fact that Vesper was paralyzed used by a special nerve strike that only three other people used.]]
* SuicideIsShameful: In the final part, David Cain is locked up, broken over his estrangement with his daughter Cassandra and hasn't eaten anything for two weeks. Batman comes to him to warn him that Deadshot has been hired to kill him. After David makes it clear that he has no intention of defending himself when Deadshot comes, Batman tells him that he's either a fool or a coward. When David asks what kind of coward would face certain death without hesitation, Batman says "One who knows it's easier to die than change."
* SuspiciousSpending: A video tape of Bruce buying a gun is found.
* ThatManIsDead: After escaping prison, Batman decides that he's not going to be Bruce Wayne anymore. It takes encounters with Superman, Catwoman, and a dying police officer who wanted to solve the Wayne Murders to rein back on that idea.
* VillainousBSOD: When Batman and [[spoiler:David Cain]] duel in the Batcave, the fight is stopped when [[spoiler:Batgirl]] drops in and quickly unmasks, taking the fight out of [[spoiler:David]].
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