Sam Hamm, Denys Cowan, Dick Giordano and Frank McLaughlin bring the Blind Justice storyline to a conclusion in Detective 600 (May 1989).
Bruce got badly injured in the last issue, and is recuperating. He finds he needs someone to stand in for him as Batman. Again, this all sort of foreshadows Knightfall, but without being immersed in the Batman characters.
So Jeanne’s brother steps in to play Batman, with Bruce using the scientific augmentation thingy to help and advise him. But this is where the story just goes too far off whack for me, as everyone is lying and scheming and playing each other, and the story just gets far too convoluted.
Jumping 40 or so pages of plot twists, the climax has the brother, dressed as Batman, fighting the Bonecrusher guy, but both are being manipulated by the silly machine. Bruce does his best to save the boy, but the fight costs both men their lives.
Jeanne blames Bruce, and leaves. He is cleared of the spy charges, which are hardly relevant by the time that plot is resolved. And he tosses out the augmentation device.
Honestly, until I started writing this up I never noticed the similarities with Knightfall. I simply didn’t enjoy this story, and didn’t think too much of it. But now I am fairly convinced that this lead to the later, better, tale.
The issue ends with a number of pin-ups by various artists. Neal Adams, Walt Simonson, Keith Giffen and Mike Zeck, among others, do excellent and moody renderings of Batman, but it’s the final one, by Sergio Aragones, that crowns them.