Detective Comics #671-673 (Knightquest: the Crusade)
Joker's plan to film his movie, "The Death of Batman" goes into full swing. He hires a female college student to play the victim, who temporarily stirs up some emotions in New Batman. When Joker captures Batman for the final scene, once again, he notices: "there's something DIFFERENT about him".
Joker freaks out that it's not the real Batman, but gets his head handed to him. Batman breaks his arms and is about to do more, when the GCPD stops him. Joker is hauled away in am ambulance, but escapes.
Some cute stuff in here, like the two movie execs who are ringers for Siskel & Ebert. The overall plot is something more akin to the "Animated Series", as Joker gets completely immersed in the movie director role. Animated Joker stories did a lot for the character and really improved him over the "dangerous psycho" that he was in the late 80's/early 90's. So swinging things in that direction wasn't bad.
Now that seemingly EVERYBODY has realized "he's DIFFERENT", it's time for the final act of "Knightquest", which starts with....
Batman #505 (Knightquest: The Crusade)
Throwaway late 80's/early 90's villain Abbatoir returns to consume some more of his family in a 5-way murder. The last family member left is one Graham Etchison, who's part of a charitable effort for orphans (with a cameo from Leslie Tompkins).
Abbatoir kidnaps Etchison and a bus-full of kids on a snowy mountain road, but Batman makes the save. Now that's what I call a sticky situation (*ice cream*). Batman makes the right move by saving the dangling bus and letting Abbatoir get away. Abbatoir has no powers, but he becomes significant from now on. To a lesser extent, so does Graham Etchison.
Another key point that develops is that Jean-Paul is now seeing TWO sets of hallucinations. St. Dumas, who is still prodding him on the "crusade to save the dark city" and now his father, who is telling him to return to a more violent and death-dealing Azrael (also a chance to draw the failry cool old Azrael outfit). Jean-Paul is aware that it's his subconscious battling "The System", but it becomes a huge part of his character for the next few years (even spilling over into his solo series, when it's launched in late 1995).