"Scratched Out!": Jean Paul was caught by Nicholas Scratch and his cult of followers and they were ready to kill Jean-Paul, but he suggested Scratch that it would be better if he killed him as Azrael instead of killing just a simp
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Synopsis for "Scratched Out!"
Jean Paul was caught by Nicholas Scratch and his cult of followers and they were ready to kill Jean-Paul, but he suggested Scratch that it would be better if he killed him as Azrael instead of killing just a simple man. Scratch thought of it and agreed. He told his followers to tie Jean-Paul and to beat him to a pulp until it dawn, time when they were going to execute him.
Batgirl started taking all of Scratch's weapons from his men and when they noticed their missing weapons, it was too late and Batgirl was already gone. Batgirl found Jean-Paul and tried to free him, but he insisted that she play along because he had a plan.
At dawn, Scratch and his men took Jean-Paul and dressed him in the Azrael costume he was carrying on his bag, except for the cowl. Scratch then had a change of heart and instead of shooting Azrael, he told his followers to use the bricks from a pile of debris to stone Azrael. Azrael told Scratch to place the cowl on him as a symbol of victory and when Scratch did so, Jean-Paul transformed into Azrael and broke free from the ropes tying him up. Azrael stopped all the bricks thrown at him and when the people were about to shoot him, Batgirl arrived and disarmed all of the armed thugs and took down all of Scartch's henchemn. Scratch then told his followers to attack Azrael but they turned their backs on him and started to leave the place. Azrael called the people back and told Scratch to show them how truly a "savior" he was for them. Scratch told one of the men in the crowd to attack Azrael but Azrael insisted that it must be Scratch to do the job. Both of them engaged in combat and Azrael beat Scratch with a vengeance. When Scratch was knocked down, Azrael showed the people Scratch's true face and later, he and Batgirl started looking for medical supplies for Dr. Thompkins.
Back at Leslie's, Jean-Paul confessed her that he enjoyed the violence he used against Scratch and Leslie understood him. Then, both of them started helping the injured people of No Man's Land.
- The events of this issue take place after Azrael: Agent of the Bat #56. No Man's Land continues in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #88.
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|No Man's Land Crossover|
This issue is a part of the Batman: No Man's Land crossover that swept through all Batman Family Titles during 1999. Gotham City was declared by the President to be no longer a part of the United States after the combined disasters of Contagion, Legacy and Cataclysm.