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"Stormy Weather": The U.S. Marshals outside Gotham City felt a sudden gust and they reported it to their leaders. They disregarded the event as a "little change in the weather".


Quote1 This is a war zone, and I progress with strategy. I have to be at least five moves ahead of my enemies, with five contingency plans, and five backup plans for those contingencies at all time. I appreciate that we may have similar goals, but we're not alike, Clark. Quote2
-- Batman



Appearing in "Stormy Weather"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • James Wendel (Single appearance)

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Other Characters:

  • Sergeant Miller

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Synopsis for "Stormy Weather"

The U.S. Marshals outside Gotham City felt a sudden gust and they reported it to their leaders. They disregarded the event as a "little change in the weather".

The "gust" moved across Gotham and passed through some important places before stopping in a random alley. The gust was Superman, travelling at supersonic speed. Before anyone could notice his presence, he changed his clothing and disguised as Clark Kent, only that his clothes were ripped and he wore them in an akward fashion, in order to mingle with the people of Gotham. However, certain vigilante was aware of his presence.

Clark was wandering the streets of Gotham when he found an empty orchard. He used his X-Ray vision to see if there were any seeds in the ground and he found a couple of them. The owner of the orchard warned Clark to leave the place at once but Clark explained that he just wanted to help him. Clark took the seeds out and told the old man that he needed to cut a little bit the shell of the seed to help it germinate. Clark used his knowledge from his farm and advised the old man on how to keep the crops growing.

Clark and the old man went out for a walk because Clark wanted to see the community garden at the Blue Boys territory. On their way there, Clark noticed a young woman covered with a blanket in the sidewalk. Clark tried to check if she was fine but she reacted violently. She tried to explain that she was doing a mission for Oracle but before she could explain herself, Clark told her to be quiet because he listened someone approaching. For a moment, nobody appeared but then Billy Pettit and his men approached Clark, the girl and the old man. Clark tried to speak with them but the girl warned him that they weren't police officers. Pettit was completely deranged and tried to force Clark to join him and his men to fight against everyone who opposed him. The girl was furious and attacked Pettit, causing his men to attack Clark and the old man. Pettit shot at the girl but before the bullet could reach her, Clark used his heat vision to stop the bullet in mid-air. At that moment, a Batarang hit Pettit and disarmed him. One of Pettit's men punched Clark in the face and broke his hand. Clark was about to fight them back when he noticed the batarangs and he just stayed down on the floor while Batman took care of the situation. Batman fought Pettit and his people and drove them away and then he told the old man to get back to his home. The young girl was concerned for her mission and because she failed to obtain the information requested by Oracle about Penguin's activities. However, the girl was shocked to see Batman and after he told her to go with the old man, she left Batman and Clark alone in the street.

Batman asked Clark why did he came back to Gotham and Clark explained that he overheard rumors about Locus trying to get a grip on Gotham again, but his story didn't convinced Batman. Clark admitted that he was also concerned for the drought that was affecting the crops in Gotham. Clark was staring at the sky and Batman activated his infrared lenses in the cowl and realized that Clark was using his heat vision on the sky. Suddenly both of them decided that they needed to do something important and they went separate ways. For a few seconds they were gone and then they both returned at the same spot they were chatting before splitting up.

Clark told Bruce that he wanted to help the people of Gotham in a different way than he did the last time he was there. Batman told Clark that despite his good intentions, the presence of Superman in No Man's Land would destroy all the strategies he has planned to deal with the situation at hand. After discussing the situation a little more, they reached the community garden and Clark told Batman that another reason for him to come back to Gotham was to make sure that Bruce was taking care of himself. Batman told him that everything was fine and after that, Clark decided that Batman could take care of Gotham and that it was time to leave the city and go to help the people in need of him. Clark took off his clothes and flew to the sky as Superman. Batman was left standing in the community garden among the dry plants and soil. A few moments later, it began to rain and Batman stood there in the pouring rain, wondering how Superman was involved with the sudden rain.



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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.
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