"The Rules": Catwoman was floating in the river in Manhattan after she was deadly wounded. She was remembering about the task Batman gave her and how she managed to steal the discs from the Hardcases, Inc. and how she was double-crossed
Appearing in "The Rules"
- Catwoman (Flashback and main story)
- Hardcases, Inc.
- Vin Nastacio (Flashback and main story)
- Natasha White (Flashback and main story)
- Billy Wu (Flashback only)
- Rosalie Hernandez (Flashback only)
- Eddie Conway (Flashback and main story)
- Mercy Graves (Flashback only)
- Del Halperm (Flashback only)
- U.S. Marines
- Huey (Single appearance)
- Catwoman's Whip
Synopsis for "The Rules"
Catwoman was floating in the river in Manhattan after she was deadly wounded. She was remembering about the task Batman gave her and how she managed to steal the discs from the Hardcases, Inc. and how she was double-crossed by the unknown woman that shot her and left her bleeding in the river.
Catwoman recovered consciousness and remembered her childhood. She had just runaway from the orphanage and was pickpocketing among a carnival crowd. The owner of the carnival caught her and dragged her to an empty wagon to question her and her motives. After learning that she was all alone in the world, the man offered her to join the carnival. Selina gladly agree and soon she began training in gymnastic, magic and trickery and she used those skills to become the perfect pickpocketer in the carnival. One day, the owner of the carnival performed his usual stunt but this time it went wrong. The man was smiling to the audience but behind the curtains he was badly injured. Selina was devastated to see the man dying and she wouldn't forget what the man told her that night: "Never let them see you cry. Never let them see your hurt. Never."
Catwoman was determined and swum out of the river, went to a secret hideout and did her best healing herself before moving to Gotham City to deliver the original discs to Batman.
Elsewhere, the members of the Hardcases were at a nearby hospital, treated for the injuries caused by the mysterious woman. The leader of the group, Vin, wasn't injured and so he went looking for Catwoman to recover the discs.
Catwoman hijacked one of the patrolling helicopters that was scheduled to hover over Gotham that night and she forced the pilot to take her to Gotham. Vin arrived at the heliport just minutes after Catwoman left and he also forced his way in and used another chopper to follow her to Gotham.
Catwoman's chopper was already in Gotham, but the pilot, instead of dropping her on the place she wanted, crashed the chopper to the ground, hoping that in that way, he wouldn't be blamed for letting a woman dressed as a cat take over the helicopter. Catwoman came out of the crashed helicopter and again she was injured and feeling weak. Vin arrived in time to face Catwoman and demanded her to return the discs. Catwoman was in no state to stand against him but before any of them could move, Azrael arrived and confronted Vin for Catwoman's safety. Catwoman walked away from the danger zone and left the two of them fighting each other.
Catwoman was feeling worse when she arrived at the meeting place to deliver the discs. Batman was already there and Catwoman handed him the discs. She couldn't pretend anymore and she started to walk away from the place. Batman noticed something wrong and asked Catwoman to take care of herself and Catwoman did her best trying to convince the dark knight that she was fine, and perhaps, she succeeded.
At Leslie Thompkins' place, Azrael arrived dragging Vin and asked Leslie to take a look at the beaten man. Vin wanted Catwoman but Azrael told him that it was already too late as the discs have been delivered.
Somewhere in Gotham, Catwoman was feeling really sick, tired and weak. She acknowledged that the water of the river must have been polluted and that the bullet wound might have got infected from it. Catwoman was alone in a rooftop and without any energy left in her body, she fainted.
- The events of this issue take place after Robin #73. No Man's Land continues in Azrael: Agent of the Bat #59.
- There is a special thanks to Dennis O'Neil by writer John Ostrander for the Azrael sequences.
- Despite the established reading order, the events of this issue take place at the same time as Azrael: Agent of the Bat #59 and Batman: Shadow of the Bat #93.
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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.