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"Nine Lives Has the Cat...": As Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle share a parting kiss after a night out in Gotham City, a silent figure watches them from the shadows of the streets.


Quote1 I may not have as many lives as a cat, Blake... but I'm just as hard to kill as you are. Maybe a little more so. Quote2
-- Batman



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Synopsis for "Nine Lives Has the Cat..."

As Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle share a parting kiss after a night out in Gotham City, a silent figure watches them from the shadows of the streets.

When Selina arrives to her apartment, she gets ready to sleep, worried about her relationship with Bruce, but her thoughts are interrupted as Thomas Blake breaks into the place and attacks her. Meanwhile, the Batman makes sure that Dr. Thirteen doesn't remember his encounter with Man-Bat while investigating Wayne Manor and Batman goes home.

In the middle of the night, Alfred awakes Bruce as the silent alarm at the Wayne Institute has been activated. After a quick change, Batman is already on his way to the place to investigate the occurrence. Once inside, Batman is confronted by Catman, who wants to retrieve part of his costume that was ripped in his previous encounter with Batman and Catwoman. Catman wants the cloth in order to restore his scarred face and he manages to defeat Batman in close combat, thanks to a lucky break.

Batman recovers and finds himself tied to wooden posts in some shore close to the ocean. Catman explains that the rising water will soon drown Batman and he will finally have his revenge. As Catman leaves, the water starts rising until Batman is fully covered. However, the water has soaked the sand and Batman is able to remove the wooden posts and save himself.

Batman finds a nearby boat, which he assumes is Catman's hideout. Inside, Catman has Selina tied and he has finally recovered the missing piece of his costume. However, his face is not restored and Selina explains that perhaps the magical cloth has been used too many times and it doesn't work anymore. Angry at her, Catman turns his attention to Selina, but Batman grabs him from behind and a rematch starts. This time, Batman gets the upper hand in the fight and Catman is defeated for good.

Later at the Gotham Central Station, Selina Kyle has decided to leave Gotham again as her past continues to haunt her and she thinks it is best to rediscover herself instead of living a lie. Selina's decision adds more stress and concerns to an already weary Bruce, unaware that he is being watched closely by someone from his past, who is determined to find a connection between Bruce Wayne and Batman.

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Batgirl deduces, from the Annihilator’s physical reactions, that he is absorbing Supergirl's energies, not her powers. Thus, she safely swoops down under cover of a tear-gas pellet and snatches Supergirl away from him. Batgirl uses Supergirl's invulnerable body as a shield against the Annihilator's power-blasts, which wake Supergirl out of her unconscious state. After another brief conflict, the Annihilator apparently evolves into something different and teleports away.

Supergirl tells Batgirl she will remain in town until she and Batgirl have captured their new foe. Later, Supergirl does a favor for Batgirl by carving out an underground passageway to her new secret garage. Meanwhile, the Annihilator perceives that he has undergone a second evolutionary change: he now wants to rebuild Gotham City after he destroys it, and will populate it with beings like himself, which he will create by blasting normal humans with a ray powered by his energy-rock. Batgirl and Supergirl track the Annhilator down through a clue, but the Annihilator is ready for them, and intent on making Batgirl his hyperevolved mate.

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