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"The Night Foretold!": Azrael dreams of an old-west scenario in which Batman is the marshal and he is his companion and he faces Nicholas Scratch in a fast draw duel and Azrael manages to kill Scratch.

Quote1.png I believe we've met before. Your name is Azrael--or at least that's what you were calling yourself then. I take it you weren't impressed by my speech. How unfortunate for you. Quote2.png
Nicholas Scratch

Azrael: Agent of the Bat #56 is an issue of the series Azrael: Agent of the Bat (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1999.

Synopsis for "The Night Foretold!"

Azrael dreams of an old-west scenario in which Batman is the marshal and he is his companion and he faces Nicholas Scratch in a fast draw duel and Azrael manages to kill Scratch.

Dr. Thompkins wakes him up and she asks if he is fine. Azrael fell asleep after he went searching for medical supplies for Leslie but instead found a gunslinger novel and that was the reason behind his dream.

Somewhere in the city, an armed man shoots another one, injuring him badly. Batgirl arrives, disarms the man and takes the injured man to Leslie's medical center. Azrael asks Batgirl to show him where she found the man and she takes him to the exact same place. The attacker is still roaming the area and this time Batgirl knocks him down. Azrael and Batgirl takes the man to Leslie's and the doctor is impressed to see that the man has no visible injuries but he was knocked unconscious. Azrael heard the man saying something about a man called "Nick" and he deduces that it must be Nicholas Scratch. Batman then appears and reminds Azrael of the task he gave him. Azrael must take down Scratch and bring him to Batman. Batgirl is assigned to help Azrael to accomplish the mission. Elsewhere, Robin and Nightwing are preparing themselves to start working on the tasks Batman gave them.

The two of them go to their mission and before leaving, Azrael promises Leslie that he won't use violence unless it is completely necessary. They arrive at the place Batman told them Scratch would be and take down one of the guards. Azrael decides to get into the place as Jean-Paul while Batgirl remains outside to check for any unusual activity. Once inside, Jean-Paul sees Nicholas Scratch giving a speech to a large group of people about taking control of the city by force, using some weapons he managed to hide inside the city. Azrael plays along and grabs a gun but the man who handed it to him is the same man he and Batgirl took to Leslie's center and he recognizes Jean-Paul at once. Jean-Paul starts to run but some of Scratch's goons start to follow him and as he is running away from them, he is knocked to the ground by Nicholas Scratch, who deduced Jean-Paul was in fact Azrael and walks towards him with no good intentions.

Appearing in "The Night Foretold!"

Featured Characters:

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Other Characters:

  • Joker(Cameo)
  • Penguin(Cameo)
  • Two-Face(Cameo)
  • Whitney Fogston (Single appearance)
  • Phoebe (Single appearance)





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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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