- Would you be so kind as to remove that dagger from my throath? I find it distracting.
Synopsis for "Direct Action"
Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth were heading to the hospital where a member of the Order of St. Dumas was hospitalized when suddenly they saw Jean-Paul Valley breaking through a hospital window and falling to an apparent death. Bruce enters the hospital through the same window just in time to stop Biis from killing Nomoz. Biis then tries to escape but is followed by Bruce. The pursuit leads Bruce to the hospital's storage rooms where he is ambushed by Biis. Inside the room, Biis threw a shelf full of ether bottles on top of Bruce. Affected by the gas, he started to hallucinate and couldn't fight properly giving Biis an easy victory. Biis drags Bruce's body outside and takes him away in an ambulance where Biis drugged Bruce to make sure he won't be a trouble.
Meanwhile, Alfred and Nomoz decide to work together to stop Biis and rescue Bruce. They take Jean-Paul to a hideout of the Order of St. Dumas for him to recover. He survived because the Azrael suit stopped the bullets before they reach his body. They plan to prevent the other members of the Order to get in touch with LeHah, now acting as Biis. When that plan fails they decide to go to the houses of the possible next victims.
Biis was faster and murdered one member before Alfred, Nomoz and Jean-Paul could do anything. Biis was also planning to use Bruce's wealth and identity as Batman to achieve his goal.
Alfred, Nomoz and Azrael go to the mansion of Mr. Harcourt to prevent his murder but Biis was already inside and posing as Batman with the costume he took from Bruce. When they arrive to the mansion, the guard didn't let them pass and Azrael knocked him out.
Appearing in "Direct Action"
- Borgeron (Only appearance; dies)
- This issue is reprinted in the Batman: Sword of Azrael collected edition.
- Azrael Recommended Reading