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"The Darker Knight, Part I": While chasing Catwoman, Batman wonders if Tim is right about him deliberately taking time to nab her. As Selina tosses the bag with the her stolen goods, Batman saves them with his Batrope but this allows her a chance to escape. Before she can escape however, a myste


Quote1.png You better tell me. Otherwise there'll be no rest for you. If this man is who I think he is, he'll never stop. And the longer you make him wait, the harsher the punishment. Quote2.png
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Batman: The Adventures Continue #7 is a chapter in the digital-first series Batman: The Adventures Continue (Volume 1 (Digital)) with a cover date of July, 2020.

Synopsis for "The Darker Knight, Part I"

While chasing Catwoman, Batman wonders if Tim is right about him deliberately taking time to nab her. As Selina tosses the bag with the her stolen goods, Batman saves them with his Batrope but this allows her a chance to escape. Before she can escape however, a mysterious figure in an armored suit entangles her in his bolas and swings away with her.

As Batman swings after him, the armored figure cuts the legs of the water tank his rope is latched onto, forcing him to grab onto a ledge with his rope. The armored assailant demands Catwoman tell her about the location of the shawl she stole and threatens to pierce her eye when she doesn't answer straight. Batman knocks the sword from his hand using a Batarang and gets attacked after expressing that he won't be harming anyone.

While fighting his adversary, Batman realizes he's fought him before and uses knockout gas. He however reacts quickly to avoid being affected much and grabs his sword before running away. Meanwhile, Batman's stalker expresses excitement at his latest fight from afar. Batman then asks Catwoman about the shawl he stole and learns that it's the Shawl of Magdalene, which is holy to the Order of St. Dumas and gets told that it can heal people. He warns her that she'll be in danger if she doesn't help him in finding it and promises to protect her.

While getting Catwoman arrested, Batman tells Gordon that she'll need constant protection against the person after her. He soon gets contacted by Alfred who tells him about a visitor at the manor, the same man who had fought him earlier. Back home, Bruce finds out that he's none other than Jean-Paul Valley, his old training partner during his time at the Order of St. Dumas, who states that he recognized who he was under his mask too due to his fighting style.

Valley states that he's been named Azrael by the order's clerics and had come to Gotham to take back the shawl Catwoman stole, deciding to dress himself akin to Batman so he can strike terror into the hearts of the criminals. He also tells him that he expected him to quit the Order of St. Dumas, knowing he was just there to learn techniques of fighting. Bruce convinces him to let Catwoman go, since he knows the client she stole it for. He also has Alfred design a new suit for him so he appears to be on his side.

At the Iceberg Lounge, the Penguin revealed that he had the shawl stolen for another client but refused to reveal who they were. Azrael attacks him but gets restrained by Bruce, before being told to confess who he stole the shawl for. The crime lord however introduces them to Mr. Wing, a giant bird-like person that does his bidding, as he proceeds to grab Batman.

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