"Nest of Vipers": Oracle, Nightwing and Robin watch the broadcast of the United States Congress discussing to decide whether to help Gotham City was worthy. The trio realized that there wasn't much h

Quote1 What could we do? Of all the psychos, murderers and thieves Bruce has defeated--he's never faced a bunch as dangerous as--The United States Congress. Quote2
-- Oracle

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Synopsis for "Nest of Vipers"

Oracle, Nightwing and Robin watch the broadcast of the United States Congress discussing to decide whether to help Gotham City was worthy. The trio realized that there wasn't much hope for Gotham if the decision was up to the congress.

Meanwhile, Firefly started to act under Scratch's orders and found a chemical plant that was destroyed after the earthquake. Some EPA members were at the place trying to clean the spilled chemicals when Firefly struck. The chemicals reacted to the fire causing an explosion big enough to make the ground tremble and large enough to set Firefly in flames despite his insulated battlesuit. The Gotham Clock Tower felt the explosion and when Nightwing looked through the window, he saw the fire coming from the chemical plant. He and Robin decided to check the place while Oracle updated them with any information they might need. The Gotham City Police Department also were headed towards the scene and the reports confirmed that Lynns was the responsible for the damage created. Commissioner Gordon discussed about the future of the city with his wife and they decided that perhaps it was time to move to another place and start anew.

When the Gotham Fire Department arrived at the scene they noticed that there was a man in the fire and they tried to help him. It was Firefly but half of his suit was burned and at the sight of the firefighters he attacked them and burned their car. Nightwing and Robin followed him and almost stopped him from doing more damage but he was faster and used his flamethrower to avoid them. Nightwing and Robin knew that the chaos would be ten times worse when Firefly started to walk towards a refinery.

At Washington, D.C.; Marion Grange talked to the press and tried to explain them the situation in Gotham, to no avail. She knew that Gotham was doomed and there was nothing anyone can do about it. At the same time, a commercial featuring Nicholas Scratch promoting the destruction of Gotham was aired.

Nightwing and Robin followed Firefly from a safe distance and then Robin had an idea. Nightwing tried to stop Firefly and at the same time, the Gotham Police arrived with some military force. Firefly attacked the police, but Nightwing deflected the flames and the two of them started to struggle. One of the military men shot at Nightwing and this time, Harvey Bullock deflected the shoot and the bullet hit the flamethrower's supply hose and the gasoline spilled all over Firefly making him a human torch. Robin came in driving a cement mixer and he poured all the cement on Lynns, putting the fire and the man down. Lynns was scarred all over his body and he was sent to Mercy Hospital to be treated.

Nicholas Scratch learned of the incident and he wasn't happy with the results and he told his minions to find someone who can really create chaos in Gotham. His henchment told him that they already found them and they introduced Scratch to Gearhead, Dynamiteer and Tumult.


  • This issue features one of group editor, Dennis O'Neil's mini-essays From the Den; in which he explains how Cataclysm evolved into their biggest project thus far. An idea first brought to him by associate editor, Jordan B. Gorfinkel that was later developed by many other editors and writers alike; who joined efforts to make the storyline named No Man's Land, possible. O'Neil also clarified that it was not a linear crossover, but instead it should be considered as a new setting for all the characters and titles involved in the Batman mythos; and that it wasn't necessary for the reader to strictly follow a reading order to understand the story.
  • This issue is reprinted in Batman: Road to No Man's Land Vol. 2 (Collected).


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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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