|First Published:||August 2002|
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While pursuing some of the Joker's former henchmen in the area of Crime Alley, Batman makes an important realisation. His determination to protect all life, not just the innocent, is inherited from his father. It seems that he has always been Bruce Wayne, even when his life as Batman has seemed to dominate things. Catwoman helped Batman find the Joker's gang, the Jokerless. They'd kidnapped a high-ranking gangsters. After they took the gang down, Catwoman asked Batman why he'd taken bullets to save a murderer. He realized after all that Bruce Wayne was not a mask, but just Bruce Wayne.