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Prodigal runs through the Bat-books for the next few months, as Dick Grayson dons the mantle of Batman, while Bruce Wayne goes off to do secret Bat-stuff.  Detective 679 (Nov. 94) has the third chapter in the story, by Chuck Dixon, Lee Weeks and Joe Rubenstein.

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The Rat-Catcher is up for a parole hearing, and Dick waits, with Robin, on the roof, expecting the villain to try an escape.  And also because the background is such a beautiful thing to stand in front of.  Rat-Catcher does escape onto the ledge, with the help of the rats he calls to him with a flute.  Even prepared, Dick fails to stop the escape, mostly because Tim dives in too fast, and the rats get him.

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He meets with Commissioner Gordon, who can tell that he is yet another person in the costume, although Gordon doesn’t figure out that it’s Nightwing.  He points out that Dick is several inches shorter than Bruce, and of slighter build, and resents being played as a fool.  The most Dick can do to mollify him is promise that “the armoured one” is gone for good.

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Two-Face gets a brief scene, as we discover he was released from prison due to a typo.  Harvey Kent was meant to be freed.  You gotta love they clever way Harvey Kent is brought back into the book.  For those who do not know, that was the identity of the original Two-Face in the 1940s, before the name was changed to avoid confusion with Clark Kent.

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Dick makes up for his earlier failure with Rat-Catcher.  He plants tracers on a number of rats, and then follows them when the Rat-Catcher next uses his pipe.  This time Batman wins.  But the Rat-Catcher does return in a year or so, in Shadow of the Bat.

The story continues in the next issue of Robin.

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