Title: Close Before Striking: Act One
Synopsis: Using the "Matches" Malone cover, Batman shuts down Ventriloquist's gun running operation. Ventriloquist puts out a contract on "Matches." Oracle calls the cave looking for Batman, surprised to him there since "Matches" was just shot in a bar in Gotham.
Character Appearances: Batman; Nightwing; Oracle; Ventriloquist
Credits: Brian K. Vaughan (Script), Scott McDaniel (Pencils), Karl Story (Inks), Roberta Tewes; Wildstorm F/X (separations) (Colors), John Costanza (Letters).