Batman is having a one man Falcone Family punching party all through Gotham, and though he's working hard, it's all for nothing, Commissioner Forbes doesn't accept any criminals turned in by Batman. Speaking of Forbes, once Carmine Falcone gets the message Batman aimed to deliver (You know, a "This is MY city" sort of deal), Falcone phones his good buddy Forbes to tell him that enough is enough, take the Batman down.
Back in the cave, Bruce is digging up some dirt on Falcone, who set up a pretty extensive criminal empire in Hong Kong after fleeing Gotham, the only question is why he came back to Gotham, and why now? Bruce wants to do some cross reference on Falcone's Hong Kong associates and the men he turned into the GCPD, but surprise, none of them were booked!
Elsewhere, Jason Bard is showing up to a murder scene a couple of days after the fact, and is instantly ambushed by Vicki Vale, looking for info on the GCPD's stance on the gang war that has seemed to break out, and why the response on this murder came so late... What about that murder?
Well, two days ago, Stephanie Brown was in another phone booth trying to call her mother, who didn't pick up, and was talking to her ex-husband Cluemaster about their problems with her instead. As Steph is on the phone, some dude kicks her out of it before she can hang up, and lucky for her, because a drive by set for the exact phone booth she was in happens just seconds later, thus, the dead guy Bard is laying "fresh eyes" on. After all that, Bard stops Vicki in her tracks and points out that he's one, not going to just hand out off the record info, and two wouldn't even think of doing that, regardless of protocol, with a reporter he doesn't have a relationship with. HINT HINT... probably. But hey! Forbes is on the phone, and it's Batman setup time.
So the signal goes off, Bard making it known how uncomfortable he is with this plan. Batman shows up and tries to reason with Forbes, but Dickhead isn't having it. All the sudden, Bard tells the D-Team of SWAT officers to fire, and D-Team consists of smoke ammunition, which Bruce uses to get away, making note of Bard potentially being on his side.
So with the knowledge that he has at least some allies in the GCPD left, Bruce figures it's time to do some direct research on Carmine Falcone and heads off to Hong Kong. On his arrival in the Batplane, a woman (who is confirmed to be a new character) who is in some Splinter Cell looking gear, repels down a skyscraper, notices the Batplane, and seems familiar, but not too pleased with Batman's presence in the city.
The Steph Brown mom thing still bums me out.