Story: "Ratcatcher: The Secret of the Universe Part One" (24 Pages)
Alan Grant (plot, script)
Batman (next in Catwoman Vol. 2 #26)
Cat-Man (also in flashback)
The Council of Three (also in flashback; next in Catwoman Vol. 2 #26)
Note: Story continues in Catwoman Vol. 2 #26
While Batman encounters both Cat-Man and Ratcatcher, Catwoman is approached by the Council of Three. They want her to steal the cowl and statue stolen from them by Thomas Blake, now Cat-Man. These are supposedly what grant him super-natural luck, and their absence has brought a period of ill luck to their South Sea island. Ratcatcher plans to use poisoned rats to pollute Gotham's water supply, but Cat-Man's plans are less clear. As they seem to be operating in the same area as each other, Batman is able to pursue them both.