Batman: Hush Returns

Gotham Knights 50

Cover Date: April 2004
Subtitle: Pushback book one
Writer(s): AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): Al Barrionuevo, Francis Portella
Storyline: At a social event, Bruce saw a woman he thought was Vesper Fairchild. He quickly got dressed for work and followed her. She was thrown from her car, but he saved her from getting hit by another. After getting her to safety, he realized the girl wasn't Fairchild. Some mountain people entered a cabin that was owned by one of their friends. He was away, but someone was there. Inside, they found blueprints, maps, and photographs of some of Gotham City's major players. The 'squatter' killed all three men. The Riddler was terrorized while in prison. Nigma got word - a name - to Joker.


Gotham Knights 51

Cover Date: May 2004
Subtitle: Pushback book two
Writer(s): AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): Al Barrionuevo, Francis Portella
Storyline: Joker pulled some strings and sent a tape to Blackgate's warden. He got Riddler transferred. Batman went over some tapes of the event looking for a clear shot of the woman he saw. Through Oracle, Batman learned Nigma was being transferred to the Slab. He also learned the warden had received calls from the Joker. The convoy transporting Nigma was bombed. As Batman got to Nigma, Oracle alerted him to a bomb threat at a local hospital. Riddler escaped, only to be caught by a bandaged man in a trench coat.


Gotham Knights 52

Cover Date: June 2004
Subtitle: Pushback book three
Writer(s): AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): Al Barrionuevo, Francis Portella
Storyline: After Hush threw Riddler through the skylight of the Gotham Museum of Modern Art, he drug him, bleeding, into the street. Joker, after being unable to persuade Hush to hand Riddler over to him, ordered his men to kill the bandaged newcomer. They left him unconscious in the street. Not wanting to believe what he saw, Batman went after the bandaged man. He sent Robin to dig up Tommy Elliot's grave. Inside, they found only a newspaper. Riddler gave Joker the name; Joker gave him protection. The name, Oliver Hammet, was of the man who'd killed his wife years ago. Hush hired an outfitter, the outfitter pointed him toward some help - a man named Prometheus.


Gotham Knights 53

Cover Date: July 2004
Subtitle: Pushback book four
Writer(s): AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): Al Barrionuevo, Francis Portella
Storyline: Green Arrow went after Prometheus. As he fired his final arrow, Hush attacked Prometheus as well. With him out of the way, he grabbed a member of the SWAT, tossed him from the building, and began shooting at GA. Oliver was unable to save the cop. Hush asked Prometheus for his assistance and took him when he passed out. Batman arrived in Star City. Hush operated on Prometheus as Batman clued in Green Arrow. After a short fight, Batman admitted he was wrong not to contact his ally and returned to Gotham City.


Gotham Knights 54

Cover Date: August 2004
Subtitle: Pushback book five
Writer(s): AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): Al Barrionuevo, Francis Portella, Javier Pina, Jimmy Palmiotti
Storyline: Green Arrow and a SWAT team got into the hotel room where Hush and Prometheus were holed up. They were a bit late - the place was empty. He reported the findings to Batman. Robin joined his partner. He reminded him he was there and understood the dangers; he also noted it being the first time he'd seen Batman scared. Joker, after receiving the name of his wife's killer, told Penguin and Riddler about his beginnings. Trying to get out of the slums, Jack got himself a gig getting a mob group into a chemical company. His wife being pregnant, he tried to get out of it, but they kidnapped her. Batman foiled their heist. Riddler witnessed a dirty cop killing Jack's wife. Joker set out to find Oliver Hammett, his wife's murderer.


Gotham Knights 55

Cover Date: September 2004
Subtitle: Pushback book six
Writer(s): AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): Al Barrionuevo, Francis Portella
Storyline: Bruce worried - things were too quiet. Riddler urged Joker to help him quickly get out of Gotham City. Hush and Prometheus attacked the entourage as Joker's men took Riddler to safety. All of Joker's men were killed. Batman showed up as Hush was taking on Joker. As he dodged the bullets fired by Prometheus, everyone escaped in separate directions. Back in the cave, Batman and Oracle looked into Prometheus. Riddler went to Poison Ivy for help. Joker returned to the carnival where he'd tortured Jim Gordon years before.


Gotham Knights 66

Cover Date: August 2005
Subtitle: Job Termination
Writer(s): AJ Lieberman
Artists(s): Al Barrionuevo, Bit
Storyline: Hush fired Prometheus; Deathstroke's Kobra men captured him. Talia sent them after Hush. He was also captured. Hush was unable to cure him - he'd been infected by one of the Ivy clones. Talia promised him that if Prometheus died, he would, too. Hush got him stabilized and was able to escape.
The key they were looking for (which Talia believed Prometheus knew where to find) was uncovered in the JSA's headquarters.