Batman: Hush volume 2

Batman 613

Cover Date: May 2003
Subtitle: Hush chapter six: The Opera
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: Bruce Wayne joined Thomas Elliot, Leslie Thompkins, and Selina Kyle (who does not know Bruce is Batman) at an opera. Harley Quinn stopped the show to rob the patrons. She snatched a ring from Dr. Elliot that had been given to him by his mother; when he fought back, she and her gang began shooting. Batman soon appeared followed by Catwoman. Harley shot her, and Batman got her to Dr. Thompkins and chased Quinn. When he got outside, he found Elliot shot in the chest at Joker's feet.


Batman 614

Cover Date: June 2003
Subtitle: Hush chapter seven: The Joke
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: Batman, thinking of all the tragedies he'd caused, chased down and began beating the Joker. Catwoman tried to stop Batman from killing him, but his rage turned on her. Rendering her unconscious, thinking about Barbara, Jason, and Sarah, thinking what might happen someday to Selina, Batman went back to beating Joker. Jim Gordon shot two warning shots at Batman, reminding him what he'd become if he went through with it. Batman regained his sanity and stopped short of killing him. The bandaged man who'd been watching Batman recently flipped a coin.


Batman 615

Cover Date: July 2003
Subtitle: Hush chapter eight: The Dead
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: Bruce Wayne spoke at Thomas Elliot's funeral; Batman continued to investigate the murder. Bruce and Dick spoke in the cave - he realized Joker had not killed Tommy. Oracle informed them that Riddler had hijacked an armored car with $11 million onboard. While chasing him, Nightwing tried to convince Batman to tell Catwoman who he really was. They solved his riddle and easily captured him. Joker was visited in Arkham by the guy in bandages. He revealed himself as Harvey Dent - facial surgery had removed his scars. Batman took his mask off for Catwoman and invited into both of his lives.


Batman 616

Cover Date: August 2003
Subtitle: Hush chapter nine: The Assassins
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: Batman hopped aboard a LexCorp flight and took Talia. Harvey Dent broke into James Gordon's home. The former Two-Face told the former commissioner that the gun which killed Thomas Elliot was his own service revolver. Lady Shiva found Catwoman, who was holding Talia while Batman was in Africa in search of her father. Batman defeated Ra's al Ghul in a sword duel; Ra's answered him cryptically - "Who in your life would wish to come back from the dead?" Shiva hurt Selina, but Talia saved her from being killed. Batman returned; Talia realized they were having a relationship and that his new attacker would also know that.


Wizard 0

Cover Date: September 2003
Subtitle: Hush interlude: The Cave
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: Batman brought Catwoman into the cave for the first time. She watched as Alfred stitched up an injury on his back. She marveled at the amount of scarring he had and kissed him "to make it all better."


Batman 617

Cover Date: September 2003
Subtitle: Hush chapter ten: The Grave
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: Robin found Catwoman in the cave and attacked her. They fought until Batman stepped between them. He told his young partner that she was invited and he removed his mask. Blasting Bruce for making a wrong decision, Robin went after Catwoman again. She fought him off and warned him before leaving. With her gone from the cave, they wondered if she bought the act. After she left, Catwoman ran into Huntress. Huntress was obviously not her self and attacked Catwoman. She saw Catwoman as her old self. Batman and Robin showed up to watch the fight. Batman went into stop it, and Robin was attacked and called a "pretender" by the man who'd been watching Batman for months. Scarecrow arrived (Batman had realized he was behind Huntress's weirdness). Batman chased Scarecrow into a graveyard and unmasked him. While asking Crane who'd been using him, the bandaged man showed up with Robin. He removed his bandages to reveal himself as Jason Todd, Bruce's adopted son and second Robin who'd been dead for years.


Batman 618

Cover Date: October 2003
Subtitle: Hush chapter eleven: The Game
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: As the former Robin held his successor at knifepoint, Catwoman moved in and distracted him, getting Tim free. Batman attacked his dead partner. As they fought, Robin tried to keep Catwoman from intervening. Batman quickly realized that his opponent was not Jason Todd back from the dead - the man he fought was too quick, too acrobatic, too good. Though he had all the details of what had been happening in Batman's world the past few months, he never referred to the names Jason or Bruce. As the rain poured down and Batman took control of the battle, Robin dissolved - Clayface. Batman gave Robin (Tim) "Jason's" costume and sent him back to the cave to analyze it and get his cut neck treated. Catwoman went back to where Huntress had been, but she'd escaped. At the Clock Tower, Batman asked Oracle to track Huntress. She gave him the analysis from the device he'd found in the cave's computer. He met Harold, his former mechanic, on a bridge. Harold had been healed - he was no longer mute, no longer disfigured. Before Batman could get any answers from him, Harold was shot twice and killed by the bandaged man.


Batman 619

Cover Date: November 2003
Subtitle: Hush chapter twelve
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: With Harold dead, Batman turned to face the shooter - a man in a trench coat with bandages covering his face. During their fight, he revealed that he was Dr. Thomas Elliot. The bridge was the same bridge his parents crashed on. He wasn't mad that Dr. Wayne couldn't save his father - he was mad that he did save his mother. As a child, Elliot severed their break line in hopes that they would be killed. The Batmobile exploded - Hush had placed c4 on it while Batman spoke with Harold. As Hush readied to kill Batman, Jim Gordon called him down. Harvey Dent, healed by Elliot, shot the man and caused him to fall from the bridge. Batman went in after him, but could not find a body. Harvey told Batman and Gordon that he'd shot "Elliot" (actually Clayface) in the alley - to check the grave for residue of clay.
Catwoman spoke with Huntress about the recent situation - it was Elliot who'd given Huntress the new costume and arsenal. In the cave, Batman spoke with Superman about how Elliot had healed Harvey and Harold. He revealed that the device Harold had placed in the computer had flashed images of Elliot subliminally so that he would be called when Batman was hurt. Superman also found no traces of Elliot's body in the harbor, but he did find an implant from Bruce's surgery. He burned it out. Batman questioned Riddler at Arkham. He admitted to infecting Croc and baiting him with the cure. Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Joker, and Clayface were all pawns in the game Riddler and Elliot were playing. Ra's was in because he wanted Batman to find who'd used the Lazarus Pit (Riddler's cancer had been diagnosed as terminal, but had been cured by the pit). Riddler told him the whole story of "Hush" and called him Bruce, but "a riddle that everyone knows the answer to is worthless."
Batman buried Harold and spoke with Catwoman. She told him to "hush" so she could kiss him, and he pushed her away


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