Batman: Hush volume 1

Batman 608

Cover Date: December 2002
Subtitle: Hush chapter one: The Ransom
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott McDaniel
Storyline: Batman went in to save a young kidnap victim, who's ransom ($10million) had already been paid. The kidnapper, Killer Croc, attacked. Batman realized that he could never have engineered a scheme of that sort, and that Croc appeared physically less human than ever before. Batman subdued him and got the boy to safety. The ransom was taken by Catwoman during their fight. Batman chased her, and fell from a great height when his rope failed. Catwoman delivered the $10million to Poison Ivy.

Batman 609

Cover Date: January 2003
Subtitle: Hush chapter two: The Friend
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: Though massively injured from the fall, Batman radioed Oracle. She sent the closest operative, Huntress. Huntress fought off all the gatherers and got him into the Batmobile, which sped away under remote control. Oracle thought to contact Dr. Shondra Kinsolving, who'd once worked miracles on Bruce's broken body, but Bruce requested Dr. Thomas Elliot, a childhood friend. Alfred faked a car wreck and got Bruce to the hospital. Wayne survived and was expected to make a full recovery.

Batman 610

Cover Date: February 2003
Subtitle: Hush chapter three: The Beast
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: Batman went to Arkham to question Killer Croc. Croc escaped. The FBI gave Batman until midnight to catch him, or they would. Dr. Elliot came to Wayne Manor to visit Bruce, but he was, of course, out. As he left, Alfred remembered the night his father died, and Dr. Wayne was unable to save him. While after Croc, the Batmobile had a tire shot out. Batman still tracked Croc, who was about to attack Catwoman for stealing his money. After a fight, Croc was captured by the FBI. Catwoman thanked Batman for saving her, and for all the other times he'd saved her. She asked to be in on the Poison Ivy take-down. They kissed.

Batman 611

Cover Date: March 2003
Subtitle: Hush chapter four: The City
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: Bruce Wayne and Dr. Thomas Elliot bumped into each other in Metropolis. Wayne visited one of his holdings, The Daily Planet. He spoke with Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Perry White. As Batman, he visited Talia Head, who was running LexCorp since Luthor had been elected President. Catwoman was his next meeting, as they prepared to strike Ivy. They teamed up on her, but she brought in her secret weapon - Superman - under her control.

Batman 612

Cover Date: April 2003
Subtitle: Hush chapter five: The Battle
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Storyline: Batman grabbed Catwoman and they evaded Superman's attack into the lead-lined Metropolis sewer system. In the clear, they discussed the plan, kissed, and split up. Superman quickly found Batman, but he was prepared with his Kryptonite ring. A short fight and Batman got away from the stunned Man of Steel. On the street, before Superman could attack, Batman pointed up - Catwoman had dropped Lois Lane from a building. Superman was forced to save her. Superman defeated Ivy's hold on him, and they used Krypto the superdog to track her down and take her in. Bruce and Clark shook hands as the mysterious man in bandages watched.

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