"Pushback, Book One": The Riddler crashed backwards through the glass dome roof of a reception hall during a society party. He lands on a table, his limbs at odd angles. What looks like a billowing cloak appears above. One week previous. An injured man cuts down a tree near a wooden hut in a swa
Appearing in "Pushback, Book One"
- Oracle (voice only)
- Jeannie (In a photograph only)
Synopsis for "Pushback, Book One"
The Riddler crashed backwards through the glass dome roof of a reception hall during a society party. He lands on a table, his limbs at odd angles. What looks like a billowing cloak appears above. One week previous. An injured man cuts down a tree near a wooden hut in a swamp. He has nowhere else to go, and he is dead, for now. He is forming a plan to kill his nemesis. Elsewhere. Bruce Wayne is at a party, and Oracle is giving him advice on the ladies- dating advice.Bruce is distracted by the appearance of a face from the past: Vesper Fairchild. Bruce follows as she leaves and changes to Batman. He is very confused, because Vesper is dead. He follows her car, until she falls out and a truck nearly hits her. He rescues her, but also sees it's not Vesper. he leaves, and "Vesper" phones to ask for money for playing the part. Next morning, in prison. The Riddler is the admiration of the other inmates for his daring exploits. Elsewhere. Three men in a boat are crossing a swamp and discussing how they'd like to die. They see a light on in an abandoned hut. Investigating, they find diagrams and photos for a raid of some sort. The resident arrives and kills all three men. Two days later. Something has broken down in the hospital, but the repairman has left an extra behind. In the prison. The Riddler gets a visitor who has been paid by someone to tell him that he has three days to live. The next day, a bus with new prisoners arrives. On the side is a warning that Riddler only has two days left. He asks around, to get a message to the Joker. He has something the Joker wants: a name. A guard offers to smuggle the message out for five grand. Elsewhere. The joker is looking through an album of photos of a blond woman. He sorrowfully murmurs "Jeannie." One of his thugs announces the arrival of the Riddler's messenger. The messenger asks for his payment. The Joker doesn't pay him, until he's read the letter. He'd asked for a transfer out of Blackgate prison. The Joker believes he can do it...or anything. Elsewhere, fire tears through the hut on the swamp. Inside, three bodies burn.
- This book was first published on February 18, 2004.
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