"Hush (Part I of XII) - The Ransom": Batman sneaks through an FBI perimeter at the Gotham City Shipyard, using acid to burn the lock off a door despite it being unpredictable, although faster than picking it. Successfully getting into the Shipyard, he takes down the crew guardin
Appearing in "Hush (Part I of XII) - The Ransom"
- Carlos Valdez (Single appearance)
- Killer Croc
- Poison Ivy
- Nails Nathan (Single appearance)
- Spider Hancock (Single appearance)
- Tommy Harper (Single appearance)
- Edward Lamont IV
Synopsis for "Hush (Part I of XII) - The Ransom"
Batman sneaks through an FBI perimeter at the Gotham City Shipyard, using acid to burn the lock off a door despite it being unpredictable, although faster than picking it. Successfully getting into the Shipyard, he takes down the crew guarding the area the four members being, Nails Nathan, Tommy Harper, Carlos Valdez, and Spider Hancock.
After defeating the hired crew with the utmost ease, he discovers Edward Lamont IV, the sole heir to the Lamont Chemical fortune, who had been kidnapped walking home from school two days ago. While attempting to escape with the boy, Killer Croc arrives and attacks Batman, as Bruce had calculated that he would have had two minutes before Croc returned and discovered the boy was missing, being off by exactly eleven seconds.
While fighting him, Batman silently questions the reasons behind Croc's actions as his Modus Operandi was never kidnapping and when it came down to it, Croc wasn't smart enough to pull off an operation as well planned as the one it seemed he had. Batman notes Croc's mutated body, and wonders why he needed the ten million dollar ransom that everyone, including the President of the United States had been willing to pay to get Edward back. After subduing the villain with hypersonics, the F.B.I. arrives to arrest to Killer Croc. One of the officers tells him - despite not being how they would have handled it,- Batman gets results, the boy being in one piece, and soon then discovering money they had given Croc was nowhere to be found.
Batman assumes that someone must have taken it during their fight, despite the FBI officer protesting that no one could have gotten past their perimeter, though Batman retorts they he had.
Using his heat sensors, Batman spots Catwoman leaving the seen and begins to chase after her. He internally argues as to why Catwoman would take the money, as ripping off someone elses' take had never been her style, and also her recent actions as of late attempting to make a go on the right side of the law. During midswing, Batman's rope was cut, sending him soaring downwards, breaking his shoulder in the process and landing in an alley occupied by homeless ruffians.
Meanwhile, Catwoman makes her way to the Gotham Tower Apartments, presenting the money to Poison Ivy as, -No man or woman could resist her-, not even Catwoman herself being able to fight off Ivy's mind control.
- This book was first published on October 23, 2002.
- Reprinted in Batman: Hush Double Feature; Batman: Hush Vol 1 and Batman Giant #1.
- With this issue, the Batman title changes its logo design.
- The events of this issue take place on Wednesday, November 27th, 2002.
- This issue includes a two-page origin prologue entitled, "The Batman: Who He Is, and How He Came to Be". The title is taken from the origin recap story first presented in Batman #1.
- Various dirigibles can be seen floating in the sky above Gotham City. Dirigibles were commonly used as police patrol vehicles in the 1992 Batman animated television series.
- Poison Ivy's quote "You know you can't resist me..." is taken from Batman: The Long Halloween #5, also written by Jeph Loeb.
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