How do Dini, Nguyen, and Fridolfs handle Bruce Wayne getting shot at point blank range as the continue the story, in Detective 844 (July 2008)? Lamely. He knocks out the light, apparently not having been shot at such close range. Scarface doesn’t know where to shoot without the light. (umm, right in front of you?)
But Bruce does not manage to escape, and winds up getting to hear Peyton Riley’s story. She fell in love with wealthy Matthew Akins, who wanted to marry her despite his family’s objections, due to her background. Her father also did not approve, wanting her to marry Sabatino, to unite their families. So her dad had his goons beat Matthew until he agreed not to see her. She married Sabatino, and Matthew became a drunk.
As Johnny’s wife, she came into contact with Scarface and Arnold Wesker, who respected her, but not Johnny.
Sabatino was not content to be the heir apparent, and killed Peyton’s father, and then shot her. She lay on the floor, barely alive, in the room next to the one in which Wesker was killed, and was there even when Batman and Gordon were examining the corpse.
Crawling into the room after they left, she found Scarface, and picked him up, and he began to talk to her. A bit of surgery on both of them, and now she is back to kill the husband who left her for dead.
She heads out to do so, leaving Bruce behind. Zatanna tagged along as a bird, and both are grateful to know what is going on.
Batman and Zatanna get onto the ship with Peyton and Sabatino. It’s a deadly fight all around, and ends with Johnny and the Ventriloquist both going overboard, leaving Scarface behind.
Zatanna, who had made a play for Bruce in the first half, tries again. Cause nothin says lovin like seeing two people apparently die. Bruce turns her down, and hopes to remain friends. She is cool with that, but you can tell she’s still hoping. Maybe she’ll try again after a good massacre.
The Ventriloquist does survive, returning later in the year.