Dini, Nguyen and Fridolfs move Heart of Hush closer to its conclusion in Detective 849 (Dec. 08), another part of the Batman RIP storyline.
Batman brings Johnathan Crane back to Arkham and tortures him to get Hush’s location. The Joker is quite entertained by the show, and has high praise for Batman’s skill at tormenting the Scarecrow.
Dr. Mid-Nite and Mr. Terrific tend to Selina, but both of them are mystified at the tech Hush used to remove Catwoman’s heart without killing her.
In flashback, we see Tommy Elliot and Peyton Riley dating, both unhappy with their parents and their lives.
Batman confronts Hush at the hospital, the same one his mother had died at. He proudly shows Batman Selina’s heart. He made a deal with Mr. Freeze, who provided the tech for the operation, and to maintain the heart.
Batman had started the scene fighting Hush, and it was odd when he just sort of stopped, and they began conversing. In fact, this was not weak writing, but a hint that Hush was gassing Batman, who winds up collapsing, as Hush unveils his new face – Bruce Wayne’s face.
The story concludes next issue.