Heart of Hush comes to an end in Detective 850 (Jan. 09), as does Batman RIP, and the runs of Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, and even Batman.
Having left Batman at the hospital, Hush heads to Wayne Manor, pretending to be Bruce Wayne. It doesn’t work, though Alfred cannot take credit for observation and deduction. Bruce phoned him and told him Tommy had a new face, and that he was on the way there. I kind of wish Alfred had figured it out on his own, picked up on some detail that proved it was not Bruce.
But Hush bests the butler, and makes it down into the Batcave. They have a lot of fun with this scene, showing old Batmobiles, including the one from the tv show, and the Whirly-Bats, not seen since the 60s.
As Hush waits for the heroes to show up and fight him, he has another flashback. This shows the murder of his mother, and Peyton Riley’s aid in covering it up. Although Peyton believed that, with his mother dead, they would be free to marry, in reality Tommy flew off to Europe, threatening to kill her if she ever revealed the truth. Poor Peyton, things were crappy long even before her arranged marriage.
Batman does finally get to the cave, as do Nightwing and Robin. And Hush gets chased by the giant dinosaur. It’s always a great story when the dinosaur gets used.
Even better is the way Batman defeats Hush, using the Whirly-Bat. It catches his bandages, and carries him away. It crashes and explodes near the underground river, and Batman knows Tommy will have survived somehow.
Dr. Mid-Nite and Mr Terrific perform the surgery on Catwoman, and successfully replace her heart.
Selina gets a scene with Zatanna. Near-death, or dream, or magic, it’s never clear. Nor should it be.
Bruce comes to see Selina in recovery, and openly admits his love for her, and how much she means to him.
But Batman and Catwoman are only together for a couple of panels, and then the story jumps ahead, to after Batman’s apparent death. Catwoman is living on a beach, and sends a tape out to Hush. We learn that she has used all her influence, and her friends, to loot Tommy Elliot’s finances, ruin his hideouts, and make him poison to be associated with. Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Slam Bradley are shown helping with this.
The story does have a sequel, a couple months down the road, as Catwoman confronts Hush, but that is detailed in the pages of Batman.
And even though it would be a couple of years before Bruce Wayne returned to these pages, and Batman was once again the star of the book, Detective Comics remained firmly in the Batman family of books.