The Revolution has enjoyed Paul Dini's work on Batman, starting with the animated adventures and continuing through Detective Comics. This month features part 3 of Heart of Hush. The first two parts were good and I expect this to be another great Dini story. Fans of the Hush from the Loeb/Lee series should like Dini's work on filling out the background of Hush in this storyline.
Writer: Paul Dini
Pencils: Dustin Nguyen
Inks: Derek Fridolfs
Art Rating: 4 Night Girls out of 10
Story Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 6 Night Girls out of 10
Synopsis: Catwoman is getting dressed. She is looking in a mirror when she spots Hush in the reflection. He says boo. She kicks him through a large window. They fall out of the building. As they land, she calls him Dr. Elliot or Hush. He will pay for invading a lady's privacy. Hush can't believe that she calls herself a lady.
Hush hits her from behind. He pulls out his 2 guns. Hush supposes that "he" likes to "dance with a forbidden partner". If "he" would embrace everything that Catwoman stands for, it would destroy him. Catwoman swings out of the way as Hush opens fire. Hush wonders how far "he" could be pushed if he would really loose her.
Catwoman swings over him and kicks him from behind. Catwoman says she is not going anywhere. She claws Hush's face and rips open his bandages. She tells Hush that he is heading back to Arkham. They will wrap him up in a new set of bandages. When she sees his face, Catwoman exclaims "No! It can't be..." Hush stabs her in the stomach.
Batman yells for Crane (Scarecrow's real name). Scarecrow tells him he does not need to shout. Batman wants to know where the boy is. Scarecrow tucked him in a crawlspace. The boy is claustrophobic. With all of his mental problems, the boy needs to be lobotomized. Batman says the only one having their head ripped open will be the Scarecrow.
Scarecrow says that his colleague knows how to get to Batman. Batman's weakness is children. Scarecrow has long suspected that was lost and scared as a child. But his colleague remains silent about certain of Batman's secrets. Batman responses that it must be Hush.
Batman sets off a smoke bomb to prevent Scarecrow from tracking his movements. He tracks down the boy but he is scared of Batman. Scarecrow says he forgot to mention that the boy suffers from an acute fear of bats. Fortunately, he has provided something to help him cope.
Meanwhile, in an operating room Hush askes a nurse if things are ready. He picks up a scapel and prepares to operate on Catwoman. He thinks how he has always been an expert in matters of the heart.
Hush thinks back to a party. All of the girls are commenting on Bruce. Someone comments on what a stunning young man he is. It is Hush's mother. She says how bold Bruce is. Not at all like her son. Bruce asks if Tommy is ok. He wanted to meet up with him in Venice.
Tommy says it must be nice to write your own ticket with no family to take care of. But, for now,his mother needs him. He can't do anything to jeopardize her leting him go to medical school. A girl approaches Tommy and comments on the trapped look in his eyes. She sees the same look in her own eyes every day. Her name is Peyton Riley.
I am also very curious about what Selina saw when she exposed Hush's face. I am sure Dini will be addressing this mystery in the final two parts of this story.