"One More Chance, Part 1 of 2": Landing on the rooftop of the GCPD headquarters' rooftop , Batman gets informed by Jim Gordon about the kidnapping of Anna, the granddaughter of billionaire businessman Thomas Giessen. Despite paying the money as asked for, the girl still wasn't returned to the Gi
Appearing in "One More Chance, Part 1 of 2"
- Batman (Flashback and main story)
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Thomas Giessen
- Victoria (Flashback and main story)
- Patrick Crown
- Anna (Flashback only)
- Commissioner Gordon
- Joe Chill (Flashback only)
- Martha Wayne (Dies in flashback)
- Thomas Wayne (Dies in flashback)
- Gotham City Police Department (Mentioned only)
- Gotham City
- Batman's T-Rex
- Giant Joker Card
- Giant Penny
- Joe Chill's Gun
- Martha Wayne's Pearl Necklace
Synopsis for "One More Chance, Part 1 of 2"
Landing on the rooftop of the GCPD headquarters' rooftop , Batman gets informed by Jim Gordon about the kidnapping of Anna, the granddaughter of billionaire businessman Thomas Giessen. Despite paying the money as asked for, the girl still wasn't returned to the Giessens and they thus contacted the police. Anna's parents were killed in front of her when she was six years old due to road-rage which also made her deaf.
As he postulates along with Alfred on who kidnapped the girl, he states that the security of the Giessen mansion is very tight and only someone who knew about the security system beforehand, could pull off the kidnapping. He suspects the security chief Patrick Crown, since in the surveillance tapes he is shown visiting at unusual hours and the portion of his visible body in them is progressively smaller before eventually disappearing entirely, thinking he may have figured out the blind spots of the cameras.
As Batman tries to leave, Alfred suggests getting some rest while he tells Gordon to arrange an interview with the Giessens. Arriving at the mansion later on, he learns that Crown hasn't been responding to calls or messages by their servant Victoria, who was the last person to notice Anna before before she was abducted. When Batman asks them about having any enemies, Thomas Giessen responds of course he does like any wealthy person and tells him to stop wasting time.
Arriving at Crown's apartment, he finds it empty but soon realizes he's fleeing through the fire escape. As Batman hits him with a batarang, Crown falls from the roof but gets caught in the wires strung up for drying clothes. Crown admits to him that he only gave the inside layout of the mansion to the kidnappers after being blackmailed, but only expected them to commit a robbery. They also told him that Batman was coming for him. Alfred traces the location of the kidnappers' number and realizes it's in the Monarch theatre.
Bruce starts remembering the night his parents were killed after visiting the theatre, but soon finds himself confronted by a bunch of thugs who were told by boss to be there without an explanation, and try to mow him down in revenge for putting them behind bars in past.
Appearing in "Hush, Chapter One: 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
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
Synopsis for "Hush, Chapter One: The Ransom"
This story is reprinted from Batman #608.
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 scene 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.
Appearing in "Welcome to Gotham"
- Nightwing (First appearance)
- Saiko (1st appearance; unnamed)
Synopsis for "Welcome to Gotham"
This story is reprinted from Nightwing (Volume 3) #1.
After traveling around a lot, and a year-long stint as Batman, Dick Grayson is excited to be back on the streets of Gotham City as Nightwing. Unfortunately, the city has somehow become more violent, and he encounters yet another murderous psycho in an alley. With brutal precision, Dick takes the criminal down.
On his way home, Dick stops on a rooftop and observes the main tent at Haly's Circus, which is visiting Gotham for the first time since the Flying Graysons were murdered there by Tony Zucco. Dick can't yet bring himself to go down and see his old friends, but the irony is not lost on him that as soon as he finds a new start, his past has come back to haunt him.
At the Port Authority, a man wearing sunglasses at night gets off of a bus, and is soon harassed by a couple of thugs. They demand to be given his shades as a toll. Effortlessly, the man beats the thugs into submission, before commenting that he always did like Gotham.
Dick has found a crummy apartment in one of Gotham's more dangerous neighborhoods, noting that he and Bruce have never agreed on the fact that it makes sense to live in the place you're trying to save. He and Bruce have several differences, but in other ways they are the same. Like Bruce, Dick is letting his past come back to scare him. He decides, finally, to visit Haly's Circus.
Under the big top, Dick reunites with Bryan Haly, the current owner after his father stepped down. Jimmy the clown is as temperamental as ever. His old friend Raya is also back working at the circus on trapeze, with new catcher Marc. Raya convinces Dick to take a turn on the trapeze, for old times' sake. It feels great, but he has to pretend to be rusty, so nobody gets suspicious. In the air, he realizes that there were a lot of good memories about Haly's as well as the bad.
Dick walks back home, musing over a potential romance with the redheaded Raya, but suddenly an assassin (Saiko) equipped with deadly claws leaps down in front of him and attempts to kill him. Dick dodges, and uses a GCPD patrol car as a distraction while he escapes. Unfortunately, while Dick takes the time to put on his costume, the assassin manages to rip through the officers' throats.
The assassin is fast, and Dick chases him up a fire escape to the top of a roof. The assassin is after Dick Grayson in particular, for some reason, and isn't happy to be dealing with his 'protector', so he smashes through the water tower, and the water blasts Nightwing off of the roof and onto the ground below. The assassin leaps down, and readies a death blow.
Appearing in "Hot in the City"
- Big Tony (First appearance)
- The Brooklyn Bruisers (First appearance)
- Dr. Hertz (First appearance)
- Frankie and Johnnie (First appearance)
- Goat Boy (First appearance)
- Queenie (First appearance)
- Robert Coachman
- Hired killer #1 (Only appearance; dies)
- Hired killer #2 (Only appearance; dies)
- New Jersey
- New York
Synopsis for "Hot in the City"
This story is reprinted from Harley Quinn (Volume 2) #1.
After an old patient from Arkham Asylum left Harley Quinn an apartment building in Coney Island in his will, she has packed up her entire life to make the big move to New York. When her motorbike and sack full of junk are stopped at a red light, she is disturbed to watch a man dragging his dog across the street. Angrily, she fishes for a bullwhip from her sack, and snaps through the dog's leash before wrapping it around the dog-walker's neck. Gleefully, she adopts the dog on the spot, towing its former owner by the neck as she speeds through the now green light.
As she continues on her way, a mercenary happens to spot her, and given the reward for Harley's head, he decides to claim it for himself. Pulling a gun, he causes several car accidents that result in the majority of Harley's remaining valuables falling off the back of her bike, and filling the roadway. Annoyed, she fumbles around in that mess, searching for her hammer. First assuring that her new dog is alright, she approaches her would-be headhunter, and demands to know why she shouldn't kill him for trying to kill her. His answer does not satisfy, so she punts his head off of his shoulders with the hammer.
Finally, as night falls, Harley arrives on Coney Island and locates her building. It happens to be the home of a Freakshow, a wax museum and other interesting businesses. One of the first people she meets is a tenant named Big Tony, who recognizes her from the description given by Mr. Coachman. He, meanwhile, has been waiting all day for her to arrive, and explains that while the first floor is commercial, the second has eight apartments (mostly occupied by people who work on the first floor), and she will be responsible for collecting their tenants' rent. The third floor is mostly storage and lumber, while the fourth floor is massive, and it's all Harley's. It has a private express elevator and roof access. Unfortunately, it all comes with a catch: she must take on the back-taxes, real estate taxes, insurance and upkeep costs. Though she hasn't got a dime, Harley insists she will be able to handle it.
The next morning, while moping about the strings attached to her good fortune, Big Tony shows up to announce that he and the others helped move her things into her new apartment. On top of that, they chipped in to get her breakfast and a newspaper to find help wanted ads for a job. Unseen by either of them, an assassin fails to get a clear shot on Harley as she keeps moving around excitedly.
After securing two job interviews, Harley applies makeup to hide her bleached skin. Her first interview is at the Free Spirit Assisted Living Home, where her resume as a therapist impresses. The home has a special division just for those patients who are a danger to themselves, and Harley's interest in that aspect of the job is piqued.
The second interview is for a job that satisfies Harley's other qualifications: a roller derby league. She is welcomed to the rink by a girl named Summer who encourages her to get physical, as there is only one slot open on the team. For the tryout, Summer explains the basic rules, but adds that the last skater standing will be the one who makes the team. Though many of Harley's moves are restricted, Summer allows them, because they are a league that bends the rules for entertainment's sake, and the referees play into that. Naturally, Harley's penchant for brutal violence leaves her the winner, and Summer hires her on the spot. Any win for the team, and she will get a percentage of the door charge, while losing gains her some drinks and free medical supplies.
Later that night, Harley enjoys some relaxing time moon-bathing on the roof. If she gets the therapist job, she will be able to cover all of her costs, so long as everyone pays their rent. Sighing, she revels in the security of having her own home, unaware of the assassin sneaking up behind her. Before she can fall victim to the killer's sword, two gunshots ring out, and Harley discovers that Big Tony has saved her life. Searching the body, Harley discovers that there's a hit out on her for two million dollars. Grimly, Tony welcomes her to the neighbourhood.
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