"Batman Universe, Part 2": The synopsis for this issue has not yet been written.
Appearing in "Batman Universe, Part 2"
Synopsis for "Batman Universe, Part 2"
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Appearing in "Hush, Chapter Four: The City"
- Batman (Flashback and main story)
- Oracle (Behind the scenes)
- Alfred Pennyworth (Flashback only)
- Green Lantern (Alan Scott) (Flashback only)
- Thomas Wayne (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Hush, Chapter Four: The City"
This story is reprinted from Batman #611.
Bruce Wayne flies to Metropolis. He needs to find Poison Ivy in order to discover her involvement in the Edward Lamont ransom case. As he disembarks from the plane, he recalls the first time he came to Metropolis.
Bruce visits his newspaper the Daily Planet under the guise of checking in on his investment. But what he really needs to do is to check upon Oracle's investigations. Lois Lane flirts with Bruce but before she learns anything from him, Perry White takes Bruce away. However, Bruce's thoughts are actually on the kiss he shared with Catwoman the prior evening.
At night, he drops by the Lexcorp offices as Batman and speaks with CEO Talia al Ghul, who calls herself Talia Head. He inquires about a dangerous chemical compound that Lexcorp dabbles in – a compound developed by Lamont Chemicals. Before Talia can speak at length however, Batman is called away by Catwoman, who is in town as well and hot on the trail of Poison Ivy.
Catwoman breaks into Poison Ivy's headquarters and pretends that she is still under her thrall. But Poison Ivy instantly recognizes the deception and the two begin fighting. Batman arrives seconds behind Catwoman and saves her from being strangled by one of Ivy's sentient vines. However, Poison Ivy has another notorious personage under her thrall – Superman. As the top of Ivy's greenhouse collapses, Superman is seen hovering, ready to protect her.
Appearing in Nightwing: "South Beach Connection"
- Spinebender (First appearance)
- Alexander Staunton (Mentioned only)
- Asimov (Single appearance)
- Benjamin Haldman (Mentioned only)
- Henry Ballard (Mentioned only)
- Jimmy Clark
- William Cobb (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for Nightwing: "South Beach Connection"
This story is reprinted from Nightwing (Volume 3) #4.
In Miami, Dick Grayson and Raya Vestri have been sleeping together, and the two of them make pillow talk about the movies they haven't seen. Dick offers that once things slow down, he'll take her out and they'll catch up on all the movies he hasn't seen. Raya lays back in bed disappointedly, knowing that once Dick has figured out the mystery of the assassin called Saiko and Haly's Circus, he'll just end up going back to Gotham, and leaving his circus family behind.
In one of the tents, Jimmy the clown looks over what appears to be a threatening note, when he is interrupted by Marc. The clown tries to hide the note, but before Marc can pry about it, they are surprised by the appearance of Barbara Gordon. She asks after Dick, and they send her on her way. Afterwards, Marc comments that Dick seems to have a type.
Dick tries to arrange a date later with Raya when a knock comes at his door. His response to seeing Barbara standing there is less than excited, given their history. Awkwardly, he introduces Barbara to Raya, and they size each other up. After Raya leaves, Barbara explains that she is in the area because she knows that Spinebender's fence is in Miami, and she hopes to ambush him when he tries to sell the microchips. Playfully, she invites him to come with her, and despite his preoccupation with his own case, he agrees.
Dick feels uncomfortable because while Raya may have been his first major crush while he was in the circus, Barbara is a close second. He and she grew up together under Batman's wing, and he thinks she feels about the same about him as he does about her. However, their friendship has taken a turn since he admitted that he didn't think she was ready to return to being Batgirl.
As Spinebender appears to be late for his appointment, Barbara asks Dick how his own case is going. Unfortunately, Dick hasn't been able to find anybody who Saiko has worked for. Moreover, the assassin now knows that Richard Grayson and Nightwing are one and the same, which could compromise all of his fellow Gotham vigilantes. Barbara begins to pry about Raya, but Dick is clearly uncomfortable, and decides to go in for a closer look to avoid the questions.
On the ground, Dick discovers that Spinebender's fence doesn't know why he's late either. Thinking about it, he realizes that Spinebender knows he's not being tailed. Up on the roof, Barbara hears Nightwing behind her, and turns around in time to see Dick jumping up and grabbing what appears to be his double. Spinebender has assumed his shape in order to get the drop on Batgirl. Grappling with the shape-changer, Dick calls out for Batgirl to hit the thief. Fortunately, she chooses correctly.
Nightwing changes things up by knocking Spinebender down among his fence's men, alerting them to their presence. Amid the gunfire, Nightwing shoves Spinebender into a pool, hoping that that the water will have some effect on him. It doesn't, but Batgirl zaps him with an electrified Batarang, and that turns out to be his weakness. Analyzing the thief's composition, it turns out that he has a high concentration of silica. With this in mind, Nightwing zaps Spinebender with even more electricity, and the reaction causes the silica to become glass, freezing the him in place. As the police arrive, Dick and Barbara make their escape.
After they return to Dick's car on the circus train, Barbara apologizes for prying into his relationship with Raya. She comments that he seems happy, and as such, she should leave it alone. He responds that she looks happy too, and they part ways amicably. In the hall outside the cabin, Raya stops Barbara and asks about the nature of her relationship with Dick. Barbara claims that he is only a close friend, and adds that he seems to really care about Raya, and that she makes him happy. In the end, that should be all that matters. After Barbara has gone, Raya considers knocking on Dick's door, hesitates, and then decides against it.
Afterwards, Dick has a revelation about the cryptic message he was given by Mr. Haly. He had been thinking of it as a metaphor, but perhaps it was a literal direction. Perhaps the answer in the heart of the circus means that the answer really is in the heart of the circus. Dick rushes out to the big top tent and in the main ring, he discovers a wood panel that appears to be more worn than the others. He pulls it away to reveal a book. On each page is a name, but none that he recognizes. On the last page, however, is his own name.
Appearing in Harley Quinn: "Very Old Spice"
- Big Tony
- The Brooklyn Bruisers
- David Rubenstein
- Derek Rubenstein
- Dr. Hertz
- Ida Rubenstein
- Jenny Rubenstein
- Sy Borgman (First full appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- The Crabs
- Guido (Dies)
- The Joker (Mentioned only)
- Smallville (Mentioned only)
- New Jersey
- Arkham Asylum (Mentioned only)
- New York
Synopsis for Harley Quinn: "Very Old Spice"
This story is reprinted from Harley Quinn (Volume 2) #4.
With her first day of work ahead of her, Harley Quinn goes through the unexpectedly arduous process of covering every bit of visible skin on her body with flesh-toned makeup, to hide her inhumanly pale complexion. As she grabs her pack and thermos, she runs into Big Tony outside, who asks a minute of her time to show her his designs for the automated dog-poop removal device that he promised her after she adopted every dog in the local shelter. In exchange for building it, all he asks is four months rent-free. Reluctantly, she agrees, reminding him to feed those pets as she mounts her bike, and rides to work.
At the nursing home, in her role as a therapist to the elderly residents, Harley is so moved by the story of neglect that one of her patients - a Mrs. Rubenstein - tells that she reschedules her next appointment and finds the address of the woman's children.
In Kensington, Jenny Rubenstein is holding a party with her friends, hoping to convince them to buy a selection of personal massagers, and making little secret of their other, perhaps more valuable uses. Soon, the vibration of the devices is buried under the more powerful vibration of the rapidly approaching bulldozer piloted by Harley Quinn, which soon tears through the Rubenstein household's living room. Outraged, she sends the other soccer moms home while she searches for Jenny's son Derek, who is engrossed in a video game. Promptly, she takes a tennis racket to his TV and game console, and then binds and gags him. In the basement, she finds David Rubenstein, whose obsession with model railroads gives allows Harley to fulfill a dream of stomping a city like Godzilla. Having taken him eighteen years to build, David is enraged, but Harley grabs up the long string of train cars from the diorama and whips him into submission with it before ordering him upstairs with his wife and son.
Once assembled together, Harley challenges the Rubensteins to guess why she came. None of them has a satisfying answer, so she stuffs them all into the trunk of their own car, and takes them on a road trip. However, she is distracted en route by hunger, and makes a stop at a Bay Ridge diner. As she finishes her meal, she is accosted by an unusual looking man who introduces himself as Guido, and reminds that she has a price on her head that has every bounty hunter in the five boroughs looking for her. He suggests that if he can pay her more than his employers, he might let her go, but he follows it up by insinuating that she should know who his employer is. Harley is confused, but she knows well enough that he intends to kill her, and so thrusts her fork into his chest.
Afterward, Harley rushes to her first roller-derby game, knowing she will be late. Unfortunately, she's so late that her team has already lost to The Crabs. She is informed upon her arrival that all she can do to help at this point is to cripple the other team, which, perhaps unfortunately, Harley takes literally. As the Crabs make their way out of the rink, making fun of the Harley's losing team openly, they are suddenly mowed down by Harley in the Rubensteins' car. Most of Harley's compatriots are horrified, but Summer, the team captain, is practically aroused.
Having had a full day, Harley is halfway home before she remembers that there are people in the trunk. She drives them out to the pier and lines them up on the edge, reminding that the reason she attacked them was because they had been neglecting Ida Rubenstein, David's mother. All it would take to make Ida happy is a visit now and then. Disgusted by how positively Ida spoke of someone like Derek, Harley swats him with her racket, knocking him into the water. Turning to Jenny, she condemns her for failing to at least call, kicking her in after her son. Finally, she demands to know how David intends to justify his neglect. He responds angrily that he and his family visit Ida three times a week. Harley responds that that isn't what she was told, and he reveals that Ida has Alzheimer's. She can't remember from one day to the next who visited her. Harley realizes, with some guilt, that she forgot to read the files. Grumpily, she unties him and lets him dive in after his family, only to discover that it's low-tide, and they had all simply fallen into the mud. Sheepishly, she jumps back into their car, apologizing, and reminding them to call their grandma.
That evening, Harley returns to the nursing home for her rescheduled appointment, where a Mr. Borgman identifies her as Harley Quinn. He explains that he knows all about her. Uncomfortably, she closes the door behind him, and he explains that he has only come to help, not hurt. He is Sy Borgman, once a government agent known as Syborg. He was responsible for breaking up a Russian terrorist group in the 60s, but got blown up in the process, requiring most of his body to be replaced by with what were then state-of-the-art bionics. When old age kicked in, though, the weight of his bionics required that he be confined to a scooter. The reason he has come is a proposition: some of the gang who blew him up are still out there - if much older - and his mission remains incomplete. He needs her to rid the world of these criminals to serve the country. Moved by his patriotism, Harley agrees to the gig.
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- Batman Recommended Reading
- Batman (Volume 1)
- Batman (Volume 2)
- Batman (Volume 3)
- Batman and Robin (Volume 1)
- Batman and Robin (Volume 2)
- Batman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Batman: Gotham Knights (Volume 1)
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (Volume 1)
- Batman: Shadow of the Bat (Volume 1)
- Batman: Streets of Gotham (Volume 1)
- Batman Incorporated (Volume 1)
- Batman Incorporated (Volume 2)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- Batman: The Dark Knight (Volume 1)
- Batman: The Dark Knight (Volume 2)
- The Brave and the Bold (Volume 1)
- Detective Comics (Volume 1)
- Detective Comics (Volume 2)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)
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