"Death-Wish for Two, Conclusion": Batman dives to save David Cain, who had willingly let go of the bridge he'd been holding onto in an apparent suicide attempt. Batman grabs Cain, and the two swing into a window of the building below. Cain
- Sometimes it seems like living is the hardest choice of all.
- -- Bruce Wayne
Appearing in "Death-Wish for Two, Conclusion"
- Gotham City Police Department
- Oracle (Behind the scenes)
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Cassandra Cain
Synopsis for "Death-Wish for Two, Conclusion"
Batman dives to save David Cain, who had willingly let go of the bridge he'd been holding onto in an apparent suicide attempt. Batman grabs Cain, and the two swing into a window of the building below. Cain shows Batman his desire to die, but Batman wouldn't allow it.
As the two talk about an escape plan, Cain asks Batman why he's trying to save him after killing Fairchild and framing Bruce Wayne for the murder. Batman says that it's because he cares about Cain's daughter, Cassandra Cain, Batgirl, and because she still cares about her father. On their way out of the building, Batman overhears through the police radio that the officers have the building surrounded and that they have orders to shoot to kill at the sight of Cain, since they believe that he is responsible for the escape attempt and the attack on other police officers.
Batman and Cain make their way to the sewers and blow a hole in the side of a building. Unfortunately, the hole leads to an apparent storage room for gun smugglers. As Batman fights off the gang, Cain is confronted again by Deadshot.
Deadshot teases Cain about losing his touch and squandering his gift. During this taunt, Cain remembers his daughter and encouraged by her memory, Cain decides to fight back. He headbutts Deadshot, grabs a discarded gun that Deadshot himself handed him, and shoots Deadshot through several times in the arms, around the chest and finally on the costume bull's-eye on his chest. After dispatching all the gang members, Batman approaches the two assassins and stops the massacre. Taking a brief look at Lawton, he realizes that he isn't dead yet and he calls Oracle, tells her to call the police and inform them that it's all clear and also to call paramedics for Deadshot.
The next day, a news anchor reports that Cain's testimony was taken successful, even though the man never confessed who hired him to kill Vesper. At Wayne Manor. Alfred and Bruce watch the news as Alfred wonders, how long would Cain be contained in prison and Bruce replies that it would last until Cain learns the reason why he chose to live.
The news reporter also confirmed that the assassin known as Deadshot was taken to the nearest hospital. At that moment, in an operating room, surgeons congratulate each other on saving the life of Deadshot, who was in a critical condition after being shot many times around the heart. As the doctors leave the room, Lawton wakes up to the beeping sound of the heart monitor and curses with a soft voice.
- This book was first published on September 25, 2002.
- This issue is part of the Aftermath to the storyline Bruce Wayne: Fugitive. The previous chapter is Batman #606.
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