"Hush, Chapter Two: The Friend": The thugs that witnesses the dark knight's fall surround him and try to take off his mask and when they're unable to do so, they try to kill the man. Oracle asks for any member of the [[Batman Family|Gotham vigilant

Quote1.png Bruce. If you wanted to get together after all this time -- you didn't have to try to kill yourself to do it. Quote2.png
Thomas Elliot

Batman #609 is an issue of the series Batman (Volume 1) with a cover date of January, 2003. It was published on November 27, 2002.

Appearing in "Hush, Chapter Two: The Friend"

Featured Characters:

  • Batman (Flashback and main story)

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Synopsis for "Hush, Chapter Two: The Friend"

The thugs that witnesses the dark knight's fall surround him and try to take off his mask and when they're unable to do so, they try to kill the man. Oracle asks for any member of the Gotham vigilantes to reach Batman's location since he started an emergency signal on his Utility Belt and he is not responding to her. Huntress screeches to a halt with her motorcycle in the middle of Park Row. Deploying her battle staff, she launches into the thugs surrounding Batman's body. While beating her opponents back, she maintains radio communication with Oracle, who in turn uses remote control to bring the Batmobile to their location. Huntress loads Batman's unconscious body into the empty vehicle, whereupon it returns to the Batcave. The scene is witnessed by a mysterious man whose head is covered in bandages.

Elsewhere, Poison Ivy takes the money-filled attaché case that she received from Catwoman and gives it to a shadowy figure at an undisclosed location.

At the Batcave, Alfred Pennyworth labors around the clock to save Bruce's life, but there is little even his impressive skills can accomplish. Bruce is suffering from a severe skull fracture. Though barely conscious, Bruce manages to tap out the name "Thomas Elliot" in Morse code. Thomas Elliot is a brilliant neurosurgeon and a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne.

Alfred takes Bruce to Gotham City Hospital and Dr. Elliot manages to save his life. During the operation, Bruce dreams of his childhood. He recalls playing games of strategy with young Tommy Elliot, and remarking at Tommy's keen analytical mind.

Alfred has Nightwing wreck one of Bruce's sports cars, and stages the story that Bruce injured himself while racing throughout the neighborhood of Bristol. The operation proves successful, and Bruce is released.


  • This issue is reprinted in Batman: Hush Vol 1.
  • Oracle is referred to only as "O" in this issue.
  • Reference is made to Nightwing (Dick Grayson) in this issue.
  • Despite the cover illustration, Batman does not actually encounter Poison Ivy in this issue and Catwoman does not make an appearance.


  • This issue takes place on Thursday and Friday, November 28th-29th, 2002. It is one of the few instances where a comic story actually locks itself into a specific date.
  • There are two familiar looking reporters in attendance at Gotham City Medical Center the day that Bruce Wayne is released. They are likely Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane. Lois and Jimmy also make behind-the-scenes appearances with bylines for an article and photograph, respectively, featured on a Daily Planet article shown in background.
  • The same scene at Gotham City Medical Center also features a photographer who looks very much like Peter Parker, except he is wearing glasses.
  • This issue includes an eight-page preview of the "Hero" comic strip.

See Also

Recommended Reading

Part I: Batman #608 Part II: Batman #609 Part III: Batman #610 Part IV: Batman #611
Part V: Batman #612 Part VI: Batman #613 Part VII: Batman #614 Part VIII: Batman #615
Part IX: Batman #616 Part X: Batman #617 Part XI: Batman #618 Part XII: Batman #619

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