DC Day: In “Hush”, Batman Has To Free Superman From Poison Ivy’s Mind Control And Recover Lamont’s Ransom

DC DAY

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN MIND CONTROL

CATWOMAN, UNDER MIND CONTROL, STEALS LAMONT’S RANSOM AND DELIVERS IT TO POISON IVY

In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Batman fights Poison Ivy’s mind control of Catwoman. It is almost midnight. On the scene of a kidnapping, Batman sneaks through an FBI security perimeter at the Gotham City Shipyard. He has one minute and 13 seconds left. Using acid, he burns through the lock and gets into the Shipyard. He quickly takes down the enemy crew who he knows by name: Nails Nathan, Tommy Harper, Carlos Valdez, and Spider Hancock.

Having interrogated Spider Hancock, he locates the kidnapped, Edward Lamont IV, the sole heir to the Lamont Chemical fortune. Batman notes that he only has 37 seconds left and attempts to get the boy out. The boy is trembling and Batman notes Superman’s smile could have re-assured the boy. He had been kidnapped two days ago by Killer Croc. Within six hours, a $10 million demand for ransom was made. Everyone, the Lamont Family, the Mayor, G.C.P.D. and the F.B.I. but Batman wanted to pay the ransom.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.

During the fight, Batman recalls that Killer Croc send everyone on a “wild-goose chase” and went to retrieve the money.1 Batman thought he had two minutes before Croc would realize the child was missing. In reality, he was off by 11 seconds. Batman is intrigued at the fact that kidnapping was never Killer Croc’s Modus Operandi. In fact, the operation was well-planned and executed. Using Croc’s vulnerability to hypersonics, Batman takes him down with “ten thousand bumblebees at one thousand decibels.”1 Batman ties Killer Croc into chains.

The F.B.I. arrives on the scene. One of the officers states though they may not use Batman’s methods, he gets results. Asking about the money, Batman states someone may have gotten it during the fight. Using his heat sensors, he sees Catwoman leaving the scene on a rope. Batman catches up to her and notes that taking ransom money was never Catwoman’s style. In fact, as of late, she had been on the path to reform. As Batman is about to catch Catwoman, his Batrope breaks. Batman exclaims to himself that someone must have cut it. Batman tries to hold onto a gargoyle but his shoulder breaks, then he falls to the ground. At the end of the issue, Catwoman delivers the ransom money to… Poison Ivy who says that no man or woman can resist her mind control.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Catwoman under mind control, delivers Lamont's money to Poison Ivy.
In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Catwoman under mind control, delivers Lamont’s money to Poison Ivy. AP Photo/DC Comics.

DR. ELLIOTT, BRUCE’S CHILDHOOD FRIEND, OPERATES ON AND SAVES BRUCE FROM A SKULL FRACTURE

In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Bruce Wayne is operated on and saved from a skull fracture by Dr. Elliott. On the streets of Gotham, thugs witness Batman’s fall. He is bleedy and barely conscious. Batman manages to activate the alarm signal on the utility belt in order to alert Oracle. The thugs attempt to take off his mask. When they are unable, they try to kill Batman. Oracle manages to alert the closest vigilante to Batman. Batman smells the smell of gun oil as one of the thugs is about to shoot him.

Suddenly, Huntress answers the alarm and arrives on the scene. She takes down the thugs. Batman is able to follow on the fight and thinks to himself, that Huntress wants to prove herself. Oracle remote controls the Batmobile to their location. Huntress is startled and Oracle tells Huntress to load Batman into the Batmobile. Huntress says Batman feels broken. As the Batmobile shuts and departs, Oracle tells Huntress that Batman is sure to thank her in person once he recovers. As the Batmobile departs, a mysterious man whose head is covered in bandages observes from a vantage point.

 

In 'Batman' (2003) #609, Batman has a skull fracture and is immobilized on the ground as he is attacked by thugs.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Batman has a skull fracture and is immobilized on the ground. Thugs who witnessed his fall are trying to kill him. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Elsewhere, Poison Ivy takes the attaché case with half of the ransom money retrieved by Catwoman who is under her mind control. She gives it to a mysterious man. At the Batcave, Alfred Pennyworth states Batman’s injuries are too severe for his skills. Bruce has a skull fracture. Oracle recommends contacting Shondra Kinsolving but Alfred advises against it, as she is having some issues as of late. Oracle says she will have Dick Grayson wreck Bruce’s Porsche.

At that moment, Bruce starts tapping a name. Alfred thinks it is an involuntary nerve movement. Then, he realizes it is Morse Code and that Bruce is tapping “Thomas”. Alfred thinks Bruce is delirious and is recalling childhood memories of his father. However, Bruce continues tapping and Alfred recognizes the name “Thomas Elliott”, Bruce’s chilhood friend who is now a neurosurgeon. The news report on the surgery at Gotham City Hospital and that Dr. Elliott is being flown in from Philadelphia. Eventually, the surgery is successful and Dr. Elliott saves Bruce Wayne’s life.

In 'Batman' (2003) #609, Dr. Elliott operates on Bruce Wayne's skull fracture.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Dr. Elliott operates on Bruce Wayne’s skull fracture. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BATMAN AND CATWOMAN KISS

In 'Batman' (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss under the full moon in Gotham City.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss. AP Photo/DC Comics

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EXPLOSIVE RUMBLE IN METROPOLIS: BATMAN VS SUPERMAN UNDER MIND CONTROL BY POISON IVY

In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman has to fight Superman under mind control by Poison Ivy. In order to recover Lamont’s ransom, Batman and Catwoman have traced Poison Ivy to Metropolis. Poison Ivy has Superman under mind control and orders Superman to kill Batman and Catwoman. Superman attacks them with heat vision but Batman and Catwoman escape to the Metropolis underground system. When Superman vociferates he can’t kill, Poison Ivy poisons him. Batman is conflicted because of his feelings for Catwoman who has a personal vendetta against Poison Ivy because she put her under mind control to steal Lamont’s ransom.

However, with prep time, Batman has a plan. They have escaped to the Lexcorp tunnel systems which are lead-lined. After Batman puts on his Kryptonite ring, Catwoman kisses him and departs. The fight between Batman and Superman is uneven. During the fight, Batman thinks Clark is a good person, while Bruce is not. Though Superman has the advantage, Batman uses Clark’s psychology with a lie so he can’t use his heat vision. Then, he times Superman’s punch and avoids it, to hit High Voltage. Superman is electroshocked by Metropolis’ power system. There is a power outage, then power returns.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Superman storms out of the underground and exclaims to Batman: “You hurt me. This ends now.”2 He grabs a car in order to slam it into Batman. Batman asks Superman to look up and gives him a choice: He can either continue fighting or he can save Lois Lane who is being held by Catwoman atop the Daily Planet building. Catwoman pushes Lois off the Daily Planet. Superman frees himself from the mind control of Poison Ivy and saves Lois.

Coming to his senses, Superman says they are unable to track Poison Ivy though Batman knows someone who can. Meeting Ivy at Metropolis Plaza, Superman says he has arranged for Maggie Sawyer to deliver Poison Ivy to G.C.P.D. Poison Ivy attempts to leave but is met by Krypto the super-dog. Batman, Catwoman and Superman used Krypto’s super smell in order to track Poison Ivy. Then, Catwoman knocks out Poison Ivy to even the score for Poison Ivy putting her under mind control. At the end of the issue, Batman and Superman congratulate each other for their friendship.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Catwoman drops Lois Lane off the Daily Planet and Superman frees himself from Poison Ivy's mind control in order to save her.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Catwoman drops Lois Lane off the Daily Planet and Superman frees himself from Poison Ivy’s mind control in order to save her. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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SOURCES

Batman Vol 1 612 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 608 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 609 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 610 in DC Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman #608.
  2. Batman #612.

DC Day: Joker Plans His Birthday Celebration By Gassing The GCPD Precinct With Joker Venom

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DC DAY

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Joker sends the GCPD an invitation letter gassed with Joker Venom.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker sends the GCPD an invitation letter gassed with Joker Venom. Photo/DC Comics

IN DC COMICS

JOKER SENDS A LETTER TO COMMISSIONER GORDON FOR HIS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION GASSED WITH JOKER VENOM

In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker sends Commissioner Gordon a letter with no return address at the GCPD gassed with Joker Venom. The letter is an invitation to Joker’s birthday celebration with the etiquette being “black ties optional, funny hats mandatory.”1 Immediately, the police officers at the precinct start laughing and fall on the floor.

Joker makes his clown entry into the GCPD precinct. He asks for “a rousing round of applause.”1 At this time, Batman swings around the precinct perimeter. Noticing the hysteria around the building he concludes Joker has used Joker Venom and equips himself with a respirator. Then, he crashes into the precinct window.

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Joker sends the GCPD an invitation letter gassed with Joker Venom.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker sends the GCPD an invitation letter gassed with Joker Venom. Photo/DC Comics

JOKER KIDNAPS COMMISSIONER GORDON, ROBIN (DICK GRAYSON) AND ALFRED

Batman quickly fights Joker’s henchmen remarking that Joker still hires muscle men that are “inept.”1 He makes short work of them, but notices Joker has escaped. Batman runs out on the street and sees the Jokermobile with Joker escaping with Commissioner Gordon. Batman laments that he hasn’t “got a prayer of catching them.”1 The police officers exclaim that the Joker has got Commissioner Gordon “too.” Batman finds out from them that he was called because earlier the Joker kidnapped Robin in New Carthage.

Switching to Bruce Wayne’s penthouse, Alfred who is hosting Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman and Lucius Fox, notices footsteps on the roof and thinks it is Batman. Instead, there is an explosion. Joker and his henchmen arrive. Catwoman attempts to fight off Joker but is knocked out by Joker’s boxing glove sprawling from a bouquet of flowers. Joker and his henchmen escape with Alfred aboard his balloon. Batman arrives on the scene, wakes Selina Kyle and greets her.

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Joker kidnaps and boards Alfred Pennyworth aboard his balloon.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker kidnaps and boards Alfred Pennyworth aboard his balloon. Photo/DC Comics

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JOKER’S EXTRAVAGANT PLAN TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY

In the Clown Prince of Crime’s “hidden Ha-Hacienda”, Joker reveals to his captives his extravagant plan for his birthday celebration.1 Joker sets up his “victim-go-round” to kill all his sworn enemies “while all Gotham City watches” as celebration for his birthday.1

As Joker revels in his plan, his henchmen laugh with him, save one called Sidney. He intimidates Sidney and then shoots him with a spear-gun that shoots the message: “BANG You’re Dead.”1 Robin shocked by the Joker’s sick jokes exclaims he is out of his mind.

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Joker sets up his "victim-go-round" to kill all his sworn enemies "while all Gotham City watches" as celebration for his birthday.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker sets up his “victim-go-round” to kill all his sworn enemies “while all Gotham City watches” as celebration for his birthday. Photo/DC Comics

Robin asks Joker where he will find an audience willing to watch the murder. Joker shows “the late edition” of the Gotham Gazette.1 It contains an invitation to the Harlequin Baking Company to see its wares.

Batman watching individuals on the street deciding to go to the event notes “the Joker has finally made his first mistake” since the Harlequin Baking Company doesn’t exist.1

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Joker sends invites to the Harlequin Baking Company, a fictitious company, in "the late edition" of the Gotham Gazette.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker sends invites to the Harlequin Baking Company, a fictitious company, in “the late edition” of the Gotham Gazette. Photo/DC Comics
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BATMAN SAVES JOKER’S SWORN ENEMIES ON THE CLOWN PRINCE OF CRIME’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

A crowd gathers at the Harlequin Baking Company. As the crowd congregates and sits down, Joker gasses them with Joker Venom. Lights go out. Then, Joker appears with his captives on stage. Each is tied to an incendiary candle on a cake. Once Joker presses the detonator in front of him, each “will burn brightly”, Joker will make a wish then blow them up.

Batman arrives and surrenders to the Joker in exchange for the captives’ lives. Joker says he lied, ties Batman to an incendiary candle. However, Batman ejects himself by pressing a button since he rigged his candles incendiary jets, unties himself and throws his batarangs at the captives’ ropes. Meanwhile, Joker presses the detonator. The captives are saved in time. Robin goes after Joker’s henchmen. Batman goes after Joker who escapes.

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, Batman has to save the Joker's sworn enemies on the Clown Prince of Crime's birthday celebration.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Batman has to save the Joker’s sworn enemies on the Clown Prince of Crime’s birthday celebration. Photo/DC Comics

BATMAN DUELS WITH JOKER ON A GETAWAY BOAT

As Batman is in pursuit, Joker is headed for the docks. Joker boards his getaway boat while Batman uses the boat’s harness rope to jet-ski holding up to the boat as it speeds on the waters. Batman finally boards the boat. Batman avoids the Joker’s squirting flower, takes him down only to be met with a flying kick.

With the Joker no longer helming the wheel, the boat is out of control, headed for the shoals. Batman attempts to convince Joker to abandon ship, only to fall into the waters tricked by Joker’s “phony-hand-up-the-sleeve gag.”1 The duel ends up in an explosion. Batman survives only to hope with Robin and Commissioner Gordon that it is the last of the Joker.

In 'Batman' (1980) #321, at the end of his duel on the runaway boat with Batman, Joker is presumed dead.
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, at the end of his duel on the getaway boat with Batman, Joker is presumed dead. Photo/DC Comics

SOURCES

Batman Vol 1 321 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman #321.

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