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Previously in Streets of Gotham (sorry for the gap, I moved house and only just got my scanner set up)...

Martha Kane's dad was bankrupted by a gangster, Judson Pierce, who now wants to shut down the clinic that Martha and her friend Leslie Thompkins work, so that he and make a mint by knocking it down as part of his plot to gentrify that area of Gotham.
Previous scans here,

Triggerwarning for sexism and child abuse.

Thirty plus years in the future, a much older and cancer striken Pierce is released from Blackgate Prison, where he decides to enact his revenge against the Waynes (for reasons explained later) by kidnapping and murdering their their son. But it turns out that the guy he'd kidnapped turned out to be Hush, who'd been impersonating Bruce at the time. Hush, who'd heard of Pierce but his mother refused to give details as why he was never spoken of, and his father just punched him in the face when he asked, gets Pierce to fill him in on why exactly he hates the Waynes so much.

Hush reveals that he's not actually Bruce by showing Pierce his facial scars, and now free from the constant guard of Batman's posse, decides to team up with him to destroy the Wayne legacy. Heh, weird that Hush would team up with a guy who is just as unpleasant as himself. Remember the boy Sonny though, he's important.

Later, while Bruce is trying to sort out a crimewave caused by a supervillain with mindcontrolling bedbugs, Elliot and Pierce collect the next member of their growing supervillain team-up as the older villain explains what happened after the botched hit on Martha and Leslie.

After Dr Death/Hellfern agrees to help the troupe attack Wayne Tower, on the basis that since he outed himself as funding Batman then really it's in his best interests to destroy Wayne Enterprises ASAP. One of the gangsters, a guy called Little Italy, who was the nephew of Pierce's former Mafia friend, talks about how supervillains have freaked him out ever he had a run in with the Joker at the start of his criminal career. Evidently Uncle Sal knew the Joker from WAY back, and his decision to tick the "clown" off had... less than pleasant results for the Mafioso.

Later still, Bruce and Selina are on the hunt for Hush in one of the clubs that their parents used to go to, which results in another flashback that turns out to be of importance beyond Gotham itself...

While Selina and Bruce's brief romantic moment is broken up by the bedbug villain trying to blow them up, Hellfern remembers what scheme Sal, Pierce and a reputable businessman who'd offically back the construction (ie Hush's dad) had him concoct to rid the neighbourhood of pesky low income residents so that they could rebuild it with highrent condos.

His plan first involved breeding a specific type of aggressive rat and then infecting it with a fast-acting virus as a means of disposing of the slumdwellers and then blaming it on a "pest problem". Unfortunately for them, the homeless boy Sonny happened to see them putting down the infected rats, so after breaking his jaw they decide to use him as a live carrier for the virus instead.

After the arrival of the All Star Squadron or JSA, Elliot Senior attempts make a citizen's arrest against the gangsters, apparently feeling that arson and kidnapping a child is going too far for a group that attempted mass murder as part of a real estate scam. Pierce just shoots him and they drive off, but the experience is enough to enrage Elliot the Elder whenever his criminal associates are brought up in future.

Later, Pierce visits Sal, who is busy securing a horribel future for himself along the line, who then promptly drops Pierce in it by allowing him to take the entirety of the blame for the mass murder/arson scheme.

So he agreed to go to jail and not tell on Sal, and swore revenge against the Waynes for putting him in jail (even though despite they were cooperating with the police investigation, it was Elliot telling the cops that Pierce shot him that secured his fate).

So that was the House of Hush storyline. Which covered both how Bruce's parents met, the first superhero outing in Gotham as well as what caused the Waynes to be held in such high regard by the Gotham populus (considering the GCPD's inability to solve their murder caused a fall in morale and respect for the police that resulted in Gotham becoming the city it was during BM:Yr 1).

I thought that the story acted as a good conclusion to the Hush-related story that Dini was telling, though I'm not sure what I think about the implication that this was YET ANOTHER possible Joker origin story. Kind of amused, post-reboot, whether Elliot's involvement was in part due to the Court of Owl's, but it's more likely due to him wanting some extra cash or something.

Up next, Batman: Noir!

Date: 2012-06-28 03:11 pm (UTC)
dr_archeville: Doctor Arkeville (Default)
From: [personal profile] dr_archeville
... Sonny = The Joker?

Date: 2012-06-28 04:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dr_archeville
"On the nose" -- or blatant telegraphing -- seems the norm for DC (and Marvel).

Date: 2012-06-28 04:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dr_archeville
Ah, I'd missed this is Dini-penned. In that case, my concerns/fears are (somewhat) relieved.

I guess it's just my knee-jerk reaction to trying to explain too much for a character who doesn't (IMO) really need it. I like that Batman & Joker are both sides of the "one bad day can radically alter who you are" coin. Yet, as I type this, I realize that if Bruce became the heroic Batman after his One Bad Day because of his positive upbringing, Sonny becoming the villainous Joker after his One Bad Day because of his negative upbringing still works quite well with the comparison.

I do hope they show more of the "raised by" part, and not just have Sonny be endlessly abused by them. (And I cannot help but wonder if the name is a reference to another raised-by-gangsters figure.)
Edited (links!) Date: 2012-06-28 04:55 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-06-28 10:14 pm (UTC)
charlieijoker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] charlieijoker
Yeah. Go back and read Street's of Gotham #19. Sonny is the Joker as a child.

Date: 2012-06-28 05:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
Sorry, I don't follow DC much; is that Wonder Woman?

Date: 2012-06-28 06:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
At that point, there were two versions of Wonder Woman to account for the Golden Age version; One was Hippolyta, Diana's mother, and naturally, the next was Diana herself. The one appearing in this story would be Hippolyta, who was written to be a member of the JSA in some WW stories prior to Infinite Crisis, especially during the war.

Date: 2012-06-28 06:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
I really dig her clothing here. Classical white & gold works much better for the concept than starred red'n'blue, in my opinion.

Date: 2012-06-29 02:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kraesil
Major female superhero? Well, might as well have the American Flag as a costume!

And I agree, this looks a lot better.

Date: 2012-06-28 05:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] grazzt
First thought, first page, first panel:


Date: 2012-06-28 05:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sinesofinsanity
LoveloveLOVE how badass Alfred is in this
Edited Date: 2012-06-28 05:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-06-28 08:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] greenmask
Ditto. Socool.

Date: 2012-06-28 07:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] auggie18
Wow, I am really digging the gold and white thing Hippolyta has going on here. It's a neat outfit. I dig it.

This is a really good story. It's engaging, it's got great moments of badassery for a lot of the characters (Go Martha! Go Alfred!) and it makes you feel for the minor characters. (Poor Sonny. Reeeally hope he doesn't end up becoming the Joker.)

Man, why are all my favorite Batman stories not really about Batman?

Date: 2012-06-28 10:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] auggie18
It's still, at its core, a Batman story that focuses mainly on other people. Which works really well, particularly since we get to see the histories of all these different characters and it brings Martha Wayne into a role outside of victim.

Date: 2012-06-28 10:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] charlieijoker
He does. (Streets of Gotham #19)

Date: 2012-06-28 10:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] auggie18


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