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Batman (1940) - #681
"Hearts in Darkness"
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Grant Morrison

Tony Daniel - 'Antonio Salvador Daniel'

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Jared K. Fletcher

Dan DiDio
Michael 'Mike' Marts
Janelle Siegel

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Cover Date: December 2008
Cover Price: US $ 3.99

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 40 pages

There are other versions of this issue in the database:
Batman (1940) #681 2nd Printing
Batman (1940) #681 Tony Daniel Variant

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Bruce Wayne continues to have flashbacks about his early training days with the monks. Robin fights the Black Glove alone until he gets the aid of Dark Ranger and the Batmen of All Nations. Simon Hurt gets some troubles with the Joker when Joker kills one of the spectators. Joker wants revenge because he feels Hurt used him and promises payback some day. Simon Hurt believes he has killed Batman and burries him, but Batman literally stands up from his grave and fights the Black Glove claiming he was suspicious of Jezebet for quite some time. Nightwing escapes from Hurt's clutches and fights the spectators while Batman rushes after Hurt. Batman jumps after Hurt when he tries to escape in a helicopter. Batman manages to get the helicopter to crash in a river. But after the smoke clears, neither Hurt or Batman is found. Only Batman's cowl is retrieved which gets picked up by Nightwing. Six months later, LeBossu is torturing a man when suddenly the batsignal is lighted up again.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Batman (1940) HC
Batman (1940) TPB
Batman [GER] (2007) #31
Batman Legends (2007) #30

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