With a sewage drain just dumping dead bodies, both Batman and Gordon look over the scene and start to get philosophical, mainly about how Gotham will continue to be a crappy place, most likely forever, but they won't be around forever. Later, Gordon gives a press conference revealing the source of the mind control hats to be from the stands Hatter had put up, with of course pisses off Hatter, but he's still got an Alice to get.
Bruce tries to track the sewer systems to see where all the bodies came from, but there were too many old pipes to go through. The only lead Bruce gets is where he emerges, outside Gotham in Kane County, near where the van a few issues back was abandoned. Not much is known about the land surrounding him, mostly blocked records from the government, so Bruce gets Alfred on cracking them offer, meanwhile, Natalya is getting herself abducted.
Back in the Batcave, Bruce starts to think about what Gordon said, as he's holding Damian's old costume. Alfred comes in and reminds Bruce how much Natalya has opened him up, but it also leaves him vulnerable to death once again. Later that night Bruce has a dream about his parents, and wakes up to the signal being turned on in Gotham. Alfred comes to find him, asking if he's going to see what's up, but Bruce tells him that he's going to see Natalya first, and tell her that he won't be Batman forever, to reassure her. Alfred asks what he means, and Bruce heavily implies after finishing this case with Hatter, he'll take a good hard look at his future...
Natalya obviously doesn't take well to being Alice, and ends up swiping at Hatter's face, cutting him a bit. Alice would never do that, so Hatter just tells the Tweeds to drown her. Before they can finish the job, Hatter decides to stop, as Natalya may be use to him in finding out who Batman is.
Bruce finds Gordon and cops at Natalya's place, and immediately tells Alfred to start tracking her, as he'd bugged her earlier. Well, Natalya is getting the ever living shit beaten out of her, refusing to give up Bruce. So, Hatter puts her in a helicopter, continuing to have her beaten, while Bruce tries to reach her. Since she refuses to give up Batman's identity, Hatter finally has no more use for her, and drops her out of the helicopter, with her landing flat on the Batsignal, Bruce just barely missing her.