2008 (July to December)
— “Week 11” of 52: Kate Rebecca Kane aka the new Batwoman makes her debut, teaming-up with the Question and Renee Montoya against Intergang in Gotham. It is revealed that Kate and Renee are lovers. Kate is related to the original Bat-Woman, but not by direct bloodline. Former Bat-Girl Bette Kane is Kate’s cousin.
–Around “Week 12” of 52 (July), massive corruption within the GCPD begins to show its face in public (as referenced in Detective Comics #817).
— “Week 16” of 52: August. Selina Kyle tells Holly Robinson that she is pregnant! She also reveals the father is Sam Bradley, Jr. Then, Holly begins training with Wildcat and Alan Scott to become Selina’s replacement (as seen through flashback in Catwoman Vol. 3 #56). Sam, unfortunately, is killed by Black Mask’s leftover thugs and will never get to see his baby girl (as seen through flashback in Catwoman Vol. 3 #62).
— “Week 23” of 52: Egg Fu (Chang Tzu) has kidnapped literally all of the DCU’s mad scientists and forces them to create gigantic evil mutant-robot warriors on Oolong Island.
–Around “Week 24” (of 52) ex-cop Harvey Bullock plays a pivotal role in exposing the corruption within the GCPD. His record is cleared and he is given his old job back on the force (as referenced in Detective Comics #817).
— “Week 25” of 52: Bruno Mannheim allies his Intergang organization with the Religion of Crime (a cult invented by Boss Dark Side that worships evil and follows the “Crime Bible”). Mannheim kills Gotham’s crime bosses or forces them to fall under Intergang’s power. Among the murdered are Mirage, Kite Man, and Sewer King. Astonishingly, Kite Man and Sewer King had recently ascended to the top of the Gotham criminal food chain prior to this. As had Ventriloquist, Magpie, and the Squid, who quickly fall back to the bottom of the food chain, joining Intergang to save their own lives. Intergang and the Religion of Crime now control all of Gotham’s mob activity.
–Around “Week 25” (of 52) Uncle Sam rises from the dead and begins recruiting the brand new Freedom Fighters (as seen in Uncle Sam & The Freedom Fighters). For anyone wondering how Uncle Sam rises from the dead, he’s the goddamn Spirit of America originally brought to life by an Occult ritual performed by the Founding Fathers in the 18th century. He can never really die!
— “Week 26” of 52: Gotham City elects a new mayor. Little is known about this character, other than the fact that she is female and defeats incumbent David Hull in the election.
–Around “Week 26” (of 52) Senator Henry Knight is elected President of the United States (as seen in Uncle Sam & The Freedom Fighters #2). Former President Jonathan Horne is his running mate, thus becoming the new Vice President. However, unknown to the world, Henry Knight has been murdered by the villain Father Time shortly before election day. Furthermore, the evil android known as Gonzo the Mechanical Bastard has replaced the real Henry Knight and taken his place as President-Elect. That’s right people, your new president is really Gonzo the Mechanical Bastard. Amazing.
— “Week 27” of 52: Harvey Dent, vigilante protector of Gotham, apprehends Poison Ivy (as referenced in Detective Comics #823).
–In “Week 30” of 52 (November 25 to be exact), Bruce returns to Gotham to honor his mother and father on the anniversary of their deaths (as referenced in Batman #700). Dick meets with Bruce before he departs for Crime Alley, witnessing Bruce’s preparation for his annual tribute. This year, Bruce has decided to make a change; instead of two roses, Bruce prepares an all black wreath, which he lays down on Crime Alley. The switch to the black wreath from the roses will be a permanent change to this yearly ritual.
“Week 30”: Dick and Tim encounter Intergang smugglers in North Africa while Bruce meets with the Ten-Eyed Brotherhood in the desert in order to “release his inner demons.” Batman #673 and Robin Vol. 2 #175 also contain flashbacks featuring the Ten-Eyed Brotherhood scenes in the African desert. Dick then returns to Gotham, suits up as Nightwing, and meets Batwoman for the first time.
— “Week 32” of 52: Ollie Queen wins a special election and becomes the mayor of Star City.
— “Week 33” of 52: Gotham city officials announce that Michael Akins, due to the corruption within his department, will be removed as commissioner and Jim Gordon will replace him in his old post! The GCPD throws Jim Gordon a “Welcome Back” party. Gordon has taken up smoking his pipe again, something he hasn’t done in years (ever since his heart attack). For shame, Jim, for shame.
— “Week 34” of 52: New Year’s Eve. A crazed Lex Luthor shuts down the “Everyman” powers without warning. Hundreds of flying “Everyman” superheroes plummet to their deaths. Downtown Metropolis is devastated with piles of bodies and a ton of property damage.