Year Eleven



–FLASHBACK: From Batwoman: Rebirth #1 and Batwoman Vol. 2 #6. Twenty-four-year-old Kate Rebecca Kane (Bruce’s cousin) fights off a mugger and meets Batman. The encounter with the Caped Crusader inspires Kate to become a masked vigilante for the next few months. After that, Kate will go on a nearly-three-year training adventure all over the globe, after which she will become the new Batwoman.[1]

–REFERENCE: In Trinity Vol. 2 Annual #1 Epilogue and Batman Vol. 3 #33—originally told in “UNDER THE HOOD.” Jason Todd makes his dramatic return, attacking his former mentor as the super-villain/anti-hero Red Hood. Shocked at the fact that Jason is alive, Batman and the Bat-Family struggle in battle against him. The fight ends in a stalemate.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #14. By this point in Batman’s career, his public reputation as being unbeatable and prepared for anything has been cemented. This is so much the case that he and Alfred begin hearing the saying, “Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman,” which enters the lexicon as a popular American aphorism.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #22. Batman and Nightwing team-up to bust Penguin’s top enforcer/henchman Stallion.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #965. Batman and Robin decipher some Kryptonian coding theory and, in the process, learn a bit more about advanced Kryptonian computer technology.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Casting #1. Batman spies-on and learns all about Project Cadmus, a secret super-science organization that, among other bizarre experiments, creates genetically-modified lifeforms known as DNAliens. Batman meets one of Cadmus’ top scientists, a telepathic DNAlien named Dubbilex.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #22 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #27. Batman and Nightwing bust super-villain couple Giz (Brendan Li) and Mouse (Pamela Sweigeld) as they attempt to break Catman out of Arkham Asylum. Giz is an expert computer hacker who owns a pet squirrel named Goober. Mouse is an acrobatic genius thief who has trained under Catwoman.

–REFERENCE: In Trinity Vol. 2 Annual #1. Bruce gets into the restaurant business, heading what will become Gotham’s most expensive Michelin-star rated eatery. We are not told whether Bruce buys a pre-existing restaurant or starts this one up from square one. Either is a possibility.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Metal #1—originally told in “WORLD’S FINEST (PUBLIC ENEMIES).” When a giant Kryptonite asteroid plummets toward Earth, 13-year-old super-genius Hiro Okamura (aka the newest and third Toyman) offers his assistance to Batman and Superman. Okamura builds a cheeky gigantic Composite Superman-Batman robo-spaceship, which he rams into the asteroid, saving the planet.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally told in Tangent: Superman’s Reign. Earth-0’s heroes—including Batman—travel to Earth-9 where Tangent Superman (Earth-9 Harvey Dent) rules as dictator alongside his lackeys, Tangent Powergirl and Tangent Orion. Batman and Earth-0’s heroes join forces with Tangent versions (Earth-9 versions) of the Spectre, Green Lantern, Batman, and the Outsiders to fight the evil tyrants. Eventually, Tangent Superman, along with Tangent Ultra-Humanite, attacks Earth-0, prompting heroes and villains to unite in defense of the planet. Tangent Superman is defeated and sent back to Earth-9, where he is imprisoned. Afterward, the Justice League keeps Tangent Superman’s staff and Tangent Green Lantern’s lantern as trophies for their “lost and found” room.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally told in Trinity. The “Evil Trinity” of Morgaine Le Fey, Enigma (Earth-3’s Edward Nigma), and Kanjar Ro steal the Cosmic Egg from the Watchtower, using it to build a small squadron of loyal metahuman soldiers. Le Fey is able to cast a spell on the “Good Trinity” of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, which sends the trio to prehistoric Earth-1 where they lose all memory and sense of their humanity, becoming giant gods that rule over the planet for thousands of years! Meanwhile, on Earth-0, the existence of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman gets erased, radically altering the timeline. Altered heroes, after fighting the “Evil Trinity”—now consisting of Le Fey, Enimga, and Konvikt—cast a spell of their own, transporting themselves to Earth-1. There, they meet the super-god versions of the “Good Trinity” and everyone remembers the way Earth-0 is supposed to be. The super-god “Good Trinity” and the altered heroes return to Earth-0 where Superman uses his god-powers to return everything back to status quo. Still in giant super-god form, the “Good Trinity” battles a bunch of villains, including the “Evil Trinity”—now Le Fey, Despero, and Krona (who has escaped from the Cosmic Egg). Krona destroys the entire planet. Only the super-gods survive. With help from the cosmic Worldsoul (the literal soul of Earth-0), the super-gods defeat Krona in space, exiling him to Earth-1. The Worldsoul reforms Earth-0 and returns everyone back to life. The super-gods, on their own accord, morph back into regular Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Afterward, the Cosmic Egg is returned to the Watchtower Trophy Room.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10. Bruce and Alfred learn about a theoretical technology called a “Genesis Engine,” which could potentially be used as a weapon. Finding only circumstantial evidence of its existence, they both dismiss it as fiction.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #6, Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #10, Batwoman Vol. 2 #6, and Blue Beetle Vol. 9 #11-12—originally told in The OMAC Project. Batman meets with his buddy Mr. Terrific. Together, they secretly construct and launch the ultimate surveillance device/counter-measure against the threat of super-villainy: the super-computer program called Brother I, housed in a satellite that orbits Earth. Brother I is meant to be Batman and Mr. Terrific’s panopticon from which they will monitor super-human activity all over the globe. Batman programs Brother I to protect all humankind. However, Brother I quickly gains self-awareness, becomes fully-sentient, and goes completely bonkers, starting a violent sequence of events. The newly rechristened Brother Eye raises hell, but eventually is defeated by the good guys and sent into deep space.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Metal #1-2 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #29. Bruce undergoes the mystical Thogal (aka Tögal) ritual, after which he learns that Simon Hurt has messed with his head. Unsure of the details of Hurt’s actions, Batman creates an anti-trigger backup personality based upon his years-old ““Zur-En-Arrh” hallucination.

–REFERENCE: In Blue Beetle Vol. 9 #11-12. Cadmus secretly takes DNA samples from many of the world’s superheroes and super-villains, including Batman.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21. The Justice League deals/interacts with the newly formed government organization known as ARGUS.

  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: Despite being published before “Superman Reborn,” 2017’s Batwoman: Rebirth #1 gives us the official post-“Superman Reborn” version of Batwoman’s past. Here is Batwoman’s timeline of key events:

    Age 20 – Kate is kicked out of West Point for being gay.
    Age 21-22 – Kate becomes a wild party girl abroad.
    Age 23 – Kate’s alcoholic “lost year.” She returns to Gotham.
    Age 24 – Kate meets Batman and sobers up.
    Age 24-27 – Kate trains.
    Age 27 – Kate debuts as Batwoman.