Year Twelve

(2014)

 

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Vol. 3 #22. The Justice League initiates a series of encyclopedic databases accessible via the Watchtower computer network that list and detail all the different alien animal creatures they have encountered and are aware of. This collected “Interplanetary Zoological Database” will be continuously updated, moving forward. Presumably, the already existing case-files and team archives are connected to this Watchtower database at this time.

–REFERENCE: In the second feature to All-Star Batman #11 and the second feature to All-Star Batman #14. Bruce learns of the horrific mafia-related activities of the richest family on the planet, the Myasnik Family of Russia, led by its patriarch Papa Myasnik and his daughter Victoria Myasnik (aka “Princess Vik”). Despite being notoriously criminal, the Myasniks control entire countries and are untouchable by the law. Bruce will follow news and rumors about the Myasniks with keen interest, moving forward.

–REFERENCE: In Batgirl Vol. 5 Annual #1. Superman’s cousin, Supergirl, debuts.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #10—and also referenced in Superman Vol. 4 #20. Originally told in “BATMAN AND SON.” Talia al Ghul attacks Gibraltar with ninja man-bats, dropping a sword-wielding ten-year-old Damian al Ghul in Batman’s lap. Batman is shocked to learn that he has a son. Bruce brings the wild arrogant boy home to Gotham, who immediately raises hell, beating up Alfred and Robin and then killing the Spook. Batman returns to Gibraltar when Talia strikes again, ending her threat. Despite Damian’s protests, the boy returns with back to the League of Assassins with his mother.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Metal #1-2 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #29—originally told in Batman #664-665 and Batman #667-679. Bruce begins dating Jezebel Jet. Batman defeats Josef Muller and Branca, Simon Hurt’s returning Substitute Batmen. Later, John Mayhew invites all the old members of the Club of Heroes to a reunion on his private island. Batman, along with the new Knight (Cyril Sheldrake) and his sidekick Squire (Beryl Hutchinson), attends the reunion, which includes all the other former members. Hurt appears via remote live video feed, explaining that he controls the criminal organization known as the Black Glove and the heroes will soon suffer. The Legionary and the Ranger (now going by “Dark Ranger”) are both killed by a traitorous Wingman, who reveals he is in league with the Black Glove. Unfortunately for Wingman, the Black Glove is just using him. Mayhew shoots Wingman dead. Hurt, from his secret distant location, makes sure that Mayhew is fatally stranded on the island as a bomb is activated. Batman is now aware of the Black Glove, but he knows virtually nothing about the organization, and has yet to learn of Hurt’s involvement with the group.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #958—originally told in “THE RESURRECTION OF RA’S AL GHUL.” When The Bat-Family learns of Ra’s al Ghul’s resurrection, they travel to Nanda Parbat to fight him. Talia al Ghul gives Batman the 12th century artifact known as the Suit of Sorrows, a magickal 12th century armored suit linked to a group known as The Order of Purity, a sect of the Sacred Order of St. Dumas. Since Medieval Times, the Order of St. Dumas/Order of Purity has chosen a continuous line of “avenging angels,” each known as Azrael. Batman wears the magickal armor into battle, fighting two sects of the League of Assassins, one loyal to Ra’s al Ghul and the other loyal to his father, the Sensei. In the end, Ra’s al Ghul assumes control of the League of Assassins once again. Batman keeps the Suit of Sorrows as a trophy in the Batcave.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #960. Batman once again discovers the existence of the League of Shadows, but, as before, Ra’s al Ghul and his minions capture and magickally mind-wipe Batman’s memories regarding the illuminati organization.

–the second feature to All-Star Batman #10-14 (“KILLERS-IN-LAW”)
Batman learns that the Myasnik Family, a Russian mob organization, is set to ship guns to Gotham to start a war against the Falcones, so he takes-out Russian bruiser Knockout (Alexey Nokaut) and assumes his identity. After studying the geography of Moscow, disguising himself as Knockout, and traveling to Russia, Batman competes in a series of bare-knuckle pit fights before meeting the heir to the Myasnik crime organization, Princess Vik (Victoria Myasnik). After getting legitimately drunk to keep up appearances, Batman (as “Knockout”) accompanies Princess Vik on a stealing raid of a building belonging to the rival Pushka Family. While the tipsy Batman busts heads, Vik lifts a matryoshka doll. Together, they flee. Later, at a party, Vik introduces “Knockout” to Papa Myasnik. During the party, Batman sneaks off and takes apart the matryoshka doll to find GPS coordinates to an illegal Pushka weapons depot at its center. Vik enters, exposing the truth about “Knockout” and forcing Batman to make a quick escape. At the Pushka weapons depot, Batman fights mafioso, taking a bullet in his arm. Batman is forced to retreat, but not before putting a geo-tracer on one of the gun boxes. Later, Batman spies on the Myasniks, learning that they now know about his deception as “Knockout” and are planning on moving forward with the gun shipment ASAP. Batman then fights Princess Vik atop a moving caravan of trucks before departing to steal a truckload of Pushka weapons. Not long after, Batman strikes at both the Pushkas and Myasniks in a scene that sees multiple explosions and reveals Papa’s dirty secrets, including the fact that he killed his own wife (Vik’s mom). Utterly betrayed and downtrodden, Vik stabs her dad to death. With all the Russian mob weapons destroyed, Batman returns home. Vik becomes the new head of the Myasnik crime empire.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10—originally told in “BATMAN RIP – HEART OF HUSH.” Hush, who has permanently surgically altered his face to look exactly like Bruce, returns and attacks Batman and Catwoman. The Dark Knight saves Catwoman’s life and busts Hush.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #29—originally told in “BATMAN RIP.” The Black Glove organization then makes waves in Gotham as Michael Lane, Simon Hurt’s third Batman substitute, returns and attacks Batman. Batman finally recalls the name “Simon Hurt,” which had been previously blocked from his mind, and realizes that Hurt is responsible for messing with his head during sleep deprivation. Batman’s post-hypnotic word, “Zur-En-Arrh,” is triggered causing him to go into convulsions. He is drugged by Hurt and dumped on the streets. The eccentric villain then dons Thomas Wayne’s old masquerade ball Bat costume and turns the Batcave into his new HQ. Intoxicated and suffering from memory loss, Bruce’s “Thogal ritual” mental backup defense kicks in and he becomes the bizarre “Batman of Zur-En-Arrh!” Hurt and the Black Glove lure the “Batman of Zur-En-Arrh” to Arkham to face-off against Joker in a life-and-death battle. Eventually, Batman shakes off his Zur-En-Arrh insanity, regains his composure, and defeats Joker, Hurt, and the Black Glove with the help of the Bat-Family and Talia al Ghul. Talia chases down Jezebel Jet and kills her as well. During the chaos, the Order of Purity steals the Suit of Sorrows from the Batcave.

–REFERENCE: In Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #11. Thanks to a sci-fi cure, Barbara Gordon makes a miraculous recovery, completely regaining the use of her legs. She retires the Oracle moniker and begins training to return as a full-fledged street-fighting superhero.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Flash Vol. 5 #33Detective Comics #958, Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #7, Dark Days: The Forge #1, Dark Days: The Casting #1, and Dark Nights: Metal #1-2—originally told in Final Crisis, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1-2, “BATTLE FOR THE COWL,” and Batman & Robin #1-3. Darkseid discovers the Anti-Life Equation and takes over Earth. His men capture Batman and torture him in a failed attempt to clone him. As the entire multiverse begins to collapse, several fearful heroes fill a rocket ship time capsule with memorabilia and historical items, hoping to preserve them. The rocket is launched into the disintegrating Bleed, with hopes that it will reach some distant unharmed reality or alternate universe. Flash, racing away from The Black Racer (a New God that exists as an aspect of Death), causes the latter to run smack-dab into Darkseid, ending the tyrant’s control over the planet. Just before his final defeat, Darkseid zaps Batman with the Omega Sanction, which sends the Dark Knight spiraling backward in time to 38,000 BCE. A deadly Hyper-Adapter monster and the rocket ship time capsule also travel with Batman, who will only be able to time-leap forward during solar eclipses. As per Darkseid’s plan, the Hyper-Adapter will be connected to Batman’s movements, making him a living weapon that could doom the entire universe should he successfully reach present day. In the present, Superman and the other heroes rally to save the multiverse, but thanks to a dead Batman clone, the world mistakenly believes Batman is dead. Friends and family mourn Batman’s passing and bury the clone. Hush is forced to play the role of Bruce Wayne to avoid suspicion. Michael Lane is given the Suit of Sorrows from the Order of Purity, becoming the new Azrael. Dick Grayson becomes the new Batman and Damian—moving back to Gotham and finally taking his father’s last name of Wayne—becomes the new Robin. They operate out of the Wayne Tower sub-basement bunker. Meanwhile, in 38,000 BCE, an amnesiac Bruce gets involved in a war between two Native American tribes, the Deer People and Vandal Savage’s Wolf Clan (which also goes by several other names, including Wolf Tribe, Blood Mob, and Blood Tribe). The defeated Hyper-Adapter, in giant bat form and having retreated backward to 38,000 BCE from the End of Time, is slain by Savage. Bruce dons the flesh of the Hyper-Adapter as a makeshift cape and cowl and then defeats Savage in combat. (Unknown to all, the celestial synchronicity of an anomalous confluence of bats—a cosmic bat monster being slain and then worn by a bat warrior—has drawn the attention of Barbatos—evil bat-demon god of the Dark Multiverse. From his realm, Barbatos sees Batman for the first time and becomes obsessed, realizing that, despite the fact that Batman won’t exist for 40,000 years, he will one day be able to use the Caped Crusader as a doorway to enter the regular multiverse via an occult ritual known as “The Mantling.” Thus, via actions of the Strigdyae priests of the Judas Tribe, Barbatos initiates his sinister plan, which will last for 40,000 years and involve subtle manipulation of Bruce life, starting from his birth.) After meeting Bruce, the Deer People change their tribal name to Miagani, meaning “Bat People,” and vow to protect the land that will become the future site of Gotham. Inspired to make bat-themed cave drawings and take on bat-themed customs, the Miagani will do so for thousands of years to come. Nomadic tribes will re-draw the bat-pictures in Eurasia and the Middle East, spreading bat-worshiping religions across the globe as a result. With a solar eclipse, Bruce then leaps to the Puritanical Gotham of 1640 where he fights the Hyper-Adapter and then assimilates into society by taking the name “Mordecai Wayne.” Bruce lives a quiet life in 17th century Gotham for months while the new Batman and Robin have adventures in present-day Gotham.

–REFERENCE: In Batwoman: Rebirth #1. Now that Damian Wayne is the new Robin, Tim Drake drops his Robin moniker and becomes a solo hero called Red Robin.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Green Arrow Vol. 6 #23, and Justice League of America Vol. 5 #17—originally told in Justice League: Cry for Justice. Batman (Dick Grayson) and the Justice League hunt for a fugitive Prometheus after he critically injures Roy Harper (who has temporary changed his name from Arsenal to Red Arrow) and bombs Star City. Green Arrow finds Prometheus first and executes him, shaking the hero community to its moral core. (Prometheus will rear his vile head again, so he either gets resurrected or isn’t actually dead now.) After this sordid affair concludes, Prometheus’ costume goes on display in the Watchtower Trophy Room.

–REFERENCE: In Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #11. Barbara Gordon returns as Batgirl!

–FLASHBACK: From Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1 Part 2. Batman (Dick Grayson), Batgirl, and Robin bust Joker and Harley Quinn on Harley’s birthday. (This flashback—a memory narrated by Harley herself—is a tough one to place because it takes place at a time period where Harley is still dating Joker and will still be dating him for a year afterward. Because of this factor, this item must go here, meaning the Batman pictured must be Dick Grayson. This flashback also contains the ostensible continuity error of Batgirl wearing her post-Burnside costume.)