Year Twelve

(2013)

 

–REFERENCE: In Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1. Batman meets, befriends, and begins training rookie superhero Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce). Batman will train Black Lightning on-and-off for months to come.

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

–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 Shade the Changing Girl/Wonder Woman Special #1 and Justice League Vol. 3 #39. The Justice League reboots its lineup yet again and also builds two new state-of-the-art headquarters: the Hall of Justice in Washington DC and a new orbiting Watchtower satellite.

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #38—originally told in Batman #659-662 (“GROTESK”). Cyborg vigilante Grotesk (Wayne Franklin) begins assassinating Russian and Yakuza mobsters and stealing their body parts. Batman rescues Johnny Karaoke (head of the Yakuzas) and fights Grotesk, who accidentally falls to his death.

–REFERENCE: In Superman Vol. 4 #37. Batman collects a Lightning Rod, a mystical future artifact from the alien Lightning World of Winath. The Lightning Rod has the power to trap beings connected to the Speed Force. It can also sometimes be used to resurrect the dead at the expense of the life of another. In previous continuities, the Lightning Rod was an item linked to the 31st century’s Legion of Superheroes. However, in the New Age, we don’t know how Batman acquires it.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #10—and also referenced in Superman Vol. 4 #20, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1, and Deathstroke Vol. 4 #30. 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 and haughty boy home to Gotham, who immediately raises hell, beating up Alfred and Robin. Damian then kills the Spook when the super-villain kidnaps Gotham’s corrupt new political leader, Mayor Sebastian Hady. Batman returns to Gibraltar (with Damian) when Talia strikes again, ending her threat. Despite Damian’s protests, the boy returns with back to the League of Assassins with his mother. Back in Gotham, Batman, who has secretly taken some of Damian’s DNA, test-confirms that the boy is indeed his genetic offspring.

–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 Dark Nights: Metal #2 and Super Sons #15—originally told in “UNLIMITED.” Lex Luthor, Joker, and the Cheetah start up a new incarnation of the Injustice League. Over two dozen super-villains gather at Luthor’s mobile Hall of Doom HQ in the Everglades. Notable villains on the roster include Luthor, Joker, the Cheetah, Dr. Light, Poison Ivy, Parasite, Deathstroke, Gorilla Grodd, Mr. Freeze, Giganta, Cheshire, Fatality, and Shadow Thief. Despite facing overwhelming odds, the better organized Justice League defeats the IJL.

–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 The Order of Purity, an ascetic 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. Eventually, the Sensei is defeated and Ra’s al Ghul assumes control of the League of Assassins once again. Batman and company then fight Ra’s al Ghul’s super-team known as The Seven Men of Death (Merlyn, a resurrected Hook, Maduvu, Shellcase, Whip, Detonator, and Razorburn) until Rama Kushna kicks everyone out of Nanda Parbat. Afterward, Batman keeps the Suit of Sorrows as a trophy in the Batcave.

–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 loyal but paltry squadron of 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 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 humbug 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 irreparably 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 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 Thögal 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, Dark Nights: Metal #1-2, Batman: Lost #1, Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1, and Dark Nights: Metal #6—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—including the last Monitor Nix Uotan—rally to save the exposed multiverse from the opportunistic threat of evil former Monitor Mandrakk. After the multiverse is saved, the world mistakenly believes Batman is dead thanks to the Bat-clone corpse. 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 bears witness to the death of an elderly Anthro (one of the last of the Bear Tribe) before getting involved in a war between two Native American tribes, the Deer People and Vandal Savage’s Wolf Tribe (which also goes by several other names, including Wolf Clan, 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 Hath-Set-led Bat Tribe and, later, the Strigdyae priests of the Judas Tribe, Barbatos initiates and executes his sinister plan, which will last for 40,000 years and involve subtle manipulation of Bruce life, once he is born.) 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. (As per Barbatos’ influence, the Bat Tribe will form, followed by the Judas Tribe, and, eventually, Parliament/Court of Owls.) 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 and Detective Comics #974 Part 2. Now that Damian Wayne is the new Robin, Tim Drake drops his Robin moniker and becomes a solo hero called Red Robin. Red Robin sets up a high-tech “Robin’s Nest” HQ in a secret location in Gotham, although Batman (Dick) knows where it is. Dick will pass along the hidden “Robin’s Nest” address to Bruce when he eventually returns.

–REFERENCE: In Batwoman Vol. 2 #11—originally told in Batman & Robin #1-3. The new Batman (Dick) and Robin fight The Circus of the Strange—Mr. Toad, Big Top, Siam (Kushti), and Phosphorus Rex—in a losing effort. Redeeming themselves, they take down the vilest member of the Circus, Professor Pyg (Lazlo Valentin), a porcine psycho that burns masks onto the faces of his brainwashed Dollotron henchwomen. (Unknown to Batman and Robin, the Circus of the Strange is run by Simon Hurt.)

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Green Arrow Vol. 6 #23, Justice League of America Vol. 5 #17, and Titans Vol. 3 #20-21—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. Red Arrow is so distraught over the destruction of his hometown that he relapses into heroin use. Green Arrow finds Prometheus before anyone else 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 Doomsday Clock #2. Bruce’s annual Wayne Enterprises psych exam is held as usual. However, since Bruce is currently lost in time, he definitely isn’t around to take it. Thus, we must assume that the Bat-Family strong-arms the surgically-altered Hush (who is currently playing the role of the lost and presumed-dead Bruce) to fake his way through the test.

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

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