Year Sixteen




–REFERENCE: In Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #15-17. Early January—the “Manslaughter” arc occurs specifically in 2018, meaning it has to happen right out of the gate in 2018. The misandry group known as The Daughters of Gotham spread an incapacitating flu-like epidemic across Gotham, but it only affects people with the genetic makeup of males. With Batman, Alfred, Jim Gordon, Mayor Akins, and all the other genetically-male Gothamites dropping like flies, it’s up to the genetically-female heroes to figure out who is responsible. The Birds of Prey team with Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Batwoman, Spoiler, Orphan, Gotham Girl, and Harley Quinn. (Harley assumes that Joker has likely contracted the virus as well and is only helping out because she wants to be the one responsible for taking him down some day.) Lois Lane does some solo investigating in Gotham as well. (Note that, in Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #15, Catwoman is shown “borrowing” some valuables from a jewelry store and Huntress is not aware of her engagement to Batman yet.)

–Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #16-17 (“MANSLAUGHTER”)
Early January. With all of Gotham’s genetic-males down-and-out thanks to a virus spread by the Daughters of Gotham, the genetic-females take charge. While Wonder Woman teams-up with Amanda Waller and Lois Lane to help out across the city, Green Arrow plays bait, leading to Harley Quinn, Black Canary, and Poison Ivy capturing a Daughters of Gotham member distributing the virus. Meanwhile, Batwoman and Batgirl interrogate another member at GCPD HQ. Huntress cares for Dick. Cassie cares for Clayface, Azrael, and Batwing. And Catwoman cares for Bruce. Later, all the genetically-female heroes, including Gotham Girl and Spoiler, fight against the Daughters of Gotham. Councilwoman Muir (the substitute interim mayor) reveals herself to be one of the generals of the misandry army. Harley, Batwoman, and Batgirl are captured and taken to meet the nearly 100-year-old leader of the Daughters: “Patient Zero.” While Poison Ivy and Leslie Thompkins whip-up a cure to the virus, the other genetically-female heroes—along with Detective Renee Montoya—storm the Daughters’ compound. Patient Zero and Councilwoman Muir flee to the arena quarantine site with hopes of killing all the genetically-male people there with a second airborne virus. Gotham Girl releases an estrogen-based antivirus all over the arena, curing all the afflicted. Amanda Waller orders her government soldiers to shoot to kill, which leads to Muir’s execution. Later, Leslie administers the cure to Bruce and Alfred while Catwoman hangs out on the Wayne Manor roof. All the genetic-males of Gotham are given the cure. Harley reluctantly cures Joker as well. With Patient Zero behind bars, the heroes chat about the case. Batwoman makes an awesome comment about the dangers of having a gender-binary view of the world! All’s well that ends well.

–Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1
A few months ago, some Earth-IDW characters crossed over to Earth-0. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman defeated Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul. Cut to now. The League of Assassins splits into a two-way civil war for control of the organization. Likewise, on Earth-IDW, the Foot Clan falls into separate warring factions. The three-way war involves a faction led by Shredder’s adopted daughter Karai, a faction led by the Foot Clan’s Elite Guard, and a faction led by Bebop and Rocksteady. On Earth-0, Ra’s al Ghul breaks every prisoner out of Arkham Asylum. Batman and Robin learn that Bane is attempting to access a Lazarus Pit hidden beneath Gotham City. At the Lazarus Pit location, Batman and Robin fight a swarm of ninja man-bats and witness Bane emerge from a Lazarus Pit. From Earth-IDW, Donatello uses Harold Lillja’s tech to swap Bane with himself.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 Annual #2 Part 2. Is this canon? Who knows? I sure hope so! Bruce and Selina get married. Bruce tells Selina all about his training with the Memory of the Mountain when he was sixteen-years-old. Bruce will tell this story to Selina time and time again, moving forward.

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