Year Sixteen (Part 1)

 

(January 2017 to June 2017)

 

–Trinity Vol. 2 #16 Part 2
January 1. Happy New Year! A snake man acting as a Kobra suicide-bomber has just activated a quantum energy bomb at Bruce’s New Year’s Eve party in Times Square, New York City. While Wonder Woman and Batman defeat two other snake men, Deadshot kills the suicide-bomber. Superman throws the lifeless snake man into the sky where he explodes at a safe distance. Kobra’s threat is over, but, sadly, Deadshot’s daughter Zoe remains missing, having been kidnapped by Kobra earlier in the day. Batman vows to find her.

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–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #43. Several high-profile superheroes join together to form “Sanctuary,” a rehabilitation and therapy center for traumatized superheroes and super-villains, much akin to veterans’ crisis centers.

–Batman Vol. 3 #41-43 (“EVERYONE LOVES IVY”)
Before a synopsis, we should note that it is implied—thanks to an in-story radio broadcast—that this arc spans a few weeks, but that just isn’t possible. The bogus radio broadcast can be chalked up to the fact that everyone gets their brains scrambled by Poison Ivy in this arc. Okay, here we go. Poison Ivy hasn’t really been a full-fledged super-villain since around the time of “Death of the Family,” which was three years ago. In fact, for the past couple years, she’s acted more like a superhero than a baddie. Even recently, she was working with the Birds of Prey. But when Poison Ivy achieves power unlike she’s ever had before, it’s just too much to resist. By tapping into the Green in a new way, Poison Ivy is not only able to discover the secret IDs of every single superhero on Earth, but she is able to mind-control the entire populace of the planet as well! Bruce wakes up in bed in a panic, realizing that his mind is about to succumb to Poison Ivy. Bruce punches-out an already mind-controlled Alfred and runs into the Batcave. There, Bruce injects his anti-Poison Ivy serum into both himself and Selina. When they awake, Batman and Catwoman are safe from Poison Ivy’s influence. Batman tries to attack plant-zombie Alfred, but Poison Ivy blocks the punch with the face of a mind-controlled Flash (Barry Allen). Speaking through Alfred, Poison Ivy taunts Batman and Catwoman, telling them that she now controls all 7.6 billion people on Earth. The world under Ivy’s command becomes one of peace but monotony as all war, crime, and famine end but everyone is a mindless Ivy drone. For days, Bruce and Selina mull about in the confines of Wayne Manor, but eventually discover that Ivy has taken over everyone who has ingested a plant-based food. Upon learning that there is a boy in Gotham, Johnny Suntres, who hasn’t eaten any plants due to a rare allergy, Bruce and Selina come up with a plan to locate him and a possible plan to defeat Ivy, should they get the opportunity to enact it. At the end of three weeks of Ivy’s reign, Batman and Catwoman venture out as Superman watches their every move. After getting grub at Bat Burger and taking down Superman (with a high pitched whistle) and Flash, Flash, and Kid Flash (with well-timed punches and kicks), Batman and Catwoman enter Suntres’ home but he’s been taken away by Ivy. Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz easily capture Bat and Cat and string them upside down atop Wayne Tower. A mind-controlled Superman punches Batman to death! Ivy instantly uses the DC’s best wizards, scientists, and surgeons to bring Batman back to life and heal him up. In the hospital, Bruce wakes up to see a mind-controlled Dr. Harley Quinn at his bedside along with security guards Superman, Super-Man, and Supergirl. Catwoman chats with her old friend Ivy long enough to get the latter’s guard down. When the moment is right, Catwoman knocks-out Ivy. Bruce takes this opportunity to grab Harley and jump out the window. With Harley out of Ivy’s spell, she accompanies Batman to meet with Ivy and Catwoman. Ivy laments having committed murder way back during the War of Jokes and Riddles, an act that sent her toward villainy instead of heroism. Batman reveals that Ivy never killed during the war—it was Riddler that killed Falcone’s men and lied to her about it, making her think she had done the deed. Relieved, Ivy gives up her control over the world and hugs Harley. Presumably, everyone forgets everyone else’s secret IDs, although it’s likely that Ivy might still know. Superman takes her to Sanctuary to recover and rehabilitate. Later, Bruce and Selina celebrate a hard-earned victory between the sheets.

–Detective Comics #976-978 (“BATMEN ETERNAL”)
January—three weeks have passed since Clayface’s “death.” Bruce orders a struggling Cassie Cain to undergo a therapy session with Dr. Leslie Thompkins, which he watches via live feed in the Batcave. Afterward Leslie touches base with a guilty Bruce, telling him that Cassie’s demons haven’t healed like the Robins’ demons have. Meanwhile, Batwoman, Azrael, and Batwing go on their first Colony mission in South America, easily defeating some Court of Owls Talons. As night falls over Gotham, Batman discovers that Red Robin has secretly been using the Batcave computer to plan out schematics for a new Gotham Knights Protocol for the past few weeks. Batman has Batgirl substitute for him on patrol so he can confront Red Robin about it. Sure enough, Batman and Red Robin have a heated exchange in the Batcave. Batman tells a disgruntled Red Robin that the Gotham Knights project is done for good. He also tells Red Robin he should see Leslie for therapy just like Cassie. A tetchy Red Robin scoffs at the request and then storms out of the cave. Aboard the heli-carrier Colony Airship Alpha, Jake Kane debriefs his newest soldiers. Batwoman decides that the Colony will only operate outside of Gotham. At his HQ, a frustrated Tim lets off some steam and is surprised by the appearance of Ulysses Armstrong, who reveals to Tim his knowledge of the “Titans Tomorrow/666” Hypertime future. At Armstrong’s lair, Armstrong shows Tim a detailed video simulation of how Bruce dies at the hands of a Batwoman-led Colony on the aforementioned alternate future timeline. Armstrong reveals that Batwoman has joined the Colony. He asks Tim to help him prevent the horrible future from occurring using the help of Brother Eye, now uploaded into Armstrong’s computer system. At FoxTech, Luke tells his sister Tam that he’ll be leaving on a your of duty with the Colony for a year. Later, Batman and Red Robin make amends and patrol together. Just as they are about to bust some crooks, Armstrong uses Brother Eye to mind-control Colony soldiers Dom and Cooper, who mercilessly gun down the heroes’ would-be targets. Batman and Red Robin knock-out Dom and Cooper, bringing them back to the Batcave. Batman departs to meet with Jake and Kate at the abandoned Kane Manor, leaving an injured Red Robin to do diagnostics on Dom and Cooper in the Batcave. At Kane Manor, Batman talks to the Kanes about who could possibly be controlling the compromised Colony. In the Batcave, Cassie Cain joins Red Robin in his examination, helping discover nano-tech linked to Armstrong. From his lair, Armstrong initiates the “OMAC Project,” using Brother Eye to take over all the Colony soldiers in the airship high above Kane Manor, turning them into full OMAC (One Man Army Corps) warriors. (This is the debut of this type of OMAC as the only other version is the already-existing One-Machine Attack Construct. In fact, the new OMAC type is evolved future-tech from the “666/Titans Tomorrow” timeline.) Armstrong debuts as The General via live video feed, unleashing OMACs on Kane Manor and turning Red Robin, Dom, and Cooper into OMACs.

–Detective Comics #979-981 (“BATMEN ETERNAL” Continued…)
January. Batwing and Azrael join Batman, Batwoman, and Jake Kane in a defense of Kane Manor, but the odds are stacked against them as the entire Colony fleet has been turned into OMACs. While Cassie fights OMACs in the Batcave, the General tortures Red Robin by showing him a carousel of dark images from the “666/Titans Tomorrow” timeline. Brother Eye then initiates his “Pax Batmana” protocol, which puts his consciousness into Red Robin, turning him into a mash-up of a super-OMAC and an even more evil version of his adult self from the alternate timeline. Brother Eye-OMAC-Tim, with his army of OMACs and the General, flies to the heart of Gotham and rebuilds Old Wayne Tower into a mile-high “Belfry 2.0” skyscraper. With a transformed Tim at the center of the chaos, Batman sees no other option. He and Cassie visit and ask Stephanie for help. Brother Eye-Tim and his OMAC army attacks GCPD HQ, specifically targeting Renee Montoya, who was commissioner in the “666/Titans Tomorrow” timeline. Batwoman protects the cops and fights Brother Eye-Tim, who enters her mind, forcing her to watch vivid images of his dark timeline, specifically her killing Bruce. Meanwhile, with Jake Kane radio-guiding them from the Batcave, Batman, Spoiler, and Cassie penetrate into the heart of the Belfry 2.0 using Spoiler’s cloaking tech. Brother Eye mocks his “inadequate father” and siccs a turned Azrael and Batwing upon the heroes. While Batman fights, Brother Eye forces Spoiler and Cassie to view images of the alternate timeline, which completely mirror the Modern Age—images of both as Batgirls and of Stephanie as Robin. Spoiler laughs. Brother Eye’s plan to mentally break the girls has backfired. Instead, she is inspired and now has the motivation and means to kick serious ass. While Cassie and Batman kick OMAC ass of their own, Steph cuts-in on Brother Eye-Tim and shows Batwoman the full story of her alternate self. Alt-Batwoman doesn’t murder Batman on the “666/Titans Tomorrow” timeline, not technically anyway. Feeling that his entire mission as Batman is a failure and believing the only way to stop Brother Eye is to die, 666-Bruce asks 666-Batwoman to kill him. With the truth coming out and the power of positivity from Spoiler, who kayos Ulysses Armstrong, Tim breaks free from Brother Eye and they separate consciousnesses. Subsequently, all the OMACs revert back to Colony soldiers. Batman apologizes to Spoiler and then leads the Colony in rescue efforts as the entire tower crumbles into nothing. Red Robin, now in tears, hugs Batwoman. The threat is over. The deactivated Brother Eye AI goes into the hands of Batwing—although who knows if part of Brother Eye is lurking elsewhere in the world.

–Trinity Vol. 2 #17-19 (“NO HOME FOR YOU HERE”)
Wonder Woman still hasn’t been able to access Themyscira, which either completely vanished or was cut-off from Diana’s access long ago. Batman and Superman help her scour the globe in search of the island, but instead of finding the home of the Amazons, the heroes go through an interdimensional portal and wind up in the Dungeons & Dragons-esque jungle world of Skartaris. Wonder Woman is blinded and Superman loses his powers. After defeating a bunch of lizard men, the heroes meet Skartaris’ resident fantasy warrior-hero, Warlord (Travis Morgan)—actually an astral projection of the supposedly deceased Warlord, created by his sorceress daughter Jennifer Morgan. Jennifer recruits the triune into a war against her arch-rival Deimos (not to be confused with the Greco-Roman god of the same name). After knocking out Deimos’ winged demon attackers, the heroes discover some American private contracted soldiers—from Blue Strike Security—that have died from old age. After a briefing from an astral projection of Jennifer, the heroes begin their mystical fantasy adventure. Riding unicorns (Batman names his “Biscuits”!), the trio fights werewolves, ape men, lizard men, giant insects, sabertooth tigers, carnivorous tentacled monsters, and underwater plesiosaurs. After hours, they reach Shamballah the Golden, Jennifer’s magickal castle, under siege by thousands of human knights, goblins, orcs, giants, winged demons, and dragon-riders. By the time the Trinity hacks and slashes their way through the Lord of the Rings scene to reach Jennifer, they’ve succumbed to the science-magick that the American soldiers fell victim to. The Trinity has rapidly aged to their nineties. Jennifer restores them back to a healthy normal before giving them a tour of the castle, revealing hidden technology chambers. Jennifer tells Batman that Skartaris is a mystical offshoot of ancient Atlantis. The Trinity rides back into a gruesome Game of Thrones-style war only to see a very-much-alive Warlord (Travis Morgan) join the fray as well. He leads thousands of troops, among them random Earth-0 fighters. On the pitch, Batman confronts a Blue Strike Security hitman, who immediately commits suicide rather than talk about why his PMC firm is there. (As seen via flashback from Trinity Vol. 2 #21-22, after the battle, the Trinity converses with Warlord, Jennifer, Warlord’s wife Tara, and Warlord’s general Machiste. Jennifer gives Batman another tour of the technology chambers, during which Batman steals a small device that causes the rapid aging.) The Trinity is then sent back home where they are grilled by Steve Trevor, who has a vested interest in Skartaris as part of his role with ARGUS.

–Trinity Vol. 2 #20-22 (“THE SEARCH FOR STEVE TREVOR”)
Steve Trevor is kidnapped, prompting Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman to search for him. A cursory investigation finds ties to Blue Strike Security (BSS) and Deimos, the strange private military group that was wrapped up in the recent Skartaris war. While Batman checks out BSS data servers in Dallas, Superman checks out their satellites in space, and Wonder Woman visits some hidden data servers at ruins in the Sahara Desert. Batman is attacked by BSS robot gorillas; Superman is attacked by Kryptonite-emitting robot wasps and BSS space troopers; and Wonder Woman is attacked by a gigantic BSS robot Anubis. After defeating their foes, the heroes find information leading to a magickally-mobile teleporting temple base, currently located in Papa New Guinea. Upon arriving, the Trinity is attacked by ogres, including Steve himself, who has been transformed. Our heroes successfully battle their way into the temple, past BSS soldiers, and into a research and development lab for magickal weapons. At the far end of the lab is a closed portal to Skartaris, through which the Trinity can see the Morgans and their army amassed for war. Deimos finally appears, ensnaring Batman and Superman. Ogre-Steve attacks Wonder Woman, but is able to regain his senses momentarily while Deimos monologues. This allows the heroes to break free and take the fight to Deimos and his BSS allies. Ogre-Steve smashes open the portal to Skartaris, allowing the Warlord’s giant army to swarm in and defeat BSS. Deimos’ own spell backfires thanks to some Batman trickery (and use of the aging device), putting the perfidious mage in a catatonic state and aging him into a weak old man. Jennifer Morgan turns Steve back to normal. While ARGUS shuts down BSS for good, the Trinity swings into a night patrol.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 Annual #1. Bruce and Dick purchase an spacious apartment in Keystone City for Flash (Wally West).

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #39. Flash gets permission from the JL to bring his girlfriend Iris West aboard the Watchtower.

–Wonder Woman Vol. 5 #37
Backstory: Grail re-retrieved her dad (baby Darkseid) after Batman lost him during Dark Nights: Metal. She has spent the last few weeks killing off all the old Greco-Roman gods and siphoning their power into Darkseid, which has caused him to rapidly grow in age. Cut to now: Wonder Woman and her brother Jason watch in shock as a now teenage Darkseid battles the returning Zeus! As the do battle, Wonder Woman and Jason fight with Grail all over the globe. Eventually, in Manila, Darkseid kills Zeus and sucks up his power, returning back to his normal form and age. Amidst the rubble of the city, the Justice League shows up to assist Wonder Woman. Seeing they are outmatched, Darkseid and Grail disappear through a Boom Tube.

–Damage Vol. 2 #3
DC’s answer to Marvel’s Hulk, the US government’s barely controllable monster-man Damage (Ethan Avery), has just rampaged through Atlanta and defeated the Task Force XL version of the Suicide Squad—as seen in Suicide Squad Vol. 5 #35. (Task Force XL is basically just the regular Suicide Squad plus some new big league members like Giganta, Akando, Parasite, and Solomon Grundy.) Now, Wonder Woman takes a crack at him, but Damage escapes from her lasso and flees, eventually reverting back to human form and going into hiding. A prideful Colonel Marie Jonas, Damage’s handler, calls Amanda Waller to mock her team’s failure. Jonas orders Mr. Leash‘s Hunter Squad (Misha, Paparazzi, Cataract, and Handyman) to track down and capture Damage. Wonder Woman reports-in about her battle with the rest of the Justice League via video conference. From the Batcave, Batman says that Damage doesn’t come up in any databases, but he does seem to recall seeing a glimpse of him before. (Batman was present for Damage’s activation in a Cadmus DNAlien lab a couple months ago—as seen in Dark Days: The Casting #1.)

–REFERENCE: In Superman Vol. 4 #45. The Justice League—sans Superman, who is finally cleaning out his old Hamilton County house—runs an emergency drill, shutting down highways all across the Eastern Seaboard. The team oversees practice bus evacuations and talks to motorists about safety.

–Suicide Squad Vol. 5 #41-42 (“CONSTRICTION”)
Batman gets intel on the latest Suicide Squad mission, which has just seen a digital version of the deceased Hack take control of every citizen of Washington DC, including President Donald Trump (as seen in Suicide Squad Vol. 5 #38-40). The Suicide Squad was able to prevent disaster, but at the loss of Enchantress’ life. When Batman catches word that Kobra is planning to reincarnate their deceased leader (Jeffrey Franklin Burr) into Zoe Lawton’s body via a Lazarus Pit, he breaks Deadshot out of Belle Reve (with a little help from Katana). Not long after, Batman and Deadshot go after the latter’s daughter in Texas. A pissed-off Amanda Waller sends Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and newest Suicide Squad member Captain Cold after them. At a Kobra saloon, Batman and Deadshot wail on some snake-men. As a promise to Batman, the latter keeps his actions non-lethal, Terminator 2-style, by shooting everyone in the kneecaps. Deadshot tells Batman there’s little difference between not killing bad guys and torturing bad guys, which Batman does regularly. (He’s got a point.) Soon after, the odd couple is en route to Zoe’s location in New Mexico, but they are cut-off by a giant Kobra snake-man.

–Green Lanterns #45-47 (“GHOSTS OF THE PAST”)
Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz have just captured the ten-billion-year-old cosmic alien attorney Singularity Jain, who eats souls and has the power to corrupt anyone in close proximity to her. With Jain in chains, Baz writes up a detailed report of the case and submits it to the Justice League. Meanwhile, Jessica returns to her Seattle apartment but disappears. In her place, a huge black hole appears, sucking in and damaging everything in its vicinity. Jessica’s sister Sara calls in the JL for help. The JL interrogates Jain, who reveals that Jessica’s neurosis stems from a horrible incident from years ago where she witnessed her friends get murdered on a camping/hunting trip. Jain, using her metapowers, brought this repressed memory to the surface of Jessica’s fragile mind and offered her a way to revisit the moment to get revenge upon the murderers. This “deal with the devil” has led to the creation of Jessica’s very own destructive black hole of vendetta. John Constantine, called in for his expertise, guides Simon (who has to go in without his power ring) into the black hole. Once through the void, Simon realizes he is in the “Green Realm, former domain of Volthoom, which is now controlled by the deepest parts of Jessica’s psyche. The evil Power Ring Corps is still there and they immediately attack. Simon deals with all of them, including the Earth-3 version of Hal Jordan (Power Ring Harold Jordan) and Earth-3 version of himself (Power Ring Solomon Baz). Simon then finds Jessica, who has reverted back to a Power Ring, in the midst of reliving (and attempting to alter) her horrible murder nightmare. Simon and Jessica fight, but Simon is able to talk her down. Back outside, the black hole closes up and Jain breaks free and swallows the entire JL whole. Constantine and Sara flee into Jessica’s apartment and find her GL ring. Constantine puts on the ring, hoping to turn into a GL, but it rejects him. With each JLer living out their worst nightmare while trapped inside Jain, Constantine uses good ‘ol fashioned magick to pull the heroes out to freedom. Jessica and Simon emerge together, banishing Jain to the Green Realm. Across the universe, at the Guardians HQ on Mogo, the Guardians officially fire Jessica, instructing Hal Jordan to confiscate her GL ring.

–Justice League of America Vol. 5 #25-26 (“NEW LIFE AND DEATH”)
Batman and Ray Palmer assemble the JLA at the nearly completed Happy Harbor base. The Ray invites his friend, the new Aztek, onto the team! Batman and Ray Palmer introduce Universe-8’s Dreamslayer and detail the mission that they spoke of a month ago. Batman, Ray Palmer, Black Canary, and Dreamslayer will travel to the nuclear war-ravaged Angor (Universe-8’s equivalent of Earth) and return it to prosperity. On Angor, Batman’s team is confronted by their main challenger, The Adjudicator, a towering cosmic being that has witnessed every Crisis in history. Unimpressed with the latest rebooted superheroes from Earth-0, the Adjudicator confidently stands in their way. Black Canary is able to fight him off, but as Dreamslayer attempts to use his powers to give life back to Angor, Lord Havok returns, erupting out of Dreamslayer’s body, which he has used as a teleportation portal to escape from prison. Dreamslayer and Havok fight until Batman steps in and punches Havok with Geo-Force’s seismic knuckles, crushing the villain’s hand. Impressed, the Adjudicator decides that Angor should be saved. Via a rousing and passionate speech, Dreamslayer convinces Havok to join him in one final act of heroism to make up for all the evil they’ve spread. Dreamslayer and Havok sacrifice their own lives to reboot Universe-8. Batman and Black Canary watch in awestruck wonder as a Big Bang occurs, Angor is formed, life begins, dinosaurs emerge and die, single-cell creatures crawl onto land and evolve into apes and then man, civilizations spring forth, and time rapidly catches up to present day. Batman and Black Canary then return to Earth-0 to rejoin the rest of the JLA. Later that night, Lobo says goodbye to the Atom and takes leave of the team. Lobo is officially off the roster, but he holds onto his teleporter, meaning he’ll be reachable if he is ever needed in the future.

–Justice League Vol. 3 #34-36 (“THE PEOPLE VS JUSTICE LEAGUE”)
January 17-23—the nineteenth is specifically mentioned as the third day of this arc. Alfred makes an exhausted Bruce promise he will get a full night’s rest for three nights in a row. Of course, this doesn’t happen, as Batman barely sleeps at all, only copping some ZZZs here and there in the Batmobile. On day three, Alfred begs Bruce to sleep, even telling him he will push back his Wayne Enterprises duties, but Bruce refuses to listen. Batman goes into action when his JL communicator signals an alert. Cyborg gives him the rundown—a possible alien invasion fleet heading toward earth, an Islamic terrorist kidnapping in New York City, and an Earthquake in El Domingo. Barely listening to Cyborg, Batman splits the JL into groups and sends them into action. The Dark Knight himself goes with Wonder Woman and Aquaman to NYC, where the heroes disguise themselves as civilians and use new holographic tech to create a fake MTA bus with fake people riding inside of it. From their lookout spots, the heroes see the terrorists holding nuns hostage in an apartment, which is surrounded by FBI agents and cops. Things go awry thanks to the cops. The terrorists are defeated, but one of them steals Wonder Woman’s sword and uses it to murder a nun. Meanwhile, Cyborg tells Aquaman to hightail it to El Domingo because it is a seaside town. (Cyborg had mentioned this to Batman earlier, but Batman ignored him and claimed Aquaman for his group.) In deep space, Superman and the Green Lanterns realize the alien invasion threat was just a false alarm. Later, Clark visits a pooped Bruce, who has fallen asleep on the Wayne Manor staircase. Bruce apologizes for screwing-up, to which Clark tells him that it’s okay to pass the torch of leadership every once and a while. The next day, Wonder Woman retrieves her sword from the police while a disguised Batman oversees. Glenn Gammeron, an old bounty-hunting acquaintance of Martian Manhunter’s, then arrives at the JL Watchtower and explains that a deadly alien cockroach—with the ability to control other roaches—is loose and hiding in San Francisco. Flash, Kid Flash, Cyborg, the Green Lanterns, and Glenn soon find themselves fighting a towering swarm of alien cockroaches, eventually singling out the alien bug and containing it. Back at HQ, the whole JL watches a viral video of the nun’s death, which is playing on every news network. A day later, a subpoenaed Superman speaks before a US House of Representatives committee, which addresses whether or not the JL has committed civil rights violations or other illegalities. The House also asks the age old question of why the JL won’t share its teleportation tech with the public. At its conclusion, the committee determines that the JL’s new charter will be defensive only, meaning even if there is a crisis they can take no action without the consent of the nation or nations involved. Immediately afterward, a fake Batman publicly murders the congresswoman that was leading the committee. Nightwing meets with Bruce to discuss a plan of action, but Bruce says nothing can be done before teleporting to the Watchtower to deal with an international incident. Even though a US nuclear spy-submarine has been sunk in Chinese waters, Bruce tells the team they can’t help due to their new charter. A defiant Aquaman assists the sub anyway, citing that he is acting not as a JL member but as a sovereign head of Atlantis. While Wonder Woman and Bruce argue aboard the Watchtower, US sailors aboard the sub argue with Simon Baz, and Aquaman argues with everyone else. Eventually, the US and Chinese governments broker a deal that allows the German navy to tow the downed sub to international waters. When Cyborg locates the fake Batman in East St. Louis, the real Batman realizes that the faker has been listening-in on their JL communications. Batman sends a disguised Simon Baz to confront the fake Batman, but Simon is outed, taken down, and kidnapped.

–Justice League Vol. 3 #37-38 (“THE PEOPLE VS JUSTICE LEAGUE” Continued…)
January 23-25. Realizing that the fake Batman has been in the Watchtower and likely knows every JLer’s secret ID, Batman orders Cyborg and Flash to sweep the satellite and run some diagnostic tests on some of the tech design. Afterward, Batman and Jessica Cruz investigate Simon’s disappearance in East St. Louis. Jessica narrowly avoids getting blown up. On the other side of town, Simon is able to escape and report in that the fake Batman, a deranged JL fan, is on the move now dressed as Hal Jordan. After tracing the suspect satellite designs to the worker that originally installed it aboard the Watchtower and then running some background checks, Cyborg learns the identity of the fake Hal: LexCorp technician Joshua Andre Christian. (The actual ID of the faker is Christian’s friend, who is simply using Christian’s ID to obscure his own.) Wonder Woman (disguised as lawyer Regina Cole), Aquaman (disguised as an anti-JL talk show host), Batman, and the Green Lanterns ambush the faker—who they are now exclusively referring to as “The Fan“—on the set of a live debate program. Nonplussed, the Fan uses the JL transporter to teleport his foes away to different locales. Batman zaps to Nepal where he is collected by Jessica. Aquaman, as seen via flashback from Justice League of America Vol. 3 #39, gets zapped to the desert. There, the dried-out Aquaman gets moralized-to by the Fan (amazingly dressed like Jason Momoa), who gives him a hydration suit (a nod to Aquaman’s old-school blue costume from the Modern Age). Shortly thereafter, the JL decides to hold a conclave—with Batman in absentia—to discuss both the Fan and the Caped Crusader’s recent off-game performance. Using encrypted holographic satellite projection, the team chats with Clark in his Daily Planet office. The words are harsh, with Wonder Woman heavily criticizing Batman juggling the JLA, Bat-Family, and JL all at once. Ultimately, the heroes decide to suspend the Dark Knight from active duty! Aboard the Watchtower, Superman and company deliver the tough suspension news. Batman accepts his fate, saying he will take a few weeks off from the JL to chill out and to deal with the Fan. Meanwhile, a LexCorp astronaut accidentally crashes a spacecraft into the Watchtower. Flash barely survives bringing the astronaut’s corpse into the satellite. Before departing, Bruce is approached in the locker room by a forward Jessica, who gives him a very sensual kiss on the mouth! In his last act before leaving, Bruce appoints Cyborg as the new chairman and leader of the JL.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Vol. 3 #43. Bruce tells Selina that Jessica Cruz kissed him. Everything’s cool.

–Justice League of America Vol. 5 #27-29 (“DAWN OF TIME”)
Time-traveling villain Chronos, having recently attacked Micron roughly thirty years in the future (as seen in the epilogue to Justice League of America Vol. 5 #26), appears in the present-day Microverse to attack Ray Palmer, Preon, and Yun Xee. The tiny heroes easily fight-off Chronos, but the villain claims victory, citing that he’s seen into Yun Xee’s telepathic mind to locate the “imprint.” At the construction site of the new Happy Harbor base, while Batman oversees the work, laborers discover an ancient fossil beneath the site. (The fossil is the “imprint,” the literal ancient handprint of Ahl, the God of Superheroes. When he left it on the site of present day Happy Harbor long before human life even existed, he essentially planted a seed containing the very “idea of the superhero,” which would eventually grow and enter Earth’s collective consciousness once human life arose and evolved.) Suddenly, Chronos and his Techno-Chiefs appear from a infinitesimal sliver of time in the distant future where Chronos rules the multiverse. With the immense power of this fraction of time at their behest, the villains freeze everyone except for the Atom. Chronos states that Ahl’s pivotal visit to Earth usually exists beyond the normal physics of time, meaning it’s a moment that usually can’t be altered. However, Chronos gloats that, because of his newfound knowledge of the “imprint,” he can mess with it. Aztec, unaffected by Chronos’ time-freezing, frees the rest of the JLA, who proceed to kick the Time Chiefs’ asses. Chronos rushes to Ahl’s handprint fossil and goes through a portal that has been activated by his own 4D energy. (The idea is that if Chronos can prevent Ahl from imprinting Earth with “the concept of the superhero,” all superheroes will cease to exist.) The JLA follows Chronos and travels through time to the Pre-evolutionary Age (conjecturally, the Palaeozoic Era). Unfortunately, the master time-manipulator has beat them to the punch. He reappears with an army of time-displaced warriors—comprised of orcs, ape-men, martial-artists, Mongols, vikings, medieval knights, Ancient Romans, Spartans, gladiators, barbarians, highlanders, samurai, ninja, aliens, Vietnam-era army soldiers, American Civil War soldiers, Colonial-era soldiers, pirates, wooly mammoths, dinosaurs, jets, tanks, and spaceships. And at the center of it all is a captive Ahl wrapped in golden chains. A wild battle ensues, in which the Ray creates a hard-light holographic castle to protect his friends. Chronos steals Chemo from out of time and uses him to level the castle. As the war rages on, Chronos reveals that he’s sifted through time and viewed the death of Ahl (from last year’s Doom Patrol Vol. 6 #1). Chronos, having stolen from time the very murder weapon that Retconn used to kill Ahl, produces it on the battlefield. The time-villain extraordinaire uses Danny the Street in brick form to bash Ahl’s brains in. Instantly, the entire history of superheroes is erased in the future. But thanks to the presence of Aztek, whose suit protects them, the JLA remains in existence. Atom cracks Chronos’ hourglass, which imprisons the villain inside and sends his hordes away. Trapped in the past, the JLA begins to forage and make shelter. Atzek begins trying to tweak the broken hourglass to resurrect Ahl and return home to a fixed world. The JLA lives in this unaffected bubble of the Paleozoic Era for weeks until they—including a bearded Batman—attempt their 43rd resurrection trial. The 43rd time is a success and Ahl comes back to life. The God of Superheroes affirmatively addresses the JLA and shakes Batman’s hand. He leaves his imprint and departs into the timestream to return Danny the Brick so that the timeline (including his own death at the hands of Haxxalon) is fully returned to normal. Using the hourglass, the JLA returns home to the moment just after they initially traveled to the past. The Atom teleports Chronos to a rough-and-tumble at the far end of the galaxy where Lobo is waiting to happily punish him.

–Justice League Vol. 3 #39-41 (“JUSTICE LOST”)
January 26-27. Another House of Representatives Committee Hearing is held to address possible crimes of which the JL might be guilty. Cyborg, as new chairman, is present with government-appointed lawyer Regina Cole, whom Wonder Woman recently disguised herself as. While Victor answers questions, dozens of protestors dressed up as Batman picket outside the Capitol Building. Meanwhile, in Estes Park West, Arkansas, the JLA (with now part-timer Lobo) attends to a derailed train carrying toxic chemicals. In Portland, Jessica avoids human contact, still mortified and confused about having kissed Batman. After wrapping up with the House Reps, Cyborg accompanies Martian Manhunter and Regina Cole to the Watchtower. Martian Manhunter then departs with both Green Lanterns on a special unspecified mission. The JL (sans Cyborg) teams up with the JLA to clean up the train wreckage safely, but unfortunately, both teams wind up only helping a rich white neighborhood while totally neglecting a poorer black neighborhood. Out of the heroes, only Batman seems aware of the mistake (but only after the fact). No matter what, the optics are bad and Twitter gives both teams sweet hell as only Twitter can. Hoping to fix the situation with his presence, Cyborg (in a costume forced upon him by the Fan) teleports down, leaving the increasingly suspicious Regina Cole aboard the Watchtower all by herself. Uh oh. In Estes Park, the riot cops wall off the poorer section of the town, prompting angry protesters to chant “Ferguson!” Cyborg and Superman try to calm the situation. Meanwhile, Regina shuts down the Watchtower and tells Aquaman she is in cahoots with the Fan. The satellite begins plummeting to Earth as both the JL and JLA beam back aboard. Cyborg assembles both teams—sans a runaway Lobo—and begins a plan of action to save the day. The satellite begins its fiery descent, but with the combined powers of the heroes, Cyborg believes they can control the landing. Things don’t go quite as planned as the satellite crashes into the heart of Buredunia, Africa, home to DC’s version of Black Panther and dictator of the nation, Red Lion (Matthew Bland). From a distance, Red Lion and his pal Deathstroke watch as Superman disarms Buredunian soldiers led by Red Lion’s top general Kamala. Superman sets up a defensive perimeter, takes in hundreds of fleeing refugees, and begins shaky negotiations with a hostile Kamala. Wanting nothing to do with the situation, Deathstroke high-tails it out of there. Shortly afterward, LexCorp private military contractors (called in by Red Lion) arrive in a giant heli-carrier in an attempt to help the Buredunian army take over the Watchtower salvage operation from the JL. With news global news cameras rolling, Red Lion joins the LexCorp PMCs and his own troops in an all out attack against the JL. Concurrently, in East St. Louis, Aquaman breaks into Joshua Andre Christian’s apartment only to learn that the Fan has merely been using his old friend’s name. Batman puts two-and-two together and goes to a LexCorp storage site in Metropolis to confront the Fan, who is wearing his own unique super-villain costume. Batman easily punches him out. In Buredunia, Wonder Woman scrambles to protect the refugees but takes a bullet in the throat after it ricochets off of Superman’s chest.

–Justice League Vol. 3 #42-43 (“JUSTICE LOST” Continued…)
January 27-31. Flash rushes the dying Wonder Woman to the care of Raven in San Francisco. As the bullets keep flying around the downed satellite in Buredunia, cameras keep rolling, which is exactly what Red Lion wants. Meanwhile, Deathstroke gloats over a seemingly dying Cyborg, but actually secretly helps Cyborg activate his failsafe, rebooting him back to tip-top shape. Batman and Aquaman (with the Fan in tow) join Cyborg just in time to interrupt a surprised Red Lion, who is in the middle of issuing demands from the US Government. After capturing Red Lion, Batman, Aquaman, and Cyborg join the rest of the JL. The Green Lanterns have arrived and use their rings to move the satellite wreckage. The JL then gets into a deep political argument over whether or not they should remain involved in the Buredunian conflict. The conversation touches upon the possibility of a global mandate, with the Green Lanterns even bringing up the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The exchanges heat up, with talks of initiating a terrorist fingerprint database, setting up a temporary base, consulting the UN, or outright leaving immediately. But before any consensus can be reached, Deathstroke shoots the Fan to death and charges off into battle, exclaiming that he will make the decision that the JL can’t seem to come to an agreement upon. Deathstroke then chastises the JL for not being able to tell the difference between refugees and guerrillas, calling them “too white” to be in Africa. He also insinuates that Batman brought the Fan to Africa, knowing that someone would kill him. Deathstroke then fights and defeats the entire JL! Meanwhile, as Wonder Woman’s unconscious body lies in San Francisco, her spirit (scaffolded by an astral Raven) faces-off against the Greco-Roman god of death Thanatos in a realm between worlds. After besting Thanatos, Wonder Woman wakes up and returns to Africa (with Flash) to take down Deathstroke. Cyborg tells his teammates that there’s nothing they can do to really change things for the better in warring nations. Defeated, the JL returns to America. (Wonder Woman will continue to solo-patrol in Buredunia.) A couple days later, after gathering to discuss the fallout of the case, the JL decides to effectively disband! Batman also disbands his JLA and schedules a big meeting for a bunch of superheroes to be held at the nearly finished JLA Research Center/JLA Foundation in Happy Harbor. He also interrogates Regina Cole. A couple days after that, Simon Baz has lunch with Clark, who tells him that the JL is done. A nervous Jessica Cruz goes to Wayne Manor with balloons and champagne as a way of apologizing for kissing Bruce. But Selina answers the door and invites Jessica in to hang out, drink, and watch TV. Meanwhile, Batman meets with Cyborg to discuss the ongoing construction of the JLA Foundation and new plans for the JL and JLA. Cyborg punches the smug Batman in the face and says he may or may not show up for the upcoming meeting, which is scheduled to take place in a few days (on Saturday). Superman arrives to chat with Batman as well.

–Detective Comics #981 Epilogue
February 1-2. Just over three weeks have passed since the Bat-Family defeated Ulysses Armstrong and Brother Eye. Batman speaks with President Trump and gets official confirmation that Jake Kane has been cleared of his court-martial and has been reinstated as a colonel in the US Army. Trump assures Batman that the Colony is no more, but Trump is a pathological liar, so that probably means that it still clandestinely exists. (Trump lying about the Colony is both my take and also the implication within the text as well.) Bruce meets with Kate Kane for dinner to discuss their lives. Kate fills-in Bruce about the status of the former Gotham Knights: Luke Fox has retired as Batwing while Azrael, having seen a new light after speaking with Cyborg, has gone off on his own. Bruce and Kate promise to be better family to each other and to look out for one another, moving forward. After dinner, Batwoman—guided by her dad just like old times—fights a new Religion of Crime coven in Gotham. Bruce arranges for Cassie Cain to move into the Thompkins Free Clinic under the guardianship of Dr. Leslie Thompkins and the tutelage of Barbara Gordon! While Cass settles-in, Clayface—still alive and well (!)—and Dr. Victoria October watch from the shadows. A teary-eyed Clayface leaves a note for Cassie, but decides to leave town with Dr. October. At Wayne Manor, Tim, now officially back together with Stephanie again, tells Bruce that he’s accepted his scholarship at Ivy University. (He actually hasn’t, but simply wants to go off superhero-ing, just he and Spoiler.) The next day, Bruce puts a GPS tracer on Tim’s car before warmly seeing-off both Tim and Stephanie on their road trip. As night falls, Batman goes on patrol. Alfred radios-in and reports that Tim and Stephanie are not headed toward Ivy Town. Batman says that they’ve earned his trust and to shut down the tracer. Batman jokes about starting a “school for young vigilantes”—or is it a joke?—before swinging into his night’s patrol.

–Justice League Vol. 3 #43 Epilogue
February 3. Jessica Cruz and Vixen arrive at the Foundation for the big Saturday meeting. When a crisis arises, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Flash, and Simon Baz appear via teleporter, asking for their assistance. (It’s highly possible the crisis is the start of Brainiac’s invasion, which kicks off No Justice.)

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE
———————-––Justice League: No Justice #1
———————-––DC Nation #0 Part 3 Intro
———————-––Justice League: No Justice #2
It’s been just over two months since the fissure in the Source Wall occurred. Presumably, the Green Lantern Corps and New Gods have been monitoring the hole, but only now do we see the Guardians of the Universe actively engaging with the breach as they send the entire GLC to examine and discuss a plan of action at the site. (Of course, it is also possible that this opening scene of No Justice #1 takes place much earlier than the rest of the issue, closer to the epilogue of Dark Nights: Metal.) Meanwhile, Brainiac and his army of drones have attack Earth. The Justice League, Titans, Teen Titans, and Suicide Squad mobilize and defend against his forces. In Metropolis, Superman—who has just recently switched back to his original “red underwear” look—initiates his invasion protocol, which evacuates most of the city. Soon after, with all of the heroes and villains defeated, the JL fights Brainiac in the mostly empty city, but they too succumb to his power. All of the captured teams—along with a few other heroes and villains—are taken aboard Brainiac’s massive spacecraft, but, to their surprise, Brainiac releases them and outfits them with modified costumes. Brainiac explains that he needs their help. The planet-sized cosmic beings known as The Omega Titans (Entropy, Mystery, Wonder, and Wisdom) have crossed through the breach in the Source Wall and are heading to destroy his homeworld of Colu. Brainiac divides everyone into a new multi-layered Justice League to save Colu and deal with each Omega Titan individually—Team Entropy (Batman, Lobo, Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, and Beast Boy), Team Mystery (Superman, Martian Manhunter, Starfire, Starro, and Sinestro), Team Wonder (Wonder Woman, Raven, Etrigan, Dr. Fate, and Zatanna), and Team Wisdom (Cyborg, Robin, Atom, Flash Barry Allen, and Harley Quinn). As the new Justice League blasts across the universe toward Colu, Amanda Waller activates Task Force XI, which consists of restrained and subdued telepaths—including Max Lord, Dr. Destiny, Hector Hammond, Jemm, Dubbilex, Manchester Black, Psimon, Brainwave, Mento, Looker, Multi-Man, and two others obscured from view (one who could be Klarion Bleak). Brainiac finishes briefing the JL as they arrive at Colu, above which stands a towering Omega Titan. Brainiac tells the JL that he’s planted seeds, which will attract the Omega Titans, on Earth. This “added incentive” will hopefully motivate the JL to defeat them. Just as Brainiac tells the team to locate four energy trees on Colu, his head explodes, courtesy of the combined long-range powers of Task Force XI. With their only guide seemingly dead, the JL goes face-to-face with one of the gargantuan Omega Titans. As the Omega Titan begins stomping around, the heroes are overwhelmed by Coluan security forces, who attack because the heroes are wearing evil Brainiac gear. After fending them off, the heroes realize that the nodes on their costumes are drawing each team toward respective energy trees: one for wisdom, entropy, mystery, and wonder. The teams decide to venture toward each respective tree. On Earth, Amanda Waller treks through the snow towards the Fortress of Solitude, but Green Arrow cuts her off, demanding answers. She spills the beans, but learns from Green Arrow that all of the other superheroes on Earth (except for he and Supergirl) are locked in a state of suspended animation thanks to strange Brainiac tech. Reluctantly, Green Arrow teams up with Waller to look for one of the seeds that will attract the Omega Titans to Earth. As the JL teams continue their mission on Colu, the locals don’t take too kindly to their presence (especially since they are seemingly aligned with Brainiac). The Coluans quickly sentence the JL to death for breaking “multiversial law.” While Team Entropy fights Coluan soldiers and death-robots in Colu’s biggest prison (Ultra Penitence), Team Mystery defeats weird monsters at the “Life Nursery,” securing the Tree of Mystery location. Meanwhile, Team Wonder battles its way toward the Mystic Tree of Wonder, located at the Tomb of the Science Priests. At the Core Databank, Team Wisdom fights robots of their own in an effort to hack Coluan planetary defense systems. Back on Earth, upon locating a Brainiac seed in the Arctic, Amanda Waller and Green Arrow find that it is actively sending a signal to the Omega Titans. On Colu, Team Mystery enters a dome, finding hundreds of shrunken planets (including Starfire’s home planet of Tamaran) housed in containers. Meanwhile, Team Wisdom fails to hack the Core Databank. Team Entropy makes it to the center of Ultra Penitence to find Brainiac’s son, Vril Dox II (Brainiac 2.0).

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE Continued…
———————-––Justice League: No Justice #3-4
———————-––DC Nation #0 Part 3 Epilogue
On Colu, Martian Manhunter and Starro discuss freeing all the trapped shrunken planets. Meanwhile, Vril Dox II tells Team Entropy that his father’s plan had been to use them to take over Colu and then lure the Omega Titans to destroy them and all of Earth. As the rest of Team Wonder fends-off the ghosts of Science Priests, Wonder Woman reactivates the Tree of Wonder using her lasso. With Team Wisdom’s encouragement, Cyborg is able to download all the information in Colu’s Core Databank. With all the trees sufficiently messed-with, Omega Titan Wisdom begins to freak out. As Sinestro uses his ring to carefully remove all the miniature planets from their enclosures, Starro grows to giant-size and attaches himself to the Titan’s face! Unfortunately, Wisdom tears Starro to bits, apparently killing him. The entire JL, separated in multiple escape ships, blasts to safety just as Wisdom eats the entirety of Colu in one gargantuan bite of destruction. On Earth, Green Arrow squabbles with Amanda Waller only to witness an energy tree sprout out of the ground at their Arctic location. Similar trees sprout at STAR Labs (Detroit, MI), the Tower of Fate (Salem, MA), and Belle Reve (LA). In an instant, Omega Titans Entropy, Mystery, and Wonder arrive in Earth’s atmosphere. Soon after, with the JL still far across the universe, Omega Titan Wisdom arrives on Earth to join his fellows, much to the grave concern of Green Arrow and Supergirl.

–Justice League of America Vol. 5 #29 Epilogue
Mid February. Vixen and Frost meet with Batman to get his blessing to use the now fully-constructed JLA Research Center/Foundation for a new superhero venture called The Justice Foundation. The venture will not only consist of a new superhero team headquartered out of the Happy Harbor base, but it will also include a few extras under its umbrella, including an innovation workshop, medical research group, think tank designed to connect normal humans with superhumans, legit community outreach, and a civilian board of directors to oversee everything. Batman gives Vixen and Frost full permission to move forward. Not long after, Vixen and Frost have a press conference at Mount Justice, detailing their plans to the public and introducing the head of their board of directors, Lorraine Bedy. With Batman watching from the shadows, Frost introduces the superhero team: herself, Vixen, Aztek, Xenos, Freedom Beast, Extraño, Black Canary, the Atom, the Ray, Strange Visitor (a resurrected Sharon Vance), a reformed Insight, and a new character. Notably, badass Firebrand (Janet Fals) watches the Justice Foundation press conference on TV at the Heaven’s Undercarriage Bar in NJ.

–Action Comics #1000 Part 1
Superman fights a Khund warship in space before joining Lois and Jon in Metropolis for a very special celebration in his honor. Clark watches with his family in the audience as several speakers—including Mayor Barnes and Captain Maggie Sawyer—give testimonials about the greatness of the Man of Steel. All the while, Lois distracts Clark as she secretly coordinates (via cellphone) the defense against a full global invasion by a large Khund navy. The Justice League and other heroes have decided to give Superman the day off to enjoy his ceremony, going so far as to block his knowledge of the invasion via Martian Manhunter’s telepathy, while they take care of the planetary assault. Batman asks Lois to break the ruse several times when things get dicey, but in the end the heroes beat the Khunds without Superman’s assistance. Clark, upon discovering the artifice when Perry White addresses the crowd, switches to his fighting togs to join his friends, but they’ve already gathered at the Metropolis celebration. The Justice League, the Titans, the Teen Titans, multiple Green Lanterns, multiple Flashes, Batgirl, Steel, Supergirl, Booster Gold, Skeetz, Blue Beetle, Hawkman, Mera, Firestorm, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Sideways (Derek James), The Silencer, Deathstroke, and Harley Quinn all show up to give thanks and appreciation to the Man of Steel.

–Bane: Conquest #2-3 (“THE SWORD”)
Note that the only way Bane: Conquest fits on our canonical timeline is if King Faraday, who is featured in later issues, is cured of his Red Wave infection and has escaped Amanda Waller’s custody. (Faraday’s return from being decades off the grid and his current status is reflective of events in Suicide Squad Vol. 5 #27-32, which occurred a couple months ago.) While surfing the deep web, Batman learns about the threat of a new terror cult led by the enigmatic Damocles. Batman shakes down Damocles’ man Chango (Lester Belloquet) before following Damocles’ trail across four continents. In Mumbai, Batman confronts Damocles and his cult, only to get captured, stripped of his Bat-costume, exposed as Bruce Wayne, sent to a Quraci stronghold, and then put behind bars in a secret Romanian prison. Bruce and the other prisoners are fed drugged-food to keep them weak. After two days trapped in Damocles’ prison, Bane—also defeated by Damocles—gets thrown in the brig as well. Bruce and Bane discuss their situation and mythology, citing that Damocles was a courtier to Dionysius, meaning he likely has a superior he answers to. The next day, both Bruce and Bane are interrogated by the doyen of torture, Damocles’ man Quan. Later that night, Bane smashes his way out of the prison wing. Bruce and Bane fight their way through dozens of guards until they recover their costumes. (Notably, Monkey Fist Cult costumes are on display, meaning that Damocles has defeated members of their group as well.) A truce is formed, but Bane vows to kill Batman last. While Bane breaks every bone in Damocles’ body, Batman takes a subtler approach when confronting Damocles’ master, “Dionysius,” a deformed little person with a mini-tank for a body. Batman walks and talks with Dionysius until Bane shows up and attacks the Dark Knight. Dionysius rockets away in an attempt to escape, but Bane tackles him down the side of a mountain slope. While Batman escapes the prison in a commandeered helicopter, Bane forms an alliance with the sweet-talking Dionysius. Bane throws Dionysius into a cat-carrier and meets up with Zombie, Bird, and Trogg.

–The Brave and The Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #1-3
Tír na nÓg, a magickal kingdom nestled in the heart of Faerie and home to the Celtic gods, is under siege, plagued by civil war between the orc-like Fomor folk and elven Dé Danann folk. Cernunnos Cernach (Celtic god of fertility and the hunt, and distant cousin to the Greco-Roman gods) visits a vacationing Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, asking the former for help. After finishing up sexy time with Steve, Wonder Woman goes to Faerie and finds that Elatha, the Fomorian god king of all Tír na nÓg, has been murdered. Simultaneously, Batman notices that everyone in Gotham’s Irish Quarter is locked in a haunted trance and goes to investigate. Reverberations from Tír na nÓg’s chaos (Phooka nightmares) reach the Dark Knight shortly after he enters the Irish Quarter and, he too, falls into a trance like the others. Thankfully, Alfred is able to guide Batman out of his trance via radio. In Court of the Dé Danann (the capital of Tír na nÓg), tempers flare between the Fomor and the Dé Danann, but Wonder Woman keeps the peace, keeping both Formorian leader Captain Furf and Dé Danann leader Fionn McCool from tearing each other apart. Meanwhile, the last of the ancient “Gotham Druids,” Patrick O’Schull, prepares to leave the world of man to return to Faerie for the first time in centuries. In the Batcave, Batman talks to Alfred about his hallucinatory experience, the nature of magick, and his resurrections from death. Wonder Woman and Cernunnos appear in the Batcave asking for Batman’s assistance. After traveling to Tír na nÓg, Batman and Wonder Woman ride on horseback through the forest outskirts, coming upon three spying Fomorians (Maggie, Declan, and Lug). After being interrogated by Batman, the Fomorian trio attacks, but are easily bested. Batman and Wonder Woman then explore the impenetrable wall border at the edge of Tír na nÓg’s border. Back in Court of the Dé Danann, Cernunnos tells the heroes the folklore beyond folklore—myths about the ancient ancestors of gods that the current gods themselves barely believe! Cernunnos also reveals that, despite 24 hours having passed, only an hour has passed back on Earth. Elsewhere, the ancient (and evil) Fomorian king Balor of the Evil-Eye—who also happens to be Elatha’s brother—sits on his throne, pondering whether or not to take action.

–The Brave and The Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #4
In Court of the Dé Danann, Captain Furf, Maggie, Declan, and Lug demand that Batman and Wonder Woman cease their unorthodox investigation into the death of King Elatha. Cernunnos Cernach not only denies their request, but he also allows the heroes to meet with the king’s Dé Danann widow, Queen Ethné, in her castle-city, The Dagda’s Keep. Ethné tells Batman and Wonder Woman more Celtic-Faerie history, about years of war and strife between a united Fomor and Dé Danann versus the armies of Balor of the Evil-Eye. Ethné explains that Elatha, in a misguided attempt to keep lasting peace after Balor’s defeat and exile, built the wall around the kingdom and cast a spell making everyone in Tír na nÓg forget the bad parts of their past. Batman and Wonder Woman then visit the Tomb of King Nuada, discovering that the powerful “Silver Arm of Nuada” artifact has been stolen. Later, the Fomorians, angered that the heroes have “desecrated” the tomb, demand violent satisfaction.

–Bane: Conquest #8
Bane’s war against Kobra, which has lasted for quite some time, continues. Bane, Zombie, Bird, and Trogg (remotely guided by Dionysius) chase after sexy Kobra agent Valentina, who escapes them with the new Naja-Naja—an infant that has supposedly been reincarnated as the new leader of Kobra—in hand. Valentina delivers the baby safely to high-ranking Kobra member, Rampo. Over the course of the next week, Kobra soldiers systematically destroy all of Bane’s drug-running and crooked political organizations across the globe. In the Batcave, Batman studies the global crime war closely, noting certain patterns. He tells Alfred that they must take a trip. Bane, eager to recruit new blood to help him fight Kobra, recruits the Beast (aka KGBeast) in Russia.

–REFERENCE: In Bane: Conquest #8 and Bane: Conquest #10. With the war between Bane and Kobra escalating rapidly, Batman and Alfred prepare to intervene. They set up multiple contingency plans, one of which includes a suborbital WayneTech payload (containing unknown material) attached to an upcoming satellite launch at a commercial space center in the South American nation of Bosqueverde. (Cost for this is a cool $300 million. No sweat.) Following the prep, Batman goes off the grid for a week, during which time he secretly infiltrates Bane’s army.

–Bane: Conquest #10
Bane’s team—King Faraday, Gunbunny, Gunhawk, Shaka Usuthu, Kiang, and two unnamed assassins—visit Rhama Lumpur in an effort to extract information that will help them gain access to Kobra’s North Korean stronghold. After getting codes from and assassinating a North Korean general, Bane’s team preps for a trip to North Korea to kidnap the baby Naja-Naja. Batman alerts Alfred of the situation and initiates one of their contingency plans. Zombie overhears Batman’s message and Dionysius confirms that Batman is onto them. Alfred authorizes the rocket launch in Bosqueverde. A few days later, a large coffer is sent into Earth’s atmosphere before dropping near Batman’s specific coordinates outside of North Korea. As the payload splashes down, Bane, Faraday, Gunhawk, and Gunbunny sneak into Haeju Hang.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #41. Nightwing defeats the Judge in Blüdhaven, after which he sets his sights on saving the dying Justice Tree. Dick calls Bruce and asks him for financial assistance. Bruce sends a blank check to Blüdhaven’s Parks Department on the condition they save the landmark. They do what they can, including taking seedlings for propagation and sending them to be planted all over the world.

–Nightwing Vol. 4 #42
Robin gets kidnapped in Japan by the mystical Yakuza group called the Crimson Kabuki. Nightwing rescues him, fighting his way through several costumed warriors. Atop a skyscraper, Nightwing and the freed Robin combat the Crimson Kabuki boss Kyu, who unleashes a real live dragon. However, the heroes tame the wild creature and obtain its assistance in bringing Kyu to justice. Back home in the Batcave, Robin gathers Nightwing, Batman, Bat-Cow, Goliath, and the towering dragon (!) for story time. The Boy Wonder eloquently narrates the “the tale of the brothers’ battle against the Crimson Kabuki.”

–Batman Vol. 3 #44
Batman and Catwoman swing through the night together. Batman talks about their future and his nervousness regarding change, to which Catwoman jokes about all their combined sartorial changes over the years. Later, the duo beds down for the night at Wayne Manor. Selina sneaks out early in the morning and bombs her way into the fanciest wedding dress shop in town. After hours of trying things on and drinking champagne, Selina chooses a black number with a $28,000 price tag! She then sneaks back home with her dress, winks at Alfred, and climbs back into bed with the snoozing Bruce.

–REFERENCE: In Action Comics #1000 Part 9. Bat-Mite, Zook, and a lightning djinni leave their 5th Dimensional home to bother Batman in the Batcave.

–Batwoman Vol. 2 #15
Batwoman’s yearlong mission against the Many Arms of Death now nears its end. In Gotham, Batwoman faces-off against her diabolically unhinged sister Alice, who has mockingly spread a deadly plague-like disease across the city via swarms of bats. Knowing that she is both a carrier and immune to the disease (thanks to recent encounter with Alice and Scarecrow), Batwoman contacts and reconciles with Julia Pennyworth, who is aboard the retrofitted yacht known as Airship Sequoia. (Batwoman and Julia had previously had a falling out.) While Julia preps an antivirus using samples of Batwoman’s blood and DNA, Batwoman flies her other plane (the Airshop Kônos) and uses a sonic-emitter to attract all the infected bats, luring them away from the city. As soon as Julia has whipped-up the antivirus, she crop-dusts it over Gotham in a mini-jet. Batwoman then blows up the Sequoia, eliminating any possible traces of the deadly disease. Batman, having been contacted by Julia, arrives to confront Alice.

–Batman Vol. 3 #47
Booster Gold, in maybe his most bone-headed scheme ever, decides that he will give Batman a wedding present by going back in time and saving Thomas and Martha Wayne, thus altering the timeline and giving Bruce the “fun mission” of restoring things to the way they should be. In a move reminiscent of Barry Allen’s creation of the “Flashpoint timeline,” Booster and Skeetz go back and save the Waynes from Joe Chill, drastically altering reality—in effect rebooting the entire DCU into a “Bat-point timeline” (as seen in Batman Vol. 3 #45-47). On this altered timeline, Gotham (and the whole world) are way worse off. For example, Dick has become a murderous gun-toting Batman, there are dozens of Jokers, Penguin is POTUS, and the League of Assassins rules most of the planet. When Booster confronts Bat-point Bruce, the latter destroys Skeetz, stranding Booster in this altered reality for over a year! Booster’s repeated attempts to fix the timeline eventually lead to the deaths of Dick, Selina, Thomas Wayne, and Martha Wayne. This turns Bat-point Bruce into a Punisher-like vigilante, who captures Booster Gold and chains him up in the caverns below Wayne Manor. A full year afterward, Bruce is able to restore Skeetz and present him to an emaciated (and insane) Booster, demanding him to restore the lives of his parents via time-travel. Seeing an opportunity to restore the correct New Age DCU timeline, Skeetz time-warps himself, Booster, and Bat-point Bruce back to the point just before Bruce’s parents were killed on the original timeline. Booster plans to stop himself from saving Thomas and Martha, as to ensure the correct timeline is recreated. Enter the murky sargasso sea of time-paradox. Bruce shoots Skeetz, destroying him for good, just as they arrive above the Monarch Theater, in which young Bruce and his parents are watching The Mark of Zorro. As original Booster and Skeetz come through their time portal, the former gets shot and killed. The Waynes, leaving the film, only decide to go down Crime Alley because they hear the gunfire above and are trying to avoid it. This, of course, leads them directly to Joe Chill, who murders Thomas and Martha before young Bruce’s horrified eyes. Instantly, “Bat-point” is erased and the New Age timeline is rebooted and restored to status-quo—(well, except for Booster and an alternate Bruce Wayne being tangentially involved in the Wayne murders.) On the roof above, a distraught Bat-point Bruce, having also watched the murder of his parents as it unfolded before his younger self, commits suicide. With the timeline fixed, Booster and Skeetz return to the present, hauling with them the time-anomalous corpses from the theater roof. However, Booster has not only seen himself get shot and killed, he’s also spent two years in hell, chained and tortured, on a horrible alternate timeline. Completely shell-shocked, as referenced in Flash Vol. 5 #46, Booster visits Wayne Manor to tell Bruce, Catwoman, and Alfred what he’s done. Batman and Catwoman go for a rooftop jaunt with the rattled Booster to hear his story.

. . .

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2. Late June. Geneticist Dr. Helga Jace and a team of international scientists publicly release preliminary findings as part of an ongoing study into what they call the “Supermen Theory.” Jace and company have reason to believe that the concentration of worldwide metahumans existing primarily in the United States isn’t a random occurrence. Jace also releases findings that show that the proliferation of superhuman activity over the past fifteen years—especially in America—has been the direct result of a secret US government program. Jace claims further that many US superheroes and super-villains alike are actually government agents, playing out predetermined roles, or lab experiments designed to be living weapons of mass destruction. Jace releases Department of Metahuman Affairs classified documents that supposedly prove that Metamorpho was created by the US government and has been secretly working with his “arch-rival” Simon Stagg and all of his other rogues, playing out a false hero-villain narrative for years, in order to mask their connection to the government. Deeply troubled by this news, especially since Batman has worked closely with Metamorpho, Bruce begins putting a profusion of money into metagene research at Wayne Enterprises. He also purchases Dayton Labs from its owner, Steve Dayton (aka Mento).

  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: Batgirl Vol. 5 #19-20 (“COLD SNAP”) has to go here because it follows shortly after the X-mas holiday-themed Batgirl Vol. 5 #18. While Batman isn’t involved in “Cold Snap,” the Mayor of Gotham is featured—and he is inexplicably drawn as a random white man. He should be black, quite specifically, Michael Akins. Guess the creators didn’t get the memo. We should probably think of this dude as a city councilman or borough president or something like that.

12 Responses to Year Sixteen (Part 1)

  1. Austin Eaton says:

    It’s probably obvious, but where does JL 39 reference a version of Infinite Crisis, along with the other references on the timeline?

    • It’s not so obvious! In fact, I’ve been waiting for someone to call me out on this! In the opening desert sequence of JL #39, the Fan makes fun of the JL’s previous Watchtower incarnation on the moon (originally created at the start of Morrison’s “Big Guns” JLA run). There have already been references in other books to the Hall of Justice and previous satellite HQs, but the added reference to the lunar Watchtower speaks to a richer, fuller (and more complete) history of JL HQs. Therefore, I’ve tried to include arcs that speak to this history. Infinite Crisis was notable for many reasons, but among them for being the story wherein which Superboy-Prime destroys the lunar Watchtower.

      It might be a stretch, but I’ve included the complete history of JL HQs—creation of and destruction of—on the New Age timeline. Without this history, the timeline is broken. Infinite Crisis in the New Age is likely a hugely pared-down version of the original, but it definitely stands in some way, especially since there have been multiple references to its bookend sibling Crises (Crisis on Infinite Earths and Final Crisis).

      To reiterate, I’m using the little reference in JL #39, combined with other reference clues sprinkled throughout other comics, as a foundation for including stories that have to do with important moments that relate to the JL’s HQs (i.e. multiple Watchtowers, satellites, the Sanctuary, Hall of Justice, etc). I’ll add a footnote on the site to clear this all up, since it’s not exactly crystal.

  2. Antonio says:

    Hi Collin, Antonio here.
    How are you? I hope everything is doing well in your life.

    Ok, Just a doubt…
    In Deathstroke 30 an editorial note puts the events of BvsD “Prior to current events in the DC Universe”… but you put the issue right after Batman 44…
    So… what is the exact collocation of these happenings?

    Again, thanks for your work!

    • Wow, I missed that tiny little editorial note. “Prior to current events”? What does that even mean? LOL. Well, I guess I’ll move it back before Metal… or immediately after Metal? This technically is published after Metal. Maybe they mean prior to Deathstroke’s appearances in Priest’s JL?

      I think I’m going to hold off on placing this one. The implication here is that this could take place a year or two ago. We’ll see…

      Thanks, Antonio

  3. Antonio says:

    Thank you, Collin.
    I don’t think BvsD takes place two years “prior” the “current” events. I think they just refer to Bruce getting married to Selina, the People vs JL story-arc… and maybe the whole metal saga.
    So I guess you were correct by placing it right before Metal.

    Also… the Bane Conquest story-arc… I don’t think that is the right collocation… I mean… something tells me it may go well before year 16…

    • Something tells me Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan’s Bane: Conquest might be totally out-of-continuity. Same goes for the recent retro-leaning Neal Adams Deadman series. DC seems to be letting classic writers pick up where their original creations ended in the Silver, Bronze, and Modern Ages, which is a fun experiment, but doesn’t seem to help their placement on any contemporary timeline. Before his death, Len Wein was going to do a pick-up old-school Swamp Thing arc too.

      Specifically in regard to Bane: Conquest, it really can’t go much earlier due to its inclusion of King Faraday and a new baby Naja-Naja. What about it seems fishy to you?

  4. Conor says:

    Hi, Colin, just have one or two questions for you.
    When DC, publish a new Batman related-comic how do you know where it goes on the timeline, and how do as a new follower of this project know when the timeline is updated? How quick are you on updates?

    • I update every new comic day (every Wednesday). How do I know where the stories go on the timeline? That’s the trick isn’t it? I read the comics and put it together like a puzzle. Thanks for following the site!

  5. Austin Eaton says:

    I think I remember one of the stories in Action Comics #1000 referencing President Luthor, but I’m not sure which one. Do you think that could be canon again?

    • See New Age Year 10 for details. The insinuation is that Obama only serves one term then loses reelection to Luthor (due to the drone strike information leaking earlier in the DCU and hurting his campaign), thus placing Luthor (and Pete Ross after Luthor’s impeachment) in-between Obama and Trump. Of course, we still don’t really know since there hasn’t been enough information given in any other comics. Because of this, I’m holding off on adding-in President Luthor… for now. Honestly, I kinda love squeezing Luthor/Ross in-between Obama and Trump, so don’t be surprised if I go ahead and just dive in and do it LOL.

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