Jaunts to the Past

 

–Palaeozoic Era, site of future Happy Harbor, RI
Justice League of America Vol. 5 #27-29
. From 2017, time-traveling super-villain Chronos goes through a portal to the Prehistoric Age in an attempt to prevent Ahl (the God of the Superheroes) from imprinting Earth with “the concept of the superheroism.” If Chronos succeeds, all superheroes will cease to exist in the future. The JLA follows Chronos in an attempt to stop his plan, but the master time-manipulator has beat them to the punch. He has recruited an endless 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. 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. 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 Paleozoic Era, 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 replace Danny the Brick and return the timeline to normal. Using the hourglass, the JLA returns to 2017.

–38,000 BCE, site of future Gotham City
Flashback from Dark Nights: Metal #1
—and also referenced in Flash Vol. 5 #21, Dark Days: The Casting #1, Dark Nights: Metal #1, and Batman: Lost #1. Originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1-2. Bruce—along with a rocket ship time capsule—arrives from the 21st century, sent to the past thanks to Darkseid’s Omega Sanction. An amnesiac Bruce bears witness to the death of an elderly Anthro (one of the last members of the Bear Tribe). Bruce then gets involved in a war between two rival Native American tribes, the Deer People and Vandal Savage’s Wolf Tribe (aka Wolf Clan aka Blood Mob aka Blood Tribe). Bruce dons the flesh of a giant bat as a makeshift cape and cowl and defeats Savage in combat. (The giant bat is the final form of the defeated Hyper-Adapter, which has retreated backward to 38,000 BCE from the End of Time and been slain by Savage. In a bit of celestial synchronicity, the anomalous confluence of bats—a cosmic bat monster being slain and then worn by a bat warrior—draws the attention of the evil ancient bat-god Barbatos. From his realm in the Dark Multiverse, Barbatos sees Batman for the first time and becomes obsessed, realizing that, despite the fact that Batman won’t exist for 40,000 years, he will one day be able to use the Caped Crusader as a doorway to enter the regular multiverse via an occult ritual known as “The Mantling.” Thus, via actions of the Strigdyae priests of the Judas Tribe, Barbatos initiates his sinister plan, which will last for 40,000 years and involve subtle manipulation of Bruce life, starting from his birth.) After meeting Bruce, the Deer People change their tribal name to Miagani, meaning “Bat People,” and vow to protect the caves—above which will become the future site of Gotham City. 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. Notably, thousands of years later, under the secret influence of Barbatos, a proto-Hath-Set will lead the unified Bat Tribe in a great war against the Bird Tribe (aka Hawk Tribe), led by a proto-Carter Hall and proto-Kendra Saunders. Eventually, the Bat Tribe will become the Judas Tribe, which will become the Parliament/Court of Owls. Back to our immediate story at hand, a solar eclipse, in accordance with the rules of the Omega Sanction, eventually sends Bruce hurtling thousands of years into the future to Puritanical Gotham of 1640.

–1640 CE, Gotham City
Reference in Flash Vol. 5 #21
, Dark Days: The Casting #1, and Dark Nights: Metal #1-2—originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1-2. 21st century Bruce travels from 38,000 BCE to 1640 with the Hyper-Adapter following closely behind—(this is the Hyper-Adapter which Darkseid attached to Bruce as a doomsday device when sending him back into time AS OPPOSED TO the deceased Hyper-Adapter that retreats backward through time in giant bat form after being defeated). In 1640, Bruce, still amnesiac due to the Omega Sanction, fights the Hyper-Adapter and then assimilates into society, taking the name “Mordecai.” Bruce, as “Mordecai,” lives in Puritanical Gotham for months, having various interactions with Wayne ancestors and other townsfolk. Eventually, both Bruce and the Hyper-Adapter are hurtled to 1718.

–1718 CE, Gotham City
Reference in Flash Vol. 5 #21
and Dark Nights: Metal #1-2—originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #3. 21st century Bruce travels from 1640 to 1718. Bruce, with his memory of the 1640s fading fast, washes up on the shores of Gotham Bay where he is mistaken for a famous pirate. Thus, a pirate adventure ensues. From 1718, another solar eclipse Omega-leaps Bruce to the late 19th century.

–1880s CE, Gotham City
Reference in Flash Vol. 5 #21
and Dark Nights: Metal #1-2—originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4. Having just arrived in the 1880s from 1718, 21st century Bruce quickly settles-in and becomes a masked cowboy vigilante, starting a full-scale war-on-crime against outlaws. After meeting his own grandparents, Bruce time-jumps to a period just after the death of his parents.