Year Eleven

(2013)

 

–NOTE: In Doomsday Clock #5—originally told in Teen Titans Vol. 3 #22-23 (“LIGHTS OUT”). Batman is not in this item, but it bears mentioning because of its link to the New Age history of the Teen Titans. At this moment on our timeline, the global mind-wipe of the memory of the original Teen Titans team would still be in effect. Despite this, several incarnations of the team have existed over the past five years-plus. This includes the most recent and current incarnation of the Teen Titans, which includes Robin, Beast Boy (formerly Changeling), Cyborg, Raven, new Speedy (Mia Dearden), new Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark), Red Star (Leonid Kovar), Hawk, and Dove.[1] When Dr. Light swears public vengeance on the Teen Titans, the young heroes—along with Nightwing, Flamebird (former Bat-Girl Bette Kane), Starfire, Arsenal, and Tempest (former Aqualad Garth)—defeat him in battle. Note that this version of the Teen Titans will continue with a rotating lineup for the next year or so before disbanding.

–REFERENCE: In Trinity Vol. 2 Annual #1 Epilogue, Batman Vol. 3 #33, and Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #16—originally told in “UNDER THE HOOD.” Jason Todd makes his dramatic return as the super-villain/anti-hero Red Hood. He makes his presence felt in the Gotham underworld by murdering eight top mob lieutenants and delivering their severed heads in a duffel bag to their bosses. Red Hood then plays mind games with both Batman and Nightwing while the heroes deal with Black Mask. Red Hood then attacks Batman one-on-one and shockingly unmasks. Stunned at the fact that Jason is alive, Batman and the Bat-Family struggle in battle against him. The fight ends in a stalemate.

–REFERENCE: In Action Comics #1001. Batman defeats a forgettable small-time criminal, who, as a result of the encounter, develops a rare skin condition that requires painful ongoing treatment to extend his life. Undergoing a radical transformation, the loser becomes the powerful super-villain Terminus.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1. Mr. Terrific begins living part-time on Earth-2, moving freely between the Bleed from Earth-1, back and forth. Batman is made aware of this fact.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Green Arrow Vol. 6 #32. As part of his secret investigation into the dangerous “dark energy” signature, Batman begins a global search for the mystery metal linked to it. Bruce and Lucius Fox set-up fourteen Wayne Enterprises “Black Sites,” secret science facilities whose sole purpose is to mine-for and study any geological anomalies linked to the strange metal. (We aren’t told about where the “Black Sites” are located, except for #14, which is a science drilling rig on a volcanic island in the Bermuda Triangle.) At site #14, Dr. Madison leads a team of scientists to study abnormalities in metals in the Earth’s core. Since several of the “Black Sites” involve magma and deep underground drilling, Batman builds a brand new lava-proof mech suit that he can use to travel deep under the Earth’s surface (and to use in case of emergency). Via his secret drilling operations, Batman finds some evidence that the “dark energy” could be linked to an unknown region beyond the known multiverse. Fearing that the very existence of this “dark energy” metal could be dangerous to all life on the planet, the Caped Crusader consults the smartest man he knows, Mr. Terrific, to assist on research at the “Black Sites.” Since Batman knows Mr. Terrific lives part-time on Earth-2, Batman asks him to run similar geological tests there. In doing so, Mr. Terrific finds a cosmic frequency that exists in the Bleed that is similar to the “dark energy” signature. Batman (as both Batman and Bruce Wayne) will monitor his Black Sites and sporadically consult with Mr. Terrific for years to come.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1, Dark Nights: Metal #5, The Terrifics #1, and The Terrifics #5. Mr. Terrific meets with a troubled and completely unstable Plastic Man, who has been suffering increasingly worse nightmares night by night. Realizing that Plastic Man’s dreams are linked to the ongoing dark metal investigation, Mr. Terrific runs tests on him with Batman. They learn that Plastic Man is a superconductor for dark cosmic energy—he’s literally been experiencing the nightmares of every living being on multiple universes. Further examination and extraction of molecules reveals that Plastic Man can physically access the Dark Multiverse! After Batman preps him and explains a priori ideas about the Dark Multiverse, Plastic Man agrees to help his friends by acting as a human probe of the Dark Multiverse. However, shortly after he crosses over, Plastic Man quickly returns in a state of utter catatonic shock. His nightmare visions increase tenfold and his impulse to give into pure evil becomes overpowering. Thus, Plastic Man puts himself into an inert (and unconscious) permanent egg shape. Batman, Mr. Terrific, and select unknown others discuss (likely the Outsiders) the danger Plastic Man poses, even as an egg. They decide to put him into stasis and top secret storage. (Note that The Terrifics #5 specifically tells us that Plastic Man will be stuck in egg form for around five years.)

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #14. By this point in Batman’s career, his public reputation as being unbeatable and prepared for anything has been cemented. This is so much the case that he and Alfred begin hearing the saying, “Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman,” which enters the lexicon as a popular American aphorism.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #43. Batman invents and adds a machine that can dress him in his Bat-costume while he is driving the Batmobile. This amazing device, along with numerous spare costumes, goes into each Batmobile. Talk about getting changed on the go!

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #22. Batman and Nightwing team-up to bust Penguin’s top enforcer/henchman Stallion.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #965. Batman and Robin decipher some Kryptonian coding theory and, in the process, learn a bit more about advanced Kryptonian computer technology.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Casting #1. Batman spies-on and learns all about Project Cadmus, a secret super-science organization that, among other bizarre experiments, creates genetically-modified lifeforms known as DNAliens. Batman meets one of Cadmus’ top scientists, a telepathic DNAlien named Dubbilex.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #22 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #27. Batman and Nightwing bust super-villain couple Giz (Brendan Li) and Mouse (Pamela Sweigeld) as they attempt to break Catman out of Arkham Asylum. Giz is an expert computer hacker who owns a pet squirrel named Goober. Mouse is an acrobatic genius thief who has trained under Catwoman.

–REFERENCE: In Trinity Vol. 2 Annual #1. Bruce gets into the restaurant business, heading what will become Gotham’s most expensive Michelin-star rated eatery. We are not told whether Bruce buys a pre-existing restaurant or starts this one up from square one. Either is a possibility.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Metal #1—originally told in “WORLD’S FINEST (PUBLIC ENEMIES).” When a giant Kryptonite asteroid plummets toward Earth, 13-year-old super-genius Hiro Okamura (aka the newest and third Toyman) offers his assistance to Batman and Superman. Okamura builds a cheeky gigantic Composite Superman-Batman robo-spaceship, which he rams into the asteroid, saving the planet.

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #37—originally told in Superman/Batman #20-25 (“WITH A VENGEANCE”). During a fight against Atomic Skull, Batman and Superman are kidnapped by The Maximums, anti-heroes from an alternate timeline that are secretly working for Lex Luthor. Eventually, thanks to some “help” from Batzarro and Bizarro #1 (strange backwards versions of Batman and Superman from Earth-30), the heroes discover that the entire Maximum timeline (along with the Maximums themselves) have been created by Mr. Mxyzptlk on behalf of Joker! Batman, Superman, Bat-Mite, Bizarro, and a host of superheroes from multiple alternate timelines gather together to defeat Lex Luthor, Darkseid, Joker, Kryptonite Man, the Maximums, and a host of super-villains from multiple alternate timelines! Afterward, Mr. Mxyzptlk erases the Maximum timeline from existence.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5-6—originally told in JLA Classified #1-3. In deep space, the Justice League, sans Batman, gets trapped in the tiny pocket universe called Qwewq. In Africa, the International Ultramarine Corps—along with new members The Olympian and the Tasmanian Devil—fight against Nebula Man, Gorilla Grodd, and an army of Ape-Men. When the IUC goes down hard, Squire (Beryl Hutchinson) phones Batman for help. Together, Batman and Squire rescue the JL and contain the tiny Qwewq. The heroes then boom to Africa to join the battle. Nebula Man reveals that he is the adult form of Qwewq, which is a sentient time-traveling alternate universe from the future. After defeating the villains, the IUC decides to enter the infant Qwewq to become its peacekeepers and ensure that it doesn’t grow up to become the evil Nebula Man.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10. Bruce and Alfred learn about a theoretical technology called a “Genesis Engine,” which could potentially be used as a weapon. Finding only circumstantial evidence of its existence, they both dismiss it as fiction.

–REFERENCE: In Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1—originally told in Aquaman Vol. 6 #21-22 (“WITH THE FISHES”). When Gotham gangster Mortimer Coolidge becomes a telekinetic undersea super-villain called The Eel, Batman and Aquaman team up to defeat him.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #6, Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #10, Batwoman Vol. 2 #6, Blue Beetle Vol. 9 #9-12, Detective Comics #967, and Detective Comics #980—originally told in The OMAC Project and DC Universe Presents #0 Part 1. Batman and Mr. Terrific secretly begin working on the ultimate surveillance device/counter-measure against the threat of super-villainy: the super-AI program called Brother I, designed to eventually exist as an orbiting satellite panopticon that will monitor activity all over the globe. Batman and Mr. Terrific don’t get very far in their programming before they run into problems. Despite not even being half-built, Brother I gains sentience and goes rogue. The re-christened “Brother Eye” attempts to go live early with plans to destroy all metahumans. Thankfully, Batman is able to shut down Brother Eye, putting the evil AI on the shelf indefinitely. However, before going down for the count, Brother Eye sends out a sliver of itself via a techno-virus, which winds up merging with flu shots all over America. Teenager Kevin Kho gets injected with the virus, becoming Brother Eye’s destructive “One Machine Attack Construct” (or OMAC). While the magna pars of Brother Eye will remain unfinished and dormant inside the Bat-computer network, the sliver of Brother Eye that escaped will remain active and communicative whenever Kho morphs into OMAC. Thankfully, Kho will be able to resist the tiny bit of Brother Eye connected to his system, allowing him to relatively control it and become a superhero. Presumably, Batman and Mr. Terrific will monitor OMAC’s actions, moving forward. (Note that, thanks to Detective Comics #967, the narrative pertaining to this Brother Eye debut item is radically different from any prior incarnation, and this includes both the Modern Age and New 52 versions of the story, which were both based off of The OMAC Project.)

–REFERENCE: In Justice League of America Vol. 5 #28 and Doomsday Clock #6—originally told in Batman #645-647, “WORLD WITHOUT A JUSTICE LEAGUE,” and Infinite Crisis. Two schemers from erased timelines that were destroyed during the original “Crisis”—an alternate Lex Luthor named Alexander Luthor Jr and an alternate Superboy named Superboy-Prime—have managed to preserve their existence using cosmic magick. Now unleashed upon Universe-0, they aim to bring back their own worlds at the expense of the very existence of the current multiverse. For the first part of the dastardly plan, Luthor Jr rallies all the bad guys into a Secret Society of Super-villains. Black Mask says he will only join the Society if they help him kill Red Hood. In response, the Society sends Captain Nazi, Count Vertigo, and Hyena (Dr. Jivan Shi) after Red Hood. (Unknown to all, Hyena is actually secretly a Department of Metahuman Affairs agent.) Batman reluctantly teams with Red Hood to fend them off. Luthor Jr and Superboy-Prime then initiate the next phase of their plan. They start a second “Crisis” by severely damaging the Watchtower, attacking all the heroes, and dropping Chemo onto Blüdhaven. Eventually, after a series of huge battles and the brief return of an alternate Superman from another erased timeline (Kal-L), the villains are defeated in what comes to be known as “The Battle of Metropolis.” Many are killed in this battle, including Judomaster, who is killed by Bane. Note that the JL trophies are salvaged, but the actual Watchtower structure remains damaged beyond repair. While still technically standing and inhabitable, the team will not be able to use it, moving forward. (Note that this New Age version of Infinite Crisis is bare bones, quite radically different and stripped-down from its original version.)

–NOTE: In Doomsday Clock #5—originally told in 52 #3, 52 #5, and 52 #34. Kahndaqi ruler Black Adam publicly executes super-villain Terra-Man, who had committed several crimes after violating Kahndaqi airspace. This sets an ominous precedent of extreme violence by Black Adam toward unsanctioned foreigners within Kahndaq’s borders. Meanwhile, in the States, Lex Luthor enacts his LexCorp “Everyman Project,” which can turn anyone willing into a super-powered metahuman as long as their genetic make-up syncs with the procedure. People begin lining up around the block to become superheroes. Unknown to the public, Lex has the control to turn the “Everyman” powers on and off. With hundreds given powers, a crazed Luthor shuts them down without warning. Hundreds of flying “Everymen” plummet to their deaths. Downtown Metropolis is devastated with piles of bodies and a ton of property damage. (Luthor will eventually be charged but acquitted of all crimes related to the Everyman Disaster, but he will suffer serious financial losses due to various lawsuits.)

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #969—originally told in 52 #33. Massive corruption swells within the ranks of the GCPD. Despite having a clean record and being an honorable man, Commissioner Akins is forced to resign. Jim Gordon comes out of retirement and becomes commissioner once again!

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Metal #1-2 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #29. Bruce is a celebrant in the mystical askesis known as the Thögal (aka Tögal) ritual, during which he learns that Simon Hurt has messed with his head. Unsure of the details of Hurt’s actions, Batman creates an anti-trigger backup personality based upon his years-old “Zur-En-Arrh” hallucination.

–REFERENCE: In Blue Beetle Vol. 9 #11-12. Project Cadmus secretly takes DNA samples from many of the world’s superheroes and super-villains, including Batman.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2. Bruce lies through his annual Wayne Enterprises psych exam in order to pass.

  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: In the original Modern Age arc, the Hawk featured here was not Hank Hall, but instead Dove’s sister Holly Granger. Doomsday Clock #5 implies that the Hawk in the New Age version of this event is still Hank Hall.

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