Year Eleven

(2012)

 

–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 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 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, and Detective Comics #967—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 Vol. 3 #39 and Justice League of America Vol. 5 #28—originally told in Infinite Crisis and “WORLD WITHOUT A JUSTICE LEAGUE.” 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. After rallying all the bad guys into a Secret Society of Super-villains, Luthor Jr and Superboy-Prime initiate a second “Crisis” by destroying the Watchtower, attacking the heroes, and dropping Chemo onto Blüdhaven. (Don’t worry—the JL trophies are salvaged again, and, unlike in the Modern Age, Blüdhaven isn’t damaged beyond repair.) 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. (Note that this New Age version of Infinite Crisis is bare bones, quite radically different and stripped-down from its original version.)

–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.

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