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.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Vol. 3 #42. Batman shares the news of his engagement to Selina with the rest of the Justice League.

–Batman Vol. 3 #39-40 (“SUPERFRIENDS”)
Wonder Woman meets with Batman atop GCPD HQ and tells him that the Gentle Man is ready for his one day break from fighting the endless hordes of Gehenna. As per a deal they made a few months ago, Wonder Woman and Batman (in a ridiculous-looking armored costume provided by Wonder Woman for this exact task) enter Gehenna, trading places with the Gentle Man, who meets and hangs out with Selina. In Gehenna, Batman and Wonder Woman begin slaying monsters and beasts left-and-right. Years pass for them in the nightmarish world. Meanwhile, Selina and the Gentle Man idly get dinner and fend off a mugger. Selina is shocked when she hears about the difference between Gehenna time and Earth time (and that you don’t age while there). Her hubby-to-be might be returning in 24 hours, but he will be living decades alone with only Diana at his side in Gehenna! After over ten years in Gehenna together (and only hours passing on our primary timeline), a horny Bruce and randy Diana contemplate succumbing to their carnal urges, but they resist temptation and vow to remain platonic. Meanwhile, upon discovering that time is passing exponentially for Bruce and Diana in Gehenna, Selina flips-out on the Gentle Man, who admits that he never told them the full extent of the time deal. After the Gentle Man spends a couple hours with his wife, he returns to Gehenna, allowing Batman and Wonder Woman to return home. By the time they return, Bruce and Diana have spent thirty-seven years in Gehenna together! THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS. Between living through a thirty year nightmare loop in Metal and this thirty-seven year ordeal in Gehenna, Batman has incredibly managed to accrue the life experience and accumulated wisdom of a nonagenarian despite being way younger.

–Superman Vol. 4 #39
After Superman bests The Demolition Team (Hardhat, Jackhammer, Rosie, Scoopshovel, and Steamroller), he decides to spread some “Make a Wish”-style cheer, granting some hospitalized cancer kids a visit with the Justice League aboard the Watchtower! With Hal Jordan subbing for Jessica and Simon, the kids meet the team, take a tour, and have a scavenger hunt. One of the items on the list is a photo of grumpy ol’ Batman smiling. All the children snap a pic of the grinning Dark Knight when one of the kids gets him to giggle with a joke. Superman then takes the group onto the lunar surface where they etch their names into moon rocks.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League of America Vol. 5 #26. WayneTech brokers a public trade deal with Markovia, through which weapons technologies are exchanged. Bruce receives a pair of programmable nano-fiber seismic knuckles, which were specifically designed for Geo-Force (and therefore dangerous for anyone else to use). He adapts them for his own use (still dangerous). Batman and Geo-Force have been allies for a while, so the exchange of stuff isn’t what’s noteworthy here. What is notable is WayneTech publicly trading with Markovia for the first time.

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–Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1-3 (“A KNIGHT IN NEW YORK”)
A few months ago, some Earth-IDW characters crossed over to Earth-0. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman defeated Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul. Cut to now. The League of Assassins splits into a two-way civil war for control of the organization. Likewise, on Earth-IDW, the Foot Clan falls into separate warring factions. The three-way war involves a faction led by Shredder’s adopted daughter Karai, a faction led by the Foot Clan’s Elite Guard, and a faction led by Bebop and Rocksteady. On Earth-0, Ra’s al Ghul breaks every prisoner out of Arkham Asylum. Batman and Robin learn that Bane is attempting to take over as the new leader of the League of Assassins by accessing a Lazarus Pit hidden beneath Gotham City. Shortly thereafter, Batman and Robin fight a swarm of ninja man-bats and witness Bane emerge from the Lazarus Pit. From Earth-IDW, Donatello uses Harold Lillja’s tech to swap Bane with himself. Batman learns what has happened and spends a full week collecting the parts needed to build an interdimensional portal-making machine. At the end of the week, Batman meets with Ra’s al Ghul while Robin and Donatello team-up to build the Bat-sled and defeat Mr. Freeze. At a Wayne Enterprises lab, Lucius Fox finishes assembling the portal machine. Leaving Batgirl behind to protect Gotham, Batman, Robin, and Donatello go to Earth-IDW’s New York City. There, the heroes meet up with the rest of the Turtles and learn that Bane has taken over the entire Foot Clan. Running low on Venom, Bane kidnaps Dr. Baxter Stockman and orders him to create a synthetic version. Shortly thereafter, all the heroes strike at Bane, who unleashes a Venom-pumped Bebop, Rocksteady, and Foot Soldier crew upon them. During the fight, Stockman gets turned into a mutated fly.

–Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4-6 (“A KNIGHT IN NEW YORK” Continued…)
A battle-royale pitting good versus evil ends in a stalemate and with Splinter in a coma. Bane then asserts his public dominance over Earth-IDW’s New York City by making the Statue of Liberty his home base. Donatello, seeing no other option, pumps himself full of Venom and takes down the entire Elite Guard by himself. The out-of-control Donatello then fights Leonardo and Batman, but eventually calms down. Meanwhile, April O’Neil is able to make contact with Earth-0. Batgirl opens up a temporary portal, through which Robin and Raphael take the battered Splinter. At the Gotham Lazarus Pit, Splinter is submerged and is healed with no side-effects. Robin, Raphael, Splinter, Nightwing, and Batgirl defeat a bunch of ninja man-bats before going to Earth-IDW. The heroes join together as Donatello creates an antidote spray that works against Stockman’s fake Venom. As Bane asserts his dominance over New York by rounding up half the population into prison camps, Batman visits Riker’s Island and frees Shredder, who promises to help the heroes in exchange for a one-on-one rematch fight against the Dark Knight. The rematch ensues, although we aren’t shown who ends up victorious. Soon afterward, the heroes (and Shredder) bomb the villains with Anti-Venom, returning the Foot Clan members back to their normal states. While the rest of the heroes free internment camp prisoners, Batman, Splinter, and Shredder fight Bane. Upon seeing and hearing from their master, the Foot Soldiers return to his side. Only Bebop and Rocksteady remain by Bane’s side as the opposition surrounds and overtakes them. All the bad guys are beaten and Shredder voluntarily returns to prison. Afterward, the Bat-Family poses with the Earth-IDW heroes for an April O’Neil selfie. Before the Bat-Family departs for Earth-0 with an unconscious Bane in tow, Batman leaves a note containing the Robin training protocols for Donatello.

–Detective Comics #976-978 (“BATMEN ETERNAL”)
January—just over 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. An angry 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 (“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.

–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.

–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 momentous 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-February 1. 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 later, 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. Superman arrives to chat with Batman as well. A few days afterward, Jessica Cruz and Vixen arrive at the Foundation for the big meeting. When a crisis arises, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Flash, and Simon Baz appear via teleporter, asking for their assistance.

–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.

–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.

–Batman Vol. 3 #41-43 (“EVERYONE LOVES IVY”)
Mid February to early March. 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. But when Poison Ivy achieves power like she’s never 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 weeks, 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.

–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 recent 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 city-state nestled in the heart of Faerie and home to the Celtic gods, is under siege, plagued by war and civil unrest. 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 god king of 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 Tír na nÓg, tempers flare between the orc-like Fomorian folk and elven Dé Danann folk, but Wonder Woman keeps the peace. Meanwhile, the last of the ancient “Gotham Druids” leaves the world of man to return to Faerie for the first time in centuries. Back 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 some Fomorian orc-men. After being interrogated by Batman, some Fomorians take offense and attack, 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 Tír na nÓg city-proper, 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 sits on his throne, pondering whether or not to take action.

–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.

–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 evil 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.

–Action Comics #1000 Part 1
Superman has just returned to his original “red underwear” look—the original costume style he briefly—pun definitely intended—wore upon debuting. Decked-out in his new-old digs, 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 trickery 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.

–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 myriad combined costume changes. 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.

–NOTE: In Batman Vol. 3 #45. Booster Gold, in maybe his most bone-headed move 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. Sure enough, Booster and Skeetz drastically alter reality…

. . .

–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.

  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.

9 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!

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