TRBCP Modern Age Year Three Junkie Batman

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #106. Batman exposes a French-speaking terrorist cell (of French or possibly North African origin). Batman’s investigation leads to army intervention, which leads to the deaths of several members of the cell. Their leader, later this year, will later try to get revenge by breaking Joker out of Arkham and attempting to blow up an oil tanker in Gotham.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Files. Batman befriends and possibly even has a brief romantic fling with the twice-divorced metahuman Dinah Laurel Lance, daughter of Golden Age superhero Black Canary (Dinah Drake Lance). This seemingly original Matthew Manning reference to Batman meeting the younger Dinah prior to her joining the JLA (and prior to her adopting her mom’s superhero name) implies, albeit vaguely, at some sort of romance between the two. But, as I said, it’s quite vague, so I really can’t say for sure.[2]

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #712. Cybernetics expert Nathan Finch kidnaps his boss’ young daughter, Gloria Osteen, and holds her for ransom. Batman is able to save the girl, but Nathan falls into the Gotham River and nearly drowns. Batman departs, believing Finch to be dead. In actuality, an underworld crime-doctor is able to save Finch’s life, but Finch loses his arms and legs. Nathan will spend the next twelve years in recovery. He will then return as the super-villain known as Gearhead, complete with cybernetic limbs and his own self-developed arsenal of detachable body parts.

–FLASHBACK: From the second feature to Countdown to Final Crisis #11—and referenced in Batman: The Long Halloween and The Batman Files. Batman encounters the undead Solomon Grundy in the sewer, later saving a young girl from him. Grundy has been a longtime infamous resident of Gotham, having fought Green Lantern Alan Scott decades ago. Thus, even though Batman only meets Grundy for the first time now, he has been aware of his existence since he was a boy.

–“Rules of Engagement” by Andy Diggle/Whilce Portacio (Batman Confidential #1-6) Feb. 2007 to Aug. 2007
The first official meeting between Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne occurs and it’s filled with over-the-top robots, cyborgs, and explosions as LexCorp and WayneTech (Wayne Aerospace division) vie for a lucrative government defense contract. Also present is Lucius Fox, who will later become Bruce’s most trusted business partner. There is also a good scene where Batman shows Alfred that he has the gun that killed his folks. Bruce took the gun out of police evidence and has had it for some time now, although he still hasn’t learned that it belongs to Joe Chill. After some cutthroat actions by Luthor, who gains the defense contract, Batman attempts to expose him as a criminal, but Luthor proves he is truly above the law. Afterward, Bruce sees that he must be a wholly different type of millionaire than his vile business counterpart. Thus, Bruce officially ends the Wayne Foundation’s focus on real estate, mergers, acquisitions, and finance. Two of Wayne Enterprises’ main three subdivisions will now have new mission statements. Wayne Industries will still deal in the industrial sector with no real changes; WayneTech will still deal in R&D, but it will no longer take any defense contracts or build munitions; and the Wayne Foundation will now basically be re-created from scratch, switching from a focus on business ventures to a focus on philanthropic humanitarian activism and charitable aid for the poor and destitute. Bruce appoints Senator Harold Crabtree as the chairman of the new Wayne Foundation. Also noteworthy: Luthor introduces an army of GI Robots, retooled US Army tech that hasn’t been used since Vietnam. Bruce will co-opt these GI Robots many years later for his Batman Incorporated organization.[3]

–REFERENCE: In Batman #403. Bruce, mostly through the Wayne Foundation, starts contributing vast sums of money to charity and other philanthropic ventures, in an attempt to make Gotham a better place with both his fists and his checkbook. Bruce will donate to just and needy causes for the rest of his life, although the majority of these kind acts will remain invisible on our timeline.

–REFERENCE: In Superman/Batman #85. It is around this time that Bruce becomes majority owner of his company and no longer has to answer to shareholders. This also means that Bruce no longer has to defraud anyone at a felony level when he steals tech to use for his war on crime. From now on he will truly be stealing from only himself.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #105-106. Batman visits the Middle East to shut down a terrorist organization called El-Kar’isha. While the Dark Knight is away, Captain Gordon and Sergeant Harvey Bullock prevent an escaped Joker—allied with a French (possibly North African) terrorist—from blowing up an oil tanker in Gotham.

–“Going Sane” by J.M. DeMatteis/Joe Staton (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #65) November 1994[4]
February. Is this really in-continuity? What a question! Who the hell knows? Certainly not I. Some consider this story to be one of the highlights of the entire LOTDK series. Some even refer to it as a classic. Well, if it is a part of continuity, here’s how and where and why. First of all, the text mentions that since Batman’s initial encounter with the Joker (in “The Man Who Laughs”/”Do You Understand These Rights?”), Batman has tangoed with the Clown Prince of Crime on two more occasions prior to now (both of which can be seen above). Joker has recently escaped again and is currently still at large, as seen in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #105-106. “Going Sane” is Batman’s fourth official dealing with the Joker, running from February through late June. In this controversial storyline, Batman tracks the Joker 200 miles north of Gotham to a small town after he kidnaps Councilwoman Elizabeth Kenner. During their fight, Batman is injured to such an extent that the Joker believes he is dead.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #67. February-March. LOTDK #67 fills in what happens following Batman’s apparent death at the end of the first chapter of “Going Sane” in LOTDK #66. After the Dark Knight is left for dead, Dr. Lynn Eagles stumbles upon the injured Batman and takes him into her care. Luckily for Batman, Dr. Eagles was an attempted rape victim that he had saved randomly in the past. Thus, feeling indebted to him, she decides not to inform any authorities, to treat him personally from her home, and also to keep his identity a secret. Bruce realizes that this may be his way out of the hard life he’s chosen. He’s injured enough that he may never be able to function as a crime-fighter effectively again and he’s in a calm little town where no one knows who he is. In fact, Bruce is so set on this idea that he won’t even contact Alfred for months! (Poor Alfie!) By the time Bruce has recovered and in the process of rehabbing his injuries, two full months have passed. Using the name “Lazarus,” Bruce has settled into a quiet life, dating Dr. Eagles and living comfortably in the small scenic village. Wait a minute… where’s Joker, you say? Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #66 tells us what happens to the Harlequin of Hate while Bruce is living the easy life upstate. Batman’s “death” is such a shock to Joker’s system that the Clown Prince of Crime regains some semblance of sanity, as there is no antagonizing force to torment his evil nature. After some plastic surgery, hair dye, and a steady diet of pills for his skin condition, the Joker (as Joseph Kerr) starts his new straight life. Joe Kerr gets a nice apartment, a job, and even a loving girlfriend, Rebecca Brown!

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: The Legends of the Dark Knight #67. April-Early May. Bruce, having already been away from Gotham for over two months, continues his content retirement from crime-fighting in the small town of Accord, living happily with his girlfriend, Lynn Eagles. After another five weeks of bliss, the honeymoon period begins to fade. Lynn, sensing Bruce’s growing restlessness, reveals that she knows all about his prior life as the Dark Knight, reminding him of a time during Bat Year One when he saved her life. This talk prompts Bruce to return to his roots. He realizes that his destiny lies with the mantle of the Bat (and also that he’s been a dick to Alfred by not communicating with him for nearly four months) and decides to head back to good ol’ Gotham. Meanwhile, as per Batman: The Legends of the Dark Knight #66, Joker (as a cleaned-up and sane “Joseph Kerr”) has spent the last four months working a steady job and living a normal life with Rebecca Brown, to whom he is now engaged to be married!

–“Going Sane” by J.M. DeMatteis/Joe Staton (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #66) November 1994
Early May. Batman ends his Accord retirement and returns to Gotham.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Files. Early May. Bruce attends the mayor’s ball where he flirts with Selina Kyle.

–“Going Sane” by J.M. DeMatteis/Joe Staton (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #67 Part 1) January 1995
Early May. Batman chats with Captain Gordon and follows up a few Joker leads, but cannot get any closer to locating the villain. (Note that Gordon is incorrectly referred to as “Commissioner.” Ignore.) Batman will continue the search in vain for Joker while, at the same time, moving on to the start of “Venom.”

–“Venom” by Denny O’Neil/Trevor Von Eeden/Russell Braun (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #16)
Early May.[5] “Venom,” an awesome story, begins now and will take about six months to wrap-up. It starts about a month before The Long Halloween begins. Batman is unable to save a drowning girl from kidnappers. Feeling inadequate as a hero after the child’s death, Batman drops into an even deeper depression after getting walloped by the kidnappers. (Not to mention, Bruce has been off his game since taking four months off recently (in “Going Sane”). To break out of his funk, Batman takes some Venom pills (the very same drug that Bane will pump into his own veins years later giving him the strength to snap Batman’s spine in half). After taking the Venom, which is given to him by the crooked scientist Randolph Porter, the Dark Knight quickly becomes a raging, jacked-up hulk and easily takes down the kidnappers, laughing all the way. Bruce will start taking Venom pills regularly at this point, forming a serious addiction over the course of the next three months.

–FLASHBACK: From the B&W second feature to Batman: Gotham Knights #47. Batman takes down an escaped Riddler, who attempts to set off a bomb that is rigged to a hot air balloon.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Files. Batman and Captain Gordon bust serial killer Dr. Rudolph Klemper, known as The Senior Slasher. His trial is fast-tracked and prosecuted by ADA Harvey Dent. Unfortunately, Klemper is found not guilty by reason of insanity. Dent vents about the trial results, showing his frustration to Batman. Later, in secret, Dent kills Klemper. Note that this item is a modified and highly pared-down version of the non-canon Batman Annual #14 (1990), which was the original Two-Face origin prior to the publication of The Long Halloween (1997).[6]

Batman: The Long Halloween #1 Part 1 by Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale (1996-1997)[7][8]
Early June. Harvey Dent has just been promoted from ADA to DA. Bruce attends the wedding reception of Johnny Viti (Carmine “The Roman” Falcone’s nephew) and flirts and dances with Selina Kyle. Also in attendance are Sal Maroni, Carmine’s bodyguard Milos Grapa, Carmine’s sister Carla Viti, and Carmine’s son Alberto Falcone. Towards the end of the celebration Bruce and Selina peel off and get into their respective costumes. Batman chases off Catwoman and still manages to steal a ledger from Falcone’s mansion. Later, the Dark Knight delivers the ledger to Harvey Dent and Captain Gordon atop GCPD HQ where the trio plans their war against the Falcones. (A reference in The Batman Files adds a line about the recent “Klemper Case” to this rooftop conversation.)

–“Going Sane” by J.M. DeMatteis/Joe Staton (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #67 Part 2) January 1995
Mid June. Batman finally learns the whereabouts of the elusive missing Joker. “Joe Kerr” has gone on extended vacation with his fiancée, Rebecca, in Pennsylvania. The Caped Crusader now knows all about his “going sane.”

–“Going Sane” by J.M. DeMatteis/Joe Staton (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #68) February 1995
Mid June. While on vacation in Pennsylvania, Joe Kerr reads a newspaper highlighting the return of Batman. Upon learning that Batman is back on the scene, Joe Kerr politely excuses himself from his fiancée, Rebecca, and travels back to Gotham. There, he slips right back into being the old super-psycho Joker (much to the dismay of his unsuspecting fiancée). Joker picks up immediately where he was five-plus months ago before he “went sane”—by kidnapping Councilwoman Kenner again and trying to kill Batman. Batman saves Kenner and puts Joker back in Arkham.

Batman: The Long Halloween #1 Part 2 by Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale (1996-1997)
July. Bruce attends a board meeting for the Gotham City Bank and demands that they not do business with the Falcone family. Bruce is out-voted. Later that night, Batman visits corrupt bank president Richard Daniel and scares him into resigning. The next day, Bruce is elected new president of the bank and nixes any business relationship with the Falcones.

–“Wings” by Chuck Dixon/Quique Alcatena (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #5) 1995
Mid July. Man-Bat has been hiding for eight-and-a-half months. Batman fights the Ridgerunners again and gets beaten as usual, but this time Man-Bat is on the scene and takes down the whole gang. Two weeks later, Man-Bat surprises the Dark Knight by flying into the Batcave! Batman takes Man-Bat down, fingerprints him, and learns his identity. (Note that Kirk Langstrom and Bruce met as young children, but it was only once and neither of them will recall the meeting until much later.) Bruce then delivers Man-Bat to Francine. At Francine’s apartment, Man-Bat freaks out, but Francine shoots him with anti-serum, turning him back into regular Kirk. In case you were wondering, Kirk has indeed learned Batman’s secret identity, but it’s okay. Bruce has gained an ally (albeit a highly unstable and monstrous one).

–“Venom” by Denny O’Neil/Trevor Von Eeden/Russell Braun (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #17-20)
August-September. Batman has been regularly taking Venom pills for the past three months and has built up a serious addiction. Batman’s addiction finally peaks and he hits his lowest point, roughing-up dudes in bars just for the thrill of it. Back in the Batcave, Alfred chastises Bruce for being a raging, maniacal drug-fiend and quits! Batman hits the streets and botches a simple case before meeting with Captain Gordon.[9] Later, the Dark Knight goes to get his pills from Dr. Randolph Porter and meets his partner, retired US Army General Timothy Ashton Slaycroft. A week later, Batman returns for more Venom but Porter and Slaycroft won’t give him his fix unless he agrees to assassinate Gordon! Batman, instead of offing Gordon, warns him and then returns to bring the criminal duo to justice. However, Batman is so dependent upon and off his game without Venom, the bad guys easily get away. Realizing that he has a serious problem, Batman calls Alfred and begs him to come home. Alfred returns and Bruce has a breakdown, deciding to quit cold-turkey by locking himself in the cave for a full month. (A reference in The Batman Files gives us some detail regarding Bruce’s brutal withdrawal during this self-quarantine.) There’s an amazing panel that depicts Bruce finally emerging from his rehab in a tattered costume and gigantic Grizzly Adams beard. Okay, okay, I know he’s sporting what appears to be like at least six-months worth of facial hair and locks down to his shoulders when he was only in there for four weeks, but it still looks cool.[10] Batman then meets with Gordon to get the whereabouts of Porter and Slaycroft[11] and flies to the tiny Caribbean island nation of Santa Prisca with Alfred. On Santa Prisca (Bane’s birth nation, near Haiti and Puerto Rico), a drug-free Batman kicks ass and defeats the villains.

Batman: The Long Halloween #1 Part 3 by Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale (1996-1997)
Late September-October 31. Carmine Falcone orders a hit on former Gotham Bank president Richard Daniel, who gets whacked by Johnny Viti. A few days later, Johnny Viti is murdered in his home. The mystery killer leaves a jack-o-lantern and a .22 caliber gun at the scene. Thus begins the “Holiday” serial killings that will specifically target mob families for the next year. Batman meets with Gordon and Dent to discuss the murder, and then meets with Catwoman, who tells him how to “follow” Falcone’s money trail.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #527. October. Dent, Gordon, and Batman meet as usual, but this time Dent asks Batman to illegally obtain evidence to help put away criminals who have evaded justice through legal loopholes. Dent goes so far as to imply that Batman should create evidence even if it doesn’t exist to ensure that known criminals serve time. Batman refuses, of course. The relationship between the trio continues on, but this is an early sign that Dent is becoming more and more obsessed and unraveled.

Batman: The Long Halloween #1 Part 4 by Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale (1996-1997)
Halloween. Batman and Harvey Dent, thanks to Catwoman, find Falcone’s warehouse full of millions of dollars in cash. In the blink of an eye, Batman and Dent burn the warehouse (and all of its money) to ash. Later that night, Dent returns home to his wife Gilda Dent, but a bomb—set by Falcone’s hired Irish thug Mickey—explodes in their home.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: The Long Halloween #2. October 31-November 1. Harvey and Gilda miraculously survive their home explosion and are relatively unharmed. However, Harvey, as part of a plan contrived by Captain Gordon and Batman, lets the media believe he has died in order to help the investigation.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: The Long Halloween #10 and The Batman Files—originally told in Batman #49. November 8. Mad Hatter (Jervis Tetch) debuts, robbing a yacht club that is being photographed by photojournalist Vicki Vale. After the robbery, Batman busts Mad Hatter. (This item is also re-imagined in the Silver Age: 80-Page Giant #1 Part 2. However, this re-imagination is non-canon since it involves Robin and also paints Mad Hatter’s yacht club scheme as his second heist, not his debut.)

–REFERENCE: In the second feature to Detective Comics #782. Late November—the anniversary of Batman’s parents’ deaths. Batman continues his annual tradition of placing two roses at the site of his folks’ double murder.

Batman: The Long Halloween #2-4 by Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale (1996-1997)
Late November-December 31. After a short altercation with Solomon Grundy, Batman captures Mickey and immediately connects the Irish hired-gun to the Falcones. However, evidence is circumstantial at best. Mickey and his pals refuse to implicate Falcone, even refusing to mention his name in front of an Irish-disguised Dent, who reveals to the public he’s alive and well. On Thanksgiving, Batman leaves a turkey dinner in the sewer for Solomon Grundy, while across town, the Holiday Killer (“Holiday” for short) strikes again, murdering a group of Falcone’s top men, including bodyguard Milos Grapa, and leaving behind a cornucopia and the signature twenty-two. Joker escapes from Arkham shortly before Christmas, obsessed with finding out who Holiday is. Batman and Captain Gordon visit Calendar Man in Arkham to gain some possible insight on the motives of Holiday, but get a bunch of hooey instead. As Joker terrorizes Gotham, Holiday acts on Christmas Day, executing Falcone’s bodyguard. On New Year’s Eve, while Batman recaptures Joker as the ball literally drops, Alberto Falcone winds up dead in Gotham Harbor, a snow globe and twenty-two left on the deck of his father’s ship.


| >>> NEXT: YEAR FOUR >>>

  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: Welcome to Bat Year Three. Several stories overlap with each other this year, including “Going Sane,” “Venom,” the start of The Long Halloween, and the conclusion of “Wings.”
  2. [2]JACK JAMES: Manning pretty much left the relationship between Batman and Dinah very open to interpretation. It could be what you say, but it also could just point out to Batman being a stalker (as he usually is) and investigating her just because of her connection to her mother. But then again, he could’ve also had some sort of relationship with her—maybe not as Batman, but as Bruce Wayne. Maybe that was his way of investigating her. He may have dated her as Bruce Wayne because it’s clear in other comics she doesn’t know Batman’s real identity (as late as during Bruce Wayne: Murderer?). And, honestly, a rebellious and young Dinah dating a playboy billionaire before dating Ollie doesn’t seem too much of a stretch.

    COLLIN COLSHER: Manning could be referencing Frank Miller’s All-Star Batman and Robin, in which Batman kisses Black Canary and seems overtly sexual with her. Or he could simply be referencing the Silver Age where Batman and Black Canary also shared a kiss and toyed with the idea of a serious romance (albeit briefly), right before Dinah started dating Ollie.

  3. [3]FRANK: Regarding the placement of “Rules of Engagement.” It seems odd to see this story so soon on the timeline, when subsequent books on the timeline don’t show the Batplane or Batbike. In “Venom,” for example, Bruce is still chartering planes. Some possible reasons for placing the story here anyway: First, now is a good time for the christening of the Wayne Foundation. Second, Batman and Gordon don’t show a close working relationship yet, which is not more evident until The Long Halloween. Furthermore, one could argue that the batplane and batbike were so badly destroyed in “Rules of Engagement” that he had to charter planes and use simpler transport for a while afterward. Even so, it still feels weird to see so much tech so early in Batman’s career. However, it is a decent fit right before “Venom” and The Long Halloween; that fits with Luthor’s mention of super freaks in “Rules of Engagement.”

    COLLIN COLSHER: The placement was indeed because of the Wayne Foundation stuff and the Batman-Gordon relationship. And I like and will use your theory regarding the damaged Batplane and Batbike to further defend my placement. A lot of the tech in “Rules of Engagement” felt a little too-over-the-top and advanced for the time, but I think this was DC’s way of launching a new series (Confidential) with a current/modern feel and explosive high octane vibe (even though it was supposed to depict a Batman early on in his career).

  4. [4]ISIAH: I personally would place “Going Sane” later. It’s hard to imagine that the following things happen in only two years: Batman helps form Joker, Batman has reoccurring battles with Joker, Joker breaks out of Arkham multiple times, Batman fights him enough that Joker becomes obsessed with him, Gordon is promoted, and Batman gets used to all the tricks that Joker uses. I mean, hell, it could take months just for him to go to trial for the events taking place after he tried to poison Gotham. Let alone continuously break-out of the place.

    COLLIN COLSHER: Hard to imagine, maybe. But as we’ve demonstrated in the chronology, it DOES all seem to go down the way it goes down, whether or not we have to suspend our disbelief a little or a lot. And like I said, there is even some debate about the canon-status of “Going Sane,” which makes it very difficult to place. Overall, it is one of the hardest stories to fit into continuity properly. DeMatteis’ story-arcs usually take months or even years to wrap up, which doesn’t help either. I originally had “Going Sane” much later when I started the Real Batman Chronology Project, but it contradicted too many things in too many places. However, despite everything, I think it fits well right where it is now. Plus, Joker has only fought Batman four times at this point, as the text tells us. And I think those four instances would build up an unhealthy obsession between both characters. Also, we know that Joker’s trial lasts a few days before it is halted.

  5. [5]COLLIN COLSHER: Placing “Venom” was very problematic for me. The story is obviously written to have occurred shortly after Miller’s “Year One” in Bat Year Two (Harvey Dent is still ADA), but placing it there would compromise many of the LOTDK and Confidential tales that are already there (and which clearly go there). Therefore, I have placed “Venom” in the earliest chronological spot it could possibly go without contradicting the rest of our timeline.
  6. [6]COLLIN COLSHER: The conclusion of The Long Halloween, which occurs next Bat Year, will take up the majority of Bat Year Four, functioning as the canonical origin detailing Harvey Dent’s transformation into Two-Face. Originally, the excellent Batman Annual #14 (1990) was the official Two-Face origin story, remaining canon for nearly seven years until it was replaced by The Long Halloween in 1997. To this day, scholars and fans alike argue about which is the better Two-Face origin. Some purists refuse to replace Annual #14 with The Long Halloween, citing it as utter blasphemy. These stories can’t coexist since they contradict each other in many ways, so no matter how your personal cookie crumbles, I’ve chosen to go with DC’s official version of events, which definitively has The Long Halloween as canon above all else.

    Despite the heated debate over Two-Face’s official origin story, 2011’s The Batman Files tries its best to placate both parties by retroactively sliding in a cute little reference to Batman Annual #14 into the very pages of The Long Halloween #1 Part 1. This simply means that The Long Halloween is still numero uno in regard to official continuity, but the opening part of Batman Annual #14 (the Rudolph Klemper case) is also canon, albeit as a modified and pared-down version of its original. It occurs immediately before the start of The Long Halloween, as listed above.

  7. [7]COLLIN COLSHER: The Long Halloween is the big one, the story that changes everything. And it is, arguably, the most important story during the “Year One Era” besides Miller’s “Year One.” This is the story of how the organized mobs of Gotham fade away and become completely dwarfed by the costumed super-villains. It’s second half forms the definitive Two-Face origin story, with the rise and fall of the Batman/Gordon/Dent union. It also begins to more fully develop the Catwoman/Batman love affair that will last for years. When The Long Halloween was released, it was billed as a direct follow-up to Miller’s “Year One” and it most certainly is. This billing led many people (DC marketers included) to label it as “Batman’s official second year.” However, as we’ve seen, we are clearly in at least Bat Year Three. Basically, this excellent story does follow-up Miller’s “Year One,” but not right away. If anyone tells you otherwise, they are just plain wrong! Ok, they aren’t wrong. In fact, I’m sure Loeb was writing this as a Year Two direct follow-up to Miller’s “Year One.” Matthew Manning’s The Batman Files seems to concur with the idea of The Long Halloween being a Year Two tale. But no matter Loeb’s mindset or what some “official” sources say, The Long Halloween totally fits and works perfectly in Year Three! The vast voluminousness of Batman’s “early year stories” spewed forth by DC in the 1990s and 2000s requires the alteration, retconning, or shuffling-around of several tales (including The Long Halloween) in order to fit with verisimilitude and make the Modern Age chronology capacious enough to withstand it all without continuity errors. You’ll undoubtedly find many comic books on my version of Batman’s Modern Age timeline that are supposed to take place at a very certain juncture, but I have fitted them into different spots to synthesize a more legitimate and accurate menology. Hopefully, this is reflected in what you read on my site.
  8. [8]CHIP:The Long Halloween and its sequel Dark Victory are fine stories, but they do prevent a lot of other stories from fitting in, or cause some awkward placement. It is therefore, necessary to alter and compress them. (Scholar Chris J Miller, for example, has both stories compressed down to a couple of months and has moved scenes all around on his timelines.)

    COLLIN COLSHER: While it is true that The Long Halloween and Dark Victory prevent a lot of other tales from fitting in neatly, I have treated their narratives as pure gospel and have painstakingly tried to avoid compressing or editing either of them.

  9. [9]COLLIN COLSHER: During his August meeting with Batman, Gordon says they haven’t communicated in almost three months. This is almost correct. It’s been about two months since they’ve spoken—not since early June.
  10. [10]COLLIN COLSHER: The time Batman spends in seclusion, rehabbing from the drug (from August to September) meshes nicely with a period of inactivity in The Long Halloween around that same time.
  11. [11]COLLIN COLSHER: After quitting Venom cold-turkey, Batman meets with Gordon yet again and the captain is surprised to see the Dark Knight, exclaiming “It’s been six months since—”, but before he can finish, Batman cuts him off. I have troubled over the meaning of this “six months” line and I am perplexed by it. A more appropriate line would seemingly have been for Gordon to question where Batman had disappeared to during his four-week seclusion. In any event we must simply disregard the line.

3 Responses to Modern YEAR THREE

  1. MISTER says:

    Where would you place the 1991 Batman Annual of Armageddon 2001. Since the event where Batman saves the hobo who is actually Wave Rider is supposed to happen, according to text, in 1991. He is wearing his Yellow Oval costume but I see no reason why this cannot be canon. Unless you placed it somewhere else and I have not found it yet.

    • Armageddon 2001 happens in Year 13 Part 2. Due to retcons (notably 1994’s Zero Hour) that time-slide everything to later dates, the year 1991 must unfortunately be ignored. Waverider’s debut—where he disguises himself as a homeless man and meets Batman—now happens in 2001 (which allows us to justify keeping the “2001” in the title of the series). Waverider still travels back from 50 years in the dark alternate future, but instead of Monarch betraying his fellow heroes around 1992, retcons have Monarch betraying his fellow heroes around 2012.

      My blurb for Armageddon 2001 was worded a bit confusingly on the website, but I have made some changes. Hopefully it makes more sense now. And, hopefully, this answers your question!

  2. Hugo M says:

    Hi Collin, just a little mistake that I noted: The Flashback of LOTDK #67 (Rebecca Brown first appearance) is duplicated, with a bit differences between they.

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