New Age Salad Days

New Age (“Rebirth” aka Post-“Superman Reborn”) Chronology[1]

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–FLASHBACK: From All-Star Batman #11—and also referenced in Flash Vol. 5 #21, Batman Vol. 3 #22, and Deathstroke Vol. 4 #30, Batman Vol. 3 #53, The Batman Who Laughs #1-3, and Detective Comics #1000 Part 6. Bruce Wayne is born to billionaires Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne in Gotham City. Thomas is a gifted medical surgeon (non-specialized general surgery). Both he and Martha run Wayne Enterprises, a mega-conglomerate that deals in almost everything. (Via its subsidiaries WayneTech and Wayne Industries, Wayne Enterprises—as the parent corporation—has controlling interests in finance, manufacturing, energy, aerospace engineering, tech, R&D, real estate, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and hospitality. WayneTech owns hotels, factories, refineries, hospitals, and chemical plants all over the world. Via its subsidiary known as The Thomas and Martha Wayne Foundation, Wayne Enterprises is involved in charity, medical care, philanthropy, and social activism.) Bruce is cared for by the Waynes and their trusted butler Jarvis Pennyworth at the palatial Wayne Manor Estate, located in the secluded Crest Hill neighborhood of Bristol Township, in the outskirts of Gotham City. Bruce, like his father before him, will be raised Christian, and go to church every week, beginning now, as a baby. Note that Martha is not religious, and will never attend church with them. All-Star Batman #11 seems to place Bruce’s birth right around the time of the Falklands War, meaning 1982. This would mean that Bruce is 20-years-old when he becomes Batman. The Batman Who Laughs #1 confirms that, by the year 2018, Bruce is in his 30s, meaning that he is indeed around 20-years-old when he debuts as the Dark Knight. This means Bruce is born in 1982.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #83. Jarvis’ polymathic son Alfred Pennyworth—a soldier, MI6 secret agent, theater actor, mechanic, and gourmet chef—visits him in the States, meeting the Waynes. Alfred is present when baby Bruce takes his first steps, walking right into Alfred’s arms.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #74Batman Vol. 3 Annual #4, and Batman Vol. 3 #83. Bruce enters toddlerhood by developing into a timorous, timid little boy—quiet in nature, afraid of the dark, and terrified of scary stories. Like his mother, the sullen Bruce will act very cautious when in public. He will retain all of these traits well into adolescence. When alone with family at home, though, Bruce will always come out of his shell a bit more, having the capability to be very smiley, happy, and filled with joy and curiosity alike.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #11, Dark Nights: Metal #2, and Batman: Lost #1. Bruce is three-years-old. The centuries-old illuminati group known as The Court of Owls causes Jarvis Pennyworth to get into a car accident while transporting a pregnant Martha Wayne. Both Jarvis and Martha survive the crash, but Martha loses the baby, whom she was going to name Thomas Wayne Jr. (Super-villain Lincoln March will later claim that he is Thomas Wayne Jr, having actually survived and lived a secret life away from the Waynes at Willowwood Asylum. Of course, there is no way of verifying whether or not March’s claims are true. All we know is that Martha was pregnant and got in a crash—and there was no baby to speak of following the tragic incident.) Note that the Court of Owls involved in Jarvis and Martha’s accident is merely the local Gotham chapter of the greater international network known as The Parliament of Owls. Within the Parliament of Owls there are many Courts located in major cities across the globe. Also note that the Parliament/Court of Owls is the contemporary evolution of what was once known as The Judas Tribe, an ancient Hath-Set-worshipping cult. The Judas Tribe still exists in the form of a handful of semi-immortal high priests, collectively known as The Strigydae, who work for and worship Barbatos—demon god of the Dark Multiverse.[2] (The Dark Multiverse is the evil mirror version of the local Multiverse, containing various Negative Universes within.) The Judas Tribe itself has origins connected to the Hath-Set-led Bat Tribe, which existed as far back as 3300 BCE and was an evolution of the Miagani Tribe, which formed as a direct result of a time-displaced Batman appearing in 38,000 BCE. Barbatos has been waiting since 38,000 BCE for the birth of Bruce Wayne, whom he knows will one day become Batman. Barbatos has carefully guided his minions—first the Bat Tribe, then Judas Tribe/Strigydae, then Parliament/Court of Owls—for over 40,000 years, manipulating certain events while biding his time. Ever since the Parliament/Court of Owls’ inception, Barbatos has been orchestrating their every move. Now that Bruce is a toddler, Barbatos and his minions secretly watch the child from the shadows. The Strigydae—in league with the Court of Owls—hope to eventually initiate their “Mantling” ritual upon an adult Bruce to achieve Barbatos’ very nefarious goals in the future. These villains will continue to monitor and sometimes manipulate certain aspects of Bruce’s life, moving forward on our timeline—although, these actions won’t be specifically listed. We’ll get into more details of Barbatos’ plan much further down the line.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Who Laughs #4-5. Bruce rides the Gotham subway with his dad. Before they board, Thomas tells Bruce all about the transit system, the subway tokens, and the history of Gotham, specifically about the Native American tribes of the Miagani that first settled the area. There is an old Miagani saying about happiness as “seeing the world through the eyes of children.” This saying, which is even written in latin on Gotham’s subway tokens, will resonate with Bruce for the rest of his life.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 Annual #4. Young Bruce learns to ski. He will ski on-and-off as a hobby, moving forward, and will become highly skilled at skiing by the time he reaches adulthood.

–FLASHBACK: In Batman Vol. 3 #29—and also referenced in Batman Vol. 3 #29. Martha Wayne tells Bruce, “When all is lost, have dinner—a traditional nine course French dinner.” (Jarvis is a culinary master that can deliver such a dinner.) Martha’s staid motto is that the Art of Eating, when done right, can save one’s soul. Young Bruce scoffs at this seemingly ridiculous bourgeois ideology, but a nine course French dinner is had nevertheless. And wouldn’t you know it? After fancily filling his belly, Bruce will feel tip-top. Moving forward on our timeline, Bruce will often roll eyes at his mom’s haute-cuisine-solves-everything mantra, but, he will find comfort in his mom’s idea, the food, and company kept in the years to come.

–FLASHBACK: From All-Star Batman #14—and also referenced in All-Star Batman #11-14, Batman Vol. 3 #29, Dark Nights: Metal #2, Super Sons #10 Part 2, Batman & The Signal #2, Detective Comics #994, The Batman Who Laughs #1, and Batman Vol. 3 Annual #4. Jarvis Pennyworth dies under mysterious circumstances. (The Court of Owls has secretly assassinated him.) Shortly thereafter, Jarvis’ son Alfred Pennyworth, having quit the army and left MI6, moves into Wayne Manor to replace his father as butler of the estate. Alfred is the quintessential old-school butler, a consummate professional when it comes to maintaining a wealthy estate. With the ring of a bell, he will always come post-haste, eager to serve his “masters.” Upon moving into Wayne Manor, Alfred meets a four-year-old Bruce. (Alfred technically met Bruce once before when Bruce was not even a year old yet.) Like his pop before him, Alfred will care-for and help raise Bruce, who will trustingly confide in Alfred every aspect of his life, moving forward. Alfred will also continue his father’s work by cooking nine-course French dinners for the Waynes and various party guests. (Alfred will continue to, on occasion, cook nine course French meals for Bruce long into his adulthood.) Alfred’s moral code and values (and his passion for dramaturgical arts) will rub off on young Bruce over the years. (NOTES: According to panels in Scott Snyder’s All-Star Batman #11, which are admittedly vague and open to interpretation, Alfred is roughly twenty years older than Bruce. Also, Snyder originally implies—in 2017’s All-Star Batman #12—that Alfred joins the Waynes when Bruce is seven or eight-years-old, yet the author contradicts himself in 2018’s The Batman Who Laughs #1, telling us that Alfred is already around when Bruce is four-years-old. I guess go with the latter. I dunno. Whatever.)

–FLASHBACK: From The Batman Who Laughs #1. Summer. A jovial four-year-old Bruce plays with mom, dad, and Alfred on the front lawn of Wayne Manor. Bruce will cherish this memory for the rest of his life, eventually recalling it as his first ever childhood memory.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #83. Bruce plays Cops and Robbers with Alfred. They will play this game often, moving forward. Bruce will always choose to play the role of the robber. And Alfred will always indulge little Bruce, playing with him for hours upon hours at a time.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Vol. 3 #57—and referenced in Batman Vol. 3 #74 and Batman Vol. 3 Annual #4. Thomas begins a nightly routine of reading to Bruce before bedtime, after which Bruce snuggles up with his favorite stuffed animals and goes to sleep. Sometimes Thomas, as most fathers do, will sit with Bruce until he slumbers. Bruce especially loves stories that feature horses. However, Bruce’s favorite is “The Animals and the Pit,” a grim-dark Russian folk-tale by Alexander Afanasyev. Despite the dark nature of this tale, Bruce will often ask his dad to read him this story before bedtime. Bruce will often scream and cry for his father to read and re-read this story at night. Even when Bruce falls asleep, sometimes in his father’s lap, if he wakes, he will scream and cry for the story to be read. The reason little Bruce feels a need to hear this horror story over and over is because he, deep down, hopes that his dad will make up a happy ending. But, of course, Thomas doesn’t know this, and never will.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #975 and Detective Comics #978. Bruce’s uncle (US Army Colonel Jacob “Jake” Kane) and aunt (Gabrielle “Gabi” Kane) give birth to twin girls (Katherine Rebecca “Kate” Kane and Elizabeth “Beth” Kane). Young Bruce is introduced to his baby cousins. Over the years to follow, especially as the twins grow older, Bruce will spend some time with Kate and Beth. However, the rest of Martha’s Kane clan, including Jake and Gabi, have long been estranged from the Waynes. This will severely limit the amount of time Bruce spends with his cousins, aunt, and uncle. Thus, he won’t get to know them super well. (Jake, Gabi, and the girls will soon move to Brussels, Belgium, only adding to the estrangement.) Notably, Martha is completely estranged from her other brothers Nathan Kane and Philip Kane (also sometimes spelled “Phillip”). Due to the nature of the estrangement, Bruce will rarely interact with his uncles and won’t get to know them very well. Furthermore, Bruce will never even meet his grandparents on the Kane side of the family, Elizabeth “Betsy” Kane and Roderick Kane.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #23 and Detective Comics #983. A young Bruce poses with his parents for a professional photograph and a painted portrait, both of which he will keep and cherish long into adulthood.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Vol. 3 #53. Bruce, as he’s always done, attends Sunday church with his dad. His dad tells him all the stories of the Bible and will continue to do so, moving forward.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Who Laughs #3. Bruce’s dad tells him how he always really wanted to be a neurosurgeon but wound up going into general surgery instead. Despite this, Thomas has always been fascinated with neuro-medicine. Thomas tells Bruce it can’t be a coincidence that the same part of the brain that conceives visual planning is also responsible for making us feel content.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics Vol. 3 Annual #2. A murderous costumed vigilante known as The Reaper makes his presence known in Gotham, violently killing criminals left-and-right. Bruce’s dad, who loathes the Reaper, tells him all the news stories and rumors surrounding the skull-faced vigilante, scaring Bruce to no end.  Bruce will hear countless stories about the the Reaper until the Reaper’s retirement a few years from now. Unknown to all, the Reaper is Judson Caspian, an old family acquaintance of Thomas Wayne’s whose wife has just recently been murdered. Bruce meets Judson and his young daughter Rachel Caspian for the first time. Bruce will have moderate interactions with Judson and Rachel until they move to Europe in a few years’ time.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Vol. 3 #22 and The Batman Who Laughs #3. Bruce falls into a cave filled with bats underneath the Wayne Manor grounds. (This cave, of course, will one day become the Batcave.) Thomas rescues Bruce by lowering down a rope and offering words of encouragement, telling his son to visualize himself climbing out so he won’t be scared. From this moment onward, Bruce begins thinking of his dad’s views on planning, happiness, and self-visualization. He begins applying these concepts to his own actions. These concepts, especially the planning part, will resonate with Bruce for the rest of his life.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #961. Bruce meets Dr. Leslie Thompkins, who will remain a close friend for decades and become a mother-figure to him.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Kings of Fear #4. A smiling Bruce plays with his dad and rides on his shoulders.

–REFERENCE: In The Brave and The Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #3-5. Bruce gets an Irish nanny named Dora, who will work for the Waynes for a short while. She will tell Bruce many Irish folktales, fairytales, and myths, and tell him all about the magick of the Faerie Folk. Bruce also learns about some Irish-American history, specifically about an eccentric Gaelic cult—known as “The Gotham Druids”—that existed in Gotham years ago.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #959. While Bruce’s dad finishes a late shift, Bruce’s mom takes Bruce to the top of the hospital. She gives him words of inspiration and shows him the city lights from high above, noting each visible neighborhood. For the next few years, Martha will often take Bruce atop the hospital (although we’ll have to imagine these occurrences scattered invisibly below). Young Bruce will familiarize himself with the location, look, and vibe of many Gotham neighborhoods, growing to truly love the city in which he resides.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #982. A new subway line is planned in Gotham, but due to bureaucratic red tape it will never get finished. Bruce, despite being a young boy, will pay attention to this infrastructural failure with keen interest. For the rest of his life, Bruce will be very interested in urban planning, transportation, and all things city-related in this vein.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10, All-Star Batman #13, and Batman: Prelude to the Wedding Part 2 – Nightwing vs Hush #1. Being the only kid not intimidated by the Wayne fortune (due to his own family’s vast fortune), young Tommy Elliot approaches Bruce in school and befriends him. (Tommy’s mom and dad are famous but troubled Gotham couple, Roger Elliot and Marla Elliot.) Bruce and Tommy quickly become best friends, hanging out often at Wayne Manor where the boys bond over their shared interest of strategy board games. Bruce also accompanies Tommy and his family to the Elliots’ beach house in the Florida Keys. Sadly, Bruce watches as a deep rage grows within Tommy, who hates his neglectful parents and begins to jealously resent Bruce for having such a loving mom and dad. Eventually, with confused hate in his heart, the unhinged Tommy secretly severs the brake line of his parents’ car, causing an accident that kills his father and permanently injures his mother.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #958-960. Bruce goes on unspecified travels with his parents, during which time he befriends young Zatanna Zatara, daughter of stage magician (and secret legit magick user) John Zatara, who is on tour. Bruce will hang with the Zataras every so often (although invisibly on our timeline), moving forward. Note that these hangouts will not be in Gotham—we are not told the details of where Bruce and Zatanna see each other, but we can presume that they see each other in random cities where the Zataras are on tour.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #14. Bruce sees a Zorro movie and becomes obsessed. His parents purchase a Zorro costume and toy sword, which Bruce will wear and play with quite often.

–REFERENCE: In Adventures of the Super Sons #9. Bruce takes a liking to classic film Westerns, which is certainly in-line with his love of Zorro and horses. As a result, Bruce’s favorite actor, long into adulthood, will be Gary Cooper. Bruce will be a cinephile, in general, for the rest of his life.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #44 and Batman Vol. 3 Annual #4. Bruce begins riding horses. Alfred teaches him how to ride. At first, Bruce is terrified of the intimidating steed, even going so far as to cry in fear. But Alfred helps guide him past his trepidation. Bruce will become an expert equestrian in the future.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #12. Eight-year-old Bruce sees a show about spelunking and attempts to imitate by rope-ascending to the ceiling and then rappelling down from a chandelier. This results in a bad scapular injury that will leave a permanent scar and require weeks of bedrest. During this time, Alfred reads to Bruce Robinson Crusoe, which the boy comes to love (except for the ending).

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 Annual #3. Bruce’s mom or dad snaps a picture of Alfred playing with Bruce. Alfred will frame this picture and keep it for decades to come.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #36, Batman Vol. 3 #54, and Detective Comics #993. Alfred, in addition to cooking gourmet meals, begins making his specialty snack—mini cucumber sandwiches—for the Waynes. At first Bruce refuses to eat the sandwiches, but his dad, who loves them, tells him to give them a try. Reluctantly, Bruce tries them and thinks they are disgusting. Despite this, Alfred will make these sandwiches for Bruce every week. Bruce will soon grow to love them and will eat them (with the crusts cut off) long into his adulthood.

–REFERENCE: In Deathstroke Vol. 4 #31. Bruce poses for a photo with his mom and dad. This photo, developed and framed, will stay in Bruce’s possession for the rest of his life.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #68. Bruce learns the detailed history of his family tree, including the histories of each ancestor’s portraits hung up in Wayne Manor. Bruce’s parents also tell him who painted each portrait. Bruce gains an intimate knowledge of all the familial ephemera in the stately mansion.

–FLASHBACK: From Year of the Villain: Black Mask #1. Thomas and Martha Wayne befriend the owners of Janus Cosmetics, husband and wife Richard Sionis and Mrs. Sionis. The Sionises have a son, Roman Sionis, who is around Bruce’s age. Bruce and Roman become quick friends, hanging out on several occasions when their parents’ spend time together. On one of their hangouts, a troubled Roman (who is secretly being abused by his parents) shows off his mask collection to Bruce.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #987. Bruce watches his parents lovingly embrace one another. His mom wears her favorite pearl necklace.

–FLASHBACK: From Trinity Vol. 2 #16, Doomsday Clock #2, Deathstroke Vol. 4 #31, Batman Vol. 3 #47, Batman Vol. 3 #53, Suicide Squad Vol. 5 #43, Batman Giant #1, Batman Vol. 3 Annual #3, Detective Comics #994-995, Detective Comics #1000 Part 5, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #3, Dial H for Hero #5, and Year of the Villain: Black Mask #1—and also referenced in Flash Vol. 5 #21-22, All-Star Batman #10, Batman Vol. 3 #24, Batman Vol. 3 #45, Batman Vol. 3 #52, Batman Vol. 3 #63Batman Vol. 3 Annual #2 Part 1 ConclusionBatman Beyond Vol. 8 #7,[3] Detective Comics #975, Detective Comics #984-987, Detective Comics #994-995, Detective Comics Vol. 3 Annual #2, Batman: Kings of Fear #2-4, The Batman Who Laughs #2, Batman and The Outsiders Vol. 3 #4, Batman/Superman #1, and The Batman’s Grave #1. Early September.[4] Ten-year-old Bruce’s parents are brutally murdered.[5] This iconic moment will forever traumatize the boy and eventually shape the justice-fueled vigilantism of his eventual costumed alter-ego. Thanks to New Age ridiculousness, however, the story isn’t as cut and dry as it once was. Here’s our synopsis. Thomas and Martha Wayne take Bruce to see the 1940 film The Mark of Zorro at the Monarch Theater (also spelled “Theatre”) on Park Row. (Note that Trinity Vol. 2 #16 incorrectly, anachronistically, and hilariously shows The MASK of Zorro on the marquee instead.) As the movie nears its climax, several time-travelers—Booster Gold, Skeets (who immediately gets destroyed), and an adult “Bat-point” Bruce Wayne—arrive atop the theater’s roof from the alternate “Bat-point timeline” future. Booster, hoping to restore the correct timeline, has to undo a past mistake in which he previously went back in time and saved the Waynes from being murdered. (You just can’t mess with time like that. The Waynes, unfortunately, must die.) As the original Booster and Skeets arrive, the former is accidentally gunned to death by Bat-point Bruce. The Waynes, leaving the cinema below, only decide to go down a dark Park Row alley because they hear the gunfire above and are trying to avoid it. This, of course, leads them directly to smalltime crook Joe Chill, who murders Thomas and Martha before young Bruce’s horrified eyes. For the rest of his life, Bruce will be able to recall, in great detail, every moment of this horrific moment. From the roof above, Bat-point Bruce also watches the murder of his parents as it unfolds before his younger self. Distraught, Bat-point Bruce commits suicide. With the timeline rebooted to its correct state—with Thomas and Martha dying on what will come to be known as Crime Alley—Booster Gold and Skeets return to the future, hauling with them the time-anomalous corpses from the rooftop. A shell-shocked Bruce takes a pearl from his mother’s necklace, which Chill was trying to steal. Bruce will keep this pearl, regarding it as priceless, long into adulthood. Both Leslie Thompkins and Gotham City Police Department Officer Jim Gordon are on the scene and they both try (and fail) to provide some comfort to Bruce. Alfred picks-up Bruce and takes him home. Bruce is catatonic with grief. Alfred stays by his side the whole night through. Despite having living relatives on the Kane side of the family (notably his two uncles and Aunt Gabi), the orphaned Bruce is left in the primary guardianship of Alfred. This is partly due to the fact that the Kanes have long been estranged from the Waynes. Dr. Leslie will also care for Bruce time-to-time as well. A funeral is held and the Waynes are buried in a family cemetery adjacent to Wayne Manor. Bruce gets a future plot placed next to his parents’ graves. (Note that the Wayne graves are sometimes shown to have one shared tombstone while other times they are shown to have individual tombstones. This is always different depending on the artist.) The Kanes, the Sionises, and others are in attendance at the funeral. Bruce stops believing in God and won’t ever return to the church after this. (Funny enough, the god of the Judeo-Christian/Islamic religions—also known as “The Presence,” “The Lord,” “Allah” in Arabic, or “YHWH” in Hebrew—is very real in the DCU, along with hundreds, if not thousands, of gods from various other faiths.) Alfred—with the support of Leslie—begins the tough challenge of raising a troubled boy that has lost everything. A depressed Bruce pushes-back immediately, always wanting to be alone and brood in his room. Alfred and Leslie, in an effort to help Bruce overcome his demons, push back, urging him to play and go outside. Moving forward, Alfred and Leslie will be a bit (understandably) overbearing, constantly telling Bruce what to do for the next decade-plus. While Bruce will rarely follow their advice, he will always listen. Alfred and Leslie will become Bruce’s loving surrogate parents, and Bruce will quickly come to see both of them that way too. Alfred and Leslie will be more influential in shaping Bruce’s life than anyone, both now and decades into his adulthood (and both as Bruce and Batman). Also of note: Not long after the funeral of the Waynes, a will reading his held. Bruce’s uncle Philip Kane takes full control of Wayne Enterprises, but everything else—a vast fortune, multiple properties across the globe (including Wayne Manor), a couple Learjets, a Gulfstream, a yacht, and a small fleet of cars—goes to young Bruce. Alfred retains power of attorney over the estate until Bruce is of age.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #7. Alfred accompanies young Bruce to the cemetery in the pouring rain. Bruce grieves by the side of his parents’ graves.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Dark Days: The Casting #1, Dark Nights: Metal #1-2, Batman: Lost #1, and Detective Comics #978—originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5. Alfred takes a depressed Bruce on a trip outside of Gotham to help clear the boy’s mind. Meanwhile, an amnesiac adult Bruce from the 21st century appears in Gotham thanks to Darkseid’s time-displacing Omega Sanction. Adult Bruce gets involved in film noir-esque family-related intrigue, specifically a sinister plot hatched by the criminal organization known as The Black Glove—which includes members Simon Hurt, John Mayhew, Carter Nichols, Marsha Lamarr, and others. While the amnesiac Bruce, manipulated into joining the Black Glove, waits in the wings, Marsha meets with Roderick and Betsy Kane, delivering them slanderous information about Martha and Thomas Wayne. Roderick doesn’t believe a word of it, but thanks to the heinous actions of Hurt, the elderly Kane patriarch is fully-incapacitated in an iron lung, in which he will spend the rest of his life. (Note that the Betsy and Roderick will both die a couple years after this item, in close proximity to one another. Bruce will not attend their funerals.) In the vespertine hours, a confused Bruce is forced into taking part in an occult demon-summoning séance held by the Black Glove. The ritual will supposedly summon the demon Barbatos. (Hurt has long mistaken Darkseid’s Hyper-Adapter for the real Barbatos.) When Nichols betrays the Black Glove during the ritual, Bruce is able to use his Omega energy to activate a prototype time machine of Nichols’ own design, escaping to 100 Billion CE aka Vanishing Point, mere moments before the total destruction of the universe and the literal End of Time. Note that Hurt is actually Bruce’s great(x5) Uncle Thomas Wayne, endowed with quasi-immortality from a similar occult ritual performed in 1765. During the 1756 ritual, Hurt believed he had come into contact with Barbatos, hence his desire to do so again here. However, Hurt had actually mistakenly come into contact with the defeated Hyper-Adapter as it was falling backward through time. Although, unknown to Hurt, the real Barbatos was watching and manipulating everything, using Hurt and company to initiate the first rites of his own “Mantling” ritual. After all the Black Glove chaos ends, young Bruce returns home to Gotham with Alfred, having no clue any of the wild stuff even went down while they were away.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #35Batman Vol. 3 #69, and Batman Vol. 3 #83. Suffering from severe depression, a ten-year-old Bruce attempts suicide (by slashing his wrists). After recovering, Alfred keeps a close eye upon Bruce, terribly worried that he will attempt suicide again. Alfred watches in secret as Bruce conducts a candlelight ceremony in his parents’ bedroom, during which Bruce vows to one day war against all criminals in an effort to avenge his parents.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10—originally told in All-Star Batman #1-5 (“MY OWN WORST ENEMY”). Following his suicide attempt, a depressed Bruce is sent to live in a hospital for troubled youth, The Arkham Home, in Innsmouth, Massachusetts. Bruce only stays there for a couple months before returning to Alfred’s care at Wayne Manor, but during this time he meets and befriends a young Harvey Dent.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #975. Bruce begins having nightmares about his parents’ deaths. He also begins having “good dreams” where he violently hunts down and kills the man responsible for murdering them. These nightmares and dreams will occur for Bruce for years to come.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #83. Bruce and Alfred pose for a portrait painting. This portrait gets hung up in Wayne Manor.

–FLASHBACK: From Deathstroke Vol. 4 #35. Bruce reasserts his vow to avenge his parents deaths, beginning training by spelunking down into the caverns beneath Wayne Manor and navigating the bat-filled terrain while blindfolded. Alfred is not happy about this at all when he finds out, but Bruce will go down into the caves frequently, moving forward.

–REFERENCE: In Mother Panic/Batman Special #1. Gotham socialite Rebecca Paige meets young Bruce and notes how tragically sad he is, having gone through so much trauma.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #995. Dr. Leslie Thompkins takes Bruce to her clinic. There, Bruce learns that there are many positive ways to make the world a better place. With strong admiration, he watches Leslie helping patients and then helps her with a clothing drive and food drive. Bruce will often help Leslie perform charitable acts, moving forward.

–FLASHBACK: From Wonder Twins #1. Teenage Bruce takes a liking to and begins listening to The Bee Gees. Shortly thereafter, Bruce begins 9th grade at the fancy private Robinson High School. He quickly forms a crush on a girl that sits next to him in English class, Becky Muldoon. Bruce spends a lot of his school days daydreaming about her. Early in the first semester, he writes a love song about her—in the style of the Bee Gees, no less. His teacher, mistaking it for a poetry assignment, reads it to the entire class, embarrassing Bruce terribly and earning him the unfortunate nickname of “Bee Gee” for the rest of his freshman year.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21. A teenage Bruce tries to recover the gun that was used to murder his parents, but he is unable to find it. Note that Flash Vol. 5 #21 says that Bruce never recovers the gun or at least implies that he doesn’t get it until after “The Button” arc in Year 15. However, thanks to a big Kevin Smith retcon in Detective Comics #1000 Part 2, this is altered. Batman does indeed get his parents’ murder weapon, sometime in the middle of Year 5.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #995. Bruce, Alfred, and Leslie help serve food to the homeless at a soup kitchen.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #960. Bruce shows an early aptitude for all things crime-fighting related, learning how to use a lock-pick.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #959. Bruce and Zatanna share a brief teenage romance. This affair happens outside of Gotham. We are not told the location of this event, but we can presume that it occurs in one of the random cities where the Zataras are on tour.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 Annual #2 Part 1 Conclusion, Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #58, and Detective Comics #1010. Bruce begins closely following the Gotham Knights Major League Baseball team. He will remain a lifelong fan. In general, Bruce loves baseball. He will even follow Japanese baseball too. And he will also study stats and history, becoming an expert baseball historian.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #975. January. Bruce’s younger twin cousins (Kate Kane and Beth Kane) and his aunt (Gabi Kane) are kidnapped and held for ransom in Brussels, Belgium. Bruce’s uncle (Jake Kane), a military colonel working with NATO, leads a rescue mission, but it gets botched. Horrific tragedy befalls the Wayne-Kane Family yet again. Kate is saved, but Gabi is killed and Beth goes missing. (Beth will later be incorrectly presumed dead.) Shortly thereafter, a funeral is held for Gabi. Bruce and Alfred attend. At the funeral, Kate asks Bruce is the pain of loss will ever go away. Bruce responds, saying that it hasn’t for him and that he has dreams of killing their killer. Kate tells Bruce that they should actually kill the men responsible. (Bruce’s uncles—Philip and Nathan—are likely in attendance at Gabi’s funeral. Note that Uncle Nathan probably dies at some point near the end of this Salad Days section, but it is highly unlikely that Bruce attends his funeral. Also note that, prior to his death, Uncle Nathan will marry the much younger Kathy Webb, who will one day become Bat-Woman and become romantically involved with Bruce.)

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #985. Sixteen-year-old Bruce gets his driver’s license. With access to his family’s large collection of vehicles (including various sports cars collected in the Wayne Manor garage), Bruce quickly becomes an expert driver. For the rest of his life, he’ll drive these cars from time to time. We can also assume that Bruce will continue the family tradition of collecting cars, moving forward.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 Annual #4. Bruce falls in love and begins dating his high school co-ed Adrienne Williams. Soon after, Bruce decides that he is going to end high school early and leave Gotham to travel the globe on a lengthy training adventure. Bruce and Adrienne attend the prom together, sharing what is Bruce’s first kiss. Afterward, bruce strolls with Adrienne, telling her that he’s breaking up with her because he’ll be leaving. The heartbroken couple parts ways.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #11, Detective Comics #959-960, Detective Comics #996Batman Vol. 3 Annual #2 Part 2, Batman Vol. 3 #53DC New Talent Showcase 2018 #1 Part 1, The Batman Who Laughs #2, and Batman Vol. 3 Annual #4. Bruce, at sixteen-years-old, ends high school early and leaves Gotham to go on a long training adventure all over the globe. Bruce’s training will last for years and include: gymnastics; acrobatics; tightrope walking; weightlifting; rock climbing; the mastery of various martial-arts; learning how to fly planes, helicopters, and hang-gliders; learning how to skydive, parachute, HALO jump, base-jump, and free-jump; and learning how to operate boats and submarines. For the duration of most of his training, Bruce will remain incommunicado, even with Alfred. One of the primary motivators for Bruce’s training, besides wanting to defeat evil and avenge his parents’ murders, is knowing that the more steps he takes to push himself, the more lives he can eventually save. This concept will stay with (and haunt) Bruce for the rest of his life. He will forever be training to be the quintessential warrior—to be stronger, smarter, faster, better. And he will spend a lot of his financial inheritance to be able to train with various masters all over the world.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 Annual #2 Part 2, Justice League Vol. 3 #38, Batman Vol. 3 #75, and Batman Vol. 3 #81. Sixteen-year-old Bruce travels to a snowy remote wilderness (possibly the Himalayas) to train for a full year with a master called The Memory of the Mountain, learning to encode his own senses onto his mind. During this tenure, Bruce will often steal cigarettes for his chain-smoking master, learning how to disguise himself in order to do so. At the end of the year, Bruce has exceeded his master. Justice League Vol. 3 #38 makes mention that Batman can withstand/ignore intense pain or temperature via sheer will power and state of mind. It is likely that Bruce first learns this trick with the Memory of the Mountain. It is also likely that he will enhance this ability through training for the rest of his life. Batman Vol. 3 #81 also implies that the Memory of the Mountain teaches Bruce the secret “language of combat,” wherein which one can communicate or send messages via fighting.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Who Laughs #2. While training abroad in an unknown location, Bruce hears the locals cite the heart as the location where happiness is located. While he won’t take much note of it now, Bruce, in his training travels, will eventually be struck by how many different cultures cite something similar in regard to the heart and happiness.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Secret Files #1 Part 4. While training abroad, Bruce learns hunting skills, tracking skills, and archery.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #27, Detective Comics #967, and Detective Comics #978. Mary Elizabeth “Bette” Kane is born to Bruce’s uncle Philip and an unnamed partner. It’s highly probably that Bruce travels to Gotham to meet his new baby cousin Bette. It’s also highly likely that they won’t have many more interactions with each other, moving forward. Baby Bette will eventually grow up to become the original Bat-Girl (and a few other superheroes after that too).

–REFERENCE: In Batman: The Merciless #1. Bruce briefly meets and dates Julie Madison. It is unknown whether this happens abroad or in Gotham. In previous continuities, Bruce and Julie were always a school-time item, but, in the New Age, they definitely do not date while in school together.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10-11, Detective Comics #958-959, Detective Comics #978, Nightwing Vol. 4 #24, Dark Days: The Forge #1, Superman Vol. 4 #37, Trinity Vol. 2 #14-15, Deathstroke Vol. 4 #34-35, Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1 Part 4, Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #57, Heroes in Crisis #2, and The Batman Who Laughs #7. Already an autodidactic polymath, Bruce begins studying all forms of science—from chemistry and geophysics to biology and medicine (and everything imaginable in-between). He will study all sciences for the rest of his life, eventually becoming a master in multiple fields. Relatedly, Bruce learns emergency first aid, begins studying and all there is to know about the human anatomy, and even learns how to do basic surgical procedures. Bruce begins studying explosives engineering and how to defuse all manner of bombs. Also relatedly, Bruce begins learning aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, robotics, data systems analysis, code-breaking, hacking, carpentry, construction, architecture, industrial design, and auto mechanics—just to name a few!

–REFERENCE: In The Batman’s Grave #1. Bruce begins studying the systems theory of futurist designer R Buckminster Fuller.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #80. In addition to the sciences, Bruce begins what will become a deep-dive lifelong study of the arts, including philosophy and history.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #959-961—and also referenced in Detective Comics #959-960Trinity Vol. 2 #17, and Justice League Dark Vol. 2 #12. Bruce travels to Las Vegas, where the Zataras have recently taken up permanent residence. In Vegas, Bruce asks the Zataras to train him in the art of magick, which he doesn’t even really believe in. John Zatara tells Bruce that he must learn the minor tricks of stage magic before he can learn magick proper. Bruce immediately begins studying, but is terrible even at the basics. While practicing sleight of hand, Bruce chats with a roughly 16-year-old Zatanna. (Zatanna says she was 17 in Detective Comics #960, but contradicts herself and says 15 in Detective Comics #961. So let’s just say she was around 16. It’s hard for me to recall my teenage years with clarity too.) Despite Zatanna’s guidance, Bruce is unable to master legerdemain. Later, Zatanna takes Bruce through a portal and gives Bruce a tour of her father’s magick collection. She performs some spells before showing him the ancient Gnosis Sphere (aka “The God Machine”), with which one can communicate with the dead or obtain answers to unanswerable questions. Bruce is curious, but he and Zatanna are interrupted by a returning John, who is in the middle of a meeting with Ra’s al Ghul, who is trying to recruit him into the League of Assassins! (Ra’s al Ghul aka “The Demon’s Head” is an immortal international terrorist. Sometimes his name is also spelled-out with random macrons, like “Rā’s al Ghūl” or “Ra’s al Ghūl.”) An angry John scolds Zatanna for showing Bruce the dangerous Gnosis Sphere. John then immediately mind-wipes Bruce, making him forget he ever saw it! On the way out, a dazed and confused Bruce accidentally bumps into Ra’s al Ghul. Ultimately, Bruce trains with the Zataras for a bit, but he never masters the true art of magick. The main knowledge Bruce obtains from this venture is learning about a few simple items that can ward off certain dark spells. Notably, Bruce asks John deep questions about the power of magick, learning to fear what magick could to to the universe if fully unleashed. For the rest of his life, Bruce will regard magick very negatively.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #998. Bruce adopts the mantra “criminals are a superstitious and cowardly lot,” which he will keep firmly in mind for the rest of his training and all throughout his career of vigilantism. While wrapping-up his training with the Zataras, Bruce is told about the ancient demon Etrigan, who has a symbiotic relationship and is bonded with the immortal mage, Jason Blood. After leaving the Zataras, Bruce immediately seeks out Jason Blood, finding him at his curio shop. Jason (and Etrigan) continue Bruce’s schooling on the occult. Bruce learns all about demonology, magick sigils, fear tactics, and more.

–REFERENCE: In Superman Vol. 4 #25 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #24. Bruce learns how to use a variety of weapons, including boomerangs and shurikens. Bruce also begins teaching himself to use his surroundings to his advantage while in combat—to use any item within reach as a weapon.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #24, Detective Comics #994, and Detective Comics #1000 Part 1. Bruce begins studying police methodology, criminology, criminal psychology, jurisprudence, crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, and forensics. Already well-versed in human anatomy, medicine, and basic surgical procedure, Bruce now also begins learning how to conduct autopsies. He will obsessively study his parents’ murders for years to come.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League of America Vol. 5 #8 and Superman Vol. 4 #25. Batman begins studying body language and facial micro-expressions, learning the ability to “read” someone to tell if they are lying or not.

–REFERENCE: In Bane: Conquest #2, Bane: Conquest #9-11, All-Star Batman #12, Deathstroke Vol. 4 #30, Harley Loves Joker #2, The Brave and The Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #4, and Event Leviathan #6. Bruce begins studying world mythology and many different speaking languages. He will eventually become fluent in various tongues, including Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, Dari (Persian), Latin, Gaelic, French, and the argot of the Ancient Sea People. Bruce also learns American sign language.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #12, Dark Nights: Metal #1, and Trinity Vol. 2 #17. Bruce studies military personnel, materiel, and tactics, familiarizing himself with all types of naval, land, and air methods of warfare. He also studies military history from all throughout time and all over the world. As part of his education, Bruce visits at least one aviation museum.

–REFERENCE: In Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #2. Bruce, already studying various scholarly pursuits, adds Chinese history and Chinese archeology to his curriculum vitae. He will study these interests for his entire life.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1. Bruce, while training abroad, meets and befriends tech-savvy businessman Lucius Fox.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Vol. 3 #53. Having now achieved Olympic-level athleticism, Bruce continues his gymnastics training. He also travels to an unknown locale (likely Northern Europe, the Himalayas, North Korea, Patagonia, Canada, or the North Atlantic) to practice some of the most dangerous ice climbing on the planet.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #996. Bruce travels to Gila, New Mexico to train with costumed-showman and master escape artist Mr. Miracle (Thaddeus Brown). Bruce will remain friends with Brown for the rest of his life.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 6—and referenced in Detective Comics #996. Originally told via flashback from Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes and Batman #431. Bruce stops in the North Korean Paektu-San Mountains to train with master sensei Kirigi, learning ninjutsu and karate. Bruce doesn’t know Kirigi is also a trainer for the League of Assassins.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 6. Bruce travels to the Himalayas to continue his training. While in Lhasa, Tibet, Bruce is mugged by some kids that are League of Assassins trainees, including Tan Lujun. They beat him up and steal his wallet.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #24, The Batman Who Laughs #1, and Detective Comics #996. Bruce trains with master detective and bounty hunter Henri Ducard and his son Morgan Ducard, learning various fieldcraft techniques. During training with the Ducards, Bruce gets badly burned on his chest, resulting in a permanent scar. This is one of the first of many permanent scars that will mark Bruce’s body over the course of his career of adventure. Also during his training with the gun-crazy Ducards, Bruce earns their derision for refusing to use firearms. After wrapping-up his time with the Ducards, Bruce will keep semi-tabs on them for decades to come.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Who Laughs #3. Despite hating firearms, Bruce begins training in target practice and marksmanship. He will eventually become an expert shootist.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5—originally told in Batman Confidential #50-54. Bruce trains in China, where he trails serial killer Huairen. The killer fatally wounds Bruce, but he’s saved by a metahuman named Ri. Bruce joins Ri’s super-team known as The Zhuguan, which features other members Guanxi, Dao, and Sudu. As a member of the Zhuguan, Bruce drinks from a magickal elixir that grants him temporary invisibility powers. Calling himself “Hei An Wushuh” (aka “The Dark Knight”), Bruce helps take down Huairen.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Vol. 3 #53—and referenced in All-Star Batman #11-12. Bruce charters a return flight back to Gotham. Unannounced, he surprises Alfred at Wayne Manor. Bruce takes over his parents’ estate, moving into the palatial mansion. A brash and headstrong Bruce, “unfocused and daring the world to kill him” as Alfred describes, tells his loyal friend about his training and all his plans to fight crime. He will have many objectives, but the primary mission will always be to make sure no one is hurt like he was when his parents were killed.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 Annual #2 Part 1 Conclusion. Bruce puts his mother’s pearl into a safe in Wayne Manor.

–REFERENCE: In DC New Talent Showcase 2018 #1 Part 1. To formally end his training, Bruce designs some special hang-gliding gear, climbs to the top of Wayne Tower, and does a base-jump off the top. Bruce suffers a concussion and a dislocated shoulder. Alfred is livid.

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  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: Some very important rules before we get going with the New Age chronology. As before, flashbacks are included in a specific way. If a flashback is first revealed—let’s say in Bat Year 15, hypothetically—the flashback may or may not be mentioned in Bat Year 15, but the actual events that occur in said flashback will be placed one the timeline exactly when they originally occurred through bullets listed as “flashback.” Similarly, story references will be listed as unnumbered bullet “references.” Therefore, any “references” or “flashbacks” occur chronologically at the spot where they are situated on the timeline. Any character names (or group names) highlighted in red denote the first appearance of a reoccurring character (or group). Some of these red items may appear only once in the Bat-verse but appear elsewhere throughout the DCU, which is why they have been highlighted as well.

    One more thing. As stated elsewhere on the website, just about everyone eats, shits, sleeps, brushes their teeth, watches TV, goes to the office, schedules appointments in advance, and celebrates birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. Believe it or not, Batman does all these things too. He’s human just like you and me! However, this kind of mundane everyday stuff won’t be on our timeline. Usually, anyway.

  2. [2]COLLIN COLSHER: As referenced in James Tynion IV’s Justice League Vol. 4 #22, Barbatos (along with Perpetua, Monitor Mar Novu, Anti-Monitor Mobius, and World Forger Alpheus) have lived through all of DC’s reboots. Thus, due to his existence on an untouchable cosmic plane, the same incarnation of Barbatos has been around since the beginning of everything.
  3. [3]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman Beyond Vol. 8 began publication in 2016, and Batman Beyond Vol. 7 began publication in 2015. According to some sources, the prior two volumes—Vol. 5 and Vol. 6 (2012-2014)—are not official volumes because they collect digital-first material under the series names Batman Beyond Unlimited and Batman Beyond Universe, respectively. Thus, those sources, taking into consideration the alternate series names, list them separately by referring to Vol. 8 as Vol. 7 (and Vol. 7 as Vol. 6) instead. I, however, have chosen to regard Unlimited and Universe as Volumes 5 and 6. Correspondingly, the Batman Beyond notes below will start with Volume 8.
  4. [4]COLLIN COLSHER: We can assume that early September is when the Waynes are killed. This reflects the New 52, in which both Peter Tomasi and Scott Snyder penned their deaths as happening in early September. And just like in the New 52, we know for certain that the Waynes were killed at 10:48 PM, as referenced in Tom King’s Batman Vol. 3 #63.
  5. [5]COLLIN COLSHER: How old is Bruce when his parents are murdered in the New Age? Tom King’s Batman Vol. 3 #35 implies that he was ten-years-old—in it, Selina Kyle says that Bruce made a vow to avenge his parents at that age. (Emphasis on “implies.” Just because Bruce makes the vow at age ten, doesn’t necessarily mean that his folks didn’t die a couple years earlier.) King’s Batman Vol. 3 #20 (a New 52 issue with “Rebirth” trade-dressing) also similarly implies that Bruce was ten-years-old at the time. As does King’s Batman Vol. 3 #12 (a New 52 issue with “Rebirth” trade-dressing), which reveals that a ten-year-old Bruce attempted suicide at some point following his parents’ passing. King’s Batman Vol. 3 #52 specifically and unequivocally tells us—straight from Bruce’s mouth—that he was ten-years-old when his folks perished. Scott Snyder’s All-Star Batman #3 (another New 52 issue with “Rebirth” trade-dressing) depicts the first meeting of a young Bruce Wayne and young Harvey Dent. This scene occurs shortly after Bruce’s parents have been murdered. The boys are drawn (by John Romita) as if they look to be eight to ten-years-old. The only contradictions arise with James Tynion’s Detective Comics #943 (also a New 52 issue with “Rebirth” trade-dressing), which tells us that Bruce was eight-years-old, and Peter Tomasi’s Detective Comics #995, which states outright, via Leslie Thompkins dialogue, that Bruce was eight-years-old.

    What does it all add up to? First, all the New 52 with “Rebirth” trade-dressing items listed above should be regarded as non-official or merely quasi-canonical references because they were published prior to the post-“Superman Reborn” reboot. So, keep that in mind when weighing their value. Also keep in mind whether or not something is implied or specifically stated. The latter obviously has more weight.

    King gives us one official answer of ten-years-old plus three vague implied answers of ten-years-old, only one of which is officially from the post-“Superman Reborn” New Age—making two out of the latter three merely quasi-canonical. Snyder gives us a vague answer—again non-official/quasi-canonical—that could be read as eight or ten-years-old. Tynion delivers another vague implied answer—and also non-official/quasi-canonical—of eight-years-old. And Tomasi delivers an eight-year-old age, which is canon.

    Therefore, the final tally is: one definitive canon ten-years-old, one definitive canon eight-years-old, one implied canon ten-years-old, two implied quasi-canon ten-years-old, one implied quasi-canon eight or ten-years-old, and one implied quasi-canon eight-years-old. Basically, this tells us that there are two contradictory camps in the DCU—one that thinks Bruce’s folks kicked the bucket when he was eight and the other that thinks they perished when he was ten. This is highly debatable, but, since there are two canonical tens versus one canonical eight, I’ve decided to go with ten.

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