Year Seventeen

_____________________________________________________________________________
(2019)
_____________________________________________________________________________

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #1007. Batman designs a highly-advanced data-investigation device that can scan a holographic image of a crime scene, store the image into a zipped file, and run detailed analysis on everything within the image. Via a holographic augmented reality interface, Batman can also engage with and manipulate the digitized crime scene. This Peter Tomasi-created super-tech, which is also linked-into the Bat-suit, is very similar to the “Bat-Ops” system from the non-canon Batman/Shadow series by Scott Snyder.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #1009. Bruce meets and hangs out with George Clooney, doing him an unspecified favor.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #1009. As one of the more eco-friendly conglomerates in the world, Wayne Enterprises is invited to attend the upcoming Singapore Climate Change Summit.

. . .

–Detective Comics #1000 Part 8
February—Bruce’s birthday. Alfred gets Batman a birthday cake, which he serves to him in the Batcave. Batman blows out the candles and makes a wish for a happy future. Daydreaming, Batman imagines a future where the Bat-Family consists of his actual family—Selina, Damian, a daughter named Echo, and Ace the Bathound II. One can only dream.

–Detective Comics #994-996 (“MYTHOLOGY”)
February—Bruce’s birthday. Every year Batman runs Program 2.1, placing himself into a virtual world that pushes him to his most extreme limits. This year, he wants the greatest challenge ever. Thus, he upgrades Program 2.1, splicing villain DNA into the system and updating it with all his most recent personal information available. Also, Batman makes it so that when he goes into the simulation vat, it will completely overwhelm his mind, making him think it is truly a reality more so than ever before. In this year’s nightmarish sim, the Caped Crusader investigates corpses that have been surgically-altered to look exactly like his parents. Batman then saves Leslie Thompkin’s life from a monster only to find that she has become Jokerized. As Batman rushes her to the Batcave for emergency treatment, the weary and confused Leslie gives words of encouragement to her surrogate son, recalling the day his parents’ died. (She says he was eight, but he was actually ten. Authors have said both in the New Age, so I can’t fault her—or Tomasi—for getting it wrong either. Plus, she is jacked-up on Joker Juice and this is a simulation.) Leslie dies on the operating table. Another creature breaks into Wayne Manor and stabs Alfred in the chest. While Bruce and Damian have barely interacted lately, Batman agrees to bury the hatchet and call-in his son to care for the injured Alfred. After Batman beats up everyone in Arkham Asylum, he and Damian assume that Henri Ducard must be behind the attacks. Batman tells Damian that they have to re-connect as father and son and put their mini-feud to rest, to which Damian responds positively. Soon after, the Dark Knight finds Ducard in a Paris, but Ducard sacrifices his own life, blowing-up another monster with a grenade. Batman then goes to North Korea to check-up on his old sensei Kirigi. There, the Caped Crusader finds all of Kirigi’s students slaughtered, except for Kyodai Ken (a canon-immigrant from Batman the Animated Series). After besting Kyodai Ken, Batman cares for his master. Then it’s off to New Mexico to check-up on the original Mr. Miracle, Thaddeus Brown.

–Detective Comics #997-999 (“MYTHOLOGY” Continued…)
February. Batman’s nightmare simulation continues. Batman and Thaddeus Brown are submerged into a tank filled with sharks and piranhas, but they escape. They then defeat another monster shapeshifter. Soon after, Batman strikes-out at Hugo Strange, but ultimately discovers that he has nothing to do with the creatures. Bruce then dons his Hellbat-suit and visits Jason Blood’s curio shop to find yet another monster attacking Etrigan. Batman defeats the creature and saves Etrigan, who morphs back into Jason. Batman then travels to STAR Labs to meet with Dr. Silas Stone, who reveals himself to be another shapeshifter, taking down Batman and morphing into a young Bruce Wayne wearing an ill-fitting Bat-costume. Batman fights his doppelgänger, who grows to adult size as he monologues about Batman’s war on crime. Batman realizes that he is in his own Program 2.1 sim. The fight stops and Batman buries his demons (the little evil version himself) in an open grave next to his parents’ graves outside of Wayne Manor. Don’t forget that while Thomas and Martha’s tombstones might be outside of Wayne Manor in the sim, in real life they are in a cemetery miles away from Wayne Manor. Batman wakes up and smashes his way out of the sim tank to find a worried Alfred and Damian waiting for him. (Damian hasn’t spoken with his father in about eight months, so it’s nice to see him finally willing to recompense.) Batman suits up and reviews the recent annual murder rate numbers for Gotham City. Later, Bruce, Alfred, and Leslie Thompkins go out for dinner.

–Detective Comics #1000 Part 1
Batman continues the now sixteen-year-old “David Lambert’s looking glass case,” following recent clues to an apartment in downtown Gotham. There, Batman finds a hidden stairwell and descends into a library to find the Guild of Detection waiting for him! Finally, after sixteen long years, Batman has solved the mystery of Lambert’s looking glass. Slam Bradley introduces himself along with the current Guild lineup—Martian Manhunter, Detective Chimp, Elongated Man, Sue Dibny, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, the Question (Vic Sage), and two unnamed others. Batman is stunned to learn that this group has been leading him on a wild goose chase just as a challenge. Now officially a member of the organization, Batman is told everything. The library in which he stands holds files upon files of unsolved cases, many of which are supernatural or celestial (i.e. cosmic) in nature. Some of the texts are ancient. Batman, like a kid in a candy store, is welcomed with open arms and invited to peruse the Borgesian hall of books.

–Detective Comics #1000 Part 4
Batman gets detailed intel on an extremely dangerous terror cell, after which he discovers their hideout in a Gotham warehouse. After lining the inside of the warehouse with non-lethal explosives and setting their destruct codes to link-up with the Bat-computer network in his costume, Batman crashes in and kicks ass. The leader of the terror cell is so scared when Batman approaches him that he turns over a dirty bomb detonator in tears and without a fight.

–Detective Comics #1000 Deluxe Edition Part 12
Batman finished routine patrol and is so “in the zone” that he sits down for breakfast at Wayne Manor while still wearing his Bat-costume. Batman goes to change in the Batcave but gets a police report that an escaped Two-Face has supposedly formed a pact with Mad Hatter, the Ventriloquist (with Scarface), Killer Croc, and Penguin. After taking down each super-villain in order, Batman realizes that they aren’t working with Two-Face. The latter has set them all up to take a Bat-beating because they all beat Harvey Dent in court way back in the day. Batman meets a waiting Two-Face at Demarco’s, which was Harvey Dent’s favorite restaurant before he became a super-villain. The Harvey Dent side of Two-Face allows Batman to bring him to justice. Batman then returns home to finally eat his breakfast.

–Detective Comics #1001-1003 (“MEDIEVAL”)
The Arkham Knight and her elite team of warrior knights known as The Knights of the Sun make their debut by activating a device that causes all the bats in Gotham to drop dead. After examining the dead bats in the Batcave, Batman visits Francine Langstrom. Francine is journaling about the bat-massacre and mentions that she once became She-Bat “several years ago.” In New Age continuity, Francine became She-Bat one time indeed—in Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #35, about two years ago. Francine freaks-out and injects herself with Man-Bat Serum, turning into She-Bat and raging wildly. Batman is pulled across town by She-Bat to the zoo. There, Batman injects her with anti-serum, reverting her back to normal. The Knights of the Sun then activate an artificial sun that brings daylight to the midnight hour. At the nearby Kane Castle mansion, the Arkham Knight and her warriors attack Batman. (The Arkham Knight’s attack upon Batman and Gotham is also referenced in Detective Comics #1000 Part 11.) After putting a dozen armor-piercing arrows into a tough-as-nails Batman, the Arkham Knight and her men stand down. Back home, Alfred patches up the injured Batman while Robin finds the bad guys—in scuba gear and a submarine—in the waterway connecting Gotham River to Aparo Bay. After getting knocked-out, Robin wakes up in a dungeon filled with hand-drawn Bat-tapestries. The Arkham Knight shows Robin a medieval-styled Robin costume and asks him to join the Knights of the Sun. Robin quickly escapes and ascends to the top of the dungeon, emerging in the heart of Arkham Asylum. The Arkham Knight unmasks and allows Robin to go free. Back home, Alfred tailors new armored costumes for Batman and Robin. Together, the Dynamic Duo goes after the Knights of the Sun! Upon arrival back at Arkham Asylum, Jeremiah Arkham greets the Dynamic Duo, revealing that the Arkham Knight is his thirteen-year-old daughter Astrid Arkham!

–Detective Comics #1004-1005 (“MEDIEVAL” Continued…)
Jeremiah Arkham tells the Dynamic Duo his daughter’s super-villain origin story, specifically how she was practically raised by Batman’s rogues and blames Batman for the death of her mother. Not long after, on the outskirts of the city, Batman and Robin come face-to-face with the Arkham Knight and her warriors—the Knights of the Sun, Dr. Phosphorus, Anton Arcane, and Arcane’s UnMen. The Dynamic Duo defeat all their opponents and make their way into a nearby observatory where the Arkham Knight detonates an even stronger “day bomb” that blankets all of Gotham in blinding light. A sightless Batman is able to defeat the Arkham Knight and destroy her light machine. Everyone in Gotham, including Batman, will remain blind for several days. During this time, Robin, having had his eyes protected by diffusion lenses, guides the blind Batman on nightly patrols until the Dark Knight’s sight returns.

–Detective Comics #1006-1007
Batman tracks some would-be bank robbers for two days before busting them in the act. Across town, Detective Jim Corrigan and his partner Tony Martinez have a late diner meal. (Corrigan mentions a major league baseball game, so it must be preseason or very early in the season.) The detectives depart to survey a murder scene only to be attacked by several maniacs dressed up as the Spectre (members of The Cult of the Divine Hand). The real Spectre emerges from within Corrigan to fight the attackers, leaving Corrigan himself to attend to the fatally wounded Martinez. This allows the cultists to drug and kidnap Corrigan, leaving him separated from the Spectre. Their aim is to permanently separate the two via arcane ritual so that they can control God’s Wrath. The Spectre immediately collects Batman. Together, they examine the scene of the crime and Batman scans it using his new data-analysis device. In the Batcave, the Spectre finally tells Batman the truth about he and Corrigan, revealing that they are symbiotically linked. Batman and the Spectre go on a joint investigation that eventually takes them to an abandoned church. There, Batman and the Spectre free Corrigan, who helps them defeat the Cult of the Divine Hand. Re-bonded with the Spectre, Corrigan tells Batman that he is transferring back to the NYPD.

–Batman Vol. 3 #58-60 (“THE TYRANT WING”)
Penguin hasn’t been following Bane’s secret orders to the letter as of late, so Bane decides to send him a message from Arkham Asylum. Penguin’s recently wedded “wife” (an actual penguin named Penny) is murdered. Penguin goes old-school and attacks Batman with a trick umbrella, which gets him sent to Arkham for a few-day stint. While there, Penguin meets with Bane and Flashpoint Batman in the bowels of the building. Bane tells Penguin to fall back in line and that he has plans for Bruce Wayne, ordering Penguin to assassinate Alfred. After being released, Penguin attends a funeral for Penny. There, Penguin chats with his henchmen about the still-ongoing Mr. Freeze-copycat murder case, which Penguin is revealed to be orchestrating on behalf of Bane. Penguin then puts out the hit on Alfred. In the Batcave, Alfred cleans the T Rex and sees-off Batman, who heads out upon hearing that there’s been yet another Mr. Freeze-copycat murder (the first one since the triple murder from months ago). Batman meets with Commissioner Gordon, who tells Batman that there was a penguin feather found near the body of the latest victim. Batman immediately visits the Iceberg Lounge and punches his way to Penguin’s inner sanctum. Penguin plays his card, revealing that his men have a sniper rifle targeted on Alfred inside Wayne Manor as they speak. But Penguin tells his own men to kill themselves, which they do. In an ostensibly bold move, Penguin appears to be going against Bane. He sits Batman down with quite a yarn to tell. Of course, Bane has anticipated every possible outcome—even a betrayal by Penguin, who, despite great risk to his own life, goes against the grain due to anger over the loss of his “wife.” Penguin tells Batman that Bane ordered him to commit the Mr. Freeze frame-up murders. Penguin also tells Batman that Bane has been in total control of Arkham Asylum for at least a year. From Arkham, Bane has ruled over Gotham’s underworld in this time. Batman immediately visits Bane’s Arkham cell to find the villain a blubbering catatonic mess. Batman beats the shit out of Bane, accusing him of being behind KGBeast’s hit on Dick and all that Penguin has claimed. Bane plays dumb and keeps up his blubbering act. Commissioner Gordon rushes-in and pulls Batman off the shaking bloody Bane. Batman punches-out Gordon, to which the Commish tells Batman to get the hell out. Badly injured, but having fooled Batman, Bane smiles to himself in the infirmary. After leaving, Batman tells Alfred that he doesn’t know what to believe anymore. After building a makeshift cage inside the Batcave, Batman puts a blindfolded Penguin into his protective custody, placing him inside the cage while ordering Alfred to act as his keeper. Batman then sets out to interrogate anyone that has been released from Arkham in the past year. First, Batman mercilessly thrashes a cowering Maxie Zeus, who has been inexplicably paroled despite having been given a life sentence. Batman then terrorizes Firefly (Ted Carson), Kite-Man, Signalman, and nine more (unnamed) recently released Arkham inmates. All of them say the same thing: Bane is a blubbering mess and there’s no way he’s the leader of a secret Arkham-based criminal cabal. When Gordon hears that Batman has been mercilessly brutalizing parolees, he angrily stomps up to top of the GCPD HQ roof and smashes the Bat-signal with a baseball bat. Batman then returns to the Batcave where he is ambushed by Flashpoint Batman. As referenced in Batman Vol. 3 #70-71, Batman is knocked unconscious and imprisoned inside Arkham Asylum by Flashpoint Batman. After being strapped to a machine that pumps a continuous flow of Fear Gas into his system, Batman hallucinates. First, Batman has a dream about Flashpoint Batman attacking both he and Alfred.

–Batman Vol. 3 #61-63 (“KNIGHTMARES”)
Batman, having been taken prisoner by Flashpoint Batman and strapped to a machine that pumps a continuous flow of Fear Gas into his system, continues to hallucinate. The Dark Knight dreams about the false origin and delusions of the murderous young Matthew Warner aka Master Bruce. Then, Batman finds himself, within the nightmare, tied-up hanging upside-down in a slaughterhouse. Batman struggles to free himself and regain his equilibrium as Professor Pyg strikes out at him. Batman demands answers of the villain, who morphs into Damian. Batman then dreams that his wedding with Catwoman went as planned. Batman vacations, patrols, and lives a happy life of marital bliss. Batman’s deep subconsciousness appears in the form of John Constantine, who follows the Dark Knight and acts as a voice of reason, trying to tell him something is amiss. After witnessing Catwoman die, Batman—via Constantine—struggles to convince himself that he’s been drugged and is being held captive.

–Batman Vol. 3 #66-69 (“KNIGHTMARES” Continued…)
Batman’s Fear Gas-induced nightmare hallucination continues with a vision of the Question (Vic Sage) in conversation with Selina. They discuss the Bat-Cat relationship, Batman’s relationship to the Trinity, Batman’s war on crime, and whether or not Batman can ever be happy. Batman then hallucinates that he is chasing an extra-agile Joker all throughout Gotham. This segues into a weird dream where Selina and Lois Lane have a drunk and debaucherous bachelorette spa date at the Fortress of Solitude (which includes Supermen Robots stripping for them). Meanwhile, the dream continues with Bruce and Clark sharing together a quiet night of formal dinner, watching football on TV, and playing chess. Realizing that he’s dreaming, Batman tries to turn his vision into a lucid one, forcing the dream to take him to a scene of himself dancing with Selina. Batman faces his greatest fear—the fear of committing fully to Selina. Dream Selina tells Batman that he doesn’t truly love her. Elsewhere, Flashpoint Thomas Wayne spars with a nude Bane.

–Batman Vol. 3 #70-72 (“THE FALL AND THE FALLEN”)
Batman comes-to and smashes out of the nightmare machine to find himself in a Bane-controlled Arkham Asylum. Shaken and believing to have been held captive for what he mistakenly believes to have been weeks, Batman traverses the halls of the asylum. After kayoing Riddler and ignoring an annoying Calendar Man, Batman easily takes down a Kobra snake man (or maybe Copperhead, but its hard to tell), Hush, Dr. Phosphorus, Mad Hatter, Victor Zsasz, a random man-bat (maybe a League of Assassins man-bat since Kirk Langstrom would currently be with the JLD and definitely not in Arkham), Eduardo Flamingo, Black Spider, Firefly, Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, Amygdala, Solomon Grundy, and Two-Face. As Maxie Zeus shouts in the background, Batman orders Two-Face to tell Bane that he’ll be returning with an army in twenty-four hours. Batman then heads to police HQ where he pops a red bulb and new lens into the Bat-signal, shining it for his Bat-Family to see. Batgirl radios the troops: Robin (Tim) wraps-up fighting Samuroids with Young Justice; Robin (Damian) wraps-up dealing with Professor Pyg; Huntress wraps-up a team-up with Tiger King of Kandahar; a sleepy Spoiler ignores the call; Jason, from his Iceberg Lounge office, flat-out refuses to come; Batwoman acknowledges but is out of country; Orphan responds affirmatively; Signal responds affirmatively; and Dick (now “Ric”), still in rehab but getting physically healthier every day, says Bat-Family matters have nothing to do with him anymore. Atop a Gotham roof, Batman addresses his people, telling them of Bane’s machinations at Arkham. Batman tells the Bat-Family that he had been captured for weeks, which confuses them because there’s no way that could possibly be true. Despite this, they agree to listen to their mentor anyway. At Arkham, everything seems to be normal and all the prisoners are safely in their cells. After a quick call to Alfred, Batgirl learns that Batman had only left yesterday. Tim tries to calm down a quickly panicking and increasingly confused Batman, but the Dark Knight punches Tim and flees to Wayne Manor. There, Batman comes face-to-face with Bane and Flashpoint Batman waiting for him at the dinner table. Alfred serves food, referring to Bane as “Master Bane.” An angry Batman flips the table, prompting Bane to rise up and knock his lights out. Alfred helps Batman to his feet, but tells him that Bane has finally truly broken him. Batman fights Bane all over the mansion, but Bane gets the upper hand and gives the Caped Crusader a patented backbreaker.

–Batman Vol. 3 #73-74 (“THE FALL AND THE FALLEN” Continued…)
Batman, having been knocked unconscious by Bane, is mended by Flashpoint Batman, who performs surgery on his injured spine, saving his life. Heavily sedated, Bruce is hijacked to the deserts outside of Khadym by a horseback-riding Flashpoint Batman. After several days, Bruce awakens and adjusts to his surroundings, seeing his captor and a mysterious coffin. Another groggy day passes and Bruce erupts from sleep to find Flashpoint Batman finishing off The Death of the Desert, Ra’s al Ghul’s personal elite guard unit. Bruce chats with Flashpoint Batman and realizes that the alt-Dark Knight has dug up the corpse of Martha Wayne, which is in the coffin. The plan is to resurrect her in the Lazarus Pit of Khadym, known as the Nain Pit! The next night, while Flashpoint Batman sleeps, Batman sneaks his mother’s corpse out of the coffin, replacing the weight with rocks. He buries Martha in the sand. the next day, the two Batmen near the Nain Pit and defeat the rest of the Death of the Desert, including their fearless leader Shaddad the Unbroken. After repelling to the bottom of a deep chasm to the edge of the Nain Pit, Batman stops playing along and kicks his alt-dad’s ass. He tells Flashpoint Batman that Bane’s plan hasn’t worked. He’s not emotionally shattered and done for. Batman defeats Flashpoint Batman and ascends out of the chasm.

–Red Hood: Outlaw #32
Red Hood abducts Penguin and holds him hostage inside his own Iceberg Casino. After several days, Jason takes control of the casino, replacing Penguin’s goons with his own gang consisting of Suzie Su, Blanc Su, Candy Su, Anastasia Su, Night Su, Bunker, and the new Wingman. After gloating about being in charge of the Iceberg Casino on live TV interview with Vicki Vale, Jason is visited by an angry Batman, who is quite displeased about Jason’s new move. They argue as they so often do, but Batman ultimately leaves, huffing and puffing as he goes. (Don’t forget, Wingman is secretly working for Batman.)

–Justice League Vol. 4 #19-21 (“THE SIXTH DIMENSION”)
The Justice League decides that it needs 5th Dimensional firepower to deal with the pending Legion of Doom/Perpetua situation, which could explode at any moment. Thus, under the guise of a Wayne Industries “air control experiment”—a giant dome is erected in midtown Metropolis. Under this dome, the magickally-disguised JL (with Starman) preps to entrap Mr. Mxyzptlk, who is due to arrive. Clark wraps up an article at work and joins the rest of the team just in time to witness Mxyzptlk emerge from his 5th Dimensional gateway. J’onn is able to telepathically control Mxyzptlk, who submits and agrees to help the JL. At the Hall of Justice, Mxyzptlk explains that everyone in the 5th Dimension has been dying since the Source Wall was destroyed. He also explains that the Monitor, Anti-Monitor, World Forger, and Perpetua created everything from the 6th Dimension. (The World Forge itself seems to co-exist in both the 6th Dimension and the Dark Multiverse.) Mxyzptlk opens a door to the 6th Dimension, through which Superman goes. Instantly, a gray-haired Superman wearing a weird white costume emerges back through, citing that he’s been gone for a decade, but now knows how to defeat the bad guys and save the multiverse. The JLers join this older Superman through the door, winding-up in an alternate future world where they are greeted by alternate future versions of themselves (6th Dimensional Batman, 6th Dimensional John Stewart, 6th Dimensonal Flash, 6th Dimensional Hawkgirl, 6th Dimensional Martian Manhunter, and 6th Dimensional Wonder Woman). Trickery is afoot, though. The real Superman remains trapped in a sun-less pocket dimension filled with corpses, all alone and unable to fly. Old Superman is really the resurrected World Forger (Alpheus), son of Perpetua, and brother to the Anti-Monitor and original Montior Mar Novu. (Alpheus, along with his family, created the entire multiverse! He helped imprison his evil mom long ago.). This alt-future world is merely a template, one of many possible futures, created by the World Forger from his anvil in the 6th Dimension. In this alt-future, the elder JL shows-off a utopian version of Earth where all crime has ended. The alt-future’s Batman, Dick Grayson, tells Batman how the their version of Bruce Wayne sacrificed his life to ensure the peace they now have. Alt-Dick gives Batman a tour of the Pennyworth Home rehabilitation center. As Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter admire the scenery, Shayne J’onzz (the son of their alt-future counterparts) pulls back the curtain, revealing a hidden aspect of this reality—a gulag (on Apokolips) filled with over a trillion detainees. J’onn, Hawkgirl, and Shayne call the JL to an emergency meeting, but it is interrupted by Old Superman, who has just confronted Superman, telling him that he’s been imprisoned because he will be the cause of the destruction of the multiverse. Old Superman reveals himself to be Alpheus. Meanwhile, on Earth, Lex Luthor and Brainiac begin a plan to capture Mxyzptlk, causing the imp to lose control and grow to immense size. as Mzyzptlk begins unconsciously un-imagining Earth into non-existence, Starman, Mera, and Jarro try to contain him. (A cheeky visual reference in Justice League Vol. 4 #29 tells tale of Jarro “officially” joining the JL.) In the alt-future, Alpheus tells the JL that, in order to preserve the utopia that he has shown them, their alt-future counterparts engaged in a pre-emptive war to defeat the Legion of Doom. This war saw the JL travel the multiverse and imprison trillions into the gulag. The JL takes a vote on whether or not to go down Alpheus’ unethical but sure-footed path towards semi-utopia by allowing the future reality to re-write their own. Everyone votes hell no except for Batman, citing that all hope seems lost. A disappointed Alpheus teleports the JL to the Apokoliptian gulag where they meet its wardens: an aged 6th Dimensional Lois Lane and 6th Dimensional Jimmy Olsen.

–Justice League Vol. 4 #23-25 (“THE SIXTH DIMENSION” Continued…)
Warden Lois Lane of the Apokoliptian gulag tells the JL—sans Batman—that she is originally from another alternate universe that the World Forger (Alpheus) created. Warden Lane says that she’s seen many alternate worlds and that this one is a template for the best possible scenario. The JLers present refuse to believe this, fight back, and wind up behind bars. Meanwhile, Batman chats with Alpheus, who tells him that this future world must replace Universe-0—in order to please (and fool) the Judges of the Source. Or something like that. Alpheus reveals that, at this very moment on Earth-0, Bat-Mite is battling Mxyzptlk, who is currently slowly erasing Universe-0 from existence, after which he (Alpheus) will replace Universe-0 with the alt-future world template. With Superman being the only real threat to stopping this from happening, Alpheus instructs Batman to pull the execution switch on his friend—an act that will shut down the artificial suns dimly lighting the Man of Steel’s pocket universe prison, effectively killing him and sending his essence into Alpheus himself. Reluctantly, Batman pulls the switch. In the gulag, Shayne uses his explosive mental powers to destroy the entire building. This leads to a bunch of angry alt-future super-villains chasing after the JL. The JL is rescued by an alt-future Legion of Doom that is led by an alt-future Darkseid! Meanwhile, Alpheus shows Batman the Son Box, a Minority Report-type chamber that Batman’s alt-future counterpart built to determine who would side with him or against him. Alpheus also shows Batman the “Final Bat-Suit,” an ultimate Gundam-style war-mech, also devised by the deceased alt-future Batman, which has the power to brainwash people and rewrite people’s cellular structure. The alt-future LOD sacrifices their own lives to help the JL escape recapture. Back at the alt-future Hall of Justice, the JL faces-off against their alt-future doppelgängers, Alpheus, and Batman, who dons his menacing Final Bat-Suit. The JL fights against the future JL, Batman, some future Flash Family members, and Alpheus. Batman has a change of heart and betrays the 6th Dimensional forces, using his Gundam-suit to create a fake sun, which not only re-powers Superman, but provides a guiding light for him to follow. Superman shows up angry as hell and kicks everyone’s asses. Alpheus tells the JL that he’s seen every possible outcome from the 6th Dimension. He tells them they’ve doomed their world by their actions—as revealed in Justice League Vol. 4 #29, by witnessing and denying his alt-future, they have unleashed the sixth Dark Force, which is linked to visions of impossible futures. However, Batman and Superman tell Alpheus that there’s still another possible outcome, one where they come out on top. They recruit Alpheus into the JL and return home with him (and Shayne) to challenge the Legion of Doom. But upon arrival back home, Washington DC is smoldering and partly in ruin. The heroes enter the Hall of Justice to learn that while only hours seemed to have passed in the 6th Dimension, a full week has transpired. Mera tells the returning heroes that the Legion of Doom defeated Mxyzptlk, after which Lex Luthor gave a public speech to the populace of the world. They watch a video of Luthor, who reveals to the world that the Source Wall was destroyed “a few short weeks ago.” This contradicts Year of the Villain #1 Part 3, which says the Source Wall was destroyed a “few months ago.” (The Source Wall was destroyed over four months ago, so Luthor is lying here for whatever reason.) Luthor tells all that the JL has hidden the fact that the universe is dying, urging everyone to rise up and become villains in order to save themselves. Luthor says he is dissolving LexCorp and giving all his money and technology to certain unspecified people. As the video ends, Mera continues her narration of events. Luthor’s speech and actions led to a week of global rioting and panic, which culminated in the events of Year of the Villain #1 Part 1, in which the LOD attacked President Trump and Amanda Waller in the Oval Office, stealing all of Waller’s top secrets. As part of a supposedly foolproof Perpetua-powered resurrection scheme that will cause the entire planet to fall under his power, Luthor then publicly killed himself, blowing up LexCorp Tower in the process.[1] To prepare for the coming battle, the heroes decide that they must seek out the aid of the Monitor, Anti-Monitor, Justice Incarnate, and as many Earth-0 heroes as they can recruit. (The epilogue to “Sixth Dimension” takes place at the end of Year of the Villain #1 Part 3, a few days from now.)

–Superman: Leviathan Rising #1
The new mystery leader of Leviathan (disguising his face via stolen DEO tech) approaches Metropolis’ top mob boss (and new owner of The Daily Planet) Leone, asking her for advice on how to get rid of Superman. Leone tells him that whoever gets rid of Superman won’t get any glory or recognition—the reason so many super-villains fail is ego. Leone also tells the mystery man that Lois Lane is far more dangerous than Superman. She suggests targeting Lois by kidnapping Clark. Across town, Superman easily defeats Mongul and heads home to find Talia al Ghul’s assassins waiting to ambush Clark Kent. After checking-in with Lois, who has once again sequestered herself away at her secret writing haven in The Drake Hotel, Superman decides that he will fake getting kidnapped by Talia’s men in order to find out what’s going on. All goes according to plan until Talia straps Kryptonite to Clark’s chest, hoping to use him as bait to lure in Lois. When Clark doesn’t come home, Lois alerts Batman and Wonder Woman, who begin a search for him with the entire JL. Meanwhile, Supergirl returns to home to find her apartment destroyed and her foster parents—DEO agents Jeremiah Danvers and Eliza Danvers—missing. (They were attacked by new unnamed Leviathan super-villain, who leveled their apartment.) Supergirl finds a note left behind by Leviathan. Manhunter (Kate Spencer) watches from the shadows. As referenced in Year of the Villain #1 Part 2, the JLA locates Clark’s position and are able to get drone footage or hacked security footage of him being interrogated by Talia and her men. Likewise, they are able to get footage of the villain that destroyed the Danvers’ apartment. Soon after, at Talia’s HQ, the new mystery leader of Leviathan enters and saves Clark, removing his Kryptonite chest-piece. After the new Leviathan head disappears, a rescue team consisting of Lois, Jimmy Olsen, Dex-Starr, and Firestorm shows-up (with the JL following a few minutes behind). They begins kicking Leviathan ass. Meanwhile, aboard a Leviathan aircraft, the new leader of Leviathan confronts Talia, who tells him that he stole her organization out from under her and won’t stand for it. The new leader kicks her out of the group by throwing her out of the aircraft. Superman saves Talia and jails her. Not long after, Leone promotes Red Cloud (Robinson Goode) within her secret crime cabal ranks, making her an official equal partner.

–Year of the Villain #1 Part 2
The superhero community investigates Leviathan, which is responsible for shuttering several government agencies, clandestine spy organizations, and international criminal cartels over the past seven months (as seen in “Leviathan Rising”) and for the recent kidnapping of Clark Kent (as seen in Superman: Leviathan Rising #1). In the Batcave, Batman monitors various related video, including recent footage of Clark when he was kidnapped, recent footage of a the new super-villain that destroyed the Danvers’ apartment (as also seen in Superman: Leviathan Rising #1), and a live feed of Batgirl and Green arrow, who are following-up a Leviathan lead in Seattle. Batgirl and Green Arrow sign-off after a quick chat with Batman, then easily taking down Merlyn, who tells them that Leviathan has crushed the League of Assassins. The new mystery leader of Leviathan captures Batgirl and offers her a chance to join. In the Batcave, Robin approaches Batman and tells him that he thinks Red Hood is at the epicenter of the new Leviathan.

–Event Leviathan #1-3
ARGUS’ new Coast City mega-HQ (disguised as The Museum of Super Science) is reduced to rubble and all ARGUS agents disappear without a trace, thus completing the new Leviathan’s purge of all clandestine organizations. (The Leviathan purge started about seven months ago with the destruction of the DEO, but was completed in the last twenty-four hours, which has seen the obliteration of Cadmus, Spyral, Task Force X, Kobra, the League of Assassins, and more. Event Leviathan insinuates that all of the attacks, including the one upon the DEO, have taken place within the past twenty-four hours. However, as referenced in both the “Leviathan Rising” arc and Superman: Leviathan Rising #1, the DEO attack occurred about seven months ago.) Batman and Lois Lane investigate the rubble of the ARGUS compound, finding a shell-shocked Steve Trevor there. Trevor tells them that the new all-powerful Leviathan villain (the same one that leveled the Danvers’ apartment) destroyed the ARGUS HQ. Untrusting of anything or anyone, Trevor freaks out and starts firing a gun at Lois and Batman. Green Arrow arrives just in time to take him down. The heroes discuss the fact that world governments have been able to keep the Leviathan purge a secret from the greater public so far, but they won’t be able to after this. Together, they decide they must find out who the new mystery leader of Leviathan is as soon as possible. Undetected, the Question (Vic Sage) watches them from the shadows. Elsewhere, the new leader of Leviathan makes an offer to a kidnapped Dr. Strand, one of the top ARGUS scientists. Batman joins an anti-Leviathan team consisting of Lois Lane, Robin (Damian), Green Arrow, the Question, Plastic Man, and Manhunter (Kate Spencer). The Question goes to check on Sam Lane in his Columbus, Ohio hospital room. There, the Question prevents a Leviathan soldier (dressed in bizarre armor) from assassinating Sam Lane. Lane shoots and kills his attacker, a former ARGUS agent gone rogue. Plastic Man goes to examine the attacker’s body in the local morgue, but runs into the mystery leader of Leviathan, who tells him that the new Leviathan is trying to make the world a better place. The leader takes the corpse and disappears, leaving only a Batarang-like weapon behind. Going off Damian’s intel that Red Hood might be a part of Leviathan, the anti-Leviathan team stalks Red Hood, who surveys the Seattle rooftop where Batgirl went missing at the hands of Leviathan. After Batman chats with an unsuspecting Red Hood, the rest of the team jumps him and the chase is on. Red Hood masterfully kicks everyone’s asses before speaking with Lois directly. She realizes that he has been set-up by Leviathan as a patsy. Red Hood tells her that Leviathan will be targeting Amanda Waller. Green Arrow gets in Batman and Robin’s way as all three try to nab Red Hood, bungling the attempt and allowing Red Hood to walk. Too many cooks in the kitchen here! The heroes regroup at Superman’s Fortress of Solitude in the Bermuda Triangle. There, they discuss the case and discover a listening device that Amanda Waller has secretly hidden. Waller, on the lam in a Latin American country, is confronted by the leader of Leviathan and a squadron of his top men. Superman comes to Waller’s aid.

–Year of the Villain #1 Part 3
First off, editorial notation tells us that the Source Wall was destroyed a “few months ago,” which is true as it was destroyed over five months ago. The Justice League enacts a monumental plan of action that involves saving several entire alien civilizations that are being threatened with extinction thanks to the destruction of the Source Wall. After helping these civilizations aboard massive arks, which fly them to safety, one veers dangerously off course thanks to a terrorist that would rather kill his people than ever face Perpetua and her “great minion.” The JL meets and decides that it must gather all of Earth’s superheroes in order to successfully deal with the threat. Meanwhile, in the Hall of Doom, the Legion of Doom gathers (and the Batman Who Laughs secretly spies on them) as Perpetua comes out of her inert state. Her plan of multiversial conquest/annihilation has begun. The deceased Lex Luthor floats in a tank, ready to be reborn as something new. As seen in the epilogue to Justice League Vol. 4 #25, at the Hall of Doom, thanks to Perpetua’s machinations, Luthor is indeed resurrected with cosmic power.

–Batman and The Outsiders Vol. 3 #1-2 (“LESSER GODS”)
(This item seems to have been written to occur in closer proximity to the last Outsiders appearance on our timeline, but it must go here, immediately after Lex Luthor’s resurrection.) Bruce purchases Jefferson Pierce an apartment in Gotham while Katana moves into a place of her own in Gotham as well. Now equipped with new Bat-signal watches, the Outsiders (Black Lightning, Katana, Signal, and Orphan) are ready for fresh action! Batman sends them to bust a serial killer named Saint John, who has spent the last few days on a murder spree. After the Outsiders bust Saint John, Jefferson debriefs Bruce and chats with Katana. When Batman gets word that Gabriel Ramos has been killed by a League of Assassins member named Ishmael, who is now hunting a scared Sofia Ramos, he sends the Outsiders to work the case. Batman, meanwhile, departs to tackle the much-neglected Markovian Black Market case. In California, Sofia is taken under the protection of Kaliber,  who claims to be a time-traveler an alternate future where Sofia one day saves the entire world. Kaliber is only joking, of course. Working under Batman’s employ, Kaliber has been secretly watching over and protecting Sofia for years. In the Batcave, Bruce and Black Lightning chat. Bruce, while sipping on a hot mugged beverage, makes a joke about drinking tea. Of course, we know from Justice League Vol. 4 #21 that Bruce hates tea with every fiber of his being. So this is either a continuity error or he’s drinking coffee as he usually does. At a West Coast safe-house, Sofia and Kaliber are attacked by Ishmael, but the Outsiders (Black Lightning, Katana, Signal, and Orphan) intervene. The heroes are defeated and Ishmael kidnaps Sophia, taking her into Ra’s al Ghul’s custody in Khadym.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Vol. 4 #26. The superheroes mobilize as the resurrected Lex Luthor, seemingly with godlike powers, makes his return public. Many refuse to believe that Luthor is indeed alive again. However, Luthor is very much alive. He begins making offers and handing out gifts of terror all over the planet. Global unrest ensues.

–Batman and The Outsiders Vol. 3 #3-4 (“LESSER GODS” Continued…)
Orphan meets with Batman to tell him that the Signal is still messed up over last year’s fight against Karma. Batman then meets with the Outsiders (now officially joined by Kaliber) to discuss the loss of Sofia Ramos to Ra’s al Ghul and to tell the team that he will be putting them through a test. Soon after, Batman—dressed up in Karma’s gear—attacks the Outsiders at the Gotham Waterways plant. But this test is really just for the weakest link of the team: the Signal. “Karma” strikes out at the Signal, who falters but learns a valuable lesson—that his teammates are there for him. Batman unmasks, telling the Signal he knows how he feels and fully supports him. Meanwhile, having been given an offer he couldn’t refuse from the resurrected Lex Luthor, Ra’s al Ghul puts Sofia through a straight-up rip-off of Return of the Jedi, acting in a Palpatine role and urging Sofia to strike down her tormentor Ishmael. She doesn’t kill Ishmael, but she does turn to the dark side and accept Ra’s al Ghul as her master. Sofia slaughters nearly two dozen assassins, earning the super-villain name Babylon. In Gotham, Bruce keeps up playboy appearances by hosting a wild yacht party, during which he secretly meets with Jefferson. Bruce instructs Jefferson to take the Outsiders—sans Orphan and Signal—into Khadym to rescue Sofia, no matter what’s become of her.

–Detective Comics #1008
Joker sends out a public advertisement saying that he will be at Bolland Park. Peter Tomasi insinuates that Bolland Park is supposed to be the now-refurbished and gentrified amusement park from The Killing Joke. But Doomsday Clock #2 clearly shows that the abandoned amusement park from The Killing Joke is still rundown and condemned, so this cannot be that same place. Also, why anyone would go to the park when Joker has explicitly said he will be there is beyond me. Yet, the park is filled with people, all of whom have been forced to wear explosive clown bolo ties. Sigh. After Joker kills a few folks, Batman finally arrives. With so many hostages, Batman is forced to go on rides with Joker and listen to his insane monologues. Eventually, Batman disarms the bolo ties and knocks Joker into the bay using his classic sonic bat-attracting device. Meanwhile, in the Gotham Pine Barrens, Lex Luthor offers to help an escaped Mr. Freeze bring his frozen wife back to life.

–Justice League Vol. 4 #26-28 (“APEX PREDATOR”)
The superheroes mobilize as a cloaked Lex Luthor, seemingly with godlike powers, begins handing out gifts of terror all over the planet. Days of global unrest follow. Batman, Superman, John Stewart, Flash, and Wonder Woman travel to the former satellite domain of the original Montior, the House of Heroes, located in the Bleed-space between universes. There, with help from Harbinger and Justice Incarnate, the Earth-0 heroes put a call out to the multiverse. Soon, well over a hundred superheroes from throughout the local multiverse arrive, including Earth-2’s Wonders of the World, Earth-4’s Pax Americana, the Earth-6 Justice League of America, Earth-6 Shazam, Earth-8’s Retaliators, Earth-9 Atom, Earth-9 Superman, Earth-10’s Uncle Sam, Earth-11 Superwoman, Earth-12 Batman, the Earth-13 League of Shadows, Earth-16 Batman, Earth-17’s Atomic Knights of Justice, Earth-18’s Justice Riders, Earth-19’s Accelerated Man, Earth-19 Wonder Woman, Earth-19’s Bat Man, Earth-20’s Society of Super-Heroes, the Earth-21 Justice League of America, the Earth-22 Justice League, the Earth-23 Justice League, Earth-26’s Zoo Crew, Earth-29’s Unjustice League of Unamerica, Earth-30 Batman, Earth-30’s Soviet Superman, Earth-30 Flash, Earth-31’s Captain Leatherwing, Earth-31 Green Lantern, Earth-32’s Justice Titans, Earth-35’s Super-Americans, Earth-41’s Nimrod Squad, Earth-43 Batman, Earth-47’s Love Syndicate of Dreamworld, and Earth-48’s Royal Family of Warworld! Superman recruits them into the war against Perpetua and Luthor, citing that if Earth-0 falls, the rest of the multiverse will too. Alpheus tells everyone they will need to find his brothers, the Anti-Monitor and the Monitor. At the Hall of Justice, Hawkgirl and Mera oversee operations. The JL Science Division, the Question (Vic Sage), Detective Chimp, Plastic Man, Green Arrow, and John Constantine try to pinpoint the location of the hidden Hall of Doom. Hawkman, Black Canary, and Orphan act as coaches, training the Titans, Teen Titans (Djinn, Crush, Roundhouse, and Kid Flash), and Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) for the upcoming war. Jarro and Starman attempt to find help from the distant past and future. Concurrently, Martian Manhunter searches for Luthor alone, following breadcrumbs to an abandoned shack in California. There, one of Professor Ivo’s androids (a Lionel Luthor lookalike) captures J’onn. Meanwhile, Superman, Batman, John Stewart, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Alpheus visit the desolate home-realm of the Monitors, Nil. As they walk about, Alpheus tells them the true history of the DCU’s reboots—the history of the “Metaverse,” if you will. After the original Monitor (Mar Novu) reluctantly joins their crusade, the heroes depart for Qward (in Universe-3), home to the Anti-Monitor (Mobius). In California, Professor Ivo (remotely, through a lookalike android of himself) explains that Lex Luthor hired him to replicate Perpetua’s old army of “apex predators” (i.e. her army of proto-Human-Martian hybrids). Hawkgirl, having tracked J’onn, rescues him. Together, they smash up a bunch of Amazos and find hundreds of incomplete “apex predators.” Hawkgirl calls into the Hall of Justice and orders a pick-up to place them all into safe-storage. A drone then appears and projects a live holographic video feed of Lex Luthor, who makes J’onn an offer. The next day, while the JL visits the planet Qward (in Universe-3) only to find a bunch of massacred Weaponers and a message from Mobius telling them not to look for him, J’onn meets with Lex at an old Legionnaire’s Club hideout (the very place he was once kidnapped to as a child). Lex shows J’onn video of some of the folks to whom he’s made other offers (or will soon make other offers to), including Jericho, Bane, Black Adam, Lobo, and more. Lex tells J’onn that they should merge into one being to become the ultimate “apex predator” hybrid of Perpetua’s dreams. When J’onn refuses, Lex absorbs J’onn into his body! Hawkgirl tries to fight Lex, but he holds her back behind a force field. Meanwhile, Sinestro, Cheetah, and Grodd confront the JL on Qward.

–Flash Vol. 5 #65 Epilogue
This vague epilogue is linked to Year of the Villain in some way, but I’m not sure how yet. In it, Batman and Superman learn that one of their fellow heroes has betrayed them. They discuss plans on how to handle the situation.[2]

–Batman Vol. 3 #75-77 (“CITY OF BANE”)
Despite Flashpoint Batman’s utter failure to psychologically break Batman, Bane’s master plan continues anyway. (If Flashpoint Batman’s failure didn’t affect Bane’s plan either way, I’m not sure what was the point of Flashpoint Batman even being a part of the plan in the first place, but oh well.) With the aid of Psycho-Pirate’s brainwashing powers, Bane takes over Gotham, ejecting Batman and the Bat-Family from the city. Bane holds Alfred hostage, telling all Bat-Family members that he will kill him if they appear in the city. Flashpoint Batman and Gotham Girl replace Batman and Robin, even moving into the Batcave. The Ventriloquist replaces Alfred as butler of Wayne Manor, although Alfred remains in the mansion as a “permanent guest” under lock and key. Bane appoints Hugo Strange as the new commissioner of police and makes his top cops Riddler, Joker, Professor Pyg, Hush, Victor Zsasz, Mad Hatter, Dr. Phosphorus, and Killer Croc. Firefly and Firebug are put in charge of the Gotham City Fire Department. Psycho-Pirate—with Tweedledum (Dumfree Tweed) and Tweedledee (Deever Tweed) as his cronies—control Arkham Asylum. Only Two-Face—with hired men Solomon Grundy and Amygdala—remains to fight against the new status-quo. While Bruce flees to the other side of the planet seeking the aid of his old master, the Memory of the Mountain, Two-Face and his henchmen wage a war against Bane for days, eventually executing Bane’s agent, Dr. Double-X. Flashpoint Batman and Gotham Girl then bust Two-Face, leaving his Harvey Dent side catatonic. Two-Face, Grundy, and Amygdala are thrown into Arkham where they are reprogrammed by Psycho-Pirate. In the snow-capped mountains of Asia, Bruce arrives at the Memory of the Mountain’s home, but Bane is one step ahead of him. Having sent Magpie to intercept, the Memory of the Mountain is already dead. Magpie’s henchmen stab Bruce in the neck, leaving him half-naked and comatose in the snow. Catwoman, having tracked Bruce, saves his life. Back in Gotham, Lex Luthor makes an offer to Bane, telling him he can make his control of Gotham legally-binding in the eyes of the US Government. Bane tells Luthor that the LOD can conquer the multiverse, but he wants Gotham and Gotham alone. Soon after, an executive order from President Trump makes Bane’s control of Gotham legal, simultaneously banning all superheroes from entering the city. Captain Atom breaks the order and enters Gotham to challenge Bane. Upon Captain Atom’s arrival, Gotham Girl kicks his ass and puts him in the hospital. Meanwhile, Flashpoint Batman takes down Tweedledum, Tweedledee, Kite-Man, and Scarecrow when they all refuse to fall in line. Damian and Tim meet to discuss a plan of action, but all hope seems lost. In Paris, Catwoman nurses a comatose Bruce back to health. A determined Damian acquires Klarion’s magick wand, which he uses to defeat and restrain Gotham Girl. On a roll, Damian takes down Zsasz and Scarecrow (who has already been brainwashed into a Bane-cop by Psycho-Pirate). But Flashpoint Batman is too much for young Damian, who gets knocked-out and taken captive. In Wayne Manor, Damain is forced to watch as Bane seemingly murders Alfred. In Paris, a weakened Bruce wakes up. Over a lovely Parisian dinner, Bruce says that he must return to Gotham even if it kills him. Selina tells Bruce that they can defeat Bane if they work together.

–Justice League Vol. 4 #29
The Justice League names the unnamed Dark Forces. The fourth Dark Force, released when the Key to the Graveyard of the Gods was destroyed, is labeled as “The Void Wind.” The fifth Dark Force, released when the Martian elder lifted the Absorbascon veil over Thanagar, is labeled as “The Black Apple.” The sixth Dark Force, released when the JL traveled to the 6th Dimension, is labeled as “The Sixth Note.” The JL discusses the fact that Lex Luthor now has six of seven Dark Forces (the final Dark Force is still unknown, but would give he and Perpetua limitless power) stored within his cosmic doorknob artifact. Batman meets with and checks-in with his fellow Justice Leaguers to draw up war plans. Hawgirl has fallen into a deep depression. John Stewart says that nearly all of the Green Lantern Corp is ready to fight against Perpetua and the Legion of Doom. Wonder Woman says that the JLD and several gods are as well. The Monitor and the World Forger are off searching for their brother. Later, Jarro sees a vision of the JL being defeated by the Legion of Doom. Panicking, Jarro mind-controls all the heroes in the Hall of Justice and makes them see a shared illusion that they have battled against and defeated their villainous rivals. Jarro’s plan is to take his friends to the O-World (home planet of the Star Conquerors) where he can keep them hidden away. Batman sees through the illusion and rips a Jarro-fish off of his face. Batman scolds Jarro, telling him that what he’s done is not the heroes way. Jarro releases everyone from the hallucination. Batman gives Jarro a loving hug. Elsewhere, Brainiac and Lex Luthor gloat. Thanks to a severed tentacle from the original Starro, which they have stored at the Hall of Doom, they were able to physically link to the Hall of Justice when Jarro took over everyone’s minds. The LOD now knows all of the heroes’ battle plans.

–The Green Lantern #3[3]
Volgar Zo (a Dhorian, the same species as Kanjar Ro) shrinks down the entire planet Earth and prevents all of the superheroes—including the Justice League—from taking any action to stop him. Stealing the entire planet, Volgar Zo puts it up for sale at an intergalactic black market auction! The worst of the worst are present, including Steppenwolf, Mongal, Gelgoth, Queen Bee, Grayven, Overmaster, Bolphunga, Agamemno, Kromm, Zuggernaut, Zerno the Sorcerer, Zerno’s Gzann pet familiar, Ulala, Oom the MightyDeath’s Head II (from Marvel’s Earth-8410), Robot (from the 2018 Lost in Space TV show), a representative of the The H’San Natall, the last Rukk, an alien pterodactyl, a Mikrid, the Mikrid’s mind-controlled Bowerd, a White Martian, a few Dominators, some mini-Star Conqueror/Starling hybrids, some Khunds, and many more.[4] As the auction concludes with a sale to the cosmic Shepherd (who resembles a mix of Zeus and the Christian God), the defenseless populace of Earth panics. Eve Doremus and Tom Kalmaku wonder where their pal Hal Jordan could be. Where is Hal? He’s rounded up his Green Lantern Corps troops and is mounting an offensive. Hal and seven of his space-cops—including Medphyll, TagortLashorr, VenizzM’Dahna, Gorius Karkum, and Chriselon—charge into battle, but Volgar Zo has hired some tough bodyguards in form of the Blackstars, an offshoot of the anti-GL group known as the Darkstars. While the GLC fights the Blackstars, Hal confronts the Shepherd, who claims that he has only good intentions for Earth. Hal asks Tom how the populace of Earth are doing. Tom reveals that, shortly after the auction, Volgar Zo softened the minds of everyone on the planet, making them all willingly submit to the rule of their new false god. Hal reveals to everyone on Earth that the Shepherd is actually an evil alien monster that is planning on eating everyone, but everyone calls Hal a fascist and tells him to piss off! Hal uses his authority to arrest the entire population of Earth, citing that they are all too intoxicated to make rational decisions. Hal punches-out and arrests the Shepherd before turning his sights on a fleeing Volgar Zo. After finding a bunch of emaciated slaves in Volgar Zo’s ship, the disgusted Hal brutally murders Volgar Zo, telling his fellow space-cops that it was self defense if anyone asks. Earth is returned back to its proper size and rightful spot in the Milky Way Galaxy.

–Detective Comics #1009
Batman busts numerous people while on routine patrol, during which Alfred tells him that he hasn’t taken a crimefighting break in over thirty days and that he has a Wayne Enterprises meeting in a few hours. After returning home and getting literally two minutes of sleep, Bruce is rudely awakened by Alfred and shuffled off to “day work.” In a Lucius Fox-led meeting about keeping Wayne Enterprises’ global carbon footprint low and keeping environmental standards high across the board, Bruce pretends like he’s not interested, but heartily approves Lucius green protocols. Bruce, Lucius, and the rest of the CEOs at the meeting then depart from a private airfield to go to the Singapore Climate Change Summit. While en route, Deadshot, who had disguised himself as the co-pilot, attempts to hijack the plane. Lightning strikes the plane, causing it to tailspin and crash onto a Pacific jungle island. Back in Gotham, Mr. Freeze is nearly ready to awaken his wife Nora, having been slowly resurrecting her using the tech Lex Luthor gave him.

. . .

–Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1-3 (“CRISIS IN A HALF SHELL”)
Krang is able to manipulate and control the Anti-Monitor (Mobius) into re-writing reality by mashing-up the IDW-multiverse with the local DC Multiverse. In an instant, Batman’s history is altered. Instead of Bruce’s parents getting gunned down when he was a boy, his parents are run over by a truck carrying Mutagen, which spills over Bruce’s pet turtles and a sewer rat, mutating them all. Bruce still becomes Batman, but he becomes a brother to Michelangelo (a turtle version of Damien), Donatello (a turtle version of Tim), Leonardo (a turtle version of Dick), and Raphael (a turtle version of Jason). The five ninja boys are trained by their surrogate father Splinter to fight against the threat of the Smile Clan, a transformed Foot Clan (now led by Laughing Man, a transformed Joker). After a fight against the Smile Clan, Raphael (from Mirage Earth-Prime, aka the original TMNT universe) appears, telling everyone that reality is totally screwed-up and they need to fix it! Raphael-Prime shows video of Krang defeating his brothers and a yellow-oval costume-wearing Batman in order to mash-up the two timelines. (The implication here is that this “progenitor” Batman is the Silver Age Batman. However, this is highly unlikely, so it’s probably some alternate Earth version of Batman that is simply similar to the Silver Age version.) After hearing the truth, Batman returns to Wayne Manor for the first time since he was a child, meeting a bearded Alfred there. Alfred hugs Batman, and the memories of his true history flood his mind. Meanwhile, the Turtles, regaining some of their own true memories as well, switch back to their correct gear. They re-connect with April O’Neil and find Shredder.

–Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #4 (“CRISIS IN A HALF SHELL” Continued…)
Shredder, the Foot Clan, Batman, the Turtles, and April O’Neil all begin to remember the way the world is really supposed to be. April meets with Casey Jones, helping jog his scrambled memories as well. Casey helps the Turtles fight against the Laughing Man, after which they play a holo-recording of Batman for Commissioner Gordon, which causes him to regain his true memories as well. At Ace Chemical, Batman and Shredder corner the Laughing Man and a restrained Harley Quinn. In a redux of his origin, the Laughing Man is dropped into a vat of toxins, emerging as the Joker. Using tech from Krang, Joker summons an army of cyborg warriors to his side.

–Dog Days of Summer #1 Part 2
Killer Croc hears that Gator, his mentee from from when he was a Louisiana crime boss before moving to Gotham back in the day, has gotten himself into some trouble with the law. Angry, Killer Croc injures Aaron Cash and escapes from Arkham Asylum to head down South. Batman trails Croc to the swamps only for Croc to calmly turn himself into his custody. A disappointed Croc, who always wished a normal happy life for Gator, has already killed his friend in order to spare him from going down the same path he ventured oh so long ago.

. . .

[5]

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2 and Doomsday Clock #5. 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 ten to 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. Troubled by this possibility, Bruce begins putting a profusion of money into metagene research at Wayne Enterprises. He also purchases Dayton Labs from its owner, Steve Dayton (aka Mento). Likewise, Lex Luthor also begins pouring money into metagene research and the acquisition of new science-and-tech companies. (NOTE: Based upon supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #2, this item occurs about six months prior to Metamorpho and Dr. Kirk Langstrom getting outed as government agents and the start of Lex Luthor ramping up his anti-metahuman campaign. However, the dates attached to the supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #2, which hint at June 2017, must be ignored. Also note that Action Comics #1002, which occurs in summer 2018, has an opening splash Easter Egg showing a post-it note on Clark Kent’s office desk that reads “What is the Superman Theory?” If canon, this means Clark must’ve heard rumblings—even if small—about the earliest beginnings of Helga Jace’s study or possibly that Jace was prepping for the study. However, since a majority of Bendis’ opening splash Easter Egg stuff from Action Comics is definitively non-canon, we might just as easily ignore this.)

. . .

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5. (This item occurs three months prior to the main action of Doomsday Clock.) Jack Ryder (aka the Creeper), while on assignment for his news agency in Kahndaq, is abducted and held captive by King Kobra.

. . .

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5 and Doomsday Clock #8. (This item occurs one month prior to the main action of Doomsday Clock.) With the threat of King Kobra growing within Kahndaq, Black Adam meets with the world’s most powerful leaders, signing a global pact that grants him authority to execute Kahndaqi law (a very brutal and oppressive type of jurisprudence) as long as he does not cross international borders. Black Adam is more than happy to be publicly legitimized as a world leader in any way, shape, or form. Now with reluctant international backing, Black Adam immediately begins a “war on terror,” violently striking out against King Kobra.

. . .

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2 and Doomsday Clock #5. (This item occurs a few weeks prior to the main action of Doomsday Clock. Six months have passed since Dr. Helga Jace first published her Supermen Theory findings.) A tax fraud investigation into Simon Stagg stirs up evidence seemingly proving Dr. Helga Jace’s conspiracy in regard to Metamorpho. The Stagg investigation leads to the public release of Department of Metahuman Affairs classified documents, which confirm Metamorpho’s false provenance and creation by the US Government. The documents show that Metamorpho was (and has been) secretly working with his “arch-rival” Stagg and all of his other rogues, playing out a false hero-villain narrative for years, in order to mask their connections to the government. The public goes into an uproar. Batman is deeply troubled by this news, especially since he has worked closely with Metamorpho. Not long after, Jace’s Supermen Theory immediately gains even more traction (and is basically ubiquitously validated by the global public) when Dr. Kirk Langstrom publicly admits that his Man-Bat experimentation has always been secretly sponsored by the Department of Metahuman Affairs. Yet another of Batman’s allies has been working for the government on the down-low. Following his admission, Langstrom goes missing. Public trust in the metahuman community instantly drops to zero. Meanwhile, LexCorp, in its ongoing effort to upgrade its metagene research, finalizes purchases of Kord Industries, Genetech, and the Sunderland Corporation. President Trump denies that the Supermen Theory is true. (NOTE: The early December 2017 dates attached to this reference—taken from supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #2—must be ignored.)

. . .

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2. In the wake of the latest “Supermen Theory” revelations (which happened about a week-and-a-half ago), Russia forms a military alliance with Markovia. (NOTE: The December 11, 2017 date attached to this reference—taken from supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #2—is incorrect.)

. . .

–Detective Comics #1000 Part 10
Early September. Batman and Alfred assemble the entire Bat-Family for a photograph. En route to the picture-taking, Batman busts Kite-Man. In attendance at the gathering are: Batman, Alfred, Nightwing, Robin (Damian), Robin (Tim), Spoiler, Batwoman, the Signal, Red Hood, Batgirl, Huntress, Orphan, Catwoman, and Ace the Bathound. After developing the photo, Bruce, as he does every year, visits the cemetery where his parents are buried. He smiles as he lays down the photo before his parents’ graves.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #1000 Part 5. Early September. Batman, as he does every year on the anniversary of his parents’ murders, visits Crime Alley.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2 and Doomsday Clock #5. Sparked by the latest “Supermen Theory” revelations and the Russian-Markovian Alliance (which formed just over a week ago), Lex Luthor unleashes a highly-funded all-out anti-metahuman campaign. He demands that all superheroes and super-villains unmask, to which Superman publicly rebukes. Metamorpho’s longtime girlfriend Sapphire Stagg publicly turns on both Metamorpho and her father, Simon Stagg. Metamorpho and Stagg immediately go off-the-radar and into hiding. The next day, as Bruce attends a Martha Wayne Mental Health fundraiser, Luthor funds an act of industrial espionage aimed at stealing metagene research information from Wayne Enterprises. This failed thievery leads to the arrest of four Wayne Enterprises employees. Bruce speaks with the media about the situation and also reveals that Wayne Enterprises is purchasing Stagg Industries. Luthor, as he is so good at doing, denies involvement and distances himself from the crime completely. Undeterred by his inability to pilfer the metagene research, Luthor tries another means—corporate takeover. Luthor counters Bruce’s announcement by announcing his own interest in a LexCorp buyout of Wayne Enterprises, appealing directly to the Wayne Enterprises Board of Directors. (NOTE: The December 19-20, 2017 dates attached to this reference—taken from supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #2—are incorrect.)

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5-6. The original Killer Frost (Louise Lincoln) admits to being a Department of Metahuman Affairs agent. She also publicly accuses Firestorm, Firehawk, Captain Atom, Moonbow, and Typhoon of being secret DMA agents as well. Pozhar backs Louise Lincoln’s claims. Firestorm vehemently denies the accusation. President Trump continues public denials. (Moonbow and Typhoon are indeed actually DMA secret agents.) The author of the Superman Theory, Dr. Helga Jace, tells the news media that Geo-Force once secretly worked with Batman (as part of the clandestine Outsiders team). Geo-Force publicly denies having ever worked with Batman. Meanwhile, various nations—Russia, Markovia, France, Israel, the UK, India, China, Kahndaq, Iran, Australia, and Japan—begin assembling official government-sponsored super-teams in response to the ever-growing Supermen Theory conspiracy. (NOTE: It is unknown whether the late May or late July dates attached to this reference—taken from supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #5-6—are correct.)

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5-6. Several nations’ superhero teams go public. Russia’s People’s Heroes roster features Pozhar (ex-Red Shadows and Rocket Red Brigade), Black Eagle, Firebird (Pozhar’s neice and ex-Soyuz), Lady Flash (ex-Blue Trinity), Morozko (ex-Soyuz), Negative Woman (ex-Checkmate, Agency, and Doom Patrol), Perun (ex-Soyuz), Red Star (ex-Teen Titan), Rusalka (ex-Soyuz), Snow Owl, Steel Wolf (ex-Red Shadows and Suicide Squad), Tundra (ex-Global Guardians), Vikhor (ex-Soyuz), and Vostok-X III. Markovia’s Outsiders lineup, which consists of ex-Outsiders or folks related to the Outsiders, features Geo-Force, the Eradicator (possibly merged with Dr. David Connor again), Baroness Bedlam (likely a relative of Baron Bedlam), Charlie Wylde, Terra IV, and Knightfall (likely someone related to ex-Outsiders Atomic Knight and Windfall). The UK’s Knights Inc consists of Knight (ex-Club of Heroes, Ultramarine Corps, and Batman Inc), Beaumont, Canterbury Cricket, Crusader, Godiva (ex-JLI), Golden Pharaoh, the Hood (ex-Batman Inc, Spyral, and THEY), Jack O’Lantern (ex-Global Guardians, Leymen, and Ultramarine Corps), Looking Glass (ex-Blasters), Lionheart (ex-JLI), Mrs. Hyde, Ridge (ex-Ravagers), a new Silent Knight, a new Squire, and Templar (ex-Conglomerate). The new French-run Justice League Europe features Crimson Fox (ex-JL, JLI, Université Notre Dame des Ombres, and Global Guardians), Fleur-de-Lis (ex Département Gamma, Global Guardians, and Ultramarine Corps), The Hunchback, Musketeer (ex-Club of Heroes and Global Guardians), Nightrunner (ex-Batman Inc), and Thief of Arts. Israel unveils a new Hayoth: Seraph (ex-Global Guardians), Dybbuk (ex-Hayoth), Golem (ex-Hayoth and Leymen), Judith (ex-Hayoth), Pteradon, and Ramban (ex-Hayoth). India’s The Doomed features Celsius (ex-Doom Patrol and Black Lantern Corps), Aalok of the Komeriah, Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man (ex-Front Men), Aruna Shende, Beast Girl, Maya (ex-JLE and JLI), Solstice (ex-Teen Titans), and Son of Kalki (Celsius’ sister). China expands its Great Ten into the Great Twenty, consisting of Super-Man (ex-JLC and Ministry of Self-Reliance), Accomplished Perfect Physician (ex-Great Ten), Bat-Man (ex-JLC and Ministry of Self-Reliance), August General in Iron (ex-Great Ten, JLI, and Checkmate), Celestial Archer (ex-Great Ten), Dao (ex-Zhuguan), Flash Avery Ho (ex-JLC, China White Triad, and Ministry of Self-Reliance), Ghost Fox Killer (ex-Great Ten), Gloss (ex-New Guardians and Global Guardians), Guanxi (ex-Zhuguan), Immortal Man in Darkness (ex-Great Ten), Mother of Champions (ex-Great Ten), Night-Dragon, Ri (ex-Zhuguan), Seven Deadly Brothers (ex-Great Ten), Shaolin Robot (ex-Great Ten), Socialist Red Guardsman (ex-Great Ten), Striker Z (ex-Power Company), Thundermind (ex-Great Ten), and Wonder-Woman (ex-JLC and Ministry of Self-Reliance). Japan alters its Big Science Action into Big Monster Action, consisting of Rising Sun (ex-Global Guardians and Big Science Action), Goraiko (ex-Ultramarine Corps and Big Science Action), Hammersuit Zero-X (ex-Big Science Action), Judomaster (ex-Birds of Prey), Naiad (ex-Parliament of Waves), Ram (ex-New Guardians and Global Guardians), Samurai, and several unnamed domesticated kaiju. Iran’s Elite Basu features Sayeh the Seer (ex-Others), The Blacksmith of Tehran (likely Amunet Black, meaning ex-Rogues), Manticore (likely Saied, meaning ex-Jihad, Injustice League, and Leviathan), The Patient One, Sirocco, and Super-Shayk. Australia’s team is called The Sleeping Soldiers, comprising Dreamer (ex-New Guardians), The Argonaut, Dark Ranger (ex-Batman Inc), Miss Midnight, the Tasmanian Devil (ex-Global Guardians, Ultramarine Corps, and JLI), and Umbaluru. Black Adam doesn’t go public with his Kahndaqi team’s lineup, which numbers in the dozens, but the DMA is aware that Syrian metahuman and former Global Guardian Sandstorm has joined him. (NOTE: It is unknown whether the late May or late July dates attached to this reference—taken from supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #5-6—are correct.)

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #3. Batman retires his costume and tailors a new model with a raised yellow-oval chest symbol. He begins wearing this new costume.

–Doomsday Clock #2-4
On Earth-Watchmen the year is 1992, and chaos reigns supreme as the world has finally discovered the truth about Ozymandias‘ “alien attack” from years prior (as seen in the pages of Watchmen). With nuclear holocaust set to destroy all life on the planet, Ozymandias gathers a new Rorschach and husband-and-wife-criminal duo Marionette and The Mime to assist him on a quest to find Dr. Manhattan and convince him to save their world. (Ozymandias has traced Dr. Manhattan’s energy signature to Earth-0.) After Ozymandias shows Rorschach old security footage of Dr. Manhattan busting the couple but showing non-lethal mercy, the foursome (along with Ozymandias’ new pet lynx Bubastis II) travel through the Bleed via Nite Owl‘s rigged-up Owlship just as Earth-Watchmen goes kablooey. On Earth-0, Bruce undergoes his annual psych exam, lying about what he sees in rorschach pictures as he does every year in order to pass. Afterward, Lucius Fox scolds him, telling him to take LexCorp’s recent industrial espionage more seriously. They also discuss the fact that Lex Luthor wants to purchase Wayne Enterprises in order to obtain their research on the metagene. With the espionage case linked to the “Supermen Theory” revelations, along with flames of paranoia being stoked by Russia and Markovia, anti-Batman protesters march throughout Gotham. Meanwhile, the Watchmen Universe characters arrive on Earth-0. Ozymandias handcuffs Marionette and the Mime to the inside of the Owlship before departing with Rorschach. After some research at the public library, Rorscach heads toward Wayne Manor while Ozymandias goes to LexCorp. Bruce ignores Lucius and suits up as Batman to bust an escaped Mad Hatter, Tweedledee, and Tweedledum. Rorschach, after a nap and breakfast in Wayne Manor, discovers the Batcave and trips the alarm. Batman returns home to confront him. Meanwhile, Marionette and the Mime escape (as part of Ozymandias’ plan). Concurrently, Luthor, fires (i.e. disappears) more failed scientists from his company. Ozymandias shows up and basically tells Lex the whole story of Watchmen. Out of nowhere, The Comedian (Edward Blake) returns! (At the time of his death, the Comedian was saved by Dr. Manhattan, whose cosmic spacetime rejiggering caused the Comedian’s fatal fall to land him safely in Earth-0’s Metropolis Harbor instead of splat on the sidewalk. However, since the events of the original Watchmen series happened unaltered, with the Comedian’s death still having seemingly occurred, we must assume one of the following two scenarios. Option one: Dr. Manhattan created a second aberrant Watchmen timeline, from which this returning Comedian hails. Option two: This is the original Comedian, and Dr. Manhattan saved and stole him away but created another Comedian body to act as a physical replacement on the unaltered Watchmen timeline.) The Comedian accidentally shoots Luthor while aiming for Ozymandias, who jumps through a window and crash lands, winding up unconscious and in the custody of the Metropolis PD. Meanwhile, Rorschach gives Batman the original Rorschach’s journal. While Batman reads, Alfred sets Rorschach up with dinner, a shower, and a place to sleep in Wayne Manor. Meanwhile, at an assisted living home, a troubled 102-year-old Johnny Thunder ponders his life as the other geriatrics fight over the TV, switching between a Nathaniel Dusk movie from the 50s and news—featuring stories about an explosion in Germany linked to The Wild Huntsman, anti-metahuman dissidence, the ongoing global metahuman arms race, and Luthor’s latest metagene detector invention. The Mime and Marionette brutally kill everyone inside a Joker-run bar. (Joker has recently amassed a few properties and a small army of henchmen, each of whom are inked with Joker tattoos, courtesy of Shakey.) Twenty four hours later, having read the old Rorschach’s journal, Batman decides the current Rorschach is dangerous or crazy or both. With the backing of Arkham Asylum officials, the Dark Knight tricks Rorschach into accompanying him to Arkham, where he locks the latter in a cell. The next day, Batman—in disguise as a psychiatrist—interviews the troubled Rorschach. A day later, Batman debriefs Alfred in the Batcave. Concurrently, Saturn Girl opens Rorschach’s cell in Arkham. Having telepathically scanned his mind, she’s learned all about the history of Earth-Watchmen and that Rorschach is Reggie Long, mentally-scarred son of Malcolm Long, the original Rorschach’s psychiatrist. Reggie trained under elder vigilante Mothman (Byron Lewis) in a mental institution before becoming the second Rorschach, at which point he attempted to kill Ozymandias, but wound up reluctantly joining him instead. While Saturn Girl and Reggie escape, Dr. Manhattan watches everything unfold. He zaps a mosquito, which puffs into a smoke ring that resembles his signature hydrogen atom symbol. A photograph of Jon Osterman (his former self) and Janey Slater (his ex-girlfriend) floats down the hallway. (NOTE: Doomsday Clock #2 and Doomsday Clock #5-6 tell us that Doomsday Clock‘s narrative paradoxically occurs in December 2017 and/or either late May or late July 2019. Obviously, it cannot take place at all three time periods at once. It’s likely not the former—and more likely that it’s one of the latter, but there’s still no definitive proof supporting either. See above footnote for details.)

–Doomsday Clock #5-7
Ozymandias easily escapes from his police-guarded hospital room and reclaims Bubastis. Meanwhile, delayed news comes in from Chechnya. Hawk and Dove have been arrested by the Rocket Red Brigade after aiding Chechen rebels against Russian armored police. The same news report says that, in direct response to Hawk and Dove’s actions, Red Star is coming out of retirement to work for the Russian Government. (TroubleAlert Magazine already reported about Red Star joining the People’s Heroes, so this is old news.) In St. Petersburg, Pozhar goes on live TV to trash Firestorm and announce that Russia’s borders are closing. Within hours, President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference with some of the People’s Heroes, citing that they will work hand-in-hand with Markovian Armed Forces and the Outsiders. At the old folks home, Johnny Thunder reads about a mysterious green flame that has been spotted in a steel mill in Pittsburgh. Knowing that it’s the the lantern-shaped Starheart (the fiery emerald—and sentient—power source for a Green Lantern that never existed on this timeline, but yet one he paradoxically has memories of), Johnny breaks out and heads toward the Iron City via bus. As the Comedian carves his way through Gotham, Marionette and the Mime do the same, learning that Joker and his gang are joining the anti-Bat protests at GCPD HQ. Meanwhile, Batman locates the Owlship in Joker’s old abandoned circus yard and waits patiently for Ozymandias to arrive. Just as they greet each other, a news bulletin goes out telling that the city government has caved to the pressure and put out a warrant for Batman’s arrest. As Batman and Ozymandias fly over the city and argue with each other, more news from abroad reaches the States. Black Adam violated international law, crossing into Syria to rescue Jack Ryder from King Kobra, after which declaring Kahndaq as a refuge for any metahumans seeking asylum. Simultaneously, the US Government decides to pull all of its troops out of the Middle East. With Superman listening outside the window, Lois Lane visits Lex Luthor in the hospital, accusing him of being responsible for the Supermen Theory and subsequent world turmoil. He denies being involved, but says that his sources believe the secret head of the Department of Metahuman Affairs is an ex-Justice Leaguer. (Luthor could be playing down what he knows—he might already know the full truth, being an ex-POTUS.) In Gotham, GCPD HQ is overrun, the Batsignal is smashed, and Commissioner Gordon is knocked unconscious. Ozymandias dumps Batman out of the Owlship into the arms of the angry protestors, who swarm the Dark Knight. A battered and beaten Batman is approached by Joker, Marionette, and the Mime. Concurrently, at the All American Steel Mill in Pittsburgh, Johnny Thunder finds the green lantern and is rescued from some junkie attackers by Rorschach and Saturn Girl, who has her Legion ring. In Gotham, Joker collects the badly beaten and unconscious Batman and straps him into a wheelchair. He, along with Marionette, Mime, and his henchmen, attend an underground meeting of Riddler’s brand new team: The League of Villainy. In attendance are: Mr. Freeze, Mr. Freeze’s henchmen, Sonar, Dr. Poison, Hector Hammond, Dr. Psycho, Giganta, The Judge of Owls, a bunch of Court of Owls members, Captain Cold, Mirror Master, The Top, Heat Wave, Captain Boomerang, Black Mask, Dr. Sivana, Moonbow, Typhoon, Black Bison, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Penguin, Professor Pyg, Prankster, Toyman, Mad Hatter, Tweedledum, Tweedledee, Nocturna, Tattooed Man, and four others that are obscured and hard to correctly identify.[6] Via the villains’ discussion, we learn that Bane has been busted by the feds, the Suicide Squad has gone MIA in Kahndaq, many of the other villains have fled into hiding, and Wonder Woman has been supposedly kidnapped back to Themyscira by her own people. The assemblage argues on whether or not to flee to Kahndaq or remain in the States. When Joker arrives, the bad guys don’t believe he’s got the real Batman strapped in the chair. Before they can investigate further, the Comedian blows Typhoon’s head off and starts spraying bullets into the crowd. At least one Court of Owls member drops dead and Riddler gets capped in the knee. The Comedian detonates a grenade and the villains all scatter. Later, Marionette and Mime regroup and have sex at a hotel only to be interrupted by the Comedian, who has tracked them. Joker, having followed the Comedian (and still wheeling around Batman), zaps him into unconsciousness and takes his smiley face button-pin. Meanwhile, Moonbow reports back to the secret head of the Department of Metahuman Affairs, asking that her partner Typhoon get the hero’s treatment he deserves as a fallen undercover government agent. The DMA director denies her request, citing that Typhoon’s manufactured history as a villain must remain intact for ongoing security reasons. In Pittsburg, Ozymandias picks up Saturn Girl, Rorschach, and Johnny Thunder. Onboard the Owl Ship, they watch the most recent TV news roundup on CNN, which includes stories about the ongoing metahuman arms race: the People’s Heroes shaking hands with the Outsiders; Big Monster Action’s kaiju (fire trolls) raging out of control in Japan; the Doomed helping children in Calcutta only for their own team member Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man to eat said children; Hayoth’s Dybbuk shutting down Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence computer network; the Sleeping Soldiers entering Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s mind while he sleeps; more paparazzi hounding Firestorm; Superman saving kids in Benghazi, which earns the Man of Steel approval from most international governments, including Libya; and security cam footage of the Comedian. At Joker’s lair, Mime and Marionette torture the Comedian, who says that Dr. Manhattan tasked him with killing Bubastis. (Bubastis has been cloned from the original pet lynx, which had fused with Dr. Manhattan’s DNA at the end of the original Watchmen series. Thus, the new Bubastis is a literal compass that leads to and can summon Dr. Manhattan.) Batman rises out of his chair—(he’s either made a quick recovery or he’s been playing possum for a bit in order to get information)—and begins kicking asses. Ozymandias, with the lantern and Bubastis in his arms, arrives to interrupt the fight. He summons Dr. Manhattan, who appears! Batman says he knows who Dr. Manhattan is—but does the Dark Knight mean he knows about him because he read Rorschach’s journal or does he mean something else? Dr. Manhattan then teleports all the Earth-Watchmen characters to a far away jungle. Dr. Manhattan tells them he won’t help them, also revealing that he spared the life of Marionette all those years ago because of who her son would grow up to be. He also tells Marionette she is pregnant again and outs Ozymandias, revealing that he doesn’t actually have cancer. Ozymandias was merely faking illness in order to get Rorschach on his side. Dr. Manhattan then drops the biggest bombshell—that he can no longer see the future beyond one month from now. Dr. Manhattan then takes his crew to Washington DC where full scale rioting has begun. After a brief moment there, Dr. Manhattan takes the crew to a repertory theater in Hollywood, which is screening The Adjournment as part of a Nathaniel Dusk movie marathon. Dr. Manhattan says how he was present for the murder of actor Carver Colman (who played Nathaniel Dusk) in 1954.[7] Dr. Manhattan then disappears and sends everyone back to Joker’s lair where the fighting picks up where it left off. Rorshach wails on Ozymandias and bludgeons Joker before shedding his mask and fleeing the scene. While Batman collects a badly-beaten Joker (and Rorschach’s mask), Ozymandias sneaks back onto the Owl Ship and knocks-out Saturn Girl and Johnny Thunder. As live news reports show Black Adam and the Creeper invading Jerusalem, Ozymandias says to himself “I have a plan.” When Ozymandias has a plan, you can be rest assured that things are gonna get nuts. Elsewhere, Lex Luthor mails a package to Lois Lane. On Mars, Dr. Manhattan looks as far ahead into the future as he can, seeing exactly one month to the day an image of an angry Superman punching him in the face. Dr. Manhattan wonders what will become of the universe. (NOTE: Doomsday Clock #2 and Doomsday Clock #5-6 tell us that Doomsday Clock‘s narrative paradoxically occurs in December 2017 and/or either late May or late July 2019. Obviously, it cannot take place at all three time periods at once. It’s likely not the former, but it could indeed be late May. Although, there’s still no definitive proof supporting any concrete timeframe (yet). See above footnote for additional details.)

–Doomsday Clock #8-9
Nearly three weeks have passed since Doomsday Clock #7. Ozymandias breaks into the Oval Office at the White House and peeps some top secret files, setting into motion a devious plan. A day later, at the Daily Planet offices, Lois complains that someone has rifled through her locked desk. The entire Daily Planet staff—including Perry White, Ron Troupe, Steve Lombard, Cat Grant, and Jimmy Olsen—watches on live TV as an angry Firestorm confronts the People’s Heroes in front of the Kremlin. The conflict turns ugly when Firestorm accidentally goes kablooey turning a bunch of civilians (including women and children) into seemingly lifeless silverly glass statues. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev immediately denounces Firestorm’s actions as an American terrorist attack. Firestorm disappears and immediate rumors follow that he’s fled to Kahndaq. Superman flies directly to Kahndaq. There, he sees that Giganta has joined Black Adam’s forces. Superman then meets with Black Adam, who welcomes the Man of Steel to his country. Superman meets Sandstorm, learning that he’s only young boy, who escaped the horrors of war-torn Syria. After a brief but tense chat with Black Adam, Superman, satisfied that Firestorm isn’t in Kahndaq, departs for Russia. Back in Metropolis, Lois finds the package that was mailed to her by Luthor. She pops in a flash-drive from the package and watches a video of WWII newsreel footage depicting the Justice Society of America in action. How did Luthor get his hands on footage that’s been erased from history?! Lois doesn’t know what to make of it. Hours later, in Russia, Superman finds Firestorm frantically trying to fix one of the children he’s changed into a statue. With Superman’s calming presence, Firestorm is able to fix the poor kid, who is thrilled to meet the Man of Steel. In Moscow, Vladimir Putin holds a live news conference at the scene of the Firestorm incident. With the People’s Heroes at his side, Putin declares that the United States has essentially waged war against Russia via the actions of Firestorm. Superman greets Putin and takes the stage. Speaking before the entire world, Superman defends Firestorm’s integrity and says that he can fix the damage he’s done. Superman tells the world that the Supermen Theory is a baseless conspiracy theory with no merit. He denounces the demonization of any group, whether they are metahuman or not. Batman, who had taken off for Russia in the Bat-plane the second the Firestorm incident occurred, nears Russian airspace. Via high-frequency radio, the Dark Knight contacts Superman mid-speech, telling him to shut up and not take a side. Putin interrupts Superman, telling him that he and Pozhar have proof that the Supermen Theory is true. Firestorm returns, hoping to turn all his victims back to normal, but he instills fear in the gathered masses. Russian military shoots at Firestorm and chaos erupts. Several of the statue people are shattered and the People’s Heroes attack Superman and Firestorm. The world watches in stunned silence as Superman battles against Russian military tanks on live TV. As Batman flies over Moscow, he realizes something is off with Firestorm. In a panic, Batman radios to Superman that Firestorm is not in control of his own actions. But it’s too late. Firestorm explodes in a nuclear blast that seems to wipe out most of Red Square. This explosion creates a tachyon cloud that disrupts Dr. Manhattan’s ability to see through time. From a secret location, Ozymandias smiles. Superman, Batman, and Firestorm go into comas. They are rescued by Hal Jordan and Hawkman. Batman goes into Alfred’s care in the Batcave while Superman and Firestorm go into a medical bay at the Hall of Justice. (Batman will remain in a coma for the next five days.) With the two main heroes out of commission and unable to defend themselves against slander, Superman is charged with a litany of crimes. As the global court of opinion fully turns against the heroes, protestors picket all over Washington DC. Hoping to distance himself from the debacle, President Trump tweets anti-Superman propaganda. Meanwhile, the Justice League determines that whoever caused Firestorm to go kaboom is currently on Mars. A large contingency of superheroes gathers into an armada of spaceships and departs for the red planet. Among the heroes are: the Justice League, Justice League Dark, the LAW, a few Green Lanterns, the Doom Patrol, the Metal Men, Black Alice (dressed up as a female Blue Devil), the Shazam Family (Shazam, Mary Bromfield, Freddy Freeman, Darla Dudley, Pedro Peña, and Eugene Choi), Alpha Centurion, Stargirl (Courtney Whitmore), Robby Reed (having turned into “Human Starfish” via the power of an H-Dial), and just about everyone else you can imagine.[8] Interestingly, those present aboard the Bat-Family rocket are: Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, Batwoman, Black Lightning, Metamorpho, Katana, Halo, Atomic Knight, and Atomic Knight’s giant dalmatianHaving been out cold for the past five days, Batman finally wakes up from his coma. Upon hearing that everyone has taken off to Mars, Batman realizes that they’ve all been played. He immediately transmits a warning message to Mars, but the message fails to send. In the Hall of Justice, Lois watches over her still-comatose husband. Lex Luthor arrives, telling Lois that he sent her the Justice Society video. On Mars, the superhero army confronts and fights a confused Dr. Manhattan. As he battles them, Dr. Manhattan shows Ronnie Raymond (now awake from his coma) the truth behind his origin. Ronnie not only learns that Professor Martin Stein is the secret director of the DMA, but also that Stein purposefully caused the accident that merged them together to become Firestorm seven years ago. Dr. Manhattan shrugs-off every attack, defeating all the heroes. Back on Earth, Black Adam, Giganta, and the Creeper attack the UN Building where Wonder Woman is currently giving a peace speech. (NOTE: Doomsday Clock #8 picks-up nearly three weeks after issue #7. In the Russia scenes, there are no leaves on trees and everyone is wearing cold-weather gear. While the seasonal period reads as autumn or winter, this belies the supplemental material of Doomsday Clock #8, which very specifically places the Red Square Firestorm incident on June 5, 2019. Summer does seem to jibe with previous issues. In fact, June corresponds to the prior issue, which was mentioned as possibly happening in late May. HOWEVER, Doomsday Clock #9, which occurs a mere five days after Doomsday Clock #8, shows Washington DC with leafless trees, hinting at wintertime as well! So, maybe we are not in summer, but actually in winter?)

. . .

_________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________

  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: Shortly before his suicide, as seen in Year of the Villain #1 Part 1, Lex Luthor chats with Brainiac, mentioning Bane’s ongoing plans with Flashpoint Batman in Gotham. This important continuity note means that the mega “Bane vs Batman” arc is still going on at this juncture—or at least that Luthor thinks it still is going on.
  2. [2]COLLIN COLSHER: In this epilogue, Batman and Superman discuss the “twelve official multiversial crises.” As referenced in other titles (Action Comics and Young Justice Vol. 3), there have been seven main multiversial crises—Crisis on Infinite Earths, Zero Hour: Crisis in TimeInfinite Crisis, Final Crisis, Flashpoint, Convergence, and Metal. The others are difficult to say. Batman and Superman have definitely been involved in saving the Earth, the universe, and even other universes, but less often have they both been involved in an adventure that involves saving the entire multiverse. Notably, Batman was involved (without Superman) in saving the multiverse in the JLA arcs “Milk Wars” and “Dawn of Time.” Based upon things that are canon in current continuity, though, here’s what I think the other five major crises are: Cosmic Odyssey, Forever Evil, “Darkseid War,” No Justice, and “Legacy” (Justice League Vol. 3 #24-31) from Bryan Hitch’s JL run. Other possible (although much less likely) options might be: “Imperiex War,” JLA/Avengers, “With a Vengeance” (from Superman/Batman #20-25), “Lords of Luck,” or “Tangent Superman’s Reign.”
  3. [3]COLLIN COLSHER: This item must occur after Aquaman returns to the Justice League.
  4. [4]COLLIN COLSHER: Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp are so good together on this series, which is a blast from start to finish with every issue. Just as they gather a bunch of cosmic heavies for the auction scene here, they show (in The Green Lantern #5) the planet Vorr, upon which many of Earth’s vampires have gathered or permanently relocated. While Batman isn’t in The Green Lantern #5, here is a fun list of vampires that are shown to be living on or at least visiting Vorr anyway: Morbius, The Crypt-Keeper, Dracula, Count Orlock, Count Yorga, Lestat de Lioncourt, Louis de Pointe du Lac, Vladislav (from What We Do in the Shadows), Viago (from What We Do in the Shadows), Petyr (from What We Do in the Shadows), Jon Schnepp, Vampirella, and a bunch of Vorr Bats.
  5. [5]COLLIN COLSHER: Doomsday Clock is a mostly continuous and uninterrupted story, meaning, while there are some ellipses, its narrative usually flows from one issue to the next, picking up where each prior issue leaves off. Despite this, Doomsday Clock utilizes a deliberately screwy timeline, one that doesn’t make much sense in the normal linear sense of things. I will break down the discrepancies issue by issue and try to explain them—and also try to explain how I am handling them in regard to my chronology.

    Doomsday Clock #1: Released November 22, 2017. On Earth-Watchmen, we are told it is November 22, 1992 or November 23, 1992 in the very first line. And in the very fist line, writer Geoff Johns begins what will seemingly be a recurring leitmotif in this series: dates are not to be trusted. Supplemental material shows newspapers from a couple weeks earlier, dated November 5, 1992. Thus, the November 22 date seems merely to correlate with the release date of this issue.

    Doomsday Clock #2: Released December 27, 2017. The “dates can’t be trusted” theme continues with a flashback security video sequence in which Marionette says “Happy Monday” and the banker says, “It’s Wednesday.” Marionette replies, “Whatever.” Supplemental material shows internet articles dated December 7, 2017, December 10, 2017, December 11, 2017, and December 20, 2017. This seems to place the main action of Doomsday Clock in mid to late December or early January. Despite it being November in the previous issue, we can chalk this up to the fact that issue #2 brought us to a new Earth. The December 7, 2017 article in the supplemental material says that Helga Jace’s Supermen Theory first went public six months prior, which would mean June 2017. The December 2017 date seems merely to correlate with the release date of the issue.

    Doomsday Clock #3: Released January 24, 2018. The “dates can’t be trusted” theme continues with Batman’s dialogue, “I ran a search for temporal anomalies.” Johnny Thunder says it’s the first Monday of the month. While the senile fella is far from a reliable timekeeper, we can use this to place us on the calendar. As per the last issue, we have to be either in mid to late December or early January. Thus, if we take Johnny’s line as gospel, then we must be (and must have been) in January this whole time. The January date also correlates with the release date, so take that for what it’s worth.

    Doomsday Clock #4: Released March 28, 2018. The “dates can’t be trusted” theme continues with Mothman’s dialogue: “It’s warm for December. They say the dimensional rift that opened altered our seasonal clock. It’s going to snow in June. Isn’t that funny?” March is not referenced in the issue.

    Doomsday Clock #5: Released May 30, 2018. Clark mentions that it’s “ten years too late” to ask someone else to be Jon’s godfather. The dialogic intent of this line is to let us know that Jon was born roughly ten years ago, placing us in 2017/2018. However, specific mention is made of Johnny Thunder being 102-years-old. Johns’ “The Button” told us specifically Johnny was born in 1917, which would put us in 2019. This seems very deliberate, as if Johns is course correcting, placing us in 2019 where we need to be by story’s end (i.e. when Doomsday Clock will end publication). Supplemental material gives the date May 30, 2019! May 30 correlates with the release date.

    Doomsday Clock #6: Released July 25, 2018. This issue picks up immediately where issue #5 leaves off. Supplemental material places the primary action of issue #6 on Wednesday July 25, correlating exactly with the release date of the comic. No specific year is attached.

    Doomsday Clock #7: Released September 26, 2018. Cover date November 2018. This issue picks up immediately where issue #6 leaves off. It is also, curiously, the first issue that has a date listed on the cover. (Only issues #7-9 will have cover dates.) Notice that the release date and cover date are nearly two months apart. We get a myriad of date references as Dr. Manhattan scans through his memories, viewing time as occurring all at once, but none of the dates are important to the continuity of present-day narrative, so there are no problems or contradictions. Likewise, the supplemental material isn’t about ongoing narrative, so it doesn’t contain any continuity problems or contradictions either. While the “dates can’t be trusted” theme seems to be formally abandoned within the narrative here (i.e. no errors), we still get a very blunt message to “not believe what you perceive to be true.” While there might not be any continuity errors in Doomsday Clock #7, the omnipotent Dr. Manhattan speaks about time extensively and talks about how he can no longer see the future. He has a blind spot in regard to time. Dr. Manhattan says that his fight against Superman, of which we see brief flashes, will occur in one month’s time. Johns even ends Doomsday Clock #7 with an R Buckminster Fuller quote: “Seeing-is-believing is a blind spot in man’s vision.”

    Doomsday Clock #8: Released December 5, 2018. Cover date February 2019. This issue picks up three weeks after issue #7 leaves off. There aren’t really any time references, although the scenes in Moscow look like it is Autumn or Winter—there are no leaves on trees and everyone is wearing cold-weather gear. Before this, I’m not entirely certain there had been any true indicator of season. If it is indeed meant to be Fall or Winter, this is contradicted by the supplemental material of Doomsday Clock #8, which features several newspaper articles responding to the narrative action of this very issue. The articles place the narrative action on June 5, 2019.

    Doomsday Clock #9: Released March 6, 2019. Cover date May 2019. This issue, which occurs a mere five days after Doomsday Clock #8, shows Washington DC with leafless trees, hinting at wintertime (just as the Russia scenes implied in the previous issue)! So, maybe we are in winter? This issue also is chock-full of time references and callbacks to Dr. Manhattan’s cosmic ability to view all time at once (although his vision is blocked by tachyons, just like it was in the original Watchmen). The issue starts with Manhattan talking about random future dates in quick succession. Even the omnipotent Dr. Manhattan is blind to the “truth” of this inconsistent timeline.

    Doomsday Clock #10: Released May 29, 2019. No cover date. Hooo-daisy, this one’s the kicker! Doc Manhattan recalls all the previous DC continuities and reboots in the same way we (the readers) have perceived them over the years, realizing that the multiverse is actually a “metaverse”—an über-narrative that has changed throughout history, with each change coinciding with a publication release date for a continuity-altering comic book issue. Did Manhattan have a direct hand in affecting previous continuities? Or, would current continuity have originally resembled the Golden Age, Silver Age, and several other continuities if not for Manhattan’s meddling? The only chronologies we know 100% for certain that he messed with are the New 52 and Rebirth Era timelines (which are more or less the same for the purposes of this story). While I’m not quite sure about anything that happens in this issue, I am sure that the “dates can’t be trusted” theme has exploded all over every page. Doomsday Clock #10 is about how time is constantly literally being rewritten in the DCU—and how it has been rebooted numerous times in the past eighty years. Beyond this conceit, there are a bunch of glaring chronal inconsistencies (even within the internal narrative of this issue) worth pointing out. First, while technically not an error per se, I’m personally quite miffed that Doc Manhattan’s vision of the Silver Age Superman’s debut is set in 1956, which means that it doesn’t take into account Sliding-Time. Cmon! Sliding-Time moved Superman’s debut to 1966! But I get it, I get it. Manhattan also tells us that Carver Colman left Philly on December 25, 1928 and arrived in Hollywood on December 31. However, on January 19, 1929, Manhattan tells us that Colman has been already been working at Paramount for eight months—an impossibility based upon the timeline he himself gives. There are also a few contradictions regarding the release dates of the Nathaniel Dusk films within this issue. Furthermore, we are shown Colman holding his Best Actor Oscar trophy on April 18, 1952, but Doomsday Clock #3 tells us specifically that he won the award on March 18, 1953, which is nearly a year later. There are also some Los Angeles historical inaccuracies in Doomsday Clock #10, but we can chalk those up to the DCU’s LA being different than our real world LA. Last but not least, Manhattan makes reference to the events of DC Universe: Rebirth #1 as happening “one year ago,” but they actually happened two years ago. Maybe we can chalk this up to the extreme publication delays?

    CONCLUSION: Clearly, the dates are being deliberately screwy and should not be exactly relied upon. Johns, in late 2017, said in interviews that the story would wind up being one year ahead of other ongoing DC stories. Since we know Doomsday Clock will end in 2019, we must assume that 2019 is when Doomsday Clock is taking place. Most of the dates, especially in supplemental material, are therefore irrelevant, merely referencing the release dates of the issues. Nevertheless, I will use the dates as best I can to place things accordingly, when I am able to do so. For example, there seems to clearly be about six months from the Supermen Theory going public to the current events of Doomsday Clock, but, as to exact dates, I cannot say for sure. Johns is obviously doing this deliberately in order to keep in step with the theme of Dr. Manhattan’s chronal-manipulation.

  6. [6]COLLIN COLSHER: Note that the second Tattooed Man, Mark Richards, is shown here, and he insinuates that the first Tattooed Man, Abel Tarrant, died during the Sanctuary massacre. This could be a big-time continuity error that happened due to a miscommunication between creators and editors. It was actually Mark that died during the Sanctuary massacre, which means the Tattooed Man in Doomsday Clock #6 should instead be Abel. And, furthermore, Abel should be saying that his counterpart (Mark) died at Sanctuary. See? They seemingly got it all twisted around. However, another fanwanky perspective is that this is Mark, having somehow come back from the dead (or having miraculously survived the Sanctuary massacre), and, since he is with the villains again, he doesn’t want anyone to know that he had been part of a hero-sponsored rehab venture. Thus, the still-alive Mark is deflecting by falsely claiming that it was the other Tattooed Man at Sanctuary instead of himself. But who really knows.
  7. [7]COLLIN COLSHER: Doomsday Clock #7 tells us that Dr. Manhattan caused the death of Alan Scott in 1940, which ensured that he never became a superhero, thus further ensuring that the JSA never formed. The supplemental material from Doomsday Clock #3 tells us that Carver Colman was acquaintances with Frank Farr (Rita Farr’s father), John Law, Sgt. Frank Rock, Jackie Johnson, Randy Booth, Ted Grant, Libby Lawrence, and others, all of whom were originally either members of the JSA or connected to the JSA. Thus, if killing Alan Scott in 1940 ensured the erasure of the Golden Age of superheroes, the 1954 murder of Colman may have been a lynchpin in regard to ensuring the erasure of the Silver Age of superheroes. However, this is still an unknown since we only know Dr. Manhattan was present for the murder of Colman—we don’t know if he was involved in his murder or even if he wanted Colman to die. Also note, as per Flash Vol. 5 #21 (“The Button”), we know Dr. Manhattan prevented several other things from occurring on the New Age timeline: the original Appellaxian affair that formed the JLA; the Identity Crisis affair, which involved lots of terrible things, including the rape of Sue Dibny and mind-wiping of several heroes and villains; and Barry Allen’s death during the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. As per Action Comics #987, we also know Dr. Manhattan saved Jor-El from dying when Krypton exploded.
  8. [8]COLLIN COLSHER: Recently, an H-Dial wound up in the ownership of a teenager named Miguel Montez—as seen in Brian Michael Bendis’ Dial H for Hero series. Robby also co-stars in this series, owns an H-Dial of his own, and is the “Operator of the Heroverse” (i.e. master of the H-Dial’s mystic power). Thus, it makes sense that Robby is present here, H-Dialed-up to the max.

17 Responses to Year Seventeen

  1. Martín Lel says:

    When would you place “Deathstroke: Arkham”? It’s confusing because the villain is Hugo Strange, but he’s seen out of Arkham in this Wednesday’s Detective Comics, which was published after Deathstroke.

    • I don’t stress too much about villains appearing and re-appearing in-and-out of prison. It just happens. They escape one day and go back the next day only to escape yet again. Such is the world of the DCU. In ‘tec Hugo is free. We can assume that he goes back to prison afterward (and we can assume he was in prison shortly before too). Thus, for placing “Deathstroke: Arkham,” I’d look towards Deathstroke’s other appearances in conjunction with Hugo’s. Deathstroke appears in Bendis’ “Batman: Universe” arc and in Drowned Earth. “Deathstroke: Arkham” has to be either before “Batman: Universe,” or in-between “Batman: Universe” and ‘tec, or in-between ‘tec and Drowned Earth. Hell, there’s even a slight possibility that it goes post-Drowned Earth.

  2. Antonio says:

    Hey Collin, how’s it going? Antonio here… Hope everything is going well in your life.
    I’d like to share some thouths with you. What do you think of Tom King’s Heroes In Crisis? I heard he’s receiving death threats…
    Now, I know there are some really bad nuts out there… you just can tell a guy you’re going to kill him just because he mistreated your favourite character!

    Anyway, I’d like to hear from you what you think of HIC… I think that with issue number 8 it reached to a point where one can finally say it is pure crap! It doesn’t make any sense to me… and honestly I think poor Wally just deserves better. I was totally in love with DC when they brought him back with Rebirth… but recently they just treated him incredibly poorly.

    Ok, and what about his entire Batman’s run? I don’t know… Tom King is giving me the same bad vibes that Bendis is giving me with his Superman’s run.
    All right, let me know, Collin.

    • I saw the death threats thing. It’s only comics, people, jeez. Not cool.

      But yeah. Heroes in Crisis sucks, no other way to say it. Most reviews have not been kind, nor should they. I’m hesitant to comment more than that since there’s still one more issue, so anything could happen. But it appears as though Wally’s character has been fully assassinated beyond the point of return. Even as a deep analysis/commentary of mental illness via the superhero genre, I’m still not into it.

      And I’ve been vocally critical of King’s run for quite some time now. I hated Vision, but I loved Grayson—so I wasn’t sure what I was going to get. Seventy issues into his run and I’m left feeling meh. There are some powerful individual moments, but as a whole it’s not very strong, especially compared to other long runs in Bat-history.

      Bendis was kinda-sorta born again upon his return to DC—I dig his energy and seeming willingness to consider all DC’s history canon (for better or worse). I hate that Jonathan is like seventeen now, but hopefully that will be reverted. And I’m still waiting for an answer as to how its possible for Impulse and Conner Kent to be back in-continuity without breaking every comic book law of physics that exists. “Leviathan Rising” and Naomi both have potential, so we’ll see. I think Tom King will probably phase himself out of superhero comics once he’s done with Batman, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Bendis gets the keys to the castle after that… for better or worse, as always with comics.

  3. Antonio says:

    Yeah, I forgot asking you what’s happening with young Justice!!! How’s that possibile? Which Conner are we having back??? And what about Tim..? It looks like they know each other and everyone, including Tim, is coming from modern age continuity, but that is impossible, referring to Tim, at least.
    I think Jon being 17 diminishes both his father’s character and his own character. A dumb move, pure and simple. But the worst thing about Bendis is how he writes Lois.
    Hopefully the Greg Rucka series is coming soon to give Lois what she deserves. Hopefully.

    Back to Batman I’ve heard rumors that King’s going to end his run with Selina finally saying YES to Bruce. I hope it’s true.

    • SPOILER: This week’s issue begins to address that situation. It’s kinda sorta the same explanation we got when Wally returned (and in Titans Hunt)—at some point Connor and company were exiled and erased from everyone’s memory.

      And if Selina and Bruce DO tie the knot—the only logical (and satisfying) conclusion to this 100+ issue arc—then maybe it’ll all have been worth it.

  4. Antonio says:

    OK Collin, How’s it going? Antonio here…
    I’ve got some questions about the black label stuff that DC is currently publishing. I mean… are they in continuity? DCeased… seems not to me.
    Last knight on Earth… seems not to me as well, but I read that Snyder said it is the natural conclusion of his batman’s run… which, for the most part (with the only exception of Year Zero, maybe) has been totally canon. So what??
    And how about Superman Year Zero by Frank Miller? Are we talking about the dark knight returns universe’s Superman or are canon-Superman’s origins being rewritten for the millionth time? Bah…

    Also… what about the Kents? Are they back..? Conner clearly used the present tense talking about Pa Kent… and I think Superman did the same talking about his mom…
    I think, but I’m not completely sure, Bendis answered some questions about that saying that things will be totally in place once Doomsday Clock is over. So, I guess at least Martha Kent will be brought back to life..? Does that mean that the Brainiac story and the death of Jonathan Kent is back in continuity? Also… will the Death of Superman return to its original version with the Kents and Conner?

    So sorry for annoying you, Collin. But you’re such an invaluable resource… 🙂
    P.S. How about the placement of all three Batman TMNT? The third one is kind of a strange one…

    • DCeased is out-of-continuity.
      Last Night on Earth is out-of-continuity. It continues Snyder’s “possible future Bruce-clones” storyline, but that storyline isn’t really canon either.
      Superman Year One is out-of-continuity—although, I literally made a joke to a friend last night that Dr. Manhattan is going to make this canon soon LOL.

      Basically, DC has always said that all Black Label stuff would be like Prestige Elseworlds, non-canon. The only exception (so far) will be Three Jokers, which will be canon.

      I’m not sure about the Kents, we’ll wait and see… Doomsday Clock could very well change things, and Bendis has already hinted at certain things. For now, technically, the Kents are still New 52 version—dead on prom night. I’ve chalked up Conner’s line about Pa Kent being due to the fact that he is partly cloned from Clark and might have some of Clark’s memories implanted into his mind. Still… very curious.

      All three Batman/TMNT series are canon. Although, the third one might only feature Batmen from alternate Earths. Again, we’ll have to wait and see how it ends.

  5. Antonio says:

    Thank you Collin, you’re such a kind human being.

  6. Antonio says:

    Holy Bat the site is back on!!! Thank you Collin!!!!

  7. Antonio says:

    Hey Collin, it’s Antonio. Glad the site is back on…
    Well, I have a question. Just finished reading Batman 75… and now Gotham is totally in Bane’s hands. Ok. Alt-Thomas Wayne is kicking asses and Bruce is down looking for the Memory of the Mountain. Hmmmm….
    But how about the ending of Batman 74? We had left Bruce and Alt Thomas down in the pit with Bruce defeating him and comin’ out of the chasm… I can’t understand.
    Please can you make things clearer for this below average guy from italy that I am??
    Thank you.

    P.S. : I Hate Tom King.

    • Glad it’s back too! Tom King has been a very polarizing figure, maybe the most polarizing figure in terms of lead Bat-writer in the past 25 years (topping Morrison and Snyder even). I think King can be a talented writer (see Grayson), but I think his pacing is way off and his plot choices are ho-hum. Bane has conquered Gotham before—from “Knightfall” to Forever Evil Arkham War, we’ve seen it before. Not to mention, we’ve seen “Hell Comes to Gotham” in some form or another over and over since the dawn of the Modern Age. It just doesn’t feel that original, which is a non-starter for me. The one thing (and, in my opinion, only thing) that King will hopefully deliver is the Bat-Cat marriage. I’m still looking forward to that, although, based upon what I’ve now seen for the past two years, I seriously worry about execution.

      King likes to include ellipses and have you fill-in the gaps yourself. He is big on this style of writing. So you get Batman defeating Flashpoint Batman, declaring that he isn’t broken, climbing out of the pit triumphantly… and then “later…” editorial notation followed by a broken Batman, a conquered Gotham, etc… Obviously, a lot of other stories—notably the JL, Year of the Villain, Event Leviathan stuff—goes before Batman #75, so the jump to “City of Bane” out of nowhere does read as very strange. Flashpoint Batman was supposed to be a big part of Bane’s plan. Yet, when Flashpoint Batman fails, Bane’s plan moves ahead anyway. What was the point of Flashpoint Batman? Maybe King will give us some flashbacks. We’ll see.

  8. Austin Eaton says:

    Hey Colin. Could you explain what each of the known hidden forces are and their counterparts? I’m a bit confused.

  9. Martín says:

    I know it doesn’t make sense with any other title other than Batman, but I’m pretty sure the ending of The Fall and the Fallen was supposed to be that Thomas stepped out, not Bruce, and that leads directly into City of Bane.

    • There is a serious disconnect between #74 and #75, and while some might argue that it’s King’s signature writing style, putting in random ellipses here and there, I’d argue that it’s simply slapdash writing. #74 is the story of Bruce crawling out of the pit—both literally and metaphorically. That was the set-up and the delivery. If it’s not Bruce that emerges, it’s a cheap twist, the cheapest twist imaginable. I wouldn’t put it past Tom “Swerve” King. But, Martín, it certainly would make a hell of a lot more sense as to how we go from #74 straight into City of Lame… er City of Bane.

      I’m waiting for the inevitable flashback issue that undoubtedly will cast light on what happened way down in the hole. If it ever comes, it won’t be too hard to shuffle things around. After all, King’s strong suit (if he even has one) was certainly never continuity. On first read, I myself stared at that final panel of #74 trying to determine WHOSE GLOVE COULD IT BE? We’ll find out one day soon enough. Thanks for your insight!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *