Rebirth Years Six to Ten

Rebirth Era (Post-“Superman Reborn”) Chronology


YEAR SIX (2008)

–NOTE: Referenced in Justice League Vol. 3 #33, Deathstroke Vol. 4 #27, Nightwing Vol. 4 #39, Teen Titans Vol. 6 #17, Man of Steel #6, and Heroes in Crisis #9. The Teen Titans disband and reform as the “New Teen Titans”—featuring Robin (team leader), Changeling (Garfield Logan), Raven (Rachel Roth), Cyborg (Silas Stone’s son, Victor Stone), Wonder Girl, and Starfire. Kole Weathers is also a member of this team, but only works with them once.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 2 #21, Flash Vol. 5 #21, Titans Vol. 3 Annual #1, and Nightwing Vol. 4 #21—originally told in Titans Hunt #6-7, DC Universe: Rebirth #1, and Titans Vol. 3 #2-3. A mix of current and former Teen Titans—Robin, Wonder Girl, Aqualad, Speedy, Omen, Cave Boy, Hawk, Dove, Herald, and Kid Flash—fight their rival Mr. Twister. Tragically, Mr. Twister murders Dove. In order to defeat Mr. Twister and save the day, the Titans are forced to allow the world to undergo a global mind-wipe. This complete memory erasure, done by Omen, causes not only the defeat of Mr. Twister, but also causes the complete history of the Teen Titans (up to this point) to become erased from the collective memories of the entire world. The world won’t recover these lost memories for years. Also note that Kid Flash not only gets erased from everyone’s memory but he also goes missing, trapped within the Speed Force by Dr. Manhattan. (Years from now, Abra Kadabra will take bogus credit for exiling Kid Flash—although, it is possible that he was involved in this affair somehow.) As referenced in Green Arrow Vol. 6 #23, Speedy has a falling out with Green Arrow, changing his name to Arsenal and going solo, roughly a decade prior to Year Fifteen. It is likely that Speedy becomes Arsenal immediately after this Mr. Twister item, hence placement here in early Year Six.

–NOTE: Referenced in Justice League Vol. 3 #33, Deathstroke Vol. 4 #27, Nightwing Vol. 4 #39, Teen Titans Vol. 6 #17, and Man of Steel #6. While most of the young superheroes have gone their separate ways following the erasure of the memory of the history of the Teen Titans, a select few young heroes meet up and found a crime-fighting team as if fate was bringing them together. They form what they believe to be the first ever Teen Titans. Really, this is a second “New Teen Titans,” but no one remembers the original incarnations of any Teen Titans. This “first” incarnation features Robin (team leader), Changeling, Raven, Cyborg, Wonder Girl, and Starfire.

–REFERENCE: In Super Sons #15, The Green Lantern #3, and Year of the Villain #1 Part 2—originally told in Silver Age. The Justice League faces off against the Injustice League (Agamemno, Lex Luthor, Black Manta, Chronos, Dr. Light, Felix Faust, Mr. Element, Sinestro, Penguin, and Catwoman). Note that the Injustice League is NOT the Injustice Gang—different team! Batgirl and Deadman form a one-shot superhero team called The Seven Soldiers of Victory—comprising of themselves, Metamorpho, Blackhawk (Janos Prohaska), Mento (Steve Dayton), Shining Knight (Gardner Grayle), and Adam Strange. The Seven Soldiers, the JL, the Green Lantern Corps, and a platoon of Thanagarians band together to defeat Agamemno’s IJL.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #999. February—Bruce’s birthday. As he does every year on his birthday, Batman runs Program 2.1, placing himself into a virtual world that challenges him by pushing him to his most extreme limits.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #21 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #43. Bruce gives Dick a watch for his 18th birthday.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Nightwing Vol. 4 #21, Nightwing Vol. 4 #39, and Detective Comics #965. Dick has a bad falling out with Batman and quits his position as Robin. After Dick’s abjuration of the Dynamic Duo partnership, Batman puts his Robin costumes on display in the Batcave.

–FLASHBACK: From Red Hood: Outlaw #35—and referenced in Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #7, Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #12, Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #18, Batman Vol. 3 #33, Detective Comics #968, and Nightwing Vol. 4 #39. Originally told in Batman #408-409. Batman meets juvenile delinquent Jason Todd when the latter boldly attempts to steal the wheels off the Batmobile! Batman catches him red-handed, but gives the spunky kid a break. After a lengthy conversation over cheeseburgers, Batman returns Jason to the boy’s residence at a neighborhood orphanage—Faye Gunn’s Home For Wayward Boys. Unknown to the public, Ma Gunn is a criminal. Jason soon contacts Batman and helps him bust Ma Gunn. Seeing promise in Jason, Bruce makes the troubled teen his legal ward. Shortly thereafter, Bruce reveals his superhero secret and offers Jason the position of being Batman’s new sidekick. Jason then starts on an intensive six month training course. Despite the fact that Dick and Bruce aren’t on good terms at the moment, Bruce still introduces Jason to Dick. They become fast friends.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Gotham Nights Vol. 3 #11 Part 1. One of the very first lessons that Batman teaches Jason Todd as part of his training is how to deal with pain.

–REFERENCE: In Batwoman Vol. 3 #17 and Green Arrow Vol. 6 #41. Batman fights the debuting Dr. Phosphorus.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Kings of Fear #2 and Batman Secret Files #2 Part 1—originally told in Detective Comics #475-476. Joker unveils his “Laughing Fish” gag, putting his signature smile on all the fish in Gotham Bay, and killing many people in the process. Joker’s toxins spread across the entire Eastern seaboard, destroying aquatic life across half the Atlantic until Batman puts a stop to the madness.

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #36. Batman busts the debuting Maxie Zeus.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #75. Batman defeats the pyromaniac super-villain Firebug.

–REFERENCE: From Batgirl Vol. 5 #30—originally told in Detective Comics #492 Part 1. Batgirl is nearly killed by master assassin Cormorant, who is working for a mobster named General Scarr. Batman and an injured Batgirl team-up to bust Cormorant and General Scarr.

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #38. Batman fights the debuting Film Freak.

–REFERENCE: In New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 Part 1. Batman continues training Jason Todd, telling him that, in hostile environments, they must operate quickly and efficiently, making sure to focus on fighting and not talking. Batman also tells Jason about all his rogues, giving advice for each. For instance, he tells Jason to always appeal to the Harvey Dent side of Two-Face when engaging with him. Batman also tells Jason that he’ll never be alone, no matter what.

–REFERENCE: In Heroes in Crisis #3—originally told in The Brave and The Bold #170 and The Brave and The Bold #193. The Department of Metahuman Affairs’ top super-spy Nemesis (Tom Tresser) teams-up with Batman to take on the evil criminal organization known as The Council. (As revealed in Action Comics #1010, Penguin is the secret director of the Council.)

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Vol. 4 #1 and Adventures of the Super Sons #1. The Justice League splits up yet again, following a fight against the cosmic warrior Koll, who does severe (but only temporary) damage to the JL Satellite. In its wake, a new Justice League is formed—sans the Trinity. The new team, which moves its headquarters to a brand new building in Detroit, features Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna, Vibe, Vixen, Elongated Man, Gypsy, and Commander Steel (Hank Heywood III). (Note that Firestorm was originally a member of this Detroit JL team, but thanks to retcons in Doomsday Clock #9, this is not the case in the Rebirth Era.)

–Batman Giant Vol. 2 #3 Part 1 (Batman: Gotham Nights Vol. 3 #4)
Billionaire businessman Hiram Bosch invites Bruce and a few others to a ritzy country club. There, Bruce hears about Bosch and company’s illicit dealings, which includes embezzlement, sex-trafficking, drug-running, chemical dumping, and more. Surely, Bruce must have had an inkling about this stuff prior to now, but, enough is enough, I guess, as Bruce steps away only to return as Batman to kick their asses and send them to Blackgate Prison. Bruce visits Bosch and his pals in jail, getting more info about their illegal operations. Batman then shuts down Bosch’s operations for good. In order to make Bosch think Bruce isn’t a snitch, Commissioner Gordon has Bruce “arrested” and jailed as well. An escaped Joker, hoping to milk the Bosch and Bruce for all they have left, throws himself into the mix, breaking the inmates out of prison and taking them to his lair. Bruce phones Alfred and, in code-speak, gives him instructions to bomb their location. Using a remotely-controlled Batmobile and a concrete grenade, Alfred does as he is instructed. Before fleeing the scene, Joker tells Bruce that Bosch and his associates were laundering money through investors at Wayne Enterprises. Later, Batman visits Wayne Enterprises to examine files relating to Joker’s revelation. Our story ends here, but you can bet your sweet ass that heads roll at the office the next morning. Although, let’s face facts, this is your company, Bruce—so the buck should have stopped with you.

–NOTE: Referenced in Deathstroke Vol. 4 #27 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #39—originally told in “THE JUDAS CONTRACT.” Terra (Tara Markov) briefly joins the Teen Titans, but is outed as a double-agent working for Deathstroke. (She is also outed as having an unsettling quasi-sexual relationship with the much older Deathstroke.) Shaken to their core, the Teen Titans disband shortly thereafter.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Vol. 4 #12. Batman rescues a busload of nuns from an escaped Joker.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #35 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #39. Much to the disappointment of Bruce and Alfred, Dick drops out of college.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Nightwing Vol. 4 #21, Nightwing Vol. 4 #39, and Detective Comics #965. Dick becomes the superhero Nightwing, wearing a modified version of his dad’s Flying Grayson outfit, which he wore once before while working a recent Judge case in Blüdhaven.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2. The Wayne Enterprises Board of Directors orders Bruce to take a psych exam. Bruce is honest during the session, raising many red flags about his state of mind. After putting the Board at ease, the Board demands, for insurance purposes, that Bruce take an annual psych exam. Lucius Fox has Bruce agree to the terms.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #1000 Part 5 and Detective Comics #1000 Part 10. Early September. Batman, as he does every year on the anniversary of his parents’ murders, visits both Crime Alley (where his parents were killed) and the cemetery where his parents are buried.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #7, Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #12, and Flash Vol. 5 #64. Jason Todd’s training ends and he debuts as the new Robin, wearing a costume designed by Alfred.

–REFERENCE: In Event Leviathan #2. Batman creates a bunch of contingency plans for a variety of major-threat-level occurrences that involve everything ranging from the collapse of modern society to obscure conspiracy theory events. He shares these plans with his new Robin.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10 and Year of the Villain: Black Mask #1. Bruce’s troubled childhood friend (he had a a lot them!) Roman Sionis, having recently killed his own parents by burning them alive in an arson fire, now becomes the skull-faced super-villain known as Black Mask (Roman Sionis), simultaneously starting a cult known as The False Face Society. Note that the False Face Society has nothing to do with Batman’s rival False Face. Batman defeats Black Mask and the False Face Society.

–REFERENCE: In Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #14 and Batman Vol. 3 #45—originally told in Superman Annual #11. Batman, Robin, and Wonder Woman visit Superman at the Fortress of Solitude. However, upon arrival they discover that Mongul has burdened Superman with Black Mercy, an alien plant that causes its victims to undergo zombie-like hallucinations of their greatest subconscious desires. The heroes rescue Superman, who proceeds to angrily burn Mongul with heat vision. Note that Batman and Superman will tell the story of the Black Mercy vision to their fellow superhero friends quite often, moving forward. The story will serve as an anecdote: No matter how dark the world may be, the alternatives could always be worse, even if appearances seem to imply otherwise.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 3. November. Oafish henchman-for-hire Knute Brody (an invention of Batman’s) makes his return, signing-up with an escaped Kite-Man. Of course, Brody costs Kite-Man a big heist, which results in the super-villain going right back to jail. It is unknown who plays the role of Brody for this item. It could be Batman or Alfred.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Vol. 3 #44—originally told in Detective Comics #565. Catwoman plays on the side of good, teaming-up with Batman to track down axe murderer Roy Spivey. As they investigate, Batman talks with Catwoman—in her skintight purple with black thigh high boots ensemble—atop the roof of a Gotham building. They discuss their on-again-off-again relationship. Batman says they are drifting apart, asking her what is wrong. Catwoman, with tears running down her cheeks, says “Nothing… Everything.” Batman winds up busting Spivey on his own.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5. Batman becomes aware of a new organization known as The Global Guardians (a multi-national defense corps that numbers in the dozens and consists of a rotating lineup of non-American superheroes).

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5-6—originally told in Super Powers Vol. 3 #1-4. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and many other established superheroes team-up with various new international superheroes—including rookies Golden Pharaoh (Ashley Halberstam) and Samurai (Toshio Eto)—to defeat Darkseid and his evil New God minions.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights Penguin at the latter’s Iceberg Lounge casino.

–REFERENCE: In Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1. Batman meets, befriends, and begins training rookie superhero Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce). Batman will train Black Lightning on-and-off for months to come.



–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #992—originally told in DC Special Series #1. CIA agent Jason Burr fights the Kobra Cult, which is led by his twin brother Jeffrey Franklin Burr aka Lord Nāga-Naga (better known simply as Kobra). At a Lazarus Pit location in the Himalayas, Batman and Jason fight Kobra and his agents, but in the end the vile cult leader orders the execution of his brother. One of Kobra’s followers stabs Jason to death. Batman vows to bring Kobra to justice and solemnly returns to the States with Jason’s body in tow.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 3. Oafish henchman-for-hire Knute Brody (an invention of Batman’s) joins-up with an escaped Mr. Freeze. Of course, Brody’s actions result in the super-villain going right back to jail. It is unknown who plays the role of Brody for this item. It could be Batman or Alfred.

–FLASHBACK: From Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #25. Batman and Robin, while on an unspecified mission, crash the Batmobile into the bay or river. Robin drags an unconscious Batman out of the drink, saving his life.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Strange Adventures Vol. 5 #2. Batman meets the multi-millionaire techno-whiz and supposed “world’s smartest man” Mr. Terrific (Michael Holt). They quickly become close, sharing each other’s secret IDs and personal histories. Batman learns that Mr. Terrific’s wife and unborn child died years ago, which motivated him to become a superhero. Batman and Mr. Terrific will share a very close friendship for years to come.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #999. February—Bruce’s birthday. As he does every year on his birthday, Batman runs Program 2.1, placing himself into a virtual world that challenges him by pushing him to his most extreme limits.

–FLASHBACK: From Red Hood: Outlaw #34—originally told via flashback from Red Hood & The Outlaws #3. Robin is too sick with the flu to go out on patrol. Batman tells him that there is no shame in taking a night off every once and a while. Bruce, Jason, and Alfred stay in and watch movies.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Dark Days: The Casting #1. Batman examines magickal metallic items, including Wonder Woman’s bracelets, Aquaman’s five-pointed “trident,” and the Dr. Fate helmet in the Justice League Trophy Room. In each of these items, Batman discovers a compound containing traces of a dangerous mystery metal. This metal has a very specific “dark energy” signature. After 3D scanning, holographic image mapping, and detailed analysis of these items, Batman concludes that the mystery metal exists in nature and that it could potentially be very dangerous to all life on the planet. Concerned, Batman decides the very existence of the dark metal warrants further (and extensive) investigation. Batman records all of this dark metal info onto his Shadow Drive (aka Shadow File)—and he will continue to do so in regard to anything dark metal-related, moving forward. Batman (presumably with the help of Mr. Terrific and a select few other metahumans) builds a secret underground wing in Batcave, called Sub-Cave Alpha, dedicated to further study of the mystery metal. In this secret cave within a secret cave, masked by a false holographic rock wall, Batman puts all the recently-scanned 3D images onto holographic pedestal projector displays. The Caped Crusader will continue to investigate and study the mystery metal and the “dark energy” signature for years to come. Unknown to Batman, the immortal Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders have not only been aware of the “dark energy” signature and “dark metal,” they have also been investigating all things related to the Dark Multiverse ever since the early 1900s. (See a footnote in Year 15 for details on Carter and Kendra’s lengthy connection to this case.)

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Metal #1-2 and Teen Titans Vol. 6 #12. Batman continues his “dark energy” investigation, learning about a legend that tells of an omniscient being from another world. While the details are ambiguous, Batman believes he is somehow at the center of the mystery—that an evil power has supposedly been targeting him for thousands of years. He can sense that something has been (and continues to) watch him from some far away realm, somehow subtly shaping his life. While unexplainable, Batman comes to think of himself as the key to the “dark energy” conundrum, which is linked to some unfathomable cosmic event yet to unfold. Batman will haunted by this thought for years to come. With this troubling motivator in mind, Batman’s investigation will remain fully-fueled for years to come.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #985—and referenced in Dark Days: The Forge #1, Suicide Squad Vol. 5 #25, Doomsday Clock #5, and Detective Comics #986. Batman and Black Lightning secretly intervene in a civil war in the small Eastern European nation of Markovia, helping Prince Brion Markov, who has just been publicly turned into the superhero Geo-Force by Dr. Helga Jace, fight against the wannabe dictator Baron Bedlam. With the aid of Black Lightning, Geo-Force, Metamorpho, and Katana (whose famed Soultaker blade contains the trapped souls of many, including her dead husband Maseo Yamashiro), Batman is able to combat the heavily-armed militias of Baron Bedlam. During the war, Batman goes after gun-runner Fleet Delmar (aka “The Man of Fear”), who has been torturing parents in front of their own children. After a brief knife fight, Batman easily bests Delmar, doses him with Fear Gas, and leaves an ultrasonic bat-attracting relay-emitter by side side. A swarm of bats permanently disfigures Delmar’s face and gouges his eyes out. Eventually, Batman and his new pals defeat Baron Bedlam’s forces, bringing peace and freedom to the Markovian people. Afterward, Batman decides to keep this unit together as a top-secret team. In conjunction with his ongoing studies of the “dark energy” signature found in geological anomalies across the globe, Batman deputizes this group into his covert “black-ops” team known as The Outsiders. The Outsiders’ primary goals are to go on unsanctioned covert missions and to uncover hidden truths about the mystery metal linked to the “dark energy” signature. Batman immediately forms a close bond with one of his best soldiers, Katana. The Outsiders will continue working on-and-off with Batman for years to come, disbanding and reforming with updated line-ups several times. Batman will keep all versions of the Outsiders a secret from the greater superhero community.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #992—originally told in Batman and The Outsiders #25-27. Batman and the Outsiders prevent the Kobra Cult from causing a global nuclear holocaust.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Doomsday Clock #5. Looker, Windfall, and Atomic Knight (formerly Shining Knight) join Batman’s secret Outsiders team. The Outsiders will continue going on unspecified missions and investigating the “dark energy” signature found in geological anomalies across the globe.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #6. Bruce meets gorgeous pale-skinned astronomer Natasha Knight (aka Natalia Knight) and falls for her charm and beauty, but soon discovers that she is the thieving super-villain known as Nocturna. Batman chases after Nocturna and her adoptive brother Anton Knight (aka Night-Thief aka Night-Slayer). Not long after, the Caped Crusader and Nocturna become brief lovers. While Batman is distracted with Nocturna, Catwoman pokes around and busts Anton. Batman and Nocturna call off their fling and Nocturna leaves Gotham.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights an escaped Mr. Freeze at a dolphin aquarium show.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1, Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1, Dark Days: Metal #6, Justice League Vol. 3 #39, Justice League of America Vol. 5 #5, Justice League of America Vol. 5 #8-9, Justice League of America Vol. 5 #28, Justice League Vol. 4 #22, The Unexpected #5, Event Leviathan #2, and Detective Comics #1010—originally told in The Crisis on Infinite Earths. Bear in mind, this is a very altered version of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. Furthermore, certain parts of it were prevented from happening as they originally did thanks to Dr. Manhattan. Here’s the synopsis. Pariah arrives on Earth with startling news: a “Crisis” has begun! The omniverse (aka multi-multiverse) is slowly being destroyed by a powerful super-villain known as The Anti-Monitor (Universe-3’s Mobius), who has successfully outmatched his rival brother, The Monitor (Mar Novu), a cosmic being tasked with watching-over and protecting the local DC multiverse. (The Anti-Monitor and the Monitor were spawned by the über-goddess Perpetua, who herself mysteriously came from the Overmonitor aka Overvoid, an omnipotent and infinite-sized living void that existed prior to and originally incubated/cared for the proto-multiverse. Confusingly, Monitor Mar Novu is also sometimes called “The Over-Monitor.” Note that the Overmonitor was not even aware of the multiverse until, long ago, sending a sentient discovery probe to investigate it. Perpetua, Mar Novu, and Mobius are the same incarnations from as far back as the Golden Age. They are Super Celestials, existing on a high enough plane of existence, that they’ve literally survived and bore witness to all the reboots! Note that the extremely mysterious Great Hand of Creation was directly responsible for the original creation of the multiverse. In Justice League Vol. 4 #22, James Tynion IV implies that Perpetua herself is the Great Hand, but in Dark Nights: Death Metal #1, Scott Snyder seemingly contradicts this while saying that the Source and the Presence (i.e. the Abrahamic God) are one and the same. Snyder does hint that Perpetua was around from the get-go, so she seems to be a Great Hand, but she might not be the original Great Hand. The original Great Hand could very well be the Source/the Presence, having come forth out of the Overvoid. This remains to be seen.[1] As the Anti-Monitor’s deadly wave washes over the multiverse, thousands of universes (and billions of lives) are erased in one fell swoop. Entire timelines, such as those home to an alt-Lex Luthor named Alexander Luthor Jr, an alt-Superboy named Superboy-Prime, and an alt-Superman named Kal-L, are lost forever. As the wave of destruction reaches the edge of the local DC multiverse, the skies burn bright red over all the threatened planets. The Monitor is fatally wounded and disappears into the ether. Despite his condition, the Monitor is able to create and raise golden interdimensional tuning towers on multiple Earths. These tuning machines act as antennas designed to both delay the wave of destruction and draw surviving universes into a safe haven by aligning their vibrational planes. With the erasure wave slowed, all the heroes are whisked away to the Monitor’s HQ by Harbinger, who briefs them on how to defeat their opponent. Eventually, all the superheroes of the multiverse band together to fight against the evil Anti-Monitor and his army of Shadow Demons. Specifically, Batman officially joins the Detroit-based JL, teaming with them in battle. The Dark Knight specifically forms a close bond with Vixen, even telling her all about the death of his parents and how he became Batman. Ramified across multiple universes, all the heroes witness chaos and villainy like never before. Notably, the living chemical bomb known as Chemo is dropped onto an alternate Earth’s New York City, leveling it completely. As the war erupts into bedlam, the JL, Outsiders, Amazons, Global Guardians, Freedom Fighters, and others band together. The Freedom Fighters consist of Uncle Sam, Black CondorDoll ManHuman Bomb, The Ray (Langford Terrill), Phantom Lady, and Plastic Man. (Plastic Man is also an FBI agent and member of the long-running government defense organization known as The All-Star Squadron.) Despite suffering casualties and losses (including the destruction of the JL Satellite—don’t worry, the trophies are saved!), the heroes defeat the Anti-Monitor and win the day. For a brief moment, all of reality is rewritten as the entire multiverse is merged into one singular timeline. However, the multiverse soon returns to normal. After the dust settles, Batman keeps one of the Monitor’s interdimensional tuning towers for study. Due to its massive size, Batman definitely has some metahuman help in securing and transporting the tower—although not from Superman, since the Man of Steel won’t be aware that Batman is keeping one. Instead of telling Superman about his plans and knowing that he would likely disapprove, Batman simply asks the Man of Steel to construct a giant room for him under his Fortress of Solitude in the Arctic. Batman then puts the tuning tower in the impenetrable underground room and seals it up, making Superman promise to never to look inside. After showing his trust by agreeing, Batman uses some unknown means to shoot the room’s only key into the sun. With the crisis officially over, the dying Monitor, as his last living act, creates the first of what will become an entire race of Monitors to secretly protect the multiverse in his absence. The first of these new Monitors is Dax Novu, whose original form was that of the Overmonitor’s science/discovery probe. He will soon be joined by Rox Ogama and many others.

–FLASHBACK: From Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1. Batman and Superman get in a heated argument and nearly (or possibly) come to blows.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5—originally told in The Outsiders #11. Batman and his secret Outsiders team goes up against Russia’s super-team known as The People’s Heroes (Bolshoi, Molotov, Pravda, Hammer, and Sickle).

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5—originally told in Batman: Hong Kong. Batman goes to Hong Kong looking to bust a snuff film director. There, he shakes-down Triad mob leader Tiger One-Eye. Inspired by Batman, Benny Lo (Tiger One-Eye’s nephew) becomes the superhero Night-Dragon, helping the Dark Knight resolve a Triad hostage situation. When Night-Dragon’s girlfriend is abducted by the snuff film gang, Batman and Night-Dragon rescue her and expose the murderous director as Night-Dragon’s other uncle, the hulking metahuman Lo Pao. After Lo Pao threatens to destroy all of Hong Kong, the cops and Triads make peace and help the heroes defeat him.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League of America Vol. 5 #8, Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #52, and Detective Comics #992. Batman and the Outsiders encounter the global criminal organization known as SKULL, tech brokers that “hoard progress” using an army of robot soldiers. SKULL is notorious for bartering world-changing tech in exchange for political influence. The Outsiders get involved in a conflict between SKULL and Kobra, ultimately defeating one of SKULL’s top agents, the super-villain Major Disaster. The Outsiders shut down the entire SKULL organization, putting its financial backer behind bars.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #3Detective Comics #992, Gotham City Monsters #1, and Gotham City Monsters #4. Batman learns that the Kobra Cult has turned one of its henchwomen, Sondra Fuller, into Lady Clayface aka Lady Clay aka Clayface II. Lady Clayface joins “Strike Force Kobra,” which consists of Lady Eve, Elemental Woman, Zebra Man II, Planet Master, and Spectrumonster. Batman and his Outsiders fight Strike Force Kobra, defeating them. Unknown to Batman and company, Lady Clayface’s true origin has nothing to do with Kobra. In actuality, she has been given powers by the US Government’s Department of Metahuman Affairs.

–REFERENCE: In the quasi-canonical Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year #1—originally told in Batman #412. Batman defeats the debuting Mime, a mime-themed super-villain.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #41—originally told in Superman Vol. 2 #9. Batman isn’t involved in this caper, but there’s no doubt that he hears about it. Joker tries his luck in Metropolis, kidnapping a bunch of people and putting them in lead-lined coffins all over the city. Despite being unable to see through lead with his x-ray vision, Superman simply scans the city and goes to each location where he can’t see, rescuing everyone.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Justice League of America Vol. 5 #7, Mister Miracle Vol. 4 #1, Blue Beetle Vol. 9 #11-12Adventures of the Super Sons #1, and Heroes in Crisis #5—originally told in “LEGENDS,” Justice League #1-6, and Justice League International #7-8. Following the death of Commander Steel and a smear-campaign by Darkeseid’s minion Glorious Gordon Godfrey, the Detroit-based Justice League disbands. (Commander Steel’s metallic corpse will be kept in storage by every incarnation of the JL, moving forward.) Batman joins scheming Max Lord‘s new Justice League International venture, which includes Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Mr. Miracle (Scott Free), Rocket Red (Vladimir Mikoyan), Fire (Beatriz da Costa), Ice (Tola Olafsdotter), Dr. Fate, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, Black Canary, Dr. Light (Kimiyo Hoshi), Captain AtomBlue Beetle (Ted Kord), and Booster Gold. The JLI opens HQs at government embassy buildings in NYC, Paris, Moscow, Lisbon, Tokyo, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Potsdam, and Canberra. This team will go on a variety of missions, some of which will simply have to be imagined on our timeline below. (NOTES: First, Max Lord is also head of the secret government organization known as Checkmate. Second, Vladimir Mikoyan is merely one—#7 to be exact—of several Rocket Reds, Russian soldiers in high-tech combat-suits. Third, Booster Gold, a hero from the future, is always accompanied by his floating robot companion Skeets. Fourth, Mr. Miracle is often accompanied by his diminutive chain-smoking manager Oberon Kurtzberg. Fifth, Blue Beetle, unlike in the Modern Age, is merely a part-time member of this team that only will interact with Batman a few times. From these team-ups, the Dark Knight will regard Blue Beetle as a highly-intelligent-but-emotionally-immature second-rate superhero. And sixth, Shazam—then known as Captain Marvel—was originally a member of this JLI team in the Modern Age. As per Shazam! Vol. 3 #1, Shazam doesn’t debut until much later.)

–REFERENCE: In Heroes in Crisis #7. Seeing that Booster Gold and Blue Beetle are chummy and also quite the incorrigible troublemakers, Batman begins keeping secret tabs on their extracurricular activities, which are usually harmless and situationally-comedic. Notably, Batman will sniff-out all of Booster and Beetle’s safe-houses.

–REFERENCE: In Green Lanterns #24—originally told in Justice League #5. A hot-headed Guy Gardner runs his mouth at a JLI meeting, which leads to Batman knocking him out with just one punch.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #1000 Part 5 and Detective Comics #1000 Part 10. Early September. Batman, as he does every year on the anniversary of his parents’ murders, visits both Crime Alley (where his parents were killed) and the cemetery where his parents are buried.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1. Batman, having now worked closely with both Mr. Miracle and Big Barda, gains even more insight into the world of the New Gods. Mr. Miracle gives Batman a special method of communicating with both he and certain New Gods, should the Dark Knight need their assistance in the future.

–REFERENCE: In Action Comics #980 and Suicide Squad Vol. 5 #26-27. Batman meets government official Amanda Waller and learns some information about her clandestine program Task Force X, which controls the rotating super-villain covert-ops team known as The Suicide Squad. (Task Force X has existed in secrecy since the 1940s and has been operated by the US Government since that time.) Waller’s current Suicide Squad operations are based out of the Belle Reve Federal Prison in Louisiana.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1 Part 2, Justice League of America Vol. 5 #14, and Doomsday Clock #5-6—originally told in Millennium. Manhunter Robots return again, activating sleeper agents embedded within the superhero community in an attempt to take control of Earth. Notably, Rocket Red Vladimir Mikoyan reveals himself as an evil Manhunter, attacking the JLI from within. The Manhunters are defeated by dozens of heroes. Specifically, a bunch of heroes, including Green Lanterns Arisia Rrab and Kilowog, defeat the Manhunter Highmaster to save Earth. Afterward, Mikoyan’s Rocket Red #7 suit goes into the JL Trophy Room. A new superhero team, The New Guardians, debuts as well. The team consists of Harbinger, Extraño, Tom Kalmaku, Gloss, Floronic Man, Dreamer (Betty Clawman), Jet, and Ram .

–REFERENCE: In Red Hood and The Outlaws Vol. 2 Annual #1, All-Star Batman #10, and Batman Vol. 3 #56—originally told in “TEN NIGHTS OF THE BEAST.” Batman fights deadly Russian super-assassin KGBeast (Anatoli Knyazev). In order to evade capture, the Beast severs his own hand. Despite immediately resurfacing with a weaponized robot hand, Batman still defeats him.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #957-958. Batman encounters Lady Shiva—Cassie Cain’s mother—for the first time.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights Clayface (Basil Karlo) aboard a cruise ship that has just docked at one of Gotham’s harbors.

–FLASHBACK: From Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1 Part 2. Batman, Robin, and Batgirl bust Joker and Harley Quinn on Harley’s birthday. (This flashback—a memory narrated by Harley herself—is impossible to place error-free because it supposedly takes place at a time period where: one, Harley is still dating Joker; two, Harley will still be dating Joker a year from now; three, Batgirl is active; and four, Batgirl is wearing her Burnside costume.) So, how do we handle this one? It’s gotta go right here, obviously prior to the events of The Killing Joke, which means the Burnside costume has to be outright ignored.



–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10. Bruce and Alfred visit Miami. Alfred takes notice of the construction boom that is going on in the city.

–FLASHBACK: From The Silencer Annual #1. Talia al Ghul sends her brainwashed League of Assassins agent (and lover) known only as The Silencer to Gotham on a mission to protect Batman from The Reaper, a hitman sent after the Dark Knight by Ra’s al Ghul. (This is a third Reaper, not to be confused with the previous two Reapers on our timeline.) The Silencer, using the cover name “Honor,” moves into a Gotham brownstone, meeting real estate broker Blake Guest. On her big night, the Silencer pauses to save a family from being mugged, which allows Batman to get the jump on her. They fight to a stalemate. The Reaper then shows up and injures Batman, but the Silencer chops the Reaper’s head clean off before fleeing into the shadows. Later, Honor has a pleasant exchange with Blake, taking his card. (She’ll later marry Blake and have a child with him.) Honor returns to Talia, who tells her that she plans on starting her own organization separate from her father’s. This organization will be known as Leviathan.

–REFERENCE: In ???. Batman takes in the diminutive mute hunchback Harold Allnut, a genius inventor and tech whiz. Harold lives temporarily in the Batcave, creating new costume upgrades and vehicles for the Bat-Family. Shortly thereafter, Harold leaves to live on a farm in New England.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #999. February—Bruce’s birthday. As he does every year on his birthday, Batman runs Program 2.1, placing himself into a virtual world that challenges him by pushing him to his most extreme limits.

–REFERENCE: In Mother Panic #4, Mother Panic #8, and Detective Comics #969 Part 2. Batman fights the debuting Ratcatcher (Otis Flannegan), and knocks him unconscious before sending him off to prison. Ratcatcher will cross paths with the Bat-Family every once in a blue moon, and when he does, he will usually team with other villains. However, these super-villain team-ups won’t physically appear on our timeline below, so we’ll have to just imagine them sprinkled throughout the chronology.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #6—originally told in Detective Comics #591, an Australian Aborigine vigilante named Umbaluru travels to Gotham to retrieve an ancient artifact stolen from his people during a massacre by White settlers. Upon arrival in the big city, the Aborigine warrior starts killing people. Batman gets involved, but, in the end, Umbaluru escapes without a trace.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #79. For the third time, Catwoman steals the Coner Diamond from the Gotham Museum, but, as before, Batman steals it right back.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #982—originally told in Batman: The Cult. Immortal Christian preacher Joseph Blackfire obtains converts to his fanatical patristic sect by spiking homeless shelters and pantries’ food offerings with mind-altering drugs. These poor folks quickly become Deacon Blackfire’s insane cult of followers, helping him capture Batman. For a week, Batman is chained-up beneath Blackfire’s church where he is tortured and drugged. Batman eventually musters up enough strength to break free. Blackfire’s crazed followers then turn on and kill their own master.

–REFERENCE: In New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 Part 2. Batman and Robin defeat the martial arts master King Snake (Sir Edmund Dorrance).

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #39—originally told in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1-4 (“THE LAST ARKHAM”). In order to find out how Victor Zsasz keeps escaping Arkham Asylum, Batman goes into the belly of the beast, imprisoning himself with Jeremiah Arkham’s permission. Batman fights a bunch of his rogues, including newcomer Amygdala (Aaron Helzinger), before figuring out Zsasz’s escape route and busting him.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 11 and Detective Comics #1004. Young Astrid Arkham watches through a hole in an Arkham Asylum wall as Batman violently ends yet another prison riot. Astrid will secretly watch Batman from afar whenever he sets foot inside Arkham Asylum. Over time, she will grow to hate Batman.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #5—and referenced in Trinity Vol. 2 #12, Detective Comics #965, Detective Comics #968, Detective Comics #987, New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 Part 1, Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #23, Batman: Kings of Fear #2, and Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #26—originally told in “A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.” Robin learns that his mom, whom he thought died years ago, is actually still alive. Tracking her to Ethiopia, Robin finds her mixed-up with Joker. Robin and his mom are brutally murdered by Joker, who beats the former to death with a crowbar. Back in Gotham, a funeral is held and Batman puts the second Robin’s tattered costume on display in memoriam in the Batcave. The Dark Knight is emotionally shattered by Jason’s passing. (From this point forward, Batman will still take on young sidekicks, but he will question whether or not he’s helping or ruining their lives. Batman will be plagued with these thoughts for the rest of his life.) Unknown to the Bat-Family, Talia al Ghul digs up Jason’s corpse and revives him via Lazarus Pit. Jason, angry at both Batman’s failure to save him and his non-lethal position in regard to punishing Joker, won’t make his return for a couple years, choosing to train for the perfect revenge in the meantime. (As referenced in Red Hood: Outlaw #33, Jason will travel to the mystical “Thousand Acres of All” to train with Ducra and the warrior people known as The All-Caste.)

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #984. Alfred, who has always been enthusiastic about Batman’s teen sidekicks, now, in light of Jason’s murder, does a complete 180 degree turn. He doesn’t think Batman should use child soldiers anymore. Bruce and Alfred have a long discussion about the problematic nature of Batman using child soldiers. They will have many discussions about this topic, moving forward. These discussions won’t physically appear on our timeline—for the most part—and will have to simply be imagined scattered throughout the chronology, especially whenever a new sidekick comes along.

–REFERENCE: In Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #11, Doomsday Clock #2, Doomsday Clock #6, and Batman Vol. 3 #49—originally told in The Killing Joke. Joker kidnaps Commissioner Gordon and shoots Barbara Gordon in the spine. The sadistic Joker undresses Babs, takes pornographic pictures of her, and leaves her for dead. Thankfully, Babs is rushed to the hospital and stabilized, but she is permanently paralyzed from the legs down. Batman brings Joker to justice at his abandoned amusement park lair. As the cops arrive in the pouring rain, Batman throttles a laughing Joker and, due to the futility of their never-ending war, can’t help but laugh out loud as well. Things’ll never be the same after this.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Who Laughs #3. Bruce reads an article about the troubled young genius that is James Gordon Jr, son of the famous Gotham top cop. Now thirteen-years-old, James Jr, who has been in and out of institutions for most of his life, has gained notoriety for his diabolical intellect, specifically knowledge of routes and mathematical combinations. James Jr has filled dozens of journals with random data and plans related to these routes and combos.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #1000 Part 5 and Detective Comics #1000 Part 10. Early September. Batman, as he does every year on the anniversary of his parents’ murders, visits both Crime Alley (where his parents were killed) and the cemetery where his parents are buried.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21 and Doom Patrol/Justice League of America Special #1—originally told in Justice League International #19-21. Big Barda, Martian Manhunter, and Green Lantern G’nort go on a mission to deep space to rescue Mister Miracle from the interstellar villain Manga Khan. Meanwhile, Lobo joins the JLI, but is outed as a double-agent working for Manga Khan. He is kicked off the team and his hook and chain are put into the Justice League Trophy Room. Eventually, the whole JLI chases Manga Khan to Apokolips. After a fight against Manga Khan and a bunch of Parademons, an annoyed Darkseid teleports everyone away.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2, Doomsday Clock #5, Batman Vol. 3 #68, and Justice League Vol. 4 #40—originally told in Invasion. Several intergalactic alien races form a military alliance with the goal of eradicating all metahuman life on Earth (the planet deemed most threatening because it has the most metahumans). Secretly, The Dominators, evil leaders of the alien alliance, want to replicate the metagene and create their own super-warriors. (In addition to the Dominators, the alliance comprises the following alien races: Khunds, Thanagarians, Psions, Durlans, the Gil’Dishpan, the Warlords of Okaara, Citadelians, and Daxamites.) During the alien invasion, human scientists become aware of the metagene that causes superpowers, which exists in around 12% of the population. After several nations fall under alien control, dozens—including the JLI, the Doom Patrol, the New Guardians, Green Lantern Corps (Hal Jordan, Kilowog, and Medphyll), Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Atom, Flash, Deadman, the Creeper, Power Girl, the Spectre, Animal Man, Hawk, Dove (Dawn Granger), Black Orchid, Swamp Thing, Amanda Waller, Max Lord, and General Wade Eiling—gather at a superhero summit to determine a plan of coordinated action. The war kicks into high gear, resulting in casualties on both sides, notably new Doom Patrol member Celsius. (Don’t worry, Celsius comes back.) Eventually, the war is won and the alien alliance is defeated, but not before the Dominators detonate a “Gene Bomb.” The resulting massive energy explosion causes widespread global death to aliens and humans alike. Interestingly, the Gene Bomb also causes some people to gain super powers, most notably Max Lord, who becomes telepathic. The Australian superhero known as The Tasmanian Devil is mutated by the Gene Bomb. Also notably, before their defeat, the Dominators do experiments on some humans, turning them into metahumans as well. These poor folks, known collectively as The Blasters, include Looking Glass and Snapper Carr. By the end of this episode, Batman has obtained a wealth of information about various extraterrestrial species, races, and planets.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5 and Adventures of the Super Sons #1—originally told in Justice League International #24 and Justice League Europe #1-10. A splinter Justice League group is formed in the wake of the recent invasion. Thus, the Justice League Europe is formed. The team, operating out of the former JLI embassies and a castle in England, consists of Animal Man, Captain Atom, Crimson Fox, Elongated Man, Flash, Power Girl, and Rocket Red Dmitri Pushkin. Elongated Man’s wife, Sue Dibny, is an honorary member. Batman, while still remaining on the JLI, is heavily involved in the organization of the JLE. Note that Crimson Fox is initially a pair of twin sisters, Vivian D’Aramis and Constance D’Aramis, who switch on-and-off in the costumed superhero role. Also note that this team will only last for less than a year before disbanding.

–Our Fighting Forces Giant #1 (aka Batman: Gotham Nights Vol. 3 #1)
November 16. Batman and a squadron of GCPD officers charge in a hail of gunfire to rescue a kidnapped Commissioner Gordon, who has been taken hostage by a gang of killer clowns. Gordon takes a bullet, but Batman saves him and busts most of the clowns. This action is mirrored by President Barack Obama delivering a speech and bestowing the Medal of Honor to war veteran Salvatore A Giunta, who went through a similar experience in Afghanistan a few years prior.

–REFERENCE: In Event Leviathan #6—originally told in Manhunter #17.
Former attorney, anti-hero, ex-con, and ex-Suicide Squad member Manhunter (Mark Shaw) teams-up with reluctant partner Batman to bust a new one-shot Sportsmaster, the second villain to use this moniker.


YEAR NINE (2011)

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #965—and also referenced in Batwoman: Rebirth #1, Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #7, and Detective Comics #967. Originally told in “A LONELY PLACE OF DYING.” Batman, increasingly haunted by Jason’s death, becomes reckless to the point of sloppy—barely surviving regular patrols, losing fights, and badly hurting low-level opponents. After Batman struggles to defeat a pathetic copycat Ravager, the autodidactic Tim Drake, a boy-genius that has followed his favorite hero’s career (and been secretly stalking Batman) for most of his life, makes his presence known. Having long ago deduced the secret IDs of Batman and his first two Robins, a worried Tim approaches Dick at the circus and begs him to become Robin again to re-inspire his old mentor. Dick takes Tim to Wayne Manor and he explains his story to he and Alfred. Nightwing then teams-up with Batman for the very first time to take on Two-Face. During the fight, the heroes wind up in dire straits. Tim dons Dick’s original Robin costume and gets a ride to the crime scene from Alfred! Tim, who has trained since he was very young, is able to bust Two-Face and save the lives of both Batman and Nightwing. Afterward, Bruce allows Tim to begin training to become the new Robin. Tim will train for the next six months.

–REFERENCE: In Deathstroke Vol. 4 #35. Bruce and Tim get to know one another. Tim talks about his love of Ignatius Paul Pollaky, a 19th century private detective.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #999. February—Bruce’s birthday. As he does every year on his birthday, Batman runs Program 2.1, placing himself into a virtual world that challenges him by pushing him to his most extreme limits.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics Vol. 3 Annual #3 Part 1—originally told in Batman #445-447 (“WHEN THE EARTH DIES!”). Batman travels to Moscow to fight KGBeast’s protégé Gregor Dosynski, better known as NKVDemon.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Giant #11 (aka Batman: Universe #5). Batman, Alfred, and Nightwing come up with a loose contingency plan for protecting Gotham, should Batman ever go missing in action. Basically, Nightwing will step in as Gotham’s temporary number one protector should the need ever arise.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Who Laughs #4-5. Blackgate Penitentiary (aka Blackgate Prison) opens a special wing for Arkham Asylum inmates that are transitioning from the lunatic ward to the regular criminal population. Batman will closely monitor this wing, moving forward. Batman also begins surveilling and familiarizing himself with the prison guards at Blackgate, especially its Adult Protective Services squad. This surveillance and familiarization includes not only building detailed files on the guards themselves, but also on their families. It’s likely that Batman initiates this protocol for Arkham Asylum’s staff too. In an unspecified incident in the Arkham Wing of Blackgate shortly after its opening, Batman teams-up with Blackgate APS officers David Harper, David Jimenez, Laurie Lenner, Pine, and Gantz.

–REFERENCE: In Harley Loves Joker #1—originally told in the Batman The Animated Series TV show. Batman rescues Catwoman from Kirk Langstrom’s mentor Dr. Emile Dorian, a Dr. Moreau analogue that does human-animal hybridization experimentation on a remote island with his young assistant Abel Cuvier.

–Wonder Woman Vol. 5 #22
This item occurs exactly eight months and seven years since Wonder Woman first left Themyscira. Wonder Woman volunteers to participate in a date auction for charity in Las Vegas. In attendance are Bruce—in full playboy persona, surrounded by women—and Lex Luthor. Both men bid top dollar, but Dr. Veronica Cale winds up spending the most dough, winning the date. Veronica secretly wants to analyze Wonder Woman’s powers on behalf of her organization Godwatch. After dinner, Veronica tells a sob story that leads Wonder Woman into battle against human-traffickers. During the fight, Veronica scans Wonder Woman’s metapowers and magick lasso. The next day, Wonder Woman visits and scolds Veronica, having learned that she is connected to the Cheetah and is up to no good.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Giant #1. Batman busts a small-time crook named Frank.

–Action Comics Special #1 Part 2
Late April. Lois Lane and Clark Kent perform comedy routines at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, with Lois skewering President Obama pretty hard on his use of indiscriminate drone strikes in Africa. Batman does security duty, watching from the rafters. Flash, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman are guests, seated near the POTUS. Clark roasts attendee Lex Luthor by making fun of his early costumed super-villain days and showing video of Superman busting Luthor from nearly a decade ago. Afterward, an angry Luthor calls his people and says he is running for president in the next election. NOTE: This is an interesting item to place. Writer Mark Russell seems to be spoofing the White House Correspondents’ Dinner from late April of 2011, in which President Obama and Seth Meyers ripped Donald Trump a new one. As one of many apocryphal stories about Trump deciding to run for office goes, Trump’s fragile ego was so crushed that he decided then-and-there to throw his hat into the ring as revenge. In Russell’s Rebirth Era DCU version, Clark is a stand-in for Meyers and Luthor is a fitting stand-in for Trump. Also worth mentioning, it would seem that Obama’s drone strike usage, in the DCU, was a mainstream news story earlier in the DCU than it was IRL. The Washington Post first reported extensive details of drone strikes in October 2012, but here we are, warts and all, in April 2011. At the end of Russell’s tale, Luthor does indeed tell his people that he’s going to run for office. And Luthor certainly will.

–REFERENCE: In Action Comics Special #1 Part 2 and Action Comics #1004. Lex Luthor publicly announces his candidacy for the Presidency and begins campaigning. Luthor will eventually choose Clark Kent’s childhood friend Pete Ross as his Vice Presidential partner. Ross is married to another childhood friend of Clark’s, his ex-girlfriend Lana Lang.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #957, Detective Comics #963, and Detective Comics #971—originally told in Detective Comics #609-609 (“ANARKY IN GOTHAM CITY”). Batman encounters teenage left wing anti-hero Anarky (Lonnie Machin), who hides beneath a large red cloak, holding his mask on a stilt above his head, in order to make himself look taller and hide his age. Anarky’s goal is to, by any means necessary, radicalize the lumpen masses by exposing the damage that decades of neoliberal disinvestment have caused to America. Batman takes umbrage with this, especially the “by any means neccessary” part, and sends Anarky to Juvenile Hall.

–REFERENCE: In Batgirl Vol. 5 #24. Batman busts members of one of Gotham’s longest-running biker gangs, The Street Demonz.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Lost #1—originally told in Batman #452-454 (“DARK KNIGHT, DARK CITY”). Riddler, possessed by Barbatos, tricks Batman into going through a series of syncretist rituals that lead him to a hidden tomb. There, Batman witnesses hazy vision of 1765 in which several prominent figures, including Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Wayne (Simon Hurt), engage in an occult ritual to summon Barbatos. Hurt sacrifices a young woman named Dominique and considers the summoning a success, coming into contact with the defeated Hyper-Adapter in bat form (which he mistakes for the actual Barbatos). Hurt feasts upon the flesh of the Hyper-Adapter, which endows him with extended life/semi-immortality. Unknown to Hurt and company in 1765, Barbatos has used them as part of an opening rite of his “Mantling” ritual. The City of Gotham is now prepped to become the place of his arrival in just over 250 years’ time. After the vague and confusing flashback vision ends, Batman can’t quite make sense of it. Despite having just witnessed the origin story of Simon Hurt and a key part of Barbatos’ plan, Batman has no clue what this hallucinatory trip was all about. Nevertheless, the Caped Crusader finds the skeletal remains of Dominique and gives her a proper burial.

–REFERENCE: In Doom Patrol/Justice League of America Special #1—originally told in Justice League Quarterly #2. Skyscraper-tall cosmic designer Mr. Nebula—a former student of Manga Khan’s—arrives to give Earth a gaudy makeover, bedizining up a colossal mess that Batman and the other superheroes are forced to clean up.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #964, Detective Comics #967, and Detective Comics #970—originally told in Detective Comics #618-621 (“RITE OF PASSAGE”). Anarky (using the codename “Moneyspider”) is able to strike from Juvenile Hall, using his hacker skills to online-transfer a ton of cash from commercialist big businesses and international banks to charitable organizations. Thanks to some ace detective work by Tim Drake, Batman is able to trace the hacks to Moneyspider, putting a stop to Anarky’s illegal (albeit revolutionary) scheme. However, with this bit of good news comes unfortunate bad news. Tim’s parents, millionaire industrialists Jack Drake and Janet Drake, have been kidnapped by The Obeah Man. Batman flies down to Haiti to save them, but is only able to rescue Jack. Janet dies and a funeral is held.

–REFERENCE: In Batwoman: Rebirth #1, Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #7, Detective Comics #965, Detective Comics #975, Flash Vol. 5 #64, and Batman: Pennyworth RIP #1. July. Tim Drake finishes his training and becomes the third Robin, donning a costume designed for him by Alfred. Tim will be the most hopeful Robin yet, focused on social justice more than any other superhero before. He will often speak to Batman about progressive ideas that involve new methods of crime-fighting in regard to organization and logistics in an attempt to influence his mentor just as much as the Caped Crusader has influenced him. As referenced in Batman: Pennyworth RIP #1 (and in a nod to his New 52 origin), Tim also takes the nickname “Red Robin,” wanting to differentiate himself the previous Robins. While this is an unofficial name, he does make an alternate “RR” chest insignia, which he will, on occasion, wear into combat.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #974 Part 2. Batman tells his new Robin how similar they are in personality and drive. This is definitely true as Tim is more like Bruce than the previous Robins. Batman, with admiration, will often remind Tim how alike they are, moving forward.

–NOTE: In Doomsday Clock #5. Despite still not remembering the original Teen Titans lineup thanks to a global mind-wipe, Nightwing—as if by fate (or maybe because costumed adventuring teens will always be drawn to one another)—starts a “New Titans” venture. The group features himself, Cyborg, Jericho (Deathstroke’s son Joseph Wilson), Arsenal, Starfire, Changeling, Donna Troy, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, Red Star, and Pantha. Shortly after forming, Team Titans (a group of teenage heroes from the future) time-travel back to the present and begin involving themselves in the adventures of the New Titans. Terra II (a clone of the original Terra) is a member of Team Titans, who will quickly become a de-facto member of the New Titans as well. In the Modern Age, Mirage was also a member of the New Titans/Team Titans, but she is not in the Rebirth Era. This New Titans venture will only last for a few months.

–Detective Comics #1000 Deluxe Edition Part 13
Following a tip, Batman busts up a big drug deal that the Ventriloquist (with Scarface) is facilitating. Batman busts the dealers and puts a tracer on the Ventriloquist’s fleeing car. Upon returning to their drug mansion, Ventriloquist and Scarface find Anarky, who is there filming an activist video series about the wealthy “public enemies” of Gotham. Anarky is quickly captured, but Batman crashes into the palatial estate, rescuing the young vigilante and busting the Ventriloquist and his henchmen.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5 and Year of the Villain #1 Part 2—originally told in Suicide Squad #59-62 (“LEGERDEMAIN”). The ex-dictator of Qurac, Hurrambi Marlo, is held at the Guantanamo Bay-esque Blood Island. Israeli and Arab metahuman teams try to get to Marlo first—the former trying to assassinate, the latter trying to rescue). (The Israeli team is called Hayoth, consisting of Colonel Hacohen, Dybbuk, Judith, Ramban, and Golem. The Arab team is called The Jihad, consisting of Agni, Badb, and Piscator.) Meanwhile, Batman goes to confront Amanda Waller regarding a missing Atom. While at her government office, he runs into Barbara Gordon, who, despite being paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, is currently working with Task Force X! Waller and Babs tells Batman to piss off. Shortly thereafter, Batman, Superman, and Aquaman go to Blood Island searching for the Atom. There, the heroes clash with Hayoth, the Jihad, and the Suicide Squad—which currently includes Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Count Vertigo, Poison Ivy, Nightshade, Bronze Tiger, The Thinker, and Nemesis (Tom Tresser). The Atom returns, revealing that he had gone undercover to expose a CIA plot, which involves setting up the four-way war on Blood Island and delivering Marlo back into the hands of the Quracis. The messy political conflict comes to a messy and unsatisfactory end for all parties involved.

–REFERENCE: In Deathstroke Vol. 4 #41Detective Comics #644-646 (“ELECTRIC CITY”). Batman fights the debuting Electrocutioner (Lester Buchinsky).

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #972—originally told in Batman #486. Batman defeats one-shot super-villain Metalhead, a spiky maniac wearing an all-black S&M ensemble.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #23—originally told in Batman #487. Batman saves Commissioner Gordon’s life from master assassin Headhunter, whose MO is to put two bullets in each victim’s head at close range. After fighting and chasing after him, Batman busts Headhunter, taking notice of an extremely rare white caiman crocodile tooth necklace that the super-villain wears.

–REFERENCE: In Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #11-12 and Year of the Villain #1 Part 2. Barbara Gordon, paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, decides that she’s not done being a superhero. She takes leave of her gig with Task Force X and becomes the Bat-Family’s resident super-hacker and information-dispatcher, Oracle. As Oracle, Babs also leads her own superhero group known as the Birds of Prey, which features Black Canary and rotating cast of other female heroes. Oracle will also work as an unofficial remote-investigator for the GCPD.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League: No Justice #2. Batman becomes aware of Brainiac’s cloned son, Vril Dox 2.0 (aka Brainiac 2.0). The Dark Knight is likely briefed about Vril Dox II by Superman. Batman and Vril Dox 2.0 never interacted with one another in previous eras, so there’s no reason to assume they do in the Rebirth Era either. Suffice to say, Batman would definitely know about the guy.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Doomsday Clock #5. Batman’s Outsiders disband. A new version of the team—still operating under the same mission to explore the “dark metal” mystery, but operating more independently from Batman—is formed. This version of the team includes Sebastian Faust, Technocrat, Charlie Wylde, the Eradicator (currently merged with Dr. David Connor), Dervish, Terra II (a clone of the original Terra), and Dr. Light (Kimiyo Hoshi). These Outsiders will continue going on unspecified missions and investigating the “dark energy” signature found in geological anomalies across the globe.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League of America Vol. 5 #7, Doomsday Clock #5-6, and Heroes in Crisis #3—originally told in “BLOODLINES.” The Bat-Family—along with Superman, Robin, Vril Dox II, Lobo, Deathstroke, Etrigan, Elongated Man, Lionheart, Gunfire, Anima, the New Titans, Team Titans, the JLI (including new member Tasmanian Devil), and others—fights against the Xenomorph-like Bloodlines Parasites (Angon, Gemir, Glonth, Lissik, Pritor, Slodd, and Venev), which suck people’s spinal fluid out of their bodies, either killing them or turning them into metahumans with random powers. Lissik and Venev create the super-villain Terrorsmith, who is defeated by Wonder Woman’s Justice League. All the heroes, including a handful of new ones inadvertently created by the Bloodlines Parasites, combine to defeat and kill the Bloodlines Parasites.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21. The JLI disbands. Several items are placed into the JL Trophy Room, including: one of Blue Beetle’s Bug-ships, some of Big Barda’s weapons (including her original Mega Rod), Dr. Fate’s helmet (a replica or one of several?), and Skeets’ original shell. Shortly thereafter, a new Wonder Woman-led Justice League is formed (sans Batman or Superman, but featuring mostly ex-JLI members). Simultaneously, the UN forms a splinter branch of the Justice League, which is led by Martian Manhunter and will utilize a rotating roster of members. This splinter branch is called the Justice League Task Force.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights Onomatopoeia.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #15, Detective Comics #1000 Part 2, Detective Comics #1000 Part 11, Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1, and Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman – Knightfall #1—and also referenced in Batman Vol. 3 #17, Detective Comics #987, Batman: Kings of Fear #2, and Doomsday Clock #12. Originally told in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 and the “KNIGHTFALL,” “KNIGHTQUEST,” and “KNIGHT’S END” story-arcs. New super-villain Bane (King Snake’s son) makes his presence known publicly in Gotham, threatening Batman. After releasing all of Arkham’s inmates, Batman and the Bat-Family wear themselves down re-jailing all of them. Batman defeats Bane’s top henchmen Trogg, Zombie, and Bird (and Bird’s pet falcon Talon) before finally taking on Bane himself. Pumped full of Venom, Bane crushes a weakened Batman, breaking his spine. Bane instantly becomes the king of the Gotham Underworld. We have to assume that, due to the severity of his spinal injury, Batman is out of action for an extended period. During this period, Batman passes the mantle of the Bat unto rookie teen superhero and current Order of St. Dumas avenger Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley Jr). Jean-Paul quickly builds a new Bat-costume (his high-tech Az-Bat costume), begins using excessive violence while patrolling, and defeats Bane. As he did in the Modern Age and New 52, Bruce makes a miraculously fast recovery. (Some metahuman healing power, magick, or science fiction-type event must occur, helping Bruce heal-up in mere months.) After re-training his body, Bruce returns to take back the mantle of the Bat from an unhinged Jean-Paul.

–REFERENCE: In Trinity Vol. 2 #13. Batman begins fine-calibrating the chemical darts for his tranquilizer gun, noting how many are necessary to take down specific foes. For instance, three darts are (or should be) enough to take down Bane.

–Batman: Kings of Fear #1-3[2]
Batman busts Penguin, who is sentenced to a short stay in Arkham Asylum, marking a rare moment he sees jail time (and one of the rare times he goes to Arkham). Later, Batman captures an escaped Joker and drives him back to Arkham. Just as Batman is about to leave, an alarm rings and a bunch of inmates get loose. Batman kills the lights and, with the advantage of fighting in the dark, is able to defeat Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc, Bane, Riddler, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Penguin, and Joker. Scarecrow, however, makes it out of the building with an Arkham guard, Kenneth Rhee, as a hostage. Scarecrow then sprays Batman in the face with Fear Gas to make his escape. When Batman comes-to, he visits Rhee’s apartment and speaks with his rentier. Later, after busting some smalltime drug pushers, Batman finds himself face-to-face with Scarecrow and, once again, succumbs to Fear Gas exposure. Thus begins a night of off-kilter patrolling for Batman while Scarecrow tags along, continuously re-dosing the Dark Knight with Fear Gas as he goes along. Batman goes the whole night unable to determine whether or not his routine patrol experiences are real or hallucinations. Eventually, Scarecrow guides the Caped Crusader to the location where he’s detained Rhee.

–Batman: Kings of Fear #4-6
As Commissioner Gordon kicks ass all over town in an effort to locate Scarecrow’s hidden lair, Batman hallucinates, trapped under the dizzying spell of a new strain of Fear Gas. While on the outside, Batman remains poised and silent, inside he faces turmoil, envisioning that Scarecrow has gained access to his mind. In his dream, Batman talks to Scarecrow self-reflection and crimefighting before admitting that his main unrequited love is the city of Gotham itself. Batman convinces himself that almost all his rogues would be good people if not for his own influence on them. Batman also convinces himself that his entire war on crime is regressive, right wing, and draconian, citing that he should have instead used his vast wealth to build a more utopian Gotham. Batman is making a lot of legit points about himself here. Batman snaps out of his vision by hulking-up and giving him self a double-dose injection of Fear Gas antidote serum. He then thrashes Scarecrow just as Commissioner Gordon finds him. Batman drives Kenneth Rhee and a detained Scarecrow back to Arkham. During the ride, Batman fingers Rhee as Scarecrow’s accomplice, but allows him to walk free. Back at Arkham, Batman runs into a doctor that he saved from a mugging five years ago. She tells him that her entire family owes him their lives, citing that she also scared her current husband, former crook Sammy Sanchez, straight. The doc then tells Batman a fun Bat-fact to help keep his chin up: while the lunatic super-villains constantly break-out and cause endless chaos, the recidivism rate of non-costumed criminals busted by Batman is only 2%. Back home, Batman chats with Alfred about how Scarecrow got into his head and made him doubt himself. Alfred gives him a pep-talk and tells him that Batman has always been a necessary force for good in the city and that any spin on that is total bunk. Batman settles-in to check junk e-mails from Lucius Fox, but soon heads back out to quell an escape-riot at Blackgate Penitentiary.

–REFERENCE: In The Green Lantern #5, Doomsday Clock #10, and Detective Comics #1010—originally told in Zero Hour: Crisis in Time. When the sky burns bright red and people from alternate universes begin appearing on Earth-0, the superhero community discovers that time itself is being erased and various alternate realities are merging into one timeline. Metron and Waverider announce that the architect of this “Crisis in Time” aka “Crisis II” is none other than two heroes that have gone insane: Hawk (now calling himself “Extant”) and Hal Jordan (who has been taken over by an evil yellow energy symbiote called Parallax. In NYC, all the heroes defeat Extant and the possessed Hal, ending the threat of Parallax. After the dust settles, Wonder Woman moves the main branch of the JL into a new satellite HQ constructed from the remains of a ship she has claimed as a prize from besting the alien super-villain Overmaster. Note that the opening splash pages of Brian Michael Bendis’ Action Comics run are super-meta, containing winks, nods, and Easter Egg references galore. The info from these splashes cover a wide range of narrative, spanning from references that could easily be canon to references that could never ever be canon even with the most bent fanwank imaginable. It is precisely because of this range that Bendis’ opening splashes are not (and were never intended to be) gospel—instead existing more akin to the old non-canon splash pages of the Golden and Silver Ages. But why am I mentioning Bendis’ Action Comics splashes here? The splash from Action Comics #1008 lists the first seven major “DC Crises,” specifically categorizing the “Crisis in Time” as number two. While this splash is non-canon (as per the reasons above), the Crisis list is dead on the money, confirming and adding detail to the other decidedly canonical Zero Hour references.

–REFERENCE: In Bane: Conquest #2. Batman fights the underground martial arts gang known as The Monkey Fist Cult (aka The Brotherhood of the Monkey Fist), which is led by the deadly assassin Silver Monkey.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #1000 Part 5 and Detective Comics #1000 Part 10. Early September. Batman, as he does every year on the anniversary of his parents’ murders, visits both Crime Alley (where his parents were killed) and the cemetery where his parents are buried.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Metal #1—originally told in Sandman Vol. 2 #71. Morpheus aka The Sandman aka Dream of the Endless dies, allowing Daniel Hall to become the new Dream. Many of Earth’s superheroes, including Batman, attend Morpheus’ wake (although they do so only in dreams and have no recollection of it afterward).

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #37—originally told in Extreme Justice #0-1 and Extreme Justice #16. Batman has nothing to do with this item, but he, like the rest of the world, would be well aware of what occurs. The JL (led by Wonder Woman) and the JL Task Force (led by Martian Manhunter) still have the full backing of the UN. Frustrated that he’s been left out of the action, Captain Atom forms a third unsanctioned branch of the Justice League. This group is nicknamed Extreme Justice and features notable sidekick team members The Wonder Twins (Zan and Jayna). Batman never meets the Wonder Twins, who are ten-year-old shapeshifters from the planet Exxor. The Wonder Twins are only around for a very brief period of time before returning to their home planet, but they make quite a splash and are beloved fan favorites across America.[3]

–REFERENCE: In Bane: Conquest #12—originally told in Batman: The Vengeance of Bane II. Bane is a shadow of his former self, wasting away in Blackgate Penitentiary. (He was transferred there from Arkham Asylum.) In fact, he’s gotten so soggy that fellow inmate KGBeast kicks the shit out of him just for fun. After suffering this humiliation, Bane decides to get back into shape. Bane talks to a therapist about his horrible childhood growing up in a Santa Priscan prison, and how the only positive thing in his life was his prized teddy bear. Bane’s therapist gets him a teddy bear as a gift. A revitalized Bane, having earned KGBeast’s respect, gets his help to fly the coop. Bane then meets with Batman and helps him bust some Venom dealers. Bane tells Batman that he was once an innocent child, and he will no longer be driven by hate. Batman lets Bane go, and the latter departs the US in search of his father, King Snake.

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #61—originally told in Detective Comics #691-699. New vigilante Lock-Up (Lyle Bolton) begins capturing super-villains—such as Killer Moth, Allergent, and Two-Face—locking them up in his own personal torture chamber. Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Commissioner Gordon bust Lock-Up.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League of America Vol. 5 #21—originally told in Aztek: The Ultimate Man #6-7. Batman tracks an escaped Joker to Vanity, OR. There, the Caped Crusader teams with Aztek to defeat Joker.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Justice League Vol. 3 #39, Green Arrow Vol. 6 #31, and Adventures of the Super Sons #1—originally told in JLA #1-4 (“NEW WORLD ORDER”). The Justice League disbands. In its place, the team reforms as the Justice League with a new stronger “Big Guns” lineup—Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, and Aquaman (who has a temporary prosthetic harpoon hand, having recently lost his hand in battle). (Note that the JL Task Force and Extreme Justice still exist, but they will both quietly disband in a few months.) The first threat the new “Big Guns” JL deals with is the White Martian group known as The Hyperclan (Armek, Protex, Primaid, and ZüM). The Hyperclan destroys the JL Satellite, but are eventually defeated. (As usual, all the JL trophies are saved.) After defeating the Hyperclan, the JL keeps the robotic head of Armek, along with the costumes of Protex, Primaid, and ZüM. All of these items will eventually wind up in yet another new JL Trophy Room. In fact, following the defeat of the Hyperclan, the new JL constructs a massive HQ on the Moon known as The Watchtower, complete with all the amenities, including a trophy room.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Vol. 4 #1. Now that the Earth’s superheroes have a permanent presence on the Moon, Batman sees the entire lunar surface as a potential battlefield or target. Thus, the paranoid Dark Knight secretly plants bombs all over the Moon. These explosives, strong enough to destroy the entire Moon, will act as a last-ditch emergency failsafe.

–REFERENCE: In Suicide Squad Vol. 5 Annual #1—originally told in Scare Tactics #11. When one of the members of Scare Tactics, a teenage pop group comprised only of metahumans and monsters, turns up dead in Gotham, Batman is on the case and interrogates the remaining members of the band—werewolf Fang, vampire Scream Queen, and muck monster Gross-Out. Eventually, Batman learns that the “murder” was done by Gross-Out but as an assisted suicide. Scare Tactics then goes from band to superhero trio.

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #39. Batman busts husband-and-wife assassin duo Gunhawk (Liam Hawkleigh) and Bunnyhawk.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #36. Batman busts the cowboy-themed sibling robbers known as The Trigger Twins (Tod Trigger and Tad Trigger).

–REFERENCE: In Batman Secret Files #1 Part 3. Batman makes his first patrol of Gotham’s poorest neighborhoods, the mostly African-American populated locale known as The Hill. Batman will rarely visit the Hill, unless he is shaking down corrupt GCPD cops. The few visits to the Hill that Batman will undertake in the future will happen invisibly on our timeline below.

–REFERENCE: In The Green Lantern #4-5 and The Green Lantern: Blackstars #2—originally told in “THE FINAL NIGHT.” A baby Sun-Eater (Starbreaker’s alien species) arrives in the Milky Way Galaxy, threatening all life on Earth. While adult Sun-Eaters appear as regular humanoids (à la Starbreaker), larval Sun-Eaters are massive amorphous Black Holes capable of devouring entire stars whole. (The Green Lantern #4 reveals that Sun-Eaters return to their massive living-Black Hole forms when they reach geriatric age as well. Thus the life cycle of a Sun-Eater starts out as giant baby star-devouring cloud, then regular-size humanoid, and then a return to giant baby star-devouring cloud. Fun! This particular second-cycle infant Sun-Eater is Starbreaker’s mother.) She immediately engulfs the sun, causing the Earth to plummet into a darkness that the news outlets label “The Final Night.” As riots begin all over the panicked planet, the superhero community—including relative newcomer Alpha Centurion—buckles down to maintain order. While the Bat-Family protects Gotham, Batman and a drained Superman bust Vandal Savage in Paris. Batman also busts a rampaging Man-Bat. Hal Jordan, using the power of Parallax, then single-handedly destroys the Sun-Eater, saving the Earth, but at the cost of his own life. Having gone over a week straight without sunlight, Superman seemingly loses his powers completely. A funeral is held for Hal.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League of America Vol. 5 #29 Epilogue, Adventures of the Super Sons #2-3, and New Year’s Evil #1 Part 2. As a reaction to having not gotten any sunlight for over a week (during the previous “Final Night” episode), Superman’s Kryptonian physiology unexpectedly changes him into a blue electromagnetic energy being. Blue Superman dons a new cape-less “electric” containment-suit costume and continues his superhero adventures with a new looks and slightly altered power set. Note that, in the Modern Age, Superman Blue was a thing for both a full in-story calendar year and a full year’s worth of publications as well. It is unknown how long Superman Blue keeps his electric look in the Rebirth Era, but it might be for a much shorter time period. Suffice to say, whenever his electric powers fade away, he will immediately split into two separate energy forms (blue and red) before returning back to normal (and to his prior uniform).

–REFERENCE: In The Green Lantern #5—originally told in The Spectre Vol. 3 #62. Detective Jim Corrigan dies, leaving the Spectre host-less. Batman attends Jim Corrigan’s funeral. (Don’t forget, Batman still has no idea that Corrigan was ever linked to the Spectre.)

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Dark Days: The Forge #1, and Justice League Vol. 4 #1—originally told in JLA #11-15 (“ROCK OF AGES”). Lex Luthor forms a new Injustice Gang featuring himself, Joker, Ocean Master (Orm Marius), Mirror Master II (Evan McCulloch), Circe, and Dr. Light (Arthur Light). The new Injustice Gang debuts by threatening the Justice League with the cosmic-powered Philosopher’s Stone, alternately known as the Worlogog, in which part of the Source resides. Metron introduces the JL members to the android Hourman from the 853rd century and shows them how to deal with Luthor and his cronies. Plastic Man officially joins the JL roster, helping to defeat Luthor and the Injustice Gang on his very first mission with the team. Afterward, the Worlogog goes into the JL Trophy Room. Luthor is able to distance himself from any illegalities following this affair.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21 and Justice League Dark Vol. 2 #1—originally told in JLA: Paradise Lost. Fallen angel Zauriel and the Justice League get stuck in the middle of a war between Heaven and Hell as the fallen angel Asmodel teams with Neron (King of Hell) to battle the empyrean seraphim. The war ends when Neron begins infighting with Asmodel. Afterward, Zauriel becomes the newest member of the JL. Zauriel’s original cloak and flaming sword will go into the JL’s Trophy Room when he eventually goes back to Heaven.

–REFERENCE:In Year of the Villain #1 Part 2—originally told in JLA Secret Files and Origins #2 Part 1. The new “Big Guns” JL holds a membership drive to update its roster to: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Flash (Barry Allen), Kyle Rayner, Plastic Man, Zauriel, Steel (John Henry Irons), and Oracle. Note that, in the Modern Age, Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) was also recruited and Flash was Wally West. These things are not true in the Rebirth Era.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally told in JLA #16-17. The new “Big Guns” Justice League is taken down by the debuting Prometheus, who infiltrates Watchtower security. Catwoman, while attempting to steal from the Watchtower, winds up saving the day, defeating Prometheus, who retreats to Limbo (aka Purgatory aka The Ghost Zone).

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally referenced in JLA Secret Files and Origins #2 Part 2. The Justice League acquires a Kirby Dot from the illustrious Professor Kirby! The Kirby Dot goes into the JL Trophy Room!

–REFERENCE: In the second feature to Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #22-25. Batman encounters The Wonderland Gang, a Lewis Carroll-inspired crime group that includes Mad Hatter, Tweedledum, Tweedledee, The Carpenter (Jenna Duffy), The Lion, The Unicorn, The Walrus, and March Harriet (aka March Hare). The Carpenter is responsible for constructing the gaudy hideouts of most of the super-villains in Gotham.[4]

–REFERENCE: In Young Justice Vol. 3 #5-6 and Young Justice Vol. 3 #15. Originally told in Young Justice: The Secret #1JLA: World Without Grownups #1-2, and Young Justice #1-6. After the teenage super-villain Bedlam exiles all adults to an alternate reality, Robin assembles a bunch of teen superheroes to get them back. With the blessing of the Justice League, Robin officially forms a new teenage hero team called Young Justice. The team comprises Robin, new Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark), Impulse (Bart Allen), Arrowette, Secret, and Red Tornado (the team’s elder mentor). Young Justice makes the old Secret Sanctuary in Happy Harbor its primary HQ. One of their first missions is besting Despero (with some help from the JL). Young Justice will last less than a year before disbanding and getting erased from everyone’s collective memory. This memory erasure seems to happen to DC’s teen groups quite a bit, doesn’t it? (Note that Conner Kent was originally a member of this team in the Modern Age, but he is not in the Rebirth Era because he doesn’t exist.)

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #58. At a water park, Harley Quinn whacks Batman in the face with a large pan of lasagna.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Justice League Vol. 4 #1, and The Unexpected #2—originally told in “DC ONE MILLION.” The Justice Legion-A (the Justice League from the 853rd century) appears in the Watchtower to invite the JL to a ceremony that will see Superman (still alive in the 853rd century and godlike) awaken from a long hibernation inside the sun). (The JL-A comprises the 853rd century versions of Batman, Superman, Flash, Hourman, Starman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman.) But thanks to the scheming of Vandal Savage and Solaris, the JL gets trapped in the future while a nano-virus spreads across the entire present day Earth. With Batman stuck in the future, the Batman of the 853rd century teams-up with Nightwing, Robin, and Alfred to take down some baddies, including Firefly (Garfield Lynns). Future Batman realizes the only way to stop Solaris in the future is to construct the evil AI now, which they do, saving the present day. In the 853rd century, Batman winds up on the prison (dwarf) planet of Pluto where he learns from Robin The Toy Wonder (a robot Robin) that this era’s Batman is warden. After the JL defeats a bunch of future villains, Solaris is tricked—thanks to the JL’s machinations in the past—into giving a Green Lantern power ring to the sun-emerging future Superman, who uses it to defeat Solaris for good. After the ceremony, our heroes return to present day. Future Hourman decides to live in the present day, joining the JL for a brief spell. Considered a nuisance by Batman, Hourman mostly interacts with other heroes, using his massive ornate Timeship to go on time-traveling adventures. At the end of his JL tenure, Hourman’s Timeship goes into the JL Trophy Room.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5-6—originally told in JLA #24-26. While the Justice League was pre-occupied with the events of “DC One Million,” Vandal Savage nuked an undefended Uruguay. Fearing something like this could happen again, the US Government creates its own military superhero team (comprised of international heroes) known as The Ultramarine Corps. The team consists of Vixen, the new Knight (former Squire Cyril Sheldrake), the new Squire (Beryl Hutchinson), Goraiko, and a few others. The Ultramarines team-up with the JL to defeat a rogue now-super-powered General Wade Eiling. Afterward, the Ultramarines are re-christened as The International Ultramarine Corps.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #68—originally told in Nightwing Vol. 2 #28. Crooked Blüdhaven Police Department Lieutenant Dudley Soames gets his head twisted around 180 degrees by Blockbuster only to miraculously survive and become the gun-slinging super-villain known as Torque. Nightwing deals with Torque solo, but Batman monitors the situation and debriefs with Dick afterward. Note that, in the Modern Age, the Blockbuster that created Torque was Roland Desmond. However, in the Rebirth Era, Roland won’t become Blockbuster for a few more years (not until Nightwing Vol. 4 #22). Thus, Mark has to be the Blockbuster referenced here.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Prelude to the Wedding Part 2 – Nightwing vs Hush #1. Superman has long used a bunch of subservient Superman Robots—identical android copies of himself—to help preserve his secret ID and to work with him on special cases. When the Lord of Order known as Dominus takes over Superman’s mind, he causes the Man of Steel to activate all his Supermen Robots to police the globe with an iron fist. When the public turns on Superman, the Justice League exposes Dominus’ plot, frees Superman, and defeats Dominus. The Superman Robots go back into storage in the Fortress of Solitude. Superman will use them sparingly, moving forward.

–REFERENCE: In Teen Titans Vol. 6 #26, The Batman Who Laughs #6, and Dial H for Hero #4. Batman builds and programs several Batman Robots to act as a sentry guards for the Batcave and for select JL properties. It’s likely these Batman Robots are based off of Superman’s Superman Robots. Batman builds other robotic heroes as well, including a Vibe Robot, Booster Gold Robot, Dr. Fate Robot, Fire Robot, Ice Robot, Black Canary Robot, Elongated Man Robot, Zatanna Robot, Firestorm Robot, Hawkgirl Robot, Flash Robot, John Stewart Robot, Guy Gardner Robot, Wonder Woman Robot, Martian Manhunter Robot, and Aquaman Robot. These robots, along with another Batman Robot and Superman Robot, will guard the old closed-up JL HQ in Detroit.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #6 and Doomsday Clock #9—originally told in The LAW (Living Assault Weapons) #1-5. When the super-villain known as Avatar takes down the entire Justice League, the US Government forms a super-team known as The Living Assault Weapons (The LAW). The LAW is comprised of Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Nightshade, The Question (Vic Sage), Sargent Steel, Peacemaker (Christopher Smith), and Judomaster (Rip Jagger). The LAW rescues the JL and defeats Avatar, who is unmasked as Judomaster’s former sidekick Tiger.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #22 and Teen Titans Vol. 6 #23—originally told in “JLAPE.” King Solovar, leader of Gorilla City, is assassinated by Gorilla Grodd and replaced by King Ulgo, secretly Grodd’s mind-controlled puppet. Ulgo temporarily turns the JL (sans Batman) into apes. After helping his team revert back to normal, Batman—along with Nightwing—defeats Gorilla Grimm and Lady Vic, who are running a Gotham smuggling operation that sells high-tech Gorilla City weapons on behalf of Grodd. Eventuaally, Ulgo shakes off Grodd’s control and helps the JL defeat Grodd.

–REFERENCE: In DC’s Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special #1 Part 10—originally told in JLA: Earth 2. After meeting Alexander Luthor, the number one superhero of the Antimatter Earth aka Earth-3, the Justice League helps him fight their Earth-3 counterparts: the evil Crime Syndicate of Amerika (dictator Ultraman, his cuckolding partner Superwoman, drug-addicted Johnny Quick, Batman’s counterpart Owlman), and Hal Jordan’s counterpart Power Ring. (Power Ring’s cosmic ring contains a sliver of “First Lantern” Volthoom’s soul, making the ring itself a sort of evil sentient Volthoom entity.) After fighting to a stalemate on both Earth-0 and Earth-3, the two teams reluctantly join forces to defeat Brainiac.

–FLASHBACK: From Justice League Vol. 3 #37. The Justice League, with Hal Jordan and Martian Manhunter, defeat Shaggy Man in East St Louis. During the tumultuous battle, the heroes save a teenager named Joshua Andre Christian (aka Diesel aka Deez). One of Deez’s unnamed friends suffers severe injuries to his legs when falling debris hits him. Note importantly that this flashback shows just about every hero wearing incorrect anachronistic costumes. Ignore all their looks.

–REFERENCE: In The Green Lantern #5—originally told in “JUDGEMENT DAY.” A host-less Spectre bonds to Asmodel, who uses the divine power to release hordes of demons upon the Earth. After the heroes defeat the zombie demons, the Sentinels of Magic (Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult, Madame Xanadu, Ragman, Zatanna, Sebastian Faust, Deadman, Enchantress, and Blue Devil) separate the Spectre from Asmodel, moving God’s wrath to his new host: the ghost of Hal Jordan! The Guardians of the Universe secretly take Hal’s corpse to Oa for safekeeping.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights an escaped Firefly.

–REFERENCE: In Titans Vol. 3 Annual #1, Justice League of America Vol. 5 #21, Justice League Vol. 4 #1Wonder Woman Vol. 5 #52, and The Green Lantern #3—originally told in JLA #36-41 (“WORLD WAR III”). Aztek becomes the newest member of the Justice League. Lex Luthor forms the latest incarnation of the Injustice Gang, which features himself, Prometheus, General Wade Eiling, and Queen Bee (Zazzala). Batman defeats Prometheus in one-on-one combat. The Dark Knight then joins the JL to ward off the threat of that planet-sized cosmic being known as Mageddon. After Aztek is killed by Mageddon, all the superheroes join together—along with angels that come down from the Heavens—to stand against the cosmic mosnter. Using Amazonian tech, Animal Man assembles a gigantic Purple Ray that temporarily endows every single human being on Earth with metahuman powers, thus allowing all of humanity to save itself. Thousands die, but billions are saved. As usual, Luthor is able to distance himself from any illegalities following this affair.


YEAR TEN (2012)

———————-––the second feature to Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #18-19
———————-––the second feature to Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #22
Early to mid January. While others celebrate the New Year’s Eve Ball dropping, Joker and Harley Quinn rob a department store jewelry vault of its contents. Joker pauses to give Harley a new stolen fur coat as a gift. Later, Batman visits the crime scene and finds Harley’s old coat, which he shows to live TV news reporter Summer Gleason. At night, Joker and Harley watch the news and see the glaring evidence of their crime on display to the world. Not only that, but Harley has written their secret lair’s address on the label. Batman smashes through the window to arrest the duo, but they get away by siccing their pet hyenas (Bud and Lou) on Batman and then blowing up the building. A week or so later, Harley visits her pals, the Carpenter and March Harriet, who are in the middle of a hotel/spa robbery with their Wonderland Gang partners, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Harley hires the Carpenter to fix up a new hideout for she and Joker. Across town, Commissioner Gordon meets with Bruce to tell him that a new Brazilian villainess called The Grison has stolen WayneTech R&D files. (The Grison is Gabriela Matias, former colleague of Harleen Quinzel and now currently one of Dr. Emile Dorian’s human-animal hybrid “creations.”) Joker, disguised as a cop, listens-in. Later, the Carpenter begins renovating an abandoned joke shop for Harley and Joker.

–REFERENCE: In Titans Vol. 3 Annual #1. Batman encounters Superman’s arch-rival Metallo.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights an escaped Scarecrow.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Giant #1. Batman busts an unnamed small-time crook, which nets the bad guy five years behind bars.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Dark Vol. 2 #1 and Batman Vol. 3 Annual #4—originally told in JLA: A League of One. A medieval dragon called Drakul Karfang is revived, immediately beginning a reign of terror all over Europe. The Justice League defeats Drakul Karfang and keeps his skeleton as a trophy.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5—originally told in Batgirl Annual #1. Batman travels to India to team-up with India’s very own superhero, Aruna Shende, against Mister Lahiri.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #30. Batman defeats the debuting mutant whale super-villain called Orca.

–Harley Loves Joker #2
February. A month has passed since “Harley Loves Joker.” Joker and Harley Quinn are now all set up in their new pad, which has been fully renovated by the Carpenter. Joker, Harley, the Grison, and two henchmen rob a yacht using the Joker-boat. Batman chases the villains in the Batboat, but they escape when the Dark Knight prioritizes saving lives aboard the sinking yacht. After wrapping up with the yacht, Batman does his research on the Grison. Back at Joker and Harley’s hideout, the Grison plays a long con game, getting under Harley’s skin while simultaneously earning the admiration of Joker. Not long after, the Grison tells Joker of a fake WayneTech super-weapon that can manipulate human emotion. She convinces Joker that they should steal the weapon and use it to cause everyone in the city to laugh themselves to death. (Her plan is to double-cross Joker and kill him.) When Harley objects to the Grison’s plan, Joker and the Grison cut her out entirely. Jealous, Harley calls Wayne Manor and tells Alfred what is about to go down. Harley then decides to leave Joker, but changes her mind when she receives a secret message from her Puddin. Joker is sick of the Grison and has been also playing her. He’s going to use the laughing device on the city, but he’ll use it on her too. Harley swoons with joy. The crazy Harley then sees a hallucination of her single self in the future, disappointed at how she can never leave her abuser. At a WayneTech lab, the Grison turns on Joker and his henchmen as planned, but Harley, Bud, and Lou arrive just in time to save the Clown Prince of Crime. Everyone scatters as the cops arrive. Batman busts the Grison. Back at their lair, Joker and Harley are hassled by Detective Harvey Bullock. Harley tear-gasses him and takes off with Joker, remembering that the Carpenter said she’d blow up their place after a week if they didn’t pay her. Harley, Joker, and Bullock barely escape with their lives as the place blows up sky high.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #999. February—Bruce’s birthday. As he does every year on his birthday, Batman runs Program 2.1, placing himself into a virtual world that challenges him by pushing him to his most extreme limits.

–Batman: Arkham – Victor Zsasz Part 12
An escaped Victor Zsasz fights and is bloodied by Batman. Zsasz flees, but Batman tags him with a coagulant. A dizzy and hallucinating Zsasz “butchers” a bunch of store mannequins before Batman brings him back to jail.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #51. Batman saves a lady from Joker. This is a vague reference that could be its own thing or linked to almost any other Joker story—and which could occur at pretty much any point on our timeline. You decide.

–FLASHBACK: From Nightwing Vol. 4 #69. Batman and Nightwing fight Penguin and his henchmen.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #1009. Batman has always had a very brooding and disagreeable persona. Because of this, Batman comes to realize just how much it can freak people out when he smiles.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10Nightwing Vol. 4 #29, and Dog Days of Summer #1 Part 2—originally told in Arkham Asylum: Living Hell. Crook Warren White is sentenced to Arkham Asylum where he is immediately tortured by nearly every single one of his fellow inmates (sans the benevolent but creepy Humpty Dumpty). Shortly thereafter, a full-scale prison riot occurs, during which demons and zombies are unleashed. Amid the chaos, Arkham’s chief of security Aaron Cash loses a hand courtesy of Killer Croc. Meanwhile, thanks to the brutality of the sadistic mimic known only as Jane Doe, White turns into The Great White Shark. He will eventually go on to become one of Batman’s wiliest rogues. Cash, Jeremiah Arkham, Jason Blood/Etrigan, and the Great White Shark team-up to defeat the supernatural threats and quell the riot. Batman arrives to clean-up the mess and secure the area.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #79. For the fourth time, Catwoman steals the Coner Diamond from the Gotham Museum, but, as before, Batman steals it right back.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League of America Vol. 5 #22—originally told in JLA #47-49. Tsaritsa (aka “The Queen of Fables”) transforms all of New York City into a gigantic enchanted forest filled with monsters. Meanwhile, fairytale characters from books and TV begin coming to life all over the world. The Justice League visits the Immateria dimension where they learn a shocking truth: Tsaritsa is The Evil Queen from Snow White, which is a true historical story! The factual existence of both Tsaritsa and Snow White was magickally erased and they were turned into fictional fairy tale characters long ago. Eventually, the JL defeats the returning Tsaritsa by trapping her in a US tax code manual. She eventually gets “cast beyond the mirror,” winding up trapped in another dimension.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #969 and Deathstroke Vol. 4 #30—originally told in “OFFICER DOWN.” Commissioner Gordon is shot by gangster-posing-as-cop Jordan “Rich” Reynolds. While Gordon is in the hospital, the Bat-Family works the case. Batman, blinded by the personal connection to the case, argues with Alfred over how to proceed. Things get so heated that Alfred quits! Later, the Bat-Family busts Reynolds. Afterward, Gordon’s injuries are severe enough that he decides to step down as commissioner. Michael Akins (formerly a GCPD Chief) replaces him as the new commissioner! Akins meets with Batman and they don’t exactly hit it off. Despite not getting along with the Bat-Family, Akins will reluctantly use the Bat-Signal from time to time, moving forward.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #68—originally told in Batman: Gotham Knights #14. Batman checks-in on Nightwing, who goes on a mission to retrieve some stolen charity money from Double Dare, a pair of acrobatic French super-villain sisters Aliki Marceau and Margot Marceau. Penguin had originally stolen the loot, only to have it stolen by Double Dare.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #989. Batman takes on assassin extraordinaire Philo Zeiss.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5-6 and Doomsday Clock #9. (This item, which happened a few years earlier on the Modern Age timeline, is specifically said to have occurred seven years prior to Doomsday Clock, hence placement here on the Rebirth Era timeline.) Professor Martin Stein, the secret head of the Department of Metahuman Affairs, initiates “Project Firestorm.” He orchestrates a nuclear “accident” that causes himself to merge with a teenager named Ronnie Raymond to become a single powerful metahuman. Ronnie, now sharing his consciousness with that of Professor Stein’s, debuts as the matter manipulating superhero Firestorm. After making a big splash, Firestorm joins the Justice League. NOTE: Seven years from now, Firestorm arch-rival Killer Frost (Louise Lincoln) will admit to being a government-created operative working for the Department of Metahuman Affairs. She will also accuse Firestorm, Firehawk, Captain Atom, and Firestorm’s other rivals Moonbow and Typhoon of being government-created DMA agents as well. Moonbow and Typhoon are indeed actually DMA secret agents. Firestorm will vehemently deny the charges (having no idea that his symbiotic partner, Professor Stein, is actually the secret head of the DMA.)

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5—originally told in Firestorm The Nuclear Man #64 and Firestorm The Nuclear Man Annual #5. When Firestorm and his partner Firehawk vow to destroy all nukes on the planet, the US Government sends Captain Atom and Amanda Waller’s current Suicide Squad incarnation—Rick Flag Jr, Killer Frost (Louise Lincoln), Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Multiplex, and Slipknot—to stop them. The Suicide Squad quickly bows out of the fight and unleashes Parasite in its place. The Justice League, Firestorm, and Firehawk defeat Parasite. Later, Firestorm leaves to combat Russia’s own nuclear man Pozhar (former Chernobyl disaster victim Mikhail Arkadin) in the deserts of Nevada. Unknown to the combatants, the fight is merely a setup by both the US Government and the Russian Government to destroy the two dangerous entities. They are nuked, but an unexpected result occurs: Ronnie Raymond merges with Pozhar to form an even more powerful Firestorm. NOTE: The merger between Ronnie and Pozhar is only temporary. After briefly becoming a Fire Elemental by merging yet again (this time with Svarozhich), Firestorm will split back up. Svarozhich will die while Pozhar and Ronnie de-merge, going their separate ways. Without knowledge of his country’s duplicity against him, Pozhar will continue working for the Russian government with devout loyalty. Professor Stein will eventually wind up re-merged with Ronnie inside the Firestorm matrix.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21. Following the events of the original Crisis a couple years ago, superhero cum cosmic historian Harbinger recorded the “History of the DC Universe” and stored the information in a small satellite. Harbinger soon became accepted into the Amazonian tribe on Themyscira, at which time the updated “History of the DC Universe” recording was transferred into the mystical Universe Orb. Cut to now. The Universe Orb is moved to the Justice League Trophy Room, likely given to the JL for safekeeping by Wonder Woman.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #1000 Part 5 and Detective Comics #1000 Part 10. Early September. Batman, as he does every year on the anniversary of his parents’ murders, visits both Crime Alley (where his parents were killed) and the cemetery where his parents are buried.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #22. Batman and Nightwing go undercover as biker gang members to bust street racing super-villain Thrill Devil.

–REFERENCE: In Plastic Man Vol. 5 #3. The Justice League fights time-traveling super-villain Per Degaton.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Vol. 3 #50. Catwoman drives Batman on the Bat-cycle. Note that Catwoman is wearing yet another new costume—an all black leather piece with attached goggles. This one has a zipper too.

–FLASHBACK: From Catwoman Vol. 5 #17—and referenced in Detective Comics #987. Batman plays with Catwoman, as he always does, chasing her across the rainswept rooftops of Gotham. When he “catches her,” they kiss. I’ve taken the liberty of combining these three generic Bat-Cat images—one from ‘tec #897 and two from Catwoman Vol. 5 #17.

–REFERENCE: In Action Comics Special #1 Part 2 and Action Comics #1004. November 6, 2012. Lex Luthor wins the 2012 Presidential election, defeating incumbent Barack Obama. Obama, as Mark Russell hints in Action Comics Special #1 Part 2 (and as mentioned above), likely loses in part due to damning scandal surrounding drone strike statistic leaks in early 2011.[5]

–REFERENCE: In Supergirl Vol. 7 #15-16 and The Green Lantern #3—originally told in “OUR WORLDS AT WAR.” Imperiex Prime, a cosmic destroyer from the future, who has already annihilated several other planets, attacks Earth. In the so-called “Imperiex War,” the FBI and the Department of Extranormal Affairs (DEO)—led by Mr. Bones and top agent Cameron Chase—join forces with dozens of superheroes to deal with the threat of Imperiex and his army of Imperiex Probes. After Imperiex unleashes a sentient virus upon the ranks of the heroes, Nightwing and Oracle travel through time to stop it at its source. Eventually, President-Elect Lex Luthor plays hero by controlling Doomsday and teaming-up the monster with the heroes—including Strange Visitor (basically a female version of Superman Blue, who is the cosmic protector of the universe Kismet mashed-up with the spirit of the deceased Sharon Vance). Darkseid, realizing the seriousness of the Imperiex threat, also plays hero. With Doomsday and Darkseid on their side, the heroes defeat the combined threat of Imperiex and Brainiac. Despite victory, hundreds of thousands have perished, including the queen of the planet Almerac, Maxima. Mongul’s evil daughter Mongal becomes the new dictator of Almerac. Also, thanks to a botched protection spell cast by Tempest (former Aqualad Garth), the entirety of Atlantis (along with Aquaman and Mera and their people) gets transported to 3000 years in the past.

–REFERENCE: In Deathstroke Vol. 4 #30. Alfred returns to his post, rejoining Bruce.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights an escaped Killer Croc.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally told in JLA/Avengers. Maltusian super-scientist Krona begins destroying planets. Soon, several beings from the DCU inexplicably crossover to Marvel’s Universe-616 and vice-versa. (Universe-616 is home to Earth-616, which is Marvel’s primary Earth.) The Universe-616 cosmic entity known as The Grandmaster materializes on the Watchtower and explains the only way to save the omniverse is to collect 12 items of power, spread across Universe-0 and Universe-616. After the Justice League tours Earth-616, they confront Earth-616’s primary superhero team known as The Avengers (Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Thor, Ms. Marvel, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Vision, Wasp, Yellowjacket, Quasar, Jack Hart, and Triathalon). Both teams throw down in Earth-0’s Metropolis, but they soon realize they are on the same side and begin collecting the needed items. Eventually, it is revealed that the Grandmaster, Krona, and Metron have been scheming together. Krona gathers the items of power and alters reality dramatically. The heroes of two universes join once more in a realm between universes to defeat Krona, trapping him in a Cosmic Egg, which is then stored for safekeeping in the Watchtower. The JL bids the Avengers farewell and the two teams return to their respective universes. The Spectre (the spirit of Hal Jordan) undoes Krona’s damage.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights an escaped Harley Quinn.

–NOTE: In a reference in Young Justice Vol. 3 #5-6Young Justice Vol. 3 #11, and Young Justice Vol. 3 #15. Young Justice now includes new-ish members Snapper Carr (a team mentor), Empress, The Ray (Raymond Terrill), Slobo (a clone of Lobo), Super-Cycle (a sentient car from New Genesis), and Traya Sutton-Smith (a team mascot). Spoiler (Cluemaster’s daughter Stephanie Brown) and Lagoon Boy are both close associates/unofficial members of the team. Unfortunately, Young Justice, just like the original Teen Titans before them, are dealt a raw deal hand of bad magickal sci-fi juju. A powerful unknown force (possibly Dark Opal of Gemworld, a kingdom in the realm of Faerie) not only causes the team to disband, but erases everyone’s collective memory of their very history and existence as a team. And, like his Flash-Family brother Wally West before him, Impulse is also somehow erased from everyone’s memories and exiled into the Speed Force/Hypertime.

–REFERENCE: In Wonder Woman/Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour #1 and Wonder Woman Vol. 5 #56—originally told in JLA #66-67 (“THE DESTROYERS”) and JLA #68-76 (“THE OBSIDIAN AGE”). The Justice League fights a pair of time-traveling warriors from 1000 BCE—an Aztec war machine known as Tezumak and Native American shaman-warrior Manitou Raven. Upon defeating the time-travelers, a bombed-out Atlantis (devoid of people) reappears. (Atlantis had been lost in time ever since the Imperiex War.) With the rest of the superhero community pitching in to defend the present, the JL travels to 1000 BCE to rescue the Atlanteans, who have been forced into slavery by their ancient kin, who worship the sorceress Gamemnae. In the year 1000 BCE, Gamemnae’s warriors—Tezumak, Manitou Raven, and The Anointed One—kill the JL. Kyle Rayner’s power ring fail-safe kicks-in and sends the spirits of the deceased JLers back to present day. Gamemnae and Manitou Raven then travel to present day and fight the gathered superhero community, led by Nightwing. The spirits of the JL enter their now-emaciated corpses, which turn into JL-zombies. After Gamemnae is tricked in to resurrecting the entire JL back to life, Manitou Raven betrays Gamemnae and drags her back with him to 1000 BCE. There, Aquaman and Manitou Raven defeat Gamemnae. Zatanna uses her magick to pull Atlantis (along with all its people, Aquaman, and Manitou Raven) back to present day. Afterward, J’onn, Kyle, and Plastic Man quit the JL. John Stewart joins the JL in replacement of Kyle. Manitou Raven, Faith, and Major Disaster join the JL.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights Victor Zsasz as the villain tries to escape from Arkham Asylum.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 11. Batman fights the team-up of Catwoman and Poison Ivy.

–FLASHBACK: From Batwoman: Rebirth #1 and Batwoman Vol. 3 #6. Twenty-four-year-old Kate Kane (Bruce’s cousin) fights off a mugger and meets Batman. The encounter with the Caped Crusader inspires Kate to become a masked vigilante for the next few months. After that, Kate will go on a nearly-three-year training adventure all over the globe, after which she will become the new Batwoman.[6]

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2. Bruce has his annual Wayne Enterprises psych exam, during which he constantly lies to pass with flying colors.

–Batman Secret Files #2 Part 1
Batman creates a brand new “cape defense mode” for his costume—a special button on his costume that stiffens his cape and then causes it to wrap around him like an impenetrable cocoon. Soon after, Joker captures Batman, binds him in chains, and hangs him upside down. Joker tries to remove Batman’s costume, but his costume defenses prevent Joker from doing so. When Joker fiddles with Batman’s utility belt, he accidentally releases some incendiaries. Joker then accidentally activates the new cocoon defense, allowing Batman to escape and kick his ass.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights an escaped Ventriloquist and Scarface.


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  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: As referenced in James Tynion IV’s Justice League Vol. 4 #22, Perpetua, Mar Novu, Mobius, (and Alpheus and Barbatos), as Super Celestials, have existed through all of DC’s reboots. There’s plenty of precedent for this fictive concept as it reflects Kal-L and Superboy-Prime in Infinite Crisis, über Braniac in Convergence, the emanations of the New Gods from The Multiversity Guidebook, The Keeper from Bryan Hitch’s Justice League Vol. 3, and others. Dr. Manhattan uniquely comes to mind as well. However, writers would be wise to not have pre-existing characters live through reboots. Anytime you try to fuck with a prior continuity, paradoxes emerge. And paradox is the cousin of continuity error. Now, Tynion’s use of the precedent here isn’t as clunky as Jeff King’s use of it in Convergence, but it does fall extremely close, giving us a flashback to the pre-original Crisis (Silver Age) timeline. It’s one thing to reference prior continuities and reality-alterations, but to actually show old timelines outright is a dangerous game. It would make so much more sense (from the quantum mechanical/metaphysical perspective) to have ultra-cosmic characters simply be aware of prior reboots. That way, paradox is avoided while the same narrative effect still remains. In any case, while the New 52 continuity demonstrated that the Great Hand of Creation was a time-displaced Volthoom, this idea has been erased and replaced with either Perpetua and/or the Source/the Presence. It’s possible that a time-displaced Volthoom had some influence on the creation of the multiverse, but he’s not the Great Hand.
  2. [2]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman: Kings of Fear #2 has a double-splash mural flashback featuring key players from Batman’s past. Every one pictured is a big name, except for a stern-looking brown-haired woman in the middle, who artist Kelley Jones shows talking to Batman. Who is this? Only Jones knows.
  3. [3]COLLIN COLSHER: We know this fun Wonder Twin entry is canon from the fact that people often choose to dress in cosplay as Zan and Jayna, as first seen in Batman Vol. 3 #37, but also depicted in a couple other Rebirth Era issues as well. Now, we could ignore these cosplayers and simply say that there was a Wonder Twins TV show or something—after all, there definitely was a TV show within the DCU that features fictional analogues of Justice Society characters. However, this makes sense for the JSA because their lingering memory, after having been erased by Dr. Manhattan, might still be on the edge of some creative folks’ consciousnesses. There’s absolutely no reason that someone would have the Wonder Twins, actual beings that exists across the universe, on their minds. I mean, I guess there’s a fanwank for everything, but I’m not going in that direction. Thus, my above elucidation for including the Wonder Twins stands.
  4. [4]COLLIN COLSHER: In the Modern Age, the Tweeds were the secret leaders of the Wonderland Gang. In the New 52, they were merely “foot soldiers” in the group. In the Rebirth Era, it is strongly implied in Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1 Part 2 that Mad Hatter is leader of the Wonderland Gang, but we still don’t know which pair of Tweeds are in the group. It could be Dumfree and Deever or Dumson and Deever.
  5. [5]COLLIN COLSHER: It is here that the DCU diverges from our reality in regard to the history of the Presidency of the United States of America. Luthor defeats Obama in 2012, denying him a second term in office. Luthor, following his inauguration as the 45th POTUS in early 2013, will only be Prez for a few months until his downfall, impeachment, and termination. VP Pete Ross will be sworn-in as the 46th POTUS, finishing out the term. The DCU then re-merges with our reality in terms of the Presidency as Donald Trump will defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election to become the 47th POTUS.

    I should also mention that, compared to the Rebirth Era, Luthor was President for a longer period of time in the Modern Age—major events such as the Imperiex War, “JLA/Avengers,” and “Obsidian Age” took place while he was Commander and Chief. Obviously, the Rebirth Era cannot and does not match the Modern Age exactly. As such, Luthor’s term in office doesn’t overlap with these items in the Rebirth Era. Although, while he isn’t yet President for the upcoming Imperiex War, “JLA/Avengers,” and “Obsidian Age,” Luthor has already won the election and will be President-Elect as they occur.

  6. [6]COLLIN COLSHER: Despite being published before “Superman Reborn,” 2017’s Batwoman: Rebirth #1 gives us the official post-“Superman Reborn” version of Batwoman’s past. Here is Batwoman’s timeline of key events:

    Age 20 – Kate is kicked out of West Point for being gay.
    Age 21-22 – Kate becomes a wild party girl abroad.
    Age 23 – Kate’s alcoholic “lost year.” She returns to Gotham.
    Age 24 – Kate meets Batman and sobers up.
    Age 24-27 – Kate trains.
    Age 27 – Kate debuts as Batwoman.

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