Rebirth Years Six to Ten

Rebirth Era (Post-“Superman Reborn”) Chronology


YEAR SIX (2007)

–FLASHBACK: From Gotham Academy: Second Semester #12—and also referenced in Gotham Academy: Second Semester #9-12. Batman busts pyrokinetic super-villain Calamity (Sybil Silverlock), who claims that the ghost of Amity Arkham, one of the long deceased matriarchs of the notorious Arkham family, has been possessing her. Batman defeats Calamity and rescues her young daughter, Olive Silverlock. Afterward, the trauma of this event causes all Olive’s memories of her mom as Calamity to become deeply repressed. Bruce puts Olive into an orphanage where he will watch over her for years to come. Batman also does research on Amity Arkham, discovering that the Silverlock family has a long history of mental illness, is related to the Arkhams, and is linked to Penguin’s ancestor Millie Jane Cobblepot. Bruce meets with Penguin, who brings a lockbox that once belonged to Millie Jane, at Wayne Manor. The lockbox contains information and items pertaining to Millie Jane, Amity, Ambroos Lydecker, and the cabalist tome known as “The Old Book of Gotham.” Bruce swipes the lockbox and puts it into a vault in Wayne Manor. Later, he studies the contents of the lockbox and realizes the importance of Gotham Academy to Gotham’s occult history. Bruce buys his way onto the Board of Directors of the prestigious school so he will always be linked-in and able to keep tabs without arising suspicion.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Urban Legends #14 Part 1. Batman hangs out with Zatanna.


–Batman: The World Part 13
On Alfred’s recommendation, Bruce vacations in China and dines at a small family-owned hot pot restaurant where he meets the proprietor’s granddaughter, expert martial artist Kiki. Uncharacteristically, Bruce has his Batman costume in a duffel bag, which is partially unzipped, allowing Kiki to sneak a glance at it. Thankfully, she regards it just a fandom or cosplay thing. Bruce tells her that Batman is nothing more than an urban legend, emphasizing a running theme in this story—that certain pockets of provincial China still regard Batman as a myth that isn’t actually real. A day later, Alfred reveals the real reason behind sending Bruce to China. Several corrupt Wayne Enterprises board members have purchased several commercial and residential blocks, including buildings that house the hot pot restaurant, scheduling them for immediate evictions and tear-downs. Sent by the corrupt Wayne Enterprises officials, some goons trash the restaurant. This prompts Kiki to wear her very own Robin costume, becoming “Panda Girl” to challenge the Wayne Enterprises folks at their corporate tower HQ. Batman dons a special Chinese-themed Bat-costume (presumably something that Lucius Fox had been secretly working on with WayneTech’s Chinese affiliates) to provide support to Panda Girl. The next day, Bruce cancels all Wayne Enterprises property purchases and linked gentrification projects in the area. Bruce visits the restaurant and hangs out with Kiki and her grandfather.[2]

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #64 and Batman Vol. 3 #65. Batman saves three members of the Clover family (young Hank Clover and his parents) from a mugger.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Kings of Fear #6. Batman busts Riddler and his newest gang, which includes Sammy “Scalpel” Sanchez. Seeing that Sanchez is scared out of his wits, Batman decides not to beat on him like the others. Sanchez immediately turns himself in (and turns his life around).

–REFERENCE: In DC’s Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special #1 Part 9—originally told in the Batman The Animated Series TV show. Gotham socialite Veronica Vreeland begins dating Penguin as part of a publicity stunt. Of course, Penguin, who has been in love with Veronica since they were teens, thinks the relationship is real. Eventually, Penguin discovers the truth, flips-out, and tries to kill Veronica. Batman saves her life.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2-5. Batman meets and befriends element-altering superhero Metamorpho (Rex Mason), teaming with him on an unspecified mission. Batman and Metamorpho will remain close over the years to come, and the public will come to regard Metamorpho as one of Batman’s primary allies outside of the Justice League and Bat-Family. Unfortunately for Batman, he won’t know the secret truth behind Metamorpho. Like Kirk Langstrom, Metamorpho—along with Metamorpho’s partner Element Girl (Urania Blackwell) and his supposed arch-rivals Simon Stagg, Doc Dread, The Prosecutor, and Stingaree—is a secret agent working for the US Government’s Department of Metahuman Affairs. Despite maintaining a public origin story about having gotten his powers via magickal means while exploring in Egypt, Metamorpho, like the others, actually was given his powers by the DMA.

–REFERENCE: In Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #44. The Justice League defeats the aureate super-villain known as Goldface.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Urban Legends #3 Part 1. Batman shakes down jewel thief Salvatore Greco, who vows to go straight. While unseen on our timeline ahead, Batman will keep tabs on Greco.

–FLASHBACK: From The Infected: The Commissioner #1. From the shadows, Batman stalks some bad guys.

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

–REFERENCE: In Dial H for Hero #1-3. The Justice League publicly ventures into deep space for an unspecified mission. While they are gone, Gorilla Grodd threatens Central City. Grodd is bested by teenager Robby Reed, owner of a fantastic device called an H-Dial, which, when activated, taps into the mystic Heroverse realm, turning its user into a brand new never-before-heard-of temporary superhero with a random superpower. (As referenced in Dial H for Hero #9, Robby has been wielding the H-Dial for years already, ever since he was ten-years-old.) Upon their return to Earth, the JL learns about the H-Dial.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Vol. 3 #39, Adventures of the Super Sons #1, and Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular Part 4. After Joker (likely the Clown) gains access to the Secret Sanctuary in Happy Harbor, the Justice League decides to abandon its Earthbound HQs (both the Sanctuary and the Hall of Justice). The JL constructs and launches a brand new orbiting satellite HQ, known simply as the JL Satellite, complete with all the amenities and a full trophy room.[3]

–REFERENCE: In Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 2 #9 (Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 2 Print Edition #5). Each Justice Leaguer is given a portable teleportation chamber that allows access to the JL Satellite. This teleportation chamber will be used to access all future JL orbital or lunar HQs as well.

–REFERENCE: In Titans Special #1. The android known as Red Tornado, built by the conniving super-genius Dr. TO Morrow, joins the JL.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, The Green Lantern #4-5, and Justice League Dark Vol. 2 #11—originally told in Justice League of America #96-98. The debuting cosmic vampire known as Starbreaker (along with his robotic hench-insects called Mechanix) gets the better of the Justice League. (Starbreaker aka Luciphage is of the alien species known as Sun-Eaters.) Rebounding, the heroes team-up with Sargon the Sorcerer, a veteran magick user and legendary hero of yore. Sargon wields the mystic Ruby of Life to turn the tide against Starbreaker. Green Arrow shoots a silver arrow into Starbreaker’s heart, killing him. Afterward, Sargon retires and gives his costume to the JL. It goes on display in the Trophy Room.

–NOTE: Referenced in Teen Titans Vol. 6 #6, Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #7, Trinity Vol. 2 #16, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding Part 1 – Robin vs Ra’s al Ghul #1, Deathstroke Vol. 4 #32, and Adventures of the Super-Sons #6. Damian al Ghul (also known as Ibn al Xu’ffasch) is born from an artificial incubation womb.[4][5] (The fetus was removed from Talia al Ghul’s body many months ago and transferred into the high-tech sci-fi incubator.) Talia will keep the boy’s existence a secret from his father Bruce. Damian will be raised by the League of Assassins and spend his entire youth training to be a killer. Ra’s al Ghul has specific plans to one day transfer his soul into Damian’s body, but Talia secretly isn’t (and never will be) on board with that idea.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Infinite Frontier #0, and Stargirl: Spring Break Special #1—originally told in Justice League of America #100-102. The Seven Soldiers of VictoryShining Knight (Sir Justin) and his flying horse Victory, The Vigilante (Greg Saunders), Star-Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton), Stripesy (Pat Dugan), Green Arrow, Speedy, and Crimson Avenger (with his sidekick Wing How)—team-up with the Justice League and Justice Society of America to defeat The Iron Hand and Nebula Man. During this conflict, Wing How and Red Tornado are both seemingly killed and mourned. Red Tornado is merely inert and will soon return. Wing How’s body is never recovered, and you know that that means. Afterward, the JL keeps a Star-Spangled Kid costume in their Trophy Room. Note that Shining Knight is an immortal warrior from the Middle Ages, while Vigilante, Star-Spangled Kid, Stripesy, Crimson Avenger, and Wing How are 20th century mystery men that have been granted extended youth via magick. Also note that Green Arrow and Speedy appear here thanks to time-displacement by Clock King.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #4 and Detective Comics #1003. Batman defeats Professor Achilles Milo, who uses hallucination-inducing chemical attacks against him. Not long after, Milo turns Olympic athlete Anthony Lupus into a werewolf. Batman busts Milo and the werewolf.

–REFERENCE: In The Green Lantern #10—originally told in Justice League of America #107-108. The Justice League builds a “Transmatter Cube” that allows them to travel through the Bleed.

–FLASHBACK: From Deathstroke Inc #4—and referenced in Justice League Vol. 4 #1 and Doomsday Clock #6. Originally told in Justice League of America #111-112. The Justice League defeats The Injustice Gang, a team led by Libra and consisting of Mirror Master (Sam Scudder), Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Chronos, Shadow Thief, and Tattooed Man (Abel Tarrant).

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Metal #1-2, Nightwing Vol. 4 #29, Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #38, Detective Comics Annual #2 (2019), and Robins #6. Billionaire John Mayhew attempts to recruit Batman and Robin onto a new team of international heroes dubbed The Club of Heroes. Of the recruits are the so-called “Batmen of All Nations,” including Knight (Percival Sheldrake), The Squire (Cyril Sheldrake), Wingman (Benedict Rundstrom), El Gaucho (Santiago Vargas), Man-of-Bats (William Great Eagle), Little Raven, The Legionary (Alphonso Giovanni), The Musketeer (Jean-Marie), and The Ranger. (Most of these international heroes are also part of a UN-like international policing collective known as “The Dome,” which is a direct precursor to what will eventually become The Global Guardians. Gaucho was also the inspiration for and current ally to the Argentinian superhero team known as Súper Malón.) Once assembled, Mayhew’s Club of Heroes venture fails immediately. The team doesn’t get along and disbands in less than half-an-hour. Shortly thereafter, during an encounter with Spyral agents, the Dark Knight is sprayed with a gas weapon that causes a vivid hallucination. Batman lucidly dreams that he is on a distant planet known as Zur-En-Arrh, where he is endowed with super-powers and gets to meet his perfect alien double, who wears a garish purple-and-red bat costume. Not long after, Dr. Simon Hurt implants post-hypnotic suggestions into Batman’s psyche while the Dark Knight is undergoing sensory deprivation tests. Hurt is actually Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s great(x5) uncle born in the 1700s, endowed with quasi-immortality. During these sensory deprivation tests, Hurt is able to psychoanalyze Batman and literally hear in detail about all of the Dark Knight’s hallucinations, new and old—(Batman has been drugged by Scarecrow, Achilles Milo, and Joker before and was recently drugged by Spyral). Using dialogue specific to Batman’s most recent hallucination, Hurt implants the trigger word “Zur-En-Arrh” into Batman’s brain. Once this word is uttered, Bruce will “shutdown” and lose all memory of having ever been a crime-fighter. After a lengthy period of sleep-deprivation in an isolation chamber, Batman temporarily believes Robin has died as a result of an alien encounter (another vivid hallucination). Afterward, Batman forgets ever meeting Hurt thanks to hypnosis. Hurt also blocks all of Batman’s memory of him using hypnosis. Batman then begins having blackouts and night terrors as a result of his sleep-deprivation testing. Things get so bad that Batman is defeated by a group of ape-masked rookie gangsters known as the Gorilla Gang (Ceasar, Joe, Bingo, Magilla, King, and one unnamed other). Troubled, the Dark Knight considers retirement. However, Batman shakes the cobwebs out as best he can, summoning up enough courage to bust the Gorilla Gang in a rematch. Immediately thereafter, Hurt sics three substitute Batmen (cops Josef Muller, Branca, and Michael Lane) against a groggy and confused Batman, who still easily defeats them. Hurt blocks Batman’s memory of the fight against the substitutes and then sends the Dark Knight on his way. Batman still has no real memories of ever meeting Simon Hurt or of fighting his substitute Batmen, only extremely hazy dreamlike visions of them instead. Batman writes about these strange fleeting visions, which he regards as a drug-induced hallucination, into his Black Casebook. Hurt will retrain (and sadistically torture) his substitute Batmen for years before unleashing them upon Gotham again.

–REFERENCE: In Event Leviathan #6—originally told in Detective Comics #443. Batman joins forces with Manhunter (Paul Kirk), Asano Nitobe, Interpol agent Christine St. Clair, and Kolu Mbeya to crush an army of Paul Kirk clones linked to The Council, a vast criminal enterprise that has existed clandestinely for hundreds of years. (As revealed in Action Comics #1010, Penguin is the current secret director of the Council.) Manhunter seemingly sacrifices his life to help defeat the Council. However, we’ll see Manhunter again (as per One-Star Squadron #3), so he’s not really dead or he’ll get resurrected—likely the latter as part of the conclusion of Death Metal.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Dark Vol. 2 #8—originally told in Justice League of America #148. The JL faces-off against the powerful evil wizard Mordru. Mordru is one the leaders of the Lords of Chaos.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1027 Part 3. Late March. In celebration of Batman’s “birthday,” an escaped Joker (unclear which one) gets a buzz cut and tries to set the Dark Knight on fire. Batman busts Joker. Note that Batman is shown wearing his black-and-gray (with black chest insignia) costume in this flashback, but he should be wearing his blue-and-gray (with yellow oval insignia) costume instead.

–REFERENCE: In Event Leviathan #1-6—originally told in Justice League of America #140-141 and Justice League of America #149-150. Eons before the institution of the Green Lantern Corps, the Guardians of the Universe built their first peacekeeping armies, first the failed reptilian Psions, then the equally failed Manhunter Robots. Guess who’s back and harboring an angry vengeance toward their Green Lantern replacements? The returning Manhunters endow superpowers onto attorney Mark Shaw, who, taking the apt name of Manhunter, attempts to kidnap Hal Jordon. Shaw soon realizes the error of his ways and helps the JL defeat the Manhunters. Shaw, now schizophreinic because of his new powers, begins moonlighting as both the villain Star-Tsar and the hero Privateer. The JL is forced to jail Shaw. (Note that Doomsday Clock #11 implies that Mark Shaw is a secret agent of the Department of Metahuman Affairs.)

–REFERENCE: In Young Justice Vol. 3 #5—originally told in Justice League of America #152. The Justice League defeats Major Macabre after which, Red Tornado and Kathy Sutton adopt an orphaned Bialyan girl named Traya. Red Tornado and Kathy officially become the legal guardians of Traya Sutton-Smith.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #12—originally told in Justice League of America #161. Zatanna Zatara, sporting a new costume, joins the Justice League, helping them defeat her rival, The Warlock of Ys.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Urban Legends #14 Part 1. The Justice League (specifically Batman, Superman, Zatanna, and Red Tornado) defeat an unnamed villain. Afterward, Batman and Zatanna spend some quality time together.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #27—originally told in Detective Comics #485. Batman fights Bronze Tiger, skilled assassin and partner to famed kung fu master Richard Dragon. Distracted by his fracas with Bronze Tiger, Batman is unable to save Kathy Kane, who is supposedly killed during a melee between rival factions of the League of Assassins, one of which is led by The Sensei (Ra’s al Ghul’s father). In actuality, Kathy has faked her own death in order to focus on running Spyral, her international spy organization that was once run by her dad Otto Netz. Batman mourns the loss of Kathy. Later, Batman befriends Bronze Tiger despite his connections to the League of Assassins, finding a genuine mutual respect between he and the adept martial artist.

–Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular Part 4
Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan, and Flash defeat the returning Demons Three. Afterward, Wonder Woman plays therapist to Hal, who talks about all his recent civilian jobs. Later, at the JL Satellite, Wonder Woman then listens to the complaints of Hawkgirl. (Shiera has started interchangeably going by both “Hawkgirl” and “Hawkwoman,” although to keep things simple, we’ll refer to Shiera only as Hawkgirl on the chronology ahead, especially since she’ll return to strictly using only the “Hawkgirl” moniker over a decade from now.) The annoying questions keep coming—Green Arrow asks Wonder Woman what to get Black Canary for her birthday, and while on patrol with Batman, Robin radios Wonder Woman to ask what sports teams to join. (Note that Vladimir Mikoyan’s Rocket Red #7 suit is shown in the JL Satellite trophy room. This is probably a continuity error since Mikoyan has yet to debut. Although, the Russian military’s Rocket Reds do exist at this juncture, so it is possible that someone in the JL might have gotten a suit somehow.) In Washington DC, Wonder Woman helps Flash bust Minister Blizzard, but he keeps bugging his partner for advice on whether or not to reveal his secret ID to his wife Iris West (née Allen). Wonder Woman hasn’t even left DC when Superman accosts her, asking for assistance connecting with her military associate General Philip Blankenship. Fed up and frustrated, Wonder Woman goes home for some self-therapy with her magick lasso, which shows her that she should embrace her role as the respected matriarch of the JL. Wonder Woman immediately hops in her invisible jet and flies to Central City to have a coffee with Flash.

–REFERENCE: In Event Leviathan #2. An escaped Joker (likely the Clown) decides not to commit any crimes for once, instead following Batman around, simply trying to get the grim Dark Knight to laugh.

–REFERENCE: In Trinity Vol. 2 #12—originally told in Strange Adventures #214-216, The Brave & The Bold #79, The Brave & The Bold #86, and Deadman Vol. 2 #1-2. Batman meets and befriends Deadman (the superhero spirit of Boston Brand, deceased circus trapeze artist and former friend of the late Flying Graysons). Boston was recently murdered by the Sensei’s top man/League of Assassins agent Hook. He was then turned into an undead hero with the power to inhabit and control anyone’s body, living or dead, by the goddess Rama Kushna and the cosmic-powered Tatsinda. After Boston’s assassination, the Sensei’s men follow-up to find Boston’s identical twin brother, Cleveland Brand, masquerading as Boston at the circus. Sensei, believing that Hook has botched the hit, executes Hook for his supposed failure. Shortly thereafter, the Sensei orders League of Assassins agent Willie Smith to inject a magickal poison into Deadman that causes the ghost hero to attack Batman. Eventually, Batman, a recovered Deadman, and Cleveland fight the Sensei in the mystical Tibetan city of Nanda Parbat, home to Rama Kushna. There, the Sensei is defeated.

–Detective Comics #1027 Part 5
Batman, Robin, and Deadman defeat the Specter Collector, a villain that eats ghosts after summoning them via his magickal robot hands.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #8. Batman communicates with Superman via high frequency radio signal. With his super-hearing, Superman can “tune-in” to a specific signal to hear a live long-distance communiqué from the Dark Knight. Batman, when necessary, will use this method of contacting the Man of Steel, moving forward.

–REFERENCE: In Trinity Vol. 2 #12 and Batman Vol. 3 #63. Batman meets the cockney chain-smoking British wizard, arcane history buff, and magick expert John Constantine, who also happens to be currently dating Zatanna. Batman teams-up with both Constantine and Zatanna on an unspecified case. Batman also does a ton of research on Constantine’s background and history.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #30, Trinity Vol. 2 #16, Suicide Squad Vol. 5 #41, Doomsday Clock #5, and Detective Comics #992. The Justice League defeats the global terrorist organization/apocalypse cult known as Kobra (aka “The Kobra Cult” or “King Kobra”), which has existed since around 3000 BCE. The Kobra Cult is led by Lady Eve and Jeffrey Franklin Burr, who goes by “Lord Nāga-Naga”, “Lord Nāga,” “Lord Nāja-Naja,” “King Kobra,” “Kobra King,” or “Lord Kobra.” Every Kobra leader has used some form of either “Lord” or “Lady” (or “King” or “Queen”) as a title since the time of the Pharaohs. Nearly every international criminal organization on the planet (and the North Korean Government) has ties to the Kobra Cult. The hierarchy of Kobra is fairly complex, but it works as follows. There are multiple subsections or splinter cells i.e. different “Houses.” In each House there are low-level members are called “Lanceheads,” mid-level ninja known as “Black Adders,” and their higher-ups—either “Nāgas” or “High Lords.” The top tier, which rules all Houses (and all of Kobra), is reserved for one dictator-like “chosen” cult leader. Batman will follow Kobra’s movements very closely, moving forward. Also note that Batman will fight against the Kobra Cult way more times than will actually be listed on this chronology. Kobra himself will be one of Batman’s top rivals.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Dark Vol. 2 #5. Batman brings down some gangsters with the assistance of Ragman (Rory Regan), the most recent in a long line of Jewish mystic guardians that date back hundreds of years. Ragman’s “Suit of Souls” is powered by thousands of spirits of evil men that have faced the wrath of the vigilante over the centuries.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #85. Batman fights the debuting pirate-themed super-villain Captain Stingaree, not to be confused with the scorpion-themed super-villain known as Stingaree.

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #41. Batman fights the debuting Colonel Blimp.

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #39. Batman defeats the debuting Ten-Eyed Man (Philip Reardon).

–REFERENCE: In ???. Batman defeats the debuting super-villain known as The Spook.

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #36. Batman busts the debuting Black Spider.

–REFERENCE: In Deathstroke Vol. 4 #20, Deathstroke Vol. 4 Annual #1, and Stargirl: Spring Break Special #1. Batman meets Earth-2’s most powerful hero, the Kryptonian Power Girl (Kara Zor-L/Karen Starr). Notably, although having nothing to do with Batman, Power Girl joins the Justice Society of America along with her best friend Earth-2 Huntress (Helena Wayne).

–Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1 Part 4
Atop a roof with a Batman parade float filled with enough sleeping gas to knock out the entire city, Batman and Robin fight Joker (the Comedian), Harley Quinn, and a bunch of henchmen wearing funny costumes. While Batman and Joker duke it out, Robin takes on Harley one-on-one for the first time. She messes with his head and is able to knock him out with a baseball bat. Feeling bad, she stops the sleeping gas bomb detonator from going off. Joker escapes, but Batman nabs Harley. Robin gets all the credit for stopping the gas bomb and Harley goes to jail.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #35. Late August. Dick, now seventeen-years-old, reveals to Bruce and Alfred that he’s been accepted into Hudson University in New Carthage, NY. Dick immediately moves to New Carthage and begins his collegiate studies. He will travel back and forth from New Carthage to Gotham to perform his Robin duties.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #106. Batman and Alfred decide to move their operating HQ into the downtown Wayne Tower (aka Wayne Foundation Building). There, the Bat-operations occur in a hidden underground “Bat-Bunker” HQ that contains secret exits, entrances, and elevators. (The Bat-Bunker is likely constructed with a lot of metahuman assistance.) Meanwhile, civilian residency takes place in the penthouse suite, which is secretly connected to the Bat-Bunker below. This downtown move only lasts for a very short time before Batman and Alfred move back into Wayne Manor.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #101 and The Next Batman: Second Son #8-9 (The Next Batman: Second Son Print Edition #3). Lucius Fox’s seventeen-year-old son Timothy “Tim” Fox is involved in a vehicular hit-and-run that kills a man. Lucius uses his resources and wealth to cover up details of the crime before shipping his son overseas to boarding school. While Batman has nothing directly to do with this item, he definitely knows that Tim is sent overseas, and he likely knows the details behind the move.[6]

–REFERENCE: In Justice League of America Vol. 5 #8—originally told in Batman #332-335 (“THE LAZARUS AFFAIR”). Batman follows Talia al Ghul on a wild goose chase across the globe, eventually winding up on the mysterious Infinity Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. After Batman and Talia defeat various attacking warriors in a strange compound, Ra’s al Ghul emerges from the shadows. Infinity Island is a League of Assassins stronghold. Talia joins her father, revealing that everything has been a setup just so Ra’s al Ghul could have a rematch against the Dark Knight. Shortly thereafter, Batman and Ra’s al Ghul square-off one-on-one with the Caped Crusader gaining victory yet again as most of Infinity Island is blown up in a volcanic eruption.

–REFERENCE: In Arkham City: The Order of the World #2—originally told in World’s Finest Comics #276. Batman and Superman defeat Dr. Double X.

–REFERENCE: In Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 and Detective Comics #985. Batman fights Ra’s al Ghul again, learning in more detail about his thousand-year-old immortal history. Ra’s al Ghul tells the Dark Knight that he manages his a thousand years’ worth of memories by treating them like a compartmentalized “museum,” through which he can wander and recall things. The rivals wind up fighting at several Lazarus Pit sites, and the Dark Knight destroys several of the life-enhancing pools. Batman vows to destroy all Lazarus Pits in the world. (It is unknown how many there are in total.) While we won’t see this quest on our timeline, we must imagine that, every once in a while, Batman finds a Lazarus Pit and destroys it.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League of America Vol. 5 #5, Detective Comics #969, and Detective Comics #972. Originally told in Batman #344 and Detective Comics #511-517. WGBS TV news reporter Olivia Ortega helps exposes City Councilman Arthur Reeves of corruption, destroying his mayoral candidacy on the eve of a special election in Gotham. The equally corrupt Hamilton Hill is elected the new mayor of Gotham. Batman immediately runs afoul of Mayor Hill. Despite discovering Mayor Hill’s criminality (with help from Ortega), Batman won’t be able to prove it. Mayor Hill will be a slightly irksome thorn in Batman’s side for the next few years (although these on-and-off-again clashes won’t be specifically listed on our timeline). Note that, while Batman has had the love of the police, he’s never been embraced by city government. Mayor Hill’s opposition is just the start of a rocky relationship between the Bat-Family and City Hall that will last for the next decade-plus.

–FLASHBACK: From Catwoman Vol. 5 #17. Catwoman—having returned to her purple-and-green dress outfit—matches wits with Batman, who captures and cuffs her. Of course, there’s no way he doesn’t let the flirty feline villainess go.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1027 Part 1—originally told in Batman #353. Bruce goes on a few dates with famous photojournalist Vicki Vale, who is really more interested in Batman than Bruce. Batman takes on an escaped Joker (likely the Clown) in the New Jersey Palisades only to be captured and tied to a giant stone Joker head, which Joker tries to blow up with dynamite. The Caped Crusader escapes and busts the Clown Prince of Crime.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Vol. 3 #44—and referenced in Nightwing Vol. 4 Annual #1. Originally told in Batman #355. Vicki Vale trails the Dark Knight and even interacts with him on a few successive cases, but she still has no clue that Bruce and Batman are one and the same. After seeing Bruce on a date with Vicki, a jealous Catwoman runs Bruce and Vicki off the road in her Catmobile. Thinking Bruce will come to her apartment to confront her, Catwoman leaves a clue hinting that she will be at a downtown warehouse. But Bruce stays with Vicki, who has suffered injuries, at the hospital for two days. Robin, visiting from college, offers to help bring Catwoman in, but Bruce tells him to stand down—it’s personal, he’s got to do this alone. Soon after, Batman goes head-to-head with the pissed-off Catwoman, who frustratingly exclaims both her love and hate for the Dark Knight as they duke it out. Eventually, unsure of what their relationship has become, the Bat and the Cat simply hug in tears.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Vol. 3 #50. Catwoman—now wearing her skintight purple (with black thigh high boots) costume—goes on a stealing-spree, luring Batman into a playful chase.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1027 Part 1. Batman chases after Catwoman (possibly even a continuation of our previous item), but the latter escapes by trapping the former in a laser grid.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1027 Part 1. Batman battles a yet-again-escaped Joker (likely the Clown), who captures him and puts him into a giant chattering teeth deathtrap. Presumably, Batman escapes and busts Joker. I’m sure this flashback is a reference to a Silver or Bronze Age story, but I’m not sure which exactly.

–FLASHBACK: From Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1—and also referenced in Justice League Vol. 4 #1-2 and Justice League Incarnate #4. Originally told in Cosmic Odyssey #1-4. Darkseid has long searched for The Anti-Life Equation, the cosmic sentient mathematical formula with which one can dominate all life. Now, Darkseid thinks he’s finally found it, but in actuality he has only discovered half of it in the form of the Anti-Life Entity, which, now stirred-up, threatens to destroy everything. (The Anti-Life Entity is secretly controlled by the Great Darkness aka the Hand of the Great Darkness.) The other half of the Anti-Life Equation lies within the Great Darkness’ polar opposite—a numinous entity called The Source, which exists/resides beyond the cosmic barrier at the edge of the universe known as the Source Wall. The Source is also known as The Presence, The Hand of the Light, The White Hand of Creation, and The Great Hand of Creation, and will later be known as the Abrahamic God. These super-celestial beings are known as Great Hands.[7] Unable to control the Anti-Life Entity, Darkseid asks for the aid of his rivals, the “good” New Gods of the interdimensional planet of New Genesis (opposite of Apokolips, home to the Darkseid and the evil New Gods). After forming a truce, the New Gods’ leader Izaya—known as Highfather—recruits Earth’s top heroes to save the multiverse. The New Gods tell Batman information about the Source Wall and their myths regarding the Source/the Source Wall. Afterward, the heroes split up into pairs. Batman and Forager save Earth. Superman and Orion save Thanagar. Lightray and Starfire save Rann. Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern John Stewart fail to save Xanshi. Because of a grave error in judgement by John Stewart, millions perish. Stewart goes into a dark emotional state and will never be able to forgive himself. Despite this, in the end, the heroes prevail. Unfortunately, Forager falls in battle, going into a dormant state akin to death. The heroes assume Forager is dead, mourning his loss. Orion makes a racist/classist comment about the fallen Forager, so Batman punches-out Orion!

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1027 Part 1. Batman fights an escaped Harley Quinn, who tries to flatten him with a giant gavel deathtrap.

–FLASHBACK: From Superman: Son of Kal-El 2021 Annual. The Justice League takes on Lex Luthor and Metallo, who threatens Superman with his Kryptonite heart. Wonder Woman takes down Metallo, allowing Martian Manhunter to secretly take the villain’s place as part of a ruse to defeat Luthor. Despite being behind bars, Luthor is able to arrange for an important witness to his crimes to be kidnapped. While Superman chats with Luthor in prison, Batman finds and rescues the witness.

–REFERENCE: In Action Comics #978, Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #20, Super Sons #5, Batman Vol. 3 #44, Batman Giant #5 (Batman: Universe #2), Batman Giant #8 (Batman: Universe #3), and Batman Secret Files #2 Part 1. Batman retires his blue-and-grey with yellow oval costume, putting it on display in the Batcave. The Dark Knight tailors a new grey-and-black costume with black chest insignia (no yellow oval) and a darker version of the yellow oval costume, replacing the blue with black. Since we’ll see flashbacks of Batman wearing both of these costumes in the next five years to come (up until the beginning of Year 12, just before the events of “Hush”), we have to assume that he goes between these two costumes during this duration. Also note that, from now until the beginning of Year 12, Batman will randomly choose whether or not to wear trunks on the outside of his pants. Sometimes he will, sometimes he won’t. Just how it is. Also note that the new yellow oval costume will often look a lot like the old yellow oval costume because, in truth, they are very similar and some artists won’t bother to differentiate. Again, just how it is. Batman’s new costumes, from here on out, will have irremovable cowls that can only be taken off via special computer code built into them. Batman will stick electrodes onto his skin underneath his gloves, so that, should anyone else try to remove his gloves, they will get a nasty electric shock. Batman can also electrocute anyone he touches at any time, if the need arises. And, last but certainly not least, Batman’s new costumes will have a special switch on his boots that can emit an ear-piercing sonic blast.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Black and White Vol. 5 #1 Part 2 and Robin Vol. 3 2021 Annual—and referenced in Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #48 and Batman Vol. 3 #54. Originally told in Batman #180 and Jiro Kuwata’s “Bat-Manga” (as featured in Shōnen Ace Magazine). Batman and Robin defeat the thrice resurrecting Death Man aka Lord Death Man. Afterward, Batman puts a skull plaque onto his commemorative trophy wall. (There’s a skull one shown on Batman’s wall, and this is the only skull-related villain I can think of, aside from the SKULL organization. I guess the skull could also represent the Reaper, but who really knows. Ask Matt Wagner; he drew it.) Note that, JH Williams, in his flashback, illustrates Lord Death Man in the style of Jiro Kuwata.

–FLASHBACK: From Gotham City Villains 100-Page Anniversary Giant #1 Part 6. Batman busts Killer Moth.

–Batman Giant Vol. 2 #1 (Batman: Gotham Nights Vol. 3 #2)
When famous actor Dillon Yates is charged with the murder of a Hollywood producer, Batman busts him. However, upon further investigation, Batman realizes Yates has been framed. It’s not long before Batman realizes Clayface is the real killer. In their eventual confrontation, Clayface says he killed the producer for selling his favorite old theater to be demolished. He explains that he framed Yates because Yates is a serial sexual abuser that kept getting away with it. A fight ensues, during which Clayface burns down the theater and makes his escape.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Black and White Vol. 5 #1 Part 2. Batman, as he has done in the past, has another affectionate encounter with Talia—with her father watching over the scene with close creepy eyes. This JH Williams illustrated flashback is a fairly generic image of Batman, Talia, and Ra’s al Ghul, meant only to invoke the Neal Adams era of the Silver Age. As such, it doesn’t specifically link to the original “Saga of Ra’s al Ghul” or Son of the Demon or anything like that.

–FLASHBACK: From Gotham City Villains 100-Page Anniversary Giant #1 Part 8. Amid an urban backdrop, Batman and Talia kiss passionately. This is a fairly generic single-panel flashback that could go anywhere around this era, but I’ve placed it here in close proximity to the prior generic Batman-Talia kissy-kissy flashback.

–REFERENCE: In Red Hood and The Outlaws Vol. 2 #8. Batman busts Cornelius Stirk, a cannibal serial killer with mental-projection powers.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #1007 and Batman Vol. 3 #122. Batman designs a highly-advanced data-investigation device that can scan a holographic image of a crime scene, store the image into a zipped file, and run detailed analysis on everything within the image. Via a holographic augmented reality emulator interface, Batman can also engage with and manipulate the digitized crime scene. This Peter Tomasi-created super-tech, which is also linked-into the Bat-suit, is very similar to (and likely influenced by) the “Bat-Ops” system from the non-canon Batman/Shadow series by Scott Snyder. This type of tech can also be seen in Tom Taylor’s Batman: The Detective and Warren Ellis’ tragically-non-canon The Batman’s Grave.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #971 and Detective Comics #995. Batman activates the “red phone,” a crimson-colored cellphone that is a direct “hotline” connection to Commissioner Gordon. Batman has been able to phone Gordon, but now Gordon can phone him too. If Gordon ever needs to reach Batman, he can reach him on this mobile device, which Batman will keep in his utility belt from now on. Gordon’s hotline is also connected to Wayne Manor and the Batcave so that Batman and Alfred can receive calls at home too. (Note that Batman, as new tech becomes available, will always upgrade his cellphone to new models throughout the years to come.)

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Secret Files #2 Part 3. Riddler begins killing people who have wronged him in the past via bombs. Batman follows his clues (and the bodies) from Gotham University, to a stage theater, to a downtown apartment, to a diner, and to a hospital, eventually violently busting Riddler.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman hears that an underground black market store, which sells super-villain memorabilia, has the gun that was used to kill his parents. (Years ago, Batman once had the gun in his possession but either discarded it or lost it—and now he wants it back again!) As Matches Malone, Batman visits the store and purchases Joe Chill’s old piece. Batman then melts down the gun and fashions it into a bulletproof chest-plate. For years to come, Batman will wear this special armor under his costume. (Note importantly that this Kevin Smith item contradicts Geoff Johns’ “The Button,” specifically Flash Vol. 5 #21, which says that Bruce tried to find his parents’ murder weapon but failed to find it. Thus, Detective Comics #1000 Part 2 is a straight-up retcon. This should surprise absolutely no one since Kevin Smith is basically the King of Retcons.)

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights Catwoman, who has, for the second time, returned to her purple-and-green dress outfit. (The sartorial super-villainess likes to change it up quite a bit, in case you hadn’t noticed.)

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 2. Batman fights an escaped Joker at a three-ring circus. It is unclear which Joker appears here.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 3. November. Batman sends Alfred undercover as henchman-for-hire “Knute Brody.” As Brody, Alfred joins Joker’s (the Comedian’s) gang and learns that Joker has been employed by a corrupt congressman and ordered to disrupt an election that will surely result in the end of his political career. Joker and Harley Quinn attack a major polling site, but Batman and Robin are waiting. With the help of a “clumsy” Brody, the heroes bust the bad guys.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1000 Part 11 and Detective Comics #1014. Batman fights Mr. Freeze, who is still trying to revive his beloved Nora Fries. (Note that these two flashback images technically don’t have anything to do with one another. They simply both show a random generic fight scene between Batman and Mr. Freeze. I’ve lumped these panels together because they look almost exactly the same.)

–FLASHBACK: From Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla #1. Batman stonewalls Robin before a dangerous unspecified case, telling him to say behind. Batman presumably completes the unknown case.

–FLASHBACK: From Nightwing Vol. 4 #47. The Trinity assembles for unspecified action.

–FLASHBACK: From Super Sons #5. Batman and Superman get in a bad argument about an unspecified topic. Batman gets so heated that he punches-out Superman.

–FLASHBACK: From Catwoman Vol. 5 #17. Batman fights Catwoman, who is, for the first time, wearing a sexier new version of her old purple-and-green dress outfit. (This one is low-cut and sports a domino mask.

–Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 Part 2
After Solomon Grundy kidnaps a seemingly metahuman baby in Gotham, Batman is on the case. A perfunctory investigation points the Caped Crusader in Swamp Thing’s direction, so he travels to Houma, Louisiana to visit the plant elemental, who has just finished checking-in on his pal, Interpol agent Matthew Cable. Batman and Swamp Thing team up to bust some poachers and talk about the abducted child. This item is Len Wein’s final work, which was meant to have been the start of the seventh volume of Swamp Thing (picking up where Wein’s own “early era Swamp Thing” Volume 6 ended). Because Wein died shortly after writing it, there is no follow-up. Suffice to say, we can assume that Batman and Swamp Thing kick ass and solve the case.

–REFERENCE: In DC Holiday Special 2017 #1 Part 2. Bruce meets and befriends Edward Brandon and his wife Mrs. Brandon. They will hang out from time to time, although we won’t see these hangouts on our timeline below.

–REFERENCE: In the second feature to Mother Panic #11-12. Batman saves the life of late night radio talk show host Danny Ruby. Unknown to Batman, Danny Ruby is a teacher at Gather House, an experimental boarding school in Gotham that turns its students into obedient cybernetic assassins. (This item goes here because we know Gather House burns down ten years prior to Mother Panic/Batman Special #1.)

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #39. December. Having completed his first semester at Hudson University, Dick decides to enter Hudson’s undergraduate law program, which requires him to move to Blüdhaven to attend Hudson’s branch campus located there. Note that, in Nightwing Vol. 4 #43, Dick says he has an “advanced degree in forensics.” However, this is bad throwaway line from writer Michael Moreci. Furthermore, in Tom Taylor’s Nightwing Vol. 4 #80, Dick says he has a “law degree.” This is another bad throwaway line. Dick is definitely a law student, but he will drop out before receiving any degree. Now, it’s possible that Dick, as a law student, is focusing on forensics (although “advanced forensics” doesn’t really sound like an undergraduate degree). In any case, he could simply be referencing his time spent studying with Batman—the highest “degree” one could get anyway. Or maybe he gets an honorary degree at some point? He is rich and somewhat famous, after all.

–REFERENCE: In Deathstroke Vol. 4 #19. This item occurs one year after Grant Wilson’s death. Robin meets with Deathstroke alone and enters into a secret pact with the killer. In exchange for Robin befriending and providing his young daughter Rose Wilson with the Bat-Family’s positive values, Deathstroke will stop trying to kill the Teen Titans, going so far as to turn his long-running lucrative contract with HIVE into a “Lazarus Contract,” effectively canceling out any hits he is working on for them. Shortly thereafter, Dick befriends Rose. Presumably, Batman monitors all of this via hidden Robin cam. Dick will meet with Rose regularly, moving forward.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #28. Batman and Robin patrol together.

–NOTE: In Batman Vol. 2 #21, Flash Vol. 5 #21, Titans Vol. 3 Annual #1, Nightwing Vol. 4 #21, and Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1 Part 1. Some new members—including Cave Boy (Gnarrk), Hawk (Hank Hall), Dove (Don Hall), Herald (Mal Duncan), Bumblebee (Karen Beecher), Joker’s Daughter (Duela Dent), Golden Eagle (Charley Parker), Bat-Girl (Bette Kane)—join the ranks of the Teen Titans, which currently already includes Robin, Wonder Girl, Aqualad, Speedy, Omen, and Kid Flash.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #7—originally told in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film. Joker holds a parade in downtown Gotham, luring the masses to the event with the promise of throwing millions of dollars in cash into the crowd. Batman arrives in time to stop Joker from releasing deadly Joker Venom (in gas form) onto the audience via large clown parade balloons. It’s unclear which Joker appears here.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1039 Part 2. Ever since he was a little boy, teenager Hue Vile has an insect-like symbiotic parasite that lives in his throat. When not outright feeding on people or slaughtering them just for kicks, Vile and the parasite spread a virus that causes the infected person to go into a fit of murderous mayhem. When one of Vile’s victims lashes out and gets shot down by cops, Batman investigates, but Vile makes sure to stay hidden.



–REFERENCE: In Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #1. Superman introduces his cousin Supergirl (Kara Zor-El aka Linda Lee) to Batman and Robin. Supergirl was actually born prior to Superman, but having been stuck in suspended animation, she appears younger than him. Just like Batman’s Bat-Family, Superman now has a Super-Family aka Superman-Family.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #2. Superman saves Batman, who is trapped inside a giant green blob, possibly the living chemical bomb known as Chemo .

–REFERENCE: In Suicide Squad Vol. 5 #18, Action Comics #980, and Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #1. Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman fight the Kryptonian super-villains General Zod (Dru-Zod), Ursa, and Non, who escape the Phantom Zone to attack Earth. The heroes defeat Zod and company, sending them back to the Phantom Zone using a Kryptonian Phantom Zone Projector. (The Phantom Zone is a tesseract hyperspace where old Kryptonians, using the special projector, sent criminals into exile. The Phantom Zone is one and the same as Limbo, Purgatory, and the Ghost Zone. It is also home to the Underworld, which is adjacent to/apart of Hell.)

–REFERENCE: In Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #1-2. Batman meets the rookie superhero team known as the Doom PatrolProfessor Niles Caulder, Negative Man (Larry Trainor and symbiote Keeg Bovo), Robotman (Cliff Steele), and Elasti-Girl (Rita Farr).[8]

–Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #1-3 (“THE DEVIL NEZHA”)
(Note that the first ten pages of Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #1 were shown as a preview in the 3rd feature to Detective Comics #1050.) Batman and Robin track Poison Ivy to Metropolis where Superman encounters her for the first time, helping the Dynamic Duo make a bust. Kryptonite-powered Metallo (John Corben), whom Batman is familiar with from his vast Bat-computer criminal database, shows up to attack the Man of Steel. While Batman and Robin prevent Poison Ivy from escaping, Metallo injects a cocktail of different Red Kryptonite bits into Superman. The immortal Devil Nezha and Felix Faust, pulling the strings, watch from the shadows. The Red Kryptonite quickly courses through Superman’s bloodstream, causing him intense pain and confusion before morphing him into a man with steel skin (a literal “man of steel”). Batman phones the Doom Patrol for help, and they arrive immediately. Superman then begins hallucinating visions of Zod, Ursa, Non, and Lex Luthor. Batman is able to talk Superman back into his senses, but Superman’s powers rage out of control. Negative Man showers Superman with red sun radiation, knocking him unconscious. At the Doom Patrol HQ in Midway City, Superman is subdued and restrained as he continues to go through various bodily alterations. Dr. Niles Caulder performs surgery on Superman, but when things go south, Negative Man irradiates Superman’s arteries, saving his life. Later, Caulder shows off an ancient Chinese weapon—the legendary sword of the immortal Devil Nezha—that the Doom Patrol took from Nazi crook General Zahl. After the Doom Patrol delivers a lesson in Chinese history, specifically about how the warriors of the House of Ji (Shuǐ, Huǒ, Kōngqì, and Dìqiú) defeated the Devil Nezha in the 16th century BCE, Caulder reveals that the Devil the Devil Nezha has likely returned and is responsible for the attack in Metropolis. Caulder shows surveillance footage of Flash, Wonder Woman, and Hal Jordan dealing with super-villain situations and Faust accosting Billy Batson in Philadelphia. (Batson is a four-year-old boy that can turn into Shazam aka Captain Shazam, a superhero imbued with magickal powers by the wizard Shazam. Originally, Batson was around seven-years-old at the time of his debut. Here, he’s a bit younger due to the fact that he’s still in high school as of 2021.) Batman and Superman rescue Batson from Faust, all while shaking off a magick hallucination that they are trapped in Hell. Meanwhile, Robin (wearing new pants) and Supergirl, having had a negative experience during a prior team-up, reluctantly agree to work together. Using the patented (but dangerous) Super-Family ability to break through the time barrier by going at intense speed, Supergirl takes Robin (and herself) to to 1579 BCE China. There, the teen heroes, mistaken for agents of Nezha, are briefly attacked by the House of Ji before allying with them. Meanwhile, in present day Switzerland, the Doom Patrol confronts General Immortus. Despite suffering from dementia, he tells them that Nezha can be found on the isle of Corto Maltese. In Central City, Batman and Superman take on Mirror Master and Dr. Alchemy, who have already bested Flash and Wonder Woman thanks to power boosts from Nezha. Batman and Superman take down Mirror Master and Dr. Alchemy, but they are attacked by Hal Jordan, who has been mind-controlled by Nezha. Meanwhile, in the Batcave, Nezha mind-controls Alfred to gain access to the Bat-Computer, through which he learns all about present day metahumans.

–REFERENCE: In Titans Vol. 3 #21-22 and Justice League of America Vol. 5 #27. The Doom Patrol rivals known collectively as the Brotherhood of Evil (Monsieur Mallah, The Brain, Garguax, and Madame Rouge) try to battle the Justice League, but the latter can’t be bothered by what they deem as a mere annoyance rather than a legitimate threat. Thus, the snubbed Brotherhood instead gets its collective ass handed to it by the Teen Titans and the Doom Patrol. Note that the Doom Patrol makes the now-unused Happy Harbor Sanctuary its headquarters, but only for a brief stint.

–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), Cyborg, Changeling (Garfield Logan), Raven (Rachel Roth), Wonder Girl, and Starfire. Kole Weathers is also a member of this team, but only works with them once. Note that Robin and Starfire are dating.

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

–REFERENCE: In the second feature to Detective Comics #1052. As Matches Malone, Batman begins frequenting Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge. While we won’t see most of these visits, Matches will be a regular.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #79. Bruce and Dick’s relationship begins deteriorating. They’ll have tiffs on-and-off again for the next couple months.

–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 brand new (one-shot) 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.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1027 Part 3. February. Note that writer Matt Fraction places this item in “Year Four, Month Two.” However, since this flashback specifically deals with the New Teen Titans, it must instead go here. Onto the brief synopsis. An escaped Joker defeats the Teen Titans (Robin, Cyborg, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Raven), leaving them bound, unconscious, and underwater as Batman’s monthly “birthday gift.” Batman saves the Teen Titans. (It’s unclear which Joker appears here.)

–Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular Part 1
February. It’s Dick’s 18th birthday! Batman and Robin save a priest from Victor Zsasz, but during the fight Robin disobeys a direct order. Back home, Batman chews-out Robin. Later, the Dynamic Duo foils a robbery attempt at the museum, during which the Boy Wonder again disobeys Batman’s orders. Upon returning home, Dick thanks Batman for everything he’s done for him, but resigns from his post. Dick quits being Robin! Shortly thereafter, as referenced in Nightwing Vol. 4 #21 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #43, Bruce gives Dick a watch for his birthday gift—likely a botched attempt to smooth over the situation. As referenced in Nightwing Vol. 4 #79, we learn that Batman fires Robin, so we must assume there’s a follow-up conversation where Bruce does a petty “you can’t quit because your’e fired” thing. Shortly after that, Dick packs up and moves out of Wayne Manor.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Nightwing Vol. 4 #21, Nightwing Vol. 4 #39, and Detective Comics #965. Now that Dick has quit his sidekick role, Batman puts his final Robin costume on display in the Batcave.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1027 Part 1. Batman fights an escaped Poison Ivy, who unleashes giant carnivorous piranha plants upon him.

–FLASHBACK: From Red Hood: Outlaw #35, Red Hood: Outlaw #48, Truth and Justice #10, and Strange Love Adventures #1 Part 6—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, Nightwing Vol. 4 #39, and Detective Comics #1052. 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 tells Jason thats “his friend” Bruce Wayne will help him get into a decent orphanage—Faye “Ma” Gunn‘s Home For Wayward Boys. Later, Bruce secures a spot for Jason at the home. Bruce then visits Jason at the latter’s dingy squat apartment to tell him the news. Jason soon goes into the care of Ma Gunn, who tells Jason his dad (Willis Todd) is dead. Unknown to Jason, Ma Gunn is Willis’ biological mother, meaning Ma Gunn is Jason’s grandmother! Unknown to the public, Ma Gunn is a criminal. Jason soon contacts Batman and helps him bust Ma Gunn. (As referenced in the second feature to Detective Comics #1052, Jason briefly lives at the Wayne Orphanage and a mental institution after Ma Gunn’s arrest.) Seeing promise in Jason, Bruce makes the troubled teen his legal ward. Bruce takes Jason home to Wayne Manor and introduces him to Alfred. Shortly thereafter, Bruce reveals his superhero secret to Jason and offers him the position of being Batman’s new sidekick. Jason 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.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Urban Legends #1 Part 1. While he certainly isn’t Robin yet, Batman gives Jason part of what will eventually become his Robin costume (designed by Alfred). Jason then spends a week of training focusing on Batarang and shuriken throwing. Batman expresses his hatred for guns to Jason. After a chat with Alfred, a curious Jason is very surprised to stumble upon Batman’s hidden gun collection in the Batcave. Batman, returning from patrol, finds him there, awestruck at the sight of the firearms. Batman explains that he uses these guns for reference and forensic study while working cases.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Black and White Vol. 5 #1 Part 2. Batman takes on an escaped Joker (likely the Clown), who heaves an old-timey spherical black bomb at him.

–REFERENCE: In Batwoman Vol. 3 #17, Green Arrow Vol. 6 #41, and Batman: Gotham Nights Vol. 3 #19—originally told in Detective Comics #469. Batman fights the debuting Dr. Phosphorus, a radioactive super-villain that is secretly linked to Gotham City Councilman Rupert Thorne. Despite being corrupt to the core and having Batman breathing down his neck, Thorne will avoid jail-time and remain on the City Council for years to come.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Black and White Vol. 5 #1 Part 2—and referenced in Batman: Kings of Fear #2, Batman Secret Files #2 Part 1, Batman: Three Jokers #1, Punchline #1—originally told in Detective Comics #475-476. Joker (the Clown) 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. Meanwhile, after being denied copyright on his “Laughing Fish,” Joker murders a couple government copyright officials. Eventually, Batman puts a stop to the chaos. Afterward, Batman keeps and stuffs a Laughing Fish, adding it to his collection of Joker trophies.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 2021 Annual—originally told in Detective Comics #477. Batman defeats the debuting Clayface III (Preston Payne). Unlike the other two Clayfaces, Payne must wear a special containment suit at all times.

–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 (in yet another new costume), 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.)

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Urban Legends #11 Part 1. Batman and Zatanna Zatara join together to perform an occult ritual, preventing the dark forces (which they accidentally unleashed as teens) from being released into the world.

–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. (It’s unclear which Joker appears here.) 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.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Urban Legends #5 Part 1. As part of Jason’s training, Batman tells the boy a pro detective tip: If you want to know the most about someone, look in their bathroom cabinet.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Vol. 4 #12. Batman rescues a busload of nuns from an escaped Joker. (It’s unclear which Joker appears here.)

–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, Detective Comics #965, and Batgirl Vol. 5 #50. 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. Bruce sets up a stipend for Nightwing, through which he will fund his former sidekick’s crimefighting for years to come. Note that Nightwing will wear several different costume styles moving forward, including his modified blue-and-yellow Flying Grayson outfit and sleeker blue-and-black duds.

–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 the manipulative Deathstroke. (Terra is also outed as having an unsettling quasi-sexual affair with the much older Deathstroke, who is committing statutory rape in this “relationship.”) The team is shaken to its core and goes on a short break.

–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.

–FLASHBACK: From Truth and Justice #10—and referenced 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 his Alfred-designed costume.

–FLASHBACK: From Robins #2—and referenced in Robins #1. Originally told in Batman #424-425. Note that, in the Modern Age, this item was one of Jason’s last cases as Robin, whereas in the Infinite Frontier Era, it is his literal first. Robin goes on his very first patrol with Batman, finding shellshocked rape victim Gloria Stanson. Bogatagoan drug dealer Felipe Garzonas has raped Gloria, but the police can’t touch the creep because he has diplomatic immunity. Batman challenges Robin to take down Felipe as part of his final “gauntlet” training exercise. Unfortunately, Felipe’s misogynistic antagonization continues, which leads to the Gloria’s suicide. At Felipe’s apartment, an enraged Robin confronts the villain, who falls twenty stories to his death. Batman arrives a second later and asks Jason point blank if he killed the man. Jason says cooly, “He slipped,” and then swings away. Soon after, Felipe’s vengeful diplomat father José Garzonas kidnaps Commissioner Gordon to lure the Dynamic Duo into a showdown. Batman and Robin take down José.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Urban Legends #3 Part 1. On the heels of the Garzonas case, Batman introduces his new Robin to Commissioner Gordon.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 2021 Annual. Worried about Jason’s behavior and feeling he’s possibly still not ready, Batman temporarily benches Robin (letting him know multiple times very clearly that he’s not as good as Dick). When Batman departs on an unspecified solo mission, sneaky Alfred takes the opportunity to invite Dick to Wayne Manor, leaving him alone with Jason. Alfred knows this meeting will be good for both young men. Nightwing and Robin patrol together, with the former imparting important knowledge upon the new Boy Wonder. After the duo saves a boy from kidnappers, Nightwing sees the dark violent side of Robin. Nevertheless, back home, Nightwing gives Robin praise, calling him his brother.

–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 recondite conspiracy theory events. He shares these plans with his new Robin.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Urban Legends #3 Part 1. Presumably while on patrol, Batman introduces Robin former jewel thief gone straight, Salvatore Greco.

–the second feature to Detective Comics #1052
The “Shadows of the Bat: House of Gotham” arc continues here. At an ice cream shop, Jason Todd runs into a former acquaintance from Ma Gunn’s school, a delinquent named Elliot Strummer. Elliot and a fellow teen (the boy orphaned by Joker six years ago) brag to Jason that they work for Penguin. At Wayne Manor, Jason tells Bruce that Penguin is using child soldiers. Later, as Matches Malone, Batman visits the Iceberg Lounge. Seeing that there are indeed kids under Penguin’s employ, Batman switches to his fighting togs and begins kicking henchman ass. The orphaned teen betrays Penguin, helping Batman bust him. The orphaned teen then runs outside only to get kayoed by Robin. The orphaned teen is arrested and will eventually wind up at Arkham Asylum in a couple years.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #999. October 7—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 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.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Urban Legends #3 Part 1. Batman and Robin work an alleyway murder case along with Commissioner Gordon. Gordon expresses concerns about Batman bringing on a new Boy Wonder, saying that the kid seems a little rough around the edges. While they chat, Robin spots Salvatore Greco nearby and begins assaulting him. Batman stops and scolds Robin, telling him he was out of line.

–REFERENCE: In Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #14, Batman Vol. 3 #45, and Justice League Vol. 4 #51-52—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 buffeted Superman with Black Mercy, a type of sentient alien plant that causes people 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 Batman: Urban Legends #5 Part 1. Riddler catches wind that there’s a new Robin in town and decides to put the rookie Boy Wonder to the test. Riddler captures Batman, putting him in a sealed chamber death trap that can only be deactivated by solving a puzzle-riddle on the outside. Jason solves the riddle, freeing Batman.

–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.

–FLASHBACK: From Harley Quinn Vol. 4 #5—loosely based on a combination of Batman Annual #10 and “Prey” (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #11-15). Professor Hugo Strange returns, donning his very own Batman costume. With an out-of-control obsession, Strange declares that he is the legit Batman and fights the real deal. Batman bests him.

–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 Batman: Urban Legends #14 Part 2—originally told via flashback from Detective Comics Annual #1 and The Question #2. (Editorial incorrectly says the flashback is originally from The Question #1.) The rookie superhero known as The Question gives some unwanted assistance to Batman on a stolen radium case. Afterward, Batman deduces his secret ID as reporter Vic Sage.

–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 Batman: Urban Legends #10 Part 4. December 23-25. Dick chats with Bruce on the phone, making plans for him to join a Teen Titans holiday party at Titans HQ. A couple days later, on Xmas, Bruce forgets to show up because he’s preoccupied with finding a missing Jason. Meanwhile, Jason has gone to visit Dick at Teen Titans HQ, but Dick is so upset about Bruce having bailed that he stays in his room and mopes the whole time. Jason doesn’t even get inside the building.

–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.



–FLASHBACK: From Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally told via flashback from Identity Crisis and The OMAC Project. Dr. Light infiltrates the JLA satellite and rapes Elongated Man’s wife, Sue Dibny. After being apprehended by several superheroes (Hal Jordan, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Flash, and Zatanna), Dr. Light is mind-wiped by Zatanna, which erases the villain’s memories and alters his personality to ensure that he never again commits so heinous a crime. Batman stumbles upon the heroes in the midst of scrambling Dr. Light’s brain. Outraged at the unethical procedure, Batman lashes out at his peers. The heroes restrain and mind-wipe Batman, initiating a cover up that will years later be exposed as the terrible “mind-wipe scandal.” Until then, Batman will have no memories of what has occurred.

–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 Shiera Sanders Hall 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 16 for details on Carter and Shiera’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 scars 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 Gardner Grayle) 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 and Suicide Squad Vol. 7 #2. Bruce meets gorgeous pale-skinned astronomer Natasha Knight (aka Natalia Knight), falling for her charming blandishment, blarney, and beauty. But Bruce 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 Flash Vol. 5 #21 and Justice League Incarnate #4—and referenced 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, Justice League Vol. 4 #51, The Unexpected #5, Event Leviathan #2, Detective Comics #1010, Flash #758, Dark Nights: Death Metal – Multiverse’s End #1, Infinite Frontier #5, Nightwing Vol. 4 2021 Annual, and Justice League Vol. 4 #75. Originally told in The Crisis on Infinite Earths. Bear in mind, this is a very altered version of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. 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 multiverse. Earth’s heroes learn about Pariah, specially how he accidentally released the Anti-Monitor thanks to botched experimentation with an Antimatter Chamber. Unknown to all, the super-celestial Great Hand known as Perpetua, from her prison in the Source Wall, is secretly influencing the Anti-Monitor’s bad behavior. Beyond this curtain, the living evil known as the Great Darkness is influencing and will continue to influence Perpetua, the Anti-Monitor, and others, moving forward. The Great Darkness and Perpetua will secretly influence the majority of the “Crises” to come.[9] 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.[10] 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. Alexander Luthor Jr and Harbinger brief the heroes (including Dawnstar of the 31st century Legion of Super-Heroes) on how to defeat their opponent. Eventually, all the superheroes of the multiverse band together to fight against the evil Anti-Monitor, his army of Shadow Demons, and his lackey Psycho-Pirate. 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. The war erupts into bedlam, involving the JL, Outsiders, Amazons, Global Guardians, Infinity Inc (Star-Spangled Kid Sylvester Pemberton, Jade, Obsidian, Silver Scarab, Fury, Nuklon, Dr. Midnight, Hourman Rick Tyler, Northwind, and Wildcat Yolanda Montez), and Freedom Fighters (Uncle Sam, Black CondorDoll ManHuman Bomb, Langford Terrill aka The Ray, Phantom Lady, and Plastic Man). Note that Plastic Man is crook-turned-superhero Eel O’Brien, who is also currently an FBI agent/informant and member of the long-running government defense organization known as The All-Star Squadron. During the crisis, Clayface II is killed, Dove is killed, Supergirl is killed (and memory-erased), and Flash literally runs himself to death to prevent the Anti-Monitor from wielding a cosmic WMD. A large funeral is held to mourn the passing of Flash, after which Wally West becomes the new Flash! 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 confluent timeline. However, the multiverse soon returns to status-quo. 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. Notably, having commiserated with higher-powers, Psycho-Pirate gains full knowledge of the history of multiverse reboots and the Metaverse.[11] Although, this forbidden knowledge makes Psycho-Pirate lose control of his mind, resulting in him getting locked up in Arkham Asylum. 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.

–REFERENCE: In Action Comics #976, Action Comics #978, Man of Steel #1, and Suicide Squad Vol. 7 #3—originally told in “THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN.” Doomsday debuts, dispatching the Justice League (sans Batman and Superman) with ease.[12] Superman fights Doomsday solo and is killed by the monster. The world mourns. The Eradicator, Steel (John Henry Irons), Cyborg Superman, and Superboy (Conner Kent) rise up to replace the deceased Man of Steel. Note that Conner Kent is a young clone of Superman and Lex Luthor. (As referenced in Justice League Incarnate #5, Doomsday is an agent of the Great Darkness.)

–REFERENCE: In Action Comics #976 and Action Comics #978—originally told in “THE RETURN OF SUPERMAN.” Cyborg Superman reveals his evil nature, teaming with Mongul to fight Hal Jordan and wipe the hero’s hometown of Coast City off the map with a nuclear explosion. Thanks to Kryptonian technology, Superman comes back from the dead—complete with a black costume and long coiffure. The resurrected Superman defeats Mongul and Cyborg Superman. The world celebrates the Man of Steel’s return. Shortly thereafter, Clark gets engaged to Lois. Wedding invitations are sent out to friends, including Bruce.

–FLASHBACK: From Action Comics #978. Bruce attends the wedding of Lois and Clark, who happily get married.

–REFERENCE: In Action Comics #978. Superman goes on unspecified business with Batman before returning home to his wife Lois, who reveals she is pregnant! (Lois is already a few months pregnant.)[13]

–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.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1027 Part 1. Batman trundles through a manmade deep freeze to challenge an escaped Mr. Freeze.

–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.

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

–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 Nightwing Vol. 4 #80. Early Summer. While this item has nothing to do with Batman, he’d surely be aware and supportive. Babs graduates high school and immediately starts college. She will eventually obtain a law degree.

–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 IV. 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 (likely the Comedian) 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 Titans Special #1—originally told in The New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #29-31. A bunch of heroes—including Superman, Batman, the Teen Titans, and others—are assembled by Magenta (Frances Kane) to take on Brother Blood (Sebastian Blood) and his Church of Blood (aka Blood Cult) minions. Note that the Teen Titans will disband not long after this.

–FLASHBACK: From Wonder Woman #762—and referenced 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, Heroes in Crisis #5, Batman/Superman Vol. 2 #12, and Blue and Gold #4. Originally told in “LEGENDS,” Justice League #1-6, and Justice League International #7-8. Via his minion Glorious Gordon Godfrey, Darkseid begins a smear-campaign against the world’s superheroes. After public opinion about superheroes sinks to an all-time low, Darkseid sends his warrior Brimstone to Earth. This leads to the death of Commander Steel, after which 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 then joins scheming Max Lord‘s new Justice League International venture, which includes Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Mr. Miracle (Scott Free), Fire (Beatriz da Costa), Ice (Tola Olafsdotter), Dr. Fate, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, Black Canary, Shazam (Billy Batson), Blue Beetle (Ted Kord), and Dr. Light (Kimiyo Hoshi). (NOTES: First, Max Lord is also head of the secret government organization known as Checkmate. At this juncture, Max Lord is also being secretly controlled by a sentient AI called Kilg%re, although that won’t last for very long. Second, Mr. Miracle is always accompanied by his diminutive chain-smoking manager Oberon Kurtzberg. Third, 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.) Right from the start, Batman hates both Max Lord and Guy Gardner. Shortly after the JLI debuts, Max Lord (sans Batman’s permission) recruits Booster Gold (along with Skeets) into the fold as well. On his first adventure with the team, Booster Gold helps defeat the returning Royal Flush Gang. Soon afterward, the JLI opens HQs at United Nations-sponsored embassy buildings in NYC, Paris, Moscow, Lisbon, Tokyo, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Potsdam, and Canberra. Captain Atom and Rocket Red (Vladimir Mikoyan) join the JLI as well. (Mikoyan is merely one—#7 to be exact—of several Rocket Reds, Russian soldiers in high-tech combat-suits.) Moving forward, the JLI will go on a variety of missions, some of which will simply have to be imagined on our timeline below.

–FLASHBACK: From Blue and Gold #4. With Batman remotely monitoring from JLI HQ, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle take on Blackguard in a losing effort. Concerned, Batman orders Guy Gardner to help out. Gardner quickly defeats Blackguard.

–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 Deathstroke Inc #2—originally told in The Weird #1-4. When the Macrolatts, sentient beings made of pure light from an alternate dimension, attack Earth, their rivals, the Zarolatts, send a champion to fight them. This Zarolatt warrior takes a human host body, becoming the superhero known as The Weird. The JLI teams up with the Weird to defeat the Macrolatts, who briefly take control of a few superheroes.

–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.

–FLASHBACK: From Action Comics #978 and Superman: Son of Kal-El #1. August. When arms dealers attempt to assassinate a nine-month-pregnant Lois, Superman takes his wife to the safety of the Fortress of Solitude. Despite even more trouble, as an alien armada attempts to take over the planet, the Trinity allows other heroes to handle the situation in order to focus on Lois’ pregnancy. While Batman guards the perimeter of the Fortress, Wonder Woman helps deliver Jonathan Kent (full name Jonathan Samuel Lane Kent aka “Jon”). Batman immediately runs tests on baby Jon. Soon afterward, Lois and Clark take brief maternity and paternity sabbaticals from the Daily Planet and move to California to raise their newborn. Superman also builds a second Fortress of Solitude in the Himalayas and switches to an all-black costume, deciding to keep out of the limelight for a little bit. Superman will switch interchangeably between his black costume and his regular costume during this time period. Action Comics #978 makes it seem like the black-costumed Superman will keep to the shadows while residing in California for the next decade, but that’s simply not the case. Superman will be highly active once paternity leave ends, after which the Kents will be living in Metropolis. It’s possible that the bicoastal Kents will split time between California and Metropolis.

–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 Detective Comics #999. October 7—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 Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular Part 5. October 7—Bruce’s birthday. Robin gives Batman a birthday gift—Thomas Wayne’s old broken wristwatch, which he and Alfred had found hidden in Wayne Manor months ago. Since the watch is broken, Robin asks to keep it, saying he will return it to Batman when it is fixed.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Three Jokers #1—and referenced in Batman: Three Jokers #1. Originally told in Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #66. Batman fights an escaped Killer Croc, who bites him badly. Eventually, Batman hauls Killer Croc back to Arkham Asylum, interrupting Dr. Roger Huntoon interviewing a visiting John Constantine.

–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 (Jason Woodrue), 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 berthed at one of Gotham’s harbors.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Urban Legends #10 Part 4. Christmas. Bruce and Alfred spend Xmas with Nightwing, Robin, and Batgirl (all of whom are in their Bat-Family costumes for some reason, although everyone is wearing an Xmas sweater as well).

–FLASHBACK: From Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1 Part 2. Batman, Robin, and Batgirl bust Joker (the Comedian) 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.


YEAR NINE (2010)

–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.

–Batman: Urban Legends #14 Part 2
The Question (Vic Sage) finds evidence that Wayne Enterprises is involved in corruption, so he starts messaging Batman (who ignores him). Eventually, the Question shows up in Gotham to show Batman his evidence—secret military R&D and off shore bank accounts, which are linked to Batman’s operations (although the Question doesn’t know that). Together, Batman and the Question enter a WayneTech distribution center where they discovers that some WayneTech security guards have been skimming off the top of Batman’s own skimming. When the Question attacks Batman thinking he’s at the heart of a conspiracy, the only thing for Batman to do is unmask and reveal his secret ID. Batman then explains that he uses WayneTech for his war on crime, but that these bad seeds need to be rooted out. Batman and the Question then bust the crooks.

–REFERENCE: In the second feature to Detective Comics #1055. Bruce partners with Ted Kord to open the Wayne-Kord Rehabilitation Center in Gotham.

–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.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1027 Part 1. Batman fights Clayface (Basil Karlo).

–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 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 thew to break free. Blackfire’s followers then turn on and kill their own leader.

–REFERENCE: In New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 Part 2 and Robin Vol. 3 #1. Batman and Robin defeat the martial arts master King Snake (Sir Edmund Dorrance).

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Black and White Vol. 5 #6 Part 5. Batman fights strongman newcomer Amygdala (Aaron Helzinger).

–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 deprecate Batman.

–Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #9
Poison Ivy tussles with Batman at the museum, besting him in combat in order to steal an ancient Egyptian map that holds the supposed secret location of a “fountain of youth” (actually a hidden Lazarus Pit). A snooping Harley Quinn, having trailed Ivy, shows up and accidentally releases Batman. Despite this, Harley and Ivy escape together. Ivy then ditches the bad luck Harley and follows the map to a temple in the Sahara Desert. Ivy locates the Lazarus Pit inside the structure, but Harley arrives yet again (much to Ivy’s chagrin). Soon after, Batman and Batgirl, having trailed Harley, appear as well. After a big fight, Poison Ivy drops into the Lazarus Pit, which gives her plant powers a serious upgrade but makes her go into a convulsive Lazarus-rage. The temple collapses, allowing Harley to save Ivy, who eventually regains control of her mental faculties.

–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 Batman: The Detective #3. Henri Ducard meets up with Batman, revealing that he knows he is Bruce under the mask.

–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.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #5, Batman: Black and White Vol. 5 #1 Part 2, Batman: Urban Legends #4 Part 1, and Joker Vol. 2 #9—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, Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #26, and Truth and Justice #12. 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 (likely the Clown). The super-villain has already obtained a cruise missile from Santa Priscan military (courtesy of the Network’s Dr. Friedrich Baum) and is now planning on smuggling deadly nerve gas out of Ethiopia. While Batman chases the missile and nerve gas, 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.) Talia’s ultimate plan for Jason is to have him crush Batman and eventually take over the League of Assassins in place of her father.

–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 Robin Vol. 3 #1. Batman helps Green Arrow find his long lost son, Connor Hawke.

–REFERENCE: In Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #11, Doomsday Clock #2, Doomsday Clock #6, Batman Vol. 3 #49, Batgirl Vol. 5 #47, Batman: Three Jokers #1-3, Joker Vol. 2 #3, and Joker Vol. 2 #10—originally told in The Killing Joke. Joker (the Comedian) 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 Mile lair, rescuing Gordon from further physical and psychological torture. 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. The Mayor orders Commissioner Gordon to take mandatory time off (psychiatric leave) following the tragic incident, appointing Captain Dave Wójcik as interim commissioner.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Three Jokers #1. Batman puts Batgirl’s costume on display in the Batcave. (Note that Batman: Knightwatch – Batman Day Special Edition #1 also shows Batgirl’s costume on display in the Batcave, although colorist Carrie Strachan takes some cheeky liberties by making it purple à la Batman ’66.)

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #999. October 7—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 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.

–Joker Vol. 2 #10
Fed up with sitting at home and having refused to speak to a shrink, Jim Gordon goes back to work, defying his mayoral-mandated psychiatric leave. Interim Commissioner Dave Wójcik discusses the fact that Joker is loose again and there are even Joker copycats running about, but he ultimately tells Jim to go home. Back at the Gordon household, Jim finds his ex-wife Barbara and eight-year-old son James Junior waiting for him. Barbara says that James Jr needs to stay with him in Gotham for a little while, citing that he’s become darkly troubled and obsessed with Joker. After dinner, James Jr rummages through his dad’s Joker files. Batman visits the house, but a stressed-out Jim tells him to piss off. Later that night, James Jr steals his dad’s gun and runs away. A panicked Jim meets with Harvey Bullock, who tells him there’s nothing he can do. When a possible Joker case comes through on the radio, Renee Montoya gives Jim a sidearm and allows him to charge ahead solo. Jim finds a face-painted James Jr hand-in-hand with a Joker copycat. Batman prevents Jim from firing his piece and takes down the copycat. After securing the area, Batman pulls Jim aside to tell him some disheartening facts. First, only James Jr handled his stolen gun. Second, James Jr used household cosmetics (Babs’ makeup) to paint his own face. Combined with the fact that eyewitnesses saw James Jr laughing and playing with the copycat, this points to a scenario where the boy was certainly not kidnapped, and in fact sought out the copycat. Batman, having learned all about Jim’s recent sabbatical, urges him to take care of his family and to see a shrink.

–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), Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Atom, Deadman, the Creeper, Power Girl, the Spectre, Animal Man, Hawk, Dove (Dawn Granger), Black Orchid (Susan Linden), 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 Batman Secret Files: The Gardener #1—originally told in Black Orchid #2. Black Orchid (Susan Linden) dies, leading to an Earth Elemental to become the new Black Orchid. Batman meets the confused new Black Orchid, telling her to chat with Floronic Man, Poison Ivy, and Swamp Thing to find out more regarding her origin.

–Our Fighting Forces Giant #1 (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 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, 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.

–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, who is a copycat of the original Sportsmaster (Lawrence Crock).

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #101, Batman: Urban Legends #1 Part 4, Batman: Urban Legends #2 Part 4, and Batman: Urban Legends #3 Part 4. Batman learns about the secret machinations of billionaire tech pioneer Jacob Marlowe‘s Halo Corporation, which is secretly linked to several covert vigilantes and military operatives. Impressed but also wanting to keep tabs, Bruce initiates a partnership with the Halo Corporation, which includes the funding of a state-of-the art biotech research center and surgical facility. Lucius Fox is made an integral hands-on part of this venture. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Freeze and the Kobra Cult go into battle in Midway City against the Halo Corporation’s top group known as Team 6, which consists of handler John Lynch and his agents Deathblow (Michael Cray), Grifter (Max Cash), Deadeye (Cole Cash), Sleeper (Holden Carver), Backlash (Marc Slayton), and Slaphammer (Alex Fairchild). (Note that the Team 6 members aren’t aware that Halo funds their ops.) Team 6 is decimated and Max Cash is seemingly killed. Superman and Wonder Woman come in to save the day, busting the baddies. Bruce and Lucius arrange for Cole Cash to be saved and brought to the new facility where he is essentially turned into a super soldier. A “Dr. Stone” is said to conduct the surgery, and this is likely Silas Stone, especially since we are talking about a biotech procedure. Lucius tells Cole that his brother Max has died and left him his vigilante mask. Thus, Cole becomes the new Grifter. Bruce is debriefed by both Lucius Fox and John Lynch.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Urban Legends #14 Part 1. Batman and Zatanna (now back in her original sexy magician tuxedo costume) team up to fight an unnamed minotaur-like villain.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1027 Part 3. December. An escaped Joker dresses up as Santa Claus and terrorizes a mall in celebration of Batman’s “birthday.” Batman busts the faux Santa. (It’s unclear which Joker appears here.)


YEAR TEN (2011)

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #965, Robins #2, and Strange Love Adventures # 1 Part 6—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 thirteen-year-old 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 Bruce and Alfred, who give the boy a tour of the Batcave. 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. Strange Love Adventures #1 Part 6 shows a scene of Bruce taking Tim into Wayne Manor as a stone-faced Alfred watches on. This scene mirrors Bruce returning home to Wayne Manor from training abroad, Dick coming to Wayne Manor for the first time, and Jason Todd coming to Wayne Manor for the first time. Of course, the difference here is that Tim still lives with his dad, so this is more symbolic than literal in regard to Tim.

–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.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: The Detective #4. Batman saves an entire bus full of people when their bus nearly careens off of a cliff edge.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics Annual #3 (2020) 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 (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 on the road to transfer. 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 sociophile 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.

–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 inscrutable 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 Doomsday Clock #2. The Wayne Enterprises Board of Directors orders Bruce to take a psychiatric 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 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 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.

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

–REFERENCE: In Superman and The Authority #2. Superman gets one of Batman’s Batmobiles and puts it on display inside his Fortress of Solitude.

–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 Batman/Superman Vol. 2 #15. Batman fights master assassin Deadline.

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

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

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: The World Part 4. Batman gets word that his Italian friend Cesare, now in his mid teens, is in juvenile hall, having become somewhat of a bad seed. Batman visits Cesare after hearing that the teen has nearly beaten another kid to death. Batman talks to the troubled Cesare atop juvie hall.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Urban Legends #9 Part 2. Tweedledum and Tweedledee attempt to pillage a diamond mine, but Batman infiltrates the cavern with his burrowing Bat-subterrene. Batman takes down all of Tweedledum and Tweedledee’s miners, but the main villains escape using their flying propellor beanies.

–REFERENCE: In Joker Vol. 2 #8. French scientists working for an unnamed criminal organization are able to sneak a sample of Batman’s blood, adding it to their ongoing collection of superhero and super-villain DNA samples.

–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.

–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.

–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. Wonder Woman, Flash (Wally West), 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 asshole 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 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. (It’s unclear which Joker appears here.)

–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 weird people out when he smiles.

–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.

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

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

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

–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. (It’s unclear which Joker appears here.)

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

–Batman: Black and White Vol. 5 #2 Part 3
While Batman chases after an escaped Joker (unclear which one), a random unrelated dude detonates an electromagnetic pulse bomb over Gotham, disabling all electronics and causing the Dark Knight to crash the Batmobile into a spillway drainage ditch. Joker gloats over the dazed Batman, who remains pinned inside his crumpled vehicle. As the damaged spillway wall slowly fills the car with rising water, Joker’s schadenfreude increases with each deadly second. Batman makes a daring escape and busts Joker. We are told Batman will have a long night ahead of him, cleaning up disaster sites all over the city. Presumably, Batman does so.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #964, Detective Comics #967, Detective Comics #970, and Robins #1-2—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. Tim discovers that his parents have been taken by The Obeah Man (Makenson Innocente) and brought to Haiti. Batman flies down to Haiti to save them, but is only able to rescue Jack. Janet dies. The Obeah Man goes to prison.

–REFERENCE: In Robins #2—originally told in Batman #455-457 (“IDENTITY CRISIS”). Janet Drake’s funeral is held. Shortly thereafter, Scarecrow uses his drugs to cause regular folks to go on murder sprees all over Gotham. Batman tasks Tim with remotely working the Scarecrow case, assigning it as Tim’s final “gauntlet” training challenge. When Batman is captured by Scarecrow, Tim dons a ski mask and goes after him. Despite taking a dose of Fear Gas and suffering a hallucination of the Obeah Man, Tim is able to defeat Scarecrow and save Batman.

–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. Early July. Having completed his training, Tim 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 and Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1 Part 1. Nightwing starts a “New Titans” venture. The group features himself, a nearly twenty-one-year old Cyborg, Jericho (Deathstroke’s son Joseph Wilson), Arsenal (formerly Speedy),[14] Starfire, Changeling, Donna Troy, Mirage (Miriam Delgado), 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. This New Titans venture will only last for a couple 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.

–FLASHBACK: From Tales of the Dark Multiverse: Wonder Woman – War of the Gods #1—originally told in “WAR OF THE GODS.” Immortal Greek sorceress Circe—influenced and powered by the witch goddess Hecate—manipulates the major ancient gods to begin warring against one another, using Earth as a battlefield. As the Greco-Roman pantheon—cosmically severed into two groups, a Greek and Roman group—fights against itself, the superheroes of Earth (including Batman, Superman, and Shazam) take on the combined force of the Norse, Egyptian, Babylonian, African tribal, and Thanagarian gods. Not only that, Circe starts an Themysciran civil war and nearly starts a separate conflict pitting the Amazons versus a coalition of various nations. Eventually, the populace of Earth joins with the deities under the command of Greco-Roman Goddess of Earth Gaea, thus defeating Circe and ending her plot.

–REFERENCE: In Infinite Frontier #4—originally told in “ARMAGEDDON 2001.” Time-traveling future superhero Waverider comes to present day warning of a dystopian future where a super-villain called Monarch reigns supreme. Waverider and Batman investigate, discovering that Hawk (Hank Hall) is the person destined to become Monarch. Distraught at the news, Hawk flips-out, becomes Monarch early, and fights a bunch of heroes. During the scuffle, Monarch and Captain Atom are both teleported to another dimension. Waverider then confirms that the dystopian future has been avoided, although a Monarch will still appear in the future. (In a twist of fate, Captain Atom will one day, albeit briefly, become the villainous Monarch, but that won’t happen for a while.)

–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 a wheelchair-using Barbara Gordon, who 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.

–FLASHBACK: From Deathstroke Inc #1—originally told in Deathstroke the Terminator #6-9 (“CITY OF ASSASSINS”). Batman and Deathstroke shake hands, forming a temporary truce in order to team up to bring down Gotham’s top mobsters.

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

–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 Amygdala (Aaron Helzinger), before figuring out Zsasz’s escape route and busting him.

–REFERENCE: In Robins #2—originally told in Detective Comics #647-649. Cluemaster commits a series of high-profile puzzle-themed heists. Enter thirteen-year-old superhero, Spoiler aka Cluemaster’s daughter Stephanie Brown, who helps the Dynamic Duo spoil her dad’s plans.

–REFERENCE: In Joker Vol. 2 #9. Jim Gordon and Sarah Essen get married.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #972—originally told in Batman #486. Batman defeats one-shot super-villain Metalhead, who wears a spiky 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. The wheelchair-using Barbara Gordon 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 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 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 Justice League of America Vol. 5 #7, Doomsday Clock #5-6, Heroes in Crisis #3, and Superman Vol. 5 #30 Part 2—originally told in “BLOODLINES.” The Bat-Family—along with Superman, Robin, Vril Dox II, Lobo, Deathstroke, Etrigan, Elongated Man, Lionheart, Gunfire, 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 (AnimaSparxLoose CannonEdgePrism, Joe PublicMongrel, and Nightblade), 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.

–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 Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 2 #13 (Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 2 Print Edition #7). Originally told in Batman: Sword of Azrael #1-4. Batman meets the current Azrael of the Order of St. Dumas (Jean-Paul Valley Jr) and his mentor Nomoz Smith. (Jean-Paul is the cloned teenage son of a previous Azrael.) Despite their differences, Batman is forced to team-up with Jean-Paul to take down super-villain Carlton LeHah.

–Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 2 #13-14 (Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 2 Print Edition #7) (“CATECHISM”)
This item must take place during the brief time where Jean-Paul Valley Jr is still working for the Order of St. Dumas, hence placement here, right after his debut but prior to joining the Bat-Family. Batman tracks Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins through North Africa, Egypt and Italy. Ra’s al Ghul is after the artifact known as the Vessel of St Januarius, which can supposedly magnify the powers of a Lazarus Pit. After battling for control of an ancient star map created long ago by the Knights Templar, Batman soon finds himself sloshing through catacombs in Venice. Upon recovery of the Vessel in a skeleton-filled vault, Batman is accosted by Azrael (Jean-Paul), who has sworn to defend the artifact for his Order of St. Dumas brethren. After fighting Azrael to a stalemate and convincing him that they are not enemies, Batman is attacked by Ra’s al Ghul, who meets Azrael for the very first time. Outnumbered, Batman and Azrael make a quick escape to the latter’s sanctum. After a history lesson about St Januarius and a hidden Lazarus Pit under Venice, the heroes soon confront Ra’s al Ghul yet again. After Azrael combats both Batman and Ra’s al Ghul simultaneously, bombs are detonated, sealing up the Lazarus Pit for good. With Azrael and Ra’s al Ghul missing, Batman remotely debriefs Alfred and returns home.

–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, Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman – Knightfall #1, Batman: Three Jokers #1, and Joker Vol. 2 #8—and also referenced in Batman Vol. 3 #17, Detective Comics #987, Batman: Kings of Fear #2, Doomsday Clock #12, Batman: Black and White Vol. 5 #6 Part 5, and the second feature to Detective Comics #1054. Originally told in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1, “KNIGHTFALL.” 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 most 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. With the public believing Batman has died, Bane instantly becomes the king of the Gotham Underworld. Due to the severity of his spinal injury, Bruce is out of action for an extended period. Bruce passes the mantle of Batman 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) and begins using immoderate violence while patrolling. Robin and the paralyzed Bruce (now in a wheelchair) both take notice of Jean-Paul’s frenzied anger. The new Batman begins patrolling with Robin, but they sure don’t get along.

–the second feature to Detective Comics #1054
The “Shadows of the Bat: House of Gotham” arc continues here. Having broken Bruce’s back, Bane reigns supreme over a chaotic and burning Gotham. Two-Face, Joker, Scarecrow, and Anarky are all at large as well. In the Batcave, the paralyzed wheelchair-using Bruce speaks with Tim about Jean-Paul and the current situation. Bruce orders Tim to seek out and help the teen that was orphaned by Joker years ago. (Bruce knows the teen isn’t of the same ilk as the rest of the super-villain community.) Robin confronts the orphaned teen and his pal Elliot, taking down the latter. Robin then tries to convince the orphaned teen that he and the Bat-Family want to help him, but he gets interrupted by Batman (Jean-Paul), who goes zero to a hundred and begins chasing and assaulting the orphaned teen, eventually pelting him with razorblade Batarangs and knocking him off a bridge. Paramedics are able to save the orphaned teen’s life.

–REFERENCE: In the second feature to Detective Comics #1054—originally told in “KNIGHTQUEST” and “KNIGHT’S END.” It has been a couple months since Bane broke Bruce’s back. The hyper-violent new Batman (Jean-Paul Valley Jr) busts all the remaining Arkham escapees (including Joker, Two-Face, and Scarecrow) and then defeats Bane. Meanwhile, 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 and takes back the mantle of the Bat from an unhinged Jean-Paul.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Three Jokers #1. Batman puts Bane’s luchador costume on a mannequin display in the Batcave.

–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[15]
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 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, Detective Comics #1010, Dark Nights: Death Metal – Multiverse’s End #1, Justice League Vol. 4 #60, Infinite Frontier #1, and Justice League Incarnate #4—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 turned heel: Hawk (who has been secretly influenced by the Great Darkness and is now calling himself “Extant” instead of Monarch) and Hal Jordan (who has been taken over by an evil yellow energy symbiote called Parallax and secretly influenced by both the Great Darkness and Perpetua). Extant has used the cosmic artifact known as the Worlogog to mess with time. 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. For the next couple months, Wonder Woman’s JL will have a revolving door lineup featuring many superheroes, ranging from Blue Devil to Yazz. 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 Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook #1 Part 1. Guy Gardner, who traded in his power ring for Vuldarian metahuman abilities during the Zero Hour “Crisis in Time,” opens a superhero-themed restaurant called Warriors Bar. Batman and a bunch of superheroes visit for the grand opening. Note that Gardner’s Vuldarian switch won’t last that long.

–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 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 Robin Vol. 3 2021 Annual—originally told in Green Arrow Vol. 2 #101. Green Arrow is killed during a terrorist bombing. His son, Connor Hawke, becomes the new Green Arrow. A funeral his held for Oliver Queen.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #999. October 7—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 Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #61, Gotham City Villains100-Page Anniversary Giant #1 Part 6, and Shazam! Vol. 4 #2-3—originally told in “UNDERWORLD UNLEASHED.” Several super-villains sell their souls to the King of Hell Neron in exchange for power upgrades. Notably, Killer Moth becomes a monster moth man called “Charaxes”. The power upgrades are only temporary. During the chaos, new vigilante Lock-Up (Lyle Bolton) begins capturing super-villains—such as Charaxes, Allergent, and Two-Face—locking them up in his own personal torture chamber. Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Commissioner Gordon bust Lock-Up. In the end, the world’s superheroes defeat Neron. (As referenced in Justice League Incarnate #5, Neron is directly linked to the Great Darkness.)

–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. 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.

–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.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Black and White Vol. 5 #5 Part 5. Nightwing and Batman get into an unspecified argument in the Batcave, with Alfred trying to play peacemaker. This Jamal Campbell flashback shows that Nightwing has switched to a more modern costume (sans yellow) and has long hair—a reference to the mid 1990s Chuck Dixon era of Nightwing, but mashed-up with Nightwing’s New Batman Adventures animated TV look from the late 1990s.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Knightwatch – Batman Day Special Edition #1. Batman puts Nightwing’s original costume (the modified blue-and-yellow Flying Grayson outfit) into a display case in the Batcave.

 –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 Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1 Part 1 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #89—originally told in Teen Titans Vol. 2 #1. While Batman is not involved in this at all, he surely would be aware of the details. The Atom (Ray Palmer) is magickally de-aged into a teenager. Instead of getting upset, the Atom forms his very own version of the Teen Titans, consisting of rookie superheroes Prysm, Risk, Hot Spot, and Argent. This team will last until next year, and the Atom will become an adult again.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21, Justice League Vol. 3 #39, Green Arrow Vol. 6 #31, Adventures of the Super Sons #1, and Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 8 #5—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, Flash Wally West, 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, ZüM, A-Mortal, Fluxus, Tronix, and Zenturion). 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 Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 2 #9 (Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 2 Print Edition #5). Batman studies in the Watchtower’s vast library, learning part of the Martian numerical system and alphabet.

–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 The Green Lantern #4-5, The Green Lantern: Blackstars #2, and Robin Vol. 3 2021 Annual—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 uses the power of Parallax to resurrect Oliver Queen and single-handedly destroy the Sun-Eater, thus 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, New Year’s Evil #1 Part 2, and Robin Vol. 3 2021 Annual. 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. In the Rebirth/Infinite Frontier Era, it’s for a much shorter time period.

–FLASHBACK: From Robin Vol. 3 2021 Annual—originally told in JLA #6-9. Connor Hawke (the new Green Arrow) joins the Justice League. The JL goes on an unspecified mission with Aztek, who is not yet a member of the team.

–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 Dark Nights: Death Metal #5—originally told in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #69-70. Batman teams-up with the new (temporary) wearer of the Helm of Nabu, Jared Stevens, who simply goes by the name Fate. Batman and Fate defeat the wizard Malochia and a spirit of the apocalypse.

–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, Kyle Rayner, Plastic Man, Zauriel, Steel (John Henry Irons), Flash (Wally West), Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), and Oracle.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Death Metal #1. Batman saves John Zatara from Neron. As a token of appreciation for saving her dad, Zatanna gives Batman the Cloak of Erasure, which can turn its wearer invisible.

–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 Justice League of America Vol. 5 #29 Epilogue, Adventures of the Super Sons #2-3, New Year’s Evil #1 Part 2, and Robin Vol. 3 2021 Annual. Superman’s electric powers falter, causing him to split into two separate energy forms (blue and red) before returning back to status-quo (and to his prior uniform).

–REFERENCE: In the second feature to Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #22-25, Batman Vol. 3 #115, and Arkham City: The Order of the World #6. 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 WalrusDormouse, and two rabbits (a male March Hare and female March Harriet). The Carpenter is responsible for constructing the gaudy hideouts of most of the super-villains in Gotham.[16]

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #1052. Batman rescues Dr. Chase Meridian (a very welcome cannon-immigrant from the film Batman Forever), who had been strung up to a crane with explosives set to go off at any minute. We are only given vague details—notably that a masked super-villain’s girlfriend left him for Dr. Meridian, which led to the unnamed villain putting Dr. Meridian in this precarious death trap. The crane is speckled with green lights and has a somewhat question mark-ish shape, so Riddler is likely the man in question (pun intended), which would also reflect Batman Forever.

–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.


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  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 contains a one page splash entitled “Ollie’s Stupendous Chili Recipe (Just Like Mom Used to Make)”, which features an actual chili recipe and this era’s Justice League sampling the dish, with varied funny meta-responses. While this page is amazing, it isn’t meant to be canon (and isn’t listed in the table of contents)—it’s just meant to be a bit of meta fun.
  2. [2]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman: The World Part 14 follows this item as the final entry in the Batman: The World title. However, it is non-canon, featuring a samurai Batman that lives in the Feudal Era of Japan.
  3. [3]COLLIN COLSHER: In the opening sequence of Justice League Vol. 3 #39, the Fan makes fun of the JL’s previous Watchtower incarnation on the Moon (originally created at the start of Morrison’s “Big Guns” JLA run). There are other references in other Rebirth Era/Infinite Frontier books to the Hall of Justice and to other previous JL satellite HQs, but this added reference to the lunar Watchtower speaks to a richer, fuller (and more complete) history of JL HQs. Furthermore, in Adventures of the Super Sons #1, Damian says that the JL has gone through a dozen HQs by the summer of 2018. (It’s actually a few more than that!) Therefore, using the little reference in Justice League Vol. 3 #39 and the big one in Adventures of the Super Sons #1—combined with a few other reference clues—as a foundation, I’ve canonized the complete JL HQ history for the Rebirth Era. This includes all story moments that relate to the JL’s HQs, including the creation and destruction of multiple Watchtowers, which you will see further down the road on our chronology.
  4. [4]COLLIN COLSHER: The Rebirth/Infinite Frontier Era doesn’t specifically give a birthday month for Damian. However, it does say that Damian is 14-years-old in early 2021—as per Robin Vol. 3 #1. Therefore, I’ve presented a timeline wherein which Damian is born now (roughly March 2007), which allows him to turn 14-years-old in 2021. Technically, it is possible for his birthday to be a tad later this year, but that’s up to your personal headcanon.
  5. [5]COLLIN COLSHER: According to family history, like his mother before him, Damian does not really have a last name. However, the Westernized version of his full name, while incorrect in Arabic, is “Damian al Ghul.” The use of “Damian al Ghul” (with surname) is basically acceptable grammar even though it’s technically wrong.
  6. [6]COLLIN COLSHER: The troubling origin of Tim Fox was originally told in Batman #330-333 and DC Retroactive: Batman – The 70s #1. However, the Modern Age version of things is much different. In those issues, Batman and Robin track down Tim (Lucius Fox’s estranged delinquent son from a previous marriage), who is mixed up with the notorious Watkins Gang. With help from Talia al Ghul, the Dynamic Duo convinces Tim to leave his crew. But shortly thereafter, a copycat Terrible Trio—funded by Talia—causes mayhem in Gotham. Batman, Alfred, and Lucius Fox bust the rookie baddies, learning that the new Vulture is none other than Tim, who gets sentenced to a short jail term and becomes estranged from his family for many years to come. Obviously, writer John Ridley has completely retconned away that original tale, replacing it with what we have listed in the synopsis attached to this item above.
  7. [7]COLLIN COLSHER: The Source (and Anti-Life) exists/resides beyond the cosmic barrier known as The Source Wall, which exists at the edge of each universe and operates as as the first barrier between gaining access to an alternate universe (although there are other means of traveling to alternate universes, such as Boom Tube technology, metahuman speed/vibrational/teleportation abilities, and weird sci-fi devices). Also beyond the Source Wall exists the Bleed, a tesseract space that serves as the final blank void/highway between universes. As revealed via flashback from James Tynion IV’s Justice League Vol. 4 #22, the Source Wall was created 15 billion years ago when the Judges of the Source, the Monitor, the Anti-Monitor, and the World Forger fought against Perpetua and her army. (Despite being associated with the Light, Perpetua went rogue and rebelled against the Source.) Upon defeat, Perpetua and her army were trapped in the Source Wall by Perpetua’s fellow Great Hand super-celestials. (The Source Wall was created by the Source specifically to be a prison for Perpetua and her cronies.) Notably, DNA from Perpetua’s warriors wound-up providing the evolutionary building blocks for proto-human life and proto-Martian life to emerge on their respective planets billions of years later. Also notable, since that time, the Source Wall has trapped many other adventurers that have dared attempt breaching through to the other side. These imprisoned explorers appear—intermixed with Perpetua’s frozen warriors—as gigantic stone idols attached to the face of the Source Wall.
  8. [8]COLLIN COLSHER: An interesting note about Elasti-Girl aka actress Rita Farr. Doomsday Clock #3 tells us she was born in 1954 to Rachel Drake and Frank Farr, who was cheating on wife Barbara Stanwyck at the time. This makes Elasti-Girl 53-years-old. Despite her age, we can assume her elastic powers allow her to look way younger than she actually is. And an interesting note about Robotman, as learned in Gerard Way’s Doom Patrol series, is that he is a fictional character that has come to life.
  9. [9]COLLIN COLSHER: Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? All that exists is the blank nothingness of the Overvoid aka Overmonitor, an omnipotent and infinite-sized living void. (Note that Mar Novu will also later call himself both “Monitor” and “Over-Monitor,” likely as a nod to the original.) While nothing yet exists in the various dimensions of the multiverse, the Overvoid acts as a potential incubator for future life. Within the Overvoid reside the Great Hands—The Source (aka The Presence aka The Hand of the Light aka The White Hand of Creation aka The Great Hand of Creation, later to be known as the Abrahamic God) and its polar opposite the Great Darkness (aka the Hand of the Great Darkness). It’s unclear if the Hands of Light and Darkness are spawned from the Overvoid or vice versa, but at some point, other Great Hands are born forth from the Overvoid, such as the Empty Hand (who is linked to the Great Darkness) and the Judges of the Source and Perpetua (who are both linked to the Source). (Despite being associated with the Light, Perpetua goes rogue and rebels against the Source.) Notably, 2022’s Justice League Incarnate #5 reveals the Empty Hand as the “right hand” of the Great Darkness and Darkseid as the “left hand” of the Great Darkness.

    Cut to twenty billion years ago. From the 6th Dimension, Perpetua partly creates the local multiverse, which comprises matter, anti-matter, and dark matter. (Perpetua is either manipulated by or openly aiding the Great Darkness.) Perpetua also creates monitors for matter, anti-matter, and dark matter—and thus, Mar Novu (The Monitor), Mobius (The Anti-Monitor), and Alpheus (The World Forger) are born. Perpetua is also “mother to the seven primal cosmic energies,” creating those Dark Forces as well. Alpheus’ job, besides monitoring over dark matter, is to sculpt potential new universes from the World Forge aka the Forge of Worlds, a “place of creation and beginnings” that is seemingly bi-located in both the Dark Multiverse and in the 6th Dimension. Alpheus—along with his minion Barbatos—spends the next five billion years creating new universes based upon the hopes and fears of all living things (i.e. gods and celestial beings), doing so using a cosmic hammer and anvil at the World Forge. The most stable worlds are allowed to ascend into the multiverse above whereas the unstable ones descend into dark matter to form the Dark Multiverse. In direct reaction to all of Perpetua’s actions, the Source creates a living embodiment of light known as The Entity, which also acts as part-demiurge of the Multiverse, spawning the Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum in an effort to counteract Perpetua’s machinations. (The Great Darkness will in turn create the Anti-Life Entity, continuing the never-ending trend of oneupmanship between the rival Great Hands.)

    Because the cosmology of the DCU has been fleshed out by various creators, there remains some lingering confusion. It’s worth addressing this confusion in order to clear things up. In Justice League Vol. 4 #22, James Tynion IV implies that Perpetua herself could be the original Great Hand, but in Dark Nights: Death Metal #1, Scott Snyder says definitively that she isn’t while simultaneously reconfirming that the Source and the Presence are one and the same. In Dark Nights: Death Metal, Snyder hints that Perpetua was around from the get-go while also revealing that she is but one of several Great Hands. In the finale of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the original Great Hand appears to be Perpetua, but this is only part of Perpetua’s failed attempt to recreate everything in her own image, not a legitimate depiction of history. It’s clear that Perpetua is a Great Hand, but not one of the original Great Hands. Justice League Incarnate #4 confirms that Perpetua is not the original Great Hand while better explaining the Great Hands concept in general by flashing back-to Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #50. Justice League Incarnate #4 also connects the Great Darkness to the Empty Hand, confirming the latter is a minion/emanation of the former.

    In terms of a publishing perspective, the Great Hands, Mar Novu, Mobius, Alpheus, and Barbatos are the same incarnations from as far back as the Golden Age. As referenced in James Tynion IV’s Justice League Vol. 4 #22, they are super-celestials existing on a high enough plane of existence that they’ve literally survived and bore witness to all the reboots! There’s plenty of precedent for this fictive concept as it reflects Kal-L and Superboy-Prime in Infinite Crisis, über Brainiac in Convergence, the emanations of the New Gods from The Multiversity Guidebook, The Keeper from Bryan Hitch’s Justice League Vol. 3, and others (notably Dr. Manhattan and the Great Darkness). 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, replacing Volthoom with 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 original Great Hand.

  10. [10]COLLIN COLSHER: Note that Alexander Luthor was originally from Earth-3, Superboy-Prime was originally from Earth-Prime, and Kal-L was originally from Earth-2. Of course, since the 1980s, when Crisis was first published, the infinite Earths (along with their designations and histories) have undergone several changes. As such, we shouldn’t regard these characters as coming from the current iterations of Earth-2, Earth-3, and Earth-Prime—hence the reason why I’ve simply listed them each as coming from various non-specified alt-Earths from within the omniverse.
  11. [11]COLLIN COLSHER: The Metaverse, a term conceived by Geoff Johns in 2019, is a type of continuity, but one different from (and outside of) fictive story-driven flow attached to fantasy narrative timelines. For DC Comics, the Metaverse can be described as the literal complete publication archive of DC Comics since the 1930s—scilicet, a real world publication progression as it appears to the level of creator/reader (our reality). As invented timelines move and and go through reboots, relaunches, and writer switches, these massive changes can be measured via the manifestation of the Metaverse. To explain it another way, Metaverse-continuity shows a history where Superman appears out of the ether in 1938 (his Golden Age debut), then gets split in twain in the 50s (dawning of the Silver Age), then rebooted into one character in 1986 (original Crisis Modern Age reboot), then rebooted into a new character in 2011 (Flashpoint New 52 reboot), etc. Unlike regular fictional timelines, the Metaverse only has one single chronicle whereas the former has myriad accounts. To behold Metaverse history is to behold an unexpurgated, singular, real life publication history. Conversely, omniverse/multiverse history consists of multiple fictive timelines (Golden Age, Silver/Bronze Age, Modern Age, New 52, Rebirth/Infinite Frontier, etc). In other words, while there have been and will continue to be many omniverse/multiverse timelines, there can only ever be one Metaverse.
  12. [12]COLLIN COLSHER: In the original Modern Age “Death of Superman,” the Justice League features Bloodwynd (J’onn J’onzz), Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Guy Gardner, Maxima, Fire, and Ice. In the Rebirth Era, Superman’s death and return happen decidedly out of order in comparison to the Modern Age—as made clear in Action Comics #976-978, and also because of the fact that Adventures of the Super Sons #5, which occurs in Year 18, gives Jon’s age as ten-years-old. As such, when Superman dies in the Rebirth Era, the current Justice League lineup would feature Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman, and Red Tornado. It’s possible that J’onn is present, and it’s possible that a time-traveling Booster is present, but the others definitely wouldn’t be present.
  13. [13]COLLIN COLSHER: Jon is ten-years-old as of Adventures of the Super-Sons #1-12, which is specifically a summer story occurring in Year 18 (it happens in-between school years). So this means that Jon is ten-years-old during summertime of Year 18, which in turn means that the latest he can be born is September of Year 8. “Warworld Saga” confirms this timeline, stating that Jon is nearing twelve-years-old in late Year 20. Unfortunately, Superman: Son of Kal-El #9 tells us that Jon turns eleven-years-old in Year 18, which would not only push his birth a year earlier on our timeline but contradict Adventures of the Super-Sons, “Warworld Saga,” and Brian Michael Bendis’ original conception of Jon’s age from “Unity Saga” as well. As such, the data from Superman: Son of Kal-El #9 should be ignored. In Action Comics #978, Lois tells Superman she is pregnant, and she’s not yet showing, which would put her—at the absolute latest—toward the end of her second trimester (fourth month, maybe four-and-a-half months, maybe five if we really push it). This means that Superman’s death and resurrection (and Lois’ subsequent pregnancy reveal) must all go at least four months prior to Jon’s birth.
  14. [14]COLLIN COLSHER: As referenced in Green Arrow Vol. 6 #23, Speedy had a falling out with Green Arrow about four years ago, changing his name to Arsenal and going solo at that time. We are told Roy’s switch to the Arsenal moniker occurs roughly a decade prior to Year 16, meaning at some point in Year 6. As such, Roy has actually been Arsenal for a while now.
  15. [15]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.
  16. [16]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.

29 Responses to Rebirth Years Six to Ten

  1. Ryan Angelastro says:

    In the Rebirth version of Death of Superman, What Justice League members did Doomsday fight before he fought Superman?

    • Great question! In the original comics, the JL featured Maxima, Fire, Ice, Blue Beetle, Bloodwynd (J’onn), Guy Gardner, and Booster Gold. In the Rebirth Era, Superman’s death (and return) happen decidedly out of order from when they originally did in the Modern Age—as made clear in Action Comics #976-978. As such, when Superman dies in the Rebirth Era, we are dealing with a much earlier version of the team (Aquaman, Atom, Black Canary, Elongated Man, Flash, Green Arrow, Hal Jordan, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Red Tornado, Wonder Woman, and Zatanna). So, yeah a TOTALLY different team. I guess we could assume that those other heroes also fought Doomsday, although we’d have to retcon that being their debuts (aside from J’onn, of course). I’d probably stray from that concept and just put the old school JL into the new version of the story.

      • Ryan Angelastro says:

        Could it be replaced by the animated Death of Superman movie from 2018 along with its sequel Reign of the Supermen?

        • I don’t ever mix the animated movies onto this timeline, as they take place on another timeline in the Omniverse somewhere, so I personally wouldn’t do that. But if you are asking the question of whether or not the narrative of the Death of Superman film (and its sequel) could conceivably fit, one could play that game I suppose. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the films, so I can’t say for sure. (While I’m up to my neck in comic books every day, I rarely watch adaptations to TV or film, believe it or not!) Upon a glance at the cast list on Wikipedia, it looks like maybe Cyborg and Martian Manhunter are both on the Justice League in the film. Is that so? That right there would go against Rebirth canon, in which Cyborg left and Martian Manhunter replaced him (shortly after the original JL debut).

  2. Dylan says:

    With Billy Batson having been restored to at least High School aged by one of the various unreboots (as confirmed by the DC Festival of Heroes Anthology) and Rebirth Shazam being seemingly out of continuity (given that its Superboy Prime story is totally incompatable with Death Metal’s), I would wager that Captain Marvel’s continuity has probably been largely restored to his pre-flashpoint state.

    This is just a side note, but on my person timeline, despite Superman/Shazam: First Thunder saying otherwise, I do think that the cleanest way to make Shazam work in terms of age is to have him debut just before his appearance in Legends, assuming (and this is a total asspull) that he was around seven when he first became Captain Marvel, like he was in Young Justice (the television show).

    That would place him right around High School age, especially if you allow for him having delayed certain grades as a result of both spending time as a full-time superhero and having spent a period of time homeless.

  3. Dylan says:

    If you’re curious as to how Green Arrow and Roy Harper were involved with the original Seven Soldiers in the 40s, this week’s Stargirl/Seven Soldiers special revealed that at some point early in their careers, Ollie and Roy were accidentally displaced into the 40s by Clock King.

  4. Drive a Sandwich says:

    The item retelling “Invasion” mentions a Robin taking part in the conflict, even though, as Jason just died and this is before Tim takes on the mantle, there should be no active Robin.

  5. Dylan says:

    > Suicide Squad Vol. 7 #3 , which occurs in 2021, shows that Amanda Waller has a database of images depicting Conner Kent’s history, including his actions with Young Justice. Since Conner doesn’t exist, the images must merely exist as a nod to the “fractured” false memories of his time with Young Justice, which come into the collective consciousness when he eventually appears on our timeline. In the very same issue, Nocturna also mentions something is off about Conner’s history

    Are we sure that Conner’s history doesn’t exist? It seems more likely to me that, similar to how people couldn’t remember Speedsters who were in the Speed Force during Flashpoint but their history still exists, his presence in Gemworld during Flashpoint resulted in him becoming part of the collective memory block, as Gemworld is multiversal. I could be wrong here, though.

    • Dylan says:

      As a follow up: the reason Superboy’s recall of his history is noted as weird is because he’s heavily implied to be a clone of the ‘true’ Conner Kent given fake memories; regular Conner Kent is out doing Conner Kent shit, as evidenced by the Tim Drake story in Urban Legends.

      • I’m mega confused by Superboy (Conner Kent). Brian Michael Bendis made it very clear that Conner Kent was the Conner Kent from the Modern Age (transplanted from continuity to continuity), not someone that had been merely forgotten… That was always a bad choice IMO. And now you have other writers simply writing Conner as if he’s always been around but was just forgotten a la the Speedsters…

        So, I think that you may be correct in thinking that we need to change Superboy’s past to match the erasure-history path. Either way it’s a mess.

        In regard to the possibility of the Suicide Squad Conner being a clone, I’ll reserve jumping to that conclusion until it’s officially revealed in the title. But as always, thanks for the notes!

  6. Dylan says:

    On an unrelated point from my last comment:

    > Soon afterward, Lois and Clark take sabbaticals from the Daily Planet and move to California to raise their kid right. Superman also builds a second Fortress of Solitude in the Himalayas and switches to an all-black costume, deciding to keep out of the limelight while raising his son for a few years to come. Superman will switch interchangeably between his black costume and his regular costume for the next decade.

    I’ve honestly just kind of accepted that the Action Comics – Superman Reborn Aftermath timeline is at least partially nonsense, at least in terms of outfits, etc.

    Personally, this is what I think works better, though this entirely bullshit headcanon that may be in contradiction to actual textual evidence:

    They have Jon, and then they move to the farm in Hamilton, commuting to Metropolis; this makes their presence in Metropolis stories in the interim less weird. Years later, some version of the original Pak Truth storyline takes place, resulting in Lois being forced to expose Clark’s identity. For their protection, THIS is when Jon and Lois move to the farm in California and take the surname White. After Mxy impersonates Clark and convinces the world that Clark and Superman aren’t one in the same (as he did in pre-Superman Reborn), they then move back to Hamilton, where their history continues as normal.

    • I like this idea a lot too, Dylan. The Hamilton Farm and black costume are really only a thing once you get to the “New 52 Era” of the timeline, so if we mirror things as they were released, then the continuity feels better. I’ll take a look at this too. At the very least, I’ll add your info here in a footnote.

      • Dylan says:

        Wait, something just clicked for me.

        Why do you have Jon as being born in Year Six if he’s only chronologically 11 years old?

        • Dylan says:

          Er, Ten.

          • Where does it say that Jonathan is chronologically 10-years-old? Damian is 14, and I always thought that he and Damian were only a few months apart?

            • Dylan says:

              Off the top of my head, Superman #9, plus Super Sons #6 establish him as ten, which is part of why he isn’t allowed to join by Damian (because he is literally not yet a teenager). I think it’s mentioned in Super Sons of Tomorrow, too.

              The age gap between them was always three years, which is Tom Taylor made such a big deal about Damian being 14 now, because it maintains the same age gap, just reversed.

              • Dylan says:

                Is this why you have Superman’s death so early in the timeline? I’d always been confused about that, but if you’ve been operating under the mistaken assumption that Jon Kent is meant to be 13/14, I totally get it.

                • Yeah, basically I’ve been going off of the rough timeline from Action Comics #978, and I’ve always thought of Jon and Damian being closer in age due to the fact that they were in school together. The early placement of Superman’s death is simply to accommodate Jon’s age… But if Jon is younger, then that fixes A LOT!

                  I see that Jon is still 10-years-old as of Adventures of the Super Sons #5 (as you noted), which would move things a bit. Thanks, Dylan!

                  • Dylan Robinson says:

                    Is there any particular reason you still placed it before the first Crisis?

                    • Jon is ten-year-old as of Adventures of the Super-Sons #1-12, which is specifically a summer story occurring in Year 18 (it happens in-between school years). So this means that Jon is 10-years-old during summertime of Year 18. This means that the latest he can be born is June of Year 8.

                      In Action Comics #978, Lois tells Superman she is pregnant, and she’s not yet showing, which would put her at the very very latest toward the end of her second trimester (fourth month, maybe four-and-a-half months, maybe five if we push it). This means that Superman’s death and resurrection must go AT LEAST four months prior to Jon’s birth. That is why I have it before Crisis I.

                      But i’ll see what can be done to push it later. I think maybe the Adventures of the Super Sons story can get pushed to the end of summer maybe? The internal timeline for that one is already pretty sketchy… In any case, that would allow for Superman’s death to at least go after Crisis I.

  7. Sephcloud says:

    About wonder woman 80 years, it’s clearly not Kendra but Shayera/Shiera talking to Wonder Woman. (which seems much more logical, since Kendra appearedmuch later after Shayera…)

  8. Dylan Robinson says:

    Hey! I gave Sheridan’s Shazam mini another reread and it seems abundantly clear that Billy Batson’s pre-Flashpoint history has been restored. At the very least, the book makes multiple explicit references to the interactions between Billy and Neron from Underworld Unleashed that can’t be explained as New 52 interactions, because New 52 Billy doesn’t have any recorded interactions with Neron.

  9. Dylan Robinson says:

    Some news regarding Jon Kent’s age prior to his expedited. According to Clark in Action Comics #1038, albeit a heavily wounded Clark, Jon would have been turning twelve ‘soon’, which would make him late in his eleventh year. In theory, that would mean you could push up Jon’s birth to Year 9, right, and resulting move the Death of Superman to Year 8?

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