Rebirth Years Six to Ten

Rebirth Era (Post-“Superman Reborn”) Chronology

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YEAR SIX (2007)
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–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.

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

–FLASHBACK: From 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 and Adventures of the Super Sons #1. 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.[1]

–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 yesteryear. 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.

–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.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Vol. 4 #1 and Doomsday Clock #6. 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, and Detective Comics Vol. 3 Annual #2. 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 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 joins the Justice League, helping them defeat her rival, The Warlock of Ys.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #27. While Batman fights Bronze Tiger, Kathy Kane is supposedly killed during a fight 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.

–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 Action Comics #976, Action Comics #978, and Man of Steel #1—originally told in “THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN.” Doomsday debuts, dispatching the Justice League (sans Batman and Superman) with ease.[2] Superman fights Doomsday solo and is killed by the monster. The world mourns. The Eradicator, Steel (John Henry Irons), and Cyborg Superman rise up to replace the deceased Man of Steel.

–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 are happily 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!

–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,” or simply “Lord Kobra.” (Every Kobra leader has used some form of either “Lord” or “Lady” 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 and Deathstroke Vol. 4 Annual #1. Batman meets Earth-2’s most powerful hero, the Kryptonian Power Girl (Kara Zor-L/Karen Starr).

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

–REFERENCE: In ???. Batman 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—originally told in Batman #330-333 and DC Retroactive: Batman – The 70s #1. Batman and Robin track down Lucius Fox’s estranged delinquent son (from a previous marriage), Timothy Fox, who is mixed up with criminals in the notorious Watkins Gang. With some curious help from Talia al Ghul, the Dynamic Duo convinces Timothy to leave his crew. Later, 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 Timothy, who gets sentenced to a short jail term. Timothy will be estranged from Lucius for many years to come.

–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. 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 other half of the Anti-Life Equation lies within the numinous entity called The Source, which exists/resides beyond the cosmic barrier at the edge of the universe known as the Source Wall.)[3] 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.

–REFERENCE: In Action Comics #978, Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #20, Super Sons #5, Batman Vol. 3 #44, Batman Giant #5 (aka Batman: Universe #2), Batman Giant #8 (aka Batman: Universe #3), and Batman Secret Files #2 Part 1. Batman officially 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. 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.

–Batman Giant Vol. 2 #1 (aka 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.

–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. 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 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 cursory 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.

–FLASHBACK: From Action Comics #978. When arms dealers attempt to assassinate a nine-month-pregnant Lois, Superman takes his wife to the safety of the Fortress of Solitude. While Batman guards the perimeter, Wonder Woman helps deliver the baby: Jonathan Samuel Kent. After Jon is born, 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.

–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. Dick will eventually drop out before receiving a 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.

–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, and Nightwing Vol. 4 #21. Some new members—including Cave Boy (Gnarrk), Hawk (Hank Hall), Dove (Don Hall), and Herald (Mal Duncan)—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.

–REFERENCE: In Titans Vol. 3 #21-22 and Justice League of America Vol. 5 #27. The Brotherhood of Evil (Monsieur Mallah, The Brain, Garguax, and Madame Rouge) debuts, but the Justice League 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 rookie superheroes known as the Doom PatrolProfessor Niles Caulder, Negative Man (Larry Trainor and symbiote Keeg Bovo), Robotman (Cliff Steele), and Elasti-Girl (Rita Farr).[4] Note that the Doom Patrol makes the now-unused Happy Harbor Sanctuary its headquarters, but only for a brief stint.

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YEAR SEVEN (2008)
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–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.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 2 #21, Flash Vol. 5 #21, Titans Vol. 3 Annual #1, and Nightwing Vol. 4 #21—originally told in Titans Hunt #6-7, DC Universe: Rebirth #1, and Titans Vol. 3 #2-3. A mix of current and former Teen Titans—Robin, Wonder Girl, Aqualad, Speedy, Omen, Cave Boy, Hawk, Dove, Herald, and Kid Flash—fight their rival Mr. Twister. Tragically, Mr. Twister murders Dove. In order to defeat Mr. Twister and save the day, the Titans are forced to allow the world to undergo a global mind-wipe. This complete memory erasure, done by Omen, causes not only the defeat of Mr. Twister, but also causes the complete history of the Teen Titans (up to this point) to become erased from the collective memories of the entire world. The world won’t recover these lost memories for years. Also note that Kid Flash not only gets erased from everyone’s memory but he also goes missing, trapped within the Speed Force by Dr. Manhattan. (Years from now, Abra Kadabra will take bogus credit for exiling Kid Flash—although, it is possible that he was involved in this affair somehow.) As referenced in Green Arrow Vol. 6 #23, Speedy has a falling out with Green Arrow, changing his name to Arsenal and going solo, roughly a decade prior to Year 16. It is likely that Speedy becomes Arsenal immediately after this Mr. Twister item, hence placement here in early Year 7.

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

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

–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.)

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

–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. 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 and Red Hood: Outlaw #48—and referenced in Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #7, Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #12, Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #18, Batman Vol. 3 #33, Detective Comics #968, and Nightwing Vol. 4 #39. Originally told in Batman #408-409. Batman meets juvenile delinquent Jason Todd when the latter boldly attempts to steal the wheels off the Batmobile! Batman catches him red-handed, but gives the spunky kid a break. After a lengthy conversation over cheeseburgers, Batman 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. Seeing promise in Jason, Bruce makes the troubled teen his legal ward. Shortly thereafter, Bruce reveals his superhero secret and offers Jason the position of being Batman’s new sidekick. Jason then starts on an intensive six month training course. Despite the fact that Dick and Bruce aren’t on good terms at the moment, Bruce still introduces Jason to Dick. They become fast friends.

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

–REFERENCE: In Batwoman Vol. 3 #17, 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.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Kings of Fear #2, Batman Secret Files #2 Part 1, Batman: Three Jokers #1, and 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 goverment 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 Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #36. Batman busts the debuting Maxie Zeus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

–Batman Giant Vol. 2 #3 Part 1 (Batman: Gotham Nights Vol. 3 #4)
Billionaire businessman Hiram Bosch invites Bruce and a few others to a ritzy country club. There, Bruce hears about Bosch and company’s illicit dealings, which includes embezzlement, sex-trafficking, drug-running, chemical dumping, and more. Surely, Bruce must have had an inkling about this stuff prior to now, but, enough is enough, I guess, as Bruce steps away only to return as Batman to kick their asses and send them to Blackgate Prison. Bruce visits Bosch and his pals in jail, getting more info about their illegal operations. Batman then shuts down Bosch’s operations for good. In order to make Bosch think Bruce isn’t a snitch, Commissioner Gordon has Bruce “arrested” and jailed as well. An escaped Joker, hoping to milk the Bosch and Bruce for all they have left, throws himself into the mix, breaking the inmates out of prison and taking them to his lair. (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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–REFERENCE: In Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #14, 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 burdened 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 Detective Comics #1000 Part 3. November. Oafish henchman-for-hire Knute Brody (an invention of Batman’s) makes his return, signing-up with an escaped Kite-Man. Of course, Brody costs Kite-Man a big heist, which results in the super-villain going right back to jail. It is unknown who plays the role of Brody for this item. It could be Batman or Alfred.

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

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

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

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

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

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YEAR EIGHT (2009)
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–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #992—originally told in DC Special Series #1. CIA agent Jason Burr fights the Kobra Cult, which is led by his twin brother Jeffrey Franklin Burr aka Lord Nāga-Naga (better known simply as Kobra). At a Lazarus Pit location in the Himalayas, Batman and Jason fight Kobra and his agents, but in the end the vile cult leader orders the execution of his brother. One of Kobra’s followers stabs Jason to death. Batman vows to bring Kobra to justice and solemnly returns to the States with Jason’s body in tow.

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

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

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

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

–FLASHBACK: From Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular Part 5. February—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 Detective Comics #1027 Part 1. Batman trudges 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.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Dark Days: The Casting #1. Batman examines magickal metallic items, including Wonder Woman’s bracelets, Aquaman’s five-pointed “trident,” and the Dr. Fate helmet in the Justice League Trophy Room. In each of these items, Batman discovers a compound containing traces of a dangerous mystery metal. This metal has a very specific “dark energy” signature. After 3D scanning, holographic image mapping, and detailed analysis of these items, Batman concludes that the mystery metal exists in nature and that it could potentially be very dangerous to all life on the planet. Concerned, Batman decides the very existence of the dark metal warrants further (and extensive) investigation. Batman records all of this dark metal info onto his Shadow Drive (aka Shadow File)—and he will continue to do so in regard to anything dark metal-related, moving forward. Batman (presumably with the help of Mr. Terrific and a select few other metahumans) builds a secret underground wing in Batcave, called Sub-Cave Alpha, dedicated to further study of the mystery metal. In this secret cave within a secret cave, masked by a false holographic rock wall, Batman puts all the recently-scanned 3D images onto holographic pedestal projector displays. The Caped Crusader will continue to investigate and study the mystery metal and the “dark energy” signature for years to come. Unknown to Batman, the immortal Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders have not only been aware of the “dark energy” signature and “dark metal,” they have also been investigating all things related to the Dark Multiverse ever since the early 1900s. (See a footnote in Year 16 for details on Carter and Kendra’s lengthy connection to this case.)

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

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #985—and referenced in Dark Days: The Forge #1, Suicide Squad Vol. 5 #25, Doomsday Clock #5, and Detective Comics #986. Batman and Black Lightning secretly intervene in a civil war in the small Eastern European nation of Markovia, helping Prince Brion Markov, who has just been publicly turned into the superhero Geo-Force by Dr. Helga Jace, fight against the wannabe dictator Baron Bedlam. With the aid of Black Lightning, Geo-Force, Metamorpho, and Katana (whose famed Soultaker blade contains the trapped souls of many, including her dead husband Maseo Yamashiro), Batman is able to combat the heavily-armed militias of Baron Bedlam. During the war, Batman goes after gun-runner Fleet Delmar (aka “The Man of Fear”), who has been torturing parents in front of their own children. After a brief knife fight, Batman easily bests Delmar, doses him with Fear Gas, and leaves an ultrasonic bat-attracting relay-emitter by side side. A swarm of bats 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) join Batman’s secret Outsiders team. The Outsiders will continue going on unspecified missions and investigating the “dark energy” signature found in geological anomalies across the globe.

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

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

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1, Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1, Dark Days: Metal #6, Justice League Vol. 3 #39, Justice League of America Vol. 5 #5, Justice League of America Vol. 5 #8-9, Justice League of America Vol. 5 #28, Justice League Vol. 4 #22, Justice League Vol. 4 #51, The Unexpected #5, Event Leviathan #2, Detective Comics #1010, Flash #758, and Dark Nights: Death Metal – Multiverse’s End #1—originally told in The Crisis on Infinite Earths. Bear in mind, this is a very altered version of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. Furthermore, certain parts of it were prevented from happening as they originally did thanks to Dr. Manhattan. Here’s the synopsis. Pariah arrives on Earth with startling news: a “Crisis” has begun! The omniverse (aka multi-multiverse) is slowly being destroyed by a powerful super-villain known as The Anti-Monitor (Universe-3’s Mobius), who has successfully outmatched his rival brother, The Monitor (Mar Novu), a cosmic being tasked with watching-over and protecting the local DC multiverse. Unkown to all, the über-goddess Perpetua, from her prison in the Source Wall, is secretly influencing the Anti-Monitor’s bad behavior. Perpetua will secretly influence the majority of the “Crises” to come. (The Anti-Monitor and the Monitor were spawned by Perpetua, who herself mysteriously came from the Overmonitor aka Overvoid, an omnipotent and infinite-sized living void that existed prior to and originally incubated/cared for the proto-multiverse. Confusingly, Monitor Mar Novu is also sometimes called “The Over-Monitor.” Note that the Overmonitor was not even aware of the multiverse until, long ago, sending a sentient discovery probe to investigate it. Perpetua, Mar Novu, and Mobius are the same incarnations from as far back as the Golden Age. They are Super Celestials, existing on a high enough plane of existence, that they’ve literally survived and bore witness to all the reboots! Note that the extremely mysterious Great Hand of Creation was directly responsible for the original creation of the multiverse. In Justice League Vol. 4 #22, James Tynion IV implies that Perpetua herself is the Great Hand, but in Dark Nights: Death Metal #1, Scott Snyder seemingly contradicts this while saying that the Source and the Presence—i.e. the Abrahamic God—are one and the same. Snyder does hint that Perpetua was around from the get-go, so she seems to be a Great Hand, but she might not be the original Great Hand. The original Great Hand could very well be the Source/the Presence, having come forth out of the Overvoid. This remains to be seen.)[5] As the Anti-Monitor’s deadly wave washes over the multiverse, thousands of universes (and billions of lives) are erased in one fell swoop. Entire timelines, such as those home to an alt-Lex Luthor named Alexander Luthor Jr, an alt-Superboy named Superboy-Prime, and an alt-Superman named Kal-L, are lost forever. As the wave of destruction reaches the edge of the local DC multiverse, the skies burn bright red over all the threatened planets. The Monitor is fatally wounded and disappears into the ether. Despite his condition, the Monitor is able to create and raise golden interdimensional tuning towers on multiple Earths. These tuning machines act as antennas designed to both delay the wave of destruction and draw surviving universes into a safe haven by aligning their vibrational planes. With the erasure wave slowed, all the heroes are whisked away to the Monitor’s HQ by Harbinger, who briefs them on how to defeat their opponent. Eventually, all the superheroes of the multiverse band together to fight against the evil Anti-Monitor and his army of Shadow Demons. Specifically, Batman officially joins the Detroit-based JL, teaming with them in battle. The Dark Knight specifically forms a close bond with Vixen, even telling her all about the death of his parents and how he became Batman. Ramified across multiple universes, all the heroes witness chaos and villainy like never before. Notably, the living chemical bomb known as Chemo is dropped onto an alternate Earth’s New York City, leveling it completely. As the war erupts into bedlam, the JL, Outsiders, Amazons, Global Guardians, Freedom Fighters, and others band together. The Freedom Fighters consist of Uncle Sam, Black CondorDoll ManHuman Bomb, The Ray (Langford Terrill), Phantom Lady, and Plastic Man. (Plastic Man is also an FBI agent and member of the long-running government defense organization known as The All-Star Squadron.) 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. Despite suffering casualties and losses (including the destruction of the JL Satellite—don’t worry, the trophies are saved), the heroes defeat the Anti-Monitor and win the day. For a brief moment, all of reality is rewritten as the entire multiverse is merged into one singular timeline. However, the multiverse soon returns to 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. With the crisis officially over, the dying Monitor, as his last living act, creates the first of what will become an entire race of Monitors to secretly protect the multiverse in his absence. The first of these new Monitors is Dax Novu, whose original form was that of the Overmonitor’s science/discovery probe. He will soon be joined by Rox Ogama and many others.

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

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

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

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

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

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

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #41—originally told in Superman Vol. 2 #9. Batman isn’t involved in this caper, but there’s no doubt that he hears about it. Joker (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.

–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, and Batman/Superman Vol. 2 #12. 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 joins scheming Max Lord‘s new Justice League International venture, which includes Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Mr. Miracle (Scott Free), Rocket Red (Vladimir Mikoyan), Fire (Beatriz da Costa), Ice (Tola Olafsdotter), Dr. Fate, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, Black Canary, Dr. Light (Kimiyo Hoshi), Captain AtomBlue Beetle (Ted Kord), and Booster Gold. The JLI opens HQs at government embassy buildings in NYC, Paris, Moscow, Lisbon, Tokyo, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Potsdam, and Canberra. This team will go on a variety of missions, some of which will simply have to be imagined on our timeline below. (NOTES: First, Max Lord is also head of the secret government organization known as Checkmate. Second, Vladimir Mikoyan is merely one—#7 to be exact—of several Rocket Reds, Russian soldiers in high-tech combat-suits. Third, Booster Gold, a hero from the future, is always accompanied by his floating robot companion Skeets. Fourth, Mr. Miracle is often accompanied by his diminutive chain-smoking manager Oberon Kurtzberg. Fifth, Blue Beetle, unlike in the Modern Age, is merely a part-time member of this team that only will interact with Batman a few times. From these team-ups, the Dark Knight will regard Blue Beetle as a highly-intelligent-but-emotionally-immature second-rate superhero. And sixth, Shazam—then known as Captain Marvel—was originally a member of this JLI team in the Modern Age. As per Shazam! Vol. 3 #1, Shazam doesn’t debut until much later.)

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

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

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

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

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

–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, Dreamer (Betty Clawman), Jet, and Ram .

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

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

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

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

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YEAR NINE (2010)
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–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10. Bruce and Alfred visit Miami. Alfred takes notice of the construction boom that is going on in the city.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–REFERENCE: In Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #11, Doomsday Clock #2, Doomsday Clock #6, Batman Vol. 3 #49, Batgirl Vol. 5 #47, and Batman: Three Jokers #1-3—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 park lair. As the cops arrive in the pouring rain, Batman throttles a laughing Joker and, due to the futility of their never-ending war, can’t help but laugh out loud as well. Things’ll never be the same after this.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Three Jokers #1. Batman puts Batgirl’s costume on display in the Batcave.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–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.)

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YEAR TEN (2011)
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–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #965—and also referenced in Batwoman: Rebirth #1, Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #7, and Detective Comics #967. Originally told in “A LONELY PLACE OF DYING.” Batman, increasingly haunted by Jason’s death, becomes reckless to the point of sloppy—barely surviving regular patrols, losing fights, and badly hurting low-level opponents. After Batman struggles to defeat a pathetic copycat Ravager, the autodidactic Tim Drake, a 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 he and Alfred. Nightwing then teams-up with Batman for the very first time to take on Two-Face. During the fight, the heroes wind up in dire straits. Tim dons Dick’s original Robin costume and gets a ride to the crime scene from Alfred! Tim, who has trained since he was very young, is able to bust Two-Face and save the lives of both Batman and Nightwing. Afterward, Bruce allows Tim to begin training to become the new Robin. Tim will train for the next six months.

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

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

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

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

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Who Laughs #4-5. Blackgate Penitentiary (aka Blackgate Prison) opens a special wing for Arkham Asylum inmates that are 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 playboy persona, surrounded by women—and Lex Luthor. Both men bid top dollar, but Dr. Veronica Cale winds up spending the most dough, winning the date. Veronica secretly wants to analyze Wonder Woman’s powers on behalf of her organization Godwatch. After dinner, Veronica tells a sob story that leads Wonder Woman into battle against human-traffickers. During the fight, Veronica scans Wonder Woman’s metapowers and magick lasso. The next day, Wonder Woman visits and scolds Veronica, having learned that she is connected to the Cheetah and is up to no good.

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

–Action Comics Special #1 Part 2
Late April. Lois Lane and Clark Kent perform comedy routines at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, with Lois skewering President Obama pretty hard on his use of indiscriminate drone strikes in Africa. Batman does security duty, watching from the rafters. Wonder Woman and Aquaman are guests, seated near the POTUS. (The inclusion of Flash here is a continuity error, unless he’s visiting from beyond his Speed Force grave.) 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 Detective Comics #957, Detective Comics #963, and Detective Comics #971—originally told in Detective Comics #609-609 (“ANARKY IN GOTHAM CITY”). Batman encounters teenage left wing anti-hero Anarky (Lonnie Machin), who hides beneath a large red cloak, holding his mask on a stilt above his head, in order to make himself look taller and hide his age. Anarky’s goal is to, by any means necessary, radicalize the lumpen masses by exposing the damage that decades of neoliberal disinvestment have caused to America. Batman takes umbrage with this, especially the “by any means neccessary” part, and sends Anarky to Juvenile Hall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–REFERENCE: In 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 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. (Note that Tales of the Dark Multiverse: Wonder Woman – War of the Gods #1 flashes-back-to the events of the original Modern Age “War of the Gods,” complete with a Shazam cameo and Modern-styled costumes on Batman and Superman. This is the reason this item is listed only as a reference—as opposed to a flashback—on our Rebirth Era timeline.

–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.

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

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #972—originally told in Batman #486. Batman defeats one-shot super-villain Metalhead, who wears a spikey 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 Justice League: No Justice #2. Batman becomes aware of Brainiac’s cloned son, Vril Dox 2.0 (aka Brainiac 2.0). The Dark Knight is likely briefed about Vril Dox II by Superman. Batman and Vril Dox 2.0 never interacted with one another in previous eras, so there’s no reason to assume they do in the Rebirth Era either. Suffice to say, Batman would definitely know about the guy.

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

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

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

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

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

–REFERENCE: In 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[6]
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, and Dark Nights: Death Metal – Multiverse’s End #1—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 (now calling himself “Extant”) and Hal Jordan (who has been taken over by an evil yellow energy symbiote called Parallax and secretly influenced by evil über-goddess Perpetua). In NYC, all the heroes defeat Extant and the possessed Hal, ending the threat of Parallax. After the dust settles, Wonder Woman moves the main branch of the JL into a new satellite HQ constructed from the remains of a ship she has claimed as a prize from besting the alien super-villain Overmaster. Note that the opening splash pages of Brian Michael Bendis’ Action Comics run are super-meta, containing winks, nods, and Easter Egg references galore. The info from these splashes cover a wide range of narrative, spanning from references that could easily be canon to references that could never ever be canon even with the most bent fanwank imaginable. It is precisely because of this range that Bendis’ opening splashes are not (and were never intended to be) gospel—instead existing more akin to the old non-canon splash pages of the Golden and Silver Ages. But why am I mentioning Bendis’ Action Comics splashes here? The splash from Action Comics #1008 lists the first seven major “DC Crises,” specifically categorizing the “Crisis in Time” as number two. While this splash is non-canon (as per the reasons above), the Crisis list is dead on the money, confirming and adding detail to the other decidedly canonical Zero Hour references.

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

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

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #37—originally told in Extreme Justice #0-1 and Extreme Justice #16. Batman has nothing to do with this item, but he, like the rest of the world, would be well aware of what occurs. The JL (led by Wonder Woman) and the JL Task Force (led by Martian Manhunter) still have the full backing of the UN. Frustrated that he’s been left out of the action, Captain Atom forms a third unsanctioned branch of the Justice League. This group is nicknamed Extreme Justice and features notable sidekick team members The Wonder Twins (Zan and Jayna). Batman never meets the Wonder Twins, who are ten-year-old shapeshifters from the planet Exxor. The Wonder Twins are only around for a very brief period of time before returning to their home planet, but they make quite a splash and are beloved fan favorites across America.[7]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #101. Batman learns about the secret machinations of the Halo Corporation, which is linked to several covert vigilantes, including Grifter (Cole Cash).

–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), and Oracle. Note that, in the Modern Age, Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) and Wally West were also on the team. They are not on the team in the Rebirth Era.

–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 the second feature to Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #22-25. Batman encounters The Wonderland Gang, a Lewis Carroll-inspired crime group that includes Mad Hatter, Tweedledum, Tweedledee, The Carpenter (Jenna Duffy), The Lion, The Unicorn, The Walrus, and March Harriet (aka March Hare). The Carpenter is responsible for constructing the gaudy hideouts of most of the super-villains in Gotham.[8]

–REFERENCE: In Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular Part 2—originally told in “CATACLYSM.” Gotham suffers a devastating earthquake, prompting the Bat-Family into action. In the Modern Age, the quake led to “No Man’s Land.” Since “No Man’s Land” hasn’t been referenced in any Rebirth Era comic, it is not canon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. [1]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 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.
  2. [2]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. As such, when Superman dies in the Rebirth Era, we are dealing with a much earlier—and therefore totally different—version of the JL: Aquaman, Atom, Black Canary, Elongated Man, Flash, Green Arrow, Hal Jordan, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Red Tornado, Wonder Woman, and Zatanna. It’s highly possible that J’onn is present, but the others from the original wouldn’t have debuted yet. Booster Gold technically could also be present if he time-travels here from the future, which is something he absolutely would do.
  3. [3]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. Upon defeat, Perpetua and her army were trapped in the wall, which was created by the Source specifically to be a prison for them. 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.

    Note that, in Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 (2020), Snyder seems to contradict the implication that Perpetua is the Great Hand while also saying that the Source and the Presence (i.e. the Abrahamic God) are one and the same. So, who is the Great Hand? As mentioned before, it’s hard to say for certain. Snyder does imply (in Dark Nights: Death Metal #1) that Perpetua was indeed around from the get-go. James Tynion also echoes this in Dark Nights: Death Metal – Multiverse’s End #1 (2020), meaning that Perpetua is indeed a Great Hand, but she might not be the original Great Hand. The original Great Hand could very well be the Source/the Presence, having come forth out of the Overvoid. This remains to be seen.

  4. [4]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.
  5. [5]COLLIN COLSHER: As referenced in James Tynion IV’s Justice League Vol. 4 #22, Perpetua, Mar Novu, Mobius, (and Alpheus and Barbatos), as Super Celestials, have existed through all of DC’s reboots. There’s plenty of precedent for this fictive concept as it reflects Kal-L and Superboy-Prime in Infinite Crisis, über Braniac in Convergence, the emanations of the New Gods from The Multiversity Guidebook, The Keeper from Bryan Hitch’s Justice League Vol. 3, and others. Dr. Manhattan uniquely comes to mind as well. However, writers would be wise to not have pre-existing characters live through reboots. Anytime you try to fuck with a prior continuity, paradoxes emerge. And paradox is the cousin of continuity error. Now, Tynion’s use of the precedent here isn’t as clunky as Jeff King’s use of it in Convergence, but it does fall extremely close, giving us a flashback to the pre-original Crisis (Silver Age) timeline. It’s one thing to reference prior continuities and reality-alterations, but to actually show old timelines outright is a dangerous game. It would make so much more sense (from the quantum mechanical/metaphysical perspective) to have ultra-cosmic characters simply be aware of prior reboots. That way, paradox is avoided while the same narrative effect still remains. In any case, while the New 52 continuity demonstrated that the Great Hand of Creation was a time-displaced Volthoom, this idea has been erased and replaced with either Perpetua and/or the Source/the Presence. It’s possible that a time-displaced Volthoom had some influence on the creation of the multiverse, but he’s not the Great Hand.
  6. [6]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.
  7. [7]COLLIN COLSHER: We know this fun Wonder Twin entry is canon from the fact that people often choose to dress in cosplay as Zan and Jayna, as first seen in Batman Vol. 3 #37, but also depicted in a couple other Rebirth Era issues as well. Now, we could ignore these cosplayers and simply say that there was a Wonder Twins TV show or something—after all, there definitely was a TV show within the DCU that features fictional analogues of Justice Society characters. However, this makes sense for the JSA because their lingering memory, after having been erased by Dr. Manhattan, might still be on the edge of some creative folks’ consciousnesses. There’s absolutely no reason that someone would have the Wonder Twins, actual beings that exists across the universe, on their minds. I mean, I guess there’s a fanwank for everything, but I’m not going in that direction. Thus, my above elucidation for including the Wonder Twins stands.
  8. [8]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.

2 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.

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