Silver Year 18

(1984)
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–REFERENCE: In World’s Finest Comics #304. Superman perfects his “super hypnosis” technique with Batman. Superman uses hypnosis to enhance Batman’s eidetic memory, allowing the Man of Steel to “see into the past through Batman’s eyes.”

–Batman #372 Part 2
Bruce and Alfred discuss a big boxing card scheduled for the next evening. The main event features heavyweight champ Michael Greene against tenth-ranked challenger Tommy Dunfey, with special guest referee Jake DeMansky. Unknown to all but Greene and Dunfey, Dr. Fang has put in the fix. Greene is set to take a dive, which will earn Dr. Fang big bucks. When a possible threat is made against DeMansky by an unrelated white supremacist psycho, Batman and Commissioner Gordon are put on alert. The next night, the big fight kicks off with an anxious audience—including the boxing commissioner and Greene’s family (Mrs. Greene and their two children—watching with bated breath. A few rounds into the bout, the combatants decide they’d rather have a legit contest—much to the joy of Dunfey’s cornerman Rudy Quinn, but much to the chagrin of Dr. Fang. Watching from the rafters, Batman spots a gunman aiming for DeMansky, swoops down, and takes a bullet in his arm while apprehending the would-be assassin. Later, Dr. Fang orders the execution of Greene for disobeying his orders. Batman is nearby but too late to save Greene, who is shot dead.

–Detective Comics #539
Batman learns that Dr. Fang’s man Woad is responsible for Michael Greene’s murder. Soon after, Batman teams-up with Tommy to search for Woad and Dr. Fang. After shaking down Woad’s buddy Snake, Batman and Dunfey learn that Dr. Fang and Woad are in hiding. Meanwhile, at Wayne Manor, Julia tells her dad that she plans on getting her own apartment in the city and applying for a job at Vicki Vale’s Picture News. Soon, Batman and Dunfey find the men they’ve been seeking. Dunfey and Dr. Fang face-off in a one-on-one boxing match. When Dr. Fang gets his clock cleaned, Woad puts a bullet into Dunfey. Even injured, Dunfey still kayos Dr. Fang. Batman brings all the crooks to jail.

–Action Comics #556 Epilogue
Earth-2’s Vandal Savage has spent the past couple months smearing Superman. With his reputation in shambles, prepares for his superhero career to come to an end. Clark has a heartfelt chat with his new girlfriend Lana Lang (!) and then flies to the Batcave. Batman and Superman chat, after which the Man of Steel finally meets the Jason Todd for the first time. Superman then confronts Vandal Savage, who monologues about how he’s framed Superman. Unknown to Vandal Savage, his monologue is broadcast on live TV, ruining his entire plot.

–World’s Finest Comics #303
Bruce opens some mail, finding an invitation to a pleasure cruise set to launch in a few hours. Bruce opts to go, but gets called away on some unspecified business that prevents him from taking the trip. A day later, while patrolling, Batman finds the cruise in one of Gotham’s harbors, but everyone aboard has been turned into skeletons by exposure to a strange green snowy substance. Meanwhile, in Metropolis, a the green Kryptonite snow falls from the sky, spreading a plague that causes everyone, including a cuddly Lana Lang and Clark Kent, to collapse. A mystery villain calling himself The Alchemist sends ransom to the city government, demanding $25 million or else green snow will turn everyone into skeletons. At the Science Institute in Gotham, Batman busts some crooks that are trying to steal some Kryptonite. Batman then visits pandemic expert Dr. Fenton Keene, recruiting him to find a cure. The next day, Superman visits Batman in the Batcave and begins working on a cure of his own. While the Man of Steel works in the lab, Batman creates a special hazmat Bat-suit and heads out into the Kryptonite strewn streets of Metropolis. After meeting with Dr. Keene for a second time, Batman deduces that the doctor is the Alchemist. Batman and Commissioner Gordon cook up a scheme that involves filming a fake news broadcast that says all of Metropolis has been killed. Batman then shows the news broadcast to Dr. Keene, who gives the antidote formula to Batman, hoping to get fame and fortune from preventing the plague from spreading to other cities. Superman whips up the antidote and saves Metropolis while Batman busts Dr. Keene. Meanwhile, off the coast of Costa Rica, some fishermen discover hidden treasure and the frozen body of the all-powerful being known as X’ult (aka Xul’t). (X’ult is a 16th century alien super-villain, and Null and Void’s powers originate from him.)

–Batman and The Outsiders #9-10
First off, Batman and The Outsiders #9 tells us that Black Lighting is currently thirty-years-old. However, it also tells us that Black Lightning debuted at age twenty-seven. Since Black Lightning debuted in early 1979, this math is fuzzy as hell. If Black Lightning is currently thirty, then he must have debuted at age twenty-six, not twenty-seven. Onto a synopsis. The Masters of Disaster (New Wave, Coldsnap, Heatstroke, Windfall, and Shakedown) bolster their strength by taking over the rackets of Gotham gangster Morgan Jones as they prep for an all-out attack on Black Lightning. Meanwhile, Brian Markov enrolls in a science graduate program at Gotham Community College, meeting co-ed Denise Howard. The next day, Bruce attends the grand opening of a new housing project that Wayne Enterprises has secretly funded. With a blonde babe named Meredith by his side (in order to keep up playboy appearances), Bruce acts like a dick and sips champagne on live TV. The Masters of Disaster show up, which leads to an epic battle between the villains and the Outsiders. The villains kidnap Black Lightning and flee, later chaining him up and presenting him before an angry Marcia Shelton. Batman disguises himself as Matches Malone and—along with a disguised Geo-Force and Metamorpho—meets with Jones, purchasing an audience with the Masters of Disaster, so that he can witness the pending execution of Black Lightning. Soon after learning the hidden undersea location of the Masters of Disasters’ hideout, the Outsiders rescue Black Lightning and defeat the baddies. During the fight, Windfall refuses to use lethal tactics, much to the chagrin of her fellow Masters of Disaster teammates. Marcia Shelton, realizing the error of her ways, betrays the villains to save Black Lightning. Concurrently, Takeo Yamashiro (Tatsu’s yakuza brother-in-law) arrives in Gotham.

–REFERENCE: In World’s Finest Comics #251. Mid March. Batman, as he now does every year, sends a birthday card to Bob Haney at the DC Offices on Earth-Prime.

–World’s Finest Comics #304-307
Peter McDonald (aka Peter McBryde aka Void) goes on trial, during which Batman and Superman are called as witnesses. The silver-tongued McDonald defends himself and gets his case dismissed. Batman trails McDonald, who meets up with Sol Baxter. He eavesdrops, learning that they are going to Costa Rica to check out the frozen man (X’ult) and treasure that were discovered there just a few days ago. Bruce and Clark travel to Costa Rica to find that the frozen man and treasure—under guard by the Costa Rican military—are being contested for by the US Navy, British Royal Navy, Swedish Royal Navy, Soviet Navy, and Cuban Revolutionary Navy. Bruce chats with Baxter and McDonald upon arrival. That night, Batman discovers that Baxter and McDonald are Null and Void. Soon after, Batman fights them. Meanwhile, Superman scours the ocean floor where the frozen man and treasure were found, discovering two perfectly preserved 16th century pirates frozen in ice. He brings them to the surface and then joins Batman’s fight. Void sends Superman, the frozen man, and the treasure to the surreal alternate “void dimension.” Batman gets caught between warring ships as the Swedes and Russians break the pirate iceberg in twain, taking one frozen pirate each for themselves. Null and Void argue, which leads to Null punching-out Void. Void flees into the “void dimension” and joins up with a now-unfrozen X’ult while Superman escapes back to Costa Rica. Superman chases after the Russians (but doubles back rather than accost them in Cuban territorial waters) while Batman and Baxter chase after the Swedes. Aboard the Swedish vessel, Baxter—whose powers are also shared with the pirates—resurrects the frozen pirate, who reveals himself to be a super-powered swashbuckler named Swordfish. (He and the other pirate, his partner Barracuda, were battling their rival X’ult in the late 16th century before they were all frozen.) Batman, Null, and Swordfish break into a Cuban military compound in hopes of unfreezing Barracuda. There, they best Cuban and Soviet soldiers but are no match for the arriving Void and X’ult. Superman is also bested by X’ult, who unfreezes Barracuda and mind-controls her, turning her into his obedient “queen.” Eventually, the heroes defeat the villains and the time-displaced pirates are sent back to the 16th century.

–Batman #373
Warden Clark, the director of Arkham Asylum, is forced to release a supposedly rehabilitated Jonathan Crane. Shortly thereafter, making good on her promise to seek employment at Picture News Magazine (which she actually made months ago), Julia meets with a surprised Vicki Vale and asks for a job. Vicki agrees to a discussion about a position at the company. Meanwhile, Scarecrow attacks the courthouse, hoping to get revenge on Joker (stemming from their prior interaction in Detective Comics #529). Batman briefs Robin about Scarecrow and they intervene, but the villain has new fear-inducing tech for which they aren’t prepared. Scarecrow gets the best of them and escapes. The next day, the Gotham Child Welfare Bureau opens an investigation into Bruce’s parenting, citing that Jason has been habitually falling asleep in class. A caseworker named Amanda Groscz is assigned. Meanwhile, Commissioner Gordon and Harvey Bullock, having gained mutual respect for one another, become an odd couple of friends. Across town, Mayor Hamilton Hill meets with some unnamed gangsters and arranges for a hit on Bullock in exchange for a full pardon for Dr. Fang. A night later, Batman is lured into a deathtrap at the zoo while Robin takes on Scarecrow one-on-one. (The end of this issue is also shown via flashback from Detective Comics #540.)

–Detective Comics #540
Picking up directly from the end of Batman #373, Batman shakes off a hallucination of Robin getting killed, kayos some crocodiles, and studies Scarecrow’s fear-inducing device. Meanwhile, Robin chases Scarecrow into the latter’s “haunted house.” Across town, Mayor Hamilton Hill’s hired hitmen fire sniper shots at Bullock in his office. They botch the assassination attempt, but depart thinking that they’ve successfully neutralized their target. Batman joins Robin, after which they figure out a way to jam Scarecrow’s fear signal. The Dynamic Duo then easily busts Scarecrow.

–Batman #374
Picking up directly from Detective Comics #540, Penguin—inexplicably released from prison—robs a jewelry store. Batman, Commissioner Gordon, and Harvey Bullock examine the crime scene. At Wayne Manor, Julia tells Alfred that she’s procured a job at Picture News Magazine. Julia also incorrectly says she’s been living at Wayne Manor for “weeks,” but she’s been there for many months. Vicki Vale phones Alfred to invite Bruce to a Picture News staff party scheduled for next week. Penguin shows up at Vicki’s office, demanding she do a story about him. She refuses, but secretly snaps photos of him during their conversation. The next night, Penguin’s henchmen rob a charity gala after which Penguin calmly greets Batman and Robin, telling them that he had nothing to do with the burglary. At the mayoral mansion, Mayor Hamilton Hill chews out his hired hitmen for having failed to kill Bullock. A full week later, Bruce attends the Picture News staff party. While Julia flirts with Bruce, journalist Bill Modell flirts with Vicki. Penguin and his goons interrupt by robbing the party and kidnapping Modell. Penguin uses Sodium Pentothal to get top secret Pentagon information out of Modell, after which he flees from an angry Batman, who kicks his henchmen’s asses. The next day, at the Gotham Child Welfare Bureau, Amanda Groscz delivers an opening brief to one of her superiors about Jason Todd, incorrectly mentioning that his parents died “late last year.” The Todds were killed two years ago. In any case, Amanda reports that Jason’s adoption has still not been legally approved by the government. (The end of this issue is also shown via flashback from Detective Comics #541.)

–Detective Comics #541
Picking up directly from Batman #374, Vicki Vale takes Bill Modell back to her place following his Penguin ordeal. Batman shows up, interrupting Vicki and Modell kissing! Modell tells Batman that Penguin plans to sell Pentagon defense secrets to the Soviets. Batman tracks Penguin to Antarctica, gears up with snow-equipment, and flies south only to have the Batplane immediately shot down upon arrival. Meanwhile, Amanda Groscz phones Alfred, telling him that the Gotham Welfare Bureau has an open case about Jason’s wellbeing and legal status. In Antarctica, Batman chases after Penguin through the frozen wasteland, learning that Penguin has a metahuman immunity to cold temperatures! Batman finally catches Penguin at a Soviet base, learning that Penguin was only trying to sell stolen umbrellas to the Russians. (He was going to ransom the Pentagon secrets back to the US government at a later date.) Batman drags Penguin back to the States and then meets with Modell, who tells the Dark Knight that the Pentagon secrets in question were actually part of a US State Department disinformation campaign designed to confuse the Soviets. The whole thing was a wild goose chase from the start. As referenced in Batman #375, Bruce will feel chilly for a full week following this frozen adventure.

–REFERENCE: In Batman and The Outsiders #14. A man named Blaine becomes the new head administrator of Arkham Asylum. Batman meets the new administrator, telling him to move Maxie Zeus to the maximum security wing. Blaine doesn’t heed his advice, prompting Batman to tell him again. Batman will tell Blaine to move Maxie Zeus to the maximum security wing nine more times over the course of the next several weeks.

–REFERENCE: In Batman #375. Batman and Robin give a new mobile Bat-Signal to the GCPD.

–REFERENCE: In Batman and The Outsiders Annual #1. The US Government’s American Security Agency (ASA) secretly snaps photos and shoots video of the Outsiders while they fighting some crooks. The ASA begins making detailed files on each Outsider.

–Batman #375
Mr. Freeze uses a giant freeze cannon to make underground ice caverns that lead from downtown Gotham to the suburbs. After Mr. Freeze submerges an entire suburban bank, Commissioner Gordon, Batman, and Robin survey the scene. Vicki Vale and Julia Remarque also show up, falling through the ice into the tunnels below. Meanwhile, Amanda Groscz arrives at Wayne Manor to find that neither Bruce nor Jason are there, all but cementing Jason’s fate in the eyes of the Gotham Child Welfare Bureau. In the ice tunnels, Batman and Robin bust Mr. Freeze and his gang. After being rescued, Julia smooches Batman on the lips. Back home, a shaken Alfred tells Bruce and Jason that the Welfare Bureau is coming for Jason.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #457 and Batman Special #1. June 26. Batman, as he does every year on the anniversary of his parents’ deaths, visits Leslie Thompkins on Crime Alley.

–Batman and The Outsiders #11-13 (“THE TRUTH ABOUT KATANA”)
Late June. Brion Markov and Tatsu Yamashiro get dinner, after which they fend off some goons hired by Tatsu’s brother Takeo. Tatsu then buys a pet kitten for Gaby. She names it Tiger. At their penthouse, Katana and Halo are attacked by Takeo, who steals the Soultaker Sword. The next day, Brion starts his first day of graduate school (summer session) while Gaby floats through her final days of her freshman year of high school. Gaby’s high school co-ed Phil Collins asks her out on a date. When Tatsu bolts to Japan to take care of her family affairs, the Outsiders join her. Meanwhile, Takeo delivers the Soultaker to the oyabun (leader) of the yakuza, Noguri. In an occult ritual, Noguri summons forth the spirits trapped within the blade—Anthor Stoneaxe, Blowdart, Nunchaku, Shuriken, and Maseo (Tatsu’s husband). The Outsiders take the yakuza head-on only to find that the Soultaker spirits are under the control of Noguri. After fighting the warriors to a stalemate, the heroes gather around Katana to learn her origin story. Katana’s insane brother Takeo murdered her husband Maseo and caused the deaths of their two young children. The next day, the Outsiders fight the Soultaker spirits once more, this time defeating them. Katana regains the Soultaker and kills her brother, imprisoning his soul inside the blade as well. En route back to the States, Batman passes out, having been poisoned by Blowdart. The Outsiders rush Batman to Gotham General, but when they can’t help him, they take him to Alfred, learning that Batman is Bruce Wayne in the process. A hallucinating Batman ditches his teammates and heads out into the streets, leaving the Outsiders to chase after him. But the Outsiders run into Morgan Jones’ top man Mayme, who sends his shock troops against the heroes. Mayme and his men best the Outsiders, but a crazed Batman shows up, mistaking Mayme for Joe Chill. Batman helps his team bust the bad guys before collapsing once again. Back at Wayne Manor, a straightened-out Batman recovers with his teammates. He officially unmasks and shares his secret ID with them.

–Tales of the Teen Titans Annual #3 Epilogue
July 1. The Teen Titans have just been burdened by the terrible “Judas Contract” episode. Dick, who has now debuted as Nightwing, fills-in Batman on the details. Terra (Geo-Force’s half-sister, Tara Markov) revealed that she was working for Deathstroke the Terminator. After she and Deathstroke attacked the Teen Titans, Deathstroke’s son Jericho (Joseph Wilson) officially joined the Teen Titan ranks, helping them win the day. Sadly, Terra was killed during the fray. The Teen Titans, Outsiders, Dr. Helga Jace, and Terry Long are all present for the sad funeral of Terra. (Despite still being seriously injured as a result of Blowdart’s poisoning, Batman attends the funeral.) Jericho and Adeline Kane-Wilson (Deathstroke’s ex-wife and Jericho’s mother) pay their respects after the others have left the cemetery.

–Batman and The Outsiders Annual #1
July 2-7. Batman tells Geo-Force the full details of the late Terra’s betrayal. Seeing how upset he is, Batman orders a new Geo-Force costume for him. Later, Batman and Lieutenant Freeman investigate a break-in and robbery at STAR Labs. Meanwhile, the rest of the Outsiders visit Brion Markov in an effort to cheer him up about the loss of his half-sister. They deliver the new costume, which has a positive effect upon the depressed hero. Realizing that he still hasn’t recovered from Blowdart’s poison, Batman agrees to take a break for a week. He turns the STAR Labs case over to his team, giving them fake IDs and sending them to Virginia to investigate suspects B Eric Blairman and Laraine Blairman—the radical Right Wing sibling heads of the American Security Agency (ASA). At the Blairman estate, the Outsiders face-off against the ASA’s super-team known as The Force of July (Lady Liberty, Major Victory, Mayflower, Silent Majority, and Sparkler). The Outsiders are soundly defeated, but they learn that the Blairmans are trying to enact “Project Orwell,” which involves launching a satellite into Earth’s orbit that will act as a Big Brother panopticon with the ability to spy on everyone on the planet. Round two also goes to the Force of July, who capture the Outsiders. The Blairmans launch their satellite and gloat, also previewing doctored video that shows the Outsiders attempting to assassinate the president. Before the Blairmans can release the fake video, the Outsiders escape captivity and destroy the Big Brother satellite. Before heading out on patrol, Batman leaves a note telling his team that he his proud of them. Gaby goes on a date with Phil Collins (a kid from her high school, not the famous singer). An overprotective Brion creepily stalks the teens as they go on their date.

–Batman and The Outsiders #14 Part 1
July 7-8. Picking up directly from Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1, Brion Markov tails Gaby Doe and Phil Collins on their date. Just after their date ends, Gaby spots Brion, grabs him, and drags him up to the penthouse. Brion tells Gaby and Tatsu that he was just making sure Gaby wasn’t being taken advantage of. Tatsu tells Brion she knows he meant well but to never to stalk Gaby again. The next day, Brion attends Professor Raeburn‘s graduate class at Gotham Community College with Denise Howard and Alisa Travers. Gaby tries to set up Tatsu with her geometry teacher Mr. Takami, but Tatsu scolds her for trying to do so. Meanwhile, Batman learns that Maxie Zeus has escaped from Arkham Asylum. The Dark Knight scolds Arkham’s head administrator Blaine, finding a clue that tells him Maxie Zeus will target the upcoming Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Elsewhere, Maxie Zeus then video-phones with The Monitor and Harbinger (Lyla Michaels), who reside aboard their giant satellite HQ in deep space. The Monitor, incorrectly calling Maxie Zeus “Maxwell” (his name is Maximilian, not Maxwell), offers to help him with his next scheme. Meanwhile, Brion brings Alisa home after a hot date only to find Gaby waiting to get revenge by pretending to be his girlfriend. After Alisa storms-off, Geo-Force chases after Halo. They argue, but then kiss passionately. Across town, Metamorpho tries to phone Sapphire Stagg but only gets ahold of an angry Simon Stagg, who tells him to stop calling. Jefferson Pierce phones his ex-girlfriend Lynn Stewart, but she is occupied with a date.

–World’s Finest Comics #308
Bruce reads science reports about Klyburnium, a new crystal-based energy source named after STAR Labs’ Dr. Jenet Klyburnium. When a new synthetic drug called Zerodine floods the streets of Gotham, Batman works the case and shakes down a dealer named Curly for info. Curly leads Batman to the storehouse where small-timer Spud Malloy and his henchmen use high-tech sci-fi weaponry to best Batman. Meanwhile, in Metropolis, some thieves attack STAR Labs and steal the Klyburnium crystal right from under Superman’s nose. A few hours later, Bruce visits a store and flirts with a gal named Veronique only to be interrupted by Clark. Bruce gets lunch with Clark and they discuss Klyburnium and Malloy. Later, Batman busts Malloy and his gang while Superman recovers the Klyburnium. Superman and Batman realize they are working the same case and team-up to face-off and bust the Big Bad, a super-suit-wearing teenager named Hector Alvarez. Afterward, Bruce goes to a party with Veronique before ducking out early to patrol.

–Detective Comics #542
Another Mayor Hamilton Hill-hired assassin tries to kill Harvey Bullock, but Batman and Robin are there to make sure he is safe. The next day, Amanda Groscz (with Bullock) takes Jason into the custody of the Gotham Child Welfare Bureau. Bruce tells Alfred to get every Wayne Enterprises lawyer mobilized. Lucius Fox and a cadre of lawyers arrive at Wayne Manor to figure out a plan of action with Bruce. When the Bat-Signal lights up the night sky, Bruce decides to ignore it and continue working with the lawyers, citing that getting Jason back is more important. Jason, seeing the Bat-Signal from his new home at the Welfare Bureau residence, sneaks out and (as Robin) meets with Bullock. When another hitman tries to knock-off Bullock, Robin saves him. Batman, having changed his mind, shows up to assist Bullock and Robin in busting the would-be assassin.

–Batman and The Outsiders #14 Part 2
July 28. The Outsiders (in their civilian guises) attend the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, anticipating Maxie Zeus’ pending attack. Bob Costas and Chet Wilcox interview Jefferson Pierce and Brion Markov on live TV. (Jefferson is a 1976 Olympic gold medalist and Brion is a Markovian prince, hence the network having interest in putting them on air during the ceremony.) Sure enough, backed with some super-powered heavies provided by the Monitor, Maxie Zeus shows up and takes control of the stadium. Maxie Zeus, with his New Olympians (Antaeus, Argus, Diana, Nox, Proteus, and Vulcanus), takes President Ronald Reagan and famous athlete Lacinia Nitocris hostage. The Outsiders challenge the New Olympians to battle.

–Batman and The Outsiders #15
July 28. Batman negotiates the release of the entire stadium audience at the opening ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics. In an empty arena, the Outsiders begin an “athletic contest” against the New Olympians. Each Outsider pairs off with a New Olympian to take them on in a series of competitions. Eventually, the Outsiders best the New Olympians. Meanwhile, Batman, having deduced Maxie Zeus’ LA address, goes there to find an abducted Medea (Maxie Zeus’ daughter). Batman fights Maxie Zeus’ henchmen in an effort to free Medea, but the Dark Knight is held at gunpoint. Maxie Zeus arrives with Lacinia Nitocris, introducing her to his daughter. The crazed villain reveals that his entire scheme was concocted just so he could introduce Lacinia and Medea, with hopes that the former would adopt the latter. Lacinia agrees. The Outsiders then show up to bust Maxie Zeus and his gang. In deep space, the Monitor and Harbinger review what has just occurred. It seems that they were merely testing the heroes, but for what purpose? Could a crisis be looming? Oh, yes.

–World’s Finest Comics #309-310
Batman goes after a radioactive super-villain called Quantum, who has confounded the GCPD, NYPD, and Metropolis PD for the better part of a month. With some help from Superman, Batman roughs up some hoods in a bar looking for information about Quantum’s whereabouts. After getting info on all the baddies and phoning Chief O’Hara (!), Batman brings Superman to Wayne Manor for a chat over coffee. Together, the heroes learn that a wealthy Metropolis citizen, Raymond Arnau, who wrote Superman into his will, has been murdered by Quantum. The next day, Batman and Superman interrogate Raymond’s punk rock daughter Heather, Raymond’s manufacturing executive Philip Crane, and Fast Willie Jackon (one of the goons from the bar the night prior). Batman and Superman expose Crane as Quantum and fight him, during which he gets sent to an alternate dimension via one of his high-tech sci-fi devices. Batman, Superman, Heather, and Raymond’s lawyer visit Raymond’s grave. Raymond’s lawyer tells Superman that the inheritance will transfer from Superman to Heather when she turns eighteen in a week’s time.

Batman travels to Metropolis in an effort to shut down the international criminal organization known as Assassins Incorporated. After busting one of their members, Batman disguises himself as the man and meets with a bagman named Billy Ray, handing over $1 million in an attempt to follow Ray to the big bosses. Rookie superhero Sonik (William Parker)—on his very first case—tails Ray to the Assassins Inc HQ. There, both Batman and Sonik are captured. After escaping from a death trap, the heroes rescue Ray from Assassins Inc, who are about to execute him for his failure. Superman, having just foiled an Assassins Inc plot across town, arrives just in time to help Batman and Sonik mop up the rest of the gang. Sonik unmasks in front of Batman, Superman, and some local street kids, revealing his secret ID to them all. Later, Batman does his research on Parker, learning that he is owner of an old Boys’ Club and a staple for positivity in a lower-income Metropolis neighborhood. Bruce purchases Parker’s rundown Boys’ Club, meeting with Parker to tell him he will have unlimited funds to revamp the building. Clark is on-hand to do a live WGBS-TV new story about Parker and the new Boys’ Club.

–Batman #376
Julia officially moves out of Wayne Manor. Batman does his routine patrol. In the morning, Bruce sulks in Jason’s old room, depressed that he’s been stuck in the custody of the Gotham Child Welfare Bureau for months now. Alfred reports to Bruce his belief that a company called Nightmares Incorporated, which specializes in high adrenaline novelty performances of any fear fantasy one could desire, has been using its service to case wealthy clientele before robbing them at a later date. Batman breaks into Nightmares Inc HQ, listening in on the organization’s leader Nightshade (Sturges Hellstrom) while he chats with his employees. After studying up on Nightshade with Harvey Bullock, Batman visits a couple of Nightshade’s clients that were robbed shortly after using his service. Setting up a sting, Bruce sends out invites for a party and hires Nightmares Inc to spook his guests. At the party, which is attended by members of the Explorer’s Club, Vicki Vale, and Julia Remarque-Pennyworth, the Nightmares Inc crew shows up as expected, but Batman secretly watches as they clearly case Wayne Manor for valuables. Later, Batman revisits the Nightmares Inc office only to be attacked by Nightshade. After fighting to a stalemate, Nightshade flees across town to meet his boss—Nocturna!

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