"Undone": After the war, Bruce Wayne woke in the hospital, surprised to be alive. Despite the world's surviving the war, several people were declared missing or dead. Among them was Clark Kent. Bruce, though, knew that Superman couldn't be d
- You're too good for the world? Fine. It'll have to settle for me.
- — Batman
Appearing in "Undone"
- Lois Lane
- Superman (Flashback only)
- Cyborg (Mentioned only)
- General Sam Lane (Mentioned only)
- Gotham City
- Arctic Circle
- Comstock Air Force Base (In ruins)
- Batmobile (Destroyed)
Synopsis for "Undone"
After the war, Bruce Wayne woke in the hospital, surprised to be alive. Despite the world's surviving the war, several people were declared missing or dead. Among them was Clark Kent. Bruce, though, knew that Superman couldn't be dead. He had simply abandoned his people.
The fallout of the war left the economy tanking, and Bruce's spine broken. With more high tech weaponry on the street than ever before, Bruce defied his friend Alfred's warnings, cleaning up the ruins of the Batcave with the help of a spinal support column and a robotic suit. As he did so, he mused that Clark could have cleaned up all the world's messes, if he were around. Clearly, he was still mad.
It had been six months earlier when Bruce made a fateful decision to end the war, one Clark would never have made. Clark came to stop him, and it was he who destroyed the Cave, not the war. He and Bruce had always had different tactics and different limits - and one of the two was always going to reach those limits first. Bruce's cleaning was interrupted by Alfred's warning that John Corben had attacked one of General Lane's containment satellites. This only served to underscore for Bruce that the world still needed a Superman.
As Batman, Bruce visited Hiro Okamura, hoping to purchase a suit that would support his failing body in a battle with Superman. Once it was ready, he put it on, and traveled to the Fortress of Solitude, seeking his estranged friend. Instead, he encountered an angry Krypto and Steel, who warned that Bruce was no longer welcome there. Steel explained that he would take care of the Metallo concern. He added, though, that if Superman was alive, he would not trust Batman. Batman had used him.
Seeking another means of contacting Clark, Bruce headed to the ruins of Comstock Air Force Base, implanting a rod of Kryptonite in the ground, and hoping it would attract Superman's attention. Instead of Superman, though, Metallo came instead, seeking fuel for his heart. Unfortunately, he was too strong for Bruce, even in his new suit, and it was only thanks to Hiro's remotely releasing so much Kryptonite from the suit that it overloaded Metallo completely that saved Bruce's life. Despite that success, though, Bruce fell into a coma.
Bruce woke, weeks later with Alfred at his bedside, warning that his ward's back was broken for good this time, unless he were to reconcile with Superman. He suggested that Bruce might have tried calling him, at least. Once alone, Bruce whispered Clark's name, but no one came. Angrily, Bruce decided that if Superman was too good for the world, the world would have to settle for Batman.
- This book was first published on September 17, 2014.
- Dan Jurgens receives special thanks in the credits.
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