"Hardware": This story is reprinted from Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 (Digital) and Batman: The Adventures Continue #2 (Digital).

Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 is an issue of the series Batman: The Adventures Continue (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 2020. It was published on June 9, 2020.

Synopsis for "Hardware"

This story is reprinted from Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 (Digital) and Batman: The Adventures Continue #2 (Digital).

After quickly dispatching with Bane, Batman encounters a rogue robot that is seven stories tall and wreaking havoc on a Wayne Enterprises building. It leaps away after causing significant damage.

In the Batcave, Batman continues investigating but the android has undetectable technology and specifically targeted some extra-terrestrial machinery given to Batman by Superman. Alfred encourages him to put the detective work on hold to attend a gala that includes his on-again, off-again love interest Veronica Vreeland and Lex Luthor, visiting from Metropolis.

Luthor mentions that Superman has not been seen for days after a fight on the moon before cryptically leaving the party. Batman confirms that he's gone and looks to find out what the connection is at a rural airfield. His suspicions are correct and the robot stands dormant in an aircraft hangar. Just as he attempts to get data off the menace's hard drive, he is captured by Luthor, decked out in his warsuit.

After tracking Lex Luthor to a warehouse on the outskirts of Gotham City, Batman is in the clutches of his Warsuit and losing consciousness fast. Luthor reveals that he has made huge leaps in cybernetics since meeting Brainiac that will make him unstoppable and shows off the deactivated alien robot. Batman launches a Batarang with his last ounce of strength that causes an explosion and allows him to return to the Batcave.

Alfred helps him suit up in appropriate armor and he returns to stop Luthor but the villain has already taken to the skies with his experimental robot and Mercy. Batman has deduced that Lex's new war machine is actually powered by a mind-controlled Superman, making it immensely powerful but once Batman frees the Man of Steel, he easily turns his former cage to scrap.

As the duo's adventure ends, a man walks into Crime Alley and brandishes a gun at anyone who bothers him. He secretly knows the significance of this place as the birth of Batman.

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  • The comic was released for free digitally to coincide with 2020's Batman Day (September 19).

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