"Terminal Velocity": While in juvie, Carter participated in unusual therapy sessions to help in his rehabilatation. Carter's psychiatrist Dr. Sheridan conducted unconventional methods of channeling one's inner demons and then expelling them. For Carter, he was instructed by Dr. Sheridan to use a
Batman Beyond (Volume 2) #12 is an issue of the series Batman Beyond (Volume 2) with a cover date of October, 2000.
Synopsis for "Terminal Velocity"
While in juvie, Carter participated in unusual therapy sessions to help in his rehabilatation. Carter's psychiatrist Dr. Sheridan conducted unconventional methods of channeling one's inner demons and then expelling them. For Carter, he was instructed by Dr. Sheridan to use a gun and shoot a portrait that bears a resemblance to Carter's alter ego, Terminal. Carter gathers his courage and fires at the portrait thereby killing any trace of Terminal (metaphorically that is). Dr. Sheridan's precedence behind this therapy is the subject has a law abiding persona that comes into conflict with a criminal element. By shooting at the representation, Carter's mental state begins to heal psychologically and become the dominant persona while the Terminal persona is left for dead.
Before the session could conclude, a group of mentally disturbed teens start a riot throughout juvie hall. Terry arrives as Batman and takes down the escaping inmates. When he reaches Dr. Sheridan's office, Terry sees Carter guarding Dr. Sheridan from two escaped inmates. Carter and Terry defeat the last of the inmates before the guards arrived. In light of Carter's heroics, Dr. Sheridan speaks on Carter's behalf during his parole hearing and the judge deems Carter mentally capable to rejoin society. Carter goes back to Hamilton High School to finish his education but he isn't greeted warmly by everyone. Terry welcomes Carter back to high school and Maxine accepts Carter's apology for trying to kill her. Her decision to accept the apology was based on Terry's analysis of Carter during the riot at juvie hall.
Afterwards, Carter is taken by surprise when his locker explodes in his face. Terry and Maxine are shocked when they see Carter's face covered with different colors of face paint. All three of them realize that Terminal's old crew has learned of Carter's release and they want him to rejoin the Jokerz. Later that same night, Terminal's crew kidnap Dr. Sheridan after rigging his car to release a knock out gas when he started his car then they kidnap Max. Both Terry and Carter hear about the kidnappings so they decide to head to downtown Gotham where the Jokerz usually congregate, to get answers. Terminal's crew eventually shows up and Carter tells Terry to run in order to get help. Terminal's crew takes Carter back to their hideout where the hostages are being kept. Unbeknownst to any of them, Terry tailed the crew as Batman while in stealth mode.
At the hideout, Carter makes a shocking revelation in front of Sheridan and Maxine. It turns out that Dr. Sheridan's therapy caused Carter's mind to split into two personalities and the Terminal persona became the dominant mental state. The Terminal persona staged Carter's rehabilatation, used the riot to his advantage, and told his crew to kidnap Max along with Dr. Sheridan in order to draw out Batman. Terminal anticipated on Batman showing up so he orders the crew to shoot up the entire hideout. Batman rounds up Terminal's crew and faces off against Terminal. Dr. Sheridan tells Batman to reach out to Carter's subconscious in order for both personas to fight for the dominance of Carter's psyche. Batman wipes away half of Terminal's painted face and forces Terminal to look into a mirror. Suddenly, both personas fight amongst each other for control and in the end, Carter drops to the floor after having a mental breakdown. Now, Carter resides in Arkham Asylum where he must contend with the Terminal persona just like Harvey Dent had to overcome Two-Face.
Appearing in "Terminal Velocity"
- Max Gibson
- Doctor Sheridan (Single appearance)
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