"Batman Universe, Part 8": As Vandal Savage asks if Batman really time-travelled to get him and the Fabergé egg, Batman responds he was accidentally transported into the 19th century. Bruce tries to convince him about the egg being dangerous and creating unpredictable wormholes to no avail. Vand
Batman Giant #10 is an issue of the series Batman Giant (Volume 1) with a cover date of June, 2019. It was published on April 20, 2019.
- 1 Synopsis for "Batman Universe, Part 8"
- 2 Appearing in "Batman Universe, Part 8"
- 3 Synopsis for "Hush, Chapter Ten: The Grave"
- 4 Appearing in "Hush, Chapter Ten: The Grave"
- 5 Synopsis for "The Tomorrow People"
- 6 Appearing in "The Tomorrow People"
- 7 Synopsis for "A Breath of Broken Glass"
- 8 Appearing in "A Breath of Broken Glass"
- 9 See Also
- 10 Recommended Reading
- 11 Links and References
Synopsis for "Batman Universe, Part 8"
As Vandal Savage asks if Batman really time-travelled to get him and the Fabergé egg, Batman responds he was accidentally transported into the 19th century. Bruce tries to convince him about the egg being dangerous and creating unpredictable wormholes to no avail. Vandal states that he could just leave him in this timeline but he'll just find a way back, which is why he'll be having his Black Order assassins take care of him, but gets shot by Jonah before he can finish the sentence.
As Savage orders his assassins to attack, the egg starts glowing. Bruce and Jonah fight off the assassins, but the former eventually gets captured. He however breaks free upon seeing the egg become stable and it automatically lands in his hand, transporting him back to the 21st century near the Monarch Theater. Alfred contacts him and gets told by Bruce that he lost his batsuit in 19th century and Savage may has seen him without it, though he may not recognize him yet and the batsuit will self-destruct before it can be reverse-engineered.
As he notices a Lamborghini come up to him, he thinks Alfred sent it to pick him up but learns he hasn't even started it yet. Savage steps out of the car and states he has been searching for him foe one-and-a-half century, before knocking him out him with a blast from a laser gun and retrieving the egg.
Appearing in "Batman Universe, Part 8"
- Vandal Savage
- Black Order
- Alfred Pennyworth (Voice Only)
Synopsis for "Hush, Chapter Ten: The Grave"
This story is reprinted from Batman #617.
Batman and Catwoman are in the Batcave going through all of the computer equipment. Batman realizes that there was a double meaning behind Ra's placement of a sword in the computers, and he needs to determine what message Ra's was trying to send him.
Suddenly, Robin drops down from the ceiling and criticizes Batman for letting her in on his secret identity. Catwoman and Robin briefly clash, but Batman breaks it up. Frustrated, Catwoman borrows a Batcycle and speeds off into the night. Tim's behavior towards Catwoman was a staged act to determine whether Catwoman was worthy of Bruce's trust.
In the streets of Gotham, Catwoman encounters Huntress. The Huntress is acting very strangely and the two get into a brawl. It soon becomes apparent that the Huntress is under the thrall of the Scarecrow's Fear Toxin. Batman arrives on the scene and fights Scarecrow. Their fight takes them to a small private cemetery. Batman beats the Scarecrow up, and demands to know who has been manipulating so many of Gotham's criminal minds.
Suddenly, a Batarang flies from out of nowhere, nicking the Scarecrow's face. Batman wheels around and sees the man whose face is covered in bandages standing before him. He has captured Robin and currently holds his unconscious body by the scruff of the neck. He removes the bandages from his face revealing himself as Jason Todd – the second Robin who died years ago.
Appearing in "Hush, Chapter Ten: The Grave"
- Clayface (Johnny Williams) (First appearance) (apocrypha; see trivia)
Synopsis for "The Tomorrow People"
This story is reprinted from Nightwing (Volume 3) #10.
While the historical districts of most cities tend to be the heart of the city's identity and the citizens' pride, Old Gotham represents a dark shame for most Gothamites. Its streets are riddled with prostituted, dealers, and gangs. On the other hand, if it weren't such a place, Nightwing would have no reason to be there.
He is investigating the murder of the Strayhorn brothers. Their bodies were found beaten to death with one of his own escrima sticks, and now the GCPD is on his trail. He investigates their apartment, and discovers that what he thought was a branding by the killer might have been something else. The same symbol is painted on the brothers' wall, indicating that perhaps it was a tattoo that the killer had removed. The symbol represents the Alpha and Omega - the beginning and end of the Greek alphabet.
Suddenly, a S.W.A.T. team from the GCPD bursts into the apartment with flash bangs. While Nightwing fights off the police, he receives a call from Lucius Fox. Fox alludes to a recent business discussion he and Grayson have been having. Dick is planning something big; something expensive. Given Dick's desire to remain independent from his adoptive father Bruce, he will need another outside investor to help him come up with the money for his venture. Their discussion continues, even as Nightwing fights his would-be captors, and crashes through a window to the street below. Dick explains that he doesn't want to take Haly's Circus on the road anymore. He has bigger plans. Lucius informs him that the banks are reasonably reluctant to invest in those plans at this time, but he does have one viable option left: Sonia Branch, the daughter of the man who killed Dick's parents - Tony Zucco.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Gordon reprimands Detective Travis Nie for having shot up an entire residential building, all just to catch one man who may or may not actually be involved in the Strayhorn murder. Gordon reminds that Nightwing isn't an official suspect, despite the escrima stick, which Nie is treating as substantial cause to use deadly force. Nie threatens to sue both the commissioner and the city if he is removed from the case.
Later, Gordon meets with Deputy Mayor Thomas Kavanaugh on the roof of Gotham City Hall. Jim believes that Nie may have planted the evidence in this case, but he can't do anything about it, because of the complicated situation. Nie was pilled off duty for an Internal Affairs investigation after he was believed to have stolen a weapon from evidence in order to plant post-mortem victims on a victim and thereby spark a manhunt against the Batman. Unfortunately, no proof was found that the victims' wounds were inflicted post-mortem, and so it was ruled that there was no apparent wrongdoing on Nie's part. Kavanaugh offers to do anything he can to help clear Nightwing's name, given that his life was saved by the vigilante just days ago. Gordon is surprised, considering that Mayor Hady is openly against the Batman and his allies.
The next morning Dick meets with Sonia Branch, taking Lucius' word that she has distanced herself from her father's life of crime. He explains that he would like for Gotham to have some place within it that can represent hope. The specific location that he has in mind for this is the dilapidated amusement park, Amusement Mile. For years, it has been a symbol of what Gotham used to be. It was once the soul of the city, but now it is an eyesore. Dick wants to save it, and reinvent it for the future. In this way, he hopes that he will save the soul of Gotham itself.
Sonia is intrigued, at least, and wonders if Dick has a centrepiece in mind for it. For that, Dick intends to have Haly's Circus become a permanent fixture at Amusement Mile. Unfortunately, the circus folk's morale has dropped considerably since Raya and Bryan were arrested - not to mention Raymond's apparent return from death, only to be killed again. Jimmy the Clown is concerned that no one will go along with Dick's plan. Many of them want to disband the circus all together, in fact. Dick explains that he understands if some people want to leave, but he promises that he'll pay out everyone's salaries until Amusement Mile is up and running. Jimmy promises to see what the others think.
Later that night, Nightwing interrogates the Zeke's Tattoo Parlour - home of the best tattoo artist in the city. He demands to know about the Alpha and Omega tattoo, showing a photo of the Strayhorn brothers with Zeke at the parlour. Zeke admits that Nightwing is actually the second person to come asking about the Strayhorns' tattoos. Detective Nie had already been there asking about it. Suddenly, Nightwing hears a creak from behind a window, and realizes that they will soon be under attack. He shoves Zeke to the floor just as a group of men in armour featuring the same symbol as in the tattoo opens fire on them.
The attackers are relatively inept, despite their heavy artillery, and Nightwing makes short work of them. After putting one of the weaker willed members through a particularly harrowing experience, Nightwing is informed that their organization is called the Republic of Tomorrow, and that their headquarters is located within the Gotham Clock Tower.
When Nightwing investigates he discovers dozens of other members of this Republic training together. Their leader, Paragon, delivers an inspiring speech about building a promising future by destroying the past. Having apparently noticed that Nightwing is watching, Paragon zaps him with a taser and warns that the future of Gotham City hinges on Nightwing's death.
Appearing in "The Tomorrow People"
- Republic of Tomorrow
- Paragon (First appearance)
- Detective Travis Nie
- Deputy Mayor Thomas Kavanaugh
- Jimmy Clark
- Gotham City Police Department
- Batman (Flashback only)
- Strayhorn Brothers (In a photograph only)
- Tony Zucco
Synopsis for "A Breath of Broken Glass"
This story is reprinted from Batgirl (Volume 4) #3.
With the Mirror mocking her through her ear-piece, Batgirl races to one of Gotham City's trains in order to save a man whom the Mirror has marked for death merely for having survived an event miraculously. Rupert Ansell had fallen onto the train tracks on his morning commute, and had been saved at the last second by a good Samaritan going the opposite direction. The Mirror's MO sees him murdering anybody who seems to have been saved by a miracle, because he doesn't think miracles should be believed in. Batgirl knows better, because the fact that she's standing at all is a miracle.
Banging on the engineer's window, Batgirl determines that the train can't be stopped, and the doors can't be opened. Frustrated, she gets inside by smashing in through one of the windows. Rather than try to find the bomb that the Mirror has planted, she searches for Ruper Ansell himself. When he comes forward, she sends the other passengers out of the car. Understanding the Mirror's method, Batgirl banks on the fact that she is also on his list.
She wraps her arms around Rupert Ansell, knowing that the Mirror can't blow him up without blowing her up too. Batgirl is on the list because she miraculously survived a fall during an encounter with the Brisby Killers. If she dies by explosion, it will thwart the Mirror's plans. However, the Mirror has the upper hand, as he reminds her that the good Samaritan also survived by a miracle. Moments later, the train going in the opposite direction blows with Rupert Ansell's saviour on board. Batgirl saved one man, but allowed another to die.
Two hours later, Det. Mel McKenna tries to convince Commissioner Gordon to let her come back in to work. The Commissioner reminds her that protocol requires her to see a psychologist about her partner's death before she can come back to work. Grumpily, McKenna decides to hold her own investigation into Batgirl, who she blames for her partner's death.
Barbara visits her father at work, and invites him to lunch. She is obviously shaken about her encounter with the Mirror, and the man she allowed to die. Her father sees it, but rather than open up, all she can do is tell him that she misses him. Seeing that she's upset, her father expresses worry that she's taking on too much. She has only just recovered from her injury, and he worries that she will relapse if she works too hard. He can't take lunch with her because of a lead, and Barbara watches him go, wondering if people really see her as that breakable.
That night, Batgirl breaks into the police impound lot, having left her Batcycle outside the hospital the night before. She is interrupted by Nightwing, though she claims to have known he was tailing her the whole time. She invites him onto the back of the bike, and they crash through the fence, speeding through the twilight streets of Gotham.
Though she loathes to admit it, the feeling of Dick's arms around her on that bike makes her feel very good. Parking the bike, Barbara demands to know what Dick is doing there. Awkwardly, he admits that he's checking in on her because he and Batman are worried that she could end up back in the wheelchair if she's not careful - just like her father does. Frustrated, he is forced to simply ask whether she can handle the Mirror on her own. In answer, Barbara kicks his feet out from under him, and rappels off into the night.
She recalls how she and Dick used to chase each other like this even back when they first met - he an acrobat, and she a ballerina. Despite his cockiness back then, his kindness made up for a lot of it - and it became easy to like him. Richard Grayson was the first boy Barbara ever had a crush on who wasn't a scientist. Admittedly, she still feels the way she did during that first crush when she's around him - but it's an admission she can barely make to herself.
When Dick catches up to her, Barbara decides that she's had enough of well-meaning boys, from Dick to Batman - even her father. She will have no more of men trying to protect her when she doesn't want or need it. She says that if men keep on trying to protect her, she would send them back with blackened eyes. She begins physically sparring with Nightwing, offering little quarter, and forcing him to defend himself. Finally, he yells out that the reason that he and Batman have been worried is not because they doubt her, but because they love her. Shocked, Barbara realizes that she has been pushing away those who love her because she craved understanding more than pity; respect more than comfort.
Playing off her realization casually, Barbara states firmly that she has to do this - face this - alone. She cuts off a lock of her hair and places it in Dick's hand, stating that if he can't let her do it alone, then they can't be friends. Reluctant, but understanding, Dick lets her go.
Appearing in "A Breath of Broken Glass"
- Batgirl (Flashback and main story)
- Detective Mel McKenna
- Rupert Ansell
- Alysia (Mentioned only)
- Batman (Mentioned only)
- Red Hood (Mentioned only)
- Batman Recommended Reading
- Batman (Volume 1)
- Batman (Volume 2)
- Batman (Volume 3)
- Batman and Robin (Volume 1)
- Batman and Robin (Volume 2)
- Batman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Batman: Gotham Knights (Volume 1)
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (Volume 1)
- Batman: Shadow of the Bat (Volume 1)
- Batman: Streets of Gotham (Volume 1)
- Batman Incorporated (Volume 1)
- Batman Incorporated (Volume 2)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- Batman: The Dark Knight (Volume 1)
- Batman: The Dark Knight (Volume 2)
- The Brave and the Bold (Volume 1)
- Detective Comics (Volume 1)
- Detective Comics (Volume 2)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)
- Nightwing Recommended Reading
- Batgirl Recommended Reading