"Batman Universe, Part 11": Batman realizes he's trapped inside the White Lantern Ring and tries to talk to it, but hears no response. Outside, the Green Lanterns are fighting the Black Order and Nightwing tells them to stop harming the unconscious Bruce's body. As he tries to recite the Green L
Appearing in "Batman Universe, Part 11"
- Seda (Hologram)
- Vandal Savage
- Black Order
- Green Lantern Corps
Synopsis for "Batman Universe, Part 11"
Batman realizes he's trapped inside the White Lantern Ring and tries to talk to it, but hears no response. Outside, the Green Lanterns are fighting the Black Order and Nightwing tells them to stop harming the unconscious Bruce's body. As he tries to recite the Green Lantern oath, Bruce notices a figure whom he assumes to be a Guardian from Oa. The Guardian introduces itself as Seda, the creator of the original power ring, but Bruce quickly deduces that it is just a program and learns from it that its a representation of the original Seda.
When he asks the program about the date of its creation, it just repeats its congratulatory message to him before he transforms into a White Lantern again. The program offers him the White Lantern Power Battery, leading Batman to tell it that the ring was the earliest version of the power ring and the program had been corrupted wile also stating that the ring is a danger. As the Green Lanterns restrain Vandal Savage outside, Batman returns to his normal form and wakes up.
Batman however realizes that the White Lantern Ring has chosen someone else, which is Savage himself. Savage overpowers all the Green Lanterns as their rings can't attack him. Savage grabs Batman and tells him he'll erase him from history as a punishment for humiliating him and making him chase around for the ring.
Appearing in "Trust"
- Zatara (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Trust"
This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #833.
Appearing in "The Hunter"
- Nightwing (Flashback and main story)
- Joker (Mentioned only)
- Lady Shiva (Flashback and main story)
- The Penguin
- Handsome Johnny
- Batman (Mentioned only)
- Alfred Pennyworth (Mentioned only)
- Jimmy Clark
- "Soaring Sorranos"
- Vito Sorrano
- Gina Sorrano
- Christina Sorrano
- Flying Graysons (Flashback only)
- Catwoman (Mentioned only)
- Largaski (Mentioned only)
- Wesley C. Bicolosi (Dies)
Synopsis for "The Hunter"
This story is reprinted from Nightwing (Volume 3) #13.
With the Joker back wreaking havoc in Gotham City, Nightwing would have expected the city to be a madhouse. Usually, Gotham's gangs and mob factions tend to take advantage of the distraction the Joker provides by being more active. However, tonight, there seems to be a sudden drop in crime, and all avenues of investigation thus far have turned up nil. Nightwing goes back to his loft and tries to contact Bruce and Alfred, but neither responds. Finally, Dick remembers that there is one man in the city who always knows what's happening in Gotham's underground: The Penguin.
At the Iceberg Casino, the Penguin is discussing business with Ogilvy when Nightwing crashes in through the door. He questions Penguin about the drop in crime. Penguin explains that if it were the Joker's return, his establishment would be packed with gossips. However, the place is empty because all of Gotham's underground are afraid to go out since they were tipped off to the arrival of Lady Shiva. Nightwing has crossed her before, back when he was Batman's partner. He decides that he should deal with her while Batman is preoccupied with the Joker, though he isn't sure how well he will fare against her, given how nearly she had killed him last time.
In the morning, Dick visits his fledgling revival of Haly's Circus at Amusement Mile, but unfortunately, many of the acts have decided not to join in his venture. Jimmy has, however, managed to recruit a new family of aerialists, the Soaring Sorranos. Though they have heard of the Flying Graysons' fate, they are eager to get started. His meeting with them is interrupted by Sonia Branch and her personal assistant Melody - who is openly flirty, to Sonia's annoyance. After passing him some paperwork to notarize, Sonia invites Dick to return it to her, signed, at dinner later. This confuses him, as he's not sure what the significance of this dinner will be.
That night, while trying to get in touch with Bruce and failing to find leads on Lady Shiva, Sonia calls to reschedule their meeting - apparently not more than that - because she has a meeting with an auditor for her SEC hearing.
Dick takes the opportunity to get back to work on chasing Lady Shiva, but not long after getting outside as Nightwing, he encounters Batgirl. She has come to enlist his help in tracking down the Joker. She has recently encountered his handiwork, and at this point, she isn't sure that she's ready to face him alone - or at all. He crippled her, last time they met. When she realizes that Dick isn't interested in helping her, she becomes angry, and leaves him.
Nightwing tries to get a lead on some crime in Gotham by checking in at the Black Bass, a regular hangout of Handsome Johnny, a regular, unknowing informant. Dick uses Batman's Smart Mask to take on the appearance of a gun for hire called Snake Feldman, and gets a line from Johnny on a job with a minor gangster named Chipper Panoicia, who is trying to make a name for himself by killing Lady Shiva.
Though he has mixed feelings about it, Dick decides he has to protect Shiva from the numerous trigger-men that Panoicia has hired to kill her. When the men spot a motorboat coming for them, they assume it must be the assassin, and they open fire. Deftly, Nightwing leaps into the fray and disables as many gunmen as he can. Unfortunately, the motorboat was a decoy - there was nobody on it. Shiva has been in Gotham for some time, and her most recent victim is the SEC auditor that Sonia Branch was scheduled to meet.
Appearing in "A House Made of Spun Glass"
- Boss Whittaker (Flashback only)
- Barbara Eileen Gordon
- Gotham City Police Department
- Joker (Mentioned only)
- Lois Lane (Mentioned only)
- Tommy (unconscious)
Synopsis for "A House Made of Spun Glass"
This story is reprinted from Batgirl (Volume 4) #6.
Bruce Wayne has apparently fallen under the influence of a woman called Gretel, who controls minds, causing her victims to repeatedly utter the trigger numbers "338." Of course, Batgirl knows that Bruce is Batman, and she worries that if he has truly fallen under Gretel's influence, his superior fighting skills could end up getting her killed.
Batgirl hopes that Bruce has actually resisted the mind control, and is merely faking it in order to hide his dual identity. It's hard for her to tell, because he is coming at her with such ferocity. Pleading with him to stop, she ends up landing a heavy kick to his head, knocking him to the ground. Responding spontaneously, Bruce's assistant Wendy rushes over and hits Batgirl over the head. Batgirl tries to explain that she didn't mean to do it, but she has little time to go on, because Bruce recovers and resumes his efforts to hit her with a crowbar.
Batgirl contemplates using a Concussion Batarang, with the knowledge that it brings messy results. She recalls how when she first started out as Batgirl, she was at odds with Batman. He didn't want a new partner, and she didn't want to be his sidekick. After being shot through the spine by the Joker, Barbara had expected Batman to chastise her for being careless enough to let it happen to her. Instead, he had come to see her in the hospital, and simply held her hand.
Rather than use the Batarang, Batgirl tries to appeal to Bruce's reason, reminding him of his history and the death of his parents at Park Row. This seems to snap him out of it, and he drops the crowbar to the ground. Batgirl notices that in the meantime, Gretel has run off. She wonders why the mind control doesn't seem to affect women. Neither she nor Wendy fell under Gretel's control.
Bruce embraces Batgirl, thanking her for the for saving him. While he is close to her, Batgirl whispers that she hopes he was just faking being under Gretel's influence. He responds that he was, and tells her something important: she was always meant to be Batgirl. With that confidence boost, Batgirl redoubles her effort to catch Gretel.
In a nearby alley, Gretel is aware that Batgirl will soon be coming for her. She was once Lisly Bonner, an up-and-coming investigative journalist for the Gotham Flame. She went undercover to report on the Whittaker crime family. However, her personal recorder was discovered, and Boss Whittaker himself shot her three times with a .38 calibre weapon. Twice in the gut, and once in the head. Some kids found her floating in Gotham Bay, and she was rushed to hospital. Despite the head wound, she managed to survive. She woke in a hospital bed with the new-found ability to control the minds of men.
Barbara deduces that the trigger that Gretel uses to activate her hypnotic suggestions is related to the type of gun she used. Before she can think on it further, she arrives home only to be dragged into the kitchen by a distraught Alysia Yeoh. As it turns out, Barbara's mother has come over and spent the entire day baking. Barbara is bitter, and wonders whether this is simply an attempt to make up for abandoning her and her father and brother years ago. Turning down her favourite muffins, Barbara asks whether her mother has contacted her father yet. The woman promises that she will soon.
After sneaking away two muffins for herself, Barbara returns to her research. Gretel had said that she only had three bullets left in her .38 revolver - 338. She manages to discover the case of Lisly Bonner, who was shot three times with a .38 revolver. Barbara calls up Bruce Wayne to tell him that she found Gretel's identity. Bruce reports that in the meantime, Gretel broke into the hospital and shot Boss Whittaker dead. Knowing that Gretel wants Bruce Wayne dead, Barbara suggests that they use him as bait.
The next evening, Bruce has an engagement to defend his plan to demolish a dilapidated building and replace it with affordable, but attractive housing. Batgirl watches from afar as Bruce begins his speech, but she soon realizes that the Gotham City Police Department officers at the front of the crowd have fallen under Gretel's influence. She leaps down just in time to save Bruce from the torrent of machine-gun fire, as the officers shout "338" over and over.
Batgirl spots Gretel up on a crane above the press conference, but before she can chase her down, Detective Melody McKenna attempts to place her under arrest. Batgirl tries to explain that she isn't responsible for the death of McKenna's partner, and that she needs to go after Gretel. McKenna won't hear any of it, but Batman steps in and states that she will have to arrest them both if she will be arresting any of them - just not now.
The duo rappel up to the crane as Barbara asks Batman to go easy on Gretel, feeling sympathy for her story. Batgirl tries to establish trust by explaining how she knows what it's like to have a bad man turn her life inside out. Now that she has vengeance on Whittaker, she should let it go. Gretel responds that now that she has power, she won't give it up. Calmly, Batman sneaks up on her and, though he avoids hurting her, Batgirl senses that eventually, someone's going to fall off of the crane if they keep fighting.
Grabbing Gretel, she leaps off of the crane, tethered to it by her Batrope. The fall causes Gretel's wig to fly off, and she begs Batgirl to just let her fall to her death rather than be depowered and put away in Arkham Asylum. Batgirl can't promise anything different, but she won't let her die either. She drops Gretel down with Detective McKenna.
Barbara reflects that in her darker times, she had people who loved her and helped guide her away from the abyss. She was taught that revenge never heals what's broken, and Batman knows that too.
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