"Batman Universe, Part 12": Riddler, who's been abducted by Deathstroke, is interrogated by Bruce Wayne who asks him regarding the whereabouts of Vandal Savage. When he doesn't, Bruce has him tortured at the hands of Deathstroke so he reveals the location. Wayne sneaks into Savage's estate and a
Appearing in "Batman Universe, Part 12"
- Alfred Pennyworth (Flashback and voice)
- Nightwing (Flashback and main story)
- Deathstroke (Flashback and main story)
- Amazons of Themyscira
- Anarky (Flashback only)
- Atomic Knights
- Bane (Flashback only)
- Batgirl (Flashback only)
- Catwoman (Flashback only)
- Clayface (Flashback only)
- Doc Magnus
- Enemy Ace
- Green Lantern Corps
- Hal Jordan (Flashback only)
- Harley Quinn (Flashback only)
- Jixsa Hol (Flashback only)
- The Joker (Flashback only)
- Jonah Hex
- Killer Croc (Flashback only)
- Mad Hatter (Flashback only)
- Man-Bat (Flashback only)
- Metal Men
- Mister Freeze (Flashback only)
- Mister Miracle
- King Nnamdi (Flashback only)
- The Penguin (Flashback only)
- Poison Ivy (Flashback only)
- Robin (Damian Wayne) (Flashback only)
- Scarecrow (Flashback only)
- Seda (Flashback and main story) (Hologram)
- Two-Face (Flashback only)
- The Ventriloquist (Flashback only)
- Lex Luthor (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Batman Universe, Part 12"
Riddler, who's been abducted by Deathstroke, is interrogated by Bruce Wayne who asks him regarding the whereabouts of Vandal Savage. When he doesn't, Bruce has him tortured at the hands of Deathstroke so he reveals the location. Wayne sneaks into Savage's estate and after finding him, tells him that they met a party for Lex Luthor and he came to meet him because he's been having dreams regarding him, an egg and a ring. The White Lantern Ring passes on to Bruce and he gets transported inside it .
Savage tells Bruce that he's been trapped inside the ring for many years and now he needs to restore Batman into the timeline in order to get out. Bruce then remembers his memories as Batman attacks Savage, who tries to kill him but is prevented by the ring. Seda tells that those who were chosen by the ring and haven't renounced the Green Lantern oath, are safe from being harmed by it. It also shows them that the ring can open portals through time and space now that it is safe.
Batman and Savage fight each other through many different places and timelines before Bruce grabs the White Lantern Ring. Back at the submarine, he lets Tomar-Tu take away the ring and wonders where Savage went. It's then revealed that Vandal got transported to Old West where he is arrested by Jonah Hex. Some time later Batman stealthily returns the Fabergé egg to the museum the Riddler stole it from and one of the guards realizes it was him who put it back.
Appearing in "Trust, Part 2 of 2"
Synopsis for "Trust, Part 2 of 2"
This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #834.
Appearing in "Die For Me"
Synopsis for "Die For Me"
This story is reprinted from Nightwing (Volume 3) #14.
With Lady Shiva arrived in Gotham City, Nightwing has taken it upon himself to seek her out. Unfortunately, most of the crimes taking place in Gotham are nothing to do with her, and he has few leads. After several wrong guesses, he eventually stumbles on a minor government bureaucrat's murder, which might actually be Shiva's work. He has Lucius Fox, who happens to be awake, look into it while he finishes dealing with some thugs and get changed for his civilian commitment to the morning construction update at Amusement Mile.
At the circus, Dick checks with Jimmy Clark to see if he's managed to sign any more acts to their cause. Fortunately, two acts have decided to accept Dick's offer, despite a more attractive offer from a Floridian enterprise. Jimmy himself was accosted by the same group, but decided to stay. Though it is rumoured that Dick Grayson is a flake, Jimmy has seen how reliable the young man has become. They are interrupted by young Christina Sorrano, the child of the new trapeze artists The Soaring Sorranos. She has heard all of the rumours about the fires and the murders that occurred with Haly's Circus, but Dick assures her that he will do everything in his power to keep her family safe.
After returning home, Dick receives a perplexing call from Sonia Branch, the daughter of Tony Zucco; the man who killed his parents. She also happens to work for the bank who holds the mortgage for Amusement Mile. They also had a date - or business meeting (Dick doesn't know which) - last night, which she had to bail on. She directs Dick to her assistant Melody Martin to reschedule.
In the meantime, Lucius has found out that the man he asked about was a regulator for the banking industry, and caused a stir recently when he discovered a foreign investment loophole that could be exploited for international money laundering. Apparently, this discovery made him unpopular with certain criminals with large investments. As it turns out, Sonia Branch is a key witness in the SEC investigation. Perhaps, Shiva's targets are involved in that investigation, and Sonia is in danger of becoming one.
On his way to scout the SEC building, he is attacked by Lady Shiva. Though she is impressed with his improvements since she first encountered him as a boy, she is still a very formidable opponent for him, and he can barely hold his own. He criticizes her chosen profession, deriding her decision to kill. She responds that her works are comparable to the crimes of many American corporations and energy companies who exploit and pollute. Like the perpetrators of those more acceptable crimes, she is unhampered by conscience and guilt. Assassination, for her, is an ancient and honourable profession.
As they fight, Dick happens to spot Sonia down below, walking toward the building. Shiva notices her too, and tries to throw her weapon down to kill her target. Dick tackles the assassin, throwing off her aim, and alerting the security to the threat, saving Sonia's life - for now. Rather than run from the building, Sonia runs into the building, to finish what she started. Inspired by her determination, Dick attacks Shiva with renewed vigor. Still she is too strong, and she kicks him in the ribs, discovering that he is still nursing a wound there, subconsciously guarding them. Rather than finish him off, she simply moves on, claiming that she did not actually miss her target. Confused, Nightwing calls after her, demanding to know who hired her. Might it have been the Joker?
As it turns out, Shiva was hired by the Penguin, who has caused the SEC to postpone its hearings by having the regulator murdered, and staging a fake terrorist attack on the building itself. With that distraction in place, he can now begin to reorganize his laundering operations. His decision to tip off Nightwing to Shiva's presence was a ploy to either save him the cost of paying Shiva if the vigilante caught her, or to remove an annoying bat-problem if she killed him.
Appearing in "A Fire in the Heavens"
- Gotham City Police Department
- Officer Dwight Morgan
- Officer Rankin
- Detective Peters
Synopsis for "A Fire in the Heavens"
This story is reprinted from Batgirl (Volume 4) #0.
Four years ago, Barbara Gordon was an exceptional student, an exceptional achiever, and the daughter of an exceptional man. While every girl fantasized about her father as a white knight, Barbara's was a real one. James Gordon was the police commissioner. Since her mother had left, Jim had raised his daughter and son, James, Jr., alone. Strange to note, they all had a sort of obsession with the darker side of life. Barbara's obsession had manifested itself in her studies, as she enrolled in an introductory course in Criminology.
One day, she talked her way into taking interviews for a school project at Gotham City Police Headquarters. Her father had been busy, so he left Barbara and James, Jr. in the care of officer Dwight Morgan. Morgan showed them around, giving them an altogether mundane view of how the precinct functioned. He did not know that Barbara had an ulterior motive. She had come to learn more about the Batman. She spotted a team of cops selected to track down the vigilante, and listened in. From their analysis, she realized that despite the urban legend that he had become, the Batman was a man - a very smart man - like her.
At that moment, she became distracted by the appearance of Harry X. A Canadian criminal, awaiting extradition after having murdered several European women and escaped across the border. Babs took an interest in him, thinking that perhaps he could be the key to getting an A+ on her paper - if she could work up the nerve to ask him a question. He, however, took an interest in her too. She could tell that he wanted to make her his victim. He noticed James, Jr. too, but something about the boy made him react strangely.
Suddenly, there was an explosion, and Harry X's followers crashed through the wall, hoping to help him escape. There was a gunfight, and while Harry freed himself, Barbara and James, Jr. ran for a safer hiding place. Harry had realized whose children they were, and knew that one of them would make a good hostage. They hid in a stairwell, where James, Jr. discovered several canisters of tear gas. He set one off, causing Barbara to lose track of him, while Harry made his way toward them, having decided that James, the abomination, should die, while Barbara would live.
With James, Jr. obscured by the gas, Harry chased Barbara further up the stairs, and had nearly caught her when Officer Morgan appeared, and leapt onto his back. Harry swore he would kill Morgan as Barbara's punishment for running away, and Barbara knew he meant it. Desperately, she searched for an edge that would help her get through this situation and keep Morgan alive.
A short time later, Harry X was startled by Barbara, now dressed in the prototypical Batsuit that the department had been making in order to prove that the Batman was just a man. Harry charged at her, but her skill with escrima sticks proved an asset. In fact, she was surprised by how well all of the self-defence training she had done since she was young paid off. Dodging his punches with a combination of luck and skill, she landed a final blow on his head that knocked him unconscious. As the gas cleared away, she was stunned to find that the real Batman had watched her, and was impressed with both her skill, and her attempt to save Morgan's life.
Over the next year, Barbara ingratiated herself with the Batman, and became Batgirl. The thrill and excitement of being a vigilante consumed her - another sign of her obsession with the darkness. However, after making a big mistake, Barbara decided that it was time to hang up the mask. She finished school, met a boy, and took a day job. However, even after abandoning her obsession with the darkness, she forgot that one day, the darkness could come for her.
Three years ago, the darkness came in the form of the Joker, and changed her life forever with just one bullet.
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