"Batman Universe, Part 4": Batman discovers that the Fabergé egg the Riddler stole emitted a strange radiation that is unidentifiable and finds it temporarily affected both his as well as Nygma's intelligence. Batman orders the computer to contact any of the Green lanterns and learns Riddler's l
Appearing in "Batman Universe, Part 4"
- Aquaman (Mentioned only)
- Checkmate (Mentioned only)
- Gorilla Grodd (Mentioned only)
- Green Lanterns (Mentioned only)
- Justice League (Mentioned only)
- S.T.A.R. Labs (Mentioned only)
- Superman (Mentioned only)
- Batcomputer (Mentioned only)
- Batman's T-Rex
- Giant Joker Card
- Giant Penny
- Utility Belt
Synopsis for "Batman Universe, Part 4"
Batman discovers that the Fabergé egg the Riddler stole emitted a strange radiation that is unidentifiable and finds it temporarily affected both his as well as Nygma's intelligence. Batman orders the computer to contact any of the Green lanterns and learns Riddler's location from Alfred, realizing he is in Gorilla City and flies to it using the Batwing's stealth mode.
Batman tells Alfred that king Nnamdi is still angry at him which is why he can't approach him directly, but gets caught by the guards while sneaking across the palace. They let him talk to their king and he informs Nnamdi that he's looking for the Riddler. One of the gorillas reads his mind and tells the king that he's speaking the truth, leading him to state that the Riddler has a dangerous artifact in his possession.
Being intrigued, Nnamdi hands him his weapons and lets him find Riddler, who they discover is sitting unconscious in the Hall of Thrones with the Fabergé egg. Bruce finds a note that is accredited to Superman but realizes it's not his handwriting. The egg however starts glowing and Batman finds himself mysteriously teleported to Thanagar.
Appearing in "Hush, Chapter Six: The Opera"
- Batman (Flashback and main story)
Synopsis for "Hush, Chapter Six: The Opera"
This story is reprinted from Batman #613.
Bruce Wayne goes to the Gotham City Opera House along with Tommy Elliot, Selina Kyle and Leslie Thompkins. Starting the opera, the main potagonist starts performing strangely until it is revealed to actually be Harley Quinn in disguise. Harley's masked henchmen take control of the orchestra pit and begin spraying the room with gunfire. Bruce, Selina and Tommy all move to conduct crowd control. Harley tries to steal a pendant from around Tommy's neck – an important heirloom he had since he was a child.
Bruce quickly ducks and moves away to change into Batman. He is surprised to see Harley acting in such a violent fashion – a fashion that is quite uncharacteristic of her. While Batman intercepts Harley, Selina changes into Catwoman. Catwoman and Harley bounce all across the stage trying to catch each other, but ultimately Harley shoots Catwoman. Batman races to Catwoman's side as Harley makes her escape.
Catwoman's wound is superficial and she chastises Batman for letting Harley get away. On her way outside the Opera House, Harley is intercepted by Thomas Elliot, who wants back his pendant. Harley outruns him and Thomas follows her outside the building. Batman runs outside, but the villain is nowhere to be found. Suddenly he hears a gun shot coming from a nearby alley. Running towards the sound of the gun he finds the Joker standing over the bleeding body of his friend Tommy Elliot.
Appearing in "Good Girl Gone Bad"
- Bryan Haly
- Flying Graysons (In picture only)
- Gotham City Police Department
- Det. Brook
- Det. Travis Nie (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Good Girl Gone Bad"
This story is reprinted from Nightwing (Volume 3) #6.
Nightwing has been following Haly's Circus around the country, hitting each of the main crime families in each city. Currently, he is in Austin, Texas, fighting a man called Shox. Shox is the right-hand man to Terrence Clark, a 'booking agent' for hired killers. After smashing Shox through a fish tank, shorting out his electronic suit, Nightwing captures Terrence Clark and interrogates him about Saiko. Clark reveals that Saiko has apparently gone off the grid to work on a personal project.
Elsewhere, Raya Vestri goes over her role in her lover's plan. Saiko is, in fact, Raymond. Raymond was once friends with Dick and Raya and the other young circus kids, but now he wants revenge. He blames Dick for the things that befell him and the circus. With Bryan Haley, he has conspired to create a tribute event where he intends to kill Dick, and give the circus to Bryan. He assures Raya that Dick is as responsible as anyone for what happened.
Later, Raya reveals to Dick that the Circus is planning to return to Gotham City in order to hold a special tribute event to his parents, the Flying Graysons. She explains that they're planning it for the anniversary of their deaths, because they think it's important to celebrate their lives instead of mourning their deaths. Dick suddenly realizes that the reason Saiko hasn't made a move yet is because he was waiting for this - a stage big enough to make a spectacle of his death.
Dick tries to convince the circus folk to give up the tribute show, given his worries about Saiko. Angrily, Bryan Haly accuses him of wanting the circus to fail, pointing out that cancelling the only big event they have planned will cost them a lot. He says that Dick can hire as much security as he wants, but the event is going down whether he comes to Gotham or not.
In Gotham, a pair of GCPD detectives discover the bodies of two local thugs beaten to death. They find one of Nightwing's batons at the scene.
During the tribute show's rehearsals, Dick monitor's the venue's security, activating motion sensor uplinks. He is interrupted by Alfred Pennyworth, who reminds him that though he has things to be concerned about, he should not neglect the opportunity to appreciate the tribute to his family, because after all, he was also a member of the Flying Graysons.
That night, while he is still obsessing about security, Jimmy yanks his phone out of his hand and shoves him out on stage, stating that the time has come for a speech. Dick finds himself out on the main stage surrounded by thousands of spectators, waiting for him to speak. Awkwardly, Dick speaks about how despite having lost his parents years ago, he knows that he'll never lose his family, because the circus is his family.
Meanwhile, Saiko triggers the motion sensors. As Dick walks offstage, Raya asks if he meant what he said about them all being family. He promises that of course he meant it, just as he sees his phone's message, and runs off to confront Saiko.
In battling Nightwing, Saiko removes his mask, revealing his identity. Dick had thought Raymond dead, and Raymond responds that he was - and Dick killed him. Someone had come from the shadows and kidnapped and tortured him. They turned him into the assassin he became, and he blames Dick and the circus. As he says this, he activates the detonator for a bomb, which goes off in the stadium full of people.
Appearing in "Better Nuthead than Яed"
- Alexei "The Bear" Medvedenko (Dies)
- Borya Tatierski (Dies)
- Chuck (Flashback and main story) (Dies)
- Edward (Dies)
- Hired killers (Deceased)
- Ivana Brekemoff (Dies)
- Kosta Armanoleg (Dies)
- Yuri Beyznatofin (Dies)
- Zena Bendemova (Dies)
- White Widows (Die)
- Madame Macabre (Statue only)
- Nathan the Dachshund
- News helicopter pilot
- Sy Borgman's Cousin Murray (Mentioned only)
- Tom, news helicopter reporter
- Harlequin (Cover only) (Batman '66 Variant)
- Joker (Cover only) (Batman '66 Variant)
- Sol-Iletsk (Mentioned only)
- United States of America
- Bagel grenades
- Bernie the Beaver
- Ivana Brekemoff's rings
- 1959 El Torito (Flashback only)
- News helicopter (Destroyed)
Synopsis for "Better Nuthead than Яed"
This story is reprinted from Harley Quinn (Volume 2) #6.
The explosion of Ivana Brekemoff's home draws the attention of a local news chopper, whose occupants are surprised to witness Sy Borgman's high-tech scooter carrying both Ivana Brekemoff and Harley Quinn with it from the flames. Unfortunately for Ivana, she is not a welcome rescue, and Harley slips all of the rings from her fingers before letting her fall to her death on the highway below.
With one more target down, Sy and Harley tether the scooter to the chopper, and Harley climbs up the rope to demand that the pilot take she and Sy to the Prospect Park Zoo. Unfortunately, she is forced to hijack the chopper herself, and ends up crashing it into a tree in the park. Their target is called "The Bear", and he works as a night watchman at the zoo. Sy assures Harley that the man was once a warden in a Russian penitentiary. His nickname comes by way of the fact that he'd get torture victims to talk by making them watch him feeding their family members to bears.
Unfortunately, the Bear has already heard that Sy Borgman is wiping out the seven agents who disfigured him, and one of his friends decides to come and help him deal with the threat. While he waits for Kosta to arrive, he releases all of the predatory animals from their cages. Unfortunately, when he tries to wake the bears from their sleep, they get angry and tear him to pieces.
Though they aren't sure why all the animals seem to be running free, Sy and Harley soon discover that the Bear has been killed - freeing up time to target the others. The others, however, have come to them, driving up to the park entrance. From atop a giraffe, Harley spots them and describes them to Sy so that he can identify them. Among them are Kosta Armanoleg, Borya Tatierski, Yuri Beyznatofin, and Zena Bendemova. This last causes Sy to get so wistful that he zones out for a minute. When Harley gets his attention again, he orders her to pull out the biggest gun from the back of his scooter.
Soon, bagels are raining down on Kosta and his companions. Though they are curious, they discover unhappily that the bagels are explosive. Kosta, Yuri, and three of Kosta's henchwomen are caught in the blast. Harley then attacks the others, only to be pinned by one of Borya's men. Before he can shoot her, his body explodes thanks to an RPG fired by Sy. Angrily, Borya demands to know why Sy even cares about them. They've been off the grid since the 90s, and they were in their heyday thirty years before that. His ongoing complaints are cut short when Harley brings a metal pipe down on his head, leaving only Zena.
Harley can see that there is an obvious sexual tension between Sy and Zena as the old woman claims she is not the wide-eyed girl he knew long ago. As they get closer to each other, threatening to put an end to each other's lives, they find themselves kissing. However, Zena recalls the heartbreak he gave her all too well, and attempts to stab him in the back, mid-kiss. Rather than allow her to do this, Sy speeds forward in his scooter and launches her into the rhino pit, causing her to be skewered on a particularly protuberant rhino horn.
With all of those Russian agents dead, only one remains on Sy's hit list. This one is the most heinous of them all, though there was no file on him to give Harley, and he doesn't want to talk about it. Soon, the pair are back on Coney Island, and Sy warns that he wants to face his prey by himself. They break into an old man's bedroom, and when he wakes, Sy greets him by the name Chuck.
Sy begins a monologue, explaining how he had wanted a '59 El Torito car more than anything since he was a boy. Only one hundred were made, and when he got back from the USSR, all of them had been sold. Chuck had had the only one for sale in all the Northeast. The day after Sy bought it, he went to show it to his cousin Murray in Connecticut, but on the way home, the car overheated on the Bronx Expressway. It took twenty minutes to get some coolant and come back, but in that twenty minutes, the car had been stripped down to its bolts by thieves. If chuck had told him there was a radiator leak, that would never have happened! Naturally, Chuck is remorseless. Sy bemoans the fact that if he'd known, he could have taken better care of the car and eventually bequeathed it to Harley. When Harley realizes that the car could have been hers she becomes so incensed that she kicks Chuck from his window into the street. Annoyed, Sy complains that he had wanted to be the one to do it, but he relents anyway.
With their work done at last, Sy and Harley opt to watch the sunrise from the boardwalk. Being able to share that moment with Harley is pleasant for him, as he usually wakes up thinking about all of his pains and hoping that none of them kill him. Harley kisses his cheek and lets him know she'd be open to doing this again any time. Just then, though, an eagle escaped from the zoo drops the Bear's head in Sy's lap. Harley grabs it and promises to send it back to Russia by drop-kicking it into the bay.
Finally, Harley returns to her penthouse and begins retrieving the stolen rings from her bustier. She is startled when she hears her friend Poison Ivy's voice from behind her. She'd been waiting for Harley to come home for a while, but had the opportunity to occupy herself by catching two more bounty hunters set on killing Harley in the meantime. She explains that she may have a lead on who placed the bounty on Harley's head.
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