"Batman Universe, Part 5": Bruce is told to take off his cowl after waking up and remembrers he's on Thanagar. Being told to disarm himself and take off his batsuit, Batman realizes they suspect him to be a threat and asks to contact Katar Hol who can vouch for him as he's a good friend. The Tha
Appearing in "Batman Universe, Part 5"
- Jixsa Hol
- King Nnamdi
- Alfred Pennyworth (Mentioned only)
- Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) (Mentioned only)
- Hawkwoman (Mentioned only)
- Justice League (Mentioned only)
- Hawkman (Katar Hol) (Mentioned only)
- The Riddler (Mentioned only)
- Vandal Savage (Mentioned only)
- Superman (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Batman Universe, Part 5"
Bruce is told to take off his cowl after waking up and remembrers he's on Thanagar. Being told to disarm himself and take off his batsuit, Batman realizes they suspect him to be a threat and asks to contact Katar Hol who can vouch for him as he's a good friend. The Thanagarians however refuse to believe him, even when he states he's a teammate of Shayera Thal.
He tells them that he's Batman, a founder of the Justice League, but they respond it doesn't mean anything to them. He informs that he got teleported to Thanagar after taking back a valuable and mysterious artifact he took back from a thief and asks they can contact Katar to vouch for him. Learning he's a friend of the Green Lantern Hal Jordan, they however release him and the chief officer Jixsa Hol requests he come with them to the science lab for medical examination.
As Batman flies away using artificial wings, one of the Thanagarian officers states that the thing that teleported him might have been an unstable quantum core. While talking about its peril, they are however suddenly attacked by Onimar Synn. During the fight, Batman gets mysteriously teleported back to Gorilla City and witnesses Nnamdi along with his fellow officers lying incapacitated. Learning from him that the man who attacked them called himself Vandal Savage, he collapses before he can tell Nnamdi about him.
Appearing in "Hush, Chapter Seven: The Joke"
- Batman (Flashback and main story)
- Barbara Gordon (Flashback and main story)
- Jason Todd (Flashback only)
- Sarah Essen-Gordon (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Hush, Chapter Seven: The Joke"
This story is reprinted from Batman #614.
Batman flies into a rage and begins pummeling the Joker. The Joker keeps muttering the word, "Stop", but Batman isn't listening to him. Harley Quinn tries to sneak up behind him with her signature mallet, but Batman sidesteps the blow, and Harley accidentally smashes the Joker's arm with the hammer. Batman gives Harley a kick to the gut to get her out of the way, then continues to beat on the Joker. Images of Barbara Gordon, Jason Todd and Sarah Essen flash through his mind – all victims of the Joker.
Catwoman, slowed by the bullet lodged in her shoulder, attempts to restrain Batman with her whip. She recognizes the look in the Dark Knight's eyes, and realizes that he plans on killing the Joker. Batman swings about punching Catwoman in her wounded shoulder. The shock from the pain causes her to slump over, but Batman can't stop from killing the Joker because he thinks about the idea of Catwoman being Joker's next victim and he can't stand the thought of it.
As Batman continues to wail on the Joker, former police commissioner James Gordon shows up behind him. He draws his weapon and fires two warning shots, telling Batman to calm down and think it through. Gordon is horrified as he realizes Batman already has thought it through. He coaxes Batman away from the Joker, reminding him that he is about to cross a line that can never be forgiven, and that if Batman becomes a killer, Gordon will lead the hunt for Batman himself. Shocked that the only other man who could want the Joker dead more than Batman himself wants him to live, Batman calms down, and the Joker keeps repeating that he is innocent.
From a rooftop high above, the man whose face is covered in bandages witnesses the event while flipping a scarred silver dollar in his hand. Talking to himself, he admits that the Joker was actually innocent in the death of Tommy Elliot.
Appearing in "Turning Points"
- Bryan Haly
- C.C. Haly (Flashback only)
- Flying Graysons (Flashback only)
- Gotham City Police Department
- The Talon (Appears only as a corpse)
- Zane (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Turning Points"
This story is reprinted from Nightwing (Volume 3) #7.
Today, Dick is Nightwing, and a memorial show in Gotham for his parents has taken a disastrous turn. His childhood friend Raymond has come back as an assassin called Saiko, despite the fact that he is supposed to have drowned in a car accident on the same night that Dick's own parents died. The stadium is now on fire - a magnesium fire, which prevents it from being put out with water - and all of the patrons and circus folk have been trapped inside. Nightwing and Saiko battle high above the trapped patrons, and Saiko taunts that none of this would have happened if Dick had just stayed with the circus.
Mr. Haly had made sure that the car the police found was empty. Raymond had not died, but he had been taken. Taken by the Court of Owls and broken until he could be trained to become a Talon. Haly's Circus had been supplying the Court with children for years, destroying their lives and making them killers. However, the Court didn't think that Raymond was good enough, so they left him out in the woods somewhere, and birds clawed out his eyes.
Dick realizes that in order to put out a magnesium fire, it must be smothered with something like sand. He knows that much of the city - including the stadium - is built over catacombs filled with sand. He cuts the cables holding up the stadium's massive scoreboard, and it crashes down through the floor and into the catacombs, sending a cloud of sand up to smother the flames. Unfortunately, it has the side-effect that the innocents below are suffocating in the sand.
Among them is Raya Vestri, who had conspired with Raymond to make all of this happen. Now, seeing the suffering and damage she has helped to cause, she begins to regret her decision. Nearby, Bryan Haly tries to explain to her that he didn't know it would end up like this - that innocent lives would be endangered.
Raymond reveals that Raya and Bryan were in on the plan to Dick, and he believes that Raya will do whatever it takes to being this to an end. However, Raya is no longer on board with the plan, and she unlocks the doors, allowing the patrons to escape. With renewed vigour, Dick lands several punches on Raymond, shouting that his estranged friend is just one more crazy with a victim complex looking for someone to blame for his own actions. He may blame Dick for what happened to him, but Raymond ought to know that it was the Court of Owls who did it. It was nothing to do with him.
Except it had everything to do with him. Raymond explains that the book that Dick found full of names - it was the selection book. The Court had wanted Dick as their next assassin until he was taken by Bruce Wayne. When Dick was beyond their reach, the Court came for Raymond instead.
Tossing Raymond over the pit below, Dick warns that this will end tonight, but not how Raymond wants it to. Before Raymond can fall to his death, Dick sends a grapple through his leg, leaving him dangling. Looking up, Raymond shouts that Dick doesn't get to have the chance to save him, as he cuts the cable and falls down into the catacombs below.
Later, Dick sees Raya being taken away by the police and begs to know why she helped Raymond. She merely glares at him as she is placed into the back of a cruiser.
Afterwards, Dick receives a call from Alfred Pennyworth, informing him that Bruce has finally returned after weeks of tracking the Court of Owls. In the Batcave, Bruce is busy examining the body of the man who had been hunting him - the Talon. Somehow this man has been resurrected from death using a complicated chemical process, but that is not the most interesting thing about him. His name is William Cobb, and he is Dick's great-grandfather.
Bruce won't tell him more, and Dick becomes angry, accusing his adoptive father of trying to avoid having to show any emotion. He tries to explain the trouble he's been through over the last few weeks, but he is interrupted by the feeling of Bruce's fist coming down hard against his cheek. The force knocks out one of his teeth, and Bruce waves it in front of Dicks's face. The tooth is identical to one that was found in Cobb's mouth, infused with a special alloy that aids in the reanimation process. Dick was meant to be like Cobb - a Talon of the Court of Owls. Despite this, Dick believes that he is the man he chooses to be, and warns that while Bruce's perspective of Gotham has changed, the city does not belong to the Court any more than it belongs to the Batman. It is just a city.
Still, it is a city that can make or break you, and Dick realizes that his pain at the loss of his parents is not what defined him. Tragedies and turning points are not as important as they seem. It is instead the choices that are made in the face of those moments that are defining.
As he leaves, Dick is stopped by Alfred, who has been notified that the police suspect him in the murder of a thug, due to the presence of his escrima sticks at the scene. Dick decides that this will just be one more of Gotham's challenges for him to face.
Appearing in "Nocturnal Omission"
- Brooklyn Assassins Guild
- Jerry (Dies)
- Karen (Dies)
Synopsis for "Nocturnal Omission"
This story is reprinted from Harley Quinn (Volume 2) #7.
While relaxing together on the beach on Coney Island, Poison Ivy explains to Harley Quinn that the posting placing a bounty on her head is coming from Harley's own laptop. Someone must be breaking into Harley's penthouse while she sleeps, and updating the posts. Their conversation is interrupted when two burly men in speedos attempt to chat them up. Though neither is particularly interested, the girls agree to mess with them.
After hours of taking advantage of the hunks' enthusiasm for foot-rubs, Ivy decides it might be time to get to work, much as Harley is attached to her foot-rubber. Finally, she agrees to return home, and the three of them (Ivy's suitor suffered an unfortunate fate in the interim) arrive in time to see Big Tony making a deal with Madame Macabre to sell the corpses of the assassins Harley and Ivy killed to the wax museum.
Later that night, Ivy determines that the website had been updating every five days - which conveniently means that the next update will occur that night. She discovers a deeply hidden folder on the laptop which is password protected, and Harley doesn't know where it came from - nor can they guess the username and password.
In the meantime, Ivy takes great pains to get Harley to sleep, so that she can wait for the sneak to break in, and jump them. When finally Harley drifts off, Ivy is surprised to see her friend begin sleepwalking. Within a short time, Harley is on her laptop, raising the bounty on her own head. Ivy hopes she can watch Harley access the encrypted folder, but suddenly a pair of assassins crash through the kitchen window, requiring Ivy to save her life - though she may not survive long either. Fortunately, a stray boot wakes Harley up in time to come to Ivy's aid. Gleefully, she grabs a set of kitchen knives, and cuts the assassins to ribbons.
Afterwards, Ivy explains that the assassination attempts were all Harley's own doing, but with the laptop destroyed, there's nothing they can really do to stop more assassins from coming for her. Harley claims she can deal with it, but Ivy suggests that she turn the tables, and hunt the assassins instead. Having heard the ruckus - but altogether too late - Big Tony rushes up to Harley's penthouse with a shotgun in hand. Though he can't help fight assassins off, he can help dispose of the bodies. As he begins bagging one of them, the assassin's phone begins ringing, and instinctively, Harley grabs the gun and blasts the corpse with it. Fortunately, the phone survived the blast, and Ivy collects it, noting that a meeting of the Brooklyn Assassins Guild is set for the next day.
Together, Ivy, Harley, and Tony wait outside the location of the meet, noting with worry that there are twenty assassins inside. Ivy has an idea to fight a number that big. She communes with a nearby tree, and its ancient roots stretch far enough that they can tear up through the building's floor, and tangle the assassins up. Restraining her urge to kill, Harley rushes in among them to announce that the bounty was a ruse, and that nobody who kills her will get paid. They will be free to go, but if they try to come for her, she will already have their information (which she collects from their wallets), and will come after them and their families.
One of the assassins refuses her offer, claiming that he has no family to worry about. Tony admits that there is no way to prove that there is no bounty, but he can solve the issue easily. He pulls out a handgun, and shoots the assassin in the face. That example encourages the others to fall in line. Even so, Harley may be dealing with her assassin problem for quite some time. For the moment, though, she intends to use the money from the assassins' wallets to buy some new shoes.
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