"Batman Universe, Part 6": Waking up in the hall of Justice, Bruce is greeted by Cyborg and Hal Jordan. Cyborg states that Superman and Wonder Woman are trying to diffuse any potential diplomatic incident with Gorilla City's king Nnamdi after Vandal Savage's attack. Batman informs Cyborg and Hal
Appearing in "Batman Universe, Part 6"
- Jonah Hex
- King Nnamdi (Hologram)
- Superman (Hologram)
- Wonder Woman (Hologram)
- Guardians of the Universe (Mentioned only)
- Hans von Hammer (Mentioned only)
- Jinny Hex (Mentioned only)
- The Riddler (Mentioned only)
- Thanagarians (Mentioned only)
- 19th Century
- 21st Century
Synopsis for "Batman Universe, Part 6"
Waking up in the hall of Justice, Bruce is greeted by Cyborg and Hal Jordan. Cyborg states that Superman and Wonder Woman are trying to diffuse any potential diplomatic incident with Gorilla City's king Nnamdi after Vandal Savage's attack. Batman informs Cyborg and Hal about being transported to Thanagar by a Fabergé egg the Riddler stole and which had been donated by a family member of Jonah Hex. Having learnt about the egg's radiation, they find that Vandal has taken it to Dinosaur Island.
Bruce and Hal while being transported across Dinosaur Island by the Green Lantern Ring are attacked by dinosaurs, but are able to escape after fighting some of them as Hal flies away with Bruce. They wonder whether Vandal made the dinosaurs attack them and Hal asks Bruce to hide them using his stealth technology. The two search a mountain's cave for Vandal after landing and find him unable to do anything with the egg. After finding he has left, they try to take it but get transported to the time of Jonah Hex who pulls pistols on them after hearing them utter his name.
Appearing in "Hush, Chapter Eight: The Dead"
- Batman (Flashback and main story)
- Oracle (Behind the scenes)
- Thomas Elliot (Flashback only) (First appearance chronologically)
- Gotham County
- France (Flashback only)
- Japan (Flashback only)
- Nightwing's truncheon
Synopsis for "Hush, Chapter Eight: The Dead"
This story is reprinted from Batman #615.
Funeral services are held for Doctor Thomas Elliot. Attending are Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Selina Kyle, Alfred Pennyworth and Leslie Thompkins. Bruce Wayne speaks during the service and recites one of his favorite poems.
Later, Bruce is back in the Batcave, pouring over all of the evidence associated to Tommy's murder. He deduces that the Joker is actually innocent, and that someone went out of their way to make Batman believe him guilty. Nightwing drops by and shows concern over Bruce's wellbeing. He knows that Bruce has been seeing Selina, and encourages him to reveal his secret identity to her.
Before long, Oracle radios Batman and Nightwing, informing them that the Riddler has just hijacked an armored car. The two heroes set aside their investigation to quickly nab him. Racing through the streets of Gotham in the Batmobile, they use the vehicle's battering ram feature to force the armored car off the road. The Riddler tries to flee, but Batman easily nabs him. Investigating the scene for further evidence, Batman is surprised to find ash from a Lazarus Pit near the wreckage of the armored car.
Some time later, the mysterious man whose face is covered in bandages, approaches Joker's cell in Arkham. He tells Joker that he is his attorney and that he would work to see him out by the law. Joker wonders who is this man, and as he starts removing the bandages, the man reveals his true identity: Harvey Dent. His face has been completely healed of the gruesome scarring that earned him the sobriquet, Two-Face.
At the same time, Batman meets Catwoman at the Gotham City Zoo. Taking her into his confidence, he removes his cowl, revealing the face of Bruce Wayne and sharing his secret with her.
Appearing in "Bloodlines"
- Councilman Davis (Dies)
- Deputy Mayor Thomas Kavanaugh
- Amelia Crowne (Flashback only)
- Alan Wayne (Flashback only)
- Frederic Cobblepot (Flashback only)
- Edward Elliot (Flashback only)
- Burton Crowne (Flashback only)
- Gotham City (Flashback and main story)
Synopsis for "Bloodlines"
This story is reprinted from Nightwing (Volume 3) #8.
In the year 1910, Gotham City was a different place. For those who were considered children of the city, Gotham was a wonderful place to grow up, but for William Cobb - who was not a child of Gotham - life was harder. To be a child of the city, he would have had to be a member of Gotham's high society, which was represented best by four men: Alan Wayne, Frederic Cobblepot, Edward Elliot and Burton Crowne.
William's father was merely an ironworker, and he spent most of his years constructing bridges for the Gates Brothers, but when Cameron Kane's commissioned bridge collapses during construction, William's father lost his life. So, William took up street performance as a juggler, hoping to earn a few pennies to help he and his mother get by.
William's mother worked at a textile plant, and though they had very little money, she forbade him from begging on the street. He disobeyed, continuing to juggle in secret for Gotham's elite. One day, he had spotted a pickpocket trying to rob someone, and had used one of his juggling balls to knock the man down. As it happened, the victim was the proprietor of Haly's Circus, and he offered William a job.
Now, Nightwing has only just escaped being killed at Haly's Circus by his old friend Raymond McCreary, only to find that the police are seeking him in connection with a murder. Nightwing's escrima sticks became the murder weapon against the Strayhorn brothers - a pair of thugs. Strangely, there has been no media leak about the bat-weapon's connection to the crime, which makes Nightwing suspicious.
While investigating in the Gotham City Police Headquarters evidence room, Nightwing receives a call from Alfred Pennyworth, who urgently announces that the Court of Owls has struck, sending their assassins to kill nearly forty targets across the city. Each of these targets is a prominent leader who shapes Gotham City. The Talons are already en route to their targets, and for some it may be too late. Nightwing assures Alfred that the GCPD can protect Commissioner Gordon well enough, and decides to check in on Mayor Hady at City Hall.
Meanwhile, Mayor Hady is in talks with Councilman Davis and Deputy Mayor Kavanaugh about plans to redistrict the city as a means of preventing Bruce Wayne's attempts to bring about some urban renewal. Suddenly, the lights in the office shut off, and Davis decides to investigate. He is greeted with the sight of three dead security guards, and has mere moments to utter an expletive before the Talon separates his head from his body. The assassin turns to the Mayor, and sentences him to death for corruption and betrayal of Gotham City. Before the Talon can catch the mayor, Nightwing crashes in through the window. The Talon is merely amused to have the Bat's protege come to play.
When Mr. Haly spoke to William's mother, she reluctantly let him go and join the circus, knowing that she could not support them both. Rather than juggling balls, Haly encouraged William to learn to throw and juggle knives - to play a bit harder. City after city, and night after night, William became a spectacular knife-thrower. His reputation grew, and though he had once merely been a child living in Gotham, he soon rose to the status of child of Gotham. His reputation garnered him the interest of Amelia Crowne, daughter of Burton Crowne, and the two of them soon fell in love.
Nightwing attempts to distract the talon long enough to let the Mayor to get out of City Hall by challenging the Talon to a sword fight. Unfortunately, the assassin is a better swordsman than he. The Talon's blade gives Nightwing several nasty cuts, and continues to taunt him, even as Nightwing thrusts his sword through the assassin's chest. The Talon raises his sword high over his head for a killing blow, but suddenly, Nightwing thrusts his escrima stick through the Talon's eye socket and into its brain, preventing him from regenerating its wounds.
William and Amelia were happy from the very beginning of their relationship - but that beginning was the beginning of the end. Even though neither of them knew it, the following months would strip everything away from them. At the time, it had felt like the ultimate betrayal.
Tonight though, William Cobb witnesses the ultimate betrayal, for Richard Grayson's existence as such is a betrayal in itself - one which makes everything he sacrificed worthless.
As Nightwing attempts to usher the Mayor out of the building in what little time they have left, he is suddenly riddled with throwing knives. These are the knives of William Cobb, who has come on this night as a Talon, to murder his own descendant.
Appearing in "Shattered"
- Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) (Flashback and main story)
- The Brisby Killers
- Devil (Halloween costume)
- Dracula (Halloween costume)
- Frankenstein (Halloween costume)
- The Spook (Halloween costume) (Only appearance; dies)
- The Mirror (First appearance)
- Gotham City Police Department
- Detective Melody McKenna (First appearance)
- Detective Douglas Paulson (Only appearance; dies)
- Graham Carter (Only appearance; dies)
- Jack Ryder (Mentioned only)
- Joker (Flashback only)
- Theodore Rankin (Dies)
- Pandora (Cameo)
- Gotham City
- Cherry Tree Hall
- Sacred Hands of God Hospital
Synopsis for "Shattered"
This story is reprinted from Batgirl (Volume 4) #1.
Somewhere, an elderly Graham Carter waters his garden. A mysterious figure comes up behind him, and identifies him as a man who survived the sinking of a transport ship, when all 27 others of the crew did not. The strange man introduces himself as the Mirror, and then takes the hose from Mr. Carter, jamming it down his throat, and drowning him with the water within. Crossing Carter's name off the list, the name Barbara Gordon is written below it.
A group of masked thugs are holding the Ortega family at gunpoint while their leader explains why he likes home invasion and murder. He shows them a scrapbook documenting all of their recent killings, and introduces his gang as what the media has dubbed the "Brisby Killers." The leader notes that he picked the Ortegas out of the phone book, and that if the parents cooperate, they may leave the kids alone.
Suddenly, Batgirl smashes through a window, knocking one of the thugs to the ground. She loves the exhilaration of leaping into melee combat, noting that her upper body strength is greater than most, as she knocks out a thug with one punch by accident. After taking out all of the others, only the leader - the gunman - remains. She can see it in his body language that he intends to shoot the Ortegas.
Thinking on her feet, she tosses a batarang into the leader's wrist. Angrily, he tackles her, launching both of them out the window. He winds up dangling at her mercy, and she ties him to the balcony before securing the others and leaving the scene.
That night, Barbara dreams of the past. She was once the Batman's star pupil, but one night, she answered her door to find the Joker standing there with a gun pointed at her. He shot her, and the bullet went through the first lumbar of her spinal cord, paralyzing her from the waist down for three years.
She wakes from her nightmare, and remembers where she is. Fortunately, she regained her ability to walk, since that night. She walks in on her father, James, enjoying a cup of coffee. He informs her that it is actually evening, and she has slept all day. She has plans to move out today; to move into her own place, and "stretch her legs."
Barbara's new place is in a building called Cherry Tree Hall, and her roommate is a bartender by night and painter by day. Despite her new roommate's quirky personality and penchant for activism, Barbara thinks they will get along well. She offers to help Barbara move in, but becomes distracted by the wheelchair lift in the van. She tries not to admit that it was once meant for her.
At Sacred Hands of God Hospital, the thug that Batgirl injured with her Batarang is receiving treatment, and remains under watch by Detective Mel McKenna and her partner. In the same hospital, The Mirror asks to see a Theodore Rankin before punching the receptionist in the face and shooting a security guard. McKenna and her partner hear the shots, and prepare to face whatever awaits them.
Barbara has rigged her phone to receive her father's messages, so that she can follow up on any calls for police assistance. Discovering what's happening at the hospital, she gets her motorcycle out of her van, and rides to the scene. She rides her bike right into the building and onto the elevator.
As the Mirror makes his way to their room, McKenna and her partner warn that if he doesn't get away from the door, they will shoot. In response, the Mirror blasts through the door, shooting McKenna and her partner in the process. McKenna survives, but her partner is not so lucky.
The Mirror approaches the injured thug, claiming that he should have fallen to his death during the altercation with Batgirl, and that has put him on the list. Barbara reaches the scene, and attempts to intervene, but the Mirror aims his gun at her in just the same area that the Joker had when he crippled her. Lost in her memory, she freezes long enough for the Mirror to shove the patient's bed out the window, into a long drop to the street below.
Having watched the whole scene, McKenna accuses Batgirl of being a murderer as she stood there and did nothing to stop it.
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