"Schrödinger's Cat, Part 2": The Batman come to challenge Catwoman is not her Batman. He wears a suit of armour, and appears older. She is not concerned so much about him as getting her friend Sally to safety before something bad happens
- Turns out that when the world goes crazy, I get all motherly with a side of vigilante.
Appearing in "Schrödinger's Cat, Part 2"
- Catwoman (Pre-Zero Hour) (Dies)
Synopsis for "Schrödinger's Cat, Part 2"
The Batman come to challenge Catwoman is not her Batman. He wears a suit of armour, and appears older. She is not concerned so much about him as getting her friend Sally to safety before something bad happens, knowing that she's annoyed Intergang, and that she has to fight against her will. Inconveniently, Intergang soon catches up and spots Batman on the roof with her, assuming correctly that he's the one who was sent there to fight for the survival of his city over theirs. Letting him deal with the gunmen, Selina grabs Sally and leaps off the roof. Ushering Sally away, Catwoman turns back around to face the Batman, who now knows that he is not on Earth.
Selina worries that she has never beaten Batman in combat before - certainly not in the way that she will need to if Metropolis is to survive. She hurls an EMP device at him, causing the electronics in his suit to shut down, and he crashes to the ground. Dodging out of his way, she lets him skid across the roof, and right over the edge, colliding with the pavement of the street. She leaps down onto his chest, pinning him, while he waits for his suit to boot up again. He explains that they are from different worlds, and demands to know what kind of person she is. Coyly, she chooses not to take the question seriously, so he accuses her of being a thief like his Catwoman. Selina responds that while she does enjoy thievery, since the dome, she has been acting as protector of Suicide Slum.
Catwoman assumes, from what she knows of her own Batman, that this one won't simply take the words of their captor Telos at face value, and he admits that he does not take orders from anyone. Despite that, it may be optimistic to believe that they were paired together for a reason, and that they can unite in taking down their captor. At least, that's what Bruno Mannheim thinks. He and Intergang have come to ensure that Catwoman wins. Batman shields her from their bullets, and warns her to wait for his signal to bring the fight to them.
With a blinding flash of light, he disorients the gang, and the two vigilantes run at them. Unfortunately, when Catwoman corners Mannheim, she discovers that he is wearing an indestructible Apokoliptian-made jacket. He knocks her aside, declaring himself the protector of Metropolis. With his superior strength, Mannheim pins Batman to the ground, and tears open his armour. This distraction allows Catwoman to kick the power-source for his jacket right off his back, destroying it and rendering him powerless against Batman's retaliation. Despite making a good team and taking out Intergang together, the people of Metropolis are no less convinced that the invader from another city has to die. They heard the voice too, and it told them that one of them must fall for the city to survive.
A sudden earthquake startles one of the citizens, and he fires a shot at Batman's exposed chest. Rather than let him be killed, Catwoman leaps in front of the bullet in her own chest collapsing. Knowing she won't survive, she begs Batman to try to save both cities. He promises he will try.
Appearing in "Divergence: Gotham by Midnight"
Synopsis for "Divergence: Gotham by Midnight"
An explosion hits Gotham, and when police arrive, they find a scene that is inexplicable by the evidence. Scorch patterns are present, but there's no fire. Everyone who was caught in the blast was torn to pieces - but whatever cut through them cannot be found. Batman watches the police examining the bodies, and picks up an unusual energy buildup, but he is too late to warn the detectives on scene not to touch anything. The bodies begin glowing with energy, and rising from the ground, only to explode again.
Worriedly, Batman seeks out Jim Corrigan and the Midnight Shift in the hopes that they can deal with the obviously supernatural incident. Unfortunately, Jim is wary of making another attempt to fight the supernatural in Gotham, lest it truly face destruction at his hands. Still, he admits that he's already been tracking the incident for the last 70 hours. Batman warns Jim that he and his allies are needed. If the Midnight Shift can't stop this threat, nobody can.
Against his better judgment, Jim gathers the crew together, and they face the horrors as only they know how.
- This book was first published on May 13, 2015.
- "Divergence: Gotham by Midnight" is an original eight-page story providing a "special sneak peek" at the Post-Convergence storyline in Gotham by Midnight (Volume 1). It was also released separately as a free digital comic. It can be read here: DC Sneak Peek: Gotham by Midnight.
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