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"War and Pieces!": As Huntress destroyed the Batmobile in the hopes of taking down the Superman of another world's Moscow, she was saved by him instead. Searching for Robin, who had run away from the cr


Quote1 Meeting the Russian version of your dad made me realize...The Batman is not just a man. He's a symbol, someone for others to rally around. I may never be the Batman that Bruce Wayne was--but I can be that symbol. Quote2
-- Robin (Earth-Two)



Appearing in "War and Pieces!"

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Synopsis for "War and Pieces!"

As Huntress destroyed the Batmobile in the hopes of taking down the Superman of another world's Moscow, she was saved by him instead. Searching for Robin, who had run away from the crowd of Soviet Citizens who believed him to be a threat, Superman finds him on a rooftop and returns Helena to him, explaining that he only wants to talk. Helena, having regained consciousness refuses to accept that he isn't a threat, but her intent to kill him is distracted by a sudden explosion of a grenade full of lead flakes. Before Superman can react, Robin and Huntress are grabbed up and carried away by Batman.

Over a fire, in a small hovel far from Superman, Batman explains that he is the country's most wanted fugitive, and he is proud of it. Helena explains how her world's Batman was a great hero who raised Robin into a crime-fighting partner. Begrudgingly, she admits that he was also her father. She wonders if this Batman will allow her to see his face, briefly, and he obliges, though it makes him uncomfortable, having not seen his own face in some time. Despite the circumstances of his coming to the role of Batman, Helena recognizes his face as the same as that of her lost father, and sheds a tear.

Batman explains that he believes it is his role to challenge the threat posed by an all-powerful being ruling the world, and recognizing it as a noble cause, Helena asks what they can do to help him. He stops before answering, hearing helicopters approaching, surely searching for them. He urges them to leave, and do as they were fated to do: bring down Superman. Before they go, though, he hands Robin a small chunk of Kryptonite in a lead box, and promises that they'll know to use it when the time is right. With that, he rushes off, attracting the attention of the choppers so that Robin and Huntress can take advantage of the opportunity and get to Superman.

Hiding out in a construction site, Robin and Huntress are soon discovered by Superman. They do their best to fight him, but he is quite obviously too powerful for either of them to defeat, together or separately. Knowing they're beaten unless he uses the Kryptonite, Robin opens the lead box, and allows the radiation to bathe Superman, who immediately drops to his knees. Weak and dying, Superman begs to be let go, for the sake of his people. Helena goads Robin to keep the Kryptonite out, and see Superman killed for the sake of Gotham. Suddenly, Dick tosses the box away, refusing to kill for any reason. Helena begs to know why, and Dick reminds that he was raised by her father.

Superman rises and responds that he is not bound by the restrictions their Batman was. The people of Moscow are already calling for him to kill them, hearts filled with bloodlust. He adds, though, that he will not satisfy that lust today. He cannot kill people as noble as they, willing to sacrifice themselves rather than commit murder. He promises to work with them to find an alternate solution, and they shake hands.

Unfortunately, their truce draws the ire of Telos, their jailer, who warns that there will be consequences. An earthquake causes the ground beneath them to shake violently, and they all brace themselves. Unexpectedly, though, Helena and Dick find themselves back in the Batcave, unharmed.

After getting out of costume, Helena wonders if what they experienced earlier was even real. She had behaved against her better judgement, impulsive and violent, Dick admits that it was surreal, but the Bat-Signal shines overhead, and they have to be away again. This time, though, Dick puts on the Batsuit, finally honouring the legacy of the man who had raised him. He explains that seeing the Russian Batman had led him to see that Batman is a symbol for others to rally around. While he can never be Bruce Wayne, he can be the symbol.

Appearing in "Divergence: The Flash"

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Barry Allen is staying with his friend Hartley Rathaway in central City, and after waking up late, is reminded by Hartley's boyfriend - and his boss - David Singh, that he has few excuses left for being late to work. Barry isn't concerned about it, as he has super-speed, and runs to the office with plenty of time to spare.

As a Crime Scene Investigator, Barry is obsessive, sifting through evidence that help him on his mission to grant justice to victims - a mission he takes seriously because he was a victim himself on the day his mother was murdered. Despite having been raised by Darryl Frye afterwards, Barry would rather talk about his recent breakup with Patty Spivot to his real father, who is incarcerated at Iron Heights for his wife's murder - a crime of which Barry believes he is innocent, despite never being able to find evidence to the contrary.

News of a costumed criminal downtown distracts Darryl from trying to offer comfort to Barry long enough for Barry to speed off to handle the crime as The Flash. Without much trouble, he brings the crook down, but he is unaware that he is being watched by Professor Zoom and a gang of villains he is training to kill Barry Allen.

Notes

  • This book was first published on May 27, 2015.
  • "Divergence: The Flash" is an original eight-page story providing a "special sneak peek" at the Post-Convergence storyline in The Flash (Volume 4). It was also released separately as a free digital comic. It can be read here: DC Sneak Peek: The Flash.

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