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"Birds of Rage, Conclusion": Despite the relief of the dome coming down, Barbara Gordon must now worry about the possibility that her city could be invaded by killers from another city. Even now, the Hawkman and [[Shayera Tha


Quote1 I love my life. I'm going to fight to keep it. Because, glass cage or not, aliens or not... love will conquer fear. Quote2
-- Oracle



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Synopsis for "Birds of Rage, Conclusion"

Despite the relief of the dome coming down, Barbara Gordon must now worry about the possibility that her city could be invaded by killers from another city. Even now, the Hawkman and Hawkwoman of another world have sent armed spy drones called Absorbascons to monitor the city. All the while, drones belonging to whatever entity trapped both factions in the domes in the first place are ensuring that the battle occurs, at the command of some unseen mastermind.

The Hawks await their challengers with disdain, as Nightwing speeds to face them in their own territory. Barbara feels bad, because she'd had to lie to him on the very night he proposed to her in order to ensure that Gotham City would be safe. She'd turned him down, and now he'd be facing the Hawks alone. Feeling he has little to lose, he rams the Batplane right into them. They survive, thinking his attack was a suicide run, but he emerges from the settling dust on the Rocketwing, and surprise attacks Hawkwoman.

Barbara, meanwhile, leaves her headquarters in the hands of someone she trusts, taking flight in a chopper, and hoping her plan is smart enough to get her and Nightwing out of this situation. Once Barbara is away, she calls back to her confidante to explains that the Absorbascons hear and see all. The former of which will be more important now, as Black Canary sits at Barbara's computer and prepares to use the connection Babs set up to the Absorbascons to unleash a devastating Canary Cry. The sound shatters the windows of the clock tower, and further shreds through the ear-drums of the Hawks, who are directly connected to their Absorbasons. Desperately, they tear off their helmets, but their hearing has been impaired, and the pain and shock brought them to their knees - at Nightwing's mercy.

Unfortunately, Hawkwoman spots Barbara's helicopter and attacks it, rendering it unable to fly, and without any weapons - or functioning legs, Barbara braces herself for the crash to come. She manages to drag herself from the wreckage and into her wheelchair, from which she retrieves her escrima sticks, in the hopes of defending herself against the Thanagarian attack. Fortunately, her position and condition cause Hawkwoman to underestimate her, and she knocks her mace from her hands, and takes it in her own. As Hawkwoman waits for Barbara's attack, Nightwing appears with an unconscious Hawkman slung over his back, and insists that the people of Gotham have won this battle.

Unwilling to concede defeat, Hawkwoman calls on the Absorbascons to kill all in sight. Barbara turns to her and warns that she is a master hacker. Unmoved, Hawkwoman responds that the Absorbascons are uncrackable. With a smirk, Barbara explains that the other drones are not, as Dinah assumes control of them and they begin to destroy all of the absorbascons.

Seeing she has lost, Hawkwoman mourns the loss of her people, but Barbara promises that there is a place for them in her Gotham - provided their intent is peaceful. She then turns to Dick and explains that the only reason she had turned down his proposal was because she was scared. She begs him to ask her again.

Soon, the two are married, and Barbara admits that with him by her side, she is ready to face whatever this strange planet has to throw at them.

Appearing in "Divergence: Midnighter"

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Synopsis for "Divergence: Midnighter"

Lucas Trent is awakened from his sleep by a work call, which requires him to get up and dressed immediately, despite last night's date, Warren, still sleeping in his bed. Reluctantly, Lucas puts on his armour and heads out onto the streets of Boston, getting briefed on the way. Five thugs shot up a seminary to steal some kind of gun that marks its targets for demonic possession. Within short order, he brutally takes down each of them, until the last of them pulls the stolen weapon on him. Having already calculated every possible trajectory from this shooter, he dodges them all and knocks the gunman off his feet. Unfortunately, he hits one of his companions with it, and summons a demon - as advertised.

Grabbing a piece of debris, Midnighter launches it, severing the demon's head at the neck. Unfortunately, a stray shot from the gun hits a little girl, and he is faced with the decision to kill her or find an alternative - her parents would prefer the latter. Leaping at her, he warns that he saw the truth. They are aliens, not demons, and they use the weapon to beam into human bodies. He explains that he has the technology to track them across the Multiverse, if necessary. Seeing that there is no advantage to staying, the alien releases the girl.

Notes

  • This book was first published on May 6, 2015.
  • "Divergence: Midnighter" is an eight-page original story, providing a "special sneak peek" at Midnighter (Volume 2). It was also released separately as a free digital comic. It can be read here: DC Sneak Peek: Midnighter.

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