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"Just One More Thing..., Part II": Hernando Montoya wakes in the hospital from a prolonged vegetative state to learn from his wife and son that the dome that encapsulated Gotham City for a year has finally fallen - and his daughter [[Renee Montoya (New Earth)



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Synopsis for "Just One More Thing..., Part II"

Hernando Montoya wakes in the hospital from a prolonged vegetative state to learn from his wife and son that the dome that encapsulated Gotham City for a year has finally fallen - and his daughter Renee is conspicuously absent from his bedside.

Renee is searching for Two-Face, alongside her allies Batwoman and The Huntress in her vigilante guise of The Question. Two-Face was apparently selected by a voice from beyond the dome to face an other world's version of himself. Despite their past, Renee is determined to see that her Harvey gets out alive - even though she is plagued the whole time by the niggling knowledge that her father is dying.

Two-Face, meanwhile is busy recruiting the D-Cell gang to join him in facing whatever threat he was chosen to face, for the sake of Gotham.

Renee knows that Harvey will head next to the Gotham City Courthouse, and try to find his counterpart. She explains to her companions that they must take care of the guards while she takes care of Harvey. She stresses that she will literally be taking care of him, reminding that he is a sick man who needs help; a sick man with a death wish that makes him dangerous. Huntress warns that they need to know more about the Harvey Dent of the other city, because if their Harvey is insane, this other one is an unknown variable. Ignoring her, Renee insists that she can't simply let Two-Face die.

Two-Face discovers his counterpart in the courthouse, whole, rather than divided as he was into two halves. Pointing his gun at the man, Two-Face eyes his coin severely, and wonders whether this other Harvey can still tell right from wrong. He responds that he tries to, and Two-Face admits that he's glad one of them can.

The Question and her friends make their way through the guards, but Huntress and Batwoman get distracted by bickering over their personal attachments to Renee, allowing Renee herself to ditch them. When she discovers Two-Face, she finds him embroiled in an ethical debate with his other self over whether it is defensible to kill him - an ostensibly innocent man - for the sake of his family and neighbours. Two-Face retorts that he is not an innocent man. He is the one who deserves to be judged, and deserves to die in the name of what is right. Uncomfortably, Harvey Dent takes the gun from Two-Face's hand and points it at him, just as Renee rushes him to beg him not to pull the trigger.

Unfortunately, he does, and the bullet strikes Renee, knocking her off her feet. In that same instant, Harvey Dent is transported away. Batwoman hurries to Renee's side, and removes her mask, revealing to Two-Face that The Question who tormented him was his friend. Grumbling, Huntress turns to him and warns that Renee had thought he was worth saving - and had done this, perhaps because she knew she couldn't save her father. Batwoman performs mouth-to-mouth, and finally, Renee opens her eyes, and turns the kiss of life into a simple kiss. With a smirk, Renee reveals that she had faked injury just to get a kiss out of her old flame. Standing, she turns to Two-Face, and he asks her what he should do with himself. She responds that he should be the good man, as he glares at his coin, on the floor.

When Renee had come out to her father, he had disowned her, claiming she was dead to him. She had hated herself for letting herself hate him. At last, she returns to his side in the hospital, and biting her lip, explains that he's allowed to go. He doesn't have to hurt anymore. Happy to see her, he touches her cheek and tells her he loves her. Through tears, she responds that she loves him too, and soon after that, he has passed away.

Emotionally drained, Renee steps out of the room to find Kate and Helena waiting for her there, and they comfort her as best they can. She is lost in her thoughts, though, realizing that life is not a game you win. It always ends the same way. It's about the questions, not the answers. It's about making mistakes, and - if you're lucky - getting the chance to make them right. Glancing over at a nearby bed, she sees her hat, and Two-Face's scratched coin sitting on top of it. He'd made the right choice after all.

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Synopsis for "Divergence: Starfire"

Seeking a place to start over, Starfire canvasses her friends for recommendations on where to find a new home. Finding no satisfying responses from the usual suspects, she seeks an answer from one of the only people on Earth who might be able to understand her: Superman - another alien. When he arrives at her request, she explains that ever since arriving on Earth, she has been playing the super-hero game, and, to be frank, she doesn't care for it all that much. What she wants, is to know what it's like to experience being one of the people - the normal people. Superman explains that his experience began at an early age, and it will not be as easy for her. He admits that if she is seeking a place on Earth without conflict, she will be disappointed. After hearing a bit more of what she needs, he suggests that the normal life she seeks might be found in taking on some responsibilities; some she chooses, and some chosen for her.

She wonders if he can think of anywhere that fits her criteria, and she won't stand out too much. Superman admits again that there are few places that are that accepting, but he has a suggestion, and points it out on the map she has helpfully brought with her. As thanks, she hugs him - perhaps too tightly - and allows him to get back to work.

Heading south, Kori arrives in Key West, Florida, and imposes on Sheriff Stella Gomez to help her to find a way to live there.

Notes

  • This book was first published on May 6, 2015.
  • "Divergence: Starfire" is an original eight-page story providing a "special sneak peek" at Starfire (Volume 2). It was also released separately as a free digital comic. It can be read here: DC Sneak Peek: Starfire.
  • The "Charlie" whom Renee mentions died of cancer is Charles Victor Szasz, her predecessor as The Question.

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