"A Whole New World, Part Two": In Neotropolis, a radical idea is being rejected. The Batman, having learned of the uncanny power of Amazonia's Pandora Vessel, has proposed that the World Army and the Wonders tap its power to recreate the destroyed Earth and its deceased inhabitants. Fury has rej
Appearing in "A Whole New World, Part Two"
- Earth 2
- Helmet of Fate (Fragments)
- The Pandora Vessel (Mentioned only)
- Sam Zhao's Engagement Ring (Mentioned only)
- Ark Ship (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "A Whole New World, Part Two"
In Neotropolis, a radical idea is being rejected. The Batman, having learned of the uncanny power of Amazonia's Pandora Vessel, has proposed that the World Army and the Wonders tap its power to recreate the destroyed Earth and its deceased inhabitants. Fury has rejected this plan, on the grounds that it is too dangerous. As Batman tries to start a fight, the other heroes stop him. Khalid Bin-Hassan, formerly Doctor Fate, says that his visions have told him of a possible future of this very cause. Fury reiterates her position: despite the temptation, the energies of the vessel could never be tapped safely on such a scale. It could destroy their world and wipe out the human race.
Batman refuses to change his opinion, which leads Fury to intuit that he wants to use the box to bring back a specific person. Batman denies this, but Huntress, who knows his story, talks him down, She suggests that the matter be discussed at a later date, but Fury thinks this is no solution. She came to foster trust between her nation and the wider society. If the World Army demands she use the box, it will not foster trust. Similarly, if she uses it herself and disaster ensues, it will not foster trust. She suggests that they save the world by hard work and solidarity.
Eight miles from Neotropolis, a group of powered child soldiers, the Humanites, prepare for a landing approach.
In his apartment, Alan Scott goes over the tapes of the meeting, and notes that Fury is showing more restraint than she has in the past. He comes down on Fury's side, but Power Girl is hopeful that he will take the proposal to the Council. Alan agrees, but he think their opinion will mirror his.
In the meeting room, Fury asks Batman who he lost. As they are alone, Batman removes his mask, introduces himself as Dick Grayson, and tells his story: how his wife died in the Apokolips back on Earth, and his son went missing during the flight to Earth 2. How his search for his son brought him into the orbit of Thomas Wayne, the previous Batman, who asked him to take over the role upon his death. Huntress, honoring this, had assisted his ascension by making him the executor of the Wayne Foundation. He had spent all of his non-crimefighting, non-philanthropic time since then scouring for leads on his son, to no avail. It has been hard, especially since a convergence of circumstances left him paraplegic, dependent on his exo-suit costume to so much as stand.
Dick admits that he has certain skills, but that he is not the master that Thomas Wayne was. Fury, giving her name as Donna, says she empathises with his struggle, as she too must live with the example of a superior predecessor. That she will have to grow mightily to equal her mother. But that the hope of the parent is to one day be eclipsed by their child. And in the name of that hope, she will go on, learning and bettering herself and the world. Dick admires her sentiment, but before he can continue, the wall is blasted off by the Humanites, who have come for the Pandora Vessel. Fury prepares to fight them, but she is initially alone, as the blast damaged the Batman's exo-suit.
Sonia Sato scrambles to mobilize defensive efforts, while Ultra-Humanite taps her comms. Meanwhile, Alan Scott and Power Girl are attacked by a Humanite named Turncoat, who steals Power Girl's power and is about to kill Alan when Val-Zod show up, getting suckerpunched but giving Alan the time to run.
Elsewhere, the Wonders of the World meet the Humanites in a corridor. One, a girl called Scalpel, delivers a vicious gut wound to Captain Steel. Red Tornado, taking command, tells Flash to get Captain Steel to safety, and Huntress to hang onto the wall. She then generates a wind vortex which blasts all the Humanites out of a nearby window and traps them.
On comms, Hawkgirl, Sandman and Sonia Sato discuss the idea that the Humanites are a specific enemy of Fury's.
In the conference centre, Fury defeats almost all of the forward group but is taken down from ambush by a Humanite named Firepattern. As he goes to the box, he stops in front of the unmasked Batman, who refuses to let his opponent pass. As Ultra-Humanite shouts over comms that he move on, Firepattern is rooted to the spot - he is John Grayson, Batman's lost son!
- This book was first published on July 13, 2016.
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