"The Real World": This story is reprinted from Gotham City Garage #1.
- Governor Luthor's Paradise on Earth. The Last City. No sickness. No bad thoughts. No pain. Ever. Everyone happy, content, and otherwise perfect. Except me.
Appearing in "The Real World"
- Kara Gordon (First appearance)
- Big Barda (First appearance)
- Silver Banshee (First appearance)
- Harley Quinn (First appearance)
- Catwoman (First appearance)
- Steel (First appearance)
- James Gordon (Only appearance; dies)
- Wonder Woman (Silhouette only)
- Barbara Gordon (On a TV or computer screen)
- John Henry Irons (Mentioned only)
- Bud and Lou the Hyenas (First appearance)
- The Garden, the Last City on Earth
- Gotham City Garage
Synopsis for "The Real World"
This story is reprinted from Gotham City Garage #1.
Thirty-five years ago, Lex Luthor became Gotham City's governor. He renamed the city to "The Garden", placed a protective dome lit by red sunlight around it and turned it into a modern utopia, saving his people from the devastation that made the rest of the continent a wasteland. But his city isn't paradise for everyone. If the Lexes network misfires, and a citizen wakes up and steps out of line, the Bat and his minions are brutal in restoring the status quo.
Kara Gordon is a young ridealong technician. She pretends to be perpetually joyful and cheerful but inwardly she's anything but happy. Deep down she dislikes Lex, hates the walled city and dreams of coming face to face with the mythical Wonder Woman.
On her way back home, Kara witnesses two Gardeners about to terminate a guy called Isaac whose ridealongs are malfunctioning. She saves his life but her kind act has consequences.
Kara makes her way home and finds her father James Gordon severely disturbed. James stammers the Gardeners have seen her. Then he reveals she is his adoptive daughter. He found her and tried to keep her existence a secret. But now she has to run away before they get her.
All of sudden, Batman breaks into their home. James tells her to go and get to the Sun. Kara dashes off reluctantly, dodging Gardeners. She cannot break the shield encircling the city but she hacks in the system and commands the robot Gardeners to open fire at the dome. Kara leaps in the breach and finds herself flying.
Her first flight gets abruptly cut short when she's shot down. Kara crashes down in the ground and six Gardeners close in on her to eliminate her. All of sudden, four bikers—Big Barda, Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Silver Banshee—turn up.
This story is reprinted from Gotham City Garage #2.
The four bikers dispatch the Gardeners. Harley Quinn offers Kara a ride and introduces herself. The group rides their way back to the Gotham City Garage. Natasha Irons runs that place and wants Kara gone. She has run her name and believes her to be a spy. Kara replies she has been looking for freedom for as long as she has lived, her father broke the rules to save her, Luthor and the Bat want her dead and she can somehow fly. They want to leave her to die in the wasteland? Right. But then they'll be doing Luthor's dirty job. Natasha grudgingly lets her stay overnight at her place.
Inside, Kara learns Natasha's uncle was John Henry Irons, the man who built the half of Gotham before Luthor took over the city and rewrote the History books. The Garage is a shelter for rebels, malcontents and miscreants who hate Luthor and are willing to fight and take him down. Kara makes the choice to join them.
In the Garden, Batman interrogates James Gordon. He wants to know how James kept her existence a secret. James admits he rewrote her memories to protect her. He even altered his blood daughter's memories. Barbara knows nothing.
Batman is glad it is so, because then he will only have to kill one Gordon. Then he snaps James' neck.
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