"Abstract Holidays": On Christmas Eve, Batman and Nightwing are patrolling the neighbourhood together. Bruce advises Dick to come to the family Christmas gathering, so that he can return to a normal life after he lost his memory and created a new life as Ric Grayson. The pair split up to deal w
- You know... generally, I solve problems by punching people out. By taking some bad guy apart at the seams and putting him away. It's rare that I get to help someone directly.
Synopsis for "Abstract Holidays"
On Christmas Eve, Batman and Nightwing are patrolling the neighbourhood together. Bruce advises Dick to come to the family Christmas gathering, so that he can return to a normal life after he lost his memory and created a new life as Ric Grayson. The pair split up to deal with crime, with Nightwing being sent to Dexiturn Technology and Batman going to Arkham to deal with a revolt.
At Dexiturn, Nightwing is told that the company's computer systems have been compromised by a hacker group known as Nabstract. Nightwing immediately identifies it as a malware attack, and asks how much money the group wants, but it is revealed that the ransom is only $2.76 million. A techie at the company notes that the hackers have to be inside the building, and traces them to the first floor, where Nightwing immediately goes to find the hackers. He notes that Dexiturn's business practices are less than admirable, but an attack is an attack. He encounters a group of masked men who are fleeing the scene, even stopping to steal cash from a Santa who is collecting money for charity. Nightwing pursues the men, but one of them tells him that the Santa paid them to arrange a diversion. The Dexiturn executives scold Nightwing for his failure.
Meanwhile, the Santa returns home, which is actually a tent city under a bridge, and the Santa's real name is revealed to be Clarissa. She chats with the others at the encampment, and meets up with her daughter, Mazey. They enter their tent, finding a visitor inside – Nightwing. He decides to talk with Clarissa, asking to hear her side of the story. Clarissa tells Nightwing that she was the lead programmer for a tech startup that was acquired by Dexiturn. Once the company found out how to use and expand the software she had created, they laid Clarissa and her coworkers off, leaving them unemployed and forced to live in poverty. Nightwing realizes what the $2.76 million is for: What Clarissa could have made at Dexiturn until she retired. He notes that it's rare that he is able to help someone in need directly, and tells Clarissa she won't have to worry about being arrested, instead telling her to pack her bags and prepare to leave the encampment.
The next morning, Dick arrives at the tent city and picks up Clarissa and Mazey, driving them to meet Bruce Wayne at an apartment complex he owns. Bruce informs the pair that they will be among the first residents at the complex, but Clarissa refuses, worried about leaving behind her friends under the bridge. Bruce reveals that the apartment is not only for Clarissa and Mazey, but also for everyone else at the encampment, just as they arrive in a bus. Clarissa accepts the offer.
Later, members of the Batfamily gathers at the new Wayne Manor, where Bruce, Dick, and Barbara discuss what happened. Bruce mentions that he has arranged for Wayne Enterprises to buy up Dexiturn, so Clarissa and her former coworkers can have their jobs back. Dick thinks about Alfred, and the story ends with Bruce, Dick, Tim, Damian, Babs, and Ace celebrating a happy holidays.
Appearing in "Abstract Holidays"
- Batman Family
- Dexiturn Technology (Single appearance)
- Mazey (Single appearance)
- Nabstract (Single appearance)
- Skibble (Single appearance)
- Agnes (Single appearance)
- Alfred Pennyworth (In a photograph only)
- Clayface (On a TV or computer screen)
- Gabriella (Single appearance)
- Killer Croc (On a TV or computer screen)
- Mister Freeze (On a TV or computer screen)
- The Penguin (On a TV or computer screen)
- Two-Face (On a TV or computer screen)
- Bea Bennett (Mentioned only)
- Gotham City Police Department (Mentioned only)
- Tectonic (Mentioned only)
- Wayne Enterprises (Mentioned only)
- Gotham City
- Arkham Asylum (On a TV or computer screen)
- Pinnacle One (Single appearance)
- Pleasantville (Single appearance)
- Batman and Nightwing running together was a homage to Batman #615.