Writer Scott Snyder
Artist Greg Capullo
Inks Jonathan Glapion
Color FCO Placencia
Letterer Tom Napolitano
Cover Capullo & Placencia
Bruce took the suit given to him by Diana to put a stop to Omega. The villain that rose up in the wake of Lex Luther’s infamous debate with Superman. After the people revolted against their heroes and villains alike. With the world now left in twain. Humanity is forced underground into the deepest chasms of Gemworld to survive. A place where even space-time is warped by the crystals that are within.
While now he’s only combating Joker’s advances to be the next Robin and exposure. Bruce is still at absolute risk. Being in the open he could very well encounter Omega’s forces, ring slingers, Imp death grounds shrouded in cartoon mist, crocodile men, and right now a speed force storm. One that will age you to either dust or fundamental cells that babies come from. Ushered in by the screams of Barry, Jay, and Wally. Trapped as the storm.
Bruce and our narrator find themselves on a hang glider. Observing the last bastion of the resistance against Omega, Fort Waller. A place, so inspiring, that both The Red and The Green had their avatars, where Captain Atom powers the works of Mr. Terrific, Dr. Sivana, Veronica Cale, and Professor Ivo. At least, that’s how it began. Now it was a place of horrors. Where both Green and Red fight endlessly with animal people and bandaged soldiers.
After two long weeks, Bruce and Joker reach the Plains of Solitude. A vast land where sunstones have grown into a vast forest of obelisks. Too thick to see very far into. As our Bruce reaches the top of a crystal spire. A Kryptonian ship crashes at the summit. It is the same ship Clark came to Earth in. Before he gets a chance to investigate, Bruce is knocked off the monolith and “saved” by a Superman clone.
After being taken to what appears to be a small farm in Kansas. He encounters Luthor, gaunt, crazed and hopeless. Trying desperately to undo what his cunning had done so long ago. Between perfecting his cloning process and getting a Kal El baby from another dimension. No avenue is too far.
However, when hope begins to sprout its ugly head. Bane and Scarecrow arrive on the scene. Sent by Omega to capture Bruce and eliminate whatever threat he may possess. Just as the Clark clone Crane turned with toxin begins to attack. Diana arrives, rending the clone in two with her sword and saving our bat. When the clone gets up she effortlessly decapitates him. Rushing Bruce out of the Sanctuary of Solitude and showing him into the long-dead Spectre’s cloak.
It’s there the see it, Gotham. Starting far further westward than Bruce could have even imagined. The city seems to be almost half of the country in size. Starting just outside of Smallville. There the now trio of heroes encounters a vast fascist regime run by Omega personally. Before things got too hairy, Bruce, Diana, and Joker are saved by very unlikely heroes. The Court of Owls.
Surrounded by what is left of the resistance against Omega. Bruce, Diana, and The Joker are left pondering; what hope is there left to cling to? This new and young Bruce wasn’t around for the turmoil that happened in his absence. Leaving him idealistic and hopeful. Not enough defeat for him to stop believing. Even in the face of impossible odds, Bruce is able to inspire the last of the now Court of Owls to make one last, ultimate stand against him. Bruce, Diana, Dick, Duke, Barbara, Jim Gordon, and Bryce Grayson are all that is left to stand up and stop Omega.
I’m going to be real with you fam. This is one of my favorite series of all time. No debates discussions about it. Here I would normally tell you everything I liked about this book. I’ll save those for my piece on this series.