Superman & Batman: Generations II – 1


Superman & Batman: Generations II – 1

General Info

Issue No:
1
On Sale Date:
August 2001
Cover Date:
2001
Era:
Elseworlds
Story Title:
1942: Battlefields
1953: Absent Friends

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
John Byrne
Writer:
John Byrne
Penciller:
John Byrne
Inker:
John Byrne
Letterer:
John Byrne
Colourist:
Trish Mulvihill
Editor:
Mike Carlin, Ivan Cohen

Characters

Main:
Batman (Bruce Wayne), Superman (Clark Kent)
Heroes:
Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Hawkman (Carter Hall), Robin (Dick Grayson), Spectre (James Corrigan), Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Blackhawk Squadron
Villains:
Ultra-Humanite, Lex Luthor
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
Hippolyta
Other:
Lois Lane
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This Elseworlds limited series was written and drawn by John Byrne and was a sequel to his “Superman & Batman: Generations I” limited series. Set in the same continuity where characters age according to the calendar, each issue contained two stories set 11 years apart, starting in 1942 and ending in 2019.

In this issue Diana appears in the first story as Wonder Woman and in the second story as Wonder Girl.

First Story Synopsis

In Nazi-occupied France, the Blackhawk SquadronHawkmanGreen Lantern and the Spectre are trying to stop a giant robot/tank. During the battle, Chuck of the Blackhawks sacrifices himself to prevent the destruction of a hospital. Superman arrives in time to pursue the leader, who reveals himself to be the Ultra-Humanite. He exposes Superman to artificially-created Kryptonite radiation, confirming his belief that Superman is an alien, and escapes.

On ThemysciraDiana and Hippolyta discuss Diana’s decision to travel to the outside world and Hippolyta’s reluctance to let her thousand-year old daughter go.

In Gotham CityLois Lane has tracked down the plans for the giant robot/tank and discovers that Lex Luthor is the mastermind. Luthor and his goons kidnap Lane, take her back to their base and attempt to kill her. While fleeing, they are pursued by the Batmobile. They make it to their second Gotham base where they have stashed Robin, the Boy Wonder. Robin slips his bonds and is battling the villains when one of them gives him an order – in Batman’s voice!

After Luthor is defeated, the henchman who spoke removes his disguise to reveal the cape-and-cowled Batman. He explains that he had infiltrated Luthor’s gang in order to discover both secret bases and was responsible for guiding a remote-controlled Batmobile and allowing Lane and Robin to slip their bonds. Later, at the Daily Planet, Lois and Clark discuss the return of the Ultra-Humanite and that Clark has failed his military induction physical as he inadvertently read the eye-chart in the next room with his X-ray vision! 

Second Story Synopsis

On a cold February night, a battered James Gordon enlists the aid of Batman to stop the Head of the Demon, Ra’s al Ghul. Batman relay the info to other members of the Justice Society of America; Atom, Green Arrow, Green LanternHawkman and Wonder Girl, a teen-aged magical projection of Diana. She has temporarily replaced Wonder Woman, who is in the late stages of pregnancy.

On a planet in the Delta Vega star system, Superman searches for a way to escape with the cancer treatment he came for. Unfortunately, the planet is now occupied by hostile alien invaders and the local star is red, leaving him with no super-powers.

Back on Earth, Lois Kent, who is near to giving birth to her second child, is visited by her sister, Lucy Olsen and her new husband, Jimmy Olsen.

In the BatcaveAlfred and Batman discuss Jim Gordon’s condition, Gordon’s granddaughter Barbara, and the circumstances of Gordon’s “escape.” Superman is able to create a signal that attracts the attention of the sector Green Lantern, Abin Sur, who proceeds to clear the planet of invaders.

Over North Korea, Wonder Girl searches for the downed plane of Gen. Steve Trevor, the husband of her magical duplicate, who was shot down in combat. She find his horribly mangled body and flies off to Themyscira with the hopes that the Purple Healing Ray will be able to repair him as it did over a decade before.

Abin Sur returns Superman to Earth and introduces him to Alan Scott, Earth’s resident Green Lantern but not a member of the Green Lantern Corps. Diana Trevor and Lois Kent go into labor simultaneously and give birth to daughters at the same moment. Abin Sur and Alan Scott speculate on a connection between the two.

Clark Kent arrives at the hospital and is introduced to his daughter, Kara. Unlike her brother, Joel, she has not been exposed to Gold Kryptonite and will eventually develop super powers.

Diana Trevor, meanwhile, is informed by Wonder Girl that her husband is dead. Diana is comforted by the presence of her newborn daughter, Stephanie Trevor