Batman – Volume 2 – 35

General Info

Issue No:
35
On Sale Date:
October 2014
Cover Date:
December 2014
Era:
New 52
Story Title:
Batman: Endgame - Part One

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Greg Capullo, Danny Miki
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Penciller:
Greg Capullo
Inker:
Danny Miki
Letterer:
Steve Wands
Colourist:
FCO Plascencia
Editor:
Mark Doyle, Matt Humphreys (assistant)

Characters

Main:
Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Heroes:
N/A
Villains:
Joker, Justice League: Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Aquaman (Arthur Curry), Flash (Barry Allen), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El)
Olympians:
NA
Amazons:
NA
Other:
Alfred Pennyworth, Julia Pennyworth, Lola
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Synopsis

Bruce Wayne has only just recovered from an attack of Fear Toxin from The Scarecrow, and wakened to his friends Alfred and Julia Pennyworth standing over him. Having built up a new Bat-base in Old Wayne Tower in one of the former hide-outs of the Court of Owls, Bruce is eager to get set up in the centre of Gotham. With the light of day streaming in through an a window, Julia draws Bruce’s attention to something incoming.

Wonder Woman crashes suddenly through the picture window, grabbing Bruce up in one hand and dragging him into the air above the city. Sensing that she wishes him harm, he places devices on her temples that cause her to lose her grip on him, and he tumbles down into a tree in Robinson Park. Confused, he demands an explanation for her actions. Calmly, Diana responds that she and the rest of the League have come to kill him. Worriedly, Bruce calls back to Alfred and Julia to enact plan “Fenrir”.

Soon, clouds of gas are pumped up through the sewer grates, covering a ten block area. Worriedly, the citizens begin evacuating the area. Fortunately, the gas is harmless – Bruce’s own plan to clear a space for him to face more dangerous threats without seeing any civilians harmed. Armed with one of his more powerful robotic Batsuits, Bruce worries that Wonder Woman appears to be completely unconflicted about the plan to kill him. She won’t pull her punches. He demands again, to know who or what caused her to behave this way, and Diana responds that she simply hates him, and this is the end for him. Brandishing her sword, Diana warns that no armour can withstand her delivery of the truth through her weapon. With the blade, she cuts off his hand, and then thrusts the tip through his chest.

Batman, of course, knew that the only way to defeat a warrior of truth would be with a lie. Though it took him nearly two years to track it down, Bruce finally located a magical artefact called the Bind of Veils, created by Hephaestus in a moment of doubt after creating the Lasso of Truth. He had it built into his suit, and with it, successfully deceived Diana into thinking she’d killed him, allowing him to face the next threat.

Bruce takes on and defeats Flash and Aquaman in quick succession.

When Julia warns that something big is coming, Bruce hopes, despite his instincts, that his next foe will not be Superman. His instincts, of course, prove true, and Superman crashes down onto him, damaging the suit of armour. Again, Bruce begs to know just who did this to his friends. Grinning, Superman responds that it’s actually a funny story. Filled with dread, Batman realises exactly who is attacking him. The Joker has returned!