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"Bats out of Hell": A practical task in the midst of madness. One week ago, a mountain appeared in the center of Gotham City, and with it, twisted versions of the Justice League, which have championed the disaster. Batman was trapped in a dimension of chaos by a hooded devil. Gotham, Central Cit


Quote1 I know I'm not exactly the Bruce you were hoping for. But I am Bruce. We all are. Let me remind you of a story we have in common. On my world, I developed ways to eliminate the Justice League... then they found out and were so disappointed in me. I betrayed their trust. It was a dark time for the League. But in all honesty... I was holding back. Now imagine if seven Bruce Waynes put their heads together... what horror they could be capable of. If they were to... say... develop separate murderous Batcaves meticulously designed with each of you in mind. So I hope you appreciate our work, because... you're going to die here. Ha. Ha. Ha. Quote2
-- Batman Who Laughs



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  • Tomb of Prince Khufu (Flashback only)

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Synopsis for "Bats out of Hell"

A practical task in the midst of madness. One week ago, a mountain appeared in the center of Gotham City, and with it, twisted versions of the Justice League, which have championed the disaster. Batman was trapped in a dimension of chaos by a hooded devil. Gotham, Central City, Coast City, and Detroit are cartoon warzones. Heroes are scattered, looking for answers, for weapons. However, Superman is convinced that if he can get to Batman, he can bring him back and rectify the disaster.

So the plan is simple: Flash and Superman, racing around the Fortress of Solitude. At their fastest, Flash releases all of his speed into Superman, throwing the other hero between dimensions and hopefully sending him where he needed to go.

Exhausted, Flash tries to help Steel, who is investigating a multiversal tuning fork, which Batman was investigating and which may have sparked the invasion in the first place. Flash cannot shake the feeling that he has encountered a device like this before, but Steel keeps the conversation practical, remarking that the tuning fork will maintain the link to the Dark Multiverse of the villains. Flash puts out a call on Justice League comms, hoping for good news, but his allies - Wonder Woman at the Tower of Fate with Doctor Fate and Lady Blackhawk, Green Lantern in Thanagarian space with Mister Terrific and Plastic Man and Aquaman at the Forbidden Walls of Atlantis with Deathstroke - can find none of the Nth metal they will need to defeat their foes.

Then, a voice breaks in on comms. Cyborg, who has been missing for hours, is only able to blurt out that "they" are coming for the heroes.

Suddenly, at the locations of the other three heroes, evil versions of Cyborg's Boom Tubes open up and scoop up the heroes. Flash is left shouting into a silent radio, when two of the evildoers show up in the Fortress: Murder Machine and Devastator. Murder Machine defeats Steel, and Devastator destroys the multiversal tuning fork, trapping Superman and Batman. The two villains remark that on their worlds, Barry Allen was only known for one thing: dying. Angry, Flash runs into the remains of the tuning fork, attuning himself to the Dark Multiverse, and vanishing.

Flash emerges in a twisted version of Central City where the Red Death, his dark counterpart, is in charge. Here, he finds Wally & Iris, who he tries to comfort, but he suddenly falls into a pit of darkness where he is assailed by visions of failure and death.

Landing with a thump, Flash muses that something similar happened to Superman back in Metropolis. However, he can now reach Aquaman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman on the comms, in similar darknesses. Cyborg cuts in again, trying to warn them, but is overridden by and outside power. One of the villains, the Batman Who Laughs, is now the voice on the comms, and sets the stage for them - each member of the villainous team is a twisted version of Batman who stole a different set of superpowers. But each villain remains a version of Batman, and so, to defeat their foes, they have built a cave base, and filled it with traps.

Wonder Woman finds herself in a cave, surrounded by abandoned weaponry, from spears to powered armor. Aquaman finds himself in a grotto full of sunken ships. Green Lantern finds himself in a lightless honeycomb structure. Flash finds himself in a cave decorated with spiked treadmills and the framed costumes of dead friends and foes.

Out of the darkness step their counterparts. And the Flash knows that speed is useless if there is nowhere left to run...



Notes

  • This book was first published on October 25, 2017.
  • The nightmare visions that assail Flash show:
    • an aged Barry cradling the corpse of an aged Iris West
    • Eobard Thawne making an alliance with the Rogues
    • Flash being murdered by Godspeed
    • a version of Flash who is also the Anti-Monitor, destroying worlds
    • Flash standing, grief-stricken, over the corpses of the two Wally Wests
  • The story continues in Justice League (Volume 3) #32.

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