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The series was originally published as a three-issue limited series November - July by DC Comics, and since collected into hardcover and paperback one-volume editions, and Absolute Dark Knight edition which also features The Dark Knight Returns. Like its predecessor, this story takes place in a timeline that is not considered canonical in the current continuity of DC Comics.
After going underground, Batman and his young sidekick, Catgirl Robin from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns , train an army of "batboys" to save the world from a "police-state" dictatorship led by Lex Luthor. In a series of raids on government facilities, Batman's soldiers release from captivity other superheroes, including: The Atom , trapped for years in a petri dish; The Flash, forced to run on a treadmill to provide America with free power; and Plastic Man , now insane and trapped in Arkham Asylum.
Elongated Man is recruited from his job as a commercial spokesman, and Green Arrow is already working with Batman as seen in the end of DKR. Superman is even ordered by the "President" -- in fact a computer generated front for Lex Luthor and Brainiac -- to stop Batman.
He confronts Wayne at the Batcave, but is defeated by Batman and the other superheroes. Meanwhile, Batman's raids have not gone unnoticed by the media. After being banned for years, the freed superheroes have recaptured the public imagination, becoming a fad among youth. At a concert for the pop group "The Superchix", Batman and the other heroes make a public appearance, urging their fans to rebel against the oppressive government.
During this time, rogue vigilante The Question spies on Luthor's plans, typing a journal to record the misdeeds of those in power.
He attempts to convince the Martian Manhunter, now an aged, bitter, near-powerless figure with his mind filled with Luthor's nanotechnology, to stand up against Superman and the powers that be. The two are soon attacked by a figure who physically resembles the Joker but is seemingly invulnerable to injury, and the Martian Manhunter sacrifices his life as The Question is rescued by Green Arrow.
The villain escapes, but proceeds to kill other heroes such as The Guardian, The Creeper and likely others who have come out of retirement. An alien monster lands in Metropolis and begins to destroy the city. Batman, however, is convinced that it is a way to lure him and his allies out of hiding and does not respond, callously dismissing Flash's claim that they are supposed to save lives.
Batman's attitude is that the stakes are too high to worry about preserving life at all cost, whether this applies to men, women or even children. Superman and Captain Marvel fight the monster, but it is revealed to be Brainiac, who coerces Superman using the bottled Kryptonian city of Kandor as leverage into losing the battle in order to crush the people's faith in superheroes.
Captain Marvel is killed defending citizens from the carnage, but Superman is saved when Lara, his daughter by Wonder Woman, appears and destroys Brainiac's monster body.
She has been carefully hidden since birth, but, now that the government knows she exists, they demand that she be handed over. Deciding that Batman and his methods are the only way out, Superman, Wonder Woman and their daughter join him and assist in his plan. By having Lara pretend to hand herself over to Brainiac, the Atom is able to slip into the bottle and free the Kandorians who use their combined heat vision to destroy Brainiac, the heroes subsequently destroying the power source of the dictatorship and inciting revolution.
Batman allows himself to be captured and tortured by Luthor, who plans to use satellites to destroy most of the world's population and leave them with a more manageable number of people. The satellites, however, are destroyed by the now god-like Green Lantern who wraps a giant fist around the Earth, destroying Luthor's several trillion dollars-worth of weapons. Luthor is subsequently killed by the son of Hawkman whose parents had been killed earlier on. This is an action Batman planned and approved, much to Flash's horror.
Returning to the Batcave, Batman receives a communication from Carrie: she is being attacked by the same psychopath who dispatched the Martian Manhunter and other heroes. Batman recognizes the assailant as Dick Grayson, the first Robin, who has been genetically manipulated to possess a powerful healing power and is criminally insane. Batman shows nothing but contempt for his former sidekick and plans his death the moment they face each other. Batman hurls himself and Grayson into a miles-deep crevasse filled with lava and blows up the entire cave, igniting an underground volcano and destroying everything — only to be saved by Superman at the last minute and brought to Carrie in the Batmobile.
Both Batman and Carrie, though badly injured, survive and continue on. This event or storyline is specifically related to Batman , or to members of the Batman Family. This template will automatically categorize articles that include it into the Batman Storylines category.
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