(Spoilers for DC Comics released 10/26/2021)
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GC52 News begins at the old faithful time even if the program has been a bit different for the last few weeks. The drone camera opens to lead anchor Dan in the remote Batcave GC52 have been operating out of. He’s slamming back a cup of coffee from a thermos.
Dan: Good Morning, Good Afternoon, and Good Evening to all our wonderful viewers from the docks of Coast City to the furthest reaches of Oa, you are watching the multiverse’s best news show that brings you the news that you need to know! As always, I’m your host, Dan McMahon, doing my part to keep you updated on what is happening up to the minute in Gotham City as the Fear State continues. As you can see, I finally got some sleep. Seems like there are a lot of heroes out on the streets and I needed a night off.
Things in Alley Town are taking a positive turn as Catwoman, Harley, and ½ Ivy are working to take down a group of second-rate dollar store knock-offs of much larger villains. Bargain bin versions of Professor Pyg, Bane, and Mister Freeze have been spotted. There have been other reports of a new hero dressed in a Harley Quinn-themed get-up fighting magistrates with a hockey stick. One thing about Gothamites, they do fight back against evil and oppression when they are up against the wall.
The camera cuts over to Ethan standing away from his desk in the Batcave, he’s on the phone speaking to someone.
Ethan: Hey Chase, yeah, still holding down Gotham as best we can. I’ll get a data packet with all the intel I’ve collected over to you later tonight… The Bones situation? The leads are drying up. Seems the church he and the rest of Checkmate were operating out of was transported by Leviathan to Thailand. But they’ve disappeared now, it’s like they transported somewhere we can’t get eyes on. I’ll do my best to figure out where they’ve gone boss.
Anyway, you mentioned something about Deathstroke. What’s Slade been up to? You’re kidding me… TRUST sent him, Canary, and Toyman to space? To stop Cyborg Superman? That’s insane. Are you sure you want to be getting into business with them, it seems like a big risk, especially if their top agent is Slade? I trust you no matter what boss, but just be careful, something about TRUST rubs me the wrong way. I’ll be in touch later, gotta go…
Ethan sits back down at his desk and turns to camera.
Ethan: Sorry about that folks. Y’know what it’s like, when the boss needs to talk, you gotta talk. Looks like we’ve got an update coming in from Lazarus Island so let’s see what’s been going on with Robin.
The camera feed starts up on one of the GC52 drones and it sees our most dashing journalist, Jake, fiddling with it until it leaves his grasp to float around the hot air balloon housing Jake and Lady Shiva. Shiva is looking through her telescope at the final rounds of the Lazarus Tournament.
Jake: And we are back on the air, okay Shiva, what did I miss.
Lady Shiva: It is the final eight combatants. But that number is quickly dwindling as Hawke has already dispatched XXL. And it looks as though Black Swan and Drenched will be dealt with shortly by Ravager and Flatline respectively.
Jake: What about Robin?
Shiva: He deceived Respawn, and stole a book some time ago. Respawn has just found him and… oh it appears Robin has thrown him off the cliff.
Jake: Ouch luckily he’s got another life left. Hold on one sec dear viewer!
Jake then tosses the drone camera down to Robin’s location and views him through the camera. Mother Soul approaches the son of the bat as they chat and it is revealed that she is the mother of Ra’s al Ghul, Ruh al Ghul. The hero quickly makes his way back to win and end the tournament before it awakens Lazarus Island’s demon.
Jake: Wow Hawke just took out Ravager like she was nothing.
Shiva: She is nothing. For now.
Jake: Well that’s a bit rude. Oh wow, Robin just defeated Flatline with ease! Guess is bird vs bird with an e now.
Shiva: For now.
She turns from the telescope.
Shiva: Now you have seen some of the best killers alive, it is time I train you to become one of them.
Jake: Wait what?!
As Robin and Hawke begin to go head to head the audio from Jake’s microphone cuts out and so does the camera feed. When the feed returns to Dan, he’s standing outside the Mayor’s office.
Dan: It seems as if the Mayor is still MIA after an attack here at the offices. But as you can see, the area is now secure thanks to another Bat-family member. Batwoman has returned to the field to help during the Fear State. While that is a huge help, things do not seem to be improving city-wide… I do hope I have something better to report next week. We will see you then… Be strong in all your convictions.
Books Covered this Week:
- Harley Quinn #8 by Stephanie Phillips, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Derron Bennett.
- Detective Comics #1044 by Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora, Jordie Bellaire, and Aditya Bidikar.
- Deathstroke Inc. #2 by Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, and Steve Wands.
- Checkmate #5 by Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, Dave Stewart, and Josh Reed.
- Robin #7 by Joshua Williamson, Gleb Melnikov, Max Dubar, Luis Guerrero, and ALW’s Troy Peteri.
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