Spoilers for DC Comics released 01/25/2022.
Words in italics signify actions.
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The GC52 Logo appears on televisions, computers, and all other types of viewing devices at its normally scheduled time. Lead Anchor Dan McMahon stands behind his newsdesk with his back to the camera as he stares down at something in his hands. The setting sun sparkles off the crown jewel of the City of Tomorrow in the background. The GC52 intro music begins to dim as the actual program begins as Dan turns around towards the camera, his tie untied and his buttoned shirt undone revealing his crisp white tee shirt underneath.
Dan: I’m sorry that I am not starting tonight’s broadcast with my usual chipper demeanor and thoroughfare. We received something via Adam Strange who picked it up in an alien cantina in the furthest reaches of space. I cannot help but feel responsible for what I am about to read to you…
Dan lifts a small pad of paper in his hands as he begins to read.
Dan pauses for a moment before he continues to read the note from Warworld.
Dan: It didn’t take long before I was found out. Another displaced phaelosian in the far reaches of space was just another lamb for the slaughter on Warworld. When you fight amongst the warzoons and dispatch life to save your own, you earn iron. Another link in a chain that represents the life you have taken. For them, it’s symbolic of power… of victory. For me, all they are is a reminder of the weight that drags me further into hell. But what of heaven and hell on a planet built upon thousands of years of torture, extinction, and other horrors? I can’t let it break me or I’ll never get home.
There are so many other species here that I’ve never seen in any reports on Earth. Each brings their own language and culture that they try to preserve despite the cleansing fires of Warworld. The most basic language of these Theyangaoche is Mal’tsunakal from what I gather. I’m trying to learn. To adapt. To survive. So say the dead.
I’ve watched Superman in the pits. He doesn’t fight like the others. I don’t know if it’s pride or the unwillingness to hurt others like the rest of the Authority have done. But I saw him today. He has changed. On his chest was an iron symbol, his old familiar S. They say that the S means Hope to his people. I sure hope it means the same thing to us on Warworld. I can only hope there is a bright sun on the horizon because it’s felt like midnight for far too long. So say the dead.
Dan finishes reading the note, pauses for a moment before composing himself and continuing on.
Dan: We need to get to a team out there as soon as possible, I don’t care how much it costs. Someone get Oa on the line, or any of the Legion of Superheroes currently stuck in our time, or hell. even get me the R.E.B.E.L.S if they’re still a team. Let’s move on to…oh no. How did she get back in here?
Violet beams at the camera, waving enthusiastically at everyone. She then chimes in a sing-song voice:
Violet: I’m baaack. Did you miss me? Of course, you did! Who else can give you Harley reports like I do?! Remember the little vacation I was supposed to be taking? Well, I ended up at the GCPD denying several breaking and entering scenarios.
Harley is facing off against Keepsake once again. He left a note at Harley’s therapy session revealing this time he has kidnapped Kevin and restrained him on the Gotham train tracks….oh, and there’s a bomb, classic! Harley was met with a difficult choice, having to divert the explosive train towards Kevin or let it hit the city! The suspense was SWEATY let me tell you. She fought a giant robot too! – loads of terminator jokes. It was awesome.
Alas, she stopped the Megatron but regretfully had to choose Kevin over the city. The plot remains thick, the conclusion, UNCONCLUDED. We still don’t know whether or not Kevin and Harley made it but I’ll be sure to get to the bottom of this story for you all and report accordingly! Until then, everybody, goodbye!
The camera cuts back to Dan who lets out a long sigh.
Dan: I have to admit, at least that raised my spirits a bit. Let’s turn it over to Jake.
The camera cuts to show the stands of the Lazarus Island Arena. There, the often-in-over-his-head-but-not-for-long-reporter, Jake and his mentor Lady Shiva.
Jake: So Robin is just sorta laying on the ground mumbling stuff as Mother Soul just sits opposite him. Shiva, what is happening?
Lady Shiva: Mental combat induced by magic. It is wonderful training.
Jake: Well that’s certainly something. Well not much going on…
Shiva: It appears as if they are returning to the world.
In the distance, Robin proclaims that Mother Soul is the mother of Ra’s al Ghul!
Shiva: Well this is starting to make sense.
A fight begins between the two members of the family before all of a sudden, Ra’s al Ghul and the League begin their assault on Mother Soul.
Jake: Folks, looks like things are starting to heat up! Let’s wat-
The feed cuts out for a moment before returning to the studio.
Dan: Well I hope all is well with that… let’s check in with… Brent?
A familiar face in a blue jumpsuit and baseball cap graces the screen, although exactly who they are is difficult to place. There are smudges of grime on their face and they appear to be standing in some sort of hallway. The details are too sparse to say exactly where.
Brent: Howdy! It’s Br-…Brent, the uh….radiator technician. Here to report as a concerned local repairman. That just happened to be on a job at Titans’ Academy when the usual reporter is on sick leave. Anyhow, it’s been some time since the audience has gotten a report on the Academy. I’ve been under deep cove-uh…I mean, I’ve been busy fixing radiators. Doing my best to write things down on my lunch break. The biggest reveal is that the Mr. Roy Harper the academy is named after is in no need of a post-death commemoration because…he ain’t dead.
A distracting amount of clangs and clashes and other assortments of strange noises can be heard in the distance but the reporter- or, radiator technician, pays them no mind.
Brent: Another Titan has made an abrupt appearance with two kids in tow…None other than the not-so-kid-anymore, Kid Flash. A lot of cooks in the kitchen but even more eager chefs in training! More and more kids are being shipped here what feels like every day. Nice to know the Titans still got big hearts but they’re gonna need an even bigger T-shaped tower!
The clanging has subsided but now the strange noises are more audible…many are difficult to describe but there’s a type of…wobble…maybe? The technician remains unfazed.
Brent: Now that the folks watching are more or less caught up, I’ll fill you in on today’s drama. What you heard earlier was the students being evacuated from the tower. Due to this…
Brent takes a few steps to the right and the camera pans a little further, so he’s anchored in the left side of the screen. A large door frame is now visible on the right side of the screen, and what seems to be the entire Titans faculty can be seen standing with their backs to the frame on one side of the room. On the other…a large, reddish…orb?
Brent: Get a load of whatever the heck that is! From what I’ve eavesdropped, there’s a student in there. Some kid named Dane, whom I–er, my friend, Brian, followed through a portal into a not-so-fun place. He said it was like Florida but worse. So, this kid apparently has some serious world-ending powers that he may or may not be able to control. Big stakes at Roy Harper’s School for Creepy Youngsters today. Oh yeah, and that Red X guy? Still here. Dunno what his deal is. If it even is a He. The Titans seem to have a pretty good idea of who they are though, so hopefully I can pick up on something sooner than later. Anyways, I’m gonna cut for now and find somewhere cozy to hide while I wait for this to blow over. Cheers!
The camera cuts back to Dan in the studio.
Dan: For our last story tonight we’re going back to Gotham with an extended report from our correspondent on the scene of the developing hostage situation at Arkham Tower. Ethan, what do you have for us?
The camera cuts to the GC52 mobile studio in Gotham City (actually Ethan’s apartment). Outside the window stands Arkham Tower, lit up by the spotlights of GCPD choppers circling the tower, and the flashing lights of police cars can be seen bathing the plaza outside in a red-blue hue. Inside the apartment, a chair has been placed in-frame. Sat on the chair is an old CRT Monitor, pointed directly at the camera, though all it is currently displaying is static. Ethan steps into view of the camera, taking a quick look outside at the chaos of Arkham Tower less than a mile away, before beginning his report.
Ethan: Evening Dan, my sources have provided a fascinating piece of info regarding the situation behind me. They have confirmed that Gotham-based hero Huntress is on-scene at Arkham Tower, but not as a recent addition to the growing number of heroes assessing the carnage inside. No, my sources have said she has in fact been at the tower for days, likely undercover as staff, or maybe even a patient. All we can hope at this time is that she is safe, and working to bring this constantly escalating situation to a swift close.
Huntress being on the scene at Arkham Tower does help explain her sudden disappearance from the streets a few weeks ago. After having had an increased presence putting a stop to crime since Batman left on his travels, it was odd to see her just up and vanish. Though what comfort can be gleaned from knowing she’s been in Arkham all this time is difficult to find.
This news is quite prescient at being delivered today as it is also the anniversary of Huntress’ first confirmed appearance on the streets of Gotham. I’m sure many of our older viewers remember when our channel first reported on a crossbow-wielding vigilante having joined the ever-growing cadre of heroes operating out of Gotham. I actually went into the archives and pulled one of those reports out, from when this city was declared a No Man’s Land after being hit by an earthquake. And this footage will be of note to our current viewers as the reporter out in the field during that time was lead anchor Dan. So let’s see what he had to say, shall we?
Ethan hits a button on the CRT Monitor and from its screen what looks like CCTV footage begins to play, it shows Huntress taking on Joker, and a large number of his thugs, all by herself. As the footage rolls on, Huntress takes out almost all the thugs but Joker manages to get the upper hand, knocking her out. Right at that moment, Batman and Nightwing arrive, taking down Joker and the remaining thugs. Nightwing crouches down by Huntress, bringing her back to consciousness. Just then, the footage cuts to show a much younger Dan stood where the fight had taken place. He’s wearing a stain-covered white shirt and looks as though he’s not shaved in a few weeks.
Young Dan: Hello all, it’s your favorite Gotham beat reporter Dan here, reporting to you live from the No Man’s Land that was once our fair city. Apologies for my current disposition, running water has been difficult to come by lately. What you just saw was footage recorded by one of the handy little mobile cameras I placed around the city. As you can see, Huntress, though injured from this fight, managed to hold her own against the worst criminal to ever show their face in Gotham, The Joker.
I think even those who never made much of Huntress when she first appeared in the city will agree this is a worthy feat, one deserving praise, and I, and I’m sure all you at home, send their best wishes in her speedy recovery. We need Huntress on these streets right now. And if I’m not mistaken, that’s about to be proven right as it sounds like another turf war has broken out a few blocks away. I’ll be back in a moment.
Young Dan picks up the camera that had been filming him and starts running with it, off to report on the latest goings-on in No Man’s Land. This old footage from GC52’s past comes to an end as Ethan reaches down to shut the CRT Monitor off. When it doesn’t he hits the top of the monitor and while it does switch off, smoke comes billowing out the back.
Ethan: Well, that’s a dead monitor. In other, related news, my sources have sent me unconfirmed reports that Party Crashers, the criminal group operating in Gotham as of late, have actually been posing as Arkham Tower staff. This is just the latest development in what seems to be a large amount of evidence that Arkham Head of Staff, Dr. Wear, is corrupt. But there is something that’s bothering me about this whole situation, I can’t shake the feeling there’s someone even higher than Wear pulling the stri-
Ethan is suddenly cut off from his train of thought as the smoke billowing from the CRT Monitor turns into a full-on fire. He rushes out of frame to grab an extinguisher as the camera feed cuts back to Dan in the studio. Dan looks down at his desk before looking up at the camera.
Dan: I’ve been at this for a long time. I have to look into intergalactic superhero teams so that brings us to the end of our report for tonight. So as always; be it the Bat-Symbol in Gotham, a red streak through Central City, or a golden lasso on Themyscira… GC52 has you covered with the news you need to know. ‘Till next week, I’m your host Dan McMahon. Be strong in all your convictions. And if you’re listening Jerry, we’re bringing you home son.
Books Covered this Week
- Action Comics #1039 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Riccardo Federici, Lee Loughridge, and Dave Sharpe.
- Harley Quinn #11 by Stephanie Phillips, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Deron Bennett.
- Robin #10 by Joshua Williamson, Roger Cruz, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, and Troy Peteri.
- Teen Titans Academy #11 by Tim Sheridan, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Brent Peeples, Alex Sinclair, Jeremiah Skipper, Matt Herms, and Rob Leigh.
- Detective Comics #1050 by Mariko Tamaki, Ivan Reis, Danny Miki, Brad Anderson, and Ariana Maher.