Spoilers for DC Comics released 03/15 and 03/22 of 2022.
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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 sits at his news desk, steam rising off of his mug of tea. 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 to the camera with a smile on his face.
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 bring you up to the minute updates on the worlds you live in!
The Trial of the Amazons has begun on Themysceria after the tragic death of the former Queen Hippolyta. After some debate, each of the three tribes have put forth their champion for their group. The Esqucidas from the hidden world of Akhaim have chosen Yara Flor to represent them. She was taken in by them some time ago and worked to earn her birthright amongst them. Their keen focus on discipline will make her a fierce challenge in the contest ahead.
Before announcing the next champion, Dan drops a manilla folder on the table that makes a thump. It’s filled to the gills to the point of ripping at the seams.
Dan: The Bana-Mighdall have chosen Donna Troy as their champion. This is folder one on her. All of the papers are mixed up and half of them don’t make any sense. Just know she’s a badass and that’s all we have time to get into on one news story and not an 8-week investigative event on what the heck her background is. Moving on, the Themyscirians and Queen Nubia have chosen Phillipus, Captain of the Guard and the former Queen’s General. Wait hold on…
Papers shuffles in front of him.
Dan: Seems like we may actually have a fourth contender, Diana! Daughter of Hippolyta beholden to no one but competes for all Amazons. Interesting turn of events! We will keep you in the loop about all things Trial of the Amazons in the coming weeks. Next up, it’s… Oh. It’s the ferret. Okay then, let’s get this over with.
The camera cuts to show Mr. Tubes the ferret in his mech suit, a fire is raging around him from a recent explosion. The camera picks up Nightwing in the distance carrying someone to safety. Mr. Tubes’ robotic voice comes across the audio feed.
Mr. Tubes: Oh no, must get out!
Tubes proceeds to watch as The Flash grabs Nightwing and zips him away. The camera cuts to a GC52 drone camera is flying behind Zeb, the ghost intern of Mr. Tubes… Yeah, we don’t know either.
Zeb: Okay so like before I totally hit the baseball to the moon and the coach told me to run around the bases like 6 times in a row so I won the game all by myself! And, and, and then… wait! That lady is getting kidnapped!
He points down and the camera follows to show Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner Jim Gordon, being grabbed and thrown into a van.
Zeb: We gotta save her.
As they go chasing after the van, the camera feed cuts back to Dan in the studio. He has his head in his hands.
Dan: I really don’t get how we ended up with a ferret and a ghost as our Bludhaven reporting team. Anyway, looks like Jake has an update on Robin’s activities outside of Gotham.
The camera cuts to show Jake and his unlikely companion Lady Shiva watching Robin board the airship of Talia al Ghul.
Jake: Are we going after Robin?
Shiva: He put on an interesting display so I would like to see the fallout of this incident.
Jake: Well back to New Jersey. Oh, but I need to record with this old camera.
Shiva: I do not care.
Jake: Yeah I have the drone following somebody. I had a hunch.
Shiva: Enough talking.
As they leave to follow Robin wherever he may be going, the feed cuts back to the studio.
Dan: Okay and next up we have an update from Violet on the latest goings-on with Harley Quinn.
Violet stands outside Black Gate Penitentiary Prison as she turns to face the camera.
Violet: Hello all, you’ve probably already heard the news of Harley Quinn’s arrest; what you haven’t heard is that she’s innocent and I’m a witness! I happened to be nearby when the murder of former Falcone consultant, Frankie Peterson took place yesterday evening at the Hungry Heart restaurant. I couldn’t identify the imposter impersonating Harley Quinn, but they fled the scene leaving absolute carnage behind.
I heard Harley hijacked a delivery truck filled with food to feed the less fortunate. I’m presuming this took place around the same time as the murder; however, the GCPD think otherwise and have arrested and sent her here, to Black Gate Prison. Do you guys remember I had a rat back in March last year? Well, I got a hold of him again to keep me updated from the inside. I’m really getting the hang of this rat thing. I wonder if Rat Catcher would like an apprentice. Back to you Dan!
Violet waves at the camera as the feed cuts to Dan in the studio.
Dan: Thanks for that Violet. I hope that rat agreed to take part in an undercover operation. We now go live to Ethan for his final update on the Arkham Tower crisis.
The camera cuts to Ethan’s apartment in Gotham, outfitted to be the mobile GC52 studio. Outside the window stands Arkham Tower. Unlike previous broadcasts, the sky is that of a setting sun, there’s not a hint of rain in the sky, and the ever-present red-blue glow of GCPD cars has vanished from outside the tower. Ethan stands in front of the window, a warm smile on his face.
Ethan: Good evening all. As you can see behind me, the hostage crisis within Arkham Tower has passed. When I last updated you we had just seen Batman rescue Nightwing from a tragic fall after being pushed out by Scarecrow. Well, a lot happened after that. The rest of Gotham’s vigilantes rescued the hostages within the tower, brought a stop to the remaining Party Crashers and a contingent of Penguin goons who had found their way inside, and took down Scarecrow. A pretty successful outcome for what at one point seemed destined for tragedy.
It’s been a few days now and we’re still in the dark as to how a lot of this spiraled so far out of control. The Mayor’s office has confirmed they will be launching an internal review to investigate. In the meantime, Dr. Chase Meridina has been placed in charge of Arkham Tower. This will come as welcome news to many. Dr. Meridian was one of the main voices in raising concerns regarding operations at the tower. Now, there is so-
As Ethan is talking a radio broadcast cuts across into the GC52 audio feed.
Unknown Voice: …me to introduce myself. This is Riddler Radio. And I have a question for you, Gotham. When is a killer not a killer?
Ethan: S#!@, that’s not what we need right now. Not him… Dan, I’ve got some work to do. Back to you.
Ethan bolts off-screen as the video feed cuts back to Dan in the studio. With a deep sigh, the Warworld journal of intern Jerry is once again placed on the desk.
Dan: As you grow older, you can only hope to inspire those around you to carry on your mission. That what you do and have done helps show them their own path. Not to follow the one you carved out but rather use it as a starting place for their own. Jerry was doing just that. He writes about the sharing of stories from Superman’s past. Stories of triumph, of valor, and most importantly, of heart. Stories can inspire people to do more. To believe in their own causes and to fight for what’s right.
It seems as if those stories have spread all over Warworld. The prisoners of Mongul use the Kryptonian symbol of hope as their own. That along with Midnighter’s plans to destroy the Star forges may mean that this story won’t end in tragedy. You’re going to get home, Jerry, but for now… I think Warworld needs you. Byt that’s all we have time for tonight… 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.
Books Covered this Week
- Wonder Woman #785 by Michael W. Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Rosi Kämpe, Tamra Bonvillain, and Pat Brosseau.
- Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #1 by Joëlle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, and Pat Brosseau.
- Nightwing #90 by Tom Taylor, Geraldo Borges, Adriano Lucas, and Wes Abbott.
- Robin #12 by Joshua Williamson, Roger Cruz, Norm Rapmund, and Luis Guerrero.
- Harley Quinn #13 by Stephanie Williams, Riley Rossmo, Jay Leisten, Ivan Plascenia, and AndWorld Design.
- Detective Comics #1057/#1058 by Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpan, Jordie Bellaire, and Ariana Maher.
- Action Comics #1041 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Dale Eaglesham, WIll Conrad, Lee Loughridge, and Dave Stewart.