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GC52 News (DC Comics Releases for 06/01/2021)

If you missed last week’s news report, check it out here.

(Spoilers for DC Comics released 06/01/2021)

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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 the center of the newsroom behind his desk. This week he’s wearing the same outfit as last week… his clothes look singed and battered as if he’d been through something quite difficult.The Daily Planet globe is visible behind him as he stares off blankly into space, face turned away from direct eye contact with the camera. The GC52 theme music begins to dim as the actual program begins. Dan barely moves until the audience can hear Jerry snap.

Jerry: Uh, Dan, you’re live. Are you okay boss?

The snap to attention isn’t quick but rather a slow turn towards Jerry and the camera.

Dan: I’m sorry, I just got back from the other Earth after being invited to that Lake House by an old friend, Walter. I barely made it out of there alive, Jerry. I was so scared that I’d never make it back to our Earth. I was given a label of “News Anchor” and a symbol. I cannot describe just how dehumanizing that is to have your identity boiled down into a simple phrase as you fight for your life against an apocalypse that you were hand-picked to survive against like a prized pig.

Jerry: Jesus Christ, why don’t you go home? That sounds like you need a day off. We are live…

Dan’s eyes widen and he takes a deep breath as it clicks just where he is before that familiar voice and charm return like someone opened the floodgates.

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!

Dan: As usual, a lot of stuff is going down in Gotham City. Batman seems to have it covered… but does he really? The Mayor signed off on Simon Saint’s Peacemaker Program. I have some weird itch in the back of my mind that it isn’t going to be good for the state of the future in Gotham. There has been footage of a large explosion in Gotham… the fires… just like at the Lake House…

Jerry: CUT TO GREEN LANTERN COVERAGE!

An image of static clears up and Thomas is shown listening to a pair of earbuds, which he quickly removes from his ears. Superimposed behind him is an image of some Green Lanterns at… school?

Thomas: Oh hey, sorry about that. Another broadcast just dropped from Lantern Mullein. Even in their dismantled state, the Green Lanterns are a memo-based organization. Her latest message is a reassurance that the Lanterns across the universe will be recovered and accounted for. At the moment, though? The Corps consists of her, a recovering Lantern Baz with a medicinal arm enhancement, and Teen Lantern Quintela. Fortunately, the United Planets have their back, led by an alien race that is always baring their teeth, either smiling or modeling for a part in the next Doom videogame…

Thomas holds a finger up to his earpiece.

Thomas: I would like to apologize to the United Planets for resorting to a stereotyped description like that. It’s just, who can Oa turn to in its hour of need? Hal Jordan can’t charge in and punch Sinestro this time. As for Lantern Stewart and his starship of a thousand Lanterns, there’s still no communication. Lots of superheroes tend to phase into some kind of altered state at the edge of the universe-

Thomas pauses again.

Thomas: Yes, our fact-checkers can confirm that has been the case often enough to be a safe assumption. The question remains, will the lost Lanterns return as the heroes we once knew, or will they bear scars and transformations from unknown cosmic forces and beings? Stewart is no stranger to a cosmic odyssey here and there, but who knows how he might power up in this unprecedented leadership role? Our computerized AI scenario artist has a most-likely rendering to share of the state of affairs out there:

The image seen behind Thomas now comes to take over the whole screen.

Oh no. We’re boned. Back to you, Dan.

Dan sits with an ice pack on his forehead and an iced coffee on his desk. His wardrobe has changed to what looks to be a hand-knit sweater they keep for breakdowns like this. It has the GC52 Logo on the center.

Dan: Sorry about all that before, I know Batman has this covered. I was just letting the terrible Memorial Day Weekend get me down. I saw reports that former Teen Titan, Crush, was having some romantic troubles. She went to her girlfriend’s birthday party and sort of let out an alien spore of some sort. I do feel for her. Crush is the daughter of intergalactic criminal, Lobo so things can’t be easy for her but it seems like she is headed off planet to work things out. Sending her our best! Let’s check in with Katie! 

When the camera cuts over, Katie is dusting off her shirt and sneezing.

Katie: Ugh, my allergies are atrocious today. All these plant spores and — Oh hi! Welcome. I didn’t know we were filming already ha…ha…

She sneezes again violently.

Katie: Whew! I’m standing here in front of Prescot Headquarters to give you an official update on the missing individuals inside the lab. Unbeknownst to my allegedly reliable witness, Ms. Jennifer Reece and her male companion were only missing for a few moments. It was the end of the day, and we all know how our minds can play tricks on us after long hours in this hell-hole rat race.

Oh — wait. I mean, not this job of course! I always feel like doing yard work and pulling weeds when I get home from reporting all day . . . Ahem.

Anyway, you should disregard any false reports of people disappearing in the technician lab that night. My real quick-footed confidante provided me with details on Ms. Reece’s friend. Mr. Levi Kamei had recently traveled back here to New York from his New Delhi trip. I am to understand that Levi and Jennifer exited Prescot Headquarters that same evening, unharmed and certainly not after vanishing in plain sight. 

Katie’s trusty black cat leaps from the ground onto her shoulder. The cat holds a small piece of paper in its mouth and tries to thrust it into Katie’s own mouth. She turns her head away and snatches the note.

Katie: Felicia, we’re not that close! Cats, right! Who knows where their mouths have been . . .

She shakes her head in awe of the cat’s delivery.

Katie: Apparently, collecting the DEETS — that’s where! Forget everything I said earlier! Those two were definitely up to something! Less than an hour ago, a cleanup crew in yellow hazmat suits and a man with a ventilator swept the room in the Prescot Headquarters building. The team found a peculiar piece of flora left behind and extracted data from Jennifer’s tests on Levi. Not to waterlog the story further, but Amanda Waller of Belle Reve has been contacted in regards to this investigation? Don’t tell me the Suicide Squad is going to make this phenomenon more swampy? Do we need a crossover? 

I’m signing off tonight and warning you all to stay away from flowers these days! They could give you more than just a–a–allerg–ACHOO! Ugh. Over to you, Dan.

Before the camera cuts back to Dan, Katie can be heard assuring her black cat, Felicia, that she definitely isn’t the cause of Katie’s sneezing. 

Dan: Thanks for that Katie! Well, looks like that’s all we have for you, 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. I’m gonna go sleep for a week.

As Dan finishes the outro and the music starts to play, the credits roll and a burst of static takes over the screen. When the picture returns to normal, the GC52 studio has vanished, and instead, security camera footage of an office is being played. At his desk, Mr. Bones, a cigarette in his mouth, is listening to an audiotape. We’ve seen this room before.

On the audiotape a voice is speaking, one of Bones’ agents in the field, delivering a report of an incident involving the Justice League Dark. It’s difficult to make out every word but what can be heard makes for tense listening.

The voice on tape: — Merlin… more power — Zatanna… controlled — Backup requested…

Mr. Bones: That’s gonna get out of hand. Agent 17, can you come in here?

Agent 17, Ethan, the GC52 reporter-revealed-spy, enters the room wearing a black suit and tie. The type all secret agents wear.

Mr. Bones: Good, good, Agent. Assign two more people to 14’s JL Dark investigation. It sounds like it’s about to kick into high gear.

Ethan: Very well sir, but there’s actually something you need to hear. We’ve had reports from our sources in the Hall of Justice. It sounds like the League has jumped over to another universe, tracking down that Brutus guy who was rampaging around here the other day.

Mr. Bones: They… went… to… another… universe… and didn’t tell anyone? I’m gonna wreck their whole world when they get back. It’s not like the whole purpose of the DEO is to be informed when something like this is happening, right, Agent?

Ethan: Yes, sir. Should I assign anyone to actively monitor the situation?

Mr. Bones: No, no, just have our contact inform us the MOMENT they’re back.

Bones takes a drag on his cigarette and static overtakes the screen again, before cutting to black, the broadcast ended.


Books covered this week:

  • The Nice House on the Lake #1 by James Tynion IV, Álvaro Martínez Bueno, Jordie Bellaire, and AndWorld Design.
  • Batman #109 by James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles.
  • Green Lantern #3 by Geoffrey Thorne, Tom Raney, Marco Santucci, Michael Atiyeh, and Rob Leigh.
  • Crush & Lobo #1 by Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpn, Tamra Bonvillain, and Ariana Maher.
  • The Swamp Thing #4 by Ram V, Mike Perkins, Mike Spicer, and Aditya Bidikar.
  • Justice League Dark: The Trouble with Books by Ram V, Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr, and Rob Leigh.
  • Justice League #62 by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Ivan Plascencia, and Josh Reed.
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GC52 Presents: Tales from the Vault-Verse

Prologue

This may be the first time we are meeting or the hundredth but my name is Daniel McMahon. I’m the Lead Anchor on the GC52 News Network. I know most of you are more accustomed to seeing me on your televisions through the Multiverse but this is something different. I am diving back into my journalistic roots after being on the air for so long. But I’m getting ahead of myself, I need to explain what this is first. 

A few weeks ago I was approached by these 2 mysterious bearded brothers only referring to themselves as the Wassels. They told me that there was so much more beyond the worlds of Dark Knights and Super Men. To be honest, I was a little nervous as to how they were waiting for me outside the office but they offered me the keys to what they called “The Vault”. The key is actually a device called “The Combination” which looks like an intricate dial lock but it’s actually a sentient supercomputer (Sort of like the Motherbox from our world). I don’t know who programmed it but it said my wrist was the “thickest” it’s ever been. Still don’t know if that was a jab or if it was hitting on me so I guess we’ll see.

So as any good journalist would, I am making that leap into the unknown regions of the multiverse to travel between these different Vault worlds to meet the people and creatures that inhabit them. So with that… I am heading to some sort of world of swords and sorcery… Have I ever mentioned that I hate Magic? Gives me the willies…

Interview with Owen and…Axe?

When I first arrived on the planet, it was clear I was dreadfully unprepared so I grabbed a cloak from a corpse. Listen, no one ever said journalism was glamorous. Turns out the stack of bodies I was rummaging through was the refuse pile from a sort of coliseum. I found a free seat by the time they introduced someone called “The Barbarian”, which felt a bit dehumanizing. 

But it was quickly clear as day that he was someone I would want to chat with. I don’t know how many gladiatorial battles you have watched but most don’t play out like this one. With the main combatant letting one person get away and killing the person running the show… so I followed this Barbarian from the coliseum and to a nearby watering hole. I heard people whispering about how he was cursed in some sort of way that he can only kill evil-doers so I had to know more.

When I first approached him in the corner he pretty much claimed it as his own, his hand quickly went for his axe. After I offered to buy him drinks to start his night off, he was more inclined to speak with me. (Thank you corpse pile for your endless bounty). I started the interview off with an easy one…

Do you prefer Owen or the flashier title of THE BARBARIAN?

Owen: I prefer you pay my bar tab like you promised. You can call me Sally after that. But only once, because my name is Owen. It rhymes with about as many cool words as “barbarian” does, so good luck writing a song about me. You are a bard, right?

Right?

Before we get into the heavier things, I do have to ask… what’s your favorite sandwich?

Owen: According to this stupid curse of mine, where I HAVE to do the right thing, all the time, I eat evil for lunch. But when I’m not eating that, fried bologna will do just fine.

Right, okay Owen, so how have things been since the whole being cursed thing? 

Owen: I wouldn’t say great. I mean, look: I’m a friggin barbarian. Roaming the lands doing whatever the hell we please is our thing. But now I have rules. And a moral code. And other made-up things that basically say I can never have any damn fun.

I heard a rumor about town that you can only kill the wicked… what’s that like? 

Owen: I guess it’s not all bad. The fact is, if you’re such a piece of shit that you find me and my Axe on your doorstep, odds are not a whole lot of people are going to try and avenge your death. That alone saves me a lot of hassle. Otherwise…eh. It’s fine. Better than no killing at all. And it’s not like there’s so many good people in the world that I’m ever in want of someone to axe.

Well, to be frank, it seems like a real shit deal. Can you at least like sin and stuff still? All the fun stuff in life is probably a sin to some god…

Owen: Don’t even get me started. Used to be a time when a few bits of coin would get me companionship for the night, now–

Axe: It’s not moral. It simply is not. Do we really have to go over this again?

Owen: <mumbles> You can go over it all you like when I dump you into the bottom of a well.

Axe: Excuse me? Something to say, Owen?

Hold the fuck on, did that Axe just speak? I may have had a few drinks before walking over here but they couldn’t have been that strong.

Owen: Did Axe just speak? Try getting him to shut up! All he does is talk. I’m surprised we’ve gone on this long without him yapping his flap.

This has to be the weirdest interview yet… what do I call you.. Axeimas, Axeathan, or like Axey? 

Axe: Don’t get cute, kid. Or maybe I’ll do a little check on your moral background, see if I should put the barbarian to work. 

Well, pleasure to meet you Axe. I guess my usual sandwich question doesn’t work for you… what do you even eat?

Axe: Blood. I feast on human blood, and then I get fucked up. It’s the greatest thing in the world. 

 So you two are a team of sorts?

Owen: Yeah, we’re your classic “cursed barbarian and sentient axe who’s a moral compass” duo.

Axe: Maybe we need a name for a team. I kinda like “Axe and some other guy.”

What’s your working relationship like?

Owen: We’re bound together by dark magic that can never be broken. I’d say we’re a work in progress. 

Axe: But on the bright side, we might both be immortal, so we have plenty of time to work out the kinks. 

Owen: Never have I wanted to die more.

What kind of adventures do you go on?

Owen: We don’t! I do my best to go by undetected so I can avoid adventures and quests and all that other bullshit. But then my good friend over here always has to be sticking his nose–or whatever the hell’s on his face–where it doesn’t belong. 

Axe: <laughing maniacally>

Anything fun on your agendas in the near future?

Axe: I hear some hack named Poreci or Moregreasy or whatever wrote a comic about us, so I guess we’re about to be dealing with newfound fame and glory. 

That’s how comics work, right? 

Hello?


I could tell he was getting a little bit more testy as the interview went on so I had to excuse myself as I heard the shouts from outside about some sort of Witch. One could only assume that someone saw me rooting around in the pile of corpses… Owen seems like a nice fellow with some major issues that he’s going to need to work out.


Barbaric #1 by Michael Moreci, Nathan C. Gooden, Addison Duke, Jim Campbell, and Tim Daniel is out on June 16th from Vault Comics, call your LCS today and add it to your pull! Thank you to Michael Moreci for Owen and Axe’s answers. Thank you to the Wassels for the device and support of playing in your sandbox.

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GC52 News (DC Comics Releases for 05/25/2021)

If you missed last week’s news report, check it out here.

(Spoilers for DC Comics released 05/25/2021)

(Words in italics signal actions)

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 the center of the newsroom behind his desk. This week he’s wearing a lot of sunscreen on his face, sunglasses on the back of his head in typical dad fashion, and a floral button-up that’s outlined by the large window behind him looking out over Metropolis. The Daily Planet globe is visible behind him as the setting sun sparkles off the crown jewel of the City of Tomorrow. The GC52 theme music begins to dim as the actual program begins.

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!

Remember a few weeks back when I was talking about those Warworld ships invading our Earth? Well, it turns out the large one was full of refugees fleeing from the hellish planet and to Earth. Our linguistic experts have been decoding some footage before the Supermen saved the day. One of the people on the ship was speaking a dialect of Kryptonian, and believe you me, I was just as shocked as you were when they told me it was Kryptonian… Strange things are afoot. Let’s check in with Katie though.

The camera struggles to focus on Katie. It’s almost as if her face is blurring in the frame. Her hair is also jet black instead of its usual blonde. Additionally, she is wearing dark blue lipstick smudged on the corners as if she couldn’t be bothered to look in the mirror before she left to go on camera.

Katie: This camera is rolling right? 

Her voice sounds warbling and monotone. Someone off-camera whispers, “What side of the universe did she wake up on this morning?”

Katie: The Batman and one of the Super-men — oh, wait. He’s the Superman. What makes him the most super of men? Huh. Anyway, the two friends — or are they foes? — broke into Martha Wayne’s manor last night. Ms. Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Batman’s sidekick Robin were supposedly accompanying the two heroes. If you ask me, that’s a lot of civilians — and a literal child involved in this scheme to do… whatever they were planning to do to Martha and her poor *cough* wimpy *cough* son Bruce. 

An explosion erupted from deep below the prestigious Wayne Manor. Superman was reported to have “packed a wallop” — who’s going around spewing old-timey jargon? Was it Robin? I bet it was Robin. Doesn’t that kid have homework to do? 

Apparently, Martha Wayne shot Batman while Bruce cowered in fear behind his mommy. I mean, Batman and Robin bust into the house of the wealthiest woman in the city and probably broke a bunch of precious items too. Bruce was probably on the verge of a panic attack for god’s sakes. Martha had every right to blast that Bat right in the — 

Someone signals from off-stage for Katie to stop talking. They mouth words to her and she looks slightly surprised.

Katie: What? What do you mean Martha Wayne isn’t alive? I just saw images of her sticking her own son with a needle as he transformed into a beefed-up monster who — 

She stops speaking mid-sentence. Nodding her head in realization, she stifles a laugh.

Katie: Oops. Looks like I’m in the wrong dimension — again. Wrong timeline? A parallel universe? Who knows anymore?! Blasted Archivist . . . sayonara! 

Suddenly, Katie fizzles offscreen like she’s been transported away. After a few seconds of silence and shock at the empty chair in the studio, the camera cuts away.

Dan: Every week… anyway… Violet was just here a moment ago… where did she get to? JERRY!

As the camera pans over to Violet she’s not sat at her desk but instead is ducked under her desk whispering loudly at a poor rat clutched in her hands.

Violet: Come on you little shit, take me to your leader!

She throws a glance up at the camera, rolls her eyes, and sits back in her chair with a frustrated sigh

Violet: It’s not what it looks like, ok?! I promised you all exclusive Harley updates, so I’m doing exactly that! I’ll start from the beginning. Harley started this new community support group to help victims of the Joker War, but some orderlies that work for Hugo Strange ambushed the entire thing!

That’s not even the worst part, they kidnapped Kevin! Harley managed to escape their grasps which led to this epic van chase but she couldn’t save him. The last I saw of her, she retreated down into the sewer for cover. 

Violet now holds the rat up to the camera.

Violet: After a while I found this little fella coming out from the way she went in and figured he must have witnessed something, right? Does anybody here speak rat or have Ratcatcher’s phone number? No? Okay, back to you Dan!

Violet glares at the rat as the camera pans back over to Dan.

Dan: Please, no one give her Ratcatcher’s number. Please. I don’t want rats in the office. We already have one over in Gotham in the Mayor’s seat. That’s right, we are getting POLITICAL. 

The camera focuses on Dan as he leans over his desk.

Dan: Gotham City has lost the daughter of one of the most influential families in Gotham, the Worths. We mourn for the loss of Sarah Worth and our regards go out to her partner. Her father is causing all sorts of ruckus down in City Hall with the Mayor and his weak grasp on the city.             We were told that Batman found the deceased but the police stormed the scene in their normal caveman-like fashion, contaminating the scene rather than working with the world’s best detective. It’s sick what Mayor Nakano is doing and the danger he keeps putting Gotham in…

But it looks like after he was kidnapped last week we finally have an idea of where Jake is. The fees for the lawyers keep going up every time something like this happens so I really hope this is the last kidnapping, death, best friend turns out to be a secret agent, whatever, we have to deal with. And now I’m saying that I just know something bad’s gonna happen.

Anyway… let’s take a look at the footage we got from… Lazarus Island? That’s not a real place is it Jerry?

The drone labeled GC52 and Property of Jerry turns on and begins to fly as it looks at two tables, one with a child and the other with GC52’s own Jake, both have holes where their hearts should be! The boy’s hole begins to close and he regains consciousness as a young white-haired woman in blue and orange greets him and they walk out together. After they are gone the hole through the chest of the reporter closes in an instant. He sits up instantly and the drone flies into his face.

Jake: WHAT THE HELL… OH HI FOLKS! I am reporting live from what I heard is called Lazarus Island home to the League of Lazarus, who are hosting a tournament of the deadliest fighters and someone saw me in my navy suit with a shirt that turned orange when I had some OJ spilled on me and they thought I was the Question! I was flattered then suddenly I had a hand through my chest courtesy of my new buddy, Brutale, who at least bought me breakfast first. 

He gets off the table and throws on a black robe with glowing green writing on it and begins to walk out. 

Jake: Now supposedly everyone here gets three deaths then they’re gone for good so meaning I have a few revives left, but sadly I don’t intend on staying here long enough to find out. I have a ferret to feed! Now… wait… there’s that boy, who was killed when I got here. Looks like he’s with the girl that ran him through and they’re breaking into something, I wonder what… Let me see if I can’t get us in there! 

He rushes up to a wall and watches as two men open a door and when they’re in, he slinks through the opened door undetected. As he and the drone go down a staircase they find a glowing green liquid that looks eerily refreshing. 

Jake: Hm I wonder what that stuff is…

Walking over, his foot is caught by a rock and he falls in! After a brief struggle, he realizes he can stand only for the camera to pick up the visage of a much younger Jake! He goes on with his reporting seemingly unphased by his unintentional sink or swim, but he seems a little more amped and unhinged. 

Jake: WOW I FEEL GREAT! WOO, THAT WAS REFRESHING… 

A noise startles him and Jake becomes visibly annoyed. 

Jake: I AM TRYING TO RECORD HERE! GOD, THE NERVE OF SOME PEOPLE! WELL LIKE I WAS TRYING TO SAY, THAT SEEMS SAFE TO INTERACT WITH BUT I NEED TO GET HOME!

He grabs the drone and runs back outside. He begins running towards the water and as he gets in a wave hits him and washes him back on shore where a party is being held. 

Jake: WOW A PARTY, ALRIGHT MIGHT AS WELL JOIN I! BACK TO YOU DAN!

The drone footage ends, and the camera feed returns to the studio where Dan has his face in his hands, mid-conversation with Jerry the inter.

Dan: -st don’t get it Jer. How does this keep happening. He was dead, and now he’s alive. Ugh, I guess this what we should expect dealing with supers week in and week out.

Oh, sorry folks, um… let’s go over to Bree while I gather my thoughts. It looks like she’s been hiding in… Titans Tower… Yeah, sure, let’s see.

The feed cuts to black for a second before the bright light of a flashlight washes over a face that’s hovering slightly off-center of the camera. The reporter known for power suits now dons an all-black catsuit and is shinning a flashlight below her chin. Bree appears to be in some sort of confined, dark space.

Bree: Well they say if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself! Too much is happening in Titans Tower for one set of eyes, so I’ve taken it upon myself to run backup. I’ve been living in the vent- ahem, I mean, I’ve been occupying an undisclosed location within the Tower and have not been explicitly told to vacate.

Anyways, to catch you up, the faculty Titans are absent for a mission of their own. What have the youngins been up to, unsupervised? What became of Superboy and Red X? That’s what I’m here to find out! I left for the Tower immediately after recording my last cast and seem to have arrived at just the right time for a little hallway rumble.

The camera angle adjusts to focus on the vent directly in front of the reporter. Although the video quality is poor, some sort of colorful conflict is possible to make out from between the slats.

Bree: The young Titans are being attacked by Red X, Superboy, and 2 other figures I haven’t been able to identify yet. One looks like….a steampunk owl…thing? The other has a very distracting metal helmet. It is unclear whether this is a surprise training exercise or an actual attack.

A loud BOOM echos through the vents and seems to rattle the whole structure. Bree is shaken slightly but manages to hold on to the flashlight. The noise lasts less than a minute and distant shouting is heard shortly after, although the exact dialogue is unclear.

Bree: WOW sorry about that folks, perhaps that was one of those boom tubes? Oh wait- I can make out some voices. The teachers are back, they don’t sound happy. Something about… one of the young Titans… KILLING?!?! OH… she swears she wasn’t going to… and now she’s… QUITTING?!?! Hmmm… some are trying to talk her out of it… doesn’t seem to be working… and now… whispers…

The reporter has more or less put her ear to the vent, she continues in a whisper tone.

Bree: The action is over and making too much noise threatens to give away my location. I don’t have a good feeling about any of this, but, I must end the broadcast. ‘Till next time!

The camera abruptly cuts to black. When the camera cuts back to the office, Dan is wearing a bucket hat and has his sunglasses on.

Dan: You may be wondering why I am all sunblocked and beached out, well I was invited to a NICE HOUSE ON THE LAKE on another Earth by a very nice gentleman. I met him at a cocktail hour on Earth BL and he asked me to swing by for the weekend for Memorial Day. I will tell you how it goes next week. But for now, that’s all we have for you, 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.


Books covered this week:

  • Action Comics #1031 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Daniel Sampere, Adriano Lucas, and Dave Sharpe.
  • Batman/Superman #18 by Gene Luen Yang, Ivan Reis, José Luís, Danny Miki, Jonas Trindade, Sabine Rich, and Saida Temofonte.
  • Harley Quinn #3 by Stephanie Phillips, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and AndWorld.
  • Robin #2 by Joshua Williamson, Gleb Melnikov, Luis Guerrero, and ALW’s Troy Peteri.
  • Teen Titans Academy #3 by Tim Sheridan, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Max Raynor, Alejandro Sanchez, Alex Sinclair, and Rob Leigh.
  • Detective Comics #1036 by Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora, Jordie Bellaire, and Aditya Bidikar.
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GC52 News (DC Comics Releases for 05/17/2021)

If you missed last week’s news report, check it out here.

(Spoilers for DC Comics released 05/17/2021)

(Words in italics signal actions)

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 the center of the newsroom behind his desk. This week he’s wearing a blue suit, with a yellow floral tie outlined by the large window behind him looking out over Metropolis. The Daily Planet globe is visible behind him as the setting sun sparkles off the crown jewel of the City of Tomorrow. The GC52 theme music begins to dim as the actual program begins.

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!

I’m hoping tonight’s news will be a quick one, I’ve got a wedding to go to. Reports of the Justice League being off-planet seem to be true. One of our Tamarian news teams sent in a report of a sound wave at barrier-breaking levels. Upon closer inspection via satellite, it was from Black Canary herself. I mean we all know she’s powerful but this seems like some next-level stuff! 

It does seem though that the recent invader Brutus has bested not only the Man of Steel but the newest powerhouse, Black Adam, as well. With Noami and the other members ready to fight, are they technically the invaders now? Anyway, let’s see what Violet has for us this week! Violet? VIOLET!

Violet leans over her desk explaining last week’s events to the boom-mic operator.

Violet: No I shit you not, a massive snake, even bigger than yours and that’s saying something! Last night was- 

Dan gives her an annoyed cough to snap her back to attention. 

Violet: WHAT?! He has a king cobra at home! 

She quickly fixes herself over just in time for the camera and gives Dan a sheepish smile that wouldn’t melt butter.

Violet: Gotham me little chickens how are we?! I’ve got some NEW news! 

She exaggerates a wink.

Violet: Yara Flor, our new favorite demigod has been spotted at Gotham airport traveling to Brazil in search of some answers about herself. 

It wasn’t long upon arrival that Brazilian news channels showed us incredible footage of Yara saving a man’s life from a car accident, mere seconds before it blew up. If that’s not enough excitement for you, it gets better! 

A young man’s YouTube channel ‘Kickin’ It With Kevin’ was shared around the internet earlier today showing us Yara getting pulled into the ocean by what looks like a pair of golden boleadoras?! I’ll be sure to keep you all updated. That’s all I have today folks, back to you Dan! 

The camera cuts back to Dan, who’s in the middle of combing his hair.

Dan: Just cut to Jake, I’m in a rush. Jerry? Cut, now!

The feed cuts to a man in a full navy blue suit sitting on the floor unaware he is being filmed as he continues to play with his pet ferret, out of nowhere a camera drone with the sticker saying “GC52,” and “property of Jerry,” flies in his face.

Jake: Who is a good lil ferr… Oh hello! Welcome back folks! In the news today from Blüdhaven I am sad to report another victim of the recent string of murders by a figure locals are calling the Man Without a Heart, which is apt as they have been ripping the hearts out of people’s chests. Wait hold on..

A creaking is heard from down the hall, our journalist goes to check it out. As he peaks out he sees Dick Grayson, a red haired woman, and two detectives leaving Mr. Graysons apartment. 

Jake: Hmm, that’s interesting. I wonder what that was about… I have an idea. Follow me, viewers! 

The reporter grabs the drone and rushes down the stairs of his building so fast he begins to skip steps. Once down he goes to his car, swings open the door and throws the drone onto the dash. He begins heading to his lead while explaining where he’s taking the audience so abruptly.

Jake: So dear viewers, as many know Blüdhaven is riddled with crime and corruption, recently the buzz on the street of this heartless man has come from a colony of orphans in the city who I am going to be interviewing now! Wait… no…

As he approaches his destination the reporter’s face is lit with the bright orange light of fire. He turns the camera around to show Nightwing facing off against the serial killer, Heartless, but as the reporter tries to get out of the car he’s pushed back on by Brutale and The Electrocutioner, henchmen of the crime boss, Blockbuster. 

Jake: Jerry, feed Mr. Tubes!

Suddenly Brutale hits him and Electrocutioner shocks the camera causing the feed to go out. When the camera finally returns to the studio, Dan is sat at his desk with his head in his hands.

Dan: Why does it always seem like one of the team mysteriously disappears, or gets kidnapped every single week? Jerry, you best talk to the lawyers, see if that’ll be covered. Let’s hope Katie doesn’t have anything bad happen to her, she is in the studio after all…

Katie holds a black cat in her arms while it appears to nuzzle her ear. Her hand slips under the cats’ collar for a moment, seeming to retrieve something. Katie suddenly realizes she is on camera. The cat bolts out of her arms and Katie scrambles for her microphone. The black cat has shed hairs all over her red blazer.

Katie: Why hello there! What’s shaking around Alleytown tonight, you may want to know? It’s more of who’s shaking down — or who’s getting shaken down. Okay, enough with the shaking. 

Socialites and elite benefactors alike attended Gotham’s most prominent dinner party (of the week) tonight at the home of collector and scientist Dr. Siddhart Roy. He boasted a great unveiling of the ‘crown jewel’ or his collection, the noteworthy Degas painting. When he pulled the string, Roy and his guests let out a collective gasp. You know the kind; the gasp that occurs when something absolutely shocking occurs at a party full of rich people. To everyone’s surprise, the Degas painting was nowhere to be seen. Only one person must have gasped in only mock horror. That person? The cat-tacular culprit, of course! 

This should not come as a shock to anyone when I report that my favorite feline–I mean Catwoman is believed to have pulled off this Ocean’s Eleven heist of Gotham. Catwoman undoubtedly interfered in Siddhart Roy’s fate tonight. She was truly his monkey’s paw — or, more appropriately, his “cat’s paw,” this evening. 

Katie sneaks a glance at the mysterious object she retrieved earlier from the black cat’s collar. Her eyes widen for a moment and she begins laughing awkwardly.

Katie: Well, I feel like the cat’s got my tongue now. I have to apologize for my slight mocking because my special source revealed to me that… Dr. Siddhard Roy committed suicide mere minutes before I went on air. I have credible reason to believe that Roy was harboring the missing perfecter of plants, Poison Ivy. Along with the Degas painting, this source says that a woman resembling Poison Ivy was caught on camera briefly at Roy’s soiree.

Are Roy’s suicide and Poison Ivy’s possible escape connected? We urge any person — or animal — to come forward with any information about these tragic events. I will report any new details about this case that help unravel this messy ball of yarn. That’s all I have for tonight. Back to you, Dan.

The camera swivels round to Dan, who’s standing up from his desk, ready to run out of the studio as soon as he’s given his sign-off.

Dan: Thanks for that Katie. Sounds like we’re about to have a busy few months in Gotham, let’s hope we’re up to the task. Well, I’ve got a wedding to get to folks. That’s all we have for you, 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.


Books covered this week:

  • Justice League #61 by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Tamra Bonvillain, and Josh Reed.
  • Wonder Girl #1 by Joëlle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, and Clayton Cowles.
  • Nightwing #80 by Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, Adriano Lucas, and Wes Abbott.
  • Catwoman #31 by Ram V, Fernando Blanco, Jordie Bellaire, and Tom Napolitano.
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GC52 News (DC Comics Releases for 05/11/2021)

If you missed last week’s report, check it out here.

(Spoilers for DC Comics released 05/11/2021)

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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 the center of the newsroom behind his desk. This week he’s wearing a maroon coat that’s outlined by the large window behind him looking out over Metropolis. The Daily Planet globe is visible behind him as the setting sun sparkles off the crown jewel of the City of Tomorrow. The GC52 theme music begins to dim as the actual program begins.

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 Supermen are still off-planet dealing with some sort of alien infection. From the reports, it’s like a being that takes control of your mind… as long as it doesn’t take over the older man of steel, we shouldn’t have to worry about a thing! Jon is quickly learning to control his powers and sometimes even surpassing his father. Saw some footage the other day of his heat beams stopping mid-way and exploding, pretty neat power. Like that one time Superman did a wave of sun energy or whatever it was… anyway…

Have a weird one for you today. This morning, Jerry put this on my desk, looks like it arrived at GC52 by accident but it does relate to one of the world’s deadliest assassins, Lady Shiva. Let me read it to you.

Dan clears his throat before opening a yellowed letter.

Esteemed Master,

It has been 187 days since I left home to challenge the deadliest woman alive, Lady Shiva. My search has taken me to a vast city called Gotham, where I spotted her entering a lonely apartment with a bag of take-out food in her lethal hands.

From the shadows, I watched her have dinner with a man in a strange costume that she called, intermittently, “Bruce” and “Batman.” They talked of the mounting grief of being left alone by their loved ones, be it by death or abandonment, and I confess I was sorely tempted to shout “BORING!” in a manner most unbecoming of one of your students.

Lady Shiva seemed to agree, as not ten seconds later she attacked the man with a knife. As expected, she drew first, second and third blood, taunting the man about a son he seems to have fallen out of touch with. Enraged, he managed to turn the knife around, and then, shockingly, Lady Shiva threw herself on it and seemed to die.

Fortunately for my quest, the man nursed Shiva back from the brink, and the very next day they set out for a most intriguing place: something called a “mini-golf”. I spotted them spying on a handful of children playing nearby, but I must admit I found myself momentarily distracted by the astounding sight of a miniature windmill, and when I turned around, Shiva and the man were gone.

I swear to never again allow myself to be distracted like this and shall continue this pursuit to the very ends of the Earth… once I manage to overcome Hole 15. This dragon-like creature is extremely vexing.

Your faithful student.

Dan: They didn’t leave a name, but I hope they get the hole in one. Sometimes, it gets you a free game. Anyway, let’s check in with Violet to see how things are going with Wonder Woman.

Violet swivels side to side in her chair and taps her fingers along the desk. She still gets nervous jitters right before her screen time.

Violet: Good morning Earth! I’ve good news about Wonder Woman. You’d be happy to hear she wasn’t swallowed whole by that giant snake! I mean – SHE WAS, but she survived and got what she needed. She’s got the key to the Valkyrie Fortress. 

Back on the Vigrid battlefield, Wonder Woman and Thor took down a massive crab and when things were looking up… Diana’s neck snapped so quickly the Justice Incarnate couldn’t even make full sense of it but they managed to spot Deadman who admitted to reviving Diana each time she died in order to “set things right”. Whatever that means…

“Dr. Cizko” projected this evil alter ego of Diana to try and deceive her from the truth and mystery that’s in Valhalla but of course that didn’t work. Despite not having all her memory, Diana is determined and still a good person at heart. 

Odin returned for a short period of time, then got squished by a giant rock, only to return again as the grim reaper, do TRY to keep up.  Wonder Woman and the All-Father himself set out to the Fortress of Valkyrie, which looks beautiful from the photos, one giant floating crystal. That’s all I have for you today, we’re still waiting on the next update from Justice Incarnate. Once I’ve got it I’ll be sure to update as soon as possible!

Violet smiles and waves the camera goodbye as it cuts back to Dan who looks back and forth as if waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Dan: Violet that was great, you didn’t even break into the office this morning. Now, no time for me to interview my good buddy Grifter, mainly because he’s not answering my calls, but still, I thought he was my friend…

A cough comes from off-screen as Dan starts to get lost in thought. He quickly refocuses on the teleprompter.

That’s all we have for you, 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.

As Dan finishes the outro and the music starts to play as the credits roll a burst of static takes over the screen. When the picture returns to normal the GC52 studio has vanished, and instead security camera footage of an office is being played. At his desk, Mr. Bones, a cigarette in his mouth, listening to an audio tape. We’ve seen this once before.

It’s difficult to make out what is being played, but barely legible are the words “Jade” and “Obsidian”, the children of the original Green Lantern. A door to one corner of the office opens and in walks the GC52 reporter-revealed-spy Ethan, wearing the customary black suit befitting all covert operatives.

Mr. Bones: Ah, Agent 18, you have something for me?

Ethan: Yes sir, news just out of Gotham. Jim Gordon’s been seen boarding a private plane bound for Belize.

Mr. Bones: And why are the travel plans of an ex-police commissioner important to the DEO, Agent?

Ethan: Because he’s been hired by an as yet unknown third-party to hunt down and kill the Joker, who reports have confirmed is currently in Belize, sir.

Mr. Bones: Ah. Well at least someone’s finally gonna do it. Not like the Bat ever had the balls to see his fight through. Keep tabs on him Agent, but that’s as best we can do, Jim Gordon’s on his own.

And with that another burst of static takes over the screen and the broadcast ends.


Books covered this week:

  • Superman #31 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Scott Godlewski, Norm Rampund, Gabe Eltaeb, and Dave Sharpe.
  • Lady Shiva: Death Wish by Che Grayson, Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, David Baron, and Tom Napolitano.
  • Wonder Woman #772 by Michael W. Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain, and Pat Brosseau.
  • The Joker #3 by James Tynion IV, Guillem March, Arif Prianto, and Tom Napolitano.
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GC52 News (DC Comics Releases for 05/04/2021)

(Spoilers for DC Comics released 05/04/2021)

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Missed last week’s News Report? Check it out here.

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 the center of the newsroom behind his desk. This week he’s wearing a plain black suitthat’soutlined by the large window behind him looking out over Metropolis. The Daily Planet globe is visible behind him as the setting sun sparkles off the crown jewel of the City of Tomorrow. The GC52 theme music begins to dim as the actual program begins.

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!

Another week, another press conference for Mayor Nakano to use A-Day to fuel his platform of hatred against vigilantes. This time by doing something good by honoring one of the guards who survived the attack, Sean Mahoney. But as soon as the conference ended Simon Saint was on him like a bird of prey on a scarecrow… as you know by now, I don’t trust those tech billionaires all around the world doing whatever they want in the name of quote-unquote progress. Have you seen the leaks from the Trojan factories where they’re making human-robot hybrids? I’m getting off-topic but what if Saint is whispering in the Mayor’s ear too? What then world?

It’s not as if Gotham doesn’t have enough problems already with the Unsanity Collective running rampant. But, I am picking my words carefully here, they’re only going after the rich and people who haven’t shared their wealth. People who haven’t tried to improve the world around them. Sure they went after different heads of media companies, not us though. I’m going to throw it over to Katie, I’ve worked myself up quite a bit here. 

The camera cuts to Katie in the newsroom. She spins around in a chair dramatically. Today, she sports a bright green blazer over a t-shirt that reads “SAVE THE PLANET” with the words circling an image of the Earth.

Katie: Hello all! I thought I’d add a little flair to this segment today, since most of the news I have for you has some… swampy details. In Central Park, New York, a woman identified as Jennifer Reece was seen conducting a brain scan on an unknown male subject. An eyewitness recognized Jennifer, spotting her after hours in a medical testing room. The MRI machine obscured the patient from view, so his identity remains speculative.

You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you any of this. Sounds like a normal night, right? Well, here’s where the story grows some roots. The eyewitness reported watching green plants grow into existence, consuming both Jennifer and the man behind the glass in the other room. From their vantage point, the witness explained, it was difficult to tell whether they were conducting some sort of garden experiment, or if something supernatural was at play. 

Unfortunately, I can’t disclose any additional details with full confidence. As of right now, no one has been able to contact or locate the duo. It sounds to me like the relationship between those two is exhibiting some toxic, or even poisonous, qualities. Plants, poison, exploding green vines… someone should get a hold of Poison Ivy! Wait, remember that guy… what was his name? Alex? Alec! Alec Holland! Didn’t he have some connection with trees or something? Whatever happened to that dude? I have a sudden urge to go to a plant nursery all the sudden.

Katie drifts off, lost in thought. The camera cuts away as she pulls out her phone to look up the nearest gardening shop.

Dan: Told you there was something weird going on with plants… anyway… let’s check in with Thomas out in the final frontier.

The feed cuts to Thomas standing in a pile of rubble, smoke billowing out of a blown-out structure behind him.

Thomas: Is this thing on? There’s no tech support out here. Really, there’s no anyone out here. This is Thomas reporting from Oa, though it’s largely unrecognizable today in the wake of an unknown catastrophe. Havoc and destruction seem to have wiped out this once-formidable stronghold planet. Have the Green Lanterns’ enemies claimed victory, or is this merely a day that ends in Y?

My last interactions with the Green Lanterns as part of this assignment were press releases and internal documentation regarding a bulletin from Corps leader Stewart, addressing the recent attack on the United Planets summit, including combat with a giant, magical dragon… what? Did anyone fact-check the dragon or is that Gardner clown writing the briefs again? Anyway, they also discussed the possibly related assassination of a Guardian, which was followed by a solemn and glowing funeral. 

Today, I flew down to Oa from the Correspondent-class starship The Cavalcade and couldn’t even find Oa’s signature giant lantern. Maybe everyone jumped tracks to a new planet while I was asleep? Could this be one of those multiversal “events” that keep rewriting history as we know it, and if so, how long before our memories are replaced to fit the new timeline? I hope my per diem still exists in this version of the universe.

Thomas pulls out his phone and is visibly shocked.

Thomas: Oh, I see now! According to this update, it looks like Corps Leader Stewart has accepted a new assignment captaining a vessel with a thousand other lanterns to the “dark sectors” of the universe, beyond known space. That’s great. Just wonderful. I have no idea how to follow this story now. Hold on, there’s another update… one-third of the Green Lantern Corps has been reassigned from their usual sectors, to be replaced by United Planets authority and reassigned to provisional duties as requested by individual planets? Wow. So a thousand lanterns leave for parts unknown, a third of them are taken off their beats, and I guess some remainder either abandoned Oa or bombed it from orbit before quitting? See, this is why GC52 should’ve accepted that op-ed from B’dg about unionizing the Greens. 

Thomas puts his phone away, looks into the camera.

Thomas: Oh, right. Well, it looks like nobody is coming to save the remains of Oa, save for whatever can be recovered by Mogo’s gravitational pull. One can only hope that — oh, what’s that now? Did the camera pick that up?

A streak of green light touches down nearby.

Thomas: Someone’s here! It appears that the secret lantern, Sojourner “Jo” Mullein, has returned from her time in the Far Sector and come across Keli Quintela and a, *ahem* grievously wounded Simon Baz.

We will continue reporting on this tragic story as it develops and try to catch up to the Dark Sector and any remaining or alternative Green Lanterns who have not died or perhaps violently resigned. As a wise Lantern once said, every nut has the potential to become a tree. Back to you, Dan.

After a slight delay, accounting for the vast distance it takes the footage from Oa to stream back to Earth, the camera returns to Dan

Dan: Thank you Thomas… what was that Jerry, someone’s in the studio? Is it Violet? No?

The door of the studio thumps open and in bustles Justin Partridge III. He’s dressed in a slightly crispy-at-the-edges grey suit and brandishing a cartoonish-looking assault rifle that glows slightly blue, ammo belt, and a sloshing potion-like substance in a fishbowl around his waist. He also sports a black eye and a slight trickle of blood in one nostril. 

He clatters his weapon down on the desk and takes his seat, pulling a sheaf of burned pages out of his suit coat. He straightens his tie and it tears away easily, taking away what remains of his shirt’s collar. He checks the cameras.

JPIII: Cam 1… Cam 2. Thanks, Oswin… *ahem* Greetings, fellow citizens! I’m Justin Partridge III, filling in for Ethan who is… somewhere.

Apologies for my dramatic entrance. I am here on loan from The Gotham Gazette, but before I could catch a train to the studio I was… sucked into a giant energy aperture that blossomed in the middle of Gotham and then placed me into a constantly churning cycle of escalating violence in which I was forced to compete against monsters and lunatics, all of whom keep dancing robotically while screaming about tomatoes and camping.

It’s a nightmare from which I cannot wake! HA HAA, I’ve been killed SO many times! But at least Batman, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn are there too! Holding the line against the hordes of unbound-by-social norms pre-teenagers and attempting to get to the bottom of the how and why of the game’s “fun” mechanics.

That’s right, citizens, while everyday Joes, Janes, and gender resisters live, die, and repeat, The Batman and his allies do the same! This elevates the issue above just its marquee delights and provides the “boots on the ground” a dark light in which to rally behind. Celebrities! They are just like us!

That’s right, citizens, while everyday Joes, Janes, and gender resisters live, die, and repeat, The Batman and his allies do the same! This elevates the issue above just its marquee delights and provides the “boots on the ground” a dark light in which to rally behind. Celebrities! They are just like us!

At least I assume it was valiant. Unfortunately, I then took about a dozen sniper rifle rounds to the face and chest, tossing me from our shared reality into a “Respawn lobby” which then tormented me with a “ticking clock” for the next few hours/days/months through the latter half of the “game”, providing the action a creaking dread, when I could focus on it whilst dodging cartoon bullets and poorly driven vehicles. 

Better still, even seemingly without his memories, The Batman seems like “our” Bat! I was worried that the metaphysical horror of the cycle of killing and returning would fracture the hero’s mind. Or, even worse, throw him into the sort of violent mania one experiences beyond the Zero Point. But thankfully, The Batman is leaving the gunplay and volatile explosives to us (and Harley who did a floss at one point)! And no, I am NOT joking. And further-

PING PING PING! Justin checks his watch. The Storm Eye is Shrinking! He gathers his rifle, checks the ammo clip, and smashes the fishbowl around him, covering the desk, himself, and backdrop with oddly soothing blue slime. He gives a tired smile to the camera, bringing the rifle to his shoulder.

JPIII: Until next time. Eyes up, citizens. Dan?

He disappears in a puff of legally permissible smoke.

Dan: Well, that was something. That’s all we have for you today, 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.


Books covered this week:

  • Batman #108 by James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles.
  • The Swamp Thing #3 by Ram V, Mike Perkins, Mike Spicer, and Aditya Bidikar.
  • Green Lantern #2 by Geoffrey Thorne, Dexter Soy, Marco Santucci, Alex Sinclair, and Rob Leigh.
  • Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #2 by Christos Gage, Donald Mustard, Reilly Brown, Nelson Faro DeCastro, John Kalisz, and AndWorld Design.

Thanks to this week’s contributors Dan, Katie, Thomas, and Justin. We’ll see you next week.

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GC52 News (DC Comics Releases for 04/27/21)

(Spoilers for DC Comics released 04/27/2021)

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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 the center of the newsroom behind his desk. This week he’s wearing a plaid suit jacket outlined by the large window behind him looking out over Metropolis. The Daily Planet globe is visible behind him as the setting sun sparkles off the crown jewel of the City of Tomorrow. The GC52 theme music begins to dim as the actual program begins.

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!

Dan: Another week and another Invasion, the typical affair. The only problem is that some of the vessels are of Warworld origin. For those of you who don’t know what Warworld is, I can give a bit of context. It’s a planet ruled by a heinous villain named Mongul who enslaves every race in the universe to fight for his and other’s amusement. It’s a big problem for the universe at large but we have mostly been exempt because we have protectors against such things but them showing up like this? Even Superman looked shocked at what he found inside the ship and although we couldn’t make out what he saw, we heard some alien language. We will keep you updated as we can. Let’s check in with Violet who has been hired on as a freelance reporter against my better judgment. 

The camera cuts to Violet standing on a Gotham street corner.

Violet: Good morning Gotham! I have breaking news! I ventured back out into the streets and managed to tail Harley and her new friend, Kevin, for a few blocks. They gave me a HUGE craving for a caramel frappe, so I picked one up and continued my stalk-*AHEM* …observation from distance. I heard Harley raging over the news about Hugo Strange starting up a new program named S.A.F.E who’s mission is to re-home the troubled individuals of the city (A.K.A. crazy clown people).  I mean sure, that sounds good in theory, but Hugo Strange of all people? The guy gives me the creeps. 

Harley and Kevin disappeared into an old thrift store, and I’m no *bleeping can be heard over the audio* I was going to follow them I swear! But S.A.F.E orderlies pulled up outside and beat me to it! I hid in the shadows of an ally and the next thing you know the store window smashes through! It was one of the orderlies! Harley and Kevin tied them up and escaped in their van. I’ll try to fill you all in as soon as possible, things are getting intense! Oh, that reminds me. Dan, do you think I could get a taser on company expenses? It is crazy out there after all.

The video feed cuts back to an exasperated Dan in the studio.

Dan: Right, um… Thanks for that Violet, and no, you can’t have a taser. The medical bills alone would put us out of business. Anyway, let’s go over to Ka–

As Dan is about to go onto the next segment, a burst of static takes over the screen. The image clears, flying cars are seen zooming overhead. The neon-drenched skyline in the background produces an image that’s as incomprehensible as it is beautiful. It’s Aidan, after vanishing last week, he’s back.

Aidan: I.. I’m.. in the FUTURE?!

Not sure whether he’s excited or terrified about this development, Aidan turns around only to see a DOMINATOR the size of a SKYSCRAPER. Definitely terrified, Aidan runs for dear life down the street ahead of him. Before he can even process anything else, a GOLDEN SHIP SHAPED LIKE A BEETLE swoops him off the ground. Inside– IMPULSE, the Flash of the 30th century and a woman who has a curious resemblance to modern superheroes Booster Gold and Blue Beetle.

Aidan: Thanks, Impulse and uh… Booster Beetle? What was that? Oh. Yeah, yeah, the Queen of the Quantum Realm, Waverider Warrior, Tiara of Time– couldn’t you have just led with Gold Beetle?

Everyone goes silent. Impulse whispers into Aidan’s ear. It’s hard to hear over the rumbling engine and Aidan’s own, unspeakable panic, but he got the gist. He seems rather unscathed by what he just heard.

Aidan: Listen, I don’t know how I got here, or why we still have a live feed, but it appears this is actually The Flash of our time’s consciousness in Impulse’s body! How is this even possible? I have been told that the speed force itself is injured, has cut all its users off, and has chosen The Flash to tend to its wounds by zapping him throughout time into the bodies of other speedsters. Why? That’s the mystery. Oh, and the Dominator chasing us? They “absorbed” residual speed force energy that then amplified their height due to the species’ physiol-

Gold Beetle’s ship suddenly crashes through the roof of the 30th century’s Flash Museum. Aidan, taken aback, falls out the side window when all of a sudden lightning is heard in the distance. He quickly puts the pieces together while falling through the air.

Aidan: NO, not again… not aga– 

Just as before– KRAKOOM! Thunder strikes. Aidan vanishes. History repeats. The feed goes blank, disconnected entirely.

Dan: Well. He was here and now he is gone… Thanks, Aidan. All of this future talk has me thinking about that recent Tred Talk by the Trojan CEO… robotic implants cannot be good right? Sure, technology can make things better and I support that but this feels insidious. The company is called Trojan. Like a Trojan Horse? Maybe I have just seen one too many sci-fi movies but look at Metallo, that’s a robo villain who was once human. Just be careful out there? Let’s see how Katie is doing in Gotham…

The camera cuts over to Katie standing in front of a funhouse with a clown face.

Katie: Hello again from Gotham! Our own cowled crusader ran into some trouble after investigating a reportedly “haunted” funhouse. Batman and Robin found the Joker and a gang of evil clowns engaging in some serious clowning around. Thankfully, the world’s best teenage detectives (and Scooby!) happened to be in Gotham City again. Mystery Inc. came to Batman and Robin’s aid and defeated the Joker and his insane clown posse. The group has dealt with clowns before, so these jokers were no match for Batman and the gang. It’s not clear whether Scooby acted as anything more than a distraction, though. He’s known to shake and shiver in fear. No Scooby Snacks were found at the crime scene. 

Curiously, eagle-eyed sources spotted Robin donning a different look this week than the last time he had a Scooby-Doo team-up. For all you fashion-curious freaks, you’d be intrigued to know that Robin was seen wearing his full-length red bodysuit accented by black garments after the battle. Maybe he’s trying to impress Batman with a new look. 

You might wonder, Scooby-Doo, where are you now? In a strange turn of events, witnesses last saw Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang blindfolded in the Mystery Machine as it was driven by . . . Robin? Does he even know how to drive? I’m surprised Fred let anyone touch his precious vehicle. We all know Fred has a . . . unique relationship with the van. Anyway, that’s all the news for — 

Suddenly, a swarm of bats flies overhead. A note flutters down from above as Katie screams in terror. She swats at the air before picking up the paper.

Katie: God, the bats in this city are out of control! Wait . . . this just in. I have received an anonymous note informing me that Robin did not kidnap Mystery Inc. According to this, Robin took the teens to Batman’s secret lair! What I wouldn’t give for a chance to see all the gadgets and collectibles he must have in there. 

If this source is accurate, the more pressing issue seems to be that a phantom infiltrated Batman’s secret hideaway and is threatening everyone inside. While the Scooby gang is quite certain the ghost is merely a phony phantom, this piece of paper says Batman is worried about how someone could enter his hideaway in the first place! We’ll have to count on Mystery Inc. to do what they do best: solve mysteries and catch that villain. They’ve got some work to do! 

This is Katie signing off. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but here’s hoping more bats will deliver information on this case. I like my cat informants so much better . . . Back to you, Dan!

Before the camera cuts away, Katie is seen crouching down. She pets a black cat as it drops something in its mouth into her hand.

Dan: Thanks for that Katie. I do love that dog. Now let’s go over to Bruce Spruce, who’s been following leads on the whereabouts of Robin.

Raucous cheering and applause can be heard as Bruce Spruce appears in the middle of a crowd, being smashed together on every side by rabid fans.

Bruce: This is Bruce Spruce coming to you live from–

A vicious glare meets Bruce’s, from a very large man, urging him to consider his next words very carefully.

Bruce:-Coming to you live from… The Big Match, yes, The Big Match, where Robin is fighting “The King Snake.” He looks… considerably less like a snake than I was led to believe, folks. This is a tremendous disappointment. 

The camera pans to the match and zooms in as Robin beats The King Snake into the floor, leaving him alive.

Bruce: Ouch! That small child just beat the $&%* out of that large man with the stupid tattoo! He may not have looked like anything resembling a real snake, but damn was that satisfying to see! Let’s see if we can get an interview with Robin himself. Robin! Robin! After him Geoff! We must give chase! 

Bruce and Geoff the camera operator are almost immediately knocked to the floor. They lose track of Robin but quickly regain their composure. They head outdoors and stumble across Robin waiting for a ship and continue to follow, sneaking aboard as well, they listen while the passengers talk.

Bruce: Alright folks so it looks like we’re headed to a place called “Lazarus Island” where some sort of tournament is going down. There are some potentially heavy hitters here and some familiar faces too, so it’s going to be a crazy ride–oh no, I think they heard that! Apparently, there’s some sort of rule about the outside world knowing where we are. Oh $#&% oh $#&%! The network knows exactly where we are though so send someone after us! Save us before it’s–

The feed cuts out and the camera goes back to Dan.

Dan: #!%&, that’s one for the legal team to sort out. Bree? You’re up, I’ve got to make a call.

A female reporter with a cheery disposition is seated at one of the newsroom desks, this time in a power suit as opposed to the yellow press vest she had been seen in last week.

Bree: While Dan is on break, I’m here to report an exclusive exposé on Titans Academy! Or, well, an exposé in progress. Our mole- I mean, informant, has been inside the tower for a week now. Still, there is MUCH we have uncovered! My source shares tales of teenage angst powerful enough to topple the hierarchy of the veteran Titans’ rule! And maybe… an old enemy thought dead is sneaking around the tower! 

A blurry photo of a figure cloaked in black appears on the monitor behind her. The quality is reminiscent of every photo that claims to prove the existence of Bigfoot.

Bree: My informant tells me the older Titans have dubbed this figure “Red X”, in their hallway whispers. Red X was an ex-member of the team that disappeared a few years ago without an official explanation. Why the Secrecy? What could the sudden arrival of this old Titan mean? We’re continuing to dig for answers on the Public’s behalf.  

The photo on the monitor disappears and is replaced with another grainy image. The photo seems to have been taken from a low angle and around a sharp corner, half of the image is occupied by a wall and the other half is 2 figures standing across from each other. Their heads don’t quite fit in the frame and are cut off at the chin.

Bree: Are tensions perhaps running high between the old guard? Many of them have a complicated history. Here, Cyborg and Nightwing are visible and displaying anxious body language. My source was not able to hear the entire conversation, but relationship troubles seem to plague the team. How well will they be able to mentor when they can’t present a cohesive front to their students? And now, GC52 viewers…

The image disappears again. Bree is silent for a second. Her expression shifts from what you’d associate with jovial gossip to a blank, cold kind of seriousness. 

Bree: The image that has haunted me since it landed in my inbox. The Titans have yet another dangerous enemy… Superboy. 

The monitor showcases a 3rd low-quality image. Taken outside, at night, 4 figures are barely visible. A red ‘S’ on a black t-shirt is just barely legible.

Bree: My informant has told me the student being accosted goes by Bolt, another speedster. Why Superboy has returned is unclear, as is the identity of his two companions. This is, unfortunately, all the information I have at this time. 

The final image disappears, and the seriousness in the reporter’s expression is replaced with her initial cheer. Outro music begins to play.

Bree: That’s my time for today, tune in next week as the GC52 team continues to work to uncover the Titans’ best-kept secrets!

While the outro music is playing we hear a commotion in the studio and the video feeds cuts to Dan running back to his desk.

Dan: Cut that damned music. I’m not on break and we’ve still got one more story… Wait, what do you mean he’s not here yet? We lose Ethan last week and now his replacements not made it? Christ! Well, folks…

That’s all we have for you, 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.


Books covered this week:

  • Action Comics #1030 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Daniel Sampere, Adriano Lucas, and Dave Sharpe.
  • Harley Quinn #2 by Stephanie Phillips, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Deron Bennett.
  • The Flash #769 by Jeremy Adams, David Lafuente, Brandon Peterson, Mike Atiyeh, Luis Guerrero, and Steve Wands.
  • The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #3 by Sholly Fisch, Randy Elliott, and Silvana Brys.
  • Midnighter: The Passenger #2 by Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma, and Dave Sharpe.
  • Robin #1 by Joshua Williamson, Gleb Melnikov, and ALW’s Troy Peteri.
  • Teen Titans Academy #2 by Tim Sheridan, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Alejandro Sanchez.

With thanks to this week’s contributors Dan, Violet, Aidan, Katie, Alex, and Bree.

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GC52 News Report (DC 04/20/2021 Releases)

(Spoilers for DC Comics released 04/20/2021)

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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 the center of the newsroom behind his desk. This week he’s wearing a mint dress shirt and a light tie that isoutlined by the large window behind him looking out over Metropolis. The Daily Planet globe is visible behind him as the setting sun sparkles off the crown jewel of the City of Tomorrow. The GC52 theme music begins to dim as the actual program begins.

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!

This week has been… strange to say the least but we are here to bring you what you need to know! First off, the Justice League appears to be testing out 2 new members! One of which seems to be Naomi, you may know her from her recent stint on the Young Justice team that, uh, went away. She is an extremely powerful young hero who may bring needed perspectives to the League themselves! The other though is Black Adam, who you may know as a supervillain. This may be a shock to the viewers at home but Black Adam has been seen around the globe doing good deeds. I don’t think it’s too late to turn over a new leaf and fight for the side of good, do you? Everyone loves a good comeback story so I wish him well! Let’s check in with Katie!

The camera cuts over to Katie’s corner of the studio. There are books strewn all over. On an old CRT monitor behind her is an image of the anti-hero Catwoman.

Katie: Hello everyone! Word on the street in Alleytown is that Catwoman and Riddler have allied together and are searching for the recently missing Poison Ivy. This comes as a surprise, as Catwoman seems to have been tackling crime solo these days. Riddler must have the juicy gossip Catwoman needs if she’s agreed to listen to his brain-teasers all day without clawing his eyes out. 

Undercover sources have also informed me Riddler is in critical condition as a result of a targeted attack. The shooter has not been identified and remains at large. I guess that’s a riddle we haven’t been able to answer yet. 

A few feisty felines have discovered some details regarding Poison Ivy’s whereabouts. We have credible reason to believe that a certain art collector has connections to her disappearance. I’ll release more information as I receive it . . . if my sources are light on their paws — I mean feet. 

An eyewitness last saw Catwoman with a minor (whose name we will not disclose for privacy) at a local scrap yard facility in Alleytown. It seems that Riddler’s intel about Poison Ivy’s possible location didn’t let Catwoman completely scratch the surface of this kidnapping case. Her search was not entirely in vain. Supposedly, an unidentified man handed Catwoman a note before fleeing the scene. This mystery is truly a cat’s cradle! 

In related news, multiple gunfire shots rang out on the other side of Alleytown last night. I have a contact who told me they watched the whispered-about, Bible-quoting villain, Father Valley, murder every single one of Penguin’s goons. Penguin seemed to avoid slipping on the ice of death himself though. The two must not be on amicable terms anymore. Maybe this new Alleytown threat has come to rip the pointed nose off of Penguin and overthrow his chilly reign of terror. May God help us all. 

And with that, the camera cuts from Katie’s corner, back to Dan.

Dan: Thanks, Katie! I am now going to throw it over to our newest reporter in the field, Aidan!

The camera then cuts to Aidan, who appears to be standing in the heart of Central City. Thick clouds coat the sky and rain is pouring overhead. He forgot to bring an umbrella.

Aidan: Hey everyone! Forgive my somber tone, but I have some rather disheartening news to share today. This may come as a shock to you all, but… the speedsters have lost their connection to the speed force. I know, I can hear your collective gasps. In other words, this is just your average Tuesday for members of the illustrious Flash family. Okay, can… can we please turn that off now?

The skyline tumbles behind him, revealing that it was just a green screen the entire time. He’s actually inside the studio! The furious drizzle suddenly dissipates entirely. After a brief pause, the camera pans up to show that it was an overhead sprinkler the entire time. Aidan blankly stares at the camera, trying his hardest to pretend that didn’t just happen.

Aidan: Anyways… What has been the reaction amongst the superhero community? Well, the blonde-haired Flash, Mr. Terrific, and Green Arrow were recently spotted heading into Central City’s iconic Flash Museum. To make matters more interesting, the Justice League has repeatedly denied my requests for comment. League spokespeople the Wonder Twins have insisted that everything is, as they put it, “under control.” Come on. The earth we inhabit spawns a couple Crisis events a year. Is it ever really that simple? 

Fear not loyal viewers, thanks to some of my own QUICK thinking, I was able to get some answers of my own. Potentially crossing a few legal barriers along the way. Maybe. Probably. 

A shaky video taken through a phone camera appears on screen. It shows Flash, Mr. Terrific, and Green Arrow inside the Flash’s secret Speed Lab tinkering with a device. They discuss energy patterns, time capsules, and… the red-haired Flash?

Aidan: That’s right, the original Kid Flash! What’s going on with him? Where did he go? Last I heard, he had an accident at Sanc–

The feed cuts out for a mere two seconds. When it returns, it appears that minutes have passed. We catch Aidan mid-rant.

Aidan: TWENTY DOLLARS? For a FLASH MUG?! WHO FALLS FOR THIS STUFF? IS IT EVEN MADE OF REAL CERAM–

Aidan pauses.

Aidan: Does anyone… Anyone else hear… Lightning?

Suddenly– KRAKOOM! A deafening strike of lightning smashes through the ceiling onto the studio floor. The camera is miraculously unscathed. When the picture clears, Aidan is… GONE?

The camera cuts back to Dan, who clears his throat after an awkward silence.

Dan: Will our insurance cover that? Because that does not look good. I hope this isn’t connected to the disappearances in Gotham recently! It seems as if the Nexus of Reality is broken. Now that is something that happens on any day that ends in “-day” but this one is different. It’s as if the rifts all over Gotham are giving us glimpses into another world.

There wasn’t too much footage of it before Harley Quinn and Batman entered but there was one audio clip of someone saying “just wiped out tomato town” from the other side of the rift. I do hope Batman can save the day with a victory royale. But let’s check in with Jake over in Bludhaven to see what’s new over there!

The Camera cuts to a microphone in midair as it is caught by a dashing man in a black suit oddly covered by a blue t-shirt with “I LOVE THE BLÜD” in black letters. THE JOVIAL JOURNALIST JAKE IS BACK! With a slice of pizza dangling from his mouth. He points at the camera, only for a small ferret to peak out his sleeve! Welcome MR. TUBES! He takes the pizza from his mouth and begins to speak.

Jake: Howdy folks! I’m coming to you from in front of Marv & George’s Pizzeria, where Dick Grayson, my own landlord, has decided to hold an impromptu pizza giveaway to the Blüd’s less fortunate residents! He even offered it to our film crew and I figured this was a way to bring attention to the needs of the people not being met in our dear city. But it’s clear Mr. Grayson is going to change it into the Haven we deserve!

Taking a bite of pizza for the camera, he tears a small bit of dough from inside the crust and presents it to Mr. Tubes as an offering which the ferret gladly accepts. Our journalist takes another bite before returning to speaking with his mouth full.

Jake: Thsh ish sho gowod. In ofr newsh Nighwig wash sheen taking… 

He swallows his food… 

Jake: …down some of the goons belonging to the Maroni Crime family, the second most powerful syndicate in the city. What retaliation our city’s hero will face has yet to be seen. But that’s all I got.

He then puts the rest of the pizza in his mouth looking content. The camera cuts back to Dan in the studio looking annoyed.

Dan: Thanks for that… “professional” report there Jake. Let’s cut over to Ethan for something hopefully more appropriate. Over to you bud!

As the camera cuts over to Ethan we see he’s without his usual tweed jacket but is still wearing the shirt and suspenders as usual. His black glasses in place, as usual, he looks rather calm for once. Behind him is an image of The Demon, Etrigan.

Ethan: Thanks Dan, we should grab a drink tonight, it’s been a while. Anyway… Good evening folks! Only a short update from me tonight. We’ve heard from our sources within the Hall of Justice that a meeting between the Justice League, and their mystical counterparts, the Justice League Dark, was taken recently.

The meeting happened to discuss a few points. One, to decide on what was to happen with the sudden return of The Demon, Etrigan. It was eventually decided he’d be placed on the JL Dark team. Two, to plan a course of action on what Etrigan has revealed regarding Merlin’s plans. No word on what happened there, sources declined to reveal the decisions made for the safety of the team. Third, and finally, to promote Zatanna to team leader due to Wonder Woman’s continued absence.

Now, I’ll be sure to keep you upd-

Ethan pauses mid-sentence and lifts a finger to his ear as if listening to something coming through his earpiece. A look of serious contemplation comes across his face, then one of steely resolve.

Ethan: Understood sir, I’ll be there right away. Sorry Dan, guess we won’t be getting that drink.

With one last look across the studio, Ethan taps his watch, and in a burst of blue light, he vanishes, teleported away to somewhere unknown. The camera hangs on the empty desk for a few moments before cutting to a shocked Dan.

Dan: Right… I guess I am going to need to have HR find more staff then. I actually do need to cut out a few minutes early! I received a mysterious set of tickets for some tournament called Mortal Kombat. Sounds like it’s going to be a blast! They have this one fella who shoots ice from his hands and another who throws this blade and yells for people to “Come over here!”. The Mrs. and I are going to try to get there early to get good seats. Love a good FATALITY.

That’s all we have for you, 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.

As Dan signs off, the GC52 credits begin playing before a burst of static takes over the screen and we see what looks like security camera footage of an office. It’s largely dark in the room except for one lamp on a desk. Behind the desk, silhouetted by the lamp, is a figure, their face is covered in shadow, but cigarette smoke can be seen. The door to the office opens and in works Ethan. He’s now wearing a black suit and tie.

Ethan: Agent 18 reporting for duty, sir.

The figure behind the desk leans forward. What would be a face is illuminated by the lamplight. All that’s there is a skull.

Mr. Bones: Welcome back to the fold agent. Let’s get to work.

Another burst of static, and the screen turns dark.


Books covered this week:

  • Justice League #60 by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Tamara Bonvillain, and Josh Reed.
  • Catwoman #30 by Ram V, Fernando Blanco, Jordie Bellaire, and Tom Napolitano.
  • The Flash #769 by Jeremy Adams, David Lafuente, Brandon Peterson, Mike Atiyeh, Luis Guerrero, and Steve Wands.
  • Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1 by Christos Gage, Donald Mustard, Reilly Brown, Nelson Faro DeCastro, John Kalisz, and AndWorld Design.
  • Nightwing #79 by Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, Adriano Lucas, and Wes Abbott.
  • Justice League Dark: Dangerous Things by Ram V, Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr, and Rob Leigh.

Thanks to this week’s contributors; Dan, Katie, Aidan, Jake, and Ethan.

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GC52 News Report (04/13/2021 Releases)

(Spoilers for DC Comics released 04/13/2021)

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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 the center of the newsroom behind his desk. This week he’s wearing a blue blazer with a Superman tie outlined by the large window behind him looking out over Metropolis. The Daily Planet globe is visible behind him as the setting sun sparkles off the crown jewel of the City of Tomorrow. The GC52 theme music begins to dim as the actual program begins.

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 image that appears above Dan’s shoulder is that of Superman’s crest with candles sticking out of it like a cake.

Dan: This week is a very special week! I am in high spirits because the city of Metropolis is celebrating the birthday of our very own Man of Steel! That’s right, it’s Superman’s birthday! The normal parade and fanfare are already underway across the city. My favorite Superman birthday treat is always that ice cream that’s actually rainbows… Not sure what makes it Superman related but it sure is a treat. I’m taking the family to Centennial Park for the concert dedicated to the blue boy scout himself. The only thing is that he will not be attending this year… he is actually far off in the reaches of space handling some things. We wish him the best and hope he returns soon. 

Dan lets out a labored but optimistic sigh as he readies to switch over to the next story.

Dan: Now I am kicking it over to Violet who will be bringing you some OFFICIAL news from within the studio.

Violet: Hello everyone, Dan has me back this week to test my abilities and my dedication to the cause…

Violet’s face becomes a panicked blank expression, she turns to look at Dan

Violet: What’s the cause again? OH right news! So, I have some multiverse news for you today… back in March, Justice Incarnate managed to locate Wonder Woman. Since then, they have been observing from a distance. The Valkyries of Valhalla, or Norse Gods if you will, have been dying and staying dead. Now I know that’s how it’s supposed to happen, but this is Wonder Woman and the multiverse okay? Norse warriors don’t just “die”. There’s something off and Diana is determined to find out. That hottie Sigfried is nowhere to be seen, shame, he was popular. The report states Wonder Woman met a squirrel who talks and claims to know all, – and they call me crazy – supposedly they ventured into the wood to find answers but she found her way into a very very large egg to be swallowed by a very large snake called Nidhogg. Seriously guys? And still no rescue mission?!

Violet: In regular world news, Oracle and the Bat family have been spotted at computer stores all over the city, apparently a woman named Vivienne Ross a.k.a Vi Ross, has been hacking locations all over to make a mess for everyone, hospitals, ATMs, you name it. However, fear not Gotham, Oracle and the Bat family have captured her and taken her into custody right before she robbed a bank! Thanks Oracle! That’s all I have time for today, Dan?

Dan looks to her and back to the camera before repeating this a few times.

Dan: Are you asking… nevermind. Let’s check in with our newest reporter Katie who is bringing you the latest on Mystery Inc. You know, I knew Norville Rogers back in my high flying days as a youth. He goes by Shaggy, great guy. Makes one heck of a sandwich. Anyway, Katie, take it away!

The report flips over to Katie on the scene.

Katie Good evening, everyone. What’s new, tonight, you might ask? The better question is, “What’s new, Scooby Doo?” I’m surprised to report that everyone’s favorite meddling kids and their Great Dane were spotted at the Gotham Museum of Culture with none other than the cowled-crusader himself — Batman. You heard that right, folks. Mystery, Inc. is back in town. Apparently, Batman’s got a brand new mystery for the gang to solve. Although the real mystery is why they’re still dressing like they’re stuck in the 60s, am I right? 

According to my sources, Batman has enlisted the help of Mystery Inc. to solve a crime. And I thought Batman was Gotham’s Dark Knight Detective! Although, Scooby and his friends have teamed up with Batman before. This isn’t their first time they’ve driven the Mystery Machine into the heart of Gotham City. In fact, all the superheroes around here seem to truly enjoy the escapades of the mystery solving teenagers from Coolsville . . .

My sources tell me that Batman discovered that the purple gloves on his original costume in the Batman exhibit of the Gotham Museum have been swapped with phonies. Batman is believed to have experienced memory loss regarding where he ever stored his original purple gloves. Perhaps Batman repressed this memory, due to the horrific color clash and general uselessness of the bright purple gloves. I wouldn’t want to remember a fashion fiasco like that.  

This story is still developing, but you’ll want to listen in on this major news update. For unknown reasons — other than the presumed notion that Batman does not want to abandon Gotham City — Batman asks Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby to . . . time travel? Yes, you heard correctly. Batman’s only solution to the missing purple glove caper is to send a dog and his historically, shall we say, questionable, owner back in time. My sources also tell me that the group will be flung back in time to the Dark Knight’s vigilante beginnings through a time machine created by Professor Carter Nichols. Nichols’ expertise in time travel provides some assurance, I suppose. At least Shag and Scooby will have Velma with them. Let’s just hope she doesn’t lose her glasses.  

With half of the crew spending time in Batman’s first year as Batman referred to by historians as “Year One”, Fred and Daphne hung back to aid Robin. Their feet-on-the-ground effort directed them toward uncovering a discrepancy with the foundation underneath the museum. Millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne evidently purchased the Gotham Museum without checking the structural reinforcement of the place. Seems like an obvious oversight, but what else do we expect from that mysterious man? 

Hang on, I’m getting word now that Batman is going to take Robin and the teenagers below to check out the box under the museum . . . in a shark-shaped Batsub? Are they going to get — oh my. They’re getting in. I hope Fred and Daphne signed a waiver. 

And there you have it. Batman is taking minors underwater and sent the other teenagers away in a time machine. We’ll have to see if we can acquire more information about any clues Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby have found in the past. Should we expect an appearance from Scooby’s canine companion, Ace the Bat-Hound, anytime soon? Will Batman track down those awful purple gloves? I’ll keep you updated. Hopefully there’s no lawsuits involved. 

Dan: Thank you, Katie! Speaking of Gotham, let’s check in on what’s been going on there…

The camera cuts to Ethan. He’s wearing a dark grey tweed jacket, light blue shirt, and a matching dark grey bowtie. Behind black-rimmed glasses, there’s heavy bags under his eyes, the result of some long nights embedded in Gotham. Behind him is a still image of Jim Gordon.

Ethan: Thanks Dan, and good evening folks. Sorry if I’m less present than normal tonight, I’ve just spent some sleepless nights on the streets of Gotham, checking out some of the recent goings-on. First up, some news on the hunt for Joker following the events of A-Day.

After previously discovering that ex-police commissioner Jim Gordon has been hired by a person unknown to track down the clown, I observed, from a surveillance location I was using while in the city, Gordon meeting with the Batman at his apartment. While I was unable to hear what they were saying, it was clear they were discussing Gordon’s mission. After saying something that left Batman, and I’m sure this doesn’t happen often, stunned. Gordon left shortly after, heading in the direction of the Gotham Clock Tower.

The image behind Ethan changes to one of the vigilante Red Hood.

Ethan: Instead of following the commissioner, I instead managed to track Batman to whatever crime it was he was attempting to stop. Clearing out these goons, who I later discovered were working for Mr. Freeze, something to keep an eye on, Batman then moved on. It seems he was chasing a lead on the new designer drug “cheerdrops”, but he ended up at what is seemingly the Red Hood’s hideout.

From what I could see the Bat and the Hood started fighting before all of a sudden, a young boy ran into the fray, stopping the fight. I didn’t see what happened next as some cops saw me in my vantage spot and I had to make a break for it. I do hope this rift between Batman and Red Hood, whatever it is, can be resolved.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna sleep for a week. Back to you Dan!

When the camera returns to Dan at the News Desk, he is clearly watching a video on his phone. He holds his finger up for one second before putting it down.

Dan: Sorry! Someone just uploaded a grainy video to the Unternet of Grifter and Red Hood going at it. Now like… they both kill people so let’s not debate that but it’s a pretty sick fight. I don’t suggest logging onto the Unternet though… I only have it for, uh, journalistic ventures. I just want Cole to get his stuff together but as you can tell, he is really good at the opposite of that. Did you see the shoot out earlier this week? Not very Cash money of him… Anyway, I have to head out for the Superman birthday festivities! That’s all we have for you, 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.

Books covered this week:

  • Superman #30 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Scott Godlewski, Gabe Eltaeb, and Dave Sharpe.
  • Wonder Woman #771 by Michael W. Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Travis Moore, Tamara Bonvillain, and Pat Brosseau.
  • The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #2 by Ivan Cohen, Dario Brizuela, Franco Riesco, and Saida Temofonte
  • Oracle: Ghost in the Machine #1 by Cecil Castellucci, Marguerite Sauvage, and Becca Carey.
  • Red Hood: Cheer #2 by Chip Zdarsky, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Julio Ferreira, Marcus To, Adriano Lucas, and Becca Carey.
  • Grifter: The Long Con #2 by Matthew Rosenberg, Ryan Benjamin, Antonio Fabela, and Saida Temofonte.
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GC52 News Report (04/06/2021 Releases)

(Spoilers for DC Comics released 04/06/2021)

(Words in italics signal actions)

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 the center of the newsroom behind his desk. This week he’s wearing a tweed coat with a dark blue tie that is outlined by the large window behind him looking out over Metropolis. The Daily Planet globe is visible behind him as the setting sun sparkles off the crown jewel of the City of Tomorrow. The GC52 theme music begins to dim as the actual program begins.

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!

There have been multiple reports of Scarecrows popping up all over Gotham City. Now, that actually doesn’t sound like a surprise to anyone who knows Gotham but there is more to this. Dr. Jonathan Crane, AKA The Scarecrow, supposedly died in the Arkham A-Day explosion. Coming back from the dead isn’t all that far fetched but seems unlikely with how large that explosion was. At first people believed it to be the work of the Unsanity Collective but it just doesn’t seem to fit the ideals they weave. Batman was spotted at the scene of one of the hay-stuffed harbingers but was quickly ambushed by the GCPD.

Dan takes a deep breath before pushing his glasses up to pinch the bridge of his nose.

Dan: Mayor Nakano has recently tapped former GCPD veteran Renee Montoya to march to the beat of the anti-vigilante drum. It’s quite strange that someone like Renee wouldn’t Question the need for faceless heroes to stop the villains of Gotham. The Mayor just seems to be making things worse in Gotham with no solution.

In other news out of Gotham, Harley Quinn –

Dan looks off camera as he starts talking to someone directly.

Dan: What do you mean she is in the studios, Jerry? You’re telling me she just waltzed past security into the archives? Darkseid on a crutch… well it seems like we have a report from Violet from inside the building.

Dan sighs deeply before the feed cuts over to Violet.

Violet: Hi guys, I have exciting news to share with you all. I was rooting around the archives of GC52 and found an old file on the infamous Man-Bat! Ya know the OTHER large bat that flies around Gotham? SCREEE’s a lot?

Violet looks away from the main camera and turns to her other side as if talking to someone else in the room.

Violet: This took place before the source wall fell apart like a wet newspaper by the way.

She turns back to the camera to continue the report.

Violet: Man-Bat tried to stop a gang from stealing a sonic cannon to prove to his wife that he can be a good balance of man and bat, but the cannon went off, got damaged and deafened several people.

We’re off to a great start, oh boy.

Before Blackgate could take him in, he escaped, YAY!

But WAIT.. shortly after the Suicide Squad were sent by Amanda Waller to hunt him! Harley Quinn wasn’t too pleased about taking him in, she feared the government would perform a live autopsy and managed to get him on his after a quick little skirmish. She gave Kirk a second chance, knowing he only wanted to do the right thing, so she let him go and even told him to punch her to make it look believable!

With a light death threat from Harley Quinn, he took the second chance and went to visit his sister who he has dedicated his life to “helping”. He claimed to have found a way to repair the hearing damage done to those by the cannon. She wasn’t impressed but before the argument could escalate..

BANG!

Violet slams her hands on the table causing the camera man to jump back.

Violet: Scarecrow comes in, it was him all along! Ladies and gentlemen who would’ve guessed!? He sent that gang to steal the cannon so he could mix fear toxin with sonic subliminals and make everyone go crazy! But he needed Kirk and his wife (who he kidnapped earlier) to fix the sonic cannon for his plan to work. Scarecrow now holds them captive under the influence of his toxin! What happened!? I’ll tell you… IF Dan let’s me come back after snooping around in the archives…

Violet sheepishly smiles over at Dan before waving goodbye to the camera before it cuts back to Dan.

Dan: Can someone get security down there, please? Our next story tonight is something out of the oddity files. Remember a few weeks back where I mentioned some sort of ghoul roaming the desert killing people? Well now in the same area, a massive tree has burst from the scorched landscape. I did some digging and there was that massive Swamp person with one of those B-list Justice Leagues recently but this doesn’t seem to be the same thing. Just odd is all that something appears like that. Like an idea sprouting far from where it should be… anyway…

Let’s go over to our new hire, who’s covering some strange goings-on out in deep space.

The camera cuts, instead of a newsroom overlooking a city as one would expect, all that is there is the darkness of space, with the odd star flickering in the distance. A low rumble can be heard, seemingly a high powered engine. The new hire begins their report.

Thomas: Thank you, Dan, and good morning, afternoon, or evening to our viewers, depending on the time on your planet at the moment. I’m Thomas, reporting on the intergalactic beat from the GC52 Correspondent-Class starship “Cavalcade.” The once-peaceful City Enduring has seen better days, its 500-year record of stability having been rocked by a series of revolutionary bombshells threatening to overthrow its very way of life. Reports had already come in of corruption among the High Council, black markets and thievery on the digital landscape, sweatshop cryptocurrency mining, cover-ups in the case of a high-profile murder, and armed forces opening fire on an orderly protest. The city could only contain so much pressure, leading to tonight’s story of riots breaking out across the city in the face of a frustrated referendum voting process. We are hearing from multiple sources across the city about long voting lines, people turned away by officials and by force at the polls, as well as malfunctioning voting machines. 

The state of emergency here has gotten so dire that the city’s “sky screen” has been deactivated, giving everyone a clear view of an invading force that seems to be waiting for a signal to unleash even further violence on the populace. A key factor in all of this is the presence and influence of Green Lantern Sojourner Mullein, a recent recruit into Oa’s peacekeeping force, supposedly equipped with a unique, self-charging ring. We can only assume her hardware is being tested to the limit as disparate, power-hungry forces clash throughout the city. Our hopes, and those of 20 billion residents, rest on her shoulders.

Shifting to more Green Lantern news, the United Planets Summit, spearheaded by Superman and Superboy and organized by the Guardians of the Universe, is off to a rocky start. Initially planned as a means to bring all sentient, starship-capable species together, it began with a vote on whether to include the Guardians and Oa in the United Planets at all, leading to debate over their role in the universe. Five thousand Green Lanterns were present in diplomatic as well as security roles, including Corps Leader John Stewart of Earth, dressed in eye-catching Kryptonian attire.

Events took a turn for the worse when an aquatic magical being from crossed paths with a young Bolivian girl from Earth possessing repurposed Lantern hardware, leading to a massive spell of destruction. Stewart’s insightful leadership uncovered the only method of stopping the attack, which was to use one’s willpower to reject violence, robbing the spell of energy. This brief respite was followed by the assassination of a Guardian, a matter which is currently under investigation and resets our studio’s “Days Since A Guardian of the Universe Died” counter. Back to you, Dan.

The camera cuts back to the GC52 studio in Metropolis. Dan quickly finishes a conversation he was having with someone off screen.

Dan: Thanks for that Thomas, here’s hoping my good buddy Guy Gardner shows up to lend his excellent helping hand to situations. That’s all we have for you, 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.

Books covered this week:

  • Batman #107 by James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles.
  • The Swamp Thing #2 by Ram V, Mike Perkins, Mike Spicer, and Aditya Bidikar.
  • Green Lantern #1 by Geoffrey Thorne, Dexter Soy, Marco Santucci, Alex Sinclair, and Rob Leigh.
  • Green Lantern: Far Sector #11 by N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell, and Deron Bennett.
  • Man-Bat #3 by Dave Wielgosz, Sumit Kumar, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Tom Napolitano.