Life in the trenches for a soldier in the Great War was brutal, allowing for no peace or rest. But then the sounds of a familiar Christmas carol are heard from across No Man’s Land one Christmas Eve.
It’s Christmastime in Gotham City, and Batman tries to come to an understanding with a former enemy as he watches over his family. But can Deadshot follow Batman’s main rule: no killing?
by Christine Nightstar
In the basement beneath a busy Gotham City deli, a highly advanced, human-like clockwork man built in the mid-nineteenth century is disturbed from his century-long sleep. Trenton “Ticks” Avery soon becomes one of the Deltonio family, even as he also begins to discover that his creator had built in amazing mechanisms allowing him to evolve physically, mentally, and emotionally. And with some of these new abilities Ticks inadvertently becomes Gotham’s newest crime-fighter, Clockwork. But with newfound fame comes danger to his adoptive family, even as an old villain called the Clock seeks him as a prize! Guest starring Batman and Platinum of the Metal Men!
by Christine Nightstar Return to chapter list The next few weeks following the capture of the Clock were very busy for the Deltonios, Betty Canardo, and Ticks. Beside dating Tina Platt, alias Platinum of the Metal Men, Ticks had been studying almost constantly for his civil service exam and the Police Academy entrance examination. He . . .Earth-1 on .
by Christine Nightstar Return to chapter list Tony Deltonio arrived home at the same time every afternoon, except during football season in which case he would be a few hours late. Normally Ticks would either play a game with Tony or help him with homework until they had dinner in the deli. But in the . . .Earth-1 on .
by Christine Nightstar Return to chapter list Over the last few weeks, Ticks had felt compelled to finish reading Professor Avery’s cookbooks, even though there were over a hundred of them, and he lost time whenever he read one. After his second meeting with Police Commissioner Gordon, he came to the final cookbook, which was . . .Earth-1 on .
by Christine Nightstar Return to chapter list Excerpt from the Journal of Professor Josiah Avery: While I neither remember what inspired me to create Trenton nor how I began, I do know that without Mr. Palmer and his unique talents, my clockwork man would not exist except as a dream. My designs must be hidden . . .Earth-1 on .
by Christine Nightstar Return to chapter list Excerpt from the Journal of Randall Palmer, assistant to Professor Avery, 1850 to 1870: Professor Josiah Avery was a man well ahead of his time. It didn’t take him long to guess the truth about me, after all, as much as I tried to hide it from him . . .Earth-1 on .
For many soldiers who fought for our freedoms, the war never really ends. As the old man called Sarge well knows, there are other battles to be fought, even in old age.
by Starsky Hutch 76
When Kent Shakespeare (the former Bizarro-Junior No. 1) unexpectedly grows overnight to his true age of a teenager, his adoptive parents struggle with the change and the boy’s desire to become the new Superboy. Have they also outgrown their remote mountain home? Guest starring Lois Lane and Bizarro No. 1!
by Starsky Hutch 76 Return to chapter list Lois Lane’s heart leapt into her throat. If Laurie Lemonelli died because of her, she would never forgive herself. A scream escaped involuntarily as the girl suddenly let go of the railing and dropped from the overpass. Lois hit the gas and raced forward, not that it . . .Earth-1 on .
by Starsky Hutch 76 Return to chapter list “Me am not thirsty,” the patient said. “You said you are not thirsty; therefore, you are,” the android said, bringing the water bottle up to the patient’s white, craggy lips. “You’re welcome,” the patient said. The android nodded graciously, knowing the patient meant thank you. “Why does . . .Earth-1 on .
For the past four years, the team of Batman and the second Robin have fought the good fight together! But when a dark secret surfaces concerning Jason Todd, it threatens to topple not only the Dynamic Duo, but the Wayne family itself! Can the Batman Family weather this storm?
by Immortalwildcat Return to chapter list One month later: Jason Todd walked down the hallway of Washington Junior High in Gateway City. It was still a new experience for him, being in the school itself. According to his own memory, he’d spent the last three years on the road with his parents, being home-schooled by . . .Earth-1 on .
by Immortalwildcat Return to chapter list Batman contacted Alfred and told him to drive on home, then made his way to one of several locations in the city where he kept caches of equipment. Moments later, a sleek black car roared out of the unused courtyard of an old hotel. The car slipped through the . . .Earth-1 on .