Cyber Joke Part 03-3: Meet J'onzz and Some History by adorety ()
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In part two, below, I give Alfred a more detailed backstory while giving a new backstory to Batman in general. The story for Alfred is my own idea with bits from the last 60 odd years thrown in. The account of Bruce Wayne's grandfather as the first Batman is totally made up to give some continuity to the story and legacy of the Batman. DC Comics has rebooted stories for their characters in a siginificant way at least twice. Once in the 80s and recently in 2011. What I've done, is to keep more of the old and add some of the new and tried to make a consistency that could date back as far as when the comic started in the early 1940s. Purists may hate or like this attempt, but ultimately this story and pictures is for entertainment and my own self satisfaction. The grandfather backstory I started during the “Third Date” introduction to this and have expanded and filled in some detail here. So...Read on and I hope you enjoy the twists.
Jason headed back to the Batcave and once there. He and Alfred listened to the accounting given by Dr. Bryce to Gordon. Gordon eventually sent another account that another detective had taken in the wee hours of the morning. The was one discrepancy. In the very first account Bryce could be heard saying that the two alleged criminals had a fence they were to meet to give the equipment to. But when she recounted the tale it turned into them planning to sell on the black market. This wasn't much, but it was not completely consistent.
They looked at the manifest and the items that were attempted to be stolen were as she said. The metals, Jason understood the obvious value to them, but the medical equipment didn't make much sense. There are even more valuable items in storage that are easier to move than what was taken. Robin and Alfred were becoming even more suspicious.
Just then the comm beeped and odd green head with red eyes appeared on the screen. It was J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter. He was a known ally to Batman and some of the other greatest heroes around the world. He was the head administrator for what was being formed as a League of sorts of superheroes. Bruce had been asked to join, but was reluctant to team up with anyone. However, Jason noticed that Bruce was softening up a bit on the notion.
J'onzz deep and articulate voice came through. “Hello Alfred, hello Jason. Any word on Batman?”
“How'd you know?” Asked Jason
“I inquired with Master J'onzz earlier when there had been no word from Master Bruce.” Alfred answered then turned to the vid monitor. “I'm sorry no. But we are piecing together some clues Jason and Commissioner Gordon obtained from questioning Dr. Lavinnia Bryce.”
“Indeed. She's the new lead scientist for Bruce's Cyber Tech division, is she not?”
“Yup.” Said Jason. “And she seems a little too uptight and serious. Are you able to help at all?”
“Until I hear there's an emergency I cannot. I am tied up with a situation in South America. Superman and Flash are off world as are Green Lantern and Hawk Girl. I am concerned I have not heard from Diana either, but if she was last seen with Bruce then they must be together some how. Please inform me with any news and I will help as soon as possible.”
“Thanks JJ.” Said Jason at the same time as Alfred replied.
“Thank you Master J'onzz, we will be in touch.” And he scowled a little at Jason for the use of the “JJ”.
“What?! It's J'onn J'onzz, how odd is that for a name in the first place. JJ sounds a little friendlier.”
“As you say Master Todd.” Alfred's eyes rolled as he turned back to the console.
“Ya know Alfred, I've been here awhile now and I know most of the secrets around here, but one that I discovered on my own was a big surprise.”
“Your point Master Todd.”
“You were the first Robin.” Jason's statement was met with silence. “C'mon Al. Let me in. I'm in the same seat. I could use some tips. I know Bruce's grand pop was the first Batman now. So how did you fit in?”
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adorety () 3:30PM | Tue, 01 October 2013
After a sigh and a long pause. “Very well. You know Bruce's Grandfather started Gotham in 1929 after the stock market crash. It was a place where he funded the startup with pretty much all of his family's wealth. His father had died from blood cancer and his mother knew nothing of business. The first Bruce Wayne was a genius of his day and so, took over the helm of the family at 19., though the family was only he and his mother.” “The project was part of the World's Fair and Bruce invited the destitute from everywhere to participate. In exchange for housing the people would build and establish a community. It was an immediate success. Bruce was overjoyed and he got caught up in the whole thing. What started as a suburb of New York was growing into a city unto itself. Skyscrapers were new and he wanted skyscrapers in his very own Gotham. At first it was a city for the people, but he always thought of it as his. I was a very young boy when all this began.” “Like all things created by humans, eventually the corruption seeped in and in time, what was a bright age for Gotham, was quickly becoming poisoned and dark. Criminals, corrupt politicians and city officials. Construction contractors cutting corners and pocketing expenses. The usual stuff. It all came to head for Mr. Wayne when the new Gotham Park Hotel caught fire and then burned the entire neighborhood around Park Row.” “Crime Alley.” Jason said. “Yes. There was some attempt to rebuild and some areas were made safe again, but as you well know the current Mr. Wayne's tragedy occurred there as well.” “Man. I didn't quite know the details.” Jason added, shaking his head. “Anyway. The corruption behind the hotel and neighborhood tragedy was discovered, but Mr. Wayne never got over blaming himself for all the deaths that night.” “Wow. I don't even think Bruce would blame himself for all that.” Jason speculated out loud. Alfred just looked at him for a moment then continued. “Soon enough the Batman emerged terrorizing criminals everywhere. By now WWII had started and new opportunities for criminals arose. Arms trafficking, espionage etcetera. Batman, with the help of Jameson Gordon, father of the James we know, helped keep the city in check while the war continued. As for me, I was inspired by this Batman, but I wanted to help my country. I'm from northern Connecticut but my family originated in England. When I was a baby, my father Jarvis lost his job with one of the royal families' and brought my mother and me here to start life anew. He had a cousin in Connecticut, so, that was as good a place to start as any. Unfortunately it was a more rural area and there was never much work. He ended helping his cousin in the textiles business. Though it wasn't a booming business, it provided us well enough. Though I was inspired by stories of this Batman, Gotham was not my place to defend, but my adopted country was, so I volunteered for the Rangers.” “Get out! You were a Ranger in the US military?!” Jason was astonished. “At first. I excelled and then volunteered for a special branch when the opportunity was offered to me. I became part of the Shadow Force.” “Hmmph. Never heard of that one.” “As well you shouldn't. It was a special team with members from various countries that were assembled to perform special operations against Hitler's own special branches of the SS. There was a branch that fought in the Pacific theater as well. I'm sorry, but I cannot recount my activities of that time. Suffice it to say, we did good work, but all such things in time of war can leave a bitter taste in the mouth.” “So that's where you learned field surgery and all the other things you help Bruce with.” Jason said. “Indeed. When the war ended I returned and being a soldier of that caliber, found it hard to integrate into society. I lived briefly in the small town I'd grown up in, but grew restless. There were no big cities in Connecticut at that time, so I moved to Gotham. The Batman's allure was strong. I lived a few blocks over from Crime Alley and the circumstances of living in that area forced me to retaliate against some of the crime in my block. Mr. Wayne, or Batman rather, noticed this. Soon I realized he was watching me when I would occasionally have to dispatch a thief or would be murderer. And finally he introduced himself, when he got me out of a jam I could not get myself out of. He saved my life.” “Coooool. So you're pretty bad ass yourself! And all this time I just thought you were a stiff.” Jason smiled broadly as he said this. “Indeed.” Alfred sniffed. “Anyway, between the two of us and the new and improved police force, Gotham could rest fairly easy again. By then it was about nineteen fifty and we were needed less and less. Thomas was already ten by that time and Mr. Wayne's wife was happy to see her husband around at night more often. He took me in and soon I was integrated as one of the household staff and eventually the head of the household staff.” “Of course sleeping dogs eventually wake up and a new set of criminals came onto the scene. When the war in Viet Nam started for the the U.S. Bruce was fifty and found he could not keep the Bat to rest. Even crazier criminals came popping out of the woodwork. Young upstarts and seasoned maniacs. Nothing like the Joker yet, but some almost as deadly.” “I could not join Bruce on this crusade. I was in my later forties and could not imagine myself jumping from rooftops anymore. So I told Master Bruce I would watch over his family and help in any way I could at home. He was very grateful and happy for that. His wife, however, could not take the long absences and the unexplained injuries. Eventually Bruce told her.” “Oh wow. I bet that went over like a lead zeppelin.” “Interesting metaphor, but that does sum it up. By now Master Thomas had volunteered and was a medic in the army, eventually honorably discharged in '68 and never learning his father's secret. But after hearing her husband was a vigilante, Mrs. Wayne left. I have never heard of her since. I'm sure she was well taken care of, but I know her leaving broke his heart. I think he truly felt abandoned at that point. It was sixty seven by then. Eventually his encounter with Dr Fries would be his undoing. Though he stopped the mad man from blowing up the lower half of Long Island, he paid the price with his life.” “Whatever happened to Freeze?” Jason asked. “He survived and as far as I know is still on ice the the maximum security prison outside Metropolis.” “Still on ice? Alfred I think you just made a joke.” “Indeed master Todd, I guess I did. Getting nostalgic I suppose.” And the faintest smile crossed his lips. It was getting towards evening now, almost six, when their conversation was interrupted by the red alert light coming from the comm that is direct from the commissioner’s office. Along with that, the police band radio started up with a lot of chatter. Jason as Robin answered the phone, but kept the screen off. “What's up commish?”. There was a pause while Jason's eyes widened. “What?! You're sure! I'm heading over there right now!” Meanwhile Alfred was listening to the police scanner. When Jason got off the comm the older man and young man said simultaneously. “The Joker escaped!” Robin was already suited. He hopped on the Batcycle and yelled. “I'm off to Arkham Alfred!” And he tore out of the batcave. In a whisper Alfred said. “Do be careful Master Todd. Things are looking worse.” More next week...
barryjeffer () 4:23PM | Tue, 01 October 2013
I like what you've done with the story my friend... Most entertaining!
twelvemark21 () 9:44PM | Tue, 01 October 2013
Darn we have to wait until next week... "Anxiously" awaiting the next installment!! (great job on the Manhunter)
RodS () Online Now! 1:20AM | Wed, 02 October 2013
You've put some incredible twists into the story, Art - and I'm lovin' it! Do keep 'em coming! This is outstanding, and your artwork is superb as always!
vitachick () 9:11AM | Sat, 05 October 2013
That is one great monitor! Once again great story sequel!
ZanderXL () 5:30AM | Thu, 10 October 2013
Hey, nothing wrong with shuffling about established backstories and putting your own twist on things. Heck, the official companies have done it themselves enough times! I like what you've done!