Ronin: Apex Predator Part IIIJoseph is sitting in his office at WayneTech late at night. A cane leans against his couch. He's going through files.Ronin: Apex Predator Part III3 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Joseph: *narrating* Bored. So bored. So FREAKING bored. I want to be out fighting crime and protecting people...but NO! Bruce wants my leg to be 100% healed from that gunshot wound I got from Deadshot. So here I am, reading reports, signing forms...this is HELL. At least having a cane helps with the cover story of my spraining my leg hiking in the mountains.
The phone rings. Joseph picks it up.
Lucius Fox: *on phone* Joseph, we have a problem.
This gets Joseph's attention
Lucius Fox: *on ph
Valentine's Day Tale: Joseph Plays Cupid"I hate this holiday, I really do...." said Joseph Kane, his arms filled with objects red, pink and frilly. He had just come home from work early with boxes of various items that had appeared on his desk that day and was sorting them in Wayne Manor's main parlor. After seeing them, he KNEW he had to leave VERY early.Valentine's Day Tale: Joseph Plays Cupid3 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Seems you caught the attention of several young women, sir," said Alfred taking the objects from Joseph's arms.
"I'm too busy to have a relationship, Alfred; plus even as just the info broker, it might not be safe for me to have one." Joseph picked up a teddy bear, "Right now I want to take a shotgun and use this mass marketed
Mad Peril Under The Big TopIt is early afternoon in the summer in Gotham. Joseph Kane trudges up the path to the door of Wayne Manor, gets in, tosses his briefcase and umbrella onto an antique chair and rushes down to the Batcave.Mad Peril Under The Big Top3 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
Joseph: Sorry I'm late, the damn meeting with Ferris Aircraft took too long!
Batman: So I see. *looks at the state of Joseph*
Joseph looks like he's been through a car wash.
Joseph: It's a downpour out there! I had to take a cab that left me at the freaking train station and refused to freaking to take me out here! I had to walk from Bristol Hill station!
Dick emerges from the shadows.
Dick: *looking at how soaked Joseph
Kirby Create Day Tale: Continue The Tale"Joey!" asked Sam, "Can you tell me a story?"Kirby Create Day Tale: Continue The Tale4 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
Joseph looked up from where he was doing research for Batman. There has been boom tubes...well booming all over the place depositing superpowered warriors all over the damn place. He knew who they were though: Orion, Big Barda, Mister Miracle, Desaad, Steppenwolf, Kalibak...The New Gods. "Sam, right now I'm trying to make sure we aren't having Darkseid return to Earth! Chaos is going on, and the least I can do is feed minute by minute information."
"Apocalypse and New Genesis really are having their war here, huh?" asked Sam, a bit of fear in his small voice.
"All over a so called 'Anti-Life Eq
Possible Future: Friends No MoreThe Time: Sometime in a possible futurePossible Future: Friends No More4 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
The Place: Gotham, even worse than it was in the time of the first Batman
The present Batman was swinging over this urban hell, his trenchcoat flapping in the wind. He didn't need a Robin, he didn't need anyone. His bargain at the crossroads the night his predecessor died saw to that. He was a tall strong figure, grimmer than his father. More callous, more lethal. Even the Gotham Police, led by the present Commissioner Gordon, did not trust him. And that's the way he liked it. He didn't want liabilities, he didn't want feelings. He was bred to be a warrior, a conqueror; and that's what he will be.
Early Days Story: Cagefight Mayhem in GothamDick Grayson entered the Batcave, looking for Joseph Kane. He wanted to have a guys' night out with his childhood friend; who in his opinion really needed to get out more. Instead, he found Joseph, sitting at the computer, filing away more data for Batman and singing to himself in a depressed manner:Early Days Story: Cagefight Mayhem in Gotham5 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Every day a little death
In the parlor, in the bed
In the curtains, in the silver
In the buttons, in the bread..."
"Bored?" asked Dick, a giant grin on his face.
"Immensely. I'm seriously thinking of blatantly violating the no crimefighting rule, grabbing my gear, finding some stupid...pickpocket or something and kick his ass."
"Look, I know
DC Holiday Short Story: A Ragman For HanukkahThe ballroom and various social areas of Temple Beth Israel, the largest and oldest Reform synagogue in Gotham, was packed as the Hanukkah fair was in full swing. Children dashed from booth to booth, or they dragged their parents to see something.DC Holiday Short Story: A Ragman For Hanukkah6 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
In this crowd, a trio were walking. Two of them were brothers, with similar blond hair and cheery demeanor. The third had hair black as night, and as usual was grumpy.
"All these people happy about a holiday where you light candles..."
"I'm sorry, Damian, but don't you light Christmas lights?" asked Joseph Kane. "Besides, its nice to learn different cultures than your own."
"Joey, Im hungry," sa
Ronin: Blade of Saturn Chapter 1Ronin rode his motorcycle into the Batcave after a hard night's patrol. He was still new to the job; and he was often sore and tired. But it was worth it; he was fulfilling the goal he had set for himself when he was 10: he was a hero, a protector. And he was doing it alongside the hero he had looked up to since he was a child, alongside his best friend since childhood, with his kid brother helping behind the scenes. A year's hard training had made him better than he was back in Brooklyn, it helped him come back from numerous injuries, it made him wiser. His first missions so far was corralling a couple lesser members of Batman's rogues galleRonin: Blade of Saturn Chapter 16 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Future Story: Two BirdsRobin ran across the rooftops of Gotham. The teen vigilante flipped over walls and glided over alleyways. He had grown a lot since he started this role, and was beginning to have his father's build. He was stronger, faster; the perfect heir to the legacy. However, he had to meet one of his fellow vigilantes; a young man who he'd grown up with, who he had trained, who was beginning to make a name for himself. Robin stopped on a rooftop in the middle of Midtown Gotham and waited. He didn't need to wait long, his compatriot came rocketing towards him.Future Story: Two Birds6 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
The young man, a year younger than Robin, arrived using the rocket pack he built into his armo
Early Days Story: Arkham's Newest Doctor Part I"YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?!"Early Days Story: Arkham's Newest Doctor Part I6 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Wayne Manor practically echoed from Joseph Kane's surprised shout.
"I want you to work at Arkham, part time, as part of your duties at WayneTech," said Bruce Wayne, secretly the Batman.
"Ow, ears ringing," said Sam Kane, Joseph's little brother, who was reading a book when Joseph shouted.
"This wasn't part of...."
"If anything it falls under your duties, WayneTech has numerous contracts at Arkham Asylum and that grants you a position on their board, not to mention look at patients."
"I am not a psychiatrist."
"Yet you took more than enough courses for you to have that skill set." This is true, Joseph did take
Editorial Story: EXTREME!(For reader's purposes; this takes place after the Deathstroke arc)Editorial Story: EXTREME!6 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
There was Terror in downtown Gotham. Some man spontaneously appeared in the middle of the financial district. He was massive, ludicrously so; a veritable mountain of muscle. He was clad in body armor that seemed to have the sole purpose of showing of his muscles rather than actually protecting him. His feet looked TINY in comparison in his military grade boots; in comparison his upper legs were twice the size of hams and his calves were footballs. He had numerous pouches all over his armor, around his arms, around his legs, around his waist. His hair looked like something ou
Random Ronin Adventures 1I.Random Ronin Adventures 16 months ago in Sketches More Like This
Ronin has been captured by Riddler and put into an elaborate deathtrap.
Ronin: (narrating) Okay, this isn't so bad; Batman put me into worse scenarios during training (I wish I was kidding). Looks like Nygma is overconfidant; I can pick these locks easily.
A lockpick extends from Ronin's gauntlet and he begins picking the lock.
Riddler: Riddle me this, New Guy....
Ronin: Oh can you not say that?
Ronin: The whole "Riddle Me This" thing; it's old, it's stale.
Riddler: It's classic.
Ronin: No, Roman statuary is classic, Sondheim is classic, the Louvre is classic. You're just in a rut!
Riddler: *angry* Shut up.
Joseph Kane/Batman/Green Arrow: Gotham Hunters 1Oliver Queen walked into the offices of WayneTech like he owned the place and not like he simply was meeting with Bruce Wayne over some project he was trying to do at Q-Core. He ran his hand over the stubble on his chin as he flirted with the secretary. A finger tapped him on the shoulder; he turned and saw an African American man, middle aged, in a suit.Joseph Kane/Batman/Green Arrow: Gotham Hunters 16 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I'm Lucius Fox, CEO of Wayne Enterprises. Mr. Wayne apologizes, but he's presently...how do I say this...he's on his way back from a sudden pleasure trip to Macau."
"Odd, given the amount of Triad activity both there and in Gotham."
"Mr. Wayne is known to be a bit o
Joseph Kane and the Justice League, Chapter 1The WatchtowerJoseph Kane and the Justice League, Chapter 16 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
This is the satellite location of who some might consider to be new gods (Not "New Gods", that's something completely different). Someone even wrote a book calling this group that (granted he went insane thanks to Apokoliptian ash and attacked them, long story). This Watchtower is home to Earth's greatest heroes and protectors: An alien from a dead world who protects his adoptive planet, a princess with powers from the gods of Greece, a dark vigilante who strikes fear into criminals, a guardian wielding a ring channeling pure will, a crimson speedster who pursues the truth, the king of the seven seas, and a man who is half mac
DC Holiday Short Story: ThankfulAt Wayne Manor, the table was set in preparation for the Thanksgiving feast. In the meanwhile, what was more of concern was the chaos in the living room.DC Holiday Short Story: Thankful6 months ago in Sketches More Like This
"FOOTBALL YOU WUSS!"
"MOVIE YOU DICK!"
"I AM NOT GRAYSON!"
"OBVIOUSLY, HE'D BE WATCHING THE MOVIE!"
Damian and Sam tussled over the remote; surprisingly Sam, the smaller boy, was giving Damian a run for his money due to his training under Nightwing and his brother.
Said brother grabbed the remote from Damian. "Now now you two; behave." Joseph smirked as the two boys kept trying to grab the remote. Joseph instead tossed the remote to Dick, who was laughing in the
Ronin's First Night In Gotham, Part IIRonin and Nightwing head closer and closer to the vat of chemicalsRonin's First Night In Gotham, Part II6 months ago in Sketches More Like This
Ronin: (narrating) If you are just joining the show, let me fill you in. 1. This is my first night on patrol after completing my training under Batman. 2. Batman asked me to investigate this new gang of "Jokerz" and he told me to not engage with their role model. 3. Nightwing joined me for the buttkicking leading to 4. Us being knocked out and in this present predicament. Way to go, Kane, you messed up royally on your first night!
Nightwing: Well, I've been in worse scenarios.
Nightwing: Not by much.
Ronin: Wonderful...any ideas before we get turned into goo
Ronin in Gotham story: Flight of the Man-BatRonin is on his upgraded motorcycle, following a winged shadow.Ronin in Gotham story: Flight of the Man-Bat6 months ago in Sketches More Like This
Ronin: (into his comm) I don't see why you couldn't send Nightwing after Langstrom.
Batman: (over comm) He has his own mission. You are the newest member of the group, you need to do these kinds of missions before you can move onto bigger things.
Ronin: (into comm) Chasing down a seven foot tall Man-Bat?
Batman: (over comm) I could have sent you after Clayface.
Ronin: (into comm) Into the sewers, no chance. Send Birdboy in.
Damian: (over comm) You son of a--
Batman: (over comm) I will; you concentrate on your mission. Mrs. Langstrom wants her husband back in one piece.
A Long Awaited Rematch, Version IIJason Todd, also known as the Red Hood, ran along the rooftops of Gotham in search of criminals. Not to arrest them and hand them to the ineffectual Gotham PD like his one time mentor or his "brothers", but to teach them a more permanent lesson. Normally he'd be accompanied by his fellow "Outlaws"; the alien princess Starfire and the archer (and "recovering sidekick") Arsenal. However, he wanted to do this alone; and for all he knew those two were making out in Metropolis. He gave them a time and place to pick him up; for now he wanted to stretch his legs in his old hometown and kick some butt.A Long Awaited Rematch, Version II7 months ago in Sketches More Like This
While he took down the scumbags of Gotham, some
Sam Story: ChangesSam Kane and Damian Wayne were training in the vast gym in Wayne Manor as Damian's father and Sam's older brother discussed plans and patrol routes for the next few weeks. Damian was practicing martial arts and Sam decided to lift weights. Lately, Sam had been wanting to get stronger and been having more energy than normal; weightlifting dealt with both issues. As Damian took on several targets, he occasionally glanced to make sure Sam, one of his few friends, wasn't in trouble of crushing himself. Sure, he made fun of Sam for wanting to get stronger: "You, big and strong? That would be the day"; but it was just a friendly jest. However, he hSam Story: Changes7 months ago in Sketches More Like This
Training Story: DamagedJoseph Kane was sitting in the Batcave, listening to the comm chatter amongst the various heroes of Gotham; a group he was presently training to join. He had just finished the workout Batman assigned him to do before he had to do his duty as info gatherer.Training Story: Damaged7 months ago in Sketches More Like This
"Okay, there seems to be someone kicking some serious gangster butt in Crime Alley."
"I'll take a look, keep an ear out for anything else." said Batman.
Alfred Pennyworth, the Wayne Family butler, came down with a light meal for Joseph to eat. Sam, Joseph's little brother followed, eating a sandwich.
"Quiet night, Master Joseph?" asked Alfred
"You look a lot he
Random Scenes at Wayne Manor 2I.Random Scenes at Wayne Manor 27 months ago in Sketches More Like This
The Teen Titans are staying at Wayne Manor for some reason, and Kon and Cassie are having relationship issues due to the love triangle with them and Tim. Kon is sitting on the front stairs as Joseph and Sam pull into the driveway.
Joseph: Something wrong, Superboy?
Sam: You look upset.
Superboy: Cassie and I had an argument. It's like ever since we came here, Tim's been able to show off and seem like to be the perfect boyfriend: rich, athletic....
Joseph: An easy mark.
Superboy: I dunno; it seems like she loves him though.
Sam: Maybe she does.
Joseph: Sam, not helping...Well, fight for her.
Superboy: I thought it
A Substitute Robin, Part IIIThe Batmobile roared into the Batcave at lightning speed and Batman and his new (at least for the time being) Robin jumped out of the car as soon as the Batmobile came to a stop. Sam Kane's eyes widened as he saw his friend, Damian Wayne, the Robin he was filling in for, was attacking Joseph Kane, Sam's big brother, and Alfred Pennyworth, the Wayne Family butler. Damian had changed though; due to a drug designed by Scarecrow and Bane, Damian was considered to be in dire peril, the truth was more gruesome. Damian had gone from a slightly taller than average, athletic 10 year old boy to a giant, musclebound raging engine of bone and sinew. WhilA Substitute Robin, Part III7 months ago in Sketches More Like This
A Substitute Robin, Part IIThe Port Carmine Lighthouse was a tall structure at the far end of the stretch of Gotham Bay known as Port Carmine. While it wasn't used for its original purpose with the advent of new technology; it was still considered to be a lucky landmark to see when a Gotham ship came into port. However, it was also often used as a hideout for whatever criminal who could muscle his way into the lighthouse, kick out the lighthouse keeper (who was there usually for the upkeep of the place, the Gotham Historical Society let him and his family live in the house connected to the lighthouse), and set up shop and try to take over the lucrative docks racket.A Substitute Robin, Part II7 months ago in Sketches More Like This
Random Scenes at Wayne Manor 1I.Random Scenes at Wayne Manor 17 months ago in Sketches More Like This
Bruce and his lady friend du jour are having sex in Bruce's bedroom and are being somewhat noisy. We cut to the various bedrooms of the other residents of Wayne Manor and their reactions.
Alfred's room. He is simply drinking tea and reading a book by Sarte
Joseph's room. He's typing something
Joseph: (to himself) Ignore it, just ignore it. Finish this assignment, ignore the fact he's getting it on and you still have your goddamn V-Card. Breathe Kane, Breathe.
Sam's room. Barkley is hiding under the desk and Sam has stuck his head between his pillows.
Sam: I just want to sleep!
Damian's room. H