To Old FriendsTerry McGiness, the new Batman, steered the Batmobile into the Batcave. "Hey, old man, you're pretty quiet tonight. You weren't nagging at me for any "mistakes". Is something--" he then went quiet as he saw that Bruce Wayne, his mentor and the first Batman, was not alone. Seated in a folding chair next to the old man was a middle aged man, his face barely lined but his blond hair quickly turning to the color of ash. He was strongly built, and dressed in a sharp blue suit that would be considered old fashioned. A cane with a golden handle was across his lap. "Umm, I didn't know we had company."To Old Friends1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
"McGinness, this is Dr. Joseph Kane, an old friend."
"How old?" was Terry's reply, he was still stunned that Bruce let anyone else down here.
Dr. Kane laughed, "Not THAT old."
Bruce turned to him, "You look younger than you are."
"That's thanks to Slade's 'gift'; I still feel old."
"What's he doing here in the Cave?" asked Terry.
"Joseph was in town on business and decided to stop by."
Ronin: Overtures and Origins (Intro Arc Tale)We are in the hidden base of Ronin aka Dr. Joseph Kane, just under Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Joseph himself is plugged into several machines as he lays on a bed in the med-bay. Sam sits by his brother, holding his hand and weeping. Batman and Nightwing stand nearby, watching the screens. Robin glowers in the corner. Barkley sits by the foot of his older master's bed.Ronin: Overtures and Origins (Intro Arc Tale)1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Nightwing: --A metahuman, you're sure?
Batman: Heightened strength and speed, increased stamina, incredibly fast reflexes? Seems Joseph has some secrets even he doesn't know about.
Nightwing: That would explain his intelligence. Must have been the first time his powers manifested.
Batman: And now they're killing him....
Sam: Joey...please wake up....
Robin: >TT< Stop your damn crying, if he wakes up, he'll wake up!
Sam: I'll cry if I want to!
Robin: Listen you little--!
Barkley: grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr WOOF WOOF!
Barkley: YIP! YIP! YIP!
Barkley runs and hides behind Batman, shivering like
Ronin: Alpha Male, Part IIIHercule is in his lab, his head is in his hands. Around him are a series of new notes he has made based on the revelation that Joseph Kane is Ronin. He's done figures based on the meta-gene, the part of Joseph's blood which gives him extra potential. He is shaking like a leaf...Ronin: Alpha Male, Part III1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Hercule: ...I can't go on....this has to stop
Then he hears a laugh, he jumps and looks around then he sees his reflection in a mirror but it's not him, it's the creature he becomes.
Beast: Don't be scared Jacob, this is good news
Jacob: Good news...yes...but its a violation of trust
Beast: Oh heaven forbid, if anything he would thank you...you've made him stronger, and in turn you've helped improve his ability to clean up these streets...and gotten Walters out of the way
Jacob: ..But what if I fail...if I mess up, I could kill him...Joseph...and then Batman and his entire clan would hunt me down...I'd go to Arkham, or worse!
Beast: And what we have faced before isn't hell?
Jacob shudders, the memories flow. A
Batman: Conflict, Part III Page 1Batman: Conflict, Part III1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Panel 1 Establishing shot. In homage to the opening of
Batman: The Animated Series, a bunch of shady characters
slip away from a building. A sign on the building says
Panel 2 Same shot, nothing happens...yet.
Panel 3 KABOOM! The building explodes into flame. Glass
shatters from windows, the doors burst off their hinges.
Panel 4 On a building opposite, Conflict watches the
Panel 5 Close up, a smile plays on his lips.
Batman: Conflict, Part I Page 1Batman: Conflict, Part I2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Panel 1 POV of our villain, Conflict, who we will see
later in this book. It's a red HUD, built for combat. We
are in a conference room at Wayne Enterprises. Several
security guards lie dead on the ground. Bruce Wayne has
his arms up, as does Joseph Kane.
This is not what I expected.
Ronin: Alpha Male, Part IVWe begin in the bunker. We hear the clanking of weights...nothing else. We pass over a table covered in rough drafts of redesigned gear.Ronin: Alpha Male, Part IV1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Joseph: *narrating* Through every journey of strength there is always sacrifices...Batman knew that the moment he started this. He became the world's greatest detective and will probably die alone, me? I became strong, and I may start losing my friends...well these things happen don't they?
We hear the clank of the weights, we see Joseph's profile in shadow
Joseph: *narrating* And he should know....
Joseph then stops with the weights and steps out of the shadows
Joseph:*narrating* Well I guess this is how it's gonna be, become the best hero but no friends...well I say no friends
He is much larger than in the last issue; still proportionate. But he looks like he's locked himself in his bunker.
Joseph: *narrating* I've got Jacob in my corner, his assistance been great...now all that remains is to catch that monster.
He walks over to a case and opens it.
Ronin: Alpha Male, Part IIWe begin with a recap, as Ronin narrates, we see images to reflect the recapRonin: Alpha Male, Part II1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Ronin: *narrating* A couple nights a go, I ran into a couple of college jocks buying designer roids. When one of them took the drug, it had a reaction I never saw before. Tests showed that some of the components is made by a supplement and fitness country run by Jacob Hercule; who I met at his gym. He offered to make me stronger...and after I ran into that creature last night....
We come into the present, Joseph and Hercule enter Hercule's office
Ronin: *narrating* I need to be stronger.
Hercule: I cannot deny it's been difficult getting to this point, science brings out the mindful and those seeking an opportunity
Joseph looks at the office. It's part executive suite, part high class gym, part lab.
Hercule: First things first, we need to analyze you.
He takes out a syringe
Hercule: You don't mind needles do you?
Hercule takes a sample of Joseph's blood.
Hercule: Now, just the vital statistics. Hei
Mr. Sandman, Send Me A DreamThere is a realm outside reality, where your wildest imaginations and your darkest nightmares live. Here there be two feuding brothers, and their gargoyles, a sentient meadow known as Fiddler's Green, a loyal butler, a wisecracking raven, and more.Mr. Sandman, Send Me A Dream2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
In the center of this realm, behind gates of horn and ivory, stands a beautiful castle made of the purest dream-stuff. Imagine a much grander, and far more gothic, Cinderella's Castle.
And in the ornate throne room sits the realm's master. His hair and robe are dark as night, and his eyes are filled with stars. Around his neck is a chain with a massive ruby. Attached to his belt is a bag filled with magical sand. And perched on an armrest is a weird shaped helm that is a cross between a hummingbird and a gas mask.
His name is Morpheus, or Dream.
Others simply call him "The Sandman".
Nearby were seven niches, each with a symbol for his siblings and himself. They are the Endless, aspects of the universe such as Destiny, Desire, Destruction, an
Ronin: Alpha Male, Part IIt's night in Gotham, not normally the time for student-athletes from Gotham U to be wandering around. But down on the ground, not far from campus, walk two football players.Ronin: Alpha Male, Part I2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Andy: I don't know if this is a good idea, man....
Tom: Hey, Coach told us to bulk up or we're off the team. We've been downing shakes and lifting weights and nothing's come of it. We need an edge; and I heard this guy has it.
Andy: But steroids...that will....
Tom: Hey, the guy said there's no ball shrinking with this.
They approach a burly guy, waiting at the end of an alley.
Tom: You're Bob?
Bob: Yeah, you are the two looking to become animals on the gridiron?
Bob: Well I got something. *holds up a vial* With this special "treatment", you'll be an animal on the field, and later in the sheets when your girlfriends want to have fun time with the champs. *puts it down* 200 bucks, each, and you get the entire treatment.
Ronin: *off panel* I wouldn't do it, kids.
They all look up to see Ronin looking d
The Dazzle Of A Flame*click*The Dazzle Of A Flame1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
The lighter's flame burst into life, and the man lit his cigarette. The lighter's flame reflected off his sunglasses until it was extinguished and all that was left was smoke.
There were two people who saw this, and had completely different views.
The first was Ronin, Gotham's newest vigilante. The first thought that ran through his head was the usual note about how stupid thugs always wore sunglasses at night, in an inclosed space such as the warehouse he was currently in, because it was "cool". Ronin leaned on the rafter he was perched on, studying the Falcone men below. The second thought was how disgusting smoking was. All it did was addict you to a carcinogen that will likely kill you down the line all because you wanted a temporary, legal "high". In Ronin's opinion, working out and solving a crime was a much more pleasant way to relax and destress; he knew too many doctors who would lecture their patients and then go remove the stress of a lo