Absolute Justice by Red-Rum-18

Cornered. Outnumbered. Unarmed. Outwitted. Frightened. In other words: Any given Tuesday.

The Batman, a dangerous and highly-disciplined vigilante finds himself facing seemingly impossible odds against a malicious gang of drug dealers operating out of the South side of Pittsburgh, PA. Though he stood victorious over the lowest henchmen of the gang, taking them down one-by-one from the cover of shadow with the deadly weapons of martial prowess, undeniable fear, and the will to keep going even in the face of death itself. And death he may soon face as he now lies broken and bloodied, his spine snapped in half by the leader of the cartel, former Mexican luchador and steroid-junkie Antonio Diego, aka La Pesadilla De Todos. After breaking our hero's back over his knee, Antonio walked away, leaving him to die, but the Dark Knight stood up once more, using his armored costume as a makeshift brace. And then, embracing the pain as his own, Batman struck back and jabbed Antonio in the neck with one of the bat-ears on his motorcycle helmet/mask. The villain was incapacitated for good, and the Bat took out a miniature welding torch to cauterize the wound to keep him from dying.

In the end, Batman turned to the source of the voice that said: “I knew you would win; that is why I stayed my hand.” This man is Jor-El, better known as The Superman, a metapowered being from another world. When asked by Batman whether or not the FBI sent the Man of Steel to capture him, Superman explained that he no longer serves or recognizes the authority of the United States Government, but there are still good people in the world “who should not be punished for their sins”. He then bestows Batman with a teleportation device, saying “The world needs us, now more than ever. But I cannot promise that you will return alive. I will understand if you decline...”, before flying away.

Batman, returning to his civilian identity of Bruce Wayne, contemplated this unknown, most likely suicidal, mission while recovering from his injuries caused by Diego and his minions. In the end, when he finally accepted it, he spent his last moment of peace with Barbara Gordon, one of his closest allies, and they made love. When Barbara awoke the next morning, Bruce was gone, leaving only a note saying “I'm Sorry.”

In the frozen wastes of the Arctic Circle, a military outpost controlled by the undersea nation of Atlantis was operating at full force, the scientists and soldiers preparing for the disaster that would befall our world. An aperture in space and time widened as Batman, in full armor and fully equipped with his weapons and technology, stepped out. The hero was greeted by the Atlantean Prince Orm Marius, who redirected Batman to the war room of the base, where the mission would be explained. Passing two seemingly-random teenagers, correctly-guessed to be the children of Superman, Batman enters the war room. Joining him is Superman, along with Or'yn Marius, the King of Atlantis and elder brother of Prince Orm, and Dr. John Jones, a scientist who was physically mutated and given superpowers due to being the host for a parasitic alien.

King Or'yn said that their meeting wouldn't begin until their other guests arrived, and soon enough they greeted three more metatalented beings arriving at their deeply-chilled bastion: a woman piloting a highly-specialized stealth jet became known to them as the former music star-turned-Greek heroine Wonder Woman, followed by a super-humanly fast man wearing red armor emblazoned with corporate logos, called The Flash, and a second woman, this time wearing a black-and-white uniform and using an alien device of emerald power to fly, called the Green Lantern. Many had reasons to distrust each other from minute one, such as Superman's alien species (and that of their future nemesis) not appearing in Green Lantern's galactic database, Or'yn's claims that Wonder Woman's persona lionizes the empire that oppressed his people in ancient times, Batman calling Flash a sellout and trivializing his duties as a protector, and Green Lantern also not liking the fact that a dangerous and hopefully otherwise extinct alien species has taken control of Dr. Jones, not to mention the possibility that Superman lied about knowing the whereabouts of Flash's friend's missing cousin (he was to trade this info for participation in this mission). But they all knew that they had to put their differences aside in order to turn back the impending threat that is coming to Earth: the alien conqueror known as S'Tar-Ro and his armies, who were the same beings responsible for the destruction of Superman's birth planet.

As S'Tar-Ro, his flagship The Tyrant Sun, and the armada made their way to Earth after passing through a wormhole that connects his galaxy to ours, the armies of Atlantis and the other undersea kingdoms, under command of the council of sovereigns, chaired by King Or'yn, mobilized to defend the largest ocean-side cities of Earth. Not only will they face a fleet of combat ships, an influx of mind-controlling parasites, connected directly to S'Tar-Ro's mind, will attempt to infect the local population. Superman's research of their genetic structure (from a saved tissue sample) revealed their weakness against a mutated hormone variation that the parasites cannot adapt to; Wonder Woman, who is afflicted by an inherited mutation, offered a sample of her DNA to create a serum that will kill all of the parasites at once when injected directly into S'Tar-Ro. So, while Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman (humankind's nickname for King Or'yn) defend the front line from the invaders' fleet, Batman, The Flash, and Dr. Jones will attempt to sneak onto the mother ship, sever S'Tar-Ro's connection to the parasites, and sabotage the mother ship’s planet-splitting laser weapon. The invaders' fleet encroached upon the cities, unaware of the military forces of many of its nations, both above and below the sea, anticipating their attack and striking when they least expected. Aquaman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern lead the charge against the invaders. As The Tyrant Sun neared the Earth, within firing range of its super-laser, Batman, Dr. Jones, and Flash determined that the mother ship would be right over the American city of Providence, Rhode Island; if they managed to hijack an alien ship, it would be a straight shot to S'Tar-Ro himself.

While Wonder Woman, piloting her stealth jet, was leading Atlantean forces against the invaders in Greece, she was overcome with mysterious pain, causing her to crash. She managed to recover from the pain after she was saved by the Atlantean soldiers, and they then recovered the command module from the crash of one of the invaders' ships. Wonder Woman called on Superman to carry the module to Batman so he and his team can take control of a ship and infiltrate S'Tar-Ro's base of operations.

Back in Providence, The Flash, by running in a circular motion at a high-enough speed, generated an artificial tornado that knocked out an alien command ship and brought it crashing to the ground. Batman pulled out the pilot, a colonel of the invaders, so Superman could install the command module for human use of the ship. The captive alien colonel, who learned English after hearing the humans speak, introduced himself as Kan'Jar-Ro, the son of S'Tar-Ro himself. Kan'Jar explains that he despises his father's cruelty and tyranny, but he is far too powerful for anyone on their home planet to stand up to; he allows them to take his ship, believing that, no matter what, they still cannot stop Earth's subjugation at S'Tar-Ro's hands.

Batman piloted the command ship to the loading bay of The Tyrant Sun, fighting through waves of other star fighters, carrying The Flash and Dr. Jones on board. Inside the mother ship, the heroes confront specialize members of S'Tar-Ro's fighting force, including two male aliens, one with plasma blades extending from his fingertips and one who manipulates energy like Green Lantern, and a female alien with a gravity-manipulating scythe. Dr. Jones and the Flash managed to keep these assassins at bay, allowing Batman to sneak away from the battle and infiltrate the bridge of S'Tar-Ro's ship and confront him.

The Dark Knight failed at sneaking up on the alien tyrant and stabbing him in the back with the serum, so he engaged S'Tar-Ro in 1-on-1 combat; the villain physically outmatched Batman, but was impressed by the “pathetic human”'s strength of will. An alien soldier informed of the strike force's failure to stop Batman's teammates, but S'Tar-Ro saw through the disguise Dr. Jones created through the powers given to him by the parasite infecting him. With only a minute left before the mother ship's super weapon bisects the Earth, Flash made it to the core engine of the weapon. A sphere of pure energy resonates at the core, and he realizes where he's seen it before... ”Every time I close my eyes.” After recognizing that it is rotating, Flash begins running around it in the opposite direction as fast as he can, causing it to neutralize itself and disperse harmlessly. But the kinetic energy The Flash generated from his movements caused a backlash of energy to spread throughout the mother ship's power grid, causing it to fall out of orbit and begin crashing into the Atlantic Ocean.

”Your planet may not become the first piece of my new Mosaic, but you cannot stop me from turning it into a new settlement for my empire.. and your race my pets' new food supply.” As S'Tar-Ro said that to his captives, his son Kan'Jar-Ro stabbed him in the back with the serum, killing all of the mind-control parasites because of their connection to S'Tar-Ro. The heroes on the surface of the planet convene at a New York harbor to rescue Flash, Dr. Jones, and Batman (whose unwillingness to surrender to the villain convinced Kan'Jar-Ro to betray his father), and for the Green Lantern Corps to take custody of S'Tar-Ro and his minions so they can stand trial at the headquarters of the intergalactic Spectrum Lantern Alliance. The people of Earth praised them for their heroics, and they agreed to stay together as a team, to take on the threats no single hero can defeat. ”What did you call us, Batman?” Asked Superman, “Oh, that's right... The Justice League. ”

”And so, the prophecy has been fulfilled. The seven shall fall, and the pain of the deaths will birth my new flesh. My armies will purge all those who oppose me from the universe in an undying flame, they who love and worship me will inherit the future, and the absolute will bend to my very will, until the last.”

Notes:

* Superman's page: fav.me/d4o2s9s

* Batman's page: fav.me/d4pqhdh

* Wonder Woman's page: fav.me/d4q9nj4

* Flash's page: fav.me/d4rdf65

* Green Lantern's page: fav.me/d4sk3w2

* Aquaman's page: fav.me/d4t2r14

* Dr. Jones' page: fav.me/d4u0dhr

* Instead of being put out of commission after his infamous spine-snapping, MY Batman gets right back into the thick of things to take down his assailant. That the point: it's Batman's beyond-human strength of will that is his greatest power (not his intellect, fighting skill, or bevy of weapons and tools), and I really wanted to drive that home with Absolute Batman.

* As explained in a previous Absolute DC page, Superman severed his alliance with the USA after Luthor made them think that our Man of Steel was a traitor, which lead to his wife's death.

* Bruce and Barbara are the same age in Absolute DC, so don't freak out over them having sex.

* The Atlantean military base in the Arctic will be made into the HQ of the Justice League, alluding to Superman's Fortress of Solitude.

* The two teenagers we meet are Superman's son, Kal-El, and niece, Kara-El.

* Superman and Aquaman met previously, and the Superman rescued Dr. Jones from a military manhunt to recruit him into their mission.

* S'Tar-Ro's mother ship, The Tyrant Sun, is named after another star-based baddie from the main comics: Solaris the Tyrant Sun.

** The smaller fighter ships piloted by S'Tar-Ro's soldiers are called Starbreakers.

* Providence, RI, is replacing the fictional city of Happy Harbor, where the mainstream Justice League first fought Starro in the original comics.

* Because of their similar names in the mainstream comics, I decided to make Kan'Jar-Ro into S'Tar-Ro's son.

* The three meta-talented alien assassins working for S'Tar-Ro were inspired by Kang's minions from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

** They were based on the characters Starfinger, Evil Star, and... well, you can guess who else.

* Dr. Jones' skin suit was created by Superman, and conforms to his shape-shifting powers.

* I WILL explain Wonder Woman's mysterious pain and the Flash's line in future installments of Absolute DC.

** Along with whomever said that last bit at the end...

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