"The Life of Bizarro, Part 1": In Gotham, a mysterious figure is sitting on a bench, reading a newspaper article regarding the Outlaws reappearing in Gotham. He then explains to his associate that he broke him out of Arkham Asylum in order to terrorize the city for this one night, with the promi
- Yes. Me know. But friends more important.
- -- Bizarro II
Appearing in "The Life of Bizarro, Part 1"
- Ma Gunn's Home for the Criminally Impaired
- Arkham Asylum (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "The Life of Bizarro, Part 1"
In Gotham, a mysterious figure is sitting on a bench, reading a newspaper article regarding the Outlaws reappearing in Gotham. He then explains to his associate that he broke him out of Arkham Asylum in order to terrorize the city for this one night, with the promise that he is free to do as he pleases once morning comes. As they part ways, he tells his associate, Solomon Grundy, to enjoy the night.
At Ma Gunn's Home for the Criminally Impaired, Jason, Artemis, and Ma Gunn try to treat a dying Bizarro. Artemis argues that he needs real medical attention rather than the improvised efforts of a former army nurse. Faye reminds her that after their adventure in Qurac, the Outlaws were branded war criminals, and therefore cannot go to anyone qualified to help. As Jason tries to comfort Bizarro, but Artemis is against giving him false hope. Before talking further, Faye tells them that the only thing she can deduce about Bizarro is that he needs rest.
When they return, Jason expresses sadness at watching his friend die, even though he knew from the start Bizarro would not live long. Artemis, having recently lost a dear friend too, tries to support him as best she can. However, Ma Gunn directs their attention to a newscast covering Solomon Grundy rampaging at a nearby street fair. Artemis moves to face Grundy alone so Jason can stay with Bizarro. Jason, more experienced with Grundy and upset at the attack on his old stomping grounds, resolves to come anyway. Before they go, Artemis asks her goddess to watch over Bizarro.
At the street fair, Grundy is about to hurl a dunk tank with a clown inside into the distance, but Artemis stops him. However, just as Jason warns her not to underestimate their opponent, she is downed. Jason stands his ground as best he can, but he quickly falls as well. Back at the nursing home, Ma Gunn is reading to Bizarro when he comes to, saying his friends need him. Faye is surprised that he can hear them, and he explains that he always hears everything. She tries to talk him out of going, telling he will be making a one-way trip. Even though he knows this, Bizarros cares more about Jason and Artemis than his own life. With that, he dons his suit and flies to the rescue. As she fusses about the mess Bizzarro made, Faye notices a piece of mail from Gotham City Jail...and laments when she sees Jason's name on it.
At the fair, Bizarro arrives as Solomon is about to kill Jason. Though he tries to talk him out of it, Bizarro lays into Grundy, but is batted away. Jason and Artemis try to keep Grundy occupied so Bizarro won't have to fight, but he refuses to let them fend for themselves. As Grundy bests the two again, Bizarro uses his freeze vision to coat his hands in ice and manages to knock Grundy out. Bizarro relentlessy pummels Grundy until Jason and Artemis get him to stop. They try to get him to return back to the nursing home, but he tells that wherever his friends are is home before collapsing.
In his last moments, Jason and Artemis thank him for saving their lives. With his last breath, he asks the two to take care of his doll, Pup Pup, which he brought with him, then dies peacefully. Jason, now in denial, suggests finding a Lazarus Pit, but Artemis tells him that they should simply honor his last act without tears. As they mourn, someone appears behind them and knocks them out before they can react. This someone, revealed to be Lex Luthor, expresses curiosity at his dead creation.
- This book was first published on July 12, 2017.
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