The march to Batman Day continues with my top 5 Bat-Villains as rendered by Bruce Timm!
The march to Batman Day continues with my top 5 Bat-Villains as rendered by Bruce Timm!
It’s Bisexual Visibility Week so before I forget here are some of my favorite canonical bisexual characters and couples. I might make a follow up post on characters I head canon as bi.
Art by Shannon Maer
Some of my favorite covers (some of these are variant covers)
Jason Todd: Robin, Red Hood...and Teen Titan?
The meme has ascended
Around the Globe with Batman: The World - Part 3
Catwoman by Anthony Jean
Continuing our prelude to Batman Day, here are my top 5 Bat-Villains as rendered by Jim Aparo!
Spencer Private Hospital. Chelsea's eye lids slowly started to open still having to re adjust to the light. She yawned before slowly taking around her surroundings. A hospital bed and hospital room. Chelsea pondered her thoughts, slowly starting to remember what happened before. At first she thought it was another dream but she couldn't make herself wake up. It was reality. Then the door opened and in came her brothers arguing about what fast food place is the best, with multiple bags of fast food in their hands. "McDonalds is the best! I will live and die with that opinion!" Argued Dick Grayson. "No! Chic Fil A is!" Tim defended. Then Bruce entered, noticing Chelsea was no longer unconscious. "Chelsea's awake!" He seemed happy for once, like a noticeable happy. Usually She doesn't see that side of Bruce when he's not his playboy persona. "Yeah.. I am." Chelsea croaked before rubbing her eyes. When Dick heard his younger sister's voice, he became overjoyed. "Hey sis! How you feeling?" Tim smiled excitedly. "Yeah, how you feeling?" She scratched her head, noticing the deep wound on her arm. "Feeling decent.." Even though It wasn't done healing, she knew it would leave at least a small mark. Another reminder of her horrible past. Bruce stood up and walked to the side of the bed. "How did you get hurt? I pieced together some of it, but the rest I'd rather get from you now that you're awake." Chelsea paused a second, just to make sure she had her memories straight. "I remember being robbed, and next thing I knew my friend and I had jumped the robber. He got shot, I got stabbed and here we are." A sarcastic smile appeared on her face.
"Wait Bruce, is Carlo okay?" Chelsea was a little concerned due to the amount of questions Bruce was asking.
"He's been put in a hospital room too, but you need to rest." It was really starting to crumble.
"Are charges being pressed?" She sighed, fearing what would happen in court. But before Bruce could answer, Jason Todd walked in.
"Jason!" Chelsea obviously had a favorite sibling.
"Chelsea I'm so happy you're alive. I took care of the guy, don't worry about it he was already paralyzed due to where you shot him. I just put him out of his misery." Jason smiled and leaned in for a hug with Chelsea, her returning the hug.
"You did what!" Bruce seemed livid.
"Fuck you Bruce!" Jason threw a middle finger at the billionaire.
"Not while Chelsea's injured, can you not please?" Dick reasoned and Tim intervened trying to calm both sides down.
"Thank you both, and thank you Dick for coming on such a short notice for my health. But please don't fight you're giving me a headache."
Bruce and Jason came to a stop. They decided to put aside their differences. For now.
Bruce sighed before asking. "So, do you wish to go visit your friend?"
"Nah, I want to get out of this hospital bed and into normal clothes first." Chelsea thought it would be best to not see him for a bit, let Carlo get rest and she can go investigate what happened personally.
She also didn't want to come off as clingy. "So, when can I leave?"
"Slow down, hasn't even been a full day since the attack happened." Bruce insisted she stay and rest. He didn't want anything to happen to Chelsea.
"I want to go home, I'm not a huge fan of hospitals."
"I know, but you can't go right now. Although it was mainly arm wounds, some veins were damaged and you lost alot of blood." Bruce at this point was pleading for her to stay, so she did for his own sake.
"Alright." She opened her phone and started mindlessly scrolling through TikTok like any other kid would her age.
This would be her life for a while now. Bedridden.
(Time Skip. It would make the most sense.)
Months later. Chelsea had made an decent recovery. She was out of the hospital for a while now, but was even more detached than before.
She sat on top the tower of Wayne Enterprises, looking out on the cloudy sky of Gotham as the sun slowly rose.
Chelsea could hear the hustling streets below her, full of sirens and relaxed. Well, was trying to force herself to but her heart kept beating beyond fast. The dreams had gotten 10x worse. She had been diagnosed with PTSD because of it and everything else she went through.
She slowly pulled out her phone and texted the boy of steel. "Hey, can you meet me on top of Wayne Enterprises?"
Within 5 minutes he was there. He always came. "Hello!" He smiled and sat beside Chelsea.
"You doing any better?" Connor inquired almost daily about how Chelsea was doing, if anything he was a massive help.
"Not really Kon." The crime fighter took out of her pocket a cannabis joint. Lighting it she inhaled and exhaled.
"You know you aren't supposed to be doing that as a coping habit." Connor seemed to get annoyed anytime Chelsea smoked around him.
"It helps." She flicked the joint off the roof. "I'm hungry, c'mon let's go get some food." Chelsea stood up stretching before starting to walk towards the metal ladder that head down.
Chelsea walked in, taking a seat at the same leather booth she had all the other times before with Kon joining her.
"Hello Melissa.." As the words left her mouth she realized the woman that was going to be her waitress today wasn't the usual waitress. It was not even a woman, more of a girl.
"Oh, Melissa is out sick for 2 weeks, the flu. My name is Maria." The younger waitress said in a soft tone.
For some reason, Chelsea was overly nervous. She didn't know why and that was kind of scaring her. "I'm Chelsea. Chelsea Wayne."
Her heart was beating even faster than before which kind of had Kon worried.
"Well, I've heard of you Chelsea. Nice to meet you. What would you like?" The young girl held a pencil and paper preparing to write down their orders.
"I'd.. like root.. beer please.. with fries." Chelsea stammered on her words. Also unusual..
"Hi! I'm Connor. I'd like a milkshake with a burger and fries please." Kon sounded calm and nice as usual.
The waitress noted their orders down before smiling and walking back to the kitchen.
"Why was your heart beating so fast?"
"I.. I have no idea."
A bubbly feeling started to grow as she came back handing them their food.
When Chelsea attempted to put a fry in her mouth she regretted it almost instantly when her tongue started to burn. She got a napkin and spat it out before rolling the white tissue into a ball, which made the waitress giggle before getting nervous after stopping.
"I.. I'm sorry, that was unprofessional of me." There was a tint of fear in her voice.
Maria's giggles made Chelsea feel warm inside, this specific type of warmth that made a stupid grin slowly appear onto her face. But upon hearing Maria's apology, Chelsea felt hints of guilt.
"No it's okay! It's fine! I found it funny myself. Maybe we can hang out sometime? I kinda need friends, sounds dumb and awkward coming from a rich person I know, but I do." Chelsea was flushing extremely hard at this point but was able to cloak it as the after affects of laughter.
"Sure! That sounds exciting." Maria beamed at this opportunity. She found the fact that even a Wayne was a bit nervous that it made her more down to Earth and even comforting in a way.
Kon just kinda sat there in the corner watching this go on as he ate his steaming hot food unbothered.
"Mind if I add my number into your phone?" Chelsea asked politely, butterflies in her stomach.
Chelsea was handed Maria's phone and added her number into it before handing it back.
"See you around." Glimmered the waitress as Chelsea placed a 200$ tip as always.
"See ya." Waved the vigilante.
"Y'know, I'd never expect you to be the type that struggles with making friends." Kon teased while he chewed his food.
"Gimme a break will ya?" She thundered due to her being protective of her flaws.
"Okay. I will."
Evening at the Manor.
"Listen up!" Chelsea waltzed also clapping as she sat down at the dinner table.
"What.." A grumpy Tim with eye bags groaned.
"Oo what's new sis?" Dick popped out of literally nowhere from the living room.
"I have a friend coming. Don't ruin this please?"
"Well.. I might have to." Chirped the eldest.
"Don't. Tim, don't either." She immensely stared into their souls before smiling like an innocent angel and digging into her food.
Alfred shortly entered the dining room after. "Miss Chelsea, Master Grayson and Master Drake." He greeted all of his children accordingly.
"Miss Chelsea how is Master Todd doing?" Alfred still cared for Jason. He cared for all of the family members, no matter what they'd done or are planning to do.
"He's good and uh Alfred, I got a friend coming over, can you make sure the living room is clean? Sorry for making you have to do that by the way."
"Don't be sorry I don't mind. It'll be sparkling." The older man started walking towards the direction of the living room.
"Who are you trying to impress?" The father of the house had finally shown up.
"A friend named Maria." She got butterflies just saying her name. What was going on? "Ah, are you sure she isn't.." "I'm sure she isn't using us for money Bruce, I asked her first and she was even a little nervous at first." Rolling her pupils, Chelsea excused herself from the table once hearing the doorbell ring. Chelsea hastily made her way over to the door and opened it only to see Maria." "Hey." Chelsea casually said and moved to the side of the door to let her guest in. "Hi." A small smile appeared upon Maria's face. "So, welcome to my home!" Chelsea opened her arms wide as to present the main entrance off. "If you see two or three boys running about the house ignore them, they're wild animals." "Okay, mentally noted." They both chuckled before Chelsea guided Maria to Chelsea's bedroom. "Here we are. You can take off your shoes if you want." "You sure?" "Yeah, I'm sure." Chelsea smiled and they went over to her TV. She handed her a controller and started to start up her console. "You into video games?" Her guest seemed to be warming up to her. "Yeah, I am. I'm also really big into the heroes.. real and fake ones." Chelsea's heart skipped a beat in excitement. "That's cool! Me too. I love Marvel comics. What's your favorite hero in Gotham?" "It would have to be Batman." "Mine is also Batman." Chelsea enjoyed spending time with a friend. She had always had trouble making them so this was kind of a fresh breath of air. They walked to the exit together still talking.
"Batman solos Marvel, he's a real life legend!" Maria said firmly as they debated over Batman vs Iron Man. "Eh, Iron Man is better." "No." "Yes." "No." "Yes." "No." "Yes! He is better. Admit your defeat." "Nope." They reached Maria's car. Chelsea smiled and waved goodbye before walking back into the manor. Reaching her destination, the living room she vaulted the couch and fell onto the cushions. Her phone makes a ding noise. Chelsea reaches for her phone. Unlocking and it opening it to check her text messages, she sees an unknown number.
Meet me where it all began. Chelsea dropped her phone.