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Issue:Guide to the DC Universe 2001 - 2002 Secret Files and Origins #1
Date: February 2002

Guide to the DC Universe 2

Subtitle: A Year in the Life
Feature Characters: Gary Hall Young, Denise Trusoe Young
Supporting Characters: Azrael (Jean Paul Valley), Barbara Gordon
Villains: Earthquake, Nero, Tarpit, Captain Cold, Weather Wizard, Darkseid, Imperiex, Brainiac 13, Toyman
Guest Appearances: Superman (Kal El), Stargirl (Courtney Whitmore), S.T.R.I.P.E. (Pat Dugan), Steel (John Irons), Lex Luthor, Batman (Bruce Wayne), Wonder Woman (Diana Prince), Green Lantern (Kyle Raynar), Plastic Man (Eel O'brian), Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onz), Flash (Wally West), Supergirl (Linda Danvers), Blackhawks, Superdog
Other Characters: Doug, Shilo Norman

The story follows a year in the life of Gary, a member of the Metrocorps and Denise, a reporter for the Daily Planet, as they email each other about the events that their jobs cause them to witness.

"Honey, we get so little time together...just this once, let's share the moment."
— Gary Hall Young

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Writers: Will Pfeifer
Artists: Anthony Williams

- Gotham City
- Washington DC
- New York
- Murmansk
- Keystone City
- Opal City
- Topeka
- Frankfurt
- Easter Island

Subtitle: Rematch
Feature Characters: Lady Shiva (Sandra Wu-San)
Supporting Characters:
Guest Appearances: Batgirl (Cassandra Cain)
Other Characters:

While traveling to Gotham City for her rematch with Cassandra Cain, Sandra Wu-San recalls the time she killed the one who previously held the title of "Greatest Martial Artist" before her.


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Writers: Kelley Puckett
Artists: Damion Scott


Subtitle: The Earth Spins
Feature Characters: Trudy Trusoe, President Leland McCauley
Supporting Characters:
Villains: Robotica
Guest Appearances: Star Boy, XS, Invisible Kid, Cosmic Boy, Leviathan, Chuck Taine, Kid Quantum, Ultra Boy, Brainiac 5, Wildfire, Chameleon, Saturn Girl, Umbra
Other Characters:

Daily Planet reporter, Trudy Trusoe, interviews United Planets President Leland McCauley over recent events in the 31st century.

"Mr President, despite seeming prosperity in our first year of the thirty-first century, your critics say life is now more dangerous for the average U.P. citizen."
— Trudy Trusoe

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Writers: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists: Dustin Nguyen

- Metropolis (31st Century)

- "A Year in the Life" covers or at least mentions DC events such as: No Man's Land, Officer Down, Lex Luthor's Presidency, Brainiac 13's attack on Metropolis, Terror Incognita, the random disappearances around the globe, Our Worlds at War, Circe's attack on New York, Joker's Last Laugh and Toyman's attack on Superman
- Gary Hall's email address is, Denise Trusoe's is
- Denise (from A Year in the Life) and Trudy (from The Earth Spins) may be related as they both posses the last name "Trusoe".
- Jean-Paul and Barbara's visit to the fortune teller originally appeared in Azrael: Agent of the Bat #87.

Chronology:Full List
- Batgirl #23
- Batgirl #24
- Robin #98
- Guide to the DC Universe 2001-2002 Secret Files and Origins
- Batgirl #25
- Batman #600
- Batgirl #26

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