Despero is on a rampage in the city and the Outsiders have teamed with Batman to take him down. The Outsiders move in to help the pedestrians but they find themselves causing as much devastation as Despero. Black Lightning insists they have Despero on the ropes but soon find themselves overwhelmed. Batman tells them to work together and they join forces to bring the alien despot down. Batman shuts down the hologram simulation in the Batcave and tells them to keep doing it until they get it right.
Bounty hunter Jonah Hex rides across the desert to a small town. Going into a bar, he finds it filled with aliens. Jonah, undeterred, seats himself at a table and talks to Arges. He tells Arges that he's on his list, knocks Arges down, and goes for his six-shooters. Arges fires an eye-beam, sending Jonah flying outside. Jonah summons his robot horse to deflect the blast, knocks out Arges, and then sends a signal to War World requesting teleport.
Aboard the planetary battle station, the dictator Mongul congratulates Jonah, who says he isn't thrilled summoning up gladiators for the man. He insists he's fulfilled his end of the deal and tells Mongul to send him back to his own time. However, Mongul says he needs one more warrior: Batman.
On Earth, Zebra Man is using his magnetic powers to rob an armored car. Batman quickly takes him down and Jonah arrives. Batman wonders what he's doing there and Jonah shows him a wanted poster from War World. Batman refuses to give up but Jonah shoots down his Batarangs. The Caped Crusader heads for cover while Jonah explains that Mongul saved his life. Batman tries to escape but Jonah snares him with an energy whip and brings him down.
Mongul is impressed with Batman's capture but refuses to let Jonah go. Jonah draws on him but Mongul warns him he'll be trapped. However, Mongul's sister Mongal tells him to sit down. She's accompanied by her Furies, Lashina and Stompa, and Jonah yields for the moment. He warns Mongul that someday he will fall, and fall big. Mongal wonders how long Batman will last against her champion, Steppenwolf, and Mongul prepares to match the two of them.
Batman, Arges, and two other prisoners are brought into the Battle Arena of War World. The Caped Crusader suggests they work together but they note the last gladiator to try that was defeated. Steppenwolf arrives in the arena. Jonah, watching on screen, shoots out the monitor and Mongal notes that cheating is the only way to win in the arena. She gives him a map to the time travel platform and an activation device, and assures Jonah that she benefits if he leaves.
Batman tells Arges to take a shot at Steppenwolf while he slows the gladiator down. Steppenwolf moves in on Batman and accuses him of cowardice. Batman manages to entangle him but Arges slips away. Steppenwolf laughs in triumph, but Jonah enters the arena on robot horseback. He opens fire and Steppenwolf cuts down his horse and then sends the bounty hunter down. Batman draws a pair of powered brass knuckles and goes head-to-head with the gladiator. His effort inspires his fellow gladiators and he delivers one final blow. Jonah says they've got bigger targets and takes out the monitor. Mongul is amused, noting that Mongal's champion has lost.
Jonah leads Batman to the cells but Mongal, Stompa, and Lashina are waiting for them. Stompa and Lashina attack, going after Batman and Jonah, respectively. Jonah disarms Lashina and agrees to fight her bare-handed. Meanwhile, Batman takes out Stompa and grabs Lashina just as she rearms herself. Jonah is less than thrilled at having help. Mongal arrives and knocks them down, and Jonah summons his robot horse. He then lassos Mongal, gives the horse the handle, and lets it drag Mongal away.
Mongul is in the hallways when he sees Mongal get dragged by. She yells out that the heroes plan to free the other prisoners. At the containment center, Jonah and Batman break in and free all of Mongul's warriors. They cheer on Batman, but aren't thrilled to see Jonah. The bounty hunter tells him he's freeing them all. Mongul teleports in and grabs him, throws him at Batman, and then pounds away at both heroes. Batman prepares to unlock the cell doors but Mongul warns that destroying the controls will destroy the time platform. Jonah tells Batman to do it and the Caped Crusader smashes the panel. The time portal is destroyed and Mongul finds himself facing a horde of angry gladiators. He tries to turn them against Jonah but they want Mongul. The robot horse rides by, dropping off Mongal, and brother and sister run for it.
Jonah considers the activation device that Mongal gave him and then prepares to send him back to his time. Jonah says that he'll stick around and see what he can find. Batman returns to Earth and Jonah prepares to mount up. He finds Lashina waiting for him… and they ride off into the sunset together.
Mongul first appeared pre-Crisis in DC Comics Presents (November 1980). He originally appeared in a three-story arc where he was trying to capture an ancient artifact, the Warworld. Looking somewhat like a yellow-colored Darkseid, he rose to some prominence as a villain capable of holding his own both physically and mentally with Superman. Post-Crisis, he became a conqueror using the mobile Warworld planet to travel across the galaxy, conquering worlds and running a series of gladiatorial games. Superman fell into his hands and became a gladiator (Adventures of Superman #454, May 1989). Since then he was captured, imprisoned on Earth, and killed by Neron. He has a villainous son, Mongul, and an equally evil daughter, Mongal.
Lashina and the Female Furies first appeared in Mister Miracle vol. 1 #6 (February 1972) and was created by Jack Kirby. The Female Furies are an elite squad of warriors trained by Darkseid's sadistic orphanage manager Granny Goodness. During one mission to Earth a teammate betrayed her and she suffered from amnesia. She took the nickname "Duchess" (after John "The Duke" Wayne) and fought with the Suicide Squad until she regained her memories and betrayed them to Darkseid. As a New God, Lashina has superhuman strength, agility, and endurance, and wields flat steel whips that discharge electricity and can crush more opponents.
Steppenwolf first appeared in New Gods vol. 1, #17 (February 1972) and was created by Jack Kirby. Steppenwolf is the uncle of Uxas, later to become Darkseid, and is one of Apokolip's Elite Warriors. One of Darkseid's earliest allies and confidants, he is an expert tactician and military commander and carries an electro-axe.