Past Times as Super Hero High is a graphic novel series based on the first generation of the DC Super Hero Girls franchise that is written by Shea Fontana and art done by Yancey Labat. The first chapter was released on October 19th, 2016, with subsequent chapters released every few weeks. The final chapter was released on March 15th, 2017.
- 1 Official Description
- 2 Plot
- 2.1 Chapter One: Intro to Prehistory Part 1
- 2.2 Chapter Two: Intro to Prehistory Part 2
- 2.3 Chapter Three: Intro to Prehistory Part 3
- 2.4 Chapter Four: The Dino Egg Effect Part 2
- 2.5 Chapter Five: Savage High Part 1
- 2.6 Chapter Six: Savage High Part 2
- 2.7 Chapter Seven: Harley & Batgirl's Excellent Adventure Part 1
- 2.8 Chapter Eight: Harley & Batgirl's Excellent Adventure Part 2
- 2.9 Chapter Nine: Egging On Part 1
- 2.10 Chapter Ten: Egging On Part 2
- 2.11 Chapter Eleven: Déjà Vu Part 1
- 2.12 Chapter Twelve: Déjà Vu Part 2
- 3 Characters
- 4 Gallery
- 5 Notes
For Liberty Belle's "History of Heroes" class, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley, Katana, Bumblebee and Poison Ivy take a time machine to learn about the past, up close and personal. But when the girls can't help themselves intervening in a past battle, they alter the course of history. When they return to the present, they find that Super Hero High is now run by Vandal Savage! The girls will have to ping-pong through time, trying to find the right way to restore order- and Amanda Waller- to Super Hero High.
Chapter One: Intro to Prehistory Part 1
Batgirl swings from trees to join Supergirl, Katana, Poison Ivy, Beast Boy and Wonder Woman lining up to give permission slips to Liberty Belle to board a time machine shaped like a school bus outside Super Hero High School for a field trip to the time of the dinosaurs. When she gives Miss Belle her permission slip, she tells her about her excitement for the trip as she is the “biggest fan” of dinosaurs. As she boards, Harley Quinn suddenly arrives with a permission slip signed by “Harley’s mom” and bumps into Miss Belle, who drops the permission slips. After boarding the bus, Harley boasts of her knowledge on dinosaurs to Batgirl, who acts unimpressed. Miss Belle asks Bumblebee if she will join them for the field trip, but she declines saying that even thinking about time travel gives her motion sickness, and that she will stay at the school to do the dinosaur book report instead. As Miss Belle turns on the bus, she reminds the students of the rules to never leave the bus, which will protect them from interfering with the past and thus changing the future. As the bus travels through time, Batgirl and Harley argue with each other over who knows more about dinosaurs. As they arrive in the Jurassic period, Harley identifies nearby Stegosaurus, while Batgirl does the same with nearby Diplodocus. Harley then identifies a pack of therapods as Tyrannosaurus rex, but Batgirl corrects her, saying they are Allosauruses. As she explains that Tyrannosaurus Rex did not exist during the Jurassic period contrary to ideas perpetuated in film, the Allosauruses begin charging at the bus, frightening the other students.
Chapter Two: Intro to Prehistory Part 2
The Allosauruses begin attacking the bus, ripping off a side mirror. Miss Belle then allows Batgirl to take control of the bus, who claims to have previously aced her evasive maneuvering test, and Batgirl successfully drives them out of danger. As Batgirl explains that dinosaurs are easy to escape from due to their relatively small brains, Harley alerts her to a nearby Diplodocus. When Batgirl dismisses the threat as Diplodocus is an herbivore, the Diplodocus smashes the bus in two with its tail and sends the front part containing Batgirl and Harley Quinn flying through the air. In the back part of the bus, Wonder Woman reminds her classmates to stay inside as to not alter the future. Meanwhile, Harley disproves Batgirls hypothesis that Miss Belle is in the other side of the bus, by showing her that she is currently being carried away through the air by a pterodactyl. As an Allosaurus approaches and begins attacking the rear of the bus, the other students deduce that they will have to leave the bus and break the rules to save themselves, and eventually are able to evacuate. Now on foot, Wonder Woman reminds her friends of what Liberty Belle always said in Prehistory Prep, “If you get lost in the past, don’t disturb anything”. When Katana mentions that would require blending in, Beast Boy transforms into a Brachiosaurus, giving his classmates a ride on his back. Beast Boy communicates with other Brachiosauruses, which Ivy notes seem to like him, before they encounter a hostile stegosaurus.
Chapter Three: Intro to Prehistory Part 3
As Katana attempts to attack the stegosaurus, Wonder Woman stops her to prevent her from interfering with the future. Beast Boy then transforms into a stegosaurus to level with it, and lets his classmates slide off his back, while he makes the stegosaurus submit to him. Soon, Beast Boy begins communicating to all dinosaurs of various species carnivore and herbivore, telling them to not eat one another but love our fellow dinosaurs, while his classmates watch from a rock. Meanwhile, Batgirl identifies the damage to their half of the bus as mostly cosmetic, and that she can fix it herself. When Harley offers to help, Batgirl says that she has it under control, making Harley feel left out. After Batgirl finishes, having attached rear wheels and an axel made from wood tied to their half of the bus with vines, Harley Quinn bring out a pair of binoculars to help find Liberty Belle, but Batgirl immediately finds her glove in front of a tree, further depressing Harley. Hearing her voice calling for help from the tree, Batgirl uses her grapple gun so that they can climb up the tree. Upon reaching the pterodactyl’s nest, they find Liberty Belle tied up with vines, who thanks them for rescuing her. After rescuing her, Harley sneaks one of the pterodactyl eggs into her backpack, thinking that Batgirl would not be able to top her if she had a pet pterodactyl, before they enter the bus. Meanwhile, the pterodactyl returns to its nest to find one of its eggs missing, and screeches, to a flock of other pterodactyls. Meanwhile, Katana eats prehistoric plants, angering Ivy, as she is hungry and Beast Boy forbids her from eating any dinosaurs. Wonder Woman alerts her friends to the returned front of the bus, and Batgirl calls them inside. Beast Boy is disappointed that he has to give up his position as the “powerful but benevolent leader” of the dinosaurs. The students enter the truncated bus, happy to not be stranded in a world without modern luxuries. Beast Boy turns back into his normal form and reminds the dinosaurs not to eat each other, as a flock of angry pterodactyls begin flying towards the bus.
Chapter Four: The Dino Egg Effect Part 2
As Beast Boy runs into the bus, Ivy falls out, while Miss Belle starts the time machine. As Ivy is threatened by a pterodactyl, Harley saves her by hitting it with a stick. Katana, Batgirl, Wonder Woman and Supergirl join them, and they work to battle the pterodactyls. Beast Boy transforms into an Allosaurus and convinces the dinosaurs to battle the pterodactyls, saying that they should only fight when their “brilliant and handsome leader is being attacked”. As the dinosaurs take over the battle for Beast Boy’s classmates, the students reunite inside the bus as Liberty Belle takes them back to the present. When Wonder Woman expresses concern that their actions may have altered the course of history, Liberty Belle reassures her that their little skirmish should not have as those prehistoric creatures have been fighting long before they arrived, and that the present should remain unaltered as long as no one did anything reckless. Upon arriving in the present, Liberty Belle tells the students that the mess they encountered will mean she will have to fill out an incident report for Principal Waller. As the students walk outside the school, wondering about hypothetical changes to human physiology they may have changed, they get scolded by Vice Principal Grodd for laughing, which is against school rules. Bumblebee suddenly appears and offers to Grodd to ensure that the “new students” are not tardy again, in her capacity as ambassador to new students. In the hallway, Wonder Woman and her friends ask why Bumblebee is so strict, and Wonder Woman tells her that she is the current ambassador to new students, and Bumblebee was the ambassador last semester. Bumblebee dismisses her and tells Harley to be quiet as to not get caught by Principal Savage. When Katana wonders about this, Bumblebee shows them a poster of Vandal Savage to join the “Savage Army”.
Chapter Five: Savage High Part 1
Upon seeing the poster, Wonder Woman accuses Harley Quinn of pulling a prank, which she denies and suggests it is Bumblebee’s prank. Bumblebee in turn denies pulling a prank and insists that the school name is Savage High. Bumblebee also expresses unfamiliarity with the students, noting that Supergirl resembles a student named Power Girl, that Poison Ivy and Beast Boy seem like the “Gotham City Prep type”, that Harley Quinn was the girl who was expelled last semester for putting kaboom candy in Principal Savage’s coffee, and does not remember Wonder Woman at all. Bumblebee also denies having any friends at Savage High, when Wonder Woman tells her that they are best friends. As Batgirl deduces that the future has been changed and that they have to alert Miss Belle to fix the future, an alarm goes off, and a voice on the PA system orders students to their battle stations, announcing that an anti-Savage insurgent has been identified on school grounds. Wonder Woman deduces that the insurgent must be Miss Belle, while Bumblebee offers to help her. Several students begin walking through the hallway to their battle stations, including Star Sapphire who asks Bumblebee why she is not doing the same. Bumblebee, carrying a large poster concealing Wonder Woman and her friends tells them that she will but must first hang Principal Savage his propaganda poster per his instructions. They dismiss her before Cheetah and Star Sapphire appear escorting Liberty Belle to insurgent detention, accusing her of plotting a coup against Principal Savage two months ago. At Bumblebee’s advice, Wonder Woman and her friends regroup in a classroom to brainstorm how to fix time. Batgirl rejects Beast Boy’s idea to order pizzas, and instead formulates a plan in which she and Harley Quinn sneak outside to recover the time machine while Bumblebee and the other students sneak into Insurgent detention to release Miss Belle. Using Bumblebee’s student ID, Ivy attempts to sneak up on Cheetah and Mammoth who are among the students guarding the Insurgent detention, but she is noticed, and a fight breaks out between the heroes and the students guarding Insurgent detention. Wonder Woman saves Bumblebee from Gizmo, but Ivy, Supergirl, Beast Boy and Katana all surrender to the other students, who threaten to boom-tube Liberty Belle to the phantom zone.
Chapter Six: Savage High Part 2
In detention, Principal Savage welcomes the captured heroes to detention into a room where their strengths and powers are useless and demands to be told where are "The Two". When Supergirl denies knowing what he is talking about, Savage introduces them to his “finest interrogator” Etrigan, who denies being reformed when Beast Boy tries to remind him and mentions working for Vandal Savage for centuries. Meanwhile, Batgirl and Harley find the time machine, and Batgirl determines that it cannot work due to a leak in the chrono-gel tube. To find the tools to repair it, Harley, inspired by her counterpart in this timeline, uses Kaboom candy in soda to distract Doc Magnus while he is in the shop class. It succeeds, and Doc Magnus exits to investigate, allowing Batgirl and Harley to sneak the time machine inside and lock Doc Magnus out. Meanwhile, Bumblebee and Wonder Woman discover that all access points to the detention hall have been closed, so Wonder Woman resolves to create an access point, reassuring Bumblebee as she feels unconfident by telling her to believe in her super self, as she has battled various villains in her own timeline. Bumblebee shrinks to complete their task. Meanwhile, Batgirl finishes fixing the time machine only to realize that only Miss Belle knows how to operate the machine. Harley then tells Batgirl that Doc Magnus has returned. Harley pushes a button on the time machine as Doc Magnus arrives to confront them, despite Batgirl’s protests that it is not ready. The bus then disappears astonishing Doc Magnus and arrives in a destroyed city.
Chapter Seven: Harley & Batgirl's Excellent Adventure Part 1
Batgirl and Harley exit the bus, deducing they have been sent to the future, where Vandal Savage posters remain on destroyed buildings in a deserted city. A group calling themselves the Atomic Knights arrive riding giant Dalmatians arrive and tell them that they control the district. The Atomic Knights soon arrest them and bring them to other Atomic Knights, telling them that they found them in the exclusion zone and accusing them of being trespassers and spies for Vandal Savage. They deny being spies and say that they are also against Vandal Savage; as they escape their handcuffs, the Atomic Knights send their dogs after them, only for them to play with Harley. As the dogs are judges of character, they believe Batgirl and Harley’s story. They learn that they are in the year 2150, but express surprise as they met Vandal Savage in 2016. An Atomic Knight shows them the Holo-story, a propaganda video played on holo-vision all over the galaxy and details Vandal Savage’s backstory. The greatest caveman that ever lived, fifty-thousand years ago, he tracked down a meteorite while other cavemen were not brave enough to investigate it, which exposed him to radiation that gave him superhuman powers and immortality. The video proclaims that the heavens bestowed him this power as he was the “only human worthy of ruling the galaxy”. He took millennia to discover his calling, but eventually he gathered his “supreme army” at Savage High School which allowed him to become Emperor of the Galaxy, with his army crushing the insurgents who opposed him. The Atomic Knight tells them that they still stand against Vandal Savage at their Metropolis base, although their numbers are dwindling. Harley expresses confusion, as Vandal Savage got his powers fifty thousand years ago, but that the missing dino egg from the Jurassic period could not have caused the meteorite. Batgirl deduces that this whole mess is Harley’s fault, and tells her that a small change in the past can have a profound impact on the future, as Miss Belle always said. They squabble, culminating with Batgirl telling Harley that she would not have to fix everything if Harley did not ruin everything, hurting Harley. Batgirl and Harley return to the bus to return the egg back where it belongs. Harley admits to her that the egg is in her backpack, which is back at Savage High, frustrating Batgirl.
Chapter Eight: Harley & Batgirl's Excellent Adventure Part 2
Batgirl turns on the time machine to return to Savage High to recover the egg and permanently fix the past. They arrive in 1914, and encounter a young Amelia Earhart, who complains to them about their vehicle cutting down her kite. When she asks them how they know her name, Batgirl replies that she is the first woman to fly across the Atlantic alone. Amelia Earhart replies that “everybody knows that girls cannot fly airplanes” and resumes flying her kite. Deducing that they are in the still in the same timeline but in the wrong year, Batgirl and Harley figure that the time machine’s self-driving mode is broken, and although Miss Belle can operate it manually, Batgirl does not have her precision skills. As they leave in the time machine again, Vandal Savage drive by in a car and asks Amelia where are "The Two". Figuring he means Batgirl and Harley, Amelia replies that he just missed them, before she begins pondering Batgirl and Harley’s words about aviation. Harley and Batgirl then arrive in another point in time and encounter another young woman who has an aversion to talking to strangers. After Harley introduces herself to her, she tells her that they are in the year 1847, and introduces herself as Emily Dickinson. Batgirl then recites Emily's poem I’m Nobody! Who are you?, to which Emily replies that she just told them. When Harley asks if she was writing poetry, she says that poetry is too frivolous for a proper lady’s time. As they leave in the time machine again, Vandal Savage comes by on a horse, knowing they have been there. Batgirl and Harley then arrive at another point in time in front of [Wyandot] Native Americans, and quickly leave. The Wyandots draw them and their time machine on a cave wall, and decide to call them “The Two”, as Vandal Savage watches them and dismisses them as another silly myth, proclaiming that their powers cannot exceed his own. When they arrive in their next point in time, they are accused of being witches by pilgrims, who order them to be burned, and they quickly leave. Vandal Savage sees them and deduces that they are “The Two” and concludes that they must also be immortal, so he sets his sights to take their source of power for himself. Back at Savage High School in 2017, a shrunken Bumblebee approaches the detention room through the air ducts and destroys the tiles on the wall draining Supergirl, Ivy, Katana and Beast Boy of their powers. As they exit the room, they encounter Wonder Woman, who finishes tying up Mammoth and Cheetah with her Lasso, and tells them that Bumblebee saved them before they all rush through the halls to save Miss Belle. Meanwhile, the time machine arrives in Metropolis in what Batgirl estimates to be the late 1980s where they see a young Amanda Waller get attacked by Solomon Grundy. Batgirl convinces Harley to not interfere to mess up her future. Batgirl and Harley finally arrive at Savage High, where upon exiting the time machine, they encounter Principal Savage, who identifies them as The Two he and has been tracking for centuries, accompanied by several evil teachers ready to confront them.
Chapter Nine: Egging On Part 1
Principal Savage orders the teachers to attack them. The battle makes a ruckus outside that Wonder Woman and her friends notice after saving Liberty Belle. Upon seeing that Principal Savage has found Batgirl and Harley and that they are now outnumbered by the teachers, they decide to enter the battle to even the odds. As their friends battle the teachers, Harley leaves to find the dino egg, while Liberty Belle attempts to fix the time machine. After Katana defeats Coach Wildcat, Doc Magnus sends his new robots, the Metal Men to enter the battle. As the Metal Men battle the heroes, Batgirl remembers that the Doc Magnus from their timeline taught them that robots can be defeated by an electromagnetic pulse attack, and she and Supergirl throw electromagnetic explosives at them which successfully defeat them. Batgirl reminds her friends that the teachers taught them how to fight in their timeline, so they should apply what they learned against them. Ivy uses Professor Etrigan’s teachings on the importance of a dramatic entrance to kick Etrigan by swinging from a vine. Katana uses Crazy Quilt’s emphasis on exploiting an enemy’s lackluster style, to wedgie him on her sword. Wonder Woman uses what she learned from Red Tornado to fight while flying to capture him in midair with her Lasso. Beast Boy unleashes his “inner beast” as he was taught by Coach Wildcat to bearhug him while transformed as a bear. Meanwhile Batgirl battles Principal Savage, who asks her why she has been following him. She replies so that she can prevent the future from happening. Principal Savage tells her that if she has seen the future, she knows he wins, before catching her by the foot and holding her over the balcony, saying that he will not let her change the future. Meanwhile, Harley, gets relieved when she finds her bag intact, but finds it empty.
Chapter Ten: Egging On Part 2
Harley runs throughout the school trying to find the hatched baby pterodactyl. After hearing screech sounds, she runs into the cafeteria and finds it. She feeds it sloppy joe from a can, exits the cafeteria with the pterodactyl. As Vandal Savage holds Batgirl off the balcony, Harley and the pterodactyl, named Bitey McPuddin-Face confront him. The pterodactyl flies in his face, causing him to drop Batgirl, who Harley saves using the telescopic handle of her mallet. Meanwhile Vandal Savage falls off and lands in a tree, while Batgirl remarks that the egg has hatched, and Harley is good with dinosaurs. The heroes rush into the time machine, and Wonder Woman encourages Bumblebee to come too, but Bumblebee declines as she is not part of their timeline. Miss Belle tells her that once the rift in time is healed, and this timeline ceases to exist, the Bumblebee from this timeline will merge with the Bumblebee from their own timeline. Wonder Woman and Bumblebee say their goodbyes as Vandal Savage orders the evil teachers to stop them. Bumblebee battles them to hold them off as the time machine goes through time again back to the Jurassic period. Upon arriving, the bus finds itself tilting over the edge of a cliff.
Chapter Eleven: Déjà Vu Part 1
As the bus falls off the cliff, Supergirl flies out and catches it, allowing it to land safely. Batgirl accompanies Harley as she returns Bitey back to its nest. Harley hypothesizes that the Bitey will stop Vandal Savage by encountering a little critter (imagined as a caterpillar with Harley Quinn’s color scheme) but will decide not to eat it. The critter will then evolve over the course of several generations over millions of years (imagined as a mammoth, still with Harley color scheme) which will distract Vandal Savage so he does not encounter the meteorite and inhale the vapors making him immortal. As Batgirl agrees that her hypothesis sounds plausible, Harley decides to stay in the past, so she does not ruin everything, reminding Batgirl of what she previously told her. Batgirl reassures her that she did not mean it and was just upset she took the egg. Harley says that she took it to prove that she was the best with dinosaurs, which she thought that she was until she came along. Batgirl says she understands and apologizes, saying that if she could go back in time and take back what she said, she would, but they already know how bad she is with time travel, which Harley recognizes as something she is not good at despite her talents in other things such as computers and vehicles. Batgirl also comments that Harley is talented at acrobatics, making people laugh, and sneaking dinosaur eggs without her suspecting. Having made up, Harley and Batgirl watch as the baby pterodactyl is reunited with its parent. They re-enter to the time machine and return to the present where the heroes express happiness at being back. Batgirl asks her her father if he is familiar with the name Vandal Savage, to which he expresses ignorance and tells her that he should tell Principal Fox that she and her friends have returned safely. Realizing that the present still has not been restored as Amanda Waller is not the Principal, Batgirl suggests that maybe they did not do anything wrong, but something they did not do at all. She brings Harley back to the machine alone, who expresses surprise that she wants her to go with her. Batgirl reassures her that no one can do this better than her.
Chapter Twelve: Déjà Vu Part 2
Batgirl and Harley arrive in 1914 where they talk to Amelia Earhart, who remains flying a kite and says that she is also studying the aeronautical movement of the kite in space, as something about flying speaks to her. Batgirl and Harley realize that the timeline has been fixed for her. They then encounter Emily Dickinson and learn that the timeline has been fixed for her too, as Emily is writing, having been inspired by a book of poetry given to her by a friend. Deducing that the only place that the timeline could have been altered was when they met a young Amanda Waller, Batgirl and Harley return to the late 1980s and battle Grundy as she attacks Amanda Waller. Amanda Waller gets inspired when she sees them and helps them defeat him. After she thanks them for saving her, Harley and Batgirl express surprise that she allows them to call her “Amanda”. When she asks if she will ever see them again, Harley and Batgirl affirm they will and remind her of the words Super Hero High. Upon arriving in the present once again, Batgirl and Harley are relieved when they see that Amanda Waller is the Principal of the school. They walk through the hallways as their classmates tell their other friends, including Bumblebee about their field trip. Supergirl asks them where they were as they missed a time travel pop quiz, to which Harley replies that they were helping the Principal, with a special assignment. Upon seeing Principal Waller, Harley hugs her and affirms to her that they enjoyed the field trip. When Harley thanks her for letting her go, Principal Waller says she should thank them instead, but also threatens to give them detention if she calls her “Amanda” again. Batgirl and Harley realize that the present timeline is finally restored.
- The name of Supergirl's doppelganger is mentioned in chapter six, Power Girl, is commonly used for duplicates of Supergirl in the comics.
- The title of chapters seven and eight is a reference to the film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
- Chapter four claims it's part 2, but there is no equivalent chapter with part 1.
- Crazy Quilt appears far more muscular than usual at the end of chapter eight, but he appears normal at the beginning of chapter nine.
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