After Dark Day, things did not improve. Gotham High was shut down for more than a month as the Earth collectively tried to repair what was now being called a massive attack by superhuman beings.
Hope began clinging to Tina like a lost puppy, spending nearly every waking moment with her. Tina, trying to keep ahead of the memory of Dark Day, worked to make sure her classmates could defend themselves. She took extra time to help construct a mobility suit for Nora Fields, as well as body armor for nearly every one of the Alternate Curriculum Class.
Collectively, the students formed Club Arkham out of Ozzie Cobblepot’s old theater building. They seemed to have agreed that things were changing in the world, and would require them to be as covert as their enemies.
When Tina spoke to her father, his behavior was abnormal. What’s more, he’d come out as an avid supporter of Lex Luthor’s Preserver Party. Superman was also reputed to be a supporter, having given a statement to the press that superhumans had no business interfering in the lives of normal humanity, and declaring his withdrawal from the “illegal business of costumed interventionalism.”
School still being closed following Dark Day, Tina was awakened in the middle of the night by a call from Temple Fugit, the fussiest busybody in Gotham. He told her he’d been expecting a call from Vicki Vale, along with Selina Kyle and Victor Fries. Tina groggily headed over to Club Arkham, where Barbara was exhaustively researching the activities of the now destroyed Alchemax Corporation.
Barbara seemed shocked that Tina was out of the loop with regard to their classmates’ activities. They’d been planning a break in to Star Labs Gotham for over a week, and Tina was supposed to have been told.
Barbara began contacting the members of Club Gotham who were answering their phones, but was unable to reach anyone on the Star Labs break in. Tina headed out on her motorcycle.
Outside Star Labs, Vicki managed to get Tina’s attention with an infrared laser. She showed Tina her phone, which appeared to have been deliberately sabotaged. Selina, Fries, and an old acquaintance of Selina’s named Felicia Hardy were stuck in the labs basement, trapped by a security team sweeping the first floor.
Donning her Iron Girl armor, Tina managed to hack Star Labs’ security system and activated an alarm on the building’s top floor. As the security force reacted, Tina met up with her classmates in the basement. There they were ambushed by a newly chemically enhanced Julio Bain.
As Felicia began successfully clawing chemical tubes out of Bain’s neck, Fries shot her with his newly completed Freeze Ray. She fell shrieking to the ground. Fries and Bain argued, apparently having made some arrangement beforehand. Bain betrayed Fries, and continued to fight.
Tina managed to destroy Bain’s Bio-computer drug supply and would have let him live, But Fries was not so forgiving. He killed the unconscious Bain by freezing his entire body. Bruce Wayne arrived outside with his car, and ushered Selina, Vicki, and Fries to safety.
Tina rushed Felicia to Club Arkham, managing against all odds to save the young thief’s leg from needing to be amputated. She rejected Harley and Jay’s offer to assist in surgery.
Selina demanded that Fries be banned from Club Arkham, and Vicki agreed. Temple Fugit began recording decisions about how the club would funtion in the future. To accept a new member or kick out an existing member, three-fourths of members had to agree to it.
Tina managed to swing the vote in Fries’ favor by manipulating some of the more easily influenced Club members. Even so, the meeting didn’t end until midmorning.
Hope was contacted by her father Lex, who told her she needed to be taken out of public school now that he was becoming involved in politics. Bolstered by her friendship with Tina, Hope was able to stand up to her father and refuse his demands.
Tina made an effort to stay close to Hope in the following days. School was nearly set to resume… the Sunday prior to going back to class, Joseph Wilson was killed.
Hope saw the young man come in to Club Arkham, and their eyes locked. Somehow, they knew they had a connection. Startled, Joseph retreated to the streets, and Hope followed. She came out from the club just in time to see the young man die. A silver blur struck him, his head spun more than a hundred eighty degrees, and his lifeless body collapsed.
Hope shrieked, and Tina began communicating with Barbara to figure out what had happened. Barbara identified the assailant and the direction he’d gone.
In full view of everyone, Hope transformed into her supernatural form and pursued the attacker. Tina donned her armor and followed, engaging in combat with a group of teenage mutants. Hope and Tina easily defeated the enemy, killing one of them before allowing two of the survivors to leave. One mutant was left unconscious to be apprehended by police.
Barbara was able to identify the assassin as Pietro Maximoff, a mutant affiliated with the mutant terrorist called Magneto and the terror cell The Brotherhood of Mutants. Tina took the time to make contact with Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, where she learned of nearly half the student body being killed on Dark Day.
National news was reporting mutant terrorist attacks across the country, and implicated Hope as a possible member until Barbara released photographic proof of the actual murderer to news agencies.
When school started the next day, many of the students in the Alternate Curriculum Classroom were flat out exhausted. They met their new teacher, Ms. Morgan L’Fay. After class, Ms. L’Fay asked Tina to stay after.
As Ms. L’Fay spoke, Tina started to feel a more than natural influence in her words.
“I want you to know you can trust me,” Ms. L’Fay was saying, her voice feeling like velvet caressing Tina’s mind. “You can tell me anything… and it will make you feel good to tell me everything you know about your old friend Victor Von Doom.”
“Well,” Tina started, almost entranced, “There’s only so much…”
“How’d you get that scar?” Came the voice of Vic Zsasz.
Ms. L’Fay’s hand shot to the nearly invisible scar on her left cheek. The influence, whatever it had been, was disrupted.
After a short meeting with the friends who had waited after class for her, Tina returned to Club Arkham to modify her armor.
As she was working, Tina received a phone call from Alfred Pennyworth, who asked her to go immediately to Gotham Central Park where Young Master Bruce needed help immediately.
Unable to get her Iron Girl suit in working order on such short notice, Tina took Hope with her to the park, where they found Vic and Bruce back to back, squaring off against two supernatural creatures, while three normal looking teenagers stood nearby. Bruce and Vic were obviously badly hurt, but were able to continue defending one another against the attack.
Hope transformed and charged into the attacking creatures, easily knocking them around. Tina sneaked around behind the normal-types who were watching, and fractured the skull of one and smashed in the face of another before they were able to escape by teleportation.
Hope healed Vic and Bruce’s injuries easily, and seemed flush with victory. Zsasz collapsed all the same, and revealed that he had come to the park to prevent the attackers, called the Lilin, from attacking Tina. He was still haunted by the “voices calling to him from the darkness” that he’d failed to rescue on Dark Day, and was nearly broken by the memory. Tina and Hope held him as he sobbed.
Bruce, meanwhile, stood by awkwardly. He didn’t explain how he’d come to Vic’s rescue, but nobody was clear minded enough to ask.
Again operating on nearly zero sleep, class the next day was thankfully uneventful. Ms. L’Fay tried to speak to Tina again, but Tina slipped out while staying in view of her fellow students.
Selina Kyle was trapped in a tree, surrounded by attack dogs. Terry McGinnis managed to get her down safely.
Barbara Gordon detected Derek Powers’ phone in an old Alchemax building following several unsuccessful attempts to call him. Terry and Tina went uptown to check out the situation, only to discover it was a trap set by Anthony Herod. Terry died in the explosion.
The members of Club Arkham managed to save those who had been injured in the explosion. News coverage that evening focused, rather than on the attack, on the return of World War II’s living legend Steve Rogers. Lexcorp had found his remains frozen in ice and successfully resuscitated him.
Jay shut down Gotham High with a bomb threat (and a planted bomb), to allow for Club Arkham time to track down Derek. Tina led a successful raid, accompanied by prospective Club member Oliver Queen. Oliver had some of his friends shadow him on the mission, which was both helpful and a breach of security at the same time.
Anthony Herod had transformed Derek into a living nuclear reactor, as well as damaging his mind in an effort to make Club Arkham members kill each other. Leslie Willis, at great risk to her own life, grabbed Derek and teleported with him to a large body of water until he cooled down.