History (Submitted by Oracle)
Background: 2006 - 2007
While in the military, Drury Walker was engaged in an extramarital affair with Anna Fletcher, a military nurse. The affair was called off when Drury left the military to raise his daughter following the sudden murder of his wife. Anna left the military shortly after Drury when she discovered she was pregnant and suffered a number of medical complications and a sudden onset of psychiatric problems.
Jack Walker: 2007 - 2010
Jack was born in Gateway City, where his mother was living following her departure from the armed forces. Shortly after Jack's birth, Anna began to claim she was constantly having dreams of Drury. Anna felt the dreams were her mind's way of telling her she needed to tell Drury about his son, but she fought the urge to call him.
When Drury, his daughter, and his new girlfriend took a vacation up to Gateway City to see the Hall of Justice and United Nations, Anna had a chance encounter with them while working a shift as the Hall of Justice medical technician. Having been driven mad by her nightmares and unable to think this was anything but a direct intervention of fate, Anna blurted out that Drury and she had a son.
That broke Drury and his girlfriend up, but it brought Drury and Anna back together as he extended his vacation in an attempt to work things out with Anna. When Anna saw how Jack, a normally fussy baby, was calm and soothed by Drury's presence, she again took this as a sign. Anna did not hesitate when Drury asked her to marry him after a week. Anna and Drury moved into Drury's ancestral home outside of Gotham and eloped once they had settled down from the sudden move.
Jack himself did not really seem phased by the move or the sudden addition of a sister in his life. He was still very young. As a young boy, Jack rarely slept well and could only be able to sleep through the night after he would wake up screaming and be allowed to sleep in his parents' bed, comforted by his mother and protected by his father.
As Jack got older, he began telling vivid stories about his dreams of being chased by a ghost with hungry eyes and how his father would always protect him. Jack's mother became concerned by these stories as they reminded her of the nightmare she had when she was pregnant and vaguely remembered Drury having nightmares during the early stages of their affair.
Concerned for her son's well-being, Anna began having Jack see a child psychologist. However, within months of that, Anna overdosed on pills and the nightmares took a backseat in Jack's tormented mind.
Jack Walker: 2010 - Present
Jack suddenly felt neglected. He hated his new stepmother Donna and his father was dealing with his own psychological meltdown. To get any sort of parental attention, Jack began acting out at home and school. Negative attention was better than nothing in Jack's mind.
This pattern continues to this day. Only Jack's immediate, biological family seem to have any hope of reining in his worst impulses. If you ask me, I think Jack's on a fast-track to Juvenile Services.
- (Submitted by Oracle) Jack might look very much like a preppy brat, but he's actually a very intelligent menace. He uses his brain to amuse himself at the cost of others' sake through pranks or simply cruel endeavors. It's possible his goal is the gaining of notoriety or to prove that he is smarter or more superior to others. Hard to say.
- (Submitted by Intrepid) Newsflash: Apparently, tweens have archenemies. Jack's is a boy named Terrence. Supposedly, Jack and Terrence were best friends - a regular bunch of ne'er-do-well punk kids. But Terrence's parents secured him a special scholarship to Brentwood. Jack now refers to his old friend as a "not-schway sellout". Question: Anyone know what schway means?
- (Submitted by Four-Eyes) I suspect the figure at the center of Jack's troubled dreams is none other than the Corinthian, a living nightmare created by the Endless Morpheus. The Corinthian is believed to have been created to serve as a vehicle for which people would feel fear. A so-called "black mirror made to reflect everything that humanity will not confront". However, when Dream was suddenly imprisoned and the Dreaming began to dissolve into anarchy without its lord, the Corinthian set out to find that which Dream would never have allowed to do before: Hunt people in the real world. It appears that Drury Walker, as a boy, may have been a favorite target of this evil nightmare. The Corinthian may have attempted to use Drury as a gateway to the real world due to Drury's Endless heritage. We do not know how successful he was, but the Corinthian has not been seen in the Dreaming for quite some time.
- Endling Physiology
- Limited Clairsentience
- Lucid Dreamer
- Highly Intelligent
- Susceptible to Mental Illness
- Haunted by Nightmares
- Violent Tendencies
- Too Smart for his Own Good
- Physicality: 2 - Basic / Typical
- Occult: 2 - Basic / Typical
- Weapons: 2 - Basic / Typical
- Experience: 0 - Abysmal / Nonexistent
- Ranged: 2 - Basic / Typical
- Strategy: 3 - Trained / Exceptional
Trivia and Notes
- Jack has a Threat Assessment ranking of 13, marking him as No Threat.
- Jack Walker is a character from the Batman Beyond animated series.
- Jack's maternal family has nods to many characters from the comics and related media:
- Anna Fletcher is the heroine Bonfire, a member of Young Heroes. In Drury's file she was called Anna Walker, a member of the Royal Flush Gang from the Batman Beyond animated series.
- Jennifer Fletcher is the hacker Sue Denim of Hacker Files.
- Hugh Fletcher is Outlaw, a one-time villain of Manhunter.
- His address and school are nods to Killer Moth's first appearance: Batman #63 and his creators Bill Finger and Lew Sayre Schwartz.