DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio gave New York Comic Con a brief glimpse of a blurry continuity timeline on Friday…and in doing so, inadvertently tipped DC Comics’ 5G, the next New 52 or Rebirth-style publishing initiative for DC’s superhero universe. It’s a move that has sent shockwaves through the industry, with retailers questioning what it means in the face of already unsteady superhero sales.

DiDio unveiled the timeline during NYCC’s DC Nation panel. It was dotted with the major stories from DC’s past, and split into four sections that DiDio described as generations (more on that later). He called it “the basis for all of DC Comics in the future,” and added, “While we won’t go into what the future is, we want to show you that what’s happening now is a high level of planning.”

That future, however, is getting clearer.

In short order after the timeline dropped, Bleeding Cool connected the dots to DC Comics’ 5G, a mysterious project that the Beat has been hearing rumors about for a few months – and that BC reported back in June. As the weekend continued, Bleeding Cool dissected the timeline, connected more dots, and reported that the crux of 5G is that characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and maybe others will cede their mantles to replacements, some of which will be surprising (Batman, for example, will be replaced by Luke Fox, rather than a Robin, a Batgirl, an Orphan, etc.).

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The Beat has now confirmed with multiple sources that this is in fact what’s coming, or at least that’s currently the plan. In addition, next year will likely see another crisis setting things up, combined with a hypertime concept to explain in part how heroes who debuted long ago remained active for so long.

See, along with the low-resolution glimpse of the timeline at NYCC, DiDio elaborated on splitting DC’s past into four distinct generations. Within this, generation one is defined by the advent of Wonder Woman as the first public superhero (which is a new thing in terms of continuity…and something Dan hinted might be explored later, cheekily saying, “Hey, I don’t remember reading that story!”), a second generation starts with the appearance of Superman, and a third generation spans from Crisis on Infinite Earths (1986) to Flashpoint (2011), with a fourth generation being the comics we’re reading today. The fifth generation is presumably 5G (which is likely a placeholder title, considering 5G is also the name of the new small-cell wireless technology that’s reshaping the nation’s high-speed Internet infrastructure as we speak, but I digress). You can learn all about what was said publicly here.

DiDio first confirmed the timeline’s existence in July at SDCC, saying the publisher was in the “advanced planning” stages of something that would organize its history. It next showed up on the company’s streaming app, DC Universe, appearing on the promotional news show DC Daily in September (that’s okay, we missed it too at the time), again blurry and in the background of a Dan DiDio interview.

DC Comics' 5G

It’s a long-time coming as well as a big undertaking, and the reason behind it seems to be accessibility, which has become a guiding aspiration for much of what DC Comics does these days, from its mass market retailer-friendly giants to its bookstore-ready Black Label comics to its YA-skewing OGN’s like Raven and Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass.

It’s perhaps telling that DiDio transitioned into talk of the timeline at NYCC by bringing up the New 52, the publisher’s most recent attempt (Rebirth aside, that being a whole other thing) at creating a more accessible entry point for its universe and characters. A contrite DiDio said that while there was “great excitement that came along with [the New 52],” DC editorial also slipped up by making everything brand new, rather than figuring out what fit into continuity and what didn’t. The effect (combined with the new leaks) is a sense that something New 52-esque is coming, just in a way that also keeps past continuity intact.

In an interview Saturday at NYCC with The Beat, DiDio also briefly touched on the timeline (drawing a watchful glance from a nearby publicity staffer), essentially saying they need to create easy entry points for new readers without (to use a cliche) throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

But what now seems most telling is a comment at the end of the DC Nation Panel from DC Chief Creative Officer and Co-Publisher Jim Lee.

“There’s a lot of interesting implications this timeline sets up,” Lee said. “If there are characters that came about way back when, what does that mean today? I’ll leave you with that…”

It could mean a superhero line focused on the new adventures of a generation of younger characters that haven’t appeared in dozens (or hundreds, in the case of Batman) major stories dating back years, while other segments somewhere within the publishing line (Black Label, the giants, etc.) continue doling out Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent like a band playing its greatest hits.

This all largely gels with what’s happening on the page in the DC Universe right now too. The Justice League is embroiled in a storyline that involves Perpetua, a character who is literally the mother of all Monitors (Monitors being the multiversal beings that often usher in the crises that upend DC’s continuity). There are some notable runs ending, and if you squint a bit, you can even see things like the recent resurfacing of the Jackson Hyde version of Aqualad as a road to replacing heroes. A framework is in place (or getting close) to make switches.

So far, the reaction from fans online has been wildly predictable, listing (of course) toward negative. The two major lightning rods for outrage have been continuity tinkering and replacing heroes, both of which have fraught and complicated histories among wide segments of people who consume weekly superhero comics, the reasons for which can sometimes be downright ugly.

Direct market retailers are also concerned that massive sweeping changes will harm their sales, and we’re told they have already been active voicing these concerns in forums, strongly urging DC to clarify or reconsider any changes while at the same time complaining that sales for so-far-unchanged books have started to dip (ahem).

Anyway, an optimist may be excited about all of this, trusting it as an attempt at thoughtful organization while expecting that the mix of New 52 accessibility and Rebirth back-to-basics will give rise to a wiser DC that is equipped to finally do a reboot right (whatever that means…mileage tends to vary). The pessimist, however, may think DiDio sounds a bit like a continuity-restructuring addict, assuring everyone he is going to party hard one last time before kicking the habit…while also not quite grasping what made Rebirth so successful in the first place, both critically and commercially. It’s also a throwback to DiDio’s aughts strategies, which saw crisis after crisis – Identity, Final, Infinite, Countdown to. Well, aughts nostalgia is growing every day.

Time (or maybe hypertime, is more appropriate) will tell.

Anyway, here’s a quick FAQ of what we know, based on the questions I’m seeing all over slack channels and Twitter.

So, TL:DR…

What is 5G?
It is presumably a working title for a new line-wide DC publishing initiative in the same spirit as the New 52 or Rebirth. It stands for fifth generation, because DC is currently organizing its continuity (via timeline) into four past generations, with the fifth not having taken place yet.

What will it involve?
Leaks that we’ve been told are true say that it will involve replacing familiar heroes with newer characters like Luke Fox or Jon Kent.

When will this start to happen?
The seeds are likely to be planted next summer in the midst of a hypertime-meets-crises event, with the first 5G titles launching in the fall.

Why is this happening?
Like much of what’s happening at DC right now, this looks like an effort to ultimately make the publisher’s stories and characters more accessible to new readers by creating obvious entry points….and while, yes, this has been tried before (eight years ago, to be exact, with the New 52), the newness here is that it will also seek to incorporate past continuity as well (like Rebirth).

– Additional reporting by Heidi MacDonald

28 COMMENTS

  1. summary:

    gen 1 heroic age (golden age year 1 to year 18, post justice society year 19 to year 25)(25 years)(jay garrick gen): wonder woman starts -> justice society, dinah drake black canary starts (year 3), sgt rock (year 4), justice society in world war 2 (year 5), all star squadron (year 5), freedom fighters (year 5) -> dinah lance born (year 12) -> clack kent becomes superboy in secret (year 13) -> death of thomas and martha wayne (year 16) -> justice society disbands (year 18) -> martian manhunter arrives (year 19) -> challengers of the unknown (year 24).

    gen 2 space age (silver age and bronze age)(15 years)(barry allen gen): start of superman and batman -> justice league vs starro, martian manhunter is founder (year 4), doom patrol (year 5) -> justice league justice society team up (crisis), teen titans start (year 6) -> supergirl starts, barry allen marries iris west (year 8) -> batgirl starts (year 11) -> new teen titans by marv wolfman and george perez, zatanna and firestorm join justice league -> shazam (captain marvel) starts -> crisis has death of supergirl and death of barry allen.

    gen 3 crisis age (post crisis)(15 years)(wally west, tornado twins gen): justice league by keith giffen, guy gardner and john stewart are green lanterns of earth, hal jordan is green lantern of space, tornado twins are born -> death of jason todd, killing joke -> death of superman -> zero hour, connor hawke, hal jordan dies in final night -> justice league by grant morrison, young justice -> justice society by geoff johns -> teen titans by geoff johns -> wally west marries linda park -> arthur joseph curry as aquaman -> irey west and jai west -> identity crisis, supergirl returns -> hal jordan returns -> infinite crisis, 52 weekly series, oracle barbara gordon becomes batgirl again -> green arrow and black canary wedding -> final crisis (barry allen returns, batman disappears, dick grayson as batman) -> blackest night -> brightest day -> flashpoint (aquaman vs wonder woman).

    gen 4 flashpoint age (post flashpoint)(5 years)(gen of impulse bart allen and xs): start of wildstorm heroes -> damian wayne as robin, bruce wayne returns -> new 52 justice league, new 52 teen titans, vic sage resurrected -> rebirth, post rebirth titans, post rebirth teen titans, vic sage as question -> metal, new age, teen titans of damian wayne, return of impulse bart allen and kon-el who are in young justice, jon travels to future with jor-el (year 4) -> year of the villain, hell arisen, jon returns aged, jon joins 31st century legion (year 5)

    gen 5 (5g) doomsday clock and post doomsday clock (current)(gen of kid flash wallace west the son of daniel west, gen of jai west and irey west): doomsday clock -> post doomsday clock -> jon as superman, batwing as batman.

  2. “It could mean a superhero line focused on the new adventures of a generation of younger characters that haven’t appeared in dozens (or hundreds, in the case of Batman) major stories dating back years, while other segments somewhere within the publishing line (Black Label, the giants, etc.) continue doling out Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent like a band playing its greatest hits.”
    For the love of comics, if they are going to focus on expanding their legacy heroes focus again (this can actually be done well at DC), PLEASE let us start anew with certain concepts. Bendis has just about shaken all of the long time readers from Young Justice in what has been a continuity nightmare of a series so far. And Wally West was brought back to abysmal usage. He’s now wandering the multiverse in some C-level miniseries. We need the same level of care given to these legacy characters that the Big 7 get. And that doesn’t mean weighing down the new reader with 12+ issues of setup and continuity gymnastics! Give us a Legion of Superheroes plain and simple. Give us an Infinity Inc. type team who are the grandchildren of the JSA. Give us a Young Justice that stays on earth, in continuity, that deals with teen drama. Look at Teen Titans right now. It’s a perfectly justifiable team built from current young teen characters, and their ongoing personal stories/drama.

    I am ready to be finished with the constant need to wholesale rewrite the timeline. Get your act together DC, make a timeline, and hold your editors and writers to it. Let Black Label and DC Young Readers be for the vanity projects and elseworld series. I honestly can’t tell you whether Batman, Superman/Action Comics, Justice League, or Doomsday Clock share any common continuity with each other or with the larger DC universe. Every writer seems to be wandering in the wilderness right now or intentionally disregarding the common threads from every other story being told. There’s so much hand waving over continuity right now, Batman and Superman probably couldn’t agree whether it was Thursday or Saturday if they met randomly on the street.

  3. While I am a strong believer that one shouldn’t judge work until it is there, and the raw face of it this sounds like it will chase away the remaining remnants of the current DC readership, and that’s because it sounds like a top-down initiative, and those (almost)never work.

    I can think multiple ways to position this to have a chance of working (Being “Ultimate Universe” style, for one example) — but if they’re flat out replacing the “real” characters in the “real” universe, then they are not only ignoring their own sales history, but those of their major competitors…. and most marketing/branding exercises in history.

    “Jonathan Kent” is simply not inherently more interesting than “Clark Kent”, but the latter is intimately associated with “Superman” in the audience’s mind.

    -B

  4. Couldn’t accessibility for newer reader come about with either more standalone issues that aren’t feeding into TPBs or a focus on trades being separate from monthly books? Even as a longtime reader I avoid monthlies so much because it’ll be traded soon (even though I know that new titles need monthly reader support to even garner a trade) but I’d be more interested in monthly books if I didn’t need more than one issue to know who is who and what’s going on. Simplicity as a focus would be beneficial.

  5. Great article and wonderful insights from the community members. I don’t mean to be a troll by any means. I’ve been an avid DC reader and collector for 50 years, but it just seems to me that DC editorial leadership is obsessed with trying to become a latter day Marvel from the late Silver and Bronze Ages. Constant reboots and re-imagining/recasting of characters to try to capture a similar organic feel where the stories “mattered”. Are the only interesting stories left variations of origin stories? Think of the Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman “all new” or “alternate fact” origins of the last 20 years. Or, try counting the times there were alternate characters in the role.

    With a resurgent X-Men line and I’m sure to come similar “Dawn of Spider-Man” and “Dawn of Avengers” lines on their way at some point, and if this is what will be the DC response, I honestly think Marvel is on the verge of a de facto monopoly, if they aren’t already there.

    Trust me, I hope for the best for all involved.

  6. New 52 was quite bold and a bit of fresh air that had me convince that DC was going for change and attempting something new. Even the hints of the older Superman and Jon NOT being who they think they are. The mystery it ‘hinted’ at disappeared and DC chickened out and UNDID nearly all of the change with Rebirth. It was at this moment I knew that DC would NEVER change…there will ALWAYS be a Crisis FOLLOWED by a RESET of the Status Quo. I for one was looking forward to the change and promise of Kal and Diana having children and the change THAT would have brought about in the DC World. Been reading comic books since the early ’70’s (and read a bunch of the comics from the 50’s and 60’s as well…and DC HAS and ALWAYS will be afraid of change.

  7. Current sales are tanking because for over a year, DC has said “when Doomsday Clock is finished….” but that’s apparently never going to happen, and then we were fed first-exciting mini-series that have all turned out to be nothing (Metal being the prime example).
    Now you’re going to replace all the main heroes with other heroes, some of whom we’ve never heard of (except for Wonder Woman, apparently), because 12-24 part stories mean easy access for new readers (your sarcasm monitor should be going off now).
    Dear every publisher out there: 12-24 part stories (ie, 12-24 issue stories) are not easy access for ANY reader, let alone new readers.
    You know what IS easy access? One issue stories. Two issues stories. Even 4-issue stories, because you can usually easily pick up anything you missed.

  8. The coolest comic book I picked up this week was a Marvel Comics True Believers reprint of X-Men 141. Part 1 of Days of Future Past – Claremont, Byrne, Cockcrum — and it cost me a buck. Granted, this issue set the bar pretty high, but I’m not sure publishers today can create comics that people are going to want to buy. So we have relaunch after rebirth after the new 52 and none of it ever really sticks. It’s ironic — Crisis was designed to streamline things, but it made them worse.

  9. May I point out that in the reporting of the panel ( https://www.comicsbeat.com/nycc-19-dc-continuity/ )

    “When describing the first two generations, DiDio said, “I don’t remember reading those exact stories.” Strongly hinting there would be comic storytelling to flesh out the parameters of those generations and how they fit. He also repeatedly described this forthcoming timeline as the basis for the entire DC Universe moving forward”.

    My gathering from that comment was that DC were going to capitalize on story telling from all the generations available to them.

  10. Honestly I like this idea, but I know I am not “average” comicbook reader. I remember reading about the rumored Shooter’s Big Bang in “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story”, and honestly wishing that had transpired. That said I get why it didn’t, there was a lot of risk involved.

    My main concern is that this will be another half-hearted measure that will just collapse in on itself. I still believe the New 52 was a great concept which was self-sabotaged by editorial. We saw the same thing happen again, on a smaller scale, with the New Age of Heroes. While initially successful Rebirth was ultimately undone by company politics. I think looking back on numerous past initiatives is that you need you to trust your creators and decentralize control. You either get a bunch of samey, hollow feeling books, or when the architect falls out of favor everything unravels.

    Also here is an idea bring back Showcase. Make it a weekly or bi-weekly title. You can use it introduce the new 5G heroes, then keep it around to try-out new concepts and characters.

  11. Well, this probably means that this has become a great jumping off point for me. If my favorite characters are being replaced then there is really no reason to continue following DC. Bruce Wayne will forever be “Batman” to me. RIP Dc Comics……

  12. The last thing Wonder Woman needs is another reboot. I’m fine with her being the first hero in the abstract, but the lack of a lasting status quo for her origin is such a problem for the character and property. Rucka’s Year One was rock solid and I don’t see how it could survive this move intact. Maybe if editorial insists on writers keeping the supporting cast intact… but that seems unlikely.

  13. I think this is a GREAT idea, if it’s implemented properly. Aside from Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, DC has always been willing to replace its heroes with new legacy characters sharing the same name. I loved being able to read the complete adventures of Wally West, Kyle Rayner, Conner Hawke, etc, knowing I could also read about their predecessors (either through back issues, reprints, or new flashback stories).

    DC’s downfall has been undoing their changes. Always reverting to their Silver Age favorites sends the message that these new legacy heroes don’t really matter, changes not matter, and growth doesn’t matter. Readers get to read the same old characters until we get bored and stop.

    Establishing a regular practice of introducing, growing, and eventually retiring new legacy heroes is the best of all worlds!!! DC gets to keep its IP fresh, keeping brand awareness for costumed identities (e.g., The Flash) relevant to readers of any age, while sizing specific character arcs (e.g., Wally West) so that new readers can chase down collectible first appearances, discover brand new characters and their creators, follow their stories as real growth and change occurs, and establish their beloved character in DC’s history rather than having another Crisis wipe it out and revert to Barry Allen once again. I dropped Flash once Barry returned, but I would’ve happily followed a new Flash book starring the next generation’s Flash (if it was written and drawn well) and treasuring the run of my Flash I’ve read for the past decade or two. But instead I walked away bitter and disinterested.

    Robin was a good example of this, always having been the DC character that could’ve been YOU, the reader!!! If anyone can get struck by lightning or find a GL ring, it’s like anyone finding out they’ve got a secret wizarding heritage and destiny. Kids will eat this stuff up, and remain fans for life.

  14. Are you serious?!?! This is horrible!! Bruce Wayne will always be Batman! If they want to create some new heroes, fine!. Just leave the our iconic ones alone!!! You’ve got to be a Dan Di-dodo alias! Kids won’t eat this up because they can’t afford it. Adults are the current market and they greatest majority of them are going to be pissed beyond all belief!!

  15. Some of this will work…other parts will snap back like a rubber band (possibly taking parts of the initiative that were working with them as casualties). A few new ideas & characters will last, and the rest will be looked at as a passing phase.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how this shakes out. Hopefully the stories and storytelling will be good, while this initiative lasts, and DC doesn’t shoot itself in the foot with a clumsy launch. Fingers crossed.

  16. “The pessimist, however, may think DiDio sounds a bit like a continuity-restructuring addict, assuring everyone he is going to party hard one last time before kicking the habit…” It’s hard to put it better than that. Basically DC editorial loves origin stories. Decades will pass without them knowing what to do with Superman, but they’ll come out with a new version of his origin or early days every 2-3 years. It shows a huge lack of imagination and it kneecaps the poor writers who have to execute whatever comes down from above, even as the editorial direction is constantly changing.

  17. Another Crisis, really? Didio, have you learnt nothing yet?

    Back in the old days, EVERY issue was an entry point because:
    – Stories were satisfyingly self-contained even when there were elements overlapping multiple issues,
    and
    – writers were good enough to explain in-story whatever continuity element was necessary to understand it.

    It’s really not hard, people.

  18. “This is horrible!! Bruce Wayne will always be Batman!”

    And he will be again. These gimmicks are designed to goose sales and (hopefully) bring in some new readers. But the status quo will reassert itself. It always does in corporate superhero comics.

  19. In short, DC are once again addressing the same “problem” with the same solution which has never worked and never can work, mainly because of A, comics’ inability to let anything from the past be forgotten, and B, the hierarchical DC universe in which the same three characters dominate always and forever. Repeat until the readers die, either of old age or boredom.

  20. Actually I neither attend these things or take much stock in fannish speculation in what was said but concentrate on the mini series and one shots. Most of the long running over lapping story lines involve too many books that are too expensive to buy. Could too many books and higher prices be the main reason for the drop in sales? I like Female Furies, Flash Forward, Freedom Fighters, and am looking forward to Metal Men and Legion of Superheroes. Millennium was a flop but maybe LOS will pick things up. Also the Year of Villians one shots apart from any ongoing series tell me more than I need to know about any of the so called epics and continuity shifts and are enjoyable in their own way. I got back into the DC recently because of NAOH and watch most of it die for lack of sales. I will continue to support the new and different but that’s just me.

  21. The mistake DC made with Flashpoint was in not creating a 52-world multiverse. The titles that worked before (Green Lantern, Batman) could continue. Everything else…you let creators pitch anything. It’s ALL Elseworlds. If it works, it continues. If it doesn’t, try something else.
    Almost all of DC’s backlist is Elseworlds-style GNs. (Very little produced during the New 52.) Otherwise, it’s Soap Opera For Guys, and nobody watches reruns of soap operas, or really cares about past events.

  22. DC failed when they decided to do COIE. Instead of just having the writing that came with titles like New Teen Titans and Swamp Thing, and issues that would appear as “best of’s” in digest format, they decided they should erase some of what they had but not completely start over. Because within COIE, the world knew of Supergirl and her death but suddenly she was erased with Power Girl taking her place, Superman changed with Byrne, Wonder Woman only appeared in the then present, so affecting Donna Troy, Hawkman’s altered history, and so on. (I was a child and I could figure out the multiverse. I was a new reader and not confused by issue number or earth number.) Then with each new “Crisis,” continuity was messed up again. In any case, i digress, but what confuses me is that Convergence was supposed to change the fabric of DC’s comics. Supposedly, the event would have allowed writers to tell stories from any point in the company’s history. With Kara and Barry, they even had them survive COIE. DC kept Telos and the new Earth that N52 Earth-2 inhabited, but never explained further what happened to the characters outside of their respective timelines and continuities. Arrowverse’s multiverse seems to be separate from the comic book’s, and with the COIE in it, suggests then this is a third multiverse outside of the two in current DC continuity. They have just been getting things in line and veteran and new readers seem to be enjoying the universe before them, so it’s sad that DC feels they have to change things again. Hopefully, though, that this time DC will have learned of the mistakes and wrong choices for the past 35 years, and with the new DC continuity of 5G can be a way for a reboot that will be inclusive to both old and new readers. DC should also take note that today’s young fans are able to enjoy Arrowverse versions of its heroes and those in DC Super Hero Girls.

  23. I wish they would just focus on creating individual great titles with ongoing stories that will captivate readers. Relying on a shrinking fanbase to continue to fall for reboot and first issue hype is a losing proposition. If DC isn’t willing to bet on a character for the long haul, we won’t be willing either. I’d like to see Marvel and DC reduce their lines by half and attempt to win the readers from cancelled books with stories so good in the titles they keep they end up with the same number of sales, just across less titles.

  24. The comments here are as interesting as the article itself (which explains 5G far better than Bleeding Fool’s speculation has thus far).

    It is no big secret that DC has a problem with continuity. They also have continuity problems. They’re not the same thing, but they are related.

    Prior to CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, but after the introduction of the multiverse, it was understood that the stories published by DC between 1935 and 1955, more or less, took place on Earth-2, and that stories beginning with the introduction of J’Onn J’Onzz and Barry Allen Flash took place on Earth-1. Stories that defied explanation were considered imaginary stories by readers whether it was labeled as such or not. It was also stated that it was possible that some adventures of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman may have taken place on both Earth-1 and Earth-2, depending on if a story was referred to or not. An increasing “demand” for tighter continuity across the line led, in part, to COIE.

    After CRISIS, DC’s desire for a streamlined Marvel-style continuity was doomed nearly from the start because some characters were rebooted with new histories (Superman, Wonder Woman) and others were more or less relaunched (Batman). But consider this: The Marvel universe had only 25 years of history to deal with. Yes, they acknowledged their pre-1961 stories featuring Captain America, Namor, and the Human Torch but little else. DC had twice as many years of history and no way to reconcile everything that came before. A complete jettisoning of everything between 1935 and the end of CRISIS would have been far more merciful to DC readers and to DC as a company. (And that was, I believe, the original plan; however, DC’s best-selling titles would have suffered as a result so this plan was scuttled).

    Merciful to readers and the company because it would have been a true ending of what came before. Those stories took place and could always be re-read by readers, but because the original multiverse died those stories would have had no bearing on the new DCU going forward. Hindsight is always 20/20, folks!

    Over the past 35 years, DC has made an increasingly concerted effort to fit in EVERYTHING that has come before, in part because readers keep insisting that it must. But the serial nature of stories makes that difficult, especially when your characters have been featured in thousands of stories. For 5G to work, DC is going to have to explain clearly and concisely what took place in 1G-4G, and with 2020 being DC’s 85th anniversary I expect a new Crisis of some sort that will somehow do this. But make no mistake — Hypertime or not — for 5G DC needs to say that everything that came before this new Crisis happened (readers have the books) but it has nothing to do with the newly rewritten DCU as evidenced in the new 1G-4G. Then writers can bring in the best of what came before on a story-by-story basis if it proves necessary.

    A true fresh start for every character. Because, despite Wonder Woman being set up as the first superhero in 1G, I will always want Superman to have that distinction because he is the first superhero historically.

  25. Didio is to comics as Cancer is to our body. He’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to comics. As many have stated, the easiest way to make comics accessible is to have single issue stories. I don’t know if comics have ever been worse than they are now.

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