The New Age

UNDER CONSTRUCTION! DC is in a major state of flux right now. In early 2020, the company initiated a solid reboot (in Geoff Johns’ Doomsday Clock #12) but then decided to scrap it, quickly initiating a second still-pending reboot in Scott Snyder’s Justice League Vol. 4 #39, in which the Justice League goes through a magick doorway that leads to Dark Nights: Death Metal, Snyder’s ongoing six-issue arc that promises to reboot the DCU proper. Initially, this was all supposed to lead to chief Dan DiDio’s new highly-touted and publicized “5G” aka “Generation Five” timeline. However, thanks to the aforementioned editorial over-complication, the firing of DiDio, the global pandemic and subsequent temporary shutdown of the industry, and the collapse of the Diamond distribution monopoly, 5G was scrapped and things haven’t gotten any clearer in terms of continuity. There’s definitely a new continuity pending (post-Death Metal), but what that looks like remains to be seen. However, there are a bunch of stories that are already fleshing-out a brand new timeline, mostly defined by references to a timeline that has a full JSA history (including Wonder Woman) dating back to the 1940s, a living Ma and Pa Kent, and a Legion history that includes Superboy. (These are literally the major items of change that Doomsday Clock‘s reboot tried to usher-in. And now Death Metal seemingly will pull the trigger on these exact same things.) Although, only time will tell. Death Metal has all the answers.[1]

DiDio’s “5G” (aka “Generation Five”) timeline was billed as a reboot that would see “everything in-continuity” and include a decades-long timeline with various generations of superheroes and super-villains. This is apparently still happening to a degree, but—now that DiDio is gone—the new (now nameless) chronology could change dramatically in the next few months. (With DiDio out of the picture, Jim Lee even went so far as to claim that the “intention [of whatever replaces 5G] is not to do a line-wide reboot.” LOL, too late!) What does this mean for The Real Batman Chronology Project? That remains to be seen… But stay tuned!

  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: Here are just a handful of examples of our new timeline, all getting published right around or after the release of “Justice/Doom War” (Justice League Vol. 4 #39), Hell Arisen, and Death Metal.

    Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 8 #2: United Planets President RJ Brande references Clark having been Superboy when he was a teen.
    Superman: Heroes #1 references Ma and Pa Kent as being alive.
    Superman: Villains #1 shows Ma and Pa Kent alive.
    Action Comics #1022 shows Ma and Pa Kent alive.
    Metal Men Vol. 4 #4 shows a Golden Age Robotman and references the fact that the JSA was active in the 1940s.
    DC’s Crimes of Passion #1 Part 2 is a Wildcat story set in the 1940s.
    Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Vol. 2 #8 tells us that the original Atom was active as a hero in the 1940s, presumably with the JSA.
    Teen Titans Vol. 6 #39-40 features Jakeem Thunder and his Johnny Thunder lighting bolt, speaking to a full JSA history that spans from the 1940s to present day.
    Wonder Woman #750 Part 9 is Scott Snyder’s new post-Rebirth origin story for Wonder Woman, detailing her 1940s debut and connection to the JSA.
    Wonder Woman Giant Vol. 2 #4 (Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #4) has a flashback that shows Wonder Woman active in the 20th century.
    Flash #750 contains a 1940s Jay Garrick story and also has Dr. Manhattan-powered Wally West examining the broken (in flux/new) DC timeline.
    Flash #751 references Flash’s canonical death in the original Crisis (and his subsequent return).
    Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular has a bunch of stories and—while not all of them necessarily read as new-canon, there are a few that do. This seems to paint this entire issue in a new-canonical light. The items that don’t jibe with the Rebirth Era are: a tale showing Robin quitting the Dynamic Duo at age 18; a Cataclysm tale, and a Stephanie Brown as Robin tale.
    Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular has a handful of stories that feature or reference the original 1940s Green Lantern Alan Scott.
    Batman: Gotham Nights Vol. 3 #12 features Spoiler as an ex-Robin.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *