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Grumpy Old Fan | Let’s do the time warp again

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A big part of me still thinks Forever Evil would have worked a lot better as one of those late-1990s done-in-five-weeks events. I did enjoy the final issue, but it was because lots of things actually happened, and it made me wonder why they couldn’t have occurred a bit more quickly.

Still, the last-page reveal warmed my withered nerd heart. It’s the sort of thing that cries out for a boatload of analysis based on a set of comics published when I was in high school. Could be a stretch, but I’ll risk it.

SPOILERS FOLLOW, therefore, for Forever Evil #7 and probably some other stories you have already read.






So I wrote up a little something on the Anti-Monitor in July 2011, after the New 52 had been announced but before it actually started. At the time I still thought the New 52 would stick with a good bit of existing continuity, and therefore figured Anti-M would become (per a storyline in the just-concluded Brightest Day) one of Firestorm’s main villains. That was either a step up for Firestorm — whose powers had been tied into the fabric of the universe — or a step down for Anti-M, because, you know, Firestorm. Geoff Johns had already established Anti-M’s role in Brightest Day by inserting him into earlier Green Lantern storylines (“Sinestro Corps” and Blackest Night). Before that, Johns and Phil Jiminez had repurposed his immense corpse into Alex Luthor’s Infinite Crisis Multiverse-maker. (Makes Multiverses in minutes!)

See, the Anti-Monitor has two main assets: a magnificently unsettling zombie-robot aesthetic, courtesy of George Pérez, and an indelible association with the granddaddy of all modern super-comic house-cleanings. This is a pretty powerful combination. In Crisis on Infinite Earths, Anti-M softened up his targets with waves of shadow-demons before destroying their universes with implacable walls of anti-matter. He wrestled the Spectre for the privilege of reorganizing all of history. He killed Supergirl when she stopped him from killing Superman, and he ended up pulling the one remaining Earth (and the Moon too) into the Anti-Matter Universe. Ultimately, it took most of the oversized COIE Issue 12 to destroy him; but even that involved hitting him with magic-poisoned Shadow Demons, various celestial bodies, Darkseid’s Omega Effect, and finally a super-punch from the Earth-Two Superman.

Because the Earth-Two Supes is supposed to stand in for Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s original creation, I tend to view his role in COIE largely in symbolic terms.* In that respect, giving him the last crack at Anti-M seemed to send a pretty clear signal: namely, here was the first superhero dispatching this story-specific bad guy so that the rest of DC’s characters could get on with their newly streamlined lives. COIE was designed to eat itself, with both the Monitor and Anti-Monitor serving their purposes and fading away. Indeed, the Monitor and Anti-M are associated so closely with COIE that when they reappear, inevitably they imply that big cosmic changes are on the horizon.

Accordingly, I suspect a number of longtime DC fans are gazing longingly at the last page of Forever Evil #7, and anticipating the end of the New 52 — or at least the end of its more egregious changes. COIE #1’s 30th anniversary is fast approaching,** and whether by chance or design will fall right around DC editorial’s big early-2015 move to California. It’s not hard to see how the confluence of those two events might behave like a great planetary alignment, producing massive upheavals not just in the DC offices, but in the comics themselves.

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Folks, I’m here to tell you not to get too excited; because thinking that way can only leave you disappointed. Consider how we got here:

  • Flashpoint introduced Pandora, whose cameos in each of the New 52’s first issues seemed to indicate a big event on the horizon.
  • Two years later, that event turned out to be “Trinity War,” which set up Forever Evil. Pandora’s “Box” provided a bridge between the two events, but once Forever Evil started, Pandora herself moved over to the “Blight” crossover and thereafter barely interacted with Forever Evil proper. (For that matter, Pandora and the Phantom Stranger each starred in series titled Trinity of Sin, but both have been canceled before the third Trinitarian could join them.)
  • Presently, at least two of DC’s three weekly series are (or will be) concerned with the horrors of multiversal warfare. Futures End describes the DC-Earth five years from now, following an attempted invasion from Earth-2; and Earth 2: World’s End sounds like it will offer another perspective on those events. In fact, Co-Publisher Dan DiDio told CBR that the Earth 2 weekly series would help readers “see how the entire [DC] universe makes sense.”

For now, though, we readers have to put things together on our own. Leaving aside the issue of where Forever Evil falls on the larger DC timeline, you have to think that current issues of Earth 2 and Worlds Finest will be leading into October’s World’s End weekly. E2:WE will then run until March 2015, when all the weekly books are supposed to end. Presumably it will lay the groundwork for the “Earth-2 War” which is currently a part of Futures End’s backstory; and there may or may not be yet another story bridging those two series.

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Thus, the final weekly series to appear may well be the first in terms of DC’s overall timeline. Here’s the sequence as I see it:

  • Earth 2 and Worlds Finest regular series (running now through October?)
  • Earth 2: World’s End (October 2014-March 2015)
  • [Spring 2015: potential “Earth 2 War” gap-filler?]
  • Futures End (May 2014-March 2015)

More than likely this precludes a proper ending for E2:WE, because it will have to connect to Futures End somehow. Futures End itself could even lead into yet another Big Event featuring the Anti-Monitor.

Why wouldn’t Anti-M return in E2:WE? Because Earth-2 has enough on its plate already. First, it needs to wrap up its own war with Apokolips. Next, as per Futures End, it’ll invade DC-Earth. Odds are the invaders won’t be Apokoliptian forces, because Futures End is all paranoid about parallel-Earth people. That leaves the proto-Justice Society, probably with help from Earth-2’s World Army.

Whoever they are, Futures End tells us they lose; and that doesn’t bode well for the Earth-2-lings going forward. In fact, the five-years-later setting of Futures End doesn’t bode well for much of anyone. I actually think DC would continue Earth 2 in a post-Futures End timeline — why not do a series about ex-military-prisoner superheroes trapped on a hostile Earth? It’s edgy! — but setting the other superhero books in an ongoing dystopia is arguably too dark even for this editorial bunch. Right now Futures End is concerned with preventing an absolute-worst-case scenario, 25 years in its own future. Strictly speaking, it doesn’t have to worry about preventing the not-great future of Five Years From Now.

That means March 2015 can go in a few different directions. Again, I have to think E2:WE will be about the beginnings of the Earth-2 War; either in its own pages or in the pages of a separate miniseries. However, Futures End has a couple of options. It could send its characters back in time five years or so, and prevent the Earth-2 War. Alternatively, it could lead into the New-52 version of COIE, by having its superheroes team up with those Earth-2 ex-prisoners (and maybe the surviving Crime Syndicate) to fight the Anti-Monitor. In the latter case the stakes don’t seem so high, because of the future setting; so it’s also possible that Futures End could end up doing a little of both, by bringing a group of 5YFN super-characters back to the present (either before or after the Earth-2 War) to fight the Anti-Monitor.***

Regardless, the main problem is the bad future of 5YFN, which seems inevitable in light of both E2:WE and Futures End. At the risk of rationalizing shoddy storytelling, DC may want to make things as bad as it can before regrouping and reorganizing using another Crisis.

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If the Anti-Monitor makes that Crisis unavoidable, at least the lingering subplot of Pandora’s universe-tampering might give it some flavor. COIE justified its existence by saying the old Multiverse was “weaker,” structurally, than a singular Universe had been;**** and Pandora’s actions in Flashpoint were similarly grounded. However, I’m not sure there’s much to merge this time around. When Geoff Johns and Phil Jiminez revisited COIE in Infinite Crisis, their antagonists took the position that Earth-DC had squandered its potential and become too dark and corrupted. Accordingly, a total reboot was needed in order to bring back the good old days. Sound familiar? Maybe Superboy-Prime is Anti-M’s new “herald.”

While Infinite Crisis didn’t quite pull off a total reboot, it did restore a number of pre-COIE elements, including expanding Wonder Woman’s history so she’d been around about as long as the other Trinitarians. That’s not to say a New 52 Crisis will do something similar, but I think the circumstances are comparable.

Besides, as much as I have complained about the particulars of the New 52, I don’t see the utility in another wholesale reboot. Regardless of whether it went back to the “Earth-August” continuity, it would be confusing. It would also jeopardize some of the better New 52 stories. Probably the best thing it could do would be to re-establish a timeline of at least ten years, if only to give the Batman and Green Lantern backstories more time to breathe.

Here, too, Anti-M’s motives are slightly different. In COIE he wanted to rule all of creation, mostly by destroying all the positive-matter universes so that only the Anti-Matter Universe remained. Back then his arch-enemy was his positive-matter twin, the Monitor. Now Anti-M is gunning for Darkseid, and he “consumes” universes without necessarily destroying them. Furthermore, he’s wearing the original version of his armor, suggesting that he’s not the same being who fought the armies of the original Multiverse. (Anti-M upgraded his armor to a sleeker, more rounded model following the fight with Supergirl, and until now that’s the version readers have seen.) Indeed, if he sees Darkseid as his main rival, he may not be especially concerned with the current crop of superheroes.

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Heck, Anti-M may not be the mastermind of the next big event. In the old days, when the Monitor had his assistant Harbinger checking up on all the Multiverse’s super-people, Anti-M was supposed to have a woman named Dark Angel in the same role. Since Harbinger could split into a dozen or so different duplicates and travel all across reality, it’s conceivable that Pandora could be a version of Harbinger, which would allow Anti-M’s unseen herald to be a duplicate of one or the other. (Or maybe just a super-speedster, since whoever-it-is has some pretty thick boot treads.)

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Ultimately, despite all their destructive qualities, COIE and Infinite Crisis are both intended as constructive stories — and not in the “by beating you down I make you stronger” sense. COIE replaced the compartmentalized Multiverse with a unified, legacy-oriented timeline, which Infinite Crisis reinforced and tweaked. (Granted, that structure had its flaws, and re-reading Infinite Crisis this week really brought home how vast the superhero line was nine years ago.)

By contrast, the New 52 relaunch was more destructive, stripping out the Golden Agers and most of the original Teen Titans, and enabling wholesale reboots of characters like Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash. While that facilitated a storytelling environment that wasn’t restricted by so much continuity, it didn’t expressly add anything comparable to the legacy-hero structure.

The shenanigans of next spring can correct that — not necessarily by restoring the Justice Society to their familiar first-generation place, or matching up One True Pairings; but by smoothing out some of the New 52’s rough edges. Almost three years into it, the New 52 often feels like a place where if something can happen, it will; even if (to borrow from Jurassic Park) maybe it shouldn’t. However, three years into a relaunch is too soon to start over entirely. I see COIE’s 30th anniversary (and DC’s 80th) as a time not just for the publisher to reorganize, but to rededicate itself to the standards which can take it another 80 years.


* [One of COIE’s most potent through-lines concerns Superman. It begins with the death of one “Superman” (Earth-Three’s Ultraman) and shifts immediately to a scientist and his wife shooting their infant child away from their dying world (Earth-Three’s Alex Luthor) before incorporating the Earth-Two Supes into its narrative. Other prominent sequences later on feature Supergirl and the re-teaming of Earth-One’s Luthor and Brainiac. Issue 11 starts with hijinks with the Earth-Two Clark at the regular Daily Planet, and focuses on the two Supermen for much of its first half. Of course, Infinite Crisis then gives Kal-L a decent character arc before having Superboy-Prime beat him to death.]

** [Crisis #1 came out in comics shops in December 1984, and on newsstands in January 1985, because it was set to run throughout DC’s 50th anniversary year of 1985. Because that first issue was cover-dated April 1985, it’s probably pretty handy — if not strictly accurate — to call April 2015 the “30th anniversary of Crisis.” However, the juxtaposition of DC’s offices moving in March with COIE’s “anniversary” in April may be just too irresistible to ignore.]

*** [Don’t worry about time-travel paradoxes, because COIE — which had antimatter destroy Earth-One’s Old West, 1985 New York, and 30th Century “simultaneously”– sure didn’t.]

**** [According to COIE, the Oan scientist Krona created the Multiverse (including the Anti-Matter Universe) while trying to research the beginnings of time. This retcon was based on a similar history lesson from 1965’s Green Lantern vol. 2 #40.]


And here is the Futures Index for this week’s Issue 4.

  • Story pages: 20
  • Frankenstein pages: 6
  • Red Robin pages: 4
  • Key/Plastique/Coil pages: 5
  • Grifter pages: 5
  • Number of dismemberments: 1 (if you count Frankenstein’s hand)
  • Number of crippling injuries: 1 (Grifter’s spine)
  • Number of deaths: 9 (Grifter’s extraterrestrial targets)
  • Tim Drake’s current alias: “Cal Corcoran”
  • Tim’s classic alias: “Alvin Draper”
  • Number of characters whose beards signify age and/or disguise: 2 (Tim, Ray Palmer)
  • Non-comics character who Ray reminds me of: Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) in Jaws

NOTES: The “Five Years From Now” caption is back.

The Key and Plastique are longtime DC characters who are only now starting to emerge in the New 52. I would say the same for Coil, but I’m not sure the Coil we see here (and who apparently has been in Suicide Squad) is the same one created as a Dial ‘H’ For HERO villain or even the one who appeared in Katana. Plastique’s only New 52 appearances so far seem to be connected to “Trinity War” and Forever Evil. The Key has appeared in New-52 series Justice League and Batman: The Dark Knight. As you can probably tell, I’m not that up on these characters, but each of them seems a bit more bubbly than I would have expected.

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It is always good to see Ray Palmer in the Atom costume. I’m pretty sure he never wore it as a member of Frankenstein’s supporting cast, nor was he ever referred to as “The Atom.” However, this issue seems to indicate he’s got both a superhero career and a steady job as S.H.A.D.E.’s chief scientist.

As for the merits, I thought this was a decent issue, held together well by Aaron Lopresti and Art Thibert’s artwork. I enjoyed seeing the old Frankenstein gang back together, presumably written by Jeff Lemire. The “Red Robin is alive” subplot seems rather predictable, but I do like Lois Lane as a detective (and perhaps a better detective than Tim, since she found him). The Key/Plastique/Coil sequence seemed a little long for character introductions, especially since you’d think much of the same ground could be covered while they were actually on the job. Finally, I like the Grifter arc’s new direction. It seems eminently appropriate for the character’s mission, and we know from Futures End issue 0 that he’ll eventually be walking (and running) again.

NEXT WEEK IN THE FUTURE: Terrific showmanship! Jason can go back to study group! Constantine! OMAC!



Great column, Tom. Some really interesting insights about the DCU and Crisis on Infinite Earths. Judging by the material that DC is publishing with the New 52, the current management is completely ignorant about the rich mythology of DC Comics.

Plastique in the New 52 first appeared in Fury of Firestorm in it’s final issues.

My “grand unified theory” of big villains is that they only get ONE good storyline, after which, they can NEVER be written as interestingly again. The Anti-Monitor’s big story was in COIE, where his purpose was basically “eat everything.” That’s as scary as a villain can get. How do you top that? You don’t. Every subsequent appearance by the Anti-Monitor after that was either a cute cameo (like when he showed up in the Flash’s “Chain Lightning” or as a corpse-turned-weapon in “Infinite Crisis), or just nowhere near as powerful (Sinestro War, Blackest Night, etc.). Heck, we never even learned what was going on with him in Brightest Day. The White Entity took something from him, and well, we don’t know what it was.

Anyway, one good story only. It’s true of all great villains. Galactus’ best story was his original appearance in Fantastic Four. (Yes, there were other Galactus stories, but that was THE Galactus story.) Parallax never had another good appearance after ZERO HOUR. Neron was never as scary after UNDERWORLD UNLEASHED. Onslaught was pretty lame in his few appearances after ONSLAUGHT. And so on.

I… can’t wait for the next reboot, if it fixes the New 52. Three years in is far too long for a lot of this to have gone on, for me.

Well written, it reminds me of old times and a better DCU. Alas those days are gone. I doubt there will be a full reboot or any at all. It would be just insane to keep messing with the continuities. I just miss the legacies.

Adam: Doctor Doom. Red Skull. Baron Zemo. Green Goblin. Doctor Octopus. Magneto. Darkseid. The Joker. Ra’s al Ghul. Lex Luthor. You get the idea.

@Other Chris, not the same thing. When I say “big” villains, I mean somebody on a cosmic scale who threatens to destroy everything. Doctor Doom, Magneto, the Red Skull will always have other stories ahead of them. With the cosmic baddies, their one purpose is usually “destroy everything.” When they fail to do that, what’s your follow-up story that could possibly top that?

The Anti-Monitor had his shot, wiped out a bunch of realities and killed some major characters, but fell short of his ultimate goal. There isn’t anything meaningul left to do with him except to have him try again (and fail).


May 30, 2014 at 7:53 am


Maybe a better writer can do interesting things with the Anti-Monitor.

Judging by what he did with the character before, Johns isn’t the right guy for this task.

@Adam –

I’d say that Galactus has been used in other good stories. Maybe the first one remains the best, but there are many good Galactus stories out there. But yes, he seems to be the exception. Perhaps because he is the only one that was created before “event” comics became a thing?

If DC editorial was smart, they’d use the Anti-Monitor and Morrison’s Multiversity to establish a few things:

*Multiple series set on multiple Earths: not just “Prime Earth” or “Earth-2,” but other Earths that would allow for completely different stories across the Multiverse, unfettered by the continuity of the main Earth books.

*Establish a new Earth that is the “Earth-August” timeline, as you call it. I’d give it the designation Earth-4, but I’m sure Morrison already has a use for that Earth. Set more than just brief, digital stories here by giving at least five of the 52 titles to this Earth. Bring back the original numbering of Action Comics, using it as the place to go to read about older, married Lois and Clark, Detective Comics as the place to read about the Batman of Year One forward, and a new title for Wally West to star in. Create a new JL book featuring the original Big 7 (including J’onn) and a title for Stephanie Batgirl.

*Set a hard rule that crossovers between Earths, while possible, should be few and far between. Make such crossover true events.

I have no faith that DC will do anything even resembling this, but it’s my dream of what could be. The multiverse as not only a narrative device, but as a publishing paradigm as well. Every fan of every era can be satisfied, and new fans of all eras are possible as a result.

The problem I have with “Anti-Monitor” is the “Anti-“, which implies he’s the opposite of a yet-to-be-introduced “Monitor”. Granted, it’s a play on “Anti-Matter”, but it still seems strange. He’s not “monitoring” anything; unless he’s the original, the name needs to make some sort of sense beyond “80s nostalgia”.

In the end it just makes me say- I really don’t care about the DCU anymore. They try so hard to make everything connected and have it build to things- but there’s never any real pay off for all that hard work (i.e.- Pandora). It’s going to be a while before I buy another one of their comics.

I enjoyed the article; however I do not share the view that DC won’t reboot again. In fact, if DC is to save itself it NEEDS to reboot sooner rather than later. This article is extremely diplomatic when it references the New 52 success and failures. The fact is that it has exceptionally little to be proud of and has, for the most part been a creative disaster. The heretofore underpinning of the DCU such as Deathstroke, Teen Titans, Superman, Flash, Wildstorm Universe, Oracle, Birds of Prey, Cassandra Cain Batgirl are just some of the casualties of DC’s new agenda.
Of course, calling it an agenda would imply that they actually have a plan. It is very easy by reference to the evidence of the comics themselves that they really have no idea what they are doing. The growth of Image is just as significant a story as the decline of DC. It is no coincidence that more readers are moving to Image just at a time when DC has flipped a bird to (now former) longtime loyal DC readers.

My sincere hope is that DC will do an about face. And reboot again. I do not believe this is outside the realm of possibility. They disregarded long time loyal fans with the New 52 and over the last 3 years have lost readership and creative talent. They have used the pathetic excuse of “we focus on story” instead of embracing the importance of continuity. They have failed to realize that what makes fans believe that DC cares about its characters is continuity. Even the illusion of continuity works. But DC does not even care about ANY continuity. The continuity errors in the new 52 over the last 3 years are rampant. I predicted it and I was right. Again. I worried that if DC couldn’t write good stories that respected continuity of 25+ years, what makes them think they could respect continuity for one or two years? Continuity need only be an illusion to be real. Marvel understands this and it has allowed them to thrive, even through such story lines as Brand New Day.

DC gave up. They surrendered their legacy characters. They gave up even bothering to care about what has come before.

The thoroughly uninteresting character “Pandora” is our last hope for a reboot back to how things were….. or perhaps to how things were while keeping the 1 or 2 “successes” of the new 52. (The only successes I can think of in the New 52 are WW. Batman and Green Lantern don’t count because they never really changed anyway. And Swamp Thing and Animal suck just as bad now as they did in the old DCU so no loss there).


Bottom line is that DC can just go back to how it was and embrace the illusion of the post-COIE continuity while slowly retconning individual characters…… which is really all they needed to do in the first place…… instead of forcing an abortion on all of us called the new 52.

I haven’t bought any DC comics in over two years. Every time I try to at least look at what’s going on–in the feeble hope maybe things are improving–I’m reminded why I gave up on them.

Not to say everything Marvel does is flawless gold, but so much of what DC’s done since the New52 started just makes me shake my head. Honestly, at this point, DC as a whole has left me so jaded and cynical, I’m not sure if even another reboot could make me interested again.

And even if they did, my biggest gripes with the New52 revolved around…pretty much everything done to Wonder Woman. I hate Zeus is her father. I hate the Amazons are rapists. I hate she’s Superman’s girlfriend. I hate she uses a sword more now than her Lasso. I hate everything Brian Azzarello’s done to her and Geoff Johns is, no hyperbole, one of the absolute worst Wonder Woman writers in the character’s history.

However, from what I understand, what’s become of Wonder Woman is regarded as one of the New52’s few successes, so even if they did another reboot, everything that drove me away will most likely not go anywhere.

Regarding the Anti-Monitor, his return to his old costume, and why it could be the OG Anti-Monitor and why he would target Darkseid

1. Darkseid played a critical role in stopping the Anti-Monitor attacking him via Alex Luthor in COIE #12. He probably hasn’t forgotten that or just now found out Darkseid’s role in his defeat

2. Anti-Monitor has slowly been transitioning away from the mid-series redesign towards his original costume for quite some time. in Blackest Night, he came out of the Black Lantern in a new costume that was heavily inspired by his original design and in Brightest Day, he lost his helmet fighting Firestorm, which would justify returning to the old helmet.

Brian from Canada

June 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Some decent speculation with one key flaw: you assume a plan in place from the beginning.

New 52’s first year proves that absence. Once the first arc established the shocking difference to make the characters more palatable to movie and TV producers (the real reason for the reboot), the second arcs generally flailed. Where were they going to go? How would they be integrated? and What could they reference to get there?

Year two is where the plan really begins, through the seeds in the zero issues. The events begin to cascade in the core titles, but as we can see from “Forever Evil” and the time jump, communication with the supporting books was so poor that many were spinning their wheels.

Now, we see cancellations in swaths as Johns sets the tableau for “Crisis” in April. Three weeklies, and two of them are ending right — which, I suspect you’re right on being necessary for the crisis. However, I disagree on the results.

For me, I foresee:
• Earth-2 end the present invasion right before the weekly launches
• Earth-2’s monthly focus on smaller character stories as the big story moves to the weekly
(Worlds Finest is going to past stories because it can’t take this role now)
• Earth-2’s weekly is the invasion of Darkseid
• Earth-2’s weekly ends with Darkseid realizing the Anti-Monitor is approaching
• the event in April is Anti-Monitor’s arrival on Earth-2
• Earth-2 is destroyed, causing some of the heroes to arrive on Earth-Prime
• the battle between forces requires some heroes from the future to get shifted into the present,
thus preventing the Futures End storyline and keeping the popular character changes
• the event ends with an opening of the universes — thus making Morrison’s Multiversity canon
• post-Crisis 2015 DC is a brighter version with the Earth-2 heroes becoming Justice Society

Why does reading super-hero comics have to be such a job. This is why I quit. So why am I even commenting? I like the idea of super-hero comics and am curious enough to read up now and then, but stuff like this just drives me away again.

Why reboot anything? Why not simply say that the Flashpoint event simply created a new divergent timeline, and that the good old post-Crisis DCU continued? Why make things so complicated?


June 2, 2014 at 8:08 am

I love lots of DC lore from the 60s – 90s, but it’s pretty obvious at this point that they’re not looking to re-integrate past takes on the DCU into the current one. Despite periodic re-appearances from the Anti-Monitor in recent years.

They’re too busy painting the picture of the New 52 as a success – backpedalling on that would cost leadership quite a lot. So the Anti-Monitor will be used for a slightly different, potentially new purpose. Anything else is just wishful thinking.

Jeremiah Surge

June 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

A lot of time on your hands, eh?

Who will save DC Comics?

William Castro

June 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm

The FLASH!..of course..he always does!!
Yo can do it Barry Allen..I believe in You!

Wasn’t the whole point of the new 52 to make it simple for new readers to join the DC universe? But with the introduction of the anti monitor and multiple earths storylines, this new timeline is going to get just as convoluted and complex as the last one and anyone wanting to read any DC comics will have the same problem pre Flashpoint.

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