Saturday, 1 October 2011

DC Comics' New 52: Paul Predicts!

During this past month DC Comics has released 52 all new No. 1s that revamped most of their super-hero line.  Upon first hearing about the relaunch back in June I made six predictions about how I thought the DC Universe would look come October.  Let's take them one by one and see how accurate I was.

1. Superman will no longer be married to Lois Lane, she probably won't know his secret identity.

This was a no-brainer.  DC almost wriggled out of the Super-marriage way back in 2000 when Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, Mark Millar and Tom Peyer were set to to relaunch the character for a new millennium. As it turned out DC went in a different direction and Superman remained in a state of wedded bliss, but it was only a matter of time before DC found a way to pull the plug on the marriage.  After all, Marvel Comics wiped out Spider-Man's marriage in 2007.  The story that accomplished this remains controversial (to say the least) but single Spidey is currently enjoying a creative Golden Age in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man under the reins of writer Dan Slott.

2. Bruce Wayne will be the only Batman again, no more Batman Inc.

The continuities of characters such as Superman, Firestorm and the Teen Titans have been completely rebooted from the ground floor up.  However the history of Batman (and his top-selling comics) has remained unchanged. Batman's recently formed hero-franchise is still an integral part of the Bat-mythos. In fact one of Batman's worldwide army of Batmen, Africa's Batwing, got his own series as part of the new 52 and a new Batman Incorporated series begins in 2012.

3. Dick Grayson will no longer be Batman, he may even be Robin again.

While Dick Grayson is indeed no longer Batman he is definitely not Robin either.  He has returned to his role as Nightwing and is very much an adult and not a Boy Wonder.  

4. Wally West will be Kid Flash again.

As of Flash #1 Barry Allen is the one and only Flash and Bart Allen seems to be the only Kid Flash operating in Teen Titans #1.  Also, in the new DC continuity Barry's only been active as the Flash for five years, leaving little time for Wally to have grown from a sidekick into an adult hero. Does Wally West even exist in the new DC Universe?

5. The Justice Society of America will be back on Earth Two.

James Robinson and Nicola Scott will soon be bringing us a new 
Justice Society of America series set on Earth 2! I for one welcome the decision to return the JSA to their original home, occupying the same space as the regular DC Earth but vibrating at a different frequency. I'm a massive fan of Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash, and I think he deserves to be his Earth's premier Speedster. Also, when we last saw Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern, he was inexplicably dressed as (and I'm not making this up) a GIANT LANTERN! Hopefully the reboot has scrubbed this hideous costume out of continuity forever. I mean, seriously, he even had a giant handle!

6. Characters like Kyle Rayner, Conner Hawke, Bart Allen and Damien Wayne will exist on a parallel Earth where the original heroes have retired. On this Earth Wally will be The Flash and Dick will be Batman.

Like the Bat-titles, the Green Lantern books have been selling really well. As a result GL continuity remains the same and Kyle is still part of the regular DCU and hasn't been shifted to a parallel Earth. Neither has Damien Wayne (he's starring regularly in Batman and Robin) or Bart Allen (he can be found each month in Teen Titans).

But what about Conner Hawke?

For the past couple of years Grant Morrison has been promising a series called Multiversity. Morrison has said that this series will explore the 52 parallel Earths of the DC Multiverse. Morrison also stated that one of these Earths will feature "all of the nineties characters because I really miss those guys, like Connor Hawke....There’s a whole younger generation of heroes – kind of media brats almost." This was from an interview that Morrison gave a couple of years ago and a lot has changed since then. But if Multiversity is still on it's way, could Media-Brat Earth be the new home for both Conner and Wally? We'll have to wait and see.

Imagine this though. What if DC were to bring out a remake of the story from Flash #123 (1961) 'Flash of Two Worlds'?  This classic tale featured Barry Allen's first trip into a parallel world and established that the Justice Society of America dwelt on Earth 2. The concept of a DC Multiverse was born with this story. Just imagine a modern remake where Barry crosses through the dimensional barrier for the first time and meets another Flash, except, instead of Jay Garrick, the other Flash is Wally West! The Flash could once again kick off the DC Multiverse, but with a new twist.

If you hate this idea, don't worry. If this blog post proves anything it's that I'm crap at predicting comic book storylines.


  1. I love that idea.

    And you did pretty well, since many of your WRONGS are actually partially right.

  2. Thanks. I'm glad I wasn't completely right though and there were some surprises there for me.



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