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Old 02-29-2012, 06:08 PM   #14
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DC has finally settled on regular continuity-quakes as the way to shake out bad ideas into the closet.

In 1984-85, they destroyed the multiverse (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) and replaced it with a single unified continuity. Which they similarly disrupted in 1995 (ZERO HOUR), and in 2011 (FLASHPOINT) when they cancelled all existing titles and replaced them with the NEW 52, set in an all-new continuity. (Except for those top-selling titles that continue as if nothing significant had happened: Mostly the Legion, GL, and Bat-titles).

In the 80's reboot DC folded in characters they had acquired rights to from Fawcett and Charlton; in the current one they are (heavily) folding in the Wildstorm characters that came along with Jim Lee. And a lot of the Wildstorm "summer SFX movie" sensibilities.

Over at Marvel, the official explanation is that the Ultimate Universe is the experimental line, where creators don't have to feel overly bound by continuity (think: New Coke) whereas the 616 universe is the one where everything since 1939 is still more or less in continuity. (But everything published since 1960 happened in "the last 5 years or so".)

The way to take it is pretty simple: enjoy the story and the pretty pictures, and don't worry too much over what goes when or you could end up like the guys in the CBS sitcom.
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