I hope it's not another Brainiac, Darkseid, Anti-Monitor, etc... Been used to death. I want someone new or a villain that is underused, which I think will happen. Knowing Johns. Can't wait for the event. GJ Darkseid War was pretty cool.
[SPOILER - highlight to read]: He’s also aware that a darkness has infected the DC, going back from before Flashpoint. He guesses that someone stole 10 years from their lives, fundamentally changing everyone (aka the New 52).
He bounces around the DC Universe, checking in with everyone from Batman to the Atom. Here’s a few things he learns along the way.
During the events of the Darkseid War, Batman learned that there is not one Joker, but three.
An old man in a nursing home is revealed to be Johnny Thunder, who we know as a member of the Justice Society of America. Turns out there was a JSA, but something happened to make the world forget.
A mysterious woman is being interviewed in a police station. She was brought in with a Legion of Superheroes ring.
The Atom aka Ray Palmer is trapped in the microverse, and he left a size-changing belt for Ryan Choi to come save him. Ryan Choi was once the Atom pre-New 52, and now their legacy has been established once again.
Speaking of legacy, we see Blue Beetle Ted Kord talk with new(er) Blue Beelte Jaime Reyes. After Jaime leaves, Doctor Fate appears to Ted. There has been a Doctor Fate in the New 52, but he’s on Earth 2, so this is the return of Doctor Fate proper.
Jessica Cruz is now a Green Lantern and we see Hal tell her about Sinestro.
Aqualad Jackson Hyde is back and now he’s gay.
An unknown person kills Pandora. She was a herald of the New 52, so this rather brutally shuts that chapter of the DCU.
Also from the Darkseid War, Wonder Woman finds out she has a lost twin brother.
And while we’re talking about Darkseid, he’s been reborn as Superwoman’s baby and is in Grail’s care.
There’s a smoking crater in the middle of a park. A majority of the Justice League stand nearby as around as police and civilians gather around. Superman is notably absent. He’s allegedly going to die in Superman #52, out next Wednesday, so this might be where he makes his final stand.
Green Arrow Oliver Queen and Black Canary Dinah Lance currently aren’t together like they were before the New 52. Both lay awake at night with the feeling that they’ve lost something (or someone).
The pre-New 52 Superman (who survived Convergence and is hiding out with Lois and their son Jonathan) is approached by a hooded man.
Wally lands in front of Linda Park, the love of his life before the New 52, but she is unable to tether him.
He jumps again, realizing that if he doesn’t find a tether soon, he will forever merge with the Speed Force and die forever. He sees the New 52 Wally West and realizes that they are distant cousins, both named after their grandfather Wallace West.
Finally, Wally meets Barry, who doesn’t remember him. Wally gives up, realizing that he has no more time left to find a tether, and just as he’s about to evaporate into the Speed Force, Barry remembers! And Barry grabs onto Wally, saving his life and finally tethering him to the physical world.
Wally fills Barry in on everything that happened before Flashpoint, and Barry tries to take the blame for causing the changes of the New 52, but it turns out that’s not what caused the changes. Wally says it was someone else. Someone who removed the friendships, legacies, and relationships between the heroes of the DCU in order to weaken them.
If you add up all the things Wally discovered on his journey, it turns out that the New 52 is the same universe as the pre-Flashpoint universe, only significantly altered, but now it's starting to look like its old self again.
Wally says there’s a war coming with this mysterious being, and back in the Batcave we watch as Batman starts to piece together some clues. Batman sees something shiny in a deep pit inside the Batcave, so he descends to chisel it out of the rock. He pulls out the yellow smiley-face button of the Comedian, complete with a splat of blood. Barry says, “I can feel it. Even now, Barry, we’re being watched.” The story ends.
The beginning of the issue started with a close-up on a watch, but never explained why. In the issue’s epilogue, our view goes from Earth, into space, and settles on Mars. It zooms in on that same watch as it is taken apart in the air, and as we see the clock face, it changes to yellow and black. There’s narration, pulled from the end of Watchmen, the final scene between Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias, Adrian Veidt.
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i'm pretty surprised there hasn't been more chatter about this book, and this event ingeneral.....
anyway, i thought the issue was good. i'm still unclear on what it's supposed to accomplish though.... it feels like the dcnu isn't being replaced by the previous incarnation, but rather it is being blended with the previous. i was sort of under the impression the 2 would co-exist--ie the pre-nu heroes all still existed, but were....somewhere else? iow i thought BOTH versions of the dcu would be shown to exist. now it seems the dcnu IS the previous version, only altered. but stealing 10 years? stealing away some relationships? that was enough to cause all the changes we saw??
i dunno, feels like a massive stretch....
and looking at some of the new rebirth books coming out only confuses me even more. and if this IS the previous universe, only altered, then how exactly are the watchmen a part of things now?
not sure what marvel and dc are doing lately--what ever happened to stories people could actually understand. this feels a bit like a convoluted disaster. i confess to really enjoying some of the characters though, and will keep my fingers crossed that this whole thing works out, somehow, in some coherent way, as it goes along.....