The DC New 52 Five Year Timeline Unravels Across Rebirth Comics This Week

Bleeding Cool previously looked at how the new Superman comics were rewriting the DC Universe and losing the five-year timeline that was intended to precede the DC New 52 Relaunch back in 2011.

The New 52 established that the emergence of the Justice League occurred five years ago, though Batman worked in the shadows five years previous to that.

Still, fitting five Robins into that timeline was difficult, and some creators managed with the timeline better than others.

Recently however, the Superman books rewrote Superman's life and in doing so unravelled that timeline. It gave us a Superman who operated for years before "dying" at the hands of Doomsday, then having a child with Lois Lane, now a tweenager. We were looking at a fifteen-year timeline minimum. But how would that affect the other books?

I understand in this week's Green Arrow, Roy Harper states that it has been a decade since he and Oliver split apart, and his history with Cheshire. With no mention of swinging cats.



While in Batman Alfred mentions how Dick Grayson used to sneak out when he was Damian's age (thirteen) elongating that timeline too.


It looks like editors may be allowing writers to trickle this kind of thing in…

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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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