Understanding DC Comics – Episode 3: A New Earth



These days, Comic Book reboots have become a normal part of the industry.  Origins reworked, storylines updated and histories retconned.  It’s become as synonymous with comic book storytelling as tights and capes.  But that wasn’t always the case.

In 1986, following the reality altering mega event The Crisis On Infinite Earths, DC Comics did the unthinkable.  They completely reworked their entire comic book continuity and history and became the first comic company to do a full line wide retcon of their publishing base.

Heroes that had once been charter members of The Justice League, no longer existed at that time.  Villains that only lived on Earth 2 or Earth 4 now were integrated together into a single Earth’s history.  A multi-verse had been condensed and combined into one single universe.

Join us now as we take an indepth look at this new world, meet the new heroes that would become legends, and navigate a reworked timeline in our third episode of Understanding DC Continuity: A New Earth!

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— DC New Earth https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/New_Earth

— Justice Society of America https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Justice_Society_of_America_(New_Earth)

— The Legend Of Wonder Woman https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/The_Legend_of_Wonder_Woman_Vol_1

— Power Girl https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Kara_Zor-L_(Earth-Two)

— Legion of Superheroes https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Legion_of_Super-Heroes_(Pre-Zero_Hour)

— History Of The DC Universe https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/History_of_the_DC_Universe_Vol_1

— Secret Origins https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_Origins

— Green Arrow The Wonder Year https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Green_Arrow:_The_Wonder_Year_Vol_1

— Batman Year One https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Batman:_Year_One

— The Man of Steel https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/The_Man_of_Steel_Vol_1

— Superman / Shazam First Thunder https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/The_Man_of_Steel_Vol_1

— Eclipso https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Eclipso_(New_Earth)

— Batman The Man Who Laughs https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Batman:_The_Man_Who_Laughs

— Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Green_Lantern:_Emerald_Twilight

— The Legend Of Aquaman https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/The_Legend_of_Aquaman_Vol_1_1

— Batman: The Long Halloween https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Batman:_The_Long_Halloween

— Batman: Dark Victory https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Batman:_Dark_Victory

— Hawkworld https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Hawkworld_Vol_1

— JLA Year One https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/JLA:_Year_One_Vol_1

— Flash/Green Lantern Brave and the Bold https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Flash_%26_Green_Lantern:_The_Brave_and_the_Bold_Vol_1

— Booster Gold https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Michael_Carter_(New_Earth)

— Legends https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Legends_(Event)

— Justice League International https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Justice_League_International_(New_Earth)

— Suicide Squad https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Suicide_Squad_(New_Earth)

— Wally West Flash https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Wally_West_(New_Earth)

— Millennium https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Millennium

Calls to the Audience Inside this Episode:

— How confused are YOU, on a scale of 1 to 10, with the “cleaning up” of events post Crisis? We Want To Know!

— In the New Earth altered timeline, what characters origin did YOU like most?  Tell us now!

— What ongoing titles flowing out of Legends did YOU read? Share YOUR Thoughts With Us!

— Are YOU enjoying our series of podcasts devoted to understanding the continuity of DC Comics ? Give Us YOUR Thoughts!

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