But I am distressed by the tack that DC seems to have taken on New Earth. They seem to have wasted a universal reboot on just adding in a few backstory details to a handful of major characters: the career of young Superman, the capture of Joe Chill, Wonder Woman's role in the founding of the JLA.
None of those are particularly important to the character's present (except, arguably, the WW/JLA connection). What I was hoping for from New Earth was not the inclusion of wanted backstory but the exclusion of unwanted backstory. I thought DC was cleaning house, not shopping for more continuity brick-a-brack that writers will have to dust around.
If Ruled The World, there are a host of things I would have excised from the DCU's past:
- Bane / Azrael/ Knightfall
- Cosmic Odyssey (with its evisceration of John Stewart's character)
- Superman and Barda's porn film
- The Death of Superman
- Major Disaster in the JLA
- Extreme Justice
- Zero Hour
- Gotham's two plagues and an earthquake
- Luthor's inaction-filled presidency
- The "B13 Virus"
- Obsidian Age / The Sword of Atlantis / Heck, Atlantis itself
- The Outsiders
- The Darkstars
- The entire revamp of and war against Eclipso
- Many other things you will list in your comments to this post
Why on multiple earths was "The History of the DC Universe" backup feature in 52 a reaffirmation that everything we were hoping to forget actually still happened? Why was it hosted by the one character most in need of a new backstory? It could and should have been a synopsis of the streamlined past of New Earth.
I'm glad 52 is explaining what happened in the one year before "the present", but I'd still appreciate a clue as to what happened in the 20 billion other years that preceded it. And now the character bios seem to be compounding the problem instead of solving it. Re-read the Wonder Woman bio; can you tell whether Diana out-competed her fellow Amazons in order to become Wonder Woman or was she simply 'the natural choice'?
DC; we know what used to be the past (and if we don't, we don't care). What we want to know is what the past is now, and we want it to be less complicated, not more.
Is it just me? Where do you stand on this?