DC’s so-called Omniverse made its debut in January’s “Dark Night: Death Metal #7”, covering the new universe, and readers will learn more about it in “Infinite Frontier #0” on March 2. But on Tuesday, February 23, a week ago, it was already in expansion mode, and the new corner of DCU in Omniverse was called Linearverse.
What is Linearverse? We explain its background here and get some comments from Dan Jurgens (one of the co-authors of the story first appeared in “Generations: Forged #1”).
But, for a more direct explanation of Linearverse, you have come to the right place.
If you plan to read “Generations: Forged #1” and want to wait, then DC readers may want to give up immediately.[That̵
So what is DC Linearverse? First, you must understand what DC Omniverse is.
Since the history of DC Comics began with the first appearance of Superman (Superman No. 1) in 1938, the official normative history of the DC Universe-what comic readers call continuity-has been formally rewritten over and over again to explain “The Magic “Women”, Batman and Superman have released adventures about real-world events such as World War II, and can still be active in the new adventures happening now and now.
This led to a series of retcons (retrospective continuity) and reboots (introducing a new version from the beginning), trying to explain that characters like Batman can still be between 30 and 40 in 2021, although the time sequence is not less than If you assume that he was in his 20s when he made his debut in 1939, your number may exceed 100.
This led to the creation of the concept of multiverse in the 60s, especially in the “Flash of Two Worlds” in 1961, which explains how two versions of the Speedster character Flash came into being-one was created in 1940 (Jay Garrick) , The other is 1956 (Barry Allen can coexist.
In the years after World War II, the popularity of superhero comics declined, characters such as The Flash, Green Lantern and Hawkman disappeared, while Superman and Batman endured.
The superhero revival of the 1960s brought DC back to Flash, Green Lantern and Hawkman, but their updated version has nothing to do with the previous version.
However, the “flash of two worlds” establishes the premise that the version of the previous character exists on the second earth, the second earth.
In the end, Earth-Two became the hometown of other classic character versions. These classic characters have a longer age and life than the main line character, such as a gray and white Superman who married Lois Lane decades before they entered the DC main line, and A much older Robin (Robin), by the 1960s, he was still a teenager 40 years after his first appearance in the core Batman game.
Stories that have occurred for several years in different eras, Multiverse expanded to more earths including more earths, including world DC obtained from comic publishers such as Fawcett’s “Captain Marvel” (you call Shazam), leading to DC The first attempt to juxtapose all stories into a single, cohesive timeline.
The iconic and very ambitious “Infinite Earth Crisis” in 1985 (which recently loosely adapted to the DC superhero CW divider) tried to abolish Multiverse, but the urgency of trying to turn the 50-year story at the time into a 10-year timeline led DC had to publish recurring maintenance storylines (most of the titles with the word “Crisis”) in an attempt to resolve the logically introduced crisis, but to no avail.
In 2011, DC once again fully launched “The New 52” and made another deterministic attempt, which tried again to simplify all DC history on a manageable timeline. However, the weight of its complete history is the fact that many of its editors and writers advocating abolished history again led to the slow return of the concept of Multiverse throughout the 1920s.
Obviously, recognizing that it is foolish to overcome the passage of time, DC’s new approach is to stop trying to make everything meaningful and simply admit that everything has happened. All timelines, multiverses, and alternative realities and futures exist in Omniverse.
Although the current versions of classic DC heroes (such as Batman and Superman) are similar to real-time/current time, they also have meta-awareness to the existence of Omniverse, and some realize that their lives, memories and history are part of the time and Realistic intricate tapestry and patchwork.
And since it is still very new, we don’t yet know how many DCs will try to explain its narrative, or whether they will.
This brings us to the latest wrinkles (thanks for staying in touch with us) Linearverse.
In the brand new Omniverse, this is an independent reality. This way of viewing DC history uses a simpler method that DC has never tried seriously…until now.
In the Linearverse, characters live longer than those who are not in the Linearverse, which is true for aliens in other worlds (such as Superman), mythical characters (such as Wonder Woman), and normal people (such as Batman).
Therefore, the same Bruce Wayne’s parents were killed in a crime alley in the late 1920s or early 1930s, and first became a police officer on the streets of Gotham City in 1939, and the same person Still fighting crime in 2021.
Advances in technology, changes in fashion, and world events such as wars and presidency are usually passed in real time, but these characters have only been a few years old and have experienced them, experienced and remembered all of them.
Just as DC tried to linearize its history in the past, this is not a perfect solution. The aforementioned 1956 Barry Allen (now Flash) was originally a tribute to Jay Garrick in the 1940s, who was a comic book character in Allen’s world, not a real person.
In the Linearverse, Barry Allen must know that it did exist when Jay Garrick named Flash, because of course, Jay Garrick was as adventurous as Superman Barry .
In reality without a multiverse, events like the original “Infinite Earth Crisis” have no meaning at all.
As Jurgens explained to Newsarama, Linearverse is currently its own unique playground. DC’s ongoing regular drama series starring Superman, Batman, Justice League, Green Lantern, etc. will still exist in the larger Omniverse. In theory, the character’s time usually passes normally, although in fact this is actually It did not let the readers pass by.
Linearverse seems to be a storytelling option to tell specific stories that need or benefit from it (for example), the very serious Batman currently has and remembers his inspiration from science fiction in the 1950s, even weirder , More friendly kids, or Superman and Batman have been friends for nearly 80 years.
So far, DC has not announced any plans to set more stories in the Linearverse, but for writers who have stories to tell, this is a new club.
Some of the stories we mentioned are in Newsarama The best DC story ever.