What stands out about DC’s September 14 announcement of what seems to be its subsequent editorial period – Dawn of the DCU – is how little the writer really revealed.
To be truthful, the information was ostensibly the announcement of the ultimate chapter of the present Darkish Disaster on Infinite Earths, however superhero comedian e-book publishing at DC and Marvel Comedian is one large, perpetual relay race. Each final leg of an editorial occasion additionally includes the passing of the baton to the following story occasion on the identical time, and we have a ton of ideas and questions on what’s subsequent after the return of “infinite Earths” to the DC Universe starting in January.
A number of the largely transient copy and pictures do present some launching factors to speak about what’s subsequent, so listed here are seven of our ideas on and questions on what’s to come back in Daybreak of the DCU:
How will the ‘Daybreak of the DCU complement (or not) the New Golden Age that was introduced final month?
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If case you missed it (however in the event you’re studying this you possible did not), the New Golden Age is the Geoff Johns-driven, post-Flashpoint Past, now-seemingly sub-editorial initiative that options the long-awaited return of the Justice Society of America and Stargirl to prominence within the DCU.
What we all know of the brand new Golden Age thus far does contain the return of characters from DC’s pre-Disaster previous. The latest difficulty of Flashpoint Past takes place post-Darkish Disaster, so how the New Golden Age and Daybreak of the DCU complement or battle with each other shall be one thing to observe.
Who would be the artistic driving power of Daybreak of the DCU?
Author Scott Snyder, because the creator of the 2 Darkish Steel occasion collection, was arguably the most important artistic driver of the ‘Rebirth’ period. Author Joshua Williamson was inarguably the bus driver of the ‘Infinite Frontier’ period, as a author of 4 of the most important occasions of the interval (Infinite Frontier, Justice League Incarnate, Shadow Warfare, and Darkish Disaster on Infinite Earths), together with a run on the flagship Batman collection.
It doesn’t appear coincidental Williamson simply introduced new creator-owned content to be published on Substack simply days earlier than DC introduced the Darkish Disaster finale.
Do not be stunned to see Williamson dial down what’s been an uber-prolific DC profile the final two years. And if that occurs, who (if anybody) will emerge because the voice of DC occasions stays to be seen.
Curiously, solely Williamson and his Darkish Disaster artwork accomplice Daniel Sampere are heard from within the DC announcement for Daybreak of the DCU. It does not even include a quote by editor-in-chief Marie Javins or writer Jim Lee.
In the meanwhile, Daybreak of the DCU is one thing of a artistic clean slate, which is able to undoubtedly be rectified over the following month.
Who’s current (and never) on the quilt artwork most likely says one thing about Daybreak of the DCU
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Who is not current? Conspicuously (at the least in the event you ask us) any of the colloquially ‘5G’ heroes. We’re speaking Jonathan Kent, Nubia, Yara Flor, Jace Fox, Jo Mullein, Jackson Hyde, and so on…
Even present Justice League stalwarts John Stewart and Hawkgirl are absent.
Who’s? The traditional ‘Large Six’ of Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, Diana of Themyscira, Arthur Curry, Hal Jordan, and (presumably) Barry Allen, together with Nightwing, Starfire, and Cyborg of the traditional New Teen Titans period (Newsarama previously suggested the reemergence of that team made a ton of sense for Dark Crisis) and Shazam!
It appears Billy Batson will tackle this position once more and Mary Bromfield’s time because the Champion of Shazam! shall be short-lived, at the least as a solo act.
That appears to sign DC shall be counting on its most traditional characters within the new period.
After which there are the 2 variant cowl appearances of the Superman/Batman hybrid from author Mark Waid’s World’s Best: Batman/Superman collection, which raises questions that deserve their own space.
And talking of these Mora cowl photos…
The Courageous and the Daring … once more?
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It was just some weeks in the past we took some DC signaling from the current Darkish Disaster on Infinite Earths #4 to invest that we would see a brand new The Brave and the Bold series starring Hal and Barry within the post-Darkish Disaster period.
Their pairing on this Dan Mora cowl picture is not definitive, but it surely does not precisely make us rethink that guess.
And on that be aware…
How large of a splash will The Daybreak of the DCU make in January?
We took a better take a look at the DC November 2022 solicits and it now seems the writer has been lining issues as much as make a giant splash in January with its core, present-day month-to-month titles … the few core, present-day month-to-month titles that at the moment nonetheless exist, that’s.
The finale to Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez’s first Batman story arc ‘Failsafe’ was superior solicited for December, clearing the runway for something from a relaunch to only a Daybreak of the DCU Batman tie-in in January.
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Equally, December’s 27’s 48-page Action Comics #1050 serves as a launch level for what DC is asking the “new period of Superman comics” following the November return of Kal-El to Earth, making January ripe for the month-to-month Superman titles to start out new story arcs on the very least and maybe debut a completely revamped line-up.
None of DC’s different ongoing collection like Marvel Lady, Nightwing, Detective Comics, and The Flash starring characters seen on Darkish Disaster on Infinite Earths #7 covers are mid-story arc in December, which appears to clear the best way for one thing new in January.
And there at the moment are not any Aquaman (or males), Inexperienced Lantern, or in fact … Justice League ongoing collection. A brand new Justice League collection in January or quickly after appears a close to certainty.
And oh yeah, New Champion of Shazam! ends in November as properly.
So the slate appears to be deliberately clear for lots of newness and contemporary begins in January because the Daybreak of the DCU period begins.
What’s up with Nightwing?
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Nightwing’s outstanding presence on the principle over of Darkish Disaster on Infinite Earths #7 and the variant overlay cowl seen right here, paired with the considerably cosmic, ‘Multiversal’ context of the pictures actually open the floodgates to questions as to what his position shall be within the DCU within the new period.
Dick Grayson is certainly one of DC’s oldest, most iconic, and albeit greatest characters, however due to his origins as Batman’s teen sidekick, he is been relegated to a sort-of second-generation, “legacy,” tier-below-the-Justice-League established order for many of his historical past.
Or to place it in different phrases – no one has ever made a Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing film.
Ponder that dynamic for a second.
The Darkish Disaster finale and Daybreak of the DCU might lastly elevate him onto equal footing with Marvel Lady, Batman, and Superman in DC’s pantheon, the place he arguably belongs (and we expect you’d win that argument).
Whether or not or not that occurs shall be possibly an important factor to control within the coming months.
And at last…
Did not the DCU already Daybreak?
The DCU is a decades-old time period. The title, Daybreak of the DCU doesn’t mean a relaunch or rearranging, however one thing completely new … a reinvention … or dare we are saying the phrase, reboot.
Deliberately or not, DC is elevating expectations as to how a lot a ‘new period’ it will actually be. However the defining high quality of the writer’s superhero universe has been fixed change:
Retcons of retcons…
Even Darkish Disaster on Infinite Earths’ core premise is the return of ‘infinte Earths’ in an Omniverse that already promised exponential growth of the Multiverse idea on the finish of Dying Steel.
DC has been lately content material to let efforts to revive its previous simply co-exist in considerably undefined nuance with its current, but when you are going to recommend the start of not “a” DCU, however “the” DCU, you’d greatest be ready to supply some definition.
Timelines inside worlds inside dimensions inside universes inside multiverses inside an Omniverse is the present DC established order, and if you can also make sense of it, you are one up on us. So time will inform if that is actually the daybreak of the DCU or simply the beginning of a loosely-defined18-24 month interval.
There are nonetheless a number of points to resolve whether or not Darkish Disaster on Infinite Earths is without doubt one of the best DC stories of all time.