DCnU Timeline v1

So DC gave us a “relaunch” where bits are the same, others erased, and the general timeline crunched down due to de-aging many (but not all) of the characters.  Due to this I at least am very confused on how everything fits in.  So with the help of the other bloggers, I’ve decided to piece together a timeline.

This is something I plan on updating and putting out a new version every time I can.  Some weeks may not give enough information to warrent a new version though so a new timeline may not be posted weekly.  Other bits will be deduced from hints and hopefully narrowed down better with later issues.  Also, if we missed something that relays when an actual event happened, please make a comment!  We can’t always read every release or may just miss something.

Seven or Eight years ago

  • Batman starts?  This one is purely guess work, but I’m guessing seven or eight years back.  Ten I think would be best really as Damian will still be around and I’m guessing is still ten years old, but we don’t know for certain.  Either way, at the start of Justice League #1 Hal is shocked Batman is real and even for Batman I think it would be hard to keep himself in the dark for five years but two or three wouldn’t be that bad.  More so, Joker has been around for six and assuming Joker’s origin story is the same then Batman would have to be around before Joker.  I do hope later Batman issues will put a better time for this.

Six years ago

  • Joker first appears:  This one is clearly stated in Detective Comics #1 as Batman claims “One-hundred fourteen murders over the past six years.”  He is refering to the Joker and unless Joker was around longer than that but not killing people or Batman just never kept count at the start (both of which I doubt), then it’s pretty clear Joker has been around for six jolly years!

Five years ago

  • Superman arrives in Metropolis:  This is probably more like five and a half years ago, maybe even six.  Two main indications is Action Comics #1 claims that Superman has been in Metropolis for six months, and not just once in the pages.  The other is in Justice League #1 Superman is in his actual costume and Justice League #1 he’s already in his more Superman costume.  So those two puts it really at five and a half years at least, maybe a bit more but I doubt that.
  • Victor Stone becomes Cyborg:  Not fully known yet but as we know Cyborg will be part of the JL team and he was featured in Justice League #1 as a normal human, well I think its safe to assume he’ll become Cyborg very soon.
  • Justice League begins:  This again comes from Justice League #1 as the starting pages puts the story five years in the past and we see the team is just starting to meet up, well again its pretty certain the team started five years ago.

Three years ago

  • Barbara Gordon is paralyzed and becomes Oracle:  Batgirl #1 puts The Killing Joke incident three years back.  So Babs being paralyzed happened three years ago and I think it should be safe that it didn’t take long before Babs became Oracle after the incident.

Two years ago

  • Blackest Night happened:  This one is a bit tentative.  I say that because it comes from the pages of Hawk and Dove #1 that had our blogger ikeebear at least uncertain of the timeline.  Still, Deadman said “You’ve been partners with this guy a couple of years …” refering to Hank and Dawn.  Past interviews stated Blackest Night at least is still part of this history and Hank got resurrected at the end of it (not to mention Holly – the second Hawk – died during Blackest Night).  So the team up of Hank and Dawn would have started just after the events of Blackest Night.  This also fits with Barbara being paralyzed three years ago for during the Blackest Night events she was still paralyzed and acting as Oracle.

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I'm a fan of comics. I use to love DC, but events pretty much starting with the New 52 had pushed me off of them for years. Lately though titles like Gotham Academy and We Are Robin have brought me back to them. I'm much more still a Marvel fan though at this moment who I moved to since New 52 slowly kept pushing me away from DC. Often a fan of X-Men titles while I've really been loving Spider-Gwen series. Film wise I'm upset at DC though I really really want them to do good. At least their TV series are mostly enjoyable (though Arrow has dipped in quality), while I'm a huge fan of the Marvel films. Also, I still really hate Dan Didio and still view him as at least most of what has been going wrong with DC comic wise lately.

10 thoughts on “DCnU Timeline v1

  1. With regard to H&D, I think your guess at timing of Blackest Night is probably actually the timing of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Dawn turned up not long after the death of Don. Whether or not Hank has ever died was really unclear. I’m guessing Brightest Day kind of happened in some form, and was probably fairly recent given Dawn and Deadman’s relationship seems fairly new. All of these pre-FP stories, even if they have been retained, must be changed in significant ways because key characters have been significantly changed.

    • I know past events will have changes to them, but for now at least I’m going to keep Blackest Night listed there and not Crisis on Infinite Earths. Interviews with people like Eddie Berganza have stated Blackest Night is still part of history. I at least haven’t heard any info yet if Crisis on Infinite Earths remains in tact or not.

      Further, though events will need to be changed due to some characters going missing and the timeline shortened with de-aged characters, I haven’t heard any suggestion at the moment which even hints parts of the timeline will be reordered for the things that are staying. Barbara Gordon was still Batgirl during COIE and Oracle for Blackest Night. If the relaunch timeline isn’t getting reordered then Babs becoming Oracle 3 years ago and Blackest Night happening 2 years ago fits while COIE happening a year after Babs becomes Oracle doesn’t.

      So due to those things, for now I’m sticking to my guns that it was Blackest Night that happened about 2 years ago and not Crisis on Infinite Earths.

      • Fair enough, but H&D #1 couldn’t have been clearer that COIE happened (it was where Don was killed). Deadman says to Dawn, “You’ve been partners with this guy a couple of years …” Hence, COIE happened a little over “a couple of years” ago, assuming there wasn’t a big gap between Don and Dawn.

        I have no doubt that Blackest Night happened – because of Green Lantern continuity staying mostly intact, as stated in interviews. But I don’t see why DC would have inserted a bunch of unrevealed time between BN and the present. I personally think BN happened fairly recently and I haven’t read anything in a comic to suggest otherwise.

  2. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the timeline develops. Especially in regards to Dick Grayson and when he became Robin, Nightwing, and eventually Batman. And how will the Titans fit into that timeline? Its all going to be very interesting.

    • Yeah, that’s the biggest part behind my confusion at least is how all the Robins will be stuck in there and just how long Bruce has been Batman. It is also one of the biggest potential problems I see with this relaunch, so I agree that finding how it plays out will be very interesting.

  3. I saw that too, but am still weary of it for the timeline. That Crisis that killed Don was published in 85 and Killing Joke happened in 88. Granted, Dawn actually first appeared in 88 as well I believe with her story apparently taking part right at the same moment Don was killed. I’m not sure if Dawn’s origin story was looking at the past then just jumped to more present day comics, but it still puts Babs losing her ability to walk happening after Crisis on Infinite Earths which is when Don died.

    If Crisis on Infinite Earths though did happen 2 years ago, then we have a potential of Crisis on four more Crisis events (Zero Hour, Identitiy, Infinite, Final) all happening in a two year span plus Blackest Night. Blackest Night and Identity Crisis at least have both been stated by Eddie to be part of the history still. Basically we’d have to be jumping from Crisis to Crisis if that was the case which just seems mad. Then again, I think we all are aware that this time condensing that DC has done would be messed up someway or another and not make sense, so maybe we’re already seeing it?

    Still, I’ll point this out in the next timeline I write up and as DC Wikia states that Babs was not part of Crisis on Infinite Earths so pushing Kiling Joke before it wouldn’t be too devasting. There still could be the possibility too that it never happened and Don’s death story was changed.

    Bleh, basically we have to ignore or change something here. Don’s death story or Hank’s death story or if Hank ever died at all in this new time line which then changes parts of Blackest Night and Holly ever becoming Hawk.

    • Yeah, this is one of the reasons I was so critical of Hawk and Dove #1. In the first full week of the relaunch, DC already had a comic that made a complete mess of continuity, which is supposed to be simplified and accessible. No strong reference to COIE and no relationship with Deadman and Hawk and Dove would have been a lot tidier (at very least).

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