Nev­erend­ing Cri­sis

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From In­fi­nite Earths to The New 52: a his­tory of DC re­boots.

De­signed to sim­plify DC’s con­vo­luted con­ti­nu­ity by elim­i­nat­ing many of its end­less al­ter­nate di­men­sions, cre­ators have been un­do­ing and re­do­ing Marv Wolf­man and Ge­orge Perez’s hand­i­work ever since Cri­sis On In­fi­nite Earths was first pub­lished in 1985. In­deed many of its other time­lines were sub­se­quently re­stored in its two se­quels, 2006’ s

In­fi­nite Cri­sis and 2008’ s Fi­nal Cri­sis, the lat­ter of which was penned by Grant Mor­ri­son, whose 2014 opus The

Mul­tiver­sity cel­e­brated DC’s mul­ti­verse in all its won­drous, odd­ball glory.

In con­trast, 2011’ s Flash­point once again rad­i­cally stream­lined the DC Uni­verse, paving the way for The New

52 in Septem­ber of the same year, which con­tro­ver­sially saw DC’s en­tire pub­lish­ing line start all over again with 52 brand new first is­sues. Yet only four years later, many pre­vi­ously re­dun­dant ver­sions of char­ac­ters from the pre- Flash­point era re­turned in

Con­ver­gence, a two- month long cross­over, which in turn gave way to

Di­ver­gence last June and saw the of­fi­cial re­tir­ing of the New 52 brand­ing, although its con­ti­nu­ity has con­tin­ued, at least un­til DC Re­birth ar­rives.

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