According to DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, the company's post-Convergence approach adds "multiple worlds and opportunities" to its line from now on — including stories that will "integrate aspects of the pre-Flashpoint continuity into the current continuity moving forward."
Ever since the surprisingly game-changing conclusion to DC's two-month event Convergence, readers have wondered about structure of the new DC Universe. And now that DC has announced three new ongoing titles that spin out of Convergence — including characters with histories from before DC's 2011 reboot — fans have been asking: How does DC's continuity work?
It's clear that Convergence undid the Crisis on Infinite Earths, which theoretically means the return of those infinite Earths. And Grant Morrison is already using the term "Multi-Multiverse", and will be creating yet another Multiverse in his upcoming Multiversity Too series.
But with the term "loose continuity" being thrown about the Internet to describe DC's new approach, what does that mean for the structure of this new Multiverse? And if there are an unending number of Earths, what does that mean for the established origin stories for DC's main characters, established after the DC reboot only four years ago?
Now that Dan DiDio is back from his trip to Comic-Con International: San Diego, Newsarama talked with the DC executive about what the company is calling the "DCYou." In this first installment of a two-part interview, we addressed the continuity of the post-Convergence universe and the spin-offs from that event, and how — according to DiDio — the DC Universe is both "loose" and "tight."
Newsarama: Dan, let's talk about the post-Convergence DC Universe. Different readers saw different things in the ending of Convergence, and the announcement of some ongoing titles you're debuting in October may have answered some questions, but it gave rise to others. How would you describe the post-Convergence world?
Dan DiDio: We just came off the convention trail. During that, I made the point to say that so many people are looking for definitive answers on, yes or no: Is it loose continuity or is it tight continuity? Is it going for diversity or is it going for the core line?
My answer to all of that is going to be yes! We're going for it all!
We can still keep our core conceits and our core continuity in place. As a matter of fact, there are great building blocks going on there right now with several titles. But we also have a very large commitment to a diversity of style, tones, creators and sensibilities in our books too, that we will continue to push.
We put out a lot of material on a monthly basis, and our goal is to create something for everyone, but not just ignore what our great strengths are.
Our great strengths are, we have, in DC Comics, what some of the other companies strive for, which is a strong core continuity; an interactive, interconnected universe and great characters. And we want to continue to build on that.
Nrama: So what about the Convergence titles you're starting in October? Are they about pursuing those things that did well during Convergence? Or are you building these worlds as part of your line?
DiDio: One of the things you always hear from fans is that there are too many events, and too many things that are tied together. I have to agree that sometimes our stories get so interconnected and intertwined that it's hard to read one without reading 20. And unfortunately, it turns off as many people as it turns on.
So what we're trying to do right now, by diversifying our line, is to find the different styles and tones that people are really reacting to.
So when you look at books like Titans Hunt and Lois and Clark, these are building blocks that are starting to integrate aspects of the pre-Flashpoint continuity into the current continuity moving forward, that we established since the launch of the New 52.
Nrama: OK, and I hate to nail you down too much, but what I'm hearing is that the stories are all part of a broader continuity, but what you're calling the "core" or "tight" continuity is on Earth Zero?
DiDio: Yeah, exactly.
Nrama: Is Earth Zero what you call it?
DiDio: Prime Earth. That's what I call it.
Nrama: So the other stories are on these various numbered or named Earths? Like Earth 2?
Didio: Yeah. I think the one misconception that came out of Convergence that we didn't really get too deep into is this idea that we're going to have all these books set in various numbered worlds. That was never going to be the case. Really, what we wanted to use was all those various worlds, to add to our storytelling, have places to go to in different types of adventures — to visit rather than just to basically set up where every book has its own world and own direction. I don't think that would make the strongest line, diversifying that fast, because it feels like all those things are competing with each other to get attention.
What we want to do is create the sensibilities we had leading into the Crisis on Infinite Earths — the multiple worlds and opportunities that could be weaved into one big story, or tapped into to help support and move ideas forward.
Check back tomorrow as we find out more about how the eight new mini-series fit into this new DC continuity, how Grant Morrison's new graphic novel series fits in, and how DC chose its current approach to its next Batman Eternal weekly.