DC will continue rolling out the details of its updated continuity timeline in a series of five numbered Generation one-shots that showcase various eras of DC history following its Free Comic Book Day release Generation Zero: Gods Among Us.
These five one-shots will be written by a braintrust of Brian Michael Bendis, Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt, Robert Venditti, and Joshua Williamson, with art by Doug Mahnke, Bryan Hitch, Mikel Janín, Ivan Reis, David Marquez, and more.
Kicking things off in May is Generation One: Age of Mysteries from scripter Andy Schmidt and lead artist Doug Mahnke. The 48-page one-shot will feature covers from Jim Cheung and Gary Frank, and will focus on Golden Age characters such as Wonder Woman, Alan Scott (as Green Lantern), Jim Corrigan (as the Spectre), Terry Sloane (as Mister Terrific), Lucius Fox, Alfred Pennyworth, and more.
Here’s how DC’s official announcement describes the mysteries in Generation One:
“-What was the previously undocumented “big bang” of the Age of Mysteries?
-Which character truly ushers in the dawn of Super Heroes, inspiring all the rest?
-What was the real reason behind the Justice Society of America’s retirement?
-Which Golden Age hero will become history’s greatest villain?
-What contentious alliance kept the Wayne family dynasty alive after Thomas and Martha’s deaths?
-Who are the new, never-seen-before wildcards that will be instrumental in fashioning DC’s push to the future?”
Four more Generation one-shots will follow Age of Mysteries, with one releasing per month: Generation Two: Age of the Metahuman, Generation Three: Age of Crisis, Generation Four: Age of Rebirth and Generation Five: Age of Tomorrow.
“The Generation series of specials are built to bring the new DC timeline to life,” said DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “With Generation One: Age of Mysteries and every subsequent volume we’ll be shining a spotlight on the 80-plus-year publishing history of the DC universe while charting the course for the bright future of DC’s characters. All of our greatest stories and events will create the backdrop and context for the great new adventures we have planned. Everything counts, and we guarantee there’ll be surprises along the way!”
This revised "new DC timeline" DiDio refers to officially began with Scott Snyder and Bryan Hitch's short story in January's Wonder Woman #750, retconning her to be the first established superhero in the core DC Universe.