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The New 52

3. The New 52

A change in the wind after Flashpoint

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Following FlashPoint, the DC Universe (more or less) started from scratch by resetting every returning run/ character back to issue number one, simultaneously introducing several experimental, new lines of beloved characters to see what would stick. While many failed to keep an audience, one successful example of trying new things in the New 52 was the Jason Todd-led “Red Hood and the Outlaws.” Did Barry Allen alter history forever by going back in time to save his mom or is there something darker at work manipulating time, space, and reality in the DC Universe? DC scrapped The New 52 plan when DC You came about to bring in Rebirth, revealing a wider scope. This slide takes up to Convergence and the titles that take place in the far-reaching future like Prez, Batman Beyond, Justice League 3000, and the Legion of Super-Heroes.

 

  • Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (the true start of the New 52, others prefer to read after Zero Year)
  • Demon Knights Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark (a medieval Justice League of sorts consisting of Etrigan, Madam Xanadu, Vandal Savage and others)
  • Demon Knights Vol. 2: the Avalon Trap
  • Demon Knights Vol. 3: the Gathering Storm (first New 52 appearance of the Black Diamond)
  • All-Star Western Vol. 1: Guns and Gotham (19th century tales following primarily Jonah Hex)
  • All-Star Western Vol. 2: War of Lords and Owls (some prefer to read during the Night of the Owls affair)
  • All-Star Western Vol. 3: the Black Diamond Probability (next appearance of Black Diamond in New 52)
  • All-Star Western Vol. 4: Gold Standard
  • DC Comics Zero Year (the “first” year of the New 52 DCU)
  • Batman/ Superman Vol. 1: Cross World
  • Superman Action Comics Vol. 1: Superman and the Men of Steel
  • Superman Action Comics Vol. 2: Bulletproof
  • Team 7 Vol. 1: Fight Fire with Fire (next Black Diamond appearance; comprised of Slade Wilson, Amanda Waller, Dinah Drake, Grifter, et cetera)
  • Superman Action Comics Vol. 3: At the End of Days
  • Penguin: Pain and Prejudice
  • Secret Origins Vol. 1
  • Huntress: Crossbow at the Crossroads (first Earth 2 entry of New 52)
  • Blue Beetle Vol. 1: Metamorphosis
  • The Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Man Vol. 1: God Particle
  • Justice League International Vol. 1: the Signal Masters
  • DC Universe Presents Vol. 1: Deadman and Challengers of the Unknown
  • Animal Man Vol. 1: the Hunt
  • OMAC Vol. 1: OMACtivate
  • Supergirl Vol. 1: Lost Daughter of Krypton
  • Legion Lost Vol. 1: Run From Tomorrow
  • Superman Vol. 1: What Price Tomorrow?
  • Stormwatch Vol. 1: the Dark Side
  • Voodoo Vol. 1: What Lies Beneath
  • Grifter Vol. 1: Most Wanted
  • Blackhawks Vol. 1: the Great Leap Forward
  • The Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Man Vol. 2: the Firestorm Protocols
  • Batwoman Vol. 1: Hydrology
  • Teen Titans Vol. 1: It’s Our Right to Fight
  • Superboy Vol. 1: Incubation
  • Men of War Vol. 1: Uneasy Company
  • Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth (Harley Quinn’s Suicide Squad debut)
  • Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1: Fearsome
  • The Culling: Rise of the Ravagers (Teen Titans/ Legion Lost crossover)
  • Batman Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death
  • I, Vampire Vol. 1: Tainted Love
  • Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark
  • Justice League International Vol. 2: Breakdown
  • Superman Vol. 2: Secrets and Lies
  • Voodoo Vol. 2: Killer in Me
  • Resurrection Man Vol. 1: Dead Again
  • Batwoman Vol. 2: To Drown the World
  • Green Lantern—New Guardians Vol. 1: the Ring Bearer
  • Resurrection Man Vol. 2: A Matter of Life and Death
  • Birds of Prey Vol. 1: Trouble in Mind
  • Batgirl Vol. 1: the Darkest Reflection
  • Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and Rage
  • Superboy Vol. 2: Extraction
  • Captain Atom Vol. 1: Evolution
  • Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 1: War of the Monsters
  • Static Shock Vol. 1: Supercharged
  • Batwoman Vol. 3: World’s Finest
  • Aquaman Vol. 1: the Trench (first appearance of the Trench)
  • Deathstroke Vol. 1: Legacy
  • Suicide Squad Vol. 2: Basilisk Rising
  • Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood
  • Captain Atom Vol. 2: Genesis
  • Batman & Robin Vol. 1: Born to Kill
  • Mr. Terrific Vol. 1: Mind Games
  • The Savage Hawkman Vol. 1: Darkness Rising
  • Catwoman Vol. 1: the Game
  • Animal Man Vol. 2: Animal Vs. Man
  • Earth 2 Vol. 1: the Gathering
  • Aquaman Vol. 2: the Others
  • Batwing Vol. 1: the Last Kingdom
  • Nightwing Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 1: REDemption
  • Batman Vol. 1: the Court of Owls (Batman sheds light on an evil, clandestine society in Gotham City)
  • Batman: Night of the Owls (the Court of Owls reveals their grand play)
    • Batman Vol. 2: the City of Owls
    • Batman—The Dark Knight Vol. 1: Knight Terrors
  • Worlds’ Finest Vol. 1: Lost Daughters of Earth 2 (Huntress/ Power Girl run)
  • Justice League Dark Vol. 2: the Books of Magic
  • Green Arrow Vol. 1: the Midas Touch
  • Birds of Prey Vol. 2: Your Kiss Might Kill
  • Batwing Vol. 2: In the Shadow of the Ancients
  • G.I. Combat Vol. 1: the War That Time Forgot
  • Justice League Vol. 2: the Villain’s Journey
  • Blue Beetle Vol. 2: Blue Diamond
  • Green Lantern Vol. 1: Sinestro’s Law
  • Red Lanterns Vol. 2: Death of the Red Lanterns
  • Green Lantern—New Guardians Vol. 2: Beyond Hope
  • Green Lantern Vol. 2: the Revenge of Black Hand
  • Green Lantern: Rise of the Third Army (crossover for all Green Lantern-based runs)
    • Green Lantern Corps Vol. 2: Alpha War
  • Green Lantern: The Wrath of the First Lantern (spinning out of the last crossover)
    • Green Lantern Vol. 3: The End
    • Green Lantern Corps Vol. 3: Willpower
    • Green Lantern—New Guardians Vol. 3: Love and Death
    • Red Lanterns Vol. 3: the Second Prophecy
  • Threshold Vol. 1: the Hunted (a rogue Green Lantern mixes up with Blue Beetle)
  • I, Vampire Vol. 2: Rise of the Vampires
  • Stormwatch Vol. 2: Enemies of Earth
  • Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Guts
  • Larfleeze Vol. 1: Revolt of the Orange Lanterns
  • Larfleeze Vol. 2: the Face of Greed
  • Earth 2 Vol. 2: the Tower of Fate
  • Catwoman Vol. 2: Dollhouse
  • Grifter Vol. 2: Newfound Power
  • Swamp Thing by Snyder/ Paquette Omnibus (contains entire Rotworld affair with Animal Man)
  • Green Arrow Vol. 2: Triple Threat
  • Batman & Robin Vol. 2: Pearl
  • Wonder Woman Vol. 3: Iron
  • Nightwing Vol. 2: Night of the Owls
  • The Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Man Vol. 3: Takeover
  • Batman Detective Comics Vol. 2: Scare Tactics
  • Stormwatch Vol. 3: Betrayal
  • DC Universe Presents Vol. 2: Vandal Savage
  • Teen Titans Vol. 2: the Culling
  • Aquaman Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis (Ocean Master challenges Arthur)
    • Justice League Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis
  • The Ravagers Vol. 1: the Kids From Nowhere
  • Green Arrow Vol. 3: Harrow
  • Legion Lost Vol. 2: the Culling
  • Animal Man Vol. 3: Rotworld—the Red Kingdom
  • I, Vampire Vol. 3: Wave of Mutilation
  • Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 2: Secrets of the Dead
  • Batwing Vol. 3: Enemy of the State
  • Supergirl Vol. 2: Girl in the World
  • Superman: H’el on Earth (H’el comes to Earth)
    • Superman Vol. 3: Fury at World’s End
  • Batman—the Dark Knight Vol. 2: Cycle of Violence
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 2: the Starfire
  • Dial H: the Deluxe Edition
  • Batgirl Vol. 2: Knightfall Descends
  • The Joker: Death of the Family (crossover where Joker plots against entire Bat-family)
    • Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family
    • Batman & Robin Vol. 3: Death of the Family
    • Nightwing Vol. 3: Death of the Family
    • Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 3: Death of the Family
    • Batgirl Vol. 3: Death of the Family
    • Batman Detective Comics Vol. 3: Emperor Penguin
    • Teen Titans Vol. 3: Death of the Family
    • Suicide Squad Vol. 3: Death is for Suckers
  • The Flash Omnibus by Manapul/ Buccellato (first four New 52 trades in one volume)
  • Birds of Prey Vol. 3: A Clash of Daggers
  • Sword of Sorcery Vol. 1: Amethyst (Gemworld tale, another surfacing of Black Diamond)
  • Superboy Vol. 3: Lost
  • Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Lost
  • Green Lantern: Lights Out
    • Green Lantern Vol. 4: Dark Days
  • Justice League Dark Vol. 3: the Death of Magic
  • Shazam Vol. 1
  • Superman Unchained
  • Batman, Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star (Damian’s heritage comes back for him)
  • Batman, Incorporated Vol. 2: Gotham’s Most Wanted
  • Red Lanterns Vol. 4: Blood Brothers
  • Catwoman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (another Black Diamond appearance, some prefer to read this before Sword of Sorcery)
  • Supergirl Vol. 3: Sanctuary
  • Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger Vol. 1: A Stranger Among Us
  • The Ravagers Vol. 2: Heavenly Destruction
  • Teen Titans Vol. 4: Light and Dark
  • Batman & Robin Vol. 4: Requiem for Damian
  • Deathstroke Vol. 2: Lobo Hunt
  • The Flash Vol. 5: History Lessons
  • Superman Action Comics Vol. 4: Hybrid
  • Superman Vol. 4: Psi War
  • Green Lanterns—New Guardians Vol. 4: Gods and Monsters
  • The Movement Vol. 1: Class Warfare
  • Wonder Woman Vol. 5: Flesh
  • Wonder Woman Vol. 6: Bones
  • Talon Vol. 1: Scourge of the Owls
  • Birds of Prey Vol. 4: the Cruelest Cut
  • Batman—the Dark Knight Vol. 3: Mad
  • The Savage Hawkman Vol. 2: Wanted
  • DC Universe Presents Vol. 3: Black Lightning and Blue Devil
  • Nightwing Vol. 4: Second City
  • Suicide Squad Vol. 4: Discipline and Punish
  • Batgirl Vol. 4: Wanted
  • Worlds’ Finest Vol. 2: Hunt and Be Hunted
  • The Movement Vol. 2: Fighting for the Future
  • Green Lantern—New Guardians Vol. 5: the Godkillers
  • Green Lantern Corps Vol. 4: Rebuild
  • Stormwatch Vol. 4: Reset
  • Catwoman Vol. 4: Gotham Underground
  • Aquaman Vol. 4: Death of a King
  • Green Arrow Vol. 4: the Kill Machine
  • Katana Vol. 1: Soul Taker
  • Batwing Vol. 4: Welcome to the Family
  • Batwoman Vol. 4: This Blood is Thick
  • Batman Detective Comics Vol. 4: The Wrath
  • Swamp Thing Vol. 4: Seeder
  • Justice League of America’s Vibe Vol. 1: Breach
  • Green Arrow Vol. 5: the Outsiders War
  • Batman Detective Comics Vol. 5: Gothtopia
  • All-Star Western Vol. 5: Man Out of Time (Jonah Hex winds up in the present)
  • All-Star Western Vol. 6: End of the Trail
  • Worlds’ Finest Vol. 3: Control Issues
  • Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City (takes place outside of canon)
  • Swamp Thing Vol. 5: the Killing Fields
  • Swamp Thing Vol. 6: the Sureen
  • Aquaman Vol. 5: Sea of Storms (some prefer to read this before Swamp Thing vol. 6)
  • Earth 2 Vol. 3: Battle Cry
  • Earth 2 Vol. 4: the Dark Age
  • Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year –Secret City (many prefer to read with Zero Year)
  • Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year—Dark City
  • Batwoman Vol. 5: Webs
  • Animal Man Vol. 4: Splinter Species
  • Animal Man Vol. 5: Evolve or Die
  • Batman/ Superman Vol. 2: Game Over
  • Worlds’ Finest Vol. 4: First Contact
  • Batman—the Dark Knight Vol. 4: Clay
  • Talon Vol. 2: Fall of the Owls
  • Justice League: Trinity War (crossover across New 52 setting up bigger event)
    • Constantine Vol. 1: the Spark and the Flame
    • Trinity of Sin: the Phantom Stranger Vol. 2: Breach of Faith
    • Justice League of America Vol. 1: World’s Most Dangerous
    • Justice League Vol. 4: the Grid
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 4: League of Assassins
  • Forever Evil (the villains of the DCU called upon to save the world from an evil Justice League)
    • Justice League Vol. 5: Forever Heroes
    • Trinity of Sin: Pandora Vol. 1: the Curse
    • Forever Evil: Blight
      • Justice League Dark Vol. 4: Rebirth of Evil
      • Constantine Vol. 2: Blight
    • Forever Evil: Rogues’ Rebellion
    • Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S.
    • Justice League of America Vol. 2: Survivors of Evil
    • Suicide Squad Vol. 5: Walled In
    • Forever Evil: Arkham War
    • Nightwing Vol. 5: Setting Son
    • Teen Titans Vol. 5: The Trial of Kid Flash
  • Superman: Krypton Returns (another Kryptonian?)
    • Superboy Vol. 4: Blood and Steel
    • Supergirl Vol. 4: Out of the Past
  • Batman & Robin Vol. 5: the Big Burn
  • Superboy Vol. 5: Paradox
  • Trinity of Sin: the Phantom Stranger Vol. 3: the Crack in Creation
  • The Flash Vol. 6: Out of Time
  • The Flash Vol. 7: Savage World
  • Justice League Dark Vol. 5: Paradise Lost
  • Aquaman Vol. 6: Maelstrom
  • Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Power Outage
    • Harley Quinn and Power Girl
  • Superman Action Comics Vol. 5: What Lies Beneath
  • Sinestro Vol. 1: the Demon Within
  • Trinity of Sin: Pandora Vol. 2: Choices
  • Batwoman Vol. 6: the Unknowns
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 5: the Big Picture
  • Supergirl Vol. 5: Red Daughter of Krypton
    • Red Lanterns Vol. 5: Atrocities
  • Superman/ Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Power Couple
  • Superman: Doomed (crossover event featuring the return of Doomsday)
    • Superman Vol. 5: Under Fire
    • Superman/ Wonder Woman Vol. 2: War and Peace
    • Superman Action Comics Vol. 6: Superdoom
  • Constantine Vol. 3: the Voice in the Fire
  • Batwing Vol. 5: Into the Dark
  • Superman Action Comics Vol. 7: Under the Skin
  • Batman/ Superman Vol. 3: Second Chance
  • Secret Origins Vol. 2
  • Justice League United Vol. 1: Justice League Canada
  • Justice League United Vol. 2: the Infinitus Saga
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 6: Lost and Found
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 7: Last Call
  • Aquaman and the Others Vol. 1: Legacy of Gold
  • Catwoman Vol. 5: Race of Thieves
  • Batman Detective Comics Vol. 6: Icarus
  • Batman Vol. 6: Graveyard Shift
  • Green Arrow Vol. 6: Broken
  • Batgirl Vol. 5: Deadline
  • Batman Eternal Vol. 1
  • Green Lantern Vol. 5: Test of Wills
    • Green Lantern Corps Vol. 5: Uprising
  • Earth 2 Vol. 5: the Kryptonian
  • Worlds’ Finest Vol. 5: Homeward Bound
  • Worlds’ Finest Vol. 6: the Secret History of Superman and Batman
  • Constantine Vol. 4: the Apocalypse Road
  • Batman Detective Comics Vol. 7: Anarky
  • Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab
  • Earth 2 Vol. 6: Collision
  • Earth 2 World’s End Vol. 1
  • Earth 2 World’s End Vol. 2
  • Future’s End Omnibus
  • Future’s End Vol. 1 (the collapse of Earth 2 has future-shattering effects)
  • Future’s End Vol. 2
  • Future’s End Vol. 3
  • Supergirl Vol. 6: Crucible
  • Green Lanterns/ New Gods: Godhead (crossover involving the Life Equation)
  • Justice League Dark Vol. 6: Lost in Forever
  • Birds of Prey Vol. 5: Soul Crisis
  • G.I. Zombie Vol. 1: Star-Spangled War Story
  • Aquaman and the Others Vol. 2: Alignment Earth
  • Batman Eternal Vol. 2
  • Grayson Vol. 1: Agents of Spyral
  • Grayson Vol. 2: We All Die at Dawn
  • Teen Titans Vol. 1: Blinded by the Light
  • Trinity of Sin: the Wages of Sin
  • Swamp Thing Vol. 7: Season’s End
  • Deathstroke Vol. 1: Gods of War
  • Superman/ Wonder Woman Vol. 3: Casualties of War
  • Green Arrow Vol. 7: Kingdom
  • Catwoman Vol. 6: Keeper of the Castle
  • Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside
  • Wonder Woman Vol. 7: War-Torn
  • Arkham Manor
  • Green Lantern Corps Vol. 6: Reckoning
  • Batman Eternal Vol. 3
  • Batman & Robin Vol. 6: the Hunt for Robin
  • Batman & Robin Vol. 7: Robin Rises
  • Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy
  • Justice League Vol. 6: Injustice League
  • Lobo Vol. 1: Targets
  • Red Lanterns Vol. 6: Forged in Blood
  • Green Lantern Vol. 6: the Life Equation
  • Sinestro Vol. 2: Sacrifice
  • The Joker: Endgame (another Bat family crossover due to the Joker’s violent meddling)
    • Batman Vol. 7: Endgame
  • Gotham by Midnight Vol. 1: We Do Not Sleep
  • New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity
  • Damian: Son of Batman (Many prefer to read this after Batman & Robin Vol. 4)
  • Convergence (the New 52 begets DC You)
  • Prez Vol. 1: Corndog in Chief (All future titles are put after Convergence)
  • Batman Beyond Vol. 1: Brave New Worlds
  • Batman Beyond Vol. 2: City of Yesterday
  • Batman Beyond Vol. 3: Wired for Death
  • Justice League 3000 Vol. 1: Yesterday Lives
  • Justice League 3000 Vol. 2: the Camelot War (some read Camelot 3000 before this)
  • Justice League 3001 Vol. 1: Déjà vu All Over Again
  • Justice League 3001 Vol. 2: Things Fall Apart
  • Legion: Secret Origin
  • Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1: Hostile World
  • Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2: the Dominators
  • Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 3: the Fatal Five

 

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