Well, here’s one reason why we shouldn’t be calling the new DC a reboot… Because it appears to leave all manner of former continuity in continuity. Not only do the Batman and Green Lantern franchises seem to be coming through the September relaunch pretty intact, but now Scott Lobdell seems to have spilled some particularly unexpected beans in an interview over at Bleeding Cool:
Similarly, Superboy comes to Teen Titans and his own series with a lot of his D.C.history in place. He still showed up shortly after the Death of Superman, he is still the clone of Superman and Lex Luthor. How we reconcile his past with the opening issues of Teen Titans and Superboy? That, I’m afraid, has to remain vague for now.
Wait wait wait. Even in the new DCU, there’s been a Death of Superman storyline already? I mean, we knew already from Saturday’s LA Times event that at least two titles in the new line will begin in the past – Action and Justice League – but does that mean that we can fill in a lot of history for long-running characters by mapping what we already know about them onto the missing periods? And if so, does this mean that backstories have already been written for every character to make sure everything is consistent, or are we heading for the same level of confusion that followed 1985′s Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot?