So, everyone’s had a chance to read Flashpoint #5, right? If not, click for the rest of this post at your own risk.
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As you know, not only did the final issue of Flashpoint redefine the term “last minute reveal that makes no sense when you think about it” – Seriously, Barry Allen decided out of nowhere to change the past, even though he knew how dangerous that was and had even spoken about why he wouldn’t do that very thing earlier in the series, and somehow managed to have very selective amnesia so that he didn’t remember doing so until that very moment? Seriously? – it also snuck something else interesting into the formation of the new DCU:
“The history of heroes was shattered into three long ago,” says the mysterious woman who appears out of nowhere with no explanation – although she’ll apparently be seen a lot in the New 52 books going forward – and we see the DCU that was, the Wildstorm universe, and… Vertigo’s company-owned mainstays.
With Shade, Swamp Thing and John Constantine all given starring roles in New 52 titles, it shouldn’t be too surprising that the Vertigoverse has now been “officially” reclaimed, and yet this seemed surprising nonetheless – Perhaps because, given Brightest Day and Search for Swamp Thing, it seemed as if the Vertigo characters were somehow part of the DCU (if a relatively quiet part) anyway, or perhaps because the Vertigo versions of characters like Shade, Animal Man, Doom Patrol and the like weren’t exactly sharing the same timeline, never mind a universe, in each of their individual books. I wonder if this means we’ll see references to Vertigo stories in the New 52 versions of events…?