Between Justice League of America and Justice League of America’s Vibe, today may seem like the day where Geoff Johns single-handledly – Well, Andrew Kreisberg does co-write Vibe, I guess – tries to wrangle New 52 continuity into some kind of order. I won’t spoil either book for those who haven’t read them yet (Which, considering the time on the West Coast, probably means “a lot of people”), but there are references to hanging plot threads from the first arc of Justice League – which connects to Earth 2, for those who’ve been paying attention - in Vibe, and the Justice League International Annual in Justice League of America, that are particularly welcome for those who’ve slowly been becoming convinced that multiple someones had quietly forgotten about things that seemed like quite a big deal at the time. Between this and the recent mention in the solicitations of Trinity War preludes (Again, down to Geoff Johns), it’s almost as if DC is getting its equilibrium back, at least in terms of continuity and cohesive universe-building.
The question is, perhaps, is this too little too late? We’re almost a year out from the first tease/announcement of Trinity War, and almost two years from Pandora’s first appearance. Unlike Marvel, which rushes through events far faster – unless they’re Age of Ultron, admittedly – the slow drip of DC’s uber-story, whatever that may be, feels glacial, almost unbelievably scattered and worryingly familiar (Brother I again? The trinity fighting again?), all of which could be reasons for readers to jump ship. Now that we’ve had almost two years of New 52 with its stuttering momentum and quick deaths for all manner of titles, creative runs and ideas, does the concept of One Grand Plan at the publisher still have any appeal left – or, for that matter, any real credibility?