5 major ways DC resets Batman and Wonder Woman in Infinite Frontier #0
Wonder Lady is missing out on, the multiverse remains in turmoil, and DC Comics simply offered us a very first take a look at its brand name brand-new status quo. If the DC Universe was a video game, Infinite Frontier #0 would be the spot notes — and it’s not simply UI tweaks.
DC Comics did something various in 2021: The minute the year ticked over, the business struck time out on every book in the DC Universe and changed them with 2 months worth of brand-new titles, brand-new characters, and brand-new experiences. Editorially, Future State was a sneak peek of what’s following at DC Comics, with brand-new imaginative groups permitted to take huge swings on stories embeded in an indeterminate time in the future, prior to settling into the typical Canonical DC Universe Timeline.
[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for Infinite Frontier #0.]
However we had no other way of understanding just how much of Future State was going to make it back into the primary DC Universe, previously. Here are the 5 greatest takeaways from Infinite Frontier #0, a collective one-shot comic on stands today, and DC’s very first display of what the brand-new year has in shop.
There are unlimited worlds in the DC multiverse, and Darkseid is coming for all of them
Over its 90 years of presence, the DC Universe has actually turned in between having no parallel earths, having unlimited parallel earths, or having precisely 52 parallel earths, a number of times. Since completion of Dark Nights: Death Metal and declared by Infinite Frontier #0, we’re back to the Infinite Earths design.
In addition to the brand-new unlimited multiverse, a few of the parallel earths our main-earth heroes recognize likewise appear to have had their timelines rebooted or restarted, leading the way for DC’s authors to choose information for a parallel earth without fretting excessive about what came right away in the past.
With this brand-new multiverse there’s likewise a brand-new bad guy — who is truly an old bad guy with an upgrade. The last pages of Infinite Frontier, we Darkseid emerges from a jail on the mystical and uncharted Earth Omega with a monologue everything about how he has actually been born-again from all of his previous elements into his real type. He is a limited and last border effective sufficient to bring an end even to a limitless multiverse. We’ll definitely be seeing him once again.
There are 3 Batgirls once again
It’s obvious that Batman scribe James Tynion IV is a fan of a particular age of Batman comics, one where Tim Drake was Robin, Barbara Gordon was Oracle, and the lives of lots and great deals of various vigilantes were messily linked into Batman’s everyday. And throughout his profession on the Bat-books, he’s been putting in the work to bring those characters back to Batman comics in an upgraded method.
With Cass Cain and Stephanie Brown putting bat-symbols on their chests once again, a brand-new (or old, depending upon how you take a look at it) age of Batgirls is starting. And Barbara Gordon is back in the Clocktower as the hacker/superhero dispatcher extraordinaire, Oracle — though she’s not marking down the concept of going out there in outfit from time to time either.
Oh, likewise, the Magistrate, the atrocious figure who’d turned Gotham City into an over-surveilled, drone-policed, cyberpunk problem in Future State, is on the increase in routine Gotham City too. And it looks like somebody murdered Bane Joker-style, which probably points to Tynion’s new Joker ongoing series coming up this month.
But the important thing is the Batgirls, trust me.
Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has given her crown to another
At the end of Dark Nights: Death Metal, Wonder Woman was missing from the DC Universe, and that’s still the case at the end of Infinite Frontier. But now we know what the Amazons are doing in her absence. Queen Hippolyta has taken up her daughter’s mission to bring Amazon values to Man’s World — not the first time in DC Comics history that she’s served as Wonder Woman.
To rule Themyscira in her stead, she has raised the Amazon Nubia to the throne, a character with her own history in comics as Diana’s long-lost sister and fellow bearer of the mantle of Wonder Woman. And among Hippolyta’s tasks in Man’s World will be tracking down Yara Flor. We know that she’s soon to be Wonder Girl in her own series, but Yara doesn’t know that, and it’s not clear if the Amazons do either.
But we likewise know exactly where Wonder Woman is — because unlike all the superheroes who are looking for her, we can read DC Comics press releases. After her heroism in saving the universe from demise in Dark Nights: Death Metal, Diana was offered the chance to ascend to the God Sphere, the space outside of spacetime where all the gods of the DC Universe live, become a god herself, and help observe the brand-new infinite multiverse.
At the end of Infinite Frontier, she declines. After being shown the wonders of what happens next in the multiverse, and that her loved ones were continuing safe without her, she chose to explore the multiverse herself. We’ll see her next in the pages of Wonder Woman, and we’re not sure exactly where or when she’ll be, but we do know that she’s going to meet Thor. Mythological Thor.
Forget Heroes in Crisis: Roy Harper is alive again, and Wally West is the Flash
If there was one thing about Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Heroes in Crisis that riled up comic book fans, it was that former Green Arrow sidekick Roy Harper/Arsenal got killed, and that it was at the hands of his former teammate Wally West/the Flash, who then tried to cover up his accidental mass murder.
Well, one of the effects of Dark Nights: Death Metal is that some characters are just alive now, who weren’t before. Roy is one of them, and in Infinite Frontier #0 he’s just as confused about it as everybody else. For his part, Wally’s been on quite the journey since then in Dark Nights: Death Metal — seriously, he had all the powers of Doctor Manhattan for a stretch — and he’s being given a celebratory upgrade.
Like a lot of things in Infinite Frontier, this is both a new idea and an old idea. Wally will be the Flash again, in the absence of his mentor Barry Allen, just like he was years ago after Barry died in Crisis on Infinite Earths. This time, Barry is still around, he’s just stepping away from Earth in order to join Justice Incarnate, a group of heroes from around the multiverse, lead by President Superman, as they safeguard and catalog the new and expanding infinite earths around them.
Green Lantern came out of the closet, and is searching for the Justice Society
Alan Scott, the Green Lantern of the Golden Age of comics (or Earth 2 Green Lantern, or the Justice Society Green Lantern), is a frequently queered character in non-canonical DC comics, ever since 2012’s Earth 2, a book that imagined a DC Universe where, among other things, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman had created a nearly utopian world and then died at the hands of Darkseid.
However also, in that Earth 2, Alan Scott was young, was the Green Lantern of Earth, and was gay. But Alan Scott has actually never been out of the closet in the main DC Universe until Infinite Frontier, which shows the moment he comes out to his twin children, superheroes Jade and Obsidian. Obsidian seems to have offered his dad some helpful advice from his own experience coming out as gay to those around him.
DC Comics has announced that we’ll see Alan Scott next in an Infinite Frontier miniseries this June, as he searches for missing out on members of his middle-aged superhero team, the Justice Society of America. The series will also pick up on Barry Allen and Justice Incarnate, as well as whatever is going on with Darkseid, and even the strange new life of Roy Harper. However whatever happens in June, you can expect it to have some continuing effect on the strange brand-new multiverse — the omniverse — that DC’s heroes discover themselves in.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.