"And they all lived happily ever after": (Re-) Reading the Pre-Flashpoint DCU
I've been pondering some ideas (again, along the lines of the stuff in my sig) for how to read--or re-read--the pre-Flashpoint DCU in the most satisfying way, with a sense of proper closure--not leading into Flashpoint and the reboot, but simply treating it as the "last chapter" of that world. Some series really did give that sense, but others did not--and others, I think, need to be separated into a sort of pre-Flashpoint prelude and put into the "new 52" box as part of what leads up to it.
Originally, I was going to write all of these (again, see essays in sig) in rough chronological order, which would mean that the most recent reboots of the DCU would be nearly the last thing to be written--but since so many of us here on these boards seem to feel bereft of the most recent iterations of our beloved characters, I am thinking that perhaps it would be nice to do this sooner rather than later.
This is not--please, please, we already have seventy-two billion threads all about what people don't like about the new 52--a thread remotely about disliking the new continuity, or talking about what we miss from the last one (which has its own quite nice thread already). Or, for that matter, how we might like the new continuity. It's just a "how one could read or re-read the books in the last continuity to give a satisfying sense of closure to that batch of books" thread. I'm thinking more or less of the material from Infinite Crisis (which soft-rebooted the DCU, sort of) up till just before Flashpoint.
(I do the same thing with my other comics, by the by. It's all in the essays linked in my sig. You think I'm long-winded here? HA!)