My shelf of trades & hardcovers is in order of continuity. The last book there for the DCU is Batman: Incorporated Volume 1. Next, is Flashpoint. Following Flashpoint I have Justice League: Origin and the rest will fall in line after that (except when Action comes out, that will go before JL).
I don't treat it as a reboot, I treat it as an event that altered reality. In my personal continuity, everything still happened. But now that reality has been altered, the characters (along with being deaged) remember some bits of the past & not others. This is how I reconcile things, and what keeps me from worrying about parts of continuity being in or out.
Or they could use something similar to Marvel's recap pages and .1 issues. Although, most .1 issues are terrible, they dont have to be. And recap pages can be done very well like Journey into Mystery.
This also (in my mind) explains away old continuity that contradicted itself. In my mind, reality being altered took place immediately in the present but took some time to go backwards through the time stream. It explains why one version of Superman landed in a rocket while another is "born" on Earth (only later to land in the rocket again). It explains the differences in Pre-Crisis Jason Todd and Post-Crisis Jason Todd. WW's Post-Crisis first appearance with an established Wonder Girl. Etc etc.
Fan fiction? Absolutely. But it's what my screwy brain automatically comes up with and it seems to work for me.
Last edited by ForeverYoung8; 05-08-2012 at 11:10 AM.
Nobody ever suggested that super-hero comic books were ever going to be mainstream.
Especially in the current situation where either it may or may not still be there or something just like it can be retroactively inserted (depending on how indepth the particular character's reboot was).
However, the lingering continuity is probably why I don't enjoy Green Lantern
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That said, FWIW, I think you can probably just go back to the point where Hal Jordan came back and start reading there, if you wanted to get caught up. I doubt anything from before that is going to be pertinent any time soon.
Same goes for Batman at the point where Grant Morrison started writing it.
When did Hal come back?