I dropped pretty much all of the DC Universe books right around the time of the end of the Johns/JRJR run. Reasons for that aren't important to this post, but what is important is that while I try to keep up with the goings-on on a superficial level, as we get farther from when I've read the books on a regular basis, doing so becomes increasingly difficult. Reading solicits, message board posts and the occasional review works to a point, but the sheer amount of time needed to track down that information ... well, no one has that kind of time.
I picked up the recently released WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1, interested in the idea of a self-contained Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman tale. The story tells of the first meeting between the three characters, set shortly after Wonder Woman's debut, which took place when the two male heroes were established in figures. This lead to a some questions I hope someone would be willing to, briefly and simply, explain.
It has been my understanding the Superman currently appearing in the books is the pre-Flashpoint version of the character, brought to this universe via some wibbly-wobby-comic-book-science, and having stepped into the shoes of the New 52 Superman who shuffled off to the great beyond. So, the first question is, am I incorrect in that understanding?
Second, this story, set in the early days of all the characters, ostensibly features that pre-Flashpoint Superman. So how does that fit with the question above when given a linear timeline, he would not have been operating as Superman when Diana debuted.
Following up from that, who knows there was a Superman, and now a different Superman? And two Loises (Loisi?)? Everyone? Just the Justice League? Select villains? It seems like a pretty big thing to just slip beneath Luthor's radar. What about Lois' family? Does Sam Lane know the Lois Lane trotting around Metropolis isn't "his" daughter?
(And related to that, in a way, during Johns' run, Superman revealed his identity to Jimmy. And then after I dropped the books, Lois revealed Superman's identity to the world. How has all of that been handled with the "old" Superman taking up the role again?)
And all of this leads me to question the Mr. Oz revelation -- but again, I've not read the issue but I realize this probably wasn't answered there, so consider this rhetorical for now -- but is this pre-Flashpoint Jor-El or New 52 Jor-El?
Thank you to anyone who can explain to me. While I stand by my decision of dropping the books, I do miss being able to keep up with the ongoing narrative -- and also miss being the guy that could usually answer these questions. I really appreciate your patience.