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Subj: Re: Flash and the state of the multiverse in between Crisis and The 52.
Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 at 07:21:55 pm BST (Viewed 604 times)
Reply Subj: Flash and the state of the multiverse in between Crisis and The 52.
Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 at 05:40:09 pm BST (Viewed 677 times)

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Ok I was hoping someone would clarify something for me. I've been reading Mark Waid's Flash run lately and they introduced a Walter West a Wally West counterpart from an alternate timeline.

I thought there were no alternate timelines between the Crisis on Infinite Earths and the 52 when the multiverse was brought back. Supposedly Crisis merged everything into one timeline.

So how did alternate timelines work in this period? What other books during that period were doing alternate timelines?

Walter West and the timeline he came from sprang from the zeitgeist of the period. Mark Waid was a major proponent of revisiting selected pieces of DC's past that were erased by the Crisis and in particular the scope offered by alternate earths and timelines. To that end he wrote the well regarded Kingdom Come and followed it with 'The Kingdom', a series that introduced a dangerous new villain called Gog who was on a crusade to cross through time and kill Superman endlessly. This clearly is a paradox, and so we are introduced to the concept of Hypertime, a time-travel method that allows for alternate timelines to co-exist and therefore technically these are alternate earths.
Grant Morrison had already done something not far removed very recently with his DC 1-MILLION storyline which spread across the DC titles, the Superman titles featured Dominus the same year as Waid's The Kingdom and Walter West, and you could trace it all back to 1994's Zero Hour, which teased with the possibility of such timelines out there but left the question open ended.

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