or like Japanese toylines like Voltron or Power Rangers. Basically, these are the same characters, just new stories told about them. There's a somewhat clear demarcation point and then new stories are told about the character. Sometimes the stuff from the past comes up, whenever it is relevant, but overall it is the same story with similar themes and characters as the previous stories.
This is the true Hypertime...an ongoing continuity that shifts back and forth from the main timeline where things sometimes intersect and sometimes diverge completely.
I can see that, and kinda did up until Infinite Crisis and 1YL. Now it's just everyone throwing what they want into it and nothing sticks. And it drives me nutty because what IS the foundation that I'm supposed to use to understand the events? And I don't mind, as you said, a past tale being told so long as it's relevant and still fits in with who or what the person/people are. That's a lot of the reason I hated Identity Crisis. I understand the concept and the issue being presented, but was it really necessary? I know no one is perfect, and all that, but are qwe really to the point that our comics have to mimic every real issue our real lives have? I hope not, because I really don't wanna start reading that Superman is constipated or that BC is really a trannie. If I want realism, I read the newspaper. Or watch the news. Or heck, even look out my window or step out my door. I read comics to try to get away from that for a bit. Guess maybe I need to downgrade to Disney or Archie again.