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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dc-comics-new-52_3691.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:An early promotional image. [[note]]Franchise/WonderWoman lost the PaintedOnPants by publication time.[[/note]]]]
In 1986, Creator/DCComics made comic book history by rebooting their entire continuity in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. Character histories were changed, merged in from other continuities, or even restarted from scratch. The PostCrisis DCUniverse would never be the same.

In 2011, they did it again.

The "New 52" is DC's second major reboot, following the ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' event. (There were two other {{Cosmic Retcon}}s- with ''ZeroHour'' and ''InfiniteCrisis'' / ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' - but they were largely cosmetic.) In the wake of TheFlash messing with the TimeyWimeyBall, DC canceled all their ongoings (even ''Action Comics'' and ''Detective Comics'', both of which were nearing the 1000th issue) and launched 52 new titles in their place. In this new continuity, superheroes have only emerged publicly in the last five years or so, with many only beginning to show up now. Even so, many major prior storylines are still canon, at least in BroadStrokes. VertigoComics and {{Wildstorm}} characters have also been incorporated into this new continuity.

Of course, DC wouldn't let things stop there. In January 2012 they overhauled their corporate logo, and has since occasionally refreshed the line by replacing a few books with new ones, always keeping the number of ongoing titles at exactly 52.

For info on the changes made in the ''last'' big overhaul, see PostCrisis.

[[folder:The New 52 and Their Changes]]
Titles in '''bold''' are currently ongoing for the foreseeable future.
!August/September 2011 (The New 52)
[[index]]
!!Superman
* '''''ComicBook/ActionComics'''''
* '''''Franchise/{{Superman}}'''''
* '''''{{Superboy}}'''''
* '''''{{Supergirl}}'''''

All three Super-characters have been scaled back to earlier versions and are having their alien-ness highlighted: Clark Kent is not married to LoisLane and both Ma and Pa Kent passed away before Clark came to Metropolis, Superboy is a lab experiment intended to be used as a weapon, and Supergirl has only recently arrived from Krypton. ''Action Comics'' is now a Superman version of ''Batman: Year One'', detailing the early years of Superman's career. The other main change is that, like in the BronzeAge, the ''Daily Planet'' has been bought by Galaxy Broadcasting. This time, however, it's Lois who's moved to TV and Clark who's staying with print journalism. Also, their classic costumes are replaced with ceremonial Kryptonian battle armor with similar design elements.

!!Batman
* '''''Detective Comics'''''
* '''''Franchise/{{Batman}}'''''
* '''''Batman: The Dark Knight'''''
* '''''Batman and Robin'''''
* '''''{{Nightwing}}'''''
* '''''Comicbook/{{Batgirl|2011}}'''''
* '''''Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}'''''
* '''''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'''''
* '''''Batwing'''''
* '''''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'''''
* '''''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'''''

The Bat-books pick up where they left off, with [[GrantMorrisonsBatman Bruce Wayne appointing Batmen worldwide]] (including Batwing, who operates in a fictionalized version of the Democratic Republic of Congo). However Dick Grayson, who had become ''the'' Batman of Gotham, gives up the mantle and returns to being Nightwing. Meanwhile, Barbara Gordon has recovered from her paralysis and becomes Batgirl again, booting Stephanie Brown from the role. The books also introduced the Court of Owls, an AncientConspiracy that has run Gotham for generations and has ties to Wayne's and Grayson's pasts. Later on, it is revealed that Tim Drake has never been Robin, only Red Robin, and that his parents are still alive and in witness protection.

!!Green Lantern
* '''''Comicbook/GreenLantern'''''
* '''''Green Lantern Corps'''''
* '''''Green Lantern: New Guardians'''''
* '''''Red Lanterns'''''

Like ''Batman'', ''Green Lantern'' was especially successful prior to the reboot, so it keeps its recent history with corps of multiple colors emerging. Hal Jordan has been dismissed from the Corps due to the "War of the Green Lanterns" and replaced by {{Sinestro}} of all people, though he soon takes Hal on as a sidekick. Kyle Rayner, meanwhile, has defied the Guardians and joined an alliance of Lanterns of other colors, and Atrocitus has begun reorganizing his Red Lanterns with a new sense of purpose. In "Zero Month", a new human Lantern, Simon Baz, is introduced.

!!Justice League and other DCU
* '''''{{Justice League|Of America}}''''' - The New 52's flagship book, featuring six of the traditional Big Seven with Cyborg in place of MartianManhunter (who is in ''Stormwatch'' instead). It also began including ''Curse of {{Shazam}}!'' backup stories around the same time as the second wave.
* ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational''
* '''''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'''''
* '''''Franchise/WonderWoman'''''
* '''''TheFlash''''' - Barry Allen, like Superman, is now younger and unmarried, but the big change is that Wally West is not and has never been the Flash ''or'' Kid Flash.
* ''CaptainAtom''
* ''The Fury of {{Firestorm}}'' - Firestorm was rebooted and the very nature of his powers changed; rather than requiring a FusionDance, each person can become a Firestorm and can then merge into a stronger being if they wish. It's also being reimagined as an arms race metaphor, with multiple countries developing their own Firestorms.
* '''''ComicBook/GreenArrow'''''
* ''The Savage ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}'' - Needless to say the infamous [[ContinuitySnarl Hawk-Snarl]] is wiped away. Hawkman is now Katar Hol from Thanagar, hiding out on Earth as Carter Hall.
* ''Mister Terrific''
* ''DC Universe Presents'' - An AnthologyComic featuring new characters every few months; featured characters include Comicbook/{{Deadman}}, the Challengers of the Unknown, VandalSavage, and BlackLightning and BlueDevil as a duo.

!!Young Justice (teen heroes)
* '''''Comicbook/TeenTitans''''' - Now brought together to defend themselves from N.O.W.H.E.R.E., an organization with an interest in superpowered teens and the creators of Superboy; half the team are the classic junior versions of Justice League members (Red Robin, Superboy, Wonder Girl, and Kid Flash), and half are all-new characters: Solstice (who was actually introduced shortly before the reboot), Skitter, and Bunker. (Of other notable former Titans, Cyborg is on the Justice League, Starfire is with Red Hood, and Beast Boy and Terra are with the Ravagers.)
* ''[[Comicbook/{{Static}} Static Shock]]'' - Now taking place in New York, much of Static's MilestoneComics history has remained in Canon [[hottip:*:As mandated by the late DwayneMcDuffie]]. His introduction to DC comics from 2 years prior have all been retcon except, curiously enough, being captured by the Darkside Club.
* ''Hawk and Dove''
* ''BlueBeetle'' - not only is this still Jaime Reyes as opposed to one of his predecessors, but the strong implication is that he is now the '''only''' BlueBeetle in the DCUniverse.
* ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''
* ''Legion Lost'' - A ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' spin-off focusing on a time-displaced squad stranded in the present day.

!!The Edge (DarkerAndEdgier titles)
* '''''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'''''
* ''Grifter''
* ''Deathstroke''
* '''''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'''''
* ''{{OMAC}}''
* ''{{Blackhawk}}s''
* ''Men of War'' - Featuring a descendant of Comicbook/SgtRock, it shows a soldier's ground-level view of superhuman conflicts.
* ''Voodoo''
* '''''All-Star Western''''' - While not outright contradicting any previous stories, the series ties ComicBook/JonahHex closer to the wider DCU by sending him east to get to the bottom of a city that's as corrupt and lawless as any in the West - [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham]].

!!The Dark (supernatural/[[VertigoComics Vertigo]] titles)
* '''''JusticeLeagueDark'''''
* '''''Comicbook/SwampThing'''''
* '''''Comicbook/AnimalMan'''''
* ''[[ComicBook/FrankensteinAgentOfSHADE Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.]]''
* ''Comicbook/IVampire''
* ''ResurrectionMan''
* ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' - A brand new book, featuring a RagtagBunchOfMisfits in the DCU's DarkAgeEurope.

!May 2012 (Second Wave)
Replacing ''Blackhawks'', ''Hawk and Dove'', ''Men of War'', ''Mister Terrific'', ''O.M.A.C.'', and ''Static Shock'' are:
* ''Batman Incorporated'' - The conclusion of GrantMorrisonsBatman saga.
* '''''[[{{Comicbook/Earth2}} Earth 2]]''''' - A reinvention of {{The Golden Age|OfComicBooks}} parallel universe (once again separate from the main continuity), featuring their all-star team, the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. As part of this, everyone is YoungerAndHipper instead of elder veteran heroes, including things like making GreenLantern Alan Scott a gay man (a character trait [[CompositeCharacter inherited]] from his his son Obsidian, who is now {{retgone}}).
* '''''{{Huntress}}[=/=]PowerGirl: Worlds' Finest''''' - Both characters have been returned to to their original Earth-2 origins, though they're now stranded on the main DCU Earth.
* ''The Ravagers'' - Spinning out of ''Teen Titans'', this is a brand new team of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. refugees: [[ComicBook/{{Gen13}} Caitlin Fairchild]], [[Comicbook/TeenTitans Beast Boy, Terra,]] and new characters Ridge, Thunder, and Lightning. In a minor but noticeable change, Beast Boy's odd coloring has gone from green to red as a connection to fellow beast-themed hero Animal Man.
* ''GI Combat''
* ''Comicbook/{{Dial H|For Hero}}'' - a [[VertigoComics Vertigo]]-style, DarkerAndEdgier, reworking of the older DC series ''Dial H For Hero'', keeping the basic concept of the Hero Dial that turns people into random superheroes but featuring entirely new characters.

!September 2012 (Zero Month)
The one-year anniversary of the relaunch; in addition to replacing some titles, every book was a [[EpisodeZeroTheBeginning #0]] OriginsIssue. Replacing ''Justice League International'', ''Captain Atom'', ''Resurrection Man'', and ''Voodoo'' are:
[[/index]]
* '''''Talon''''' - A new Bat-related book, featuring a former Court of Owls assassin suffering a ContractOnTheHitman.
[[index]]
* ''ComicBook/TeamSeven'' - Based on a Wildstorm title and set five years ago, with the team being a countermeasure to emerging superhumans. It has a mixed cast of DC and Wildstorm characters, including several who are also appearing in titles set in the present day.
* ''Sword of Sorcery featuring ComicBook/{{Amethyst|Princess Of Gemworld}}'' - A fantasy book featuring an ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld'' remake as the lead story. The main noticeable difference from the prior incarnation is that there's no OlderAlterEgo bits this time; Amethyst stays seventeen on both Earth and Gemworld.
* '''''ThePhantomStranger''''' - Traditionally a mysterious character with a MultipleChoicePast, the Stranger is now established as having been punished by [[{{Shazam}} the first magic users]] for some horrendous crime and all ''but'' explicitly stated to be [[spoiler:[[Literature/TheBible Judas Iscariot]]]].

! January/February 2013
''GI Combat'' ended in December 2012, and ''Frankenstein'', ''Grifter'', ''Blue Beetle'', and ''Legion Lost'' in January 2013. Replacing them are:
* '''''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''''', - "The World's Most Dangerous Heroes" A rebooted {{JLA}}, now recognised as a separate entity from the JusticeLeague. Led by MartianManhunter, the announced team members are {{Stargirl}}, ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}, ComicBook/GreenArrow, new GreenLantern Simon Baz, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, Katana, Steve Trevor and Vibe.
* '''''Katana''''' - Spinoff of ''Birds of Prey'' and ''Justice League of America''.
* '''''Vibe''''' - Spinoff of ''Justice League of America''.
* ''Threshold'' - a new sci-fi book featuring reimagined versions of old RayGunGothic characters: the Star Rovers, Star Hawkins, Space Cabbie, Tom Tomorrow, Captain K’Rot, and Star Ranger. It also has ties to fellow space books ''Green Lantern'' and newly-canceled ''Blue Beetle'', including backup stories about Orange Lantern Larfleeze.
* '''''Constantine''''' - A reboot of classic VertigoComics series ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}, starring the New 52 incarnation of John Constantine.

! April/May 2013
''DC Universe Presents'' and ''I, Vampire'' are to end in March, and ''Deathstroke'', ''Fury of Firestorm'', ''The Ravagers'', ''Savage Hawkman'', ''Sword of Sorcery'', and ''Team 7'' in April. DC originally advertised April as "WTF Certified", with that months' comics intended to have a high HolyShitQuotient; they later dropped that branding due to complaints about [[PrecisionFStrike the "F"]]. Replacements we know at this time:
* '''''The Green Team''''' - Featuring a group of "teen trillionaire" investors looking to finance weird superscience projects.
* '''''ComicBook/TheMovement''''' - A counterpoint to the "1%" ''Green Team'', it involves "99%-er" superhumans striking back against {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and the like.
* '''''Superman Unchained''''' - The long-awaited ''Superman'' book by Scott Synder and Jim Lee.
* '''''Batman/Superman'''''
* '''''Larfleeze''''' - A ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' spinoff starring the eponymous Orange Lantern.
* '''''Trinity of Sin: Pandora''''' - Added to the DC mythos at the end of ''Flashpoint'', Pandora is the actual mythological figure and was cursed alongside the Question and Phantom Stranger; her crime being opening the box and unwittingly releasing evils unto the world. Feeling she's been wrongfully accused for all this time for anything bad that happens, she's now fed up and not going to take it anymore.
[[/index]]

!Non-specific changes
* TheQuestion: In a drastic departure from his previous incarnation as a masked investigator, he was now punished alongside the Phantom Stranger and Pandora for unknown crimes by having his face and name erased.
* Silver Banshee: Like TheQuestion, she has been changed fairly dramatically. She is now Siobhan Smythe, a good-natured [[RaceLift Irish]] punk girl and recurring supporting character in the ''Supergirl'' book. She hasn't used her powers much (except for being able to speak any language) and seems understandably afraid of them since they come from her supervillain father. She's also Kara's BFF.
[[/folder]]

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!!The New 52 contain examples of the following tropes:
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Silver Banshee, who has been reintroduced in ''{{Supergirl}}'', gets a ''very'' likable introduction suggesting her depiction might be written as either a TragicVillain, an AntiVillain or even outright heroic character.
** Terra, who had been previously BlondesAreEvil and a SixthRangerTraitor, not to mention dead, has been, so far in any case, a heroine and standing member of the Ravagers.
** Arthur Light, better known as Dr. Light, was a [[LightIsNotGood villain]] pre-New 52. Now he's a supporting member of the Justice League of America.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Mr. Freeze, who has been revised to be less of an AntiVillain. He's still out to cure his frozen wife Nora - but this is a lie. Nora was preserved long before Freeze was even born, he's just deluded himself into believing they're married as part of his obsession with cold.
** [[spoiler: Vulko and Engineer have both undergone FaceHeelTurn; due to bitter exile and CyberneticsEatYourSoul respectively.]]
* AlternateSelf: ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and ComicBook/PowerGirl are the exact same person from different universes. Power Girl is ''very'' reluctant to meet her mainstream universe self at first partly because she is worried the universe would explode if they actually touched. When they finally meet in ''Supergirl'' #19 [[spoiler: the universe is fine, the two Karas psychically bond, kick butt together and the only snag is Supergirl's fortress AI mistaking Power Girl, then Supergirl herself for a clone and trying to destroy her.]]
* AlternateUniverse: While a longstanding tradition in DC comics; the Second Wave had the re-established Earth-2 as a focus. (Not only with the ''Earth-2'' comic itself, but the stars of ''Worlds' Finest'' are refugees from that reality.)
* AncientTradition: The ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}} organization, which seems to have its origins in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights''.
* AncientConspiracy: The Court of Owls in ''Batman'' and other Bat-books, who've been secretly controlling Gotham City since it's founding.
* AscendedMeme:
** In his new series, most people react to ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} as if they only knew him from the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'', [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway What Kind Of Lame Power Is Talking To Fish, Anyway?]] version. This leads to him working so hard to prove that he is BadAss that it doesn't actually make any sense for him to have that reputation he's trying so hard to shed in the first place.
** The hero formerly known as Captain Marvel will simply be "{{ComicBook/Shazam}}"; partially because (thanks to WritingAroundTrademarks) [[http://www.newsarama.com/comics/geoff-johns-curse-of-shazam-120126.html "everybody thinks he's called Shazam already, outside of comics."]] IAmNotShazam no more!
* BatFamilyCrossover: This continuity seems to focus more on these than CrisisCrossover stories, at least as of 2012.
** "ComicBook/NightOfTheOwls", which hit the Bat-books around the Second Wave after being built up in ''Batman'' and ''Nightwing'' since the relaunch. It was followed up by ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', which features the return of the Joker and includes every Bat-family book, Suicide Squad, and Teen Titans.
** Also in the Second Wave, "The Culling", which involves ''Superboy'', ''Teen Titans'', and ''Legion Lost''; ''The Ravagers'' spun out of this event.
** ''Green Lantern'''s New 52 status quo was based on a prior Lantern-family crossover, "War of the Green Lanterns", and proceeded to build to another event, "ComicBook/RiseOfTheThirdArmy". After the Third Army comes "ComicBook/WrathOfTheFirstLantern", in which the powerful First Lantern is freed from its prison and begins to wreak havok.
** "ComicBook/{{Rotworld}}", which involves ''Animal Man'', ''Swamp Thing'', and ''Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E'' trying to stop The Rot, the force of death and decay, from killing all life on Earth.
** "ComicBook/HelOnEarth", which involves ''Superman'', ''Supergirl'', and ''Superboy'' trying to stop another kryptonian named H'el from ressurecting Krypton at the expense of Earth.
** "ComicBook/ThroneOfAtlantis": a crossover between ''Justice League'' and ''Aquaman'' which chronicles an invasion of the surface world by Aquaman's brother, Ocean Master, and the forces of Atlantis.
** "Trinity War" has the ''Justice League'', ''Justice League of America'', and ''Justice League Dark'' involved in a confrontation between the Trinity of Sin: Pandora, Phantom Stranger, and the Question.
* BewareTheSuperman: Taking a page from the DC animated universe, governments in general are much more paranoid about superheros, including Superman himself. The JusticeLeagueOfAmerica was spun out for this explicit reason - they wanted a team under their direct control.
* BroadStrokes: Some of the pre-New 52 stories are considered to have still happened. The specific list includes ''TheKillingJoke'', the ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' family during GeoffJohns' run (including ''BlackestNight''), GrantMorrisonsBatman, and some but not all of ''BrightestDay''.
* CallBack: ''DC Universe Presents'' #0 features stories about characters from four books cancelled back in the Second Wave.
* ChekhovsGunman: Reign arrives on Earth, interrupting some silver-haired girl who was talking about how she just moved from Dublin, Ireland.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Not everyone from the old continuity exists in the New 52. Some of the more notable examples are Wally West (Kid Flash I/Flash III), Donna Troy (Wonder Girl I), Dan Garrett (Blue Beetle I), and Ted Kord (Blue Beetle II).
* CivvieSpandex: The new version of Superman started his career wearing a T-shirt and jeans as his costume.
* ConflictBall: Supergirl can not accept the fact that she's been in stasis for twenty years and that her formerly baby cousin (Superman) has grown up in that time. As such she refuses to listen to anything he says. This came back to bite her in the ass when [[spoiler: she ended up in a relationship with H'El despite everyone else telling her that it was a bad idea]].
* ContinuityReboot
** ContinuityRebooter: The Flash and/or Pandora
* ContinuitySnarl:
** Batman's and Green Lantern's prior histories carry over into the new status quo, but there are issues trying to cram everything into the new "five-year" timeline. With Batman, they try to handwave such things with "he's been ''public'' for five years but was active for longer," but still.
*** Batman's side of things gets worse during zero month. ''Batman'', ''Detective Comics'' and ''Dark Knight'' #0 all run on the idea that Bruce has only been Batman for 6 years while ''Batman and Robin'' #0 insists that Damian is 11 years old.
** In the first issue of ''Teen Titans'', it was stated that Tim Drake kept his history as Robin & that previous iterations of the team existed, with references also being made to past Titans teams in ''Red Hood & the Outlaws''. Come the zero issue of ''Teen Titans'' a year later, and Tim's been retconned to have always been ''Red'' Robin & this is the first team of Teen Titans, with the collected edition of the first Titans arc [[OrwellianEditor outright removing the details that were retconned out]]. And as for the previously mentioned members of the Titans in ''Red Hood'', so far the word is, more or less, that Dick Grayson, Starfire, & Arsenal (and possibly some others) hung around with each other, but never called themselves any team name.
* CrisisCrossover: Following the [[BatFamilyCrossover Justice League centered]] ''Trinity War'', September 2013 sees the rise of ''Villains Month'', where all books in this month are temporarily replaced with villain-centric stories with '''#24.X''' numberings, showing that the heroes of the DCU have suffered following the war of the Justice Leagues.
** Four miniseries will also be launched this month: the seven issue '''Forever Evil''' starring [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Lex Luthor]] and 3 five issue miniseries '''Forever Evil: [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Arkham War]]''', '''Forever Evil: [[Comicbook/TheFlash Rouges]]''', and '''Forever Evil: [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica A.R.G.U.S.]]'''.
* CrossThrough: "The Black Diamond Probability" is a banner given to various books following the history of Eclipso's PowerCrystal. It was brought into the world by Lucifer in ''DemonKnights'', used by Dr Jekyll in ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex All-Star Western]]'', captured by A.R.G.U.S. in ''Team 7'' and stolen from A.R.G.U.S. in ''{{Catwoman}}''. ''Catwoman'' being the only non-historic title, this takes the Heart of Darkness up to the present, where it's in the posession of [[spoiler: Alex Montez, Eclipso's second host in the previous continuity]].
** This finally comes to a head as the Black Diamond & Eclipso wind up in Gemworld in ''Sword of Sorcery'', where it is revealed that Eclipso was a major historical figure, as well as literally born of, Gemworld, with Amethyst fighting to stop him.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Some aspects are this compared to when we last saw them. Two families are named "The Dark" and "The Edge".
** Blue Beetle was originally a fun book that didn't take itself too seriously - for example, the scarab was played as a HeroicComedicSociopath. In the New 52, it was initially just [[SociopathicHero a sociopath]], and Jaime couldn't rein it in as much as he used to at first.
** The entire Teen Titans, as clearly shown on their first cover. Most of their team has a red and black color scheme.
** [[{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] has become a little brat from losing his parents. While he has still shown a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold hidden heart of gold]], it's still jarring for readers used to seeing him as more of TheCape than Superman.
* EasterEgg: Each Issue #1 (with the exception of ''[[{{ComicBook/Earth2}} Earth-2]]'') included a one-panel background appearance by [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_1pandora_new_earth_001_998.jpg Pandora]]. [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/4/44/Pandora_Catwoman_001.jpg Here she is hidden in the first issue of Catwoman]]
* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning[=/=]OriginsIssue: The focus of "Zero Month".
** Before the New 52, there was an Issue #0 of ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'', which consists of Batman observing the heroine to get confirmation on her identity, eventually deeming her a worthy candidate for Batman Inc. It is included in the collected edition of the comic's first storyline. Funnily enough, this means that Batwoman has two Issue #0s in this continuity.
** Played with in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' #0 and ''Green Lantern: The New Guardians'' #0 by being only the latter trope; featuring new present-day origins (of Earth's newest Green Lantern and an overhauled ''New Guardians'' roster) instead of flashbacks.
* FanNickname: "The [=DCnU=]"
* FlashbackArc: Both ''Action Comics'' and ''Justice League'' begin with arcs showing how Superman and the League, respectively, got their start. ''Earth-2'' and ''Worlds' Finest'' begin with flashbacks showing how [[spoiler:that universe's Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman died]] and how Huntress and Power Girl arrived on Earth-Prime.
* HostileShowTakeover: September 2013 will be "Villains Month"; which will focus on the villains of each hero's respective comics. The covers feature the villains front and center, the heroes defeated in the background, and the villain's name written on top of the normal title.
* HotterAndSexier:
** The sexuality of traditional {{Ms Fanservice}}s Catwoman and Starfire (in ''Red Hood'') have been ramped up significantly. Notably, [[IronLady Amanda Waller]] also had a major redesign to slim her down when she has ''never'' been a particularly attractive woman (in either looks or personality).
** Similar to Waller, Ma Hunkel[=/=]RedTornado 1 has apparently also been revised to no longer be a slightly overweight middle aged housewife/grandmother, with her crossdressing theme seemingly removed. Though, she's apparently now a composite of Ma Hunkel and her granddaughter Maxine, better known as Cyclone, who didn't share Ma's appearance.
** The male characters are getting it a little, too. Jay Garrick and Alan Scott, as part of the YoungerAndHipper reboot in ''Earth 2,'' both went from senior heroes to young and very attractive (as drawn by Nicola Scott, who gives the readers plenty of FemaleGaze). Superman's facial features have been reworked, making him look more youthful and cute.
** Inverted, though, with Supergirl, whose costume shows a lot of leg but otherwise has been notably downplayed in favour of a more ordinary teenaged girl look; Power Girl, who for about a year had a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_powergirlnew52_6447.jpg much more modest costume]] that even lacked her infamous "[[CleavageWindow boob window]]"; and the Star Sapphires in the ''Green Lantern'' books, whose new costumes aren't nearly as {{Stripperiffic}} as the old ones.
* InNameOnly: ''DC Universe Presents: Challengers Of The Unknown'' stars nine characters who have the same names and roughly the same appearances as the five original Challengers and the four 90s Challengers. And they survive a plane crash. That is the sum total of similarities between the characters.
* LegacyImplosion:
** The titles of both {{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} have reverted to their original owners. There seems to be some sort of editorial fiat against having Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, Batgirls II and III, make appearances (several writers have reported that they asked to use them but have been refused).
** ''TheFlash'' continues the focus on the original, Barry Allen, that had started a few years prior, but the reboot wipes out Wally West's time as the original Kid Flash and third Flash.
** The Justice Society has suffered a major legacy implosion, with the all of the children and grandchildren wiped from existence and the original JSA members becoming young again. The divide between Earth 2 and the main DCU also has brought up a kind of OneSteveLimit, in that TheFlash and GreenLantern are the only superheroes with ongoing stories to have versions in both universes [[hottip:*: Earth 2 also had versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, but they get killed off in the prologue of the series]]. Every other superhero is editorially confined to either one continuity or the other. So, for example, TheSpectre, traditionally a {{JSA}} character, is now in the main DC universe instead of Earth 2 with the rest of the rebooted Golden Age characters.
** Jaime Reyes is now the first Blue Beetle. Well, he isn't the first user of the Scarab, but the previous user was a ''Mayan astronomer'', meaning both Dan Garrett and Ted Kord apparently no longer exist.
* MistakenForAnImposter: Lois Lane mistook Supergirl for a "comely cosplayer" at their first meeting, mostly because she walked into Clark Kent's apartment when Clark and Lois were arguing with each other and romantic jealousy had cropped up.
* MultipleChoicePast: Averted. For the first time in all the decades he's existed, ThePhantomStranger now has a definitive origin... and his fandom has a BrokenBase.
* MythologyGag: Batwing's costume looks a lot like the imaginary African-American Batman (aka "Bat-Wings") in the seventies comic "The Batman Nobody Knows". Only less seventies.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** Most of the hype for ''Earth-2'' focused on that world's versions of the Big Three: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. [[spoiler: [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler They're killed off in the first issue.]]]]
** DC also tried to spin the marketing for the series as a DarkerAndEdgier take on the Golden Age heroes, when it actually falls ''heavily'' on the "Idealistic" side of the SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism.
* TheNewAdventures
* NinetiesAntiHero: There have been some comparisons of the New 52 with the early days of ImageComics, which may be something to be expected when you've got Image co-founders Jim Lee and RobLiefeld working for you.
* RaceLift:
** Morgan Edge is now a BaldBlackLeaderGuy. As is General Eiling.
** As of the 7th issue of Justice League, Etta Candy.
** More of an 'Ethnicity Lift' but Silver Banshee is now explicitly Irish rather than being from a fictional half-Irish, half-Scottish island (though her accent is still a little... out there.) Oddly her surname was changed to the rather un-Irish 'Smythe'.
** PlayedWith: the wizard {{Shazam}} has long been described as an ancient Canaanite, but this is the first version where he doesn't look white.
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler: {{Superman}} and WonderWoman become a couple since ''Justice League'' # 12]].
* RetCanon: A number of elements of other media incarnations made their way into the new DC Universe. Among them...
** [[Film/GreenLantern Amanda Waller's weight loss]]
** [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Commissioner Gordon retaining red hair in the present]]. Similarly, Zsasz has been altered [[Film/BatmanBegins to incldue a beard]]. In addition to getting his outfit tweaked, Bane was later seen leading an army and in a flashback ''Detective Comics'', Vol. 2, # 19, had planned to steal a nuclear device to threaten Gotham much like he did in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
** Bane's [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries new costume]], though it was later been tweaked to include [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises a vest and cargo pants]]. Similarly, Harley's new look seems to take after her ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' and ''Theatre/BatmanLive'' versions.
** [[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot Etta Candy's aforementioned Race Lift]]
* RetCon: Just a year in and they're already contradicting themselves. ''Teen Titans'' had Tim Drake mention his time as Robin and that there had been prior versions of the Titans. When the trade paperback came out, this was revised with Tim always being ''Red'' Robin (never regular Robin, though still Batman's sidekick), and omitting mentions of prior Titans.
** The Titans were also originally referenced in the Batwoman series, with Flamebird claiming to have been part of the team and having fought Deathstroke. This dialogue also found itself edited when it came time for the trade paperback to be released.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Silver Banshee is now firmly linked with Supergirl rather than her original foe Superman (though as noted under AdaptationalHeroism she isn't evil, at least yet.)
* SameCharacterButDifferent: Some disgruntled DC fans cite this as the reason they dislike the New 52, and that many characters are "in name only" versions. Others will argue that the core of most characters remains the same. There's certainly quite a bit of BrokenBase for the entire DCU due to this.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Face it, with all the radical changes introduced, not all of them were going to stick. Firestorm went back to his original powerset after about a year, and Power Girl's also started wearing her "boob window" costume after a year.
* SuperheroesStaySingle:
** Superman and the Flash are back to being bachelors again. [[spoiler: This did not last for either of them. Superman is now with Wonder Woman and Flash is now with Patty Spivot.]]
** Averted with ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, who's still married, and Comicbook/AnimalMan, who still is married ''and'' still has children.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** The original relaunch has ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal supplant]] its SpiritualSuccessor, ''SecretSix'', as the VillainProtagonist team book.
** In the second wave, ''GI Combat'' replaced ''Men of War'' as the military book, though the substitution ends at genre since the books are very different. Men of War is a fairly realistic modern war story, whereas GI Combat splits time between super-commando counter-terrorism (the "Unknown Soldier" segments) and soldiers who get sent back in time and battle dinosaurs.
** ''Batgirl'' starring Barbara Gordon has been accused of cribbing from [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} Stephanie Brown's run as Batgirl]] immediately before.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Barbara Gordon, who had her paralysis healed. It should be noted that the writers are aware of the trope's UnfortunateImplications and are having Barbara continue to struggle with the psychological scars.
* TronLines: Visible on members of the Ravagers' suits.
* UnderwearOfPower: Averted. Superman, Batman, and other characters no longer wear briefs as part of their costumes.
* WhamLine: In Franchise/{{Wonder Woman}}: [[NewGods BOOM]].
* WolverinePublicity: Batman & the other Gotham heroes appear in more books than any other, having up to ''triple'' the exposure of the second-most-common franchises (Superman and Green Lantern).
* YoungerAndHipper: Just about all the heroes, but especially the Earth-2 characters; who are now the same ages as their more mainstream counterparts when they were traditionally OlderAndWiser.

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In 1986, Creator/DCComics made comic book history by rebooting their entire continuity in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. Character histories were changed, merged in from other continuities, or even restarted from scratch. The PostCrisis DCUniverse would never be the same.

In 2011, they did it again.

The "New 52" is DC's second major reboot, following the ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' event. (There were two other {{Cosmic Retcon}}s- with ''ZeroHour'' and ''InfiniteCrisis'' / ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' - but they were largely cosmetic.) In the wake of TheFlash messing with the TimeyWimeyBall, DC canceled all their ongoings (even ''Action Comics'' and ''Detective Comics'', both of which were nearing the 1000th issue) and launched 52 new titles in their place. In this new continuity, superheroes have only emerged publicly in the last five years or so, with many only beginning to show up now. Even so, many major prior storylines are still canon, at least in BroadStrokes. VertigoComics and {{Wildstorm}} characters have also been incorporated into this new continuity.

Of course, DC wouldn't let things stop there. In January 2012 they overhauled their corporate logo, and has since occasionally refreshed the line by replacing a few books with new ones, always keeping the number of ongoing titles at exactly 52.

For info on the changes made in the ''last'' big overhaul, see PostCrisis.

[[folder:The New 52 and Their Changes]]
Titles in '''bold''' are currently ongoing for the foreseeable future.
!August/September 2011 (The New 52)
[[index]]
!!Superman
* '''''ComicBook/ActionComics'''''
* '''''Franchise/{{Superman}}'''''
* '''''{{Superboy}}'''''
* '''''{{Supergirl}}'''''

All three Super-characters have been scaled back to earlier versions and are having their alien-ness highlighted: Clark Kent is not married to LoisLane and both Ma and Pa Kent passed away before Clark came to Metropolis, Superboy is a lab experiment intended to be used as a weapon, and Supergirl has only recently arrived from Krypton. ''Action Comics'' is now a Superman version of ''Batman: Year One'', detailing the early years of Superman's career. The other main change is that, like in the BronzeAge, the ''Daily Planet'' has been bought by Galaxy Broadcasting. This time, however, it's Lois who's moved to TV and Clark who's staying with print journalism. Also, their classic costumes are replaced with ceremonial Kryptonian battle armor with similar design elements.

!!Batman
* '''''Detective Comics'''''
* '''''Franchise/{{Batman}}'''''
* '''''Batman: The Dark Knight'''''
* '''''Batman and Robin'''''
* '''''{{Nightwing}}'''''
* '''''Comicbook/{{Batgirl|2011}}'''''
* '''''Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}'''''
* '''''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'''''
* '''''Batwing'''''
* '''''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'''''
* '''''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'''''

The Bat-books pick up where they left off, with [[GrantMorrisonsBatman Bruce Wayne appointing Batmen worldwide]] (including Batwing, who operates in a fictionalized version of the Democratic Republic of Congo). However Dick Grayson, who had become ''the'' Batman of Gotham, gives up the mantle and returns to being Nightwing. Meanwhile, Barbara Gordon has recovered from her paralysis and becomes Batgirl again, booting Stephanie Brown from the role. The books also introduced the Court of Owls, an AncientConspiracy that has run Gotham for generations and has ties to Wayne's and Grayson's pasts. Later on, it is revealed that Tim Drake has never been Robin, only Red Robin, and that his parents are still alive and in witness protection.

!!Green Lantern
* '''''Comicbook/GreenLantern'''''
* '''''Green Lantern Corps'''''
* '''''Green Lantern: New Guardians'''''
* '''''Red Lanterns'''''

Like ''Batman'', ''Green Lantern'' was especially successful prior to the reboot, so it keeps its recent history with corps of multiple colors emerging. Hal Jordan has been dismissed from the Corps due to the "War of the Green Lanterns" and replaced by {{Sinestro}} of all people, though he soon takes Hal on as a sidekick. Kyle Rayner, meanwhile, has defied the Guardians and joined an alliance of Lanterns of other colors, and Atrocitus has begun reorganizing his Red Lanterns with a new sense of purpose. In "Zero Month", a new human Lantern, Simon Baz, is introduced.

!!Justice League and other DCU
* '''''{{Justice League|Of America}}''''' - The New 52's flagship book, featuring six of the traditional Big Seven with Cyborg in place of MartianManhunter (who is in ''Stormwatch'' instead). It also began including ''Curse of {{Shazam}}!'' backup stories around the same time as the second wave.
* ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational''
* '''''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'''''
* '''''Franchise/WonderWoman'''''
* '''''TheFlash''''' - Barry Allen, like Superman, is now younger and unmarried, but the big change is that Wally West is not and has never been the Flash ''or'' Kid Flash.
* ''CaptainAtom''
* ''The Fury of {{Firestorm}}'' - Firestorm was rebooted and the very nature of his powers changed; rather than requiring a FusionDance, each person can become a Firestorm and can then merge into a stronger being if they wish. It's also being reimagined as an arms race metaphor, with multiple countries developing their own Firestorms.
* '''''ComicBook/GreenArrow'''''
* ''The Savage ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}'' - Needless to say the infamous [[ContinuitySnarl Hawk-Snarl]] is wiped away. Hawkman is now Katar Hol from Thanagar, hiding out on Earth as Carter Hall.
* ''Mister Terrific''
* ''DC Universe Presents'' - An AnthologyComic featuring new characters every few months; featured characters include Comicbook/{{Deadman}}, the Challengers of the Unknown, VandalSavage, and BlackLightning and BlueDevil as a duo.

!!Young Justice (teen heroes)
* '''''Comicbook/TeenTitans''''' - Now brought together to defend themselves from N.O.W.H.E.R.E., an organization with an interest in superpowered teens and the creators of Superboy; half the team are the classic junior versions of Justice League members (Red Robin, Superboy, Wonder Girl, and Kid Flash), and half are all-new characters: Solstice (who was actually introduced shortly before the reboot), Skitter, and Bunker. (Of other notable former Titans, Cyborg is on the Justice League, Starfire is with Red Hood, and Beast Boy and Terra are with the Ravagers.)
* ''[[Comicbook/{{Static}} Static Shock]]'' - Now taking place in New York, much of Static's MilestoneComics history has remained in Canon [[hottip:*:As mandated by the late DwayneMcDuffie]]. His introduction to DC comics from 2 years prior have all been retcon except, curiously enough, being captured by the Darkside Club.
* ''Hawk and Dove''
* ''BlueBeetle'' - not only is this still Jaime Reyes as opposed to one of his predecessors, but the strong implication is that he is now the '''only''' BlueBeetle in the DCUniverse.
* ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''
* ''Legion Lost'' - A ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' spin-off focusing on a time-displaced squad stranded in the present day.

!!The Edge (DarkerAndEdgier titles)
* '''''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'''''
* ''Grifter''
* ''Deathstroke''
* '''''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'''''
* ''{{OMAC}}''
* ''{{Blackhawk}}s''
* ''Men of War'' - Featuring a descendant of Comicbook/SgtRock, it shows a soldier's ground-level view of superhuman conflicts.
* ''Voodoo''
* '''''All-Star Western''''' - While not outright contradicting any previous stories, the series ties ComicBook/JonahHex closer to the wider DCU by sending him east to get to the bottom of a city that's as corrupt and lawless as any in the West - [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham]].

!!The Dark (supernatural/[[VertigoComics Vertigo]] titles)
* '''''JusticeLeagueDark'''''
* '''''Comicbook/SwampThing'''''
* '''''Comicbook/AnimalMan'''''
* ''[[ComicBook/FrankensteinAgentOfSHADE Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.]]''
* ''Comicbook/IVampire''
* ''ResurrectionMan''
* ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' - A brand new book, featuring a RagtagBunchOfMisfits in the DCU's DarkAgeEurope.

!May 2012 (Second Wave)
Replacing ''Blackhawks'', ''Hawk and Dove'', ''Men of War'', ''Mister Terrific'', ''O.M.A.C.'', and ''Static Shock'' are:
* ''Batman Incorporated'' - The conclusion of GrantMorrisonsBatman saga.
* '''''[[{{Comicbook/Earth2}} Earth 2]]''''' - A reinvention of {{The Golden Age|OfComicBooks}} parallel universe (once again separate from the main continuity), featuring their all-star team, the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. As part of this, everyone is YoungerAndHipper instead of elder veteran heroes, including things like making GreenLantern Alan Scott a gay man (a character trait [[CompositeCharacter inherited]] from his his son Obsidian, who is now {{retgone}}).
* '''''{{Huntress}}[=/=]PowerGirl: Worlds' Finest''''' - Both characters have been returned to to their original Earth-2 origins, though they're now stranded on the main DCU Earth.
* ''The Ravagers'' - Spinning out of ''Teen Titans'', this is a brand new team of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. refugees: [[ComicBook/{{Gen13}} Caitlin Fairchild]], [[Comicbook/TeenTitans Beast Boy, Terra,]] and new characters Ridge, Thunder, and Lightning. In a minor but noticeable change, Beast Boy's odd coloring has gone from green to red as a connection to fellow beast-themed hero Animal Man.
* ''GI Combat''
* ''Comicbook/{{Dial H|For Hero}}'' - a [[VertigoComics Vertigo]]-style, DarkerAndEdgier, reworking of the older DC series ''Dial H For Hero'', keeping the basic concept of the Hero Dial that turns people into random superheroes but featuring entirely new characters.

!September 2012 (Zero Month)
The one-year anniversary of the relaunch; in addition to replacing some titles, every book was a [[EpisodeZeroTheBeginning #0]] OriginsIssue. Replacing ''Justice League International'', ''Captain Atom'', ''Resurrection Man'', and ''Voodoo'' are:
[[/index]]
* '''''Talon''''' - A new Bat-related book, featuring a former Court of Owls assassin suffering a ContractOnTheHitman.
[[index]]
* ''ComicBook/TeamSeven'' - Based on a Wildstorm title and set five years ago, with the team being a countermeasure to emerging superhumans. It has a mixed cast of DC and Wildstorm characters, including several who are also appearing in titles set in the present day.
* ''Sword of Sorcery featuring ComicBook/{{Amethyst|Princess Of Gemworld}}'' - A fantasy book featuring an ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld'' remake as the lead story. The main noticeable difference from the prior incarnation is that there's no OlderAlterEgo bits this time; Amethyst stays seventeen on both Earth and Gemworld.
* '''''ThePhantomStranger''''' - Traditionally a mysterious character with a MultipleChoicePast, the Stranger is now established as having been punished by [[{{Shazam}} the first magic users]] for some horrendous crime and all ''but'' explicitly stated to be [[spoiler:[[Literature/TheBible Judas Iscariot]]]].

! January/February 2013
''GI Combat'' ended in December 2012, and ''Frankenstein'', ''Grifter'', ''Blue Beetle'', and ''Legion Lost'' in January 2013. Replacing them are:
* '''''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''''', - "The World's Most Dangerous Heroes" A rebooted {{JLA}}, now recognised as a separate entity from the JusticeLeague. Led by MartianManhunter, the announced team members are {{Stargirl}}, ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}, ComicBook/GreenArrow, new GreenLantern Simon Baz, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, Katana, Steve Trevor and Vibe.
* '''''Katana''''' - Spinoff of ''Birds of Prey'' and ''Justice League of America''.
* '''''Vibe''''' - Spinoff of ''Justice League of America''.
* ''Threshold'' - a new sci-fi book featuring reimagined versions of old RayGunGothic characters: the Star Rovers, Star Hawkins, Space Cabbie, Tom Tomorrow, Captain K’Rot, and Star Ranger. It also has ties to fellow space books ''Green Lantern'' and newly-canceled ''Blue Beetle'', including backup stories about Orange Lantern Larfleeze.
* '''''Constantine''''' - A reboot of classic VertigoComics series ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}, starring the New 52 incarnation of John Constantine.

! April/May 2013
''DC Universe Presents'' and ''I, Vampire'' are to end in March, and ''Deathstroke'', ''Fury of Firestorm'', ''The Ravagers'', ''Savage Hawkman'', ''Sword of Sorcery'', and ''Team 7'' in April. DC originally advertised April as "WTF Certified", with that months' comics intended to have a high HolyShitQuotient; they later dropped that branding due to complaints about [[PrecisionFStrike the "F"]]. Replacements we know at this time:
* '''''The Green Team''''' - Featuring a group of "teen trillionaire" investors looking to finance weird superscience projects.
* '''''ComicBook/TheMovement''''' - A counterpoint to the "1%" ''Green Team'', it involves "99%-er" superhumans striking back against {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and the like.
* '''''Superman Unchained''''' - The long-awaited ''Superman'' book by Scott Synder and Jim Lee.
* '''''Batman/Superman'''''
* '''''Larfleeze''''' - A ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' spinoff starring the eponymous Orange Lantern.
* '''''Trinity of Sin: Pandora''''' - Added to the DC mythos at the end of ''Flashpoint'', Pandora is the actual mythological figure and was cursed alongside the Question and Phantom Stranger; her crime being opening the box and unwittingly releasing evils unto the world. Feeling she's been wrongfully accused for all this time for anything bad that happens, she's now fed up and not going to take it anymore.
[[/index]]

!Non-specific changes
* TheQuestion: In a drastic departure from his previous incarnation as a masked investigator, he was now punished alongside the Phantom Stranger and Pandora for unknown crimes by having his face and name erased.
* Silver Banshee: Like TheQuestion, she has been changed fairly dramatically. She is now Siobhan Smythe, a good-natured [[RaceLift Irish]] punk girl and recurring supporting character in the ''Supergirl'' book. She hasn't used her powers much (except for being able to speak any language) and seems understandably afraid of them since they come from her supervillain father. She's also Kara's BFF.
[[/folder]]

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!!The New 52 contain examples of the following tropes:
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Silver Banshee, who has been reintroduced in ''{{Supergirl}}'', gets a ''very'' likable introduction suggesting her depiction might be written as either a TragicVillain, an AntiVillain or even outright heroic character.
** Terra, who had been previously BlondesAreEvil and a SixthRangerTraitor, not to mention dead, has been, so far in any case, a heroine and standing member of the Ravagers.
** Arthur Light, better known as Dr. Light, was a [[LightIsNotGood villain]] pre-New 52. Now he's a supporting member of the Justice League of America.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Mr. Freeze, who has been revised to be less of an AntiVillain. He's still out to cure his frozen wife Nora - but this is a lie. Nora was preserved long before Freeze was even born, he's just deluded himself into believing they're married as part of his obsession with cold.
** [[spoiler: Vulko and Engineer have both undergone FaceHeelTurn; due to bitter exile and CyberneticsEatYourSoul respectively.]]
* AlternateSelf: ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and ComicBook/PowerGirl are the exact same person from different universes. Power Girl is ''very'' reluctant to meet her mainstream universe self at first partly because she is worried the universe would explode if they actually touched. When they finally meet in ''Supergirl'' #19 [[spoiler: the universe is fine, the two Karas psychically bond, kick butt together and the only snag is Supergirl's fortress AI mistaking Power Girl, then Supergirl herself for a clone and trying to destroy her.]]
* AlternateUniverse: While a longstanding tradition in DC comics; the Second Wave had the re-established Earth-2 as a focus. (Not only with the ''Earth-2'' comic itself, but the stars of ''Worlds' Finest'' are refugees from that reality.)
* AncientTradition: The ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}} organization, which seems to have its origins in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights''.
* AncientConspiracy: The Court of Owls in ''Batman'' and other Bat-books, who've been secretly controlling Gotham City since it's founding.
* AscendedMeme:
** In his new series, most people react to ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} as if they only knew him from the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'', [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway What Kind Of Lame Power Is Talking To Fish, Anyway?]] version. This leads to him working so hard to prove that he is BadAss that it doesn't actually make any sense for him to have that reputation he's trying so hard to shed in the first place.
** The hero formerly known as Captain Marvel will simply be "{{ComicBook/Shazam}}"; partially because (thanks to WritingAroundTrademarks) [[http://www.newsarama.com/comics/geoff-johns-curse-of-shazam-120126.html "everybody thinks he's called Shazam already, outside of comics."]] IAmNotShazam no more!
* BatFamilyCrossover: This continuity seems to focus more on these than CrisisCrossover stories, at least as of 2012.
** "ComicBook/NightOfTheOwls", which hit the Bat-books around the Second Wave after being built up in ''Batman'' and ''Nightwing'' since the relaunch. It was followed up by ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', which features the return of the Joker and includes every Bat-family book, Suicide Squad, and Teen Titans.
** Also in the Second Wave, "The Culling", which involves ''Superboy'', ''Teen Titans'', and ''Legion Lost''; ''The Ravagers'' spun out of this event.
** ''Green Lantern'''s New 52 status quo was based on a prior Lantern-family crossover, "War of the Green Lanterns", and proceeded to build to another event, "ComicBook/RiseOfTheThirdArmy". After the Third Army comes "ComicBook/WrathOfTheFirstLantern", in which the powerful First Lantern is freed from its prison and begins to wreak havok.
** "ComicBook/{{Rotworld}}", which involves ''Animal Man'', ''Swamp Thing'', and ''Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E'' trying to stop The Rot, the force of death and decay, from killing all life on Earth.
** "ComicBook/HelOnEarth", which involves ''Superman'', ''Supergirl'', and ''Superboy'' trying to stop another kryptonian named H'el from ressurecting Krypton at the expense of Earth.
** "ComicBook/ThroneOfAtlantis": a crossover between ''Justice League'' and ''Aquaman'' which chronicles an invasion of the surface world by Aquaman's brother, Ocean Master, and the forces of Atlantis.
** "Trinity War" has the ''Justice League'', ''Justice League of America'', and ''Justice League Dark'' involved in a confrontation between the Trinity of Sin: Pandora, Phantom Stranger, and the Question.
* BewareTheSuperman: Taking a page from the DC animated universe, governments in general are much more paranoid about superheros, including Superman himself. The JusticeLeagueOfAmerica was spun out for this explicit reason - they wanted a team under their direct control.
* BroadStrokes: Some of the pre-New 52 stories are considered to have still happened. The specific list includes ''TheKillingJoke'', the ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' family during GeoffJohns' run (including ''BlackestNight''), GrantMorrisonsBatman, and some but not all of ''BrightestDay''.
* CallBack: ''DC Universe Presents'' #0 features stories about characters from four books cancelled back in the Second Wave.
* ChekhovsGunman: Reign arrives on Earth, interrupting some silver-haired girl who was talking about how she just moved from Dublin, Ireland.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Not everyone from the old continuity exists in the New 52. Some of the more notable examples are Wally West (Kid Flash I/Flash III), Donna Troy (Wonder Girl I), Dan Garrett (Blue Beetle I), and Ted Kord (Blue Beetle II).
* CivvieSpandex: The new version of Superman started his career wearing a T-shirt and jeans as his costume.
* ConflictBall: Supergirl can not accept the fact that she's been in stasis for twenty years and that her formerly baby cousin (Superman) has grown up in that time. As such she refuses to listen to anything he says. This came back to bite her in the ass when [[spoiler: she ended up in a relationship with H'El despite everyone else telling her that it was a bad idea]].
* ContinuityReboot
** ContinuityRebooter: The Flash and/or Pandora
* ContinuitySnarl:
** Batman's and Green Lantern's prior histories carry over into the new status quo, but there are issues trying to cram everything into the new "five-year" timeline. With Batman, they try to handwave such things with "he's been ''public'' for five years but was active for longer," but still.
*** Batman's side of things gets worse during zero month. ''Batman'', ''Detective Comics'' and ''Dark Knight'' #0 all run on the idea that Bruce has only been Batman for 6 years while ''Batman and Robin'' #0 insists that Damian is 11 years old.
** In the first issue of ''Teen Titans'', it was stated that Tim Drake kept his history as Robin & that previous iterations of the team existed, with references also being made to past Titans teams in ''Red Hood & the Outlaws''. Come the zero issue of ''Teen Titans'' a year later, and Tim's been retconned to have always been ''Red'' Robin & this is the first team of Teen Titans, with the collected edition of the first Titans arc [[OrwellianEditor outright removing the details that were retconned out]]. And as for the previously mentioned members of the Titans in ''Red Hood'', so far the word is, more or less, that Dick Grayson, Starfire, & Arsenal (and possibly some others) hung around with each other, but never called themselves any team name.
* CrisisCrossover: Following the [[BatFamilyCrossover Justice League centered]] ''Trinity War'', September 2013 sees the rise of ''Villains Month'', where all books in this month are temporarily replaced with villain-centric stories with '''#24.X''' numberings, showing that the heroes of the DCU have suffered following the war of the Justice Leagues.
** Four miniseries will also be launched this month: the seven issue '''Forever Evil''' starring [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Lex Luthor]] and 3 five issue miniseries '''Forever Evil: [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Arkham War]]''', '''Forever Evil: [[Comicbook/TheFlash Rouges]]''', and '''Forever Evil: [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica A.R.G.U.S.]]'''.
* CrossThrough: "The Black Diamond Probability" is a banner given to various books following the history of Eclipso's PowerCrystal. It was brought into the world by Lucifer in ''DemonKnights'', used by Dr Jekyll in ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex All-Star Western]]'', captured by A.R.G.U.S. in ''Team 7'' and stolen from A.R.G.U.S. in ''{{Catwoman}}''. ''Catwoman'' being the only non-historic title, this takes the Heart of Darkness up to the present, where it's in the posession of [[spoiler: Alex Montez, Eclipso's second host in the previous continuity]].
** This finally comes to a head as the Black Diamond & Eclipso wind up in Gemworld in ''Sword of Sorcery'', where it is revealed that Eclipso was a major historical figure, as well as literally born of, Gemworld, with Amethyst fighting to stop him.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Some aspects are this compared to when we last saw them. Two families are named "The Dark" and "The Edge".
** Blue Beetle was originally a fun book that didn't take itself too seriously - for example, the scarab was played as a HeroicComedicSociopath. In the New 52, it was initially just [[SociopathicHero a sociopath]], and Jaime couldn't rein it in as much as he used to at first.
** The entire Teen Titans, as clearly shown on their first cover. Most of their team has a red and black color scheme.
** [[{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] has become a little brat from losing his parents. While he has still shown a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold hidden heart of gold]], it's still jarring for readers used to seeing him as more of TheCape than Superman.
* EasterEgg: Each Issue #1 (with the exception of ''[[{{ComicBook/Earth2}} Earth-2]]'') included a one-panel background appearance by [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_1pandora_new_earth_001_998.jpg Pandora]]. [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/4/44/Pandora_Catwoman_001.jpg Here she is hidden in the first issue of Catwoman]]
* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning[=/=]OriginsIssue: The focus of "Zero Month".
** Before the New 52, there was an Issue #0 of ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'', which consists of Batman observing the heroine to get confirmation on her identity, eventually deeming her a worthy candidate for Batman Inc. It is included in the collected edition of the comic's first storyline. Funnily enough, this means that Batwoman has two Issue #0s in this continuity.
** Played with in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' #0 and ''Green Lantern: The New Guardians'' #0 by being only the latter trope; featuring new present-day origins (of Earth's newest Green Lantern and an overhauled ''New Guardians'' roster) instead of flashbacks.
* FanNickname: "The [=DCnU=]"
* FlashbackArc: Both ''Action Comics'' and ''Justice League'' begin with arcs showing how Superman and the League, respectively, got their start. ''Earth-2'' and ''Worlds' Finest'' begin with flashbacks showing how [[spoiler:that universe's Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman died]] and how Huntress and Power Girl arrived on Earth-Prime.
* HostileShowTakeover: September 2013 will be "Villains Month"; which will focus on the villains of each hero's respective comics. The covers feature the villains front and center, the heroes defeated in the background, and the villain's name written on top of the normal title.
* HotterAndSexier:
** The sexuality of traditional {{Ms Fanservice}}s Catwoman and Starfire (in ''Red Hood'') have been ramped up significantly. Notably, [[IronLady Amanda Waller]] also had a major redesign to slim her down when she has ''never'' been a particularly attractive woman (in either looks or personality).
** Similar to Waller, Ma Hunkel[=/=]RedTornado 1 has apparently also been revised to no longer be a slightly overweight middle aged housewife/grandmother, with her crossdressing theme seemingly removed. Though, she's apparently now a composite of Ma Hunkel and her granddaughter Maxine, better known as Cyclone, who didn't share Ma's appearance.
** The male characters are getting it a little, too. Jay Garrick and Alan Scott, as part of the YoungerAndHipper reboot in ''Earth 2,'' both went from senior heroes to young and very attractive (as drawn by Nicola Scott, who gives the readers plenty of FemaleGaze). Superman's facial features have been reworked, making him look more youthful and cute.
** Inverted, though, with Supergirl, whose costume shows a lot of leg but otherwise has been notably downplayed in favour of a more ordinary teenaged girl look; Power Girl, who for about a year had a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_powergirlnew52_6447.jpg much more modest costume]] that even lacked her infamous "[[CleavageWindow boob window]]"; and the Star Sapphires in the ''Green Lantern'' books, whose new costumes aren't nearly as {{Stripperiffic}} as the old ones.
* InNameOnly: ''DC Universe Presents: Challengers Of The Unknown'' stars nine characters who have the same names and roughly the same appearances as the five original Challengers and the four 90s Challengers. And they survive a plane crash. That is the sum total of similarities between the characters.
* LegacyImplosion:
** The titles of both {{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} have reverted to their original owners. There seems to be some sort of editorial fiat against having Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, Batgirls II and III, make appearances (several writers have reported that they asked to use them but have been refused).
** ''TheFlash'' continues the focus on the original, Barry Allen, that had started a few years prior, but the reboot wipes out Wally West's time as the original Kid Flash and third Flash.
** The Justice Society has suffered a major legacy implosion, with the all of the children and grandchildren wiped from existence and the original JSA members becoming young again. The divide between Earth 2 and the main DCU also has brought up a kind of OneSteveLimit, in that TheFlash and GreenLantern are the only superheroes with ongoing stories to have versions in both universes [[hottip:*: Earth 2 also had versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, but they get killed off in the prologue of the series]]. Every other superhero is editorially confined to either one continuity or the other. So, for example, TheSpectre, traditionally a {{JSA}} character, is now in the main DC universe instead of Earth 2 with the rest of the rebooted Golden Age characters.
** Jaime Reyes is now the first Blue Beetle. Well, he isn't the first user of the Scarab, but the previous user was a ''Mayan astronomer'', meaning both Dan Garrett and Ted Kord apparently no longer exist.
* MistakenForAnImposter: Lois Lane mistook Supergirl for a "comely cosplayer" at their first meeting, mostly because she walked into Clark Kent's apartment when Clark and Lois were arguing with each other and romantic jealousy had cropped up.
* MultipleChoicePast: Averted. For the first time in all the decades he's existed, ThePhantomStranger now has a definitive origin... and his fandom has a BrokenBase.
* MythologyGag: Batwing's costume looks a lot like the imaginary African-American Batman (aka "Bat-Wings") in the seventies comic "The Batman Nobody Knows". Only less seventies.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** Most of the hype for ''Earth-2'' focused on that world's versions of the Big Three: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. [[spoiler: [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler They're killed off in the first issue.]]]]
** DC also tried to spin the marketing for the series as a DarkerAndEdgier take on the Golden Age heroes, when it actually falls ''heavily'' on the "Idealistic" side of the SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism.
* TheNewAdventures
* NinetiesAntiHero: There have been some comparisons of the New 52 with the early days of ImageComics, which may be something to be expected when you've got Image co-founders Jim Lee and RobLiefeld working for you.
* RaceLift:
** Morgan Edge is now a BaldBlackLeaderGuy. As is General Eiling.
** As of the 7th issue of Justice League, Etta Candy.
** More of an 'Ethnicity Lift' but Silver Banshee is now explicitly Irish rather than being from a fictional half-Irish, half-Scottish island (though her accent is still a little... out there.) Oddly her surname was changed to the rather un-Irish 'Smythe'.
** PlayedWith: the wizard {{Shazam}} has long been described as an ancient Canaanite, but this is the first version where he doesn't look white.
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler: {{Superman}} and WonderWoman become a couple since ''Justice League'' # 12]].
* RetCanon: A number of elements of other media incarnations made their way into the new DC Universe. Among them...
** [[Film/GreenLantern Amanda Waller's weight loss]]
** [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Commissioner Gordon retaining red hair in the present]]. Similarly, Zsasz has been altered [[Film/BatmanBegins to incldue a beard]]. In addition to getting his outfit tweaked, Bane was later seen leading an army and in a flashback ''Detective Comics'', Vol. 2, # 19, had planned to steal a nuclear device to threaten Gotham much like he did in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
** Bane's [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries new costume]], though it was later been tweaked to include [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises a vest and cargo pants]]. Similarly, Harley's new look seems to take after her ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' and ''Theatre/BatmanLive'' versions.
** [[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot Etta Candy's aforementioned Race Lift]]
* RetCon: Just a year in and they're already contradicting themselves. ''Teen Titans'' had Tim Drake mention his time as Robin and that there had been prior versions of the Titans. When the trade paperback came out, this was revised with Tim always being ''Red'' Robin (never regular Robin, though still Batman's sidekick), and omitting mentions of prior Titans.
** The Titans were also originally referenced in the Batwoman series, with Flamebird claiming to have been part of the team and having fought Deathstroke. This dialogue also found itself edited when it came time for the trade paperback to be released.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Silver Banshee is now firmly linked with Supergirl rather than her original foe Superman (though as noted under AdaptationalHeroism she isn't evil, at least yet.)
* SameCharacterButDifferent: Some disgruntled DC fans cite this as the reason they dislike the New 52, and that many characters are "in name only" versions. Others will argue that the core of most characters remains the same. There's certainly quite a bit of BrokenBase for the entire DCU due to this.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Face it, with all the radical changes introduced, not all of them were going to stick. Firestorm went back to his original powerset after about a year, and Power Girl's also started wearing her "boob window" costume after a year.
* SuperheroesStaySingle:
** Superman and the Flash are back to being bachelors again. [[spoiler: This did not last for either of them. Superman is now with Wonder Woman and Flash is now with Patty Spivot.]]
** Averted with ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, who's still married, and Comicbook/AnimalMan, who still is married ''and'' still has children.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** The original relaunch has ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal supplant]] its SpiritualSuccessor, ''SecretSix'', as the VillainProtagonist team book.
** In the second wave, ''GI Combat'' replaced ''Men of War'' as the military book, though the substitution ends at genre since the books are very different. Men of War is a fairly realistic modern war story, whereas GI Combat splits time between super-commando counter-terrorism (the "Unknown Soldier" segments) and soldiers who get sent back in time and battle dinosaurs.
** ''Batgirl'' starring Barbara Gordon has been accused of cribbing from [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} Stephanie Brown's run as Batgirl]] immediately before.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Barbara Gordon, who had her paralysis healed. It should be noted that the writers are aware of the trope's UnfortunateImplications and are having Barbara continue to struggle with the psychological scars.
* TronLines: Visible on members of the Ravagers' suits.
* UnderwearOfPower: Averted. Superman, Batman, and other characters no longer wear briefs as part of their costumes.
* WhamLine: In Franchise/{{Wonder Woman}}: [[NewGods BOOM]].
* WolverinePublicity: Batman & the other Gotham heroes appear in more books than any other, having up to ''triple'' the exposure of the second-most-common franchises (Superman and Green Lantern).
* YoungerAndHipper: Just about all the heroes, but especially the Earth-2 characters; who are now the same ages as their more mainstream counterparts when they were traditionally OlderAndWiser.

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10th Jun '13 4:41:22 PM urutapu
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* CrossThrough: "The Black Diamond Probability" is a banner given to various books following the history of Eclipso's

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* CrossThrough: "The Black Diamond Probability" is a banner given to various books following the history of Eclipso'sEclipso's PowerCrystal. It was brought into the world by Lucifer in ''DemonKnights'', used by Dr Jekyll in ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex All-Star Western]]'', captured by A.R.G.U.S. in ''Team 7'' and stolen from A.R.G.U.S. in ''{{Catwoman}}''. ''Catwoman'' being the only non-historic title, this takes the Heart of Darkness up to the present, where it's in the posession of [[spoiler: Alex Montez, Eclipso's second host in the previous continuity]].
** This finally comes to a head as the Black Diamond & Eclipso wind up in Gemworld in ''Sword of Sorcery'', where it is revealed that Eclipso was a major historical figure, as well as literally born of, Gemworld, with Amethyst fighting to stop him.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Some aspects are this compared to when we last saw them. Two families are named "The Dark" and "The Edge".
** Blue Beetle was originally a fun book that didn't take itself too seriously - for example, the scarab was played as a HeroicComedicSociopath. In the New 52, it was initially just [[SociopathicHero a sociopath]], and Jaime couldn't rein it in as much as he used to at first.
** The entire Teen Titans, as clearly shown on their first cover. Most of their team has a red and black color scheme.
** [[{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] has become a little brat from losing his parents. While he has still shown a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold hidden heart of gold]], it's still jarring for readers used to seeing him as more of TheCape than Superman.
* EasterEgg: Each Issue #1 (with the exception of ''[[{{ComicBook/Earth2}} Earth-2]]'') included a one-panel background appearance by [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_1pandora_new_earth_001_998.jpg Pandora]]. [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/4/44/Pandora_Catwoman_001.jpg Here she is hidden in the first issue of Catwoman]]
* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning[=/=]OriginsIssue: The focus of "Zero Month".
** Before the New 52, there was an Issue #0 of ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'', which consists of Batman observing the heroine to get confirmation on her identity, eventually deeming her a worthy candidate for Batman Inc. It is included in the collected edition of the comic's first storyline. Funnily enough, this means that Batwoman has two Issue #0s in this continuity.
** Played with in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' #0 and ''Green Lantern: The New Guardians'' #0 by being only the latter trope; featuring new present-day origins (of Earth's newest Green Lantern and an overhauled ''New Guardians'' roster) instead of flashbacks.
* FanNickname: "The [=DCnU=]"
* FlashbackArc: Both ''Action Comics'' and ''Justice League'' begin with arcs showing how Superman and the League, respectively, got their start. ''Earth-2'' and ''Worlds' Finest'' begin with flashbacks showing how [[spoiler:that universe's Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman died]] and how Huntress and Power Girl arrived on Earth-Prime.
* HostileShowTakeover: September 2013 will be "Villains Month"; which will focus on the villains of each hero's respective comics. The covers feature the villains front and center, the heroes defeated in the background, and the villain's name written on top of the normal title.
* HotterAndSexier:
** The sexuality of traditional {{Ms Fanservice}}s Catwoman and Starfire (in ''Red Hood'') have been ramped up significantly. Notably, [[IronLady Amanda Waller]] also had a major redesign to slim her down when she has ''never'' been a particularly attractive woman (in either looks or personality).
** Similar to Waller, Ma Hunkel[=/=]RedTornado 1 has apparently also been revised to no longer be a slightly overweight middle aged housewife/grandmother, with her crossdressing theme seemingly removed. Though, she's apparently now a composite of Ma Hunkel and her granddaughter Maxine, better known as Cyclone, who didn't share Ma's appearance.
** The male characters are getting it a little, too. Jay Garrick and Alan Scott, as part of the YoungerAndHipper reboot in ''Earth 2,'' both went from senior heroes to young and very attractive (as drawn by Nicola Scott, who gives the readers plenty of FemaleGaze). Superman's facial features have been reworked, making him look more youthful and cute.
** Inverted, though, with Supergirl, whose costume shows a lot of leg but otherwise has been notably downplayed in favour of a more ordinary teenaged girl look; Power Girl, who for about a year had a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_powergirlnew52_6447.jpg much more modest costume]] that even lacked her infamous "[[CleavageWindow boob window]]"; and the Star Sapphires in the ''Green Lantern'' books, whose new costumes aren't nearly as {{Stripperiffic}} as the old ones.
* InNameOnly: ''DC Universe Presents: Challengers Of The Unknown'' stars nine characters who have the same names and roughly the same appearances as the five original Challengers and the four 90s Challengers. And they survive a plane crash. That is the sum total of similarities between the characters.
* LegacyImplosion:
** The titles of both {{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} have reverted to their original owners. There seems to be some sort of editorial fiat against having Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, Batgirls II and III, make appearances (several writers have reported that they asked to use them but have been refused).
** ''TheFlash'' continues the focus on the original, Barry Allen, that had started a few years prior, but the reboot wipes out Wally West's time as the original Kid Flash and third Flash.
** The Justice Society has suffered a major legacy implosion, with the all of the children and grandchildren wiped from existence and the original JSA members becoming young again. The divide between Earth 2 and the main DCU also has brought up a kind of OneSteveLimit, in that TheFlash and GreenLantern are the only superheroes with ongoing stories to have versions in both universes [[hottip:*: Earth 2 also had versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, but they get killed off in the prologue of the series]]. Every other superhero is editorially confined to either one continuity or the other. So, for example, TheSpectre, traditionally a {{JSA}} character, is now in the main DC universe instead of Earth 2 with the rest of the rebooted Golden Age characters.
** Jaime Reyes is now the first Blue Beetle. Well, he isn't the first user of the Scarab, but the previous user was a ''Mayan astronomer'', meaning both Dan Garrett and Ted Kord apparently no longer exist.
* MistakenForAnImposter: Lois Lane mistook Supergirl for a "comely cosplayer" at their first meeting, mostly because she walked into Clark Kent's apartment when Clark and Lois were arguing with each other and romantic jealousy had cropped up.
* MultipleChoicePast: Averted. For the first time in all the decades he's existed, ThePhantomStranger now has a definitive origin... and his fandom has a BrokenBase.
* MythologyGag: Batwing's costume looks a lot like the imaginary African-American Batman (aka "Bat-Wings") in the seventies comic "The Batman Nobody Knows". Only less seventies.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** Most of the hype for ''Earth-2'' focused on that world's versions of the Big Three: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. [[spoiler: [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler They're killed off in the first issue.]]]]
** DC also tried to spin the marketing for the series as a DarkerAndEdgier take on the Golden Age heroes, when it actually falls ''heavily'' on the "Idealistic" side of the SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism.
* TheNewAdventures
* NinetiesAntiHero: There have been some comparisons of the New 52 with the early days of ImageComics, which may be something to be expected when you've got Image co-founders Jim Lee and RobLiefeld working for you.
* RaceLift:
** Morgan Edge is now a BaldBlackLeaderGuy. As is General Eiling.
** As of the 7th issue of Justice League, Etta Candy.
** More of an 'Ethnicity Lift' but Silver Banshee is now explicitly Irish rather than being from a fictional half-Irish, half-Scottish island (though her accent is still a little... out there.) Oddly her surname was changed to the rather un-Irish 'Smythe'.
** PlayedWith: the wizard {{Shazam}} has long been described as an ancient Canaanite, but this is the first version where he doesn't look white.
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler: {{Superman}} and WonderWoman become a couple since ''Justice League'' # 12]].
* RetCanon: A number of elements of other media incarnations made their way into the new DC Universe. Among them...
** [[Film/GreenLantern Amanda Waller's weight loss]]
** [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Commissioner Gordon retaining red hair in the present]]. Similarly, Zsasz has been altered [[Film/BatmanBegins to incldue a beard]]. In addition to getting his outfit tweaked, Bane was later seen leading an army and in a flashback ''Detective Comics'', Vol. 2, # 19, had planned to steal a nuclear device to threaten Gotham much like he did in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
** Bane's [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries new costume]], though it was later been tweaked to include [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises a vest and cargo pants]]. Similarly, Harley's new look seems to take after her ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' and ''Theatre/BatmanLive'' versions.
** [[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot Etta Candy's aforementioned Race Lift]]
* RetCon: Just a year in and they're already contradicting themselves. ''Teen Titans'' had Tim Drake mention his time as Robin and that there had been prior versions of the Titans. When the trade paperback came out, this was revised with Tim always being ''Red'' Robin (never regular Robin, though still Batman's sidekick), and omitting mentions of prior Titans.
** The Titans were also originally referenced in the Batwoman series, with Flamebird claiming to have been part of the team and having fought Deathstroke. This dialogue also found itself edited when it came time for the trade paperback to be released.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Silver Banshee is now firmly linked with Supergirl rather than her original foe Superman (though as noted under AdaptationalHeroism she isn't evil, at least yet.)
* SameCharacterButDifferent: Some disgruntled DC fans cite this as the reason they dislike the New 52, and that many characters are "in name only" versions. Others will argue that the core of most characters remains the same. There's certainly quite a bit of BrokenBase for the entire DCU due to this.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Face it, with all the radical changes introduced, not all of them were going to stick. Firestorm went back to his original powerset after about a year, and Power Girl's also started wearing her "boob window" costume after a year.
* SuperheroesStaySingle:
** Superman and the Flash are back to being bachelors again. [[spoiler: This did not last for either of them. Superman is now with Wonder Woman and Flash is now with Patty Spivot.]]
** Averted with ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, who's still married, and Comicbook/AnimalMan, who still is married ''and'' still has children.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** The original relaunch has ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal supplant]] its SpiritualSuccessor, ''SecretSix'', as the VillainProtagonist team book.
** In the second wave, ''GI Combat'' replaced ''Men of War'' as the military book, though the substitution ends at genre since the books are very different. Men of War is a fairly realistic modern war story, whereas GI Combat splits time between super-commando counter-terrorism (the "Unknown Soldier" segments) and soldiers who get sent back in time and battle dinosaurs.
** ''Batgirl'' starring Barbara Gordon has been accused of cribbing from [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} Stephanie Brown's run as Batgirl]] immediately before.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Barbara Gordon, who had her paralysis healed. It should be noted that the writers are aware of the trope's UnfortunateImplications and are having Barbara continue to struggle with the psychological scars.
* TronLines: Visible on members of the Ravagers' suits.
* UnderwearOfPower: Averted. Superman, Batman, and other characters no longer wear briefs as part of their costumes.
* WhamLine: In Franchise/{{Wonder Woman}}: [[NewGods BOOM]].
* WolverinePublicity: Batman & the other Gotham heroes appear in more books than any other, having up to ''triple'' the exposure of the second-most-common franchises (Superman and Green Lantern).
* YoungerAndHipper: Just about all the heroes, but especially the Earth-2 characters; who are now the same ages as their more mainstream counterparts when they were traditionally OlderAndWiser.

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10th Jun '13 2:08:31 PM LittleRedHen
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** In the first issue of ''Teen Titans'', it was stated that Tim Drake kept his history as Robin & that previous iterations of the team existed, with references also being made to past Titans teams in ''Red Hood & the Outlaws''. Come the zero issue of ''Teen Titans'' a year later, and Tim's been retconned to have always been ''Red'' Robin & this is the first team of Teen Titans, with the collected edition of the first Titans arc [[OrwellianEditor outright removing the details that were retconned out]]. And as for the previously mentioned members of the Tians in ''Red Hood'', so far the word is, more or less, that Dick Grayson, Starfire, & Arsenal (and possibly some others) hung around with each other, but never called themselves any team name.

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** In the first issue of ''Teen Titans'', it was stated that Tim Drake kept his history as Robin & that previous iterations of the team existed, with references also being made to past Titans teams in ''Red Hood & the Outlaws''. Come the zero issue of ''Teen Titans'' a year later, and Tim's been retconned to have always been ''Red'' Robin & this is the first team of Teen Titans, with the collected edition of the first Titans arc [[OrwellianEditor outright removing the details that were retconned out]]. And as for the previously mentioned members of the Tians Titans in ''Red Hood'', so far the word is, more or less, that Dick Grayson, Starfire, & Arsenal (and possibly some others) hung around with each other, but never called themselves any team name.



* CrossThrough: "The Black Diamond Probability" is a banner given to various books following the history of Eclipso's PowerCrystal. It was brought into the world by Lucifer in ''DemonKnights'', used by Dr Jekyll in ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex All-Star Western]]'', captured by A.R.G.U.S. in ''Team 7'' and stolen from A.R.G.U.S. in ''{{Catwoman}}''. ''Catwoman'' being the only non-historic title, this takes the Heart of Darkness up to the present, where it's in the posession of [[spoiler: Alex Montez, Eclipso's second host in the previous continuity]].
** This finally comes to a head as the Black Diamond & Eclipso wind up in Gemworld in ''Sword of Sorcery'', where it is revealed that Eclipso was a major historical figure, as well as literally born of, Gemworld, with Amethyst fighting to stop him.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Some aspects are this compared to when we last saw them. Two families are named "The Dark" and "The Edge".
** Blue Beetle was originally a fun book that didn't take itself too seriously - for example, the scarab was played as a HeroicComedicSociopath. In the New 52, it was initially just [[SociopathicHero a sociopath]], and Jaime couldn't rein it in as much as he used to at first.
** The entire Teen Titans, as clearly shown on their first cover. Most of their team has a red and black color scheme.
** [[{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] has become a little brat from losing his parents. While he has still shown a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold hidden heart of gold]], it's still jarring for readers used to seeing him as more of TheCape than Superman.
* EasterEgg: Each Issue #1 (with the exception of ''[[{{ComicBook/Earth2}} Earth-2]]'') included a one-panel background appearance by [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_1pandora_new_earth_001_998.jpg Pandora]]. [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/4/44/Pandora_Catwoman_001.jpg Here she is hidden in the first issue of Catwoman]]
* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning[=/=]OriginsIssue: The focus of "Zero Month".
** Before the New 52, there was an Issue #0 of ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'', which consists of Batman observing the heroine to get confirmation on her identity, eventually deeming her a worthy candidate for Batman Inc. It is included in the collected edition of the comic's first storyline. Funnily enough, this means that Batwoman has two Issue #0s in this continuity.
** Played with in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' #0 and ''Green Lantern: The New Guardians'' #0 by being only the latter trope; featuring new present-day origins (of Earth's newest Green Lantern and an overhauled ''New Guardians'' roster) instead of flashbacks.
* FanNickname: "The [=DCnU=]"
* FlashbackArc: Both ''Action Comics'' and ''Justice League'' begin with arcs showing how Superman and the League, respectively, got their start. ''Earth-2'' and ''Worlds' Finest'' begin with flashbacks showing how [[spoiler:that universe's Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman died]] and how Huntress and Power Girl arrived on Earth-Prime.
* HostileShowTakeover: September 2013 will be "Villains Month"; which will focus on the villains of each hero's respective comics. The covers feature the villains front and center, the heroes defeated in the background, and the villain's name written on top of the normal title.
* HotterAndSexier:
** The sexuality of traditional {{Ms Fanservice}}s Catwoman and Starfire (in ''Red Hood'') have been ramped up significantly. Notably, [[IronLady Amanda Waller]] also had a major redesign to slim her down when she has ''never'' been a particularly attractive woman (in either looks or personality).
** Similar to Waller, Ma Hunkel[=/=]RedTornado 1 has apparently also been revised to no longer be a slightly overweight middle aged housewife/grandmother, with her crossdressing theme seemingly removed. Though, she's apparently now a composite of Ma Hunkel and her granddaughter Maxine, better known as Cyclone, who didn't share Ma's appearance.
** The male characters are getting it a little, too. Jay Garrick and Alan Scott, as part of the YoungerAndHipper reboot in ''Earth 2,'' both went from senior heroes to young and very attractive (as drawn by Nicola Scott, who gives the readers plenty of FemaleGaze). Superman's facial features have been reworked, making him look more youthful and cute.
** Inverted, though, with Supergirl, whose costume shows a lot of leg but otherwise has been notably downplayed in favour of a more ordinary teenaged girl look; Power Girl, who for about a year had a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_powergirlnew52_6447.jpg much more modest costume]] that even lacked her infamous "[[CleavageWindow boob window]]"; and the Star Sapphires in the ''Green Lantern'' books, whose new costumes aren't nearly as {{Stripperiffic}} as the old ones.
* InNameOnly: ''DC Universe Presents: Challengers Of The Unknown'' stars nine characters who have the same names and roughly the same appearances as the five original Challengers and the four 90s Challengers. And they survive a plane crash. That is the sum total of similarities between the characters.
* LegacyImplosion:
** The titles of both {{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} have reverted to their original owners. There seems to be some sort of editorial fiat against having Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, Batgirls II and III, make appearances (several writers have reported that they asked to use them but have been refused).
** ''TheFlash'' continues the focus on the original, Barry Allen, that had started a few years prior, but the reboot wipes out Wally West's time as the original Kid Flash and third Flash.
** The Justice Society has suffered a major legacy implosion, with the all of the children and grandchildren wiped from existence and the original JSA members becoming young again. The divide between Earth 2 and the main DCU also has brought up a kind of OneSteveLimit, in that TheFlash and GreenLantern are the only superheroes with ongoing stories to have versions in both universes [[hottip:*: Earth 2 also had versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, but they get killed off in the prologue of the series]]. Every other superhero is editorially confined to either one continuity or the other. So, for example, TheSpectre, traditionally a {{JSA}} character, is now in the main DC universe instead of Earth 2 with the rest of the rebooted Golden Age characters.
** Jaime Reyes is now the first Blue Beetle. Well, he isn't the first user of the Scarab, but the previous user was a ''Mayan astronomer'', meaning both Dan Garrett and Ted Kord apparently no longer exist.
* MistakenForAnImposter: Lois Lane mistook Supergirl for a "comely cosplayer" at their first meeting, mostly because she walked into Clark Kent's apartment when Clark and Lois were arguing with each other and romantic jealousy had cropped up.
* MultipleChoicePast: Averted. For the first time in all the decades he's existed, ThePhantomStranger now has a definitive origin... and his fandom has a BrokenBase.
* MythologyGag: Batwing's costume looks a lot like the imaginary African-American Batman (aka "Bat-Wings") in the seventies comic "The Batman Nobody Knows". Only less seventies.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** Most of the hype for ''Earth-2'' focused on that world's versions of the Big Three: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. [[spoiler: [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler They're killed off in the first issue.]]]]
** DC also tried to spin the marketing for the series as a DarkerAndEdgier take on the Golden Age heroes, when it actually falls ''heavily'' on the "Idealistic" side of the SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism.
* TheNewAdventures
* NinetiesAntiHero: There have been some comparisons of the New 52 with the early days of ImageComics, which may be something to be expected when you've got Image co-founders Jim Lee and RobLiefeld working for you.
* RaceLift:
** Morgan Edge is now a BaldBlackLeaderGuy. As is General Eiling.
** As of the 7th issue of Justice League, Etta Candy.
** More of an 'Ethnicity Lift' but Silver Banshee is now explicitly Irish rather than being from a fictional half-Irish, half-Scottish island (though her accent is still a little... out there.) Oddly her surname was changed to the rather un-Irish 'Smythe'.
** PlayedWith: the wizard {{Shazam}} has long been described as an ancient Canaanite, but this is the first version where he doesn't look white.
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler: {{Superman}} and WonderWoman become a couple since ''Justice League'' # 12]].
* RetCanon: A number of elements of other media incarnations made their way into the new DC Universe. Among them...
** [[Film/GreenLantern Amanda Waller's weight loss]]
** [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Commissioner Gordon retaining red hair in the present]]. Similarly, Zsasz has been altered [[Film/BatmanBegins to incldue a beard]]. In addition to getting his outfit tweaked, Bane was later seen leading an army and in a flashback ''Detective Comics'', Vol. 2, # 19, had planned to steal a nuclear device to threaten Gotham much like he did in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
** Bane's [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries new costume]], though it was later been tweaked to include [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises a vest and cargo pants]]. Similarly, Harley's new look seems to take after her ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' and ''Theatre/BatmanLive'' versions.
** [[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot Etta Candy's aforementioned Race Lift]]
* RetCon: Just a year in and they're already contradicting themselves. ''Teen Titans'' had Tim Drake mention his time as Robin and that there had been prior versions of the Titans. When the trade paperback came out, this was revised with Tim always being ''Red'' Robin (never regular Robin, though still Batman's sidekick), and omitting mentions of prior Titans.
** The Titans were also originally referenced in the Batwoman series, with Flamebird claiming to have been part of the team and having fought Deathstroke. This dialogue also found itself edited when it came time for the trade paperback to be released.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Silver Banshee is now firmly linked with Supergirl rather than her original foe Superman (though as noted under AdaptationalHeroism she isn't evil, at least yet.)
* SameCharacterButDifferent: Some disgruntled DC fans cite this as the reason they dislike the New 52, and that many characters are "in name only" versions. Others will argue that the core of most characters remains the same. There's certainly quite a bit of BrokenBase for the entire DCU due to this.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Face it, with all the radical changes introduced, not all of them were going to stick. Firestorm went back to his original powerset after about a year, and Power Girl's also started wearing her "boob window" costume after a year.
* SuperheroesStaySingle:
** Superman and the Flash are back to being bachelors again. [[spoiler: This did not last for either of them. Superman is now with Wonder Woman and Flash is now with Patty Spivot.]]
** Averted with ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, who's still married, and Comicbook/AnimalMan, who still is married ''and'' still has children.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** The original relaunch has ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal supplant]] its SpiritualSuccessor, ''SecretSix'', as the VillainProtagonist team book.
** In the second wave, ''GI Combat'' replaced ''Men of War'' as the military book, though the substitution ends at genre since the books are very different. Men of War is a fairly realistic modern war story, whereas GI Combat splits time between super-commando counter-terrorism (the "Unknown Soldier" segments) and soldiers who get sent back in time and battle dinosaurs.
** ''Batgirl'' starring Barbara Gordon has been accused of cribbing from [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} Stephanie Brown's run as Batgirl]] immediately before.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Barbara Gordon, who had her paralysis healed. It should be noted that the writers are aware of the trope's UnfortunateImplications and are having Barbara continue to struggle with the psychological scars.
* TronLines: Visible on members of the Ravagers' suits.
* UnderwearOfPower: Averted. Superman, Batman, and other characters no longer wear briefs as part of their costumes.
* WhamLine: In Franchise/{{Wonder Woman}}: [[NewGods BOOM]].
* WolverinePublicity: Batman & the other Gotham heroes appear in more books than any other, having up to ''triple'' the exposure of the second-most-common franchises (Superman and Green Lantern).
* YoungerAndHipper: Just about all the heroes, but especially the Earth-2 characters; who are now the same ages as their more mainstream counterparts when they were traditionally OlderAndWiser.

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* CrossThrough: "The Black Diamond Probability" is a banner given to various books following the history of Eclipso's PowerCrystal. It was brought into the world by Lucifer in ''DemonKnights'', used by Dr Jekyll in ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex All-Star Western]]'', captured by A.R.G.U.S. in ''Team 7'' and stolen from A.R.G.U.S. in ''{{Catwoman}}''. ''Catwoman'' being the only non-historic title, this takes the Heart of Darkness up to the present, where it's in the posession of [[spoiler: Alex Montez, Eclipso's second host in the previous continuity]].
** This finally comes to a head as the Black Diamond & Eclipso wind up in Gemworld in ''Sword of Sorcery'', where it is revealed that Eclipso was a major historical figure, as well as literally born of, Gemworld, with Amethyst fighting to stop him.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Some aspects are this compared to when we last saw them. Two families are named "The Dark" and "The Edge".
** Blue Beetle was originally a fun book that didn't take itself too seriously - for example, the scarab was played as a HeroicComedicSociopath. In the New 52, it was initially just [[SociopathicHero a sociopath]], and Jaime couldn't rein it in as much as he used to at first.
** The entire Teen Titans, as clearly shown on their first cover. Most of their team has a red and black color scheme.
** [[{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] has become a little brat from losing his parents. While he has still shown a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold hidden heart of gold]], it's still jarring for readers used to seeing him as more of TheCape than Superman.
* EasterEgg: Each Issue #1 (with the exception of ''[[{{ComicBook/Earth2}} Earth-2]]'') included a one-panel background appearance by [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_1pandora_new_earth_001_998.jpg Pandora]]. [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/4/44/Pandora_Catwoman_001.jpg Here she is hidden in the first issue of Catwoman]]
* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning[=/=]OriginsIssue: The focus of "Zero Month".
** Before the New 52, there was an Issue #0 of ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'', which consists of Batman observing the heroine to get confirmation on her identity, eventually deeming her a worthy candidate for Batman Inc. It is included in the collected edition of the comic's first storyline. Funnily enough, this means that Batwoman has two Issue #0s in this continuity.
** Played with in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' #0 and ''Green Lantern: The New Guardians'' #0 by being only the latter trope; featuring new present-day origins (of Earth's newest Green Lantern and an overhauled ''New Guardians'' roster) instead of flashbacks.
* FanNickname: "The [=DCnU=]"
* FlashbackArc: Both ''Action Comics'' and ''Justice League'' begin with arcs showing how Superman and the League, respectively, got their start. ''Earth-2'' and ''Worlds' Finest'' begin with flashbacks showing how [[spoiler:that universe's Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman died]] and how Huntress and Power Girl arrived on Earth-Prime.
* HostileShowTakeover: September 2013 will be "Villains Month"; which will focus on the villains of each hero's respective comics. The covers feature the villains front and center, the heroes defeated in the background, and the villain's name written on top of the normal title.
* HotterAndSexier:
** The sexuality of traditional {{Ms Fanservice}}s Catwoman and Starfire (in ''Red Hood'') have been ramped up significantly. Notably, [[IronLady Amanda Waller]] also had a major redesign to slim her down when she has ''never'' been a particularly attractive woman (in either looks or personality).
** Similar to Waller, Ma Hunkel[=/=]RedTornado 1 has apparently also been revised to no longer be a slightly overweight middle aged housewife/grandmother, with her crossdressing theme seemingly removed. Though, she's apparently now a composite of Ma Hunkel and her granddaughter Maxine, better known as Cyclone, who didn't share Ma's appearance.
** The male characters are getting it a little, too. Jay Garrick and Alan Scott, as part of the YoungerAndHipper reboot in ''Earth 2,'' both went from senior heroes to young and very attractive (as drawn by Nicola Scott, who gives the readers plenty of FemaleGaze). Superman's facial features have been reworked, making him look more youthful and cute.
** Inverted, though, with Supergirl, whose costume shows a lot of leg but otherwise has been notably downplayed in favour of a more ordinary teenaged girl look; Power Girl, who for about a year had a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_powergirlnew52_6447.jpg much more modest costume]] that even lacked her infamous "[[CleavageWindow boob window]]"; and the Star Sapphires in the ''Green Lantern'' books, whose new costumes aren't nearly as {{Stripperiffic}} as the old ones.
* InNameOnly: ''DC Universe Presents: Challengers Of The Unknown'' stars nine characters who have the same names and roughly the same appearances as the five original Challengers and the four 90s Challengers. And they survive a plane crash. That is the sum total of similarities between the characters.
* LegacyImplosion:
** The titles of both {{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} have reverted to their original owners. There seems to be some sort of editorial fiat against having Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, Batgirls II and III, make appearances (several writers have reported that they asked to use them but have been refused).
** ''TheFlash'' continues the focus on the original, Barry Allen, that had started a few years prior, but the reboot wipes out Wally West's time as the original Kid Flash and third Flash.
** The Justice Society has suffered a major legacy implosion, with the all of the children and grandchildren wiped from existence and the original JSA members becoming young again. The divide between Earth 2 and the main DCU also has brought up a kind of OneSteveLimit, in that TheFlash and GreenLantern are the only superheroes with ongoing stories to have versions in both universes [[hottip:*: Earth 2 also had versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, but they get killed off in the prologue of the series]]. Every other superhero is editorially confined to either one continuity or the other. So, for example, TheSpectre, traditionally a {{JSA}} character, is now in the main DC universe instead of Earth 2 with the rest of the rebooted Golden Age characters.
** Jaime Reyes is now the first Blue Beetle. Well, he isn't the first user of the Scarab, but the previous user was a ''Mayan astronomer'', meaning both Dan Garrett and Ted Kord apparently no longer exist.
* MistakenForAnImposter: Lois Lane mistook Supergirl for a "comely cosplayer" at their first meeting, mostly because she walked into Clark Kent's apartment when Clark and Lois were arguing with each other and romantic jealousy had cropped up.
* MultipleChoicePast: Averted. For the first time in all the decades he's existed, ThePhantomStranger now has a definitive origin... and his fandom has a BrokenBase.
* MythologyGag: Batwing's costume looks a lot like the imaginary African-American Batman (aka "Bat-Wings") in the seventies comic "The Batman Nobody Knows". Only less seventies.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** Most of the hype for ''Earth-2'' focused on that world's versions of the Big Three: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. [[spoiler: [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler They're killed off in the first issue.]]]]
** DC also tried to spin the marketing for the series as a DarkerAndEdgier take on the Golden Age heroes, when it actually falls ''heavily'' on the "Idealistic" side of the SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism.
* TheNewAdventures
* NinetiesAntiHero: There have been some comparisons of the New 52 with the early days of ImageComics, which may be something to be expected when you've got Image co-founders Jim Lee and RobLiefeld working for you.
* RaceLift:
** Morgan Edge is now a BaldBlackLeaderGuy. As is General Eiling.
** As of the 7th issue of Justice League, Etta Candy.
** More of an 'Ethnicity Lift' but Silver Banshee is now explicitly Irish rather than being from a fictional half-Irish, half-Scottish island (though her accent is still a little... out there.) Oddly her surname was changed to the rather un-Irish 'Smythe'.
** PlayedWith: the wizard {{Shazam}} has long been described as an ancient Canaanite, but this is the first version where he doesn't look white.
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler: {{Superman}} and WonderWoman become a couple since ''Justice League'' # 12]].
* RetCanon: A number of elements of other media incarnations made their way into the new DC Universe. Among them...
** [[Film/GreenLantern Amanda Waller's weight loss]]
** [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Commissioner Gordon retaining red hair in the present]]. Similarly, Zsasz has been altered [[Film/BatmanBegins to incldue a beard]]. In addition to getting his outfit tweaked, Bane was later seen leading an army and in a flashback ''Detective Comics'', Vol. 2, # 19, had planned to steal a nuclear device to threaten Gotham much like he did in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
** Bane's [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries new costume]], though it was later been tweaked to include [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises a vest and cargo pants]]. Similarly, Harley's new look seems to take after her ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' and ''Theatre/BatmanLive'' versions.
** [[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot Etta Candy's aforementioned Race Lift]]
* RetCon: Just a year in and they're already contradicting themselves. ''Teen Titans'' had Tim Drake mention his time as Robin and that there had been prior versions of the Titans. When the trade paperback came out, this was revised with Tim always being ''Red'' Robin (never regular Robin, though still Batman's sidekick), and omitting mentions of prior Titans.
** The Titans were also originally referenced in the Batwoman series, with Flamebird claiming to have been part of the team and having fought Deathstroke. This dialogue also found itself edited when it came time for the trade paperback to be released.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Silver Banshee is now firmly linked with Supergirl rather than her original foe Superman (though as noted under AdaptationalHeroism she isn't evil, at least yet.)
* SameCharacterButDifferent: Some disgruntled DC fans cite this as the reason they dislike the New 52, and that many characters are "in name only" versions. Others will argue that the core of most characters remains the same. There's certainly quite a bit of BrokenBase for the entire DCU due to this.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Face it, with all the radical changes introduced, not all of them were going to stick. Firestorm went back to his original powerset after about a year, and Power Girl's also started wearing her "boob window" costume after a year.
* SuperheroesStaySingle:
** Superman and the Flash are back to being bachelors again. [[spoiler: This did not last for either of them. Superman is now with Wonder Woman and Flash is now with Patty Spivot.]]
** Averted with ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, who's still married, and Comicbook/AnimalMan, who still is married ''and'' still has children.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** The original relaunch has ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal supplant]] its SpiritualSuccessor, ''SecretSix'', as the VillainProtagonist team book.
** In the second wave, ''GI Combat'' replaced ''Men of War'' as the military book, though the substitution ends at genre since the books are very different. Men of War is a fairly realistic modern war story, whereas GI Combat splits time between super-commando counter-terrorism (the "Unknown Soldier" segments) and soldiers who get sent back in time and battle dinosaurs.
** ''Batgirl'' starring Barbara Gordon has been accused of cribbing from [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} Stephanie Brown's run as Batgirl]] immediately before.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Barbara Gordon, who had her paralysis healed. It should be noted that the writers are aware of the trope's UnfortunateImplications and are having Barbara continue to struggle with the psychological scars.
* TronLines: Visible on members of the Ravagers' suits.
* UnderwearOfPower: Averted. Superman, Batman, and other characters no longer wear briefs as part of their costumes.
* WhamLine: In Franchise/{{Wonder Woman}}: [[NewGods BOOM]].
* WolverinePublicity: Batman & the other Gotham heroes appear in more books than any other, having up to ''triple'' the exposure of the second-most-common franchises (Superman and Green Lantern).
* YoungerAndHipper: Just about all the heroes, but especially the Earth-2 characters; who are now the same ages as their more mainstream counterparts when they were traditionally OlderAndWiser.

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* AlternateSelf: ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and ComicBook/PowerGirl are the exact same person from different universes. Power Girl is ''very'' reluctant to meet her mainstream universe self at first partly because she is worried the universe would explode if they actually touched. When they finally meet in ''Supergirl'' #19 [[spoiler: the universe is fine, the two Karas psychically bond, kick butt together and the only snag is Supergirl's fortress AI mistaking Power Girl for a clone and trying to destroy her.]]

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* AlternateSelf: ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and ComicBook/PowerGirl are the exact same person from different universes. Power Girl is ''very'' reluctant to meet her mainstream universe self at first partly because she is worried the universe would explode if they actually touched. When they finally meet in ''Supergirl'' #19 [[spoiler: the universe is fine, the two Karas psychically bond, kick butt together and the only snag is Supergirl's fortress AI mistaking Power Girl Girl, then Supergirl herself for a clone and trying to destroy her.]]



*** Batman's side of things gets worse during zero month. ''Batman'', ''Detective Comics'' and ''Dark Knight'' #0 all run on the idea that Bruce has only been Batman for 6 years while ''Batman and Robin'' #0 insists that Damian is 11 years old. All this while ''Batman Incorporated'' seemingly exists in its own completely separate continuity.
** In the first issue of ''Teen Titans'', it was confirmed that Tim Drake kept his history as Robin & that previous iterations of the team existed, with references also being made to past Titans teams in ''Red Hood & the Outlaws''. Come the zero issue of ''Teen Titans'' a year later, and Tim's been retconned to have always been ''Red'' Robin & this is the first team of Teen Titans, with the collected edition of the first Titans arc [[OrwellianEditor outright removing the details that were retconned out]]; this is further compounded by the arc of ''Batman & Robin'' coming immediately before the zero issues featuring Damien Wayne[=/=]the current Robin setting out to prove he's a better Robin than his predecessors (Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and yes, Tim Drake) by defeating them in combat, except Tim was now never ''actually'' Robin.

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*** Batman's side of things gets worse during zero month. ''Batman'', ''Detective Comics'' and ''Dark Knight'' #0 all run on the idea that Bruce has only been Batman for 6 years while ''Batman and Robin'' #0 insists that Damian is 11 years old. All this while ''Batman Incorporated'' seemingly exists in its own completely separate continuity.
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** In the first issue of ''Teen Titans'', it was confirmed stated that Tim Drake kept his history as Robin & that previous iterations of the team existed, with references also being made to past Titans teams in ''Red Hood & the Outlaws''. Come the zero issue of ''Teen Titans'' a year later, and Tim's been retconned to have always been ''Red'' Robin & this is the first team of Teen Titans, with the collected edition of the first Titans arc [[OrwellianEditor outright removing the details that were retconned out]]; this is further compounded by out]]. And as for the arc previously mentioned members of ''Batman & Robin'' coming immediately before the zero issues featuring Damien Wayne[=/=]the current Robin setting out to prove he's a better Robin than his predecessors (Dick Tians in ''Red Hood'', so far the word is, more or less, that Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and yes, Tim Drake) by defeating them in combat, except Tim was now Starfire, & Arsenal (and possibly some others) hung around with each other, but never ''actually'' Robin.called themselves any team name.
* CrisisCrossover: Following the [[BatFamilyCrossover Justice League centered]] ''Trinity War'', September 2013 sees the rise of ''Villains Month'', where all books in this month are temporarily replaced with villain-centric stories with '''#24.X''' numberings, showing that the heroes of the DCU have suffered following the war of the Justice Leagues.
** Four miniseries will also be launched this month: the seven issue '''Forever Evil''' starring [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Lex Luthor]] and 3 five issue miniseries '''Forever Evil: [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Arkham War]]''', '''Forever Evil: [[Comicbook/TheFlash Rouges]]''', and '''Forever Evil: [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica A.R.G.U.S.]]'''.
8th Jun '13 8:42:10 PM biznizz
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* CrossThrough: "The Black Diamond Probability" is a banner given to various books following the history of Eclipso's PowerCrystal. It was created by Lucifer in ''DemonKnights'', used by Dr Jekyll in ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex All-Star Western]]'', captured by A.R.G.U.S. in ''Team 7'' and stolen from A.R.G.U.S. in ''{{Catwoman}}''. ''Catwoman'' being the only non-historic title, this takes the Heart of Darkness up to the present, where it's in the posession of [[spoiler: Alex Montez, Eclipso's second host in the previous continuity]].

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* CrossThrough: "The Black Diamond Probability" is a banner given to various books following the history of Eclipso's PowerCrystal. It was created brought into the world by Lucifer in ''DemonKnights'', used by Dr Jekyll in ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex All-Star Western]]'', captured by A.R.G.U.S. in ''Team 7'' and stolen from A.R.G.U.S. in ''{{Catwoman}}''. ''Catwoman'' being the only non-historic title, this takes the Heart of Darkness up to the present, where it's in the posession of [[spoiler: Alex Montez, Eclipso's second host in the previous continuity]].continuity]].
** This finally comes to a head as the Black Diamond & Eclipso wind up in Gemworld in ''Sword of Sorcery'', where it is revealed that Eclipso was a major historical figure, as well as literally born of, Gemworld, with Amethyst fighting to stop him.
8th Jun '13 1:14:32 PM nombretomado
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* CrossThrough: "The Black Diamond Probability" is a banner given to various books following the history of Eclipso's PowerCrystal. It was created by Lucifer in ''DemonKnights'', used by Dr Jekyll in ''[[JonahHex All-Star Western]]'', captured by A.R.G.U.S. in ''Team 7'' and stolen from A.R.G.U.S. in ''{{Catwoman}}''. ''Catwoman'' being the only non-historic title, this takes the Heart of Darkness up to the present, where it's in the posession of [[spoiler: Alex Montez, Eclipso's second host in the previous continuity]].

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* CrossThrough: "The Black Diamond Probability" is a banner given to various books following the history of Eclipso's PowerCrystal. It was created by Lucifer in ''DemonKnights'', used by Dr Jekyll in ''[[JonahHex ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex All-Star Western]]'', captured by A.R.G.U.S. in ''Team 7'' and stolen from A.R.G.U.S. in ''{{Catwoman}}''. ''Catwoman'' being the only non-historic title, this takes the Heart of Darkness up to the present, where it's in the posession of [[spoiler: Alex Montez, Eclipso's second host in the previous continuity]].
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