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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 third major reboot, following the ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' event. (There were two other {{Cosmic Retcon}}s- with ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'' and ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' / ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' - but they were largely cosmetic.) In the wake of Franchise/TheFlash messing with the TimeyWimeyBall, DC canceled all their ongoings (even ''Action Comics'' and ''Detective Comics'') 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. Certain Creator/VertigoComics and Creator/{{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)
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!!Superman
* '''''ComicBook/ActionComics'''''
* '''''Franchise/{{Superman}}'''''
* '''''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'''''
* '''''ComicBook/{{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 ComicBook/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'''''
* ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}''
* '''''Comicbook/{{Batgirl|2011}}'''''
* '''''Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}'''''
* '''''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'''''
* '''''Batwing'''''
* '''''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'''''
* '''''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'''''

The Bat-books pick up where they left off, with [[ComicBook/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 SelfDemonstrating/{{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
* '''''Franchise/{{Justice League|Of America}}''''' - The New 52's flagship book, featuring six of the traditional Big Seven with Cyborg in place of MartianManhunter (who instead starts with ''Stormwatch'' before moving on to other titles). It also began including ''Curse of ComicBook/{{Shazam}}!'' backup stories around the same time as the second wave.
* ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' - A United Nations-approved Justice League.
* '''''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}''''' - Aquaman starts off without the throne of Atlantis.
* '''''Franchise/WonderWoman''''' - Wonder Woman's origin is changed from being a clay statue sculpted by Hippolyta to being the demigod daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus (although the original origin is referenced as an in-universe cover-up).
* '''''Franchise/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.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom''
* ''The Fury of ComicBook/{{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, ComicBook/VandalSavage, and ComicBook/BlackLightning and ComicBook/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[[note]]As mandated by the late Creator/DwayneMcDuffie[[/note]]. 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''
* ''ComicBook/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''' ComicBook/BlueBeetle in the [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]].
* ''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}}'': Now reimagined with a line-up of main-DC and former Creator/{{Wildstorm}} characters, and conceived as an age-old covert superhero team dedicated to [[ShootTheDog Shooting The Dog]] when necessary to protect the Earth.
* ''Grifter'': A former ''ComicBook/{{WildCATs}}'' character gets a solo title.
* ''Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}''
* ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'': Essentially the same concept as former incarnations, a team of {{Boxed Crook}}s sent by covert forces on lethal and morally-ambiguous missions.
* ''{{OMAC}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}s''
* ''Men of War'' - Featuring a descendant of Comicbook/SgtRock, it shows a soldier's ground-level view of superhuman conflicts.
* ''Voodoo'': Another solo title for a former ''ComicBook/{{WildCATs}}'' member.
* '''''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/[[Creator/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 ComicBook/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 Franchise/GreenLantern Alan Scott a gay man (a character trait [[CompositeCharacter inherited]] from his his son Obsidian, who is now {{retgone}}).
* '''''ComicBook/{{Huntress}}[=/=]ComicBook/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 [[Creator/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:
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* ''Talon'' - A new Bat-related book, featuring a former Court of Owls assassin suffering a ContractOnTheHitman.
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* ''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.
* '''''ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger''''' - Traditionally a mysterious character with a MultipleChoicePast, the Stranger is now established as having been punished by [[ComicBook/{{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:
* ''[[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica2013 Justice League of America]]'' - "The World's Most Dangerous Heroes" A rebooted {{JLA}}, in this incarnation a separate entity from the JusticeLeague under the command of the United States government. Led by Steve Trevor, the announced team members are Stargirl, ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}, ComicBook/GreenArrow, new Franchise/GreenLantern Simon Baz, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, Katana, MartianManhunter, and Vibe.
* ''{{Katana}}'' - Spinoff of ''Birds of Prey'' and ''Justice League of America''.
* ''Justice League of America's 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 Creator/VertigoComics series ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}, starring the New 52 incarnation of John Constantine.

! April/May 2013
''DC Universe Presents'' and ''I, Vampire'' ended 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 are:
* ''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.
* ''ComicBook/SupermanUnchained'' - A nine-issue miniseries by DreamTeam Scott Snyder and Jim Lee, concerning Superman's conflict with a superhuman controlled by the United States Military.
* '''''Batman/Superman''''' - A team-up book detailing the early years of Batman's and Superman's adventures together.
* ''Larfleeze'' - A ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' spinoff starring the eponymous Orange Lantern.
* '''''ComicBook/TrinityOfSinPandora''''' - 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.

!October/November/December 2013
''ComicBook/DemonKnights'', ''Comicbook/{{Dial H|For Hero}}'', ''Threshold'', and ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' are ending their runs in August 2013. Except for Forever Evil, no new books for September because it is Villains month. Replacements are:
* '''''ComicBook/JusticeLeague3000''''': A brand new book that, like its title implies, focuses on the [[LegacyCharacter successors]] of the Justice League [[TheFuture in the year 3000]].
* '''''Superman/Wonder Woman''''': A team-up book that focuses on Superman and Wonder Woman's adventures together and their growing relationship.
* '''''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn''''': Featuring the Clown Princess of Crime and her adventures in Coney Island after she inherits an apartment complex there.
* '''''ComicBook/ForeverEvil''''': A seven issue miniseries that takes place after the conclusion of ''ComicBook/TrinityWar'' and focuses on the villains.

! April 2014
''Justice League of America's Vibe'' and ''Katana'' ended in December 2013. ''Animal Man'', ''Teen Titans'', ''Nightwing'', ''Superman Unchained'', ''Justice League of America'', and ''Stormwatch'''s final issues will be in March 2014. ''Suicide Squad'' ends in April 2014. Replacements are:
* '''''Aquaman and the Others''''': Featuring Aquaman's time with his first SuperTeam, the Others.
* '''''DC Comics: Secret Origins''''': An anthology book that will chronicle the origins of various DC characters each issue. Creative teams will also switch with each issue.
* '''''Justice League United''''': After ''Forever Evil'', the Justice League of America has disbanded and some of its former members have created a new League located in Canada. Its members include Martian Manhunter, Stargirl, Green Arrow, Animal Man, Supergirl, Adam and Allana Strange, and new superhero Equinox.
* '''''Sinestro''''': The former leader of the Yellow Lantern Corps stars in his own series as he returns from his self imposed exile.

! May 2014
''ComicBook/TheMovement'' ended in May 2014. Replacing it is:
* '''''The New 52 -- Futures End''''': A look into a potential future for five years ahead in Prime Earth, and how those events affect the present day, including the emergence of [[ComicBook/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]] as a CanonImmigrant.

! June/July 2014
''Larfleeze'' ended in June 2014. Replacing it is:
* '''''Grayson''''': Spinning out of the end of ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'', Dick Grayson opts to take a position as an agent of Spyral, an intelligence organization introduced in Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman, in a world-hopping SpyFiction series.
* '''''Infinity Man and the Forever People''''': A ComicBook/NewGods series focusing on the eponymous group of New Genesis natives arriving on Earth.
* '''''Suicide Squad''''': After the first New 52 run ended in April 2014, the series will get a relaunch in July, with the team including Deathstroke, Joker's Daughter, Black Manta, Harley Quinn, and Deadshot.
* '''''Teen Titans''''': After the first New 52 run ended in April 2014, the series will get a relaunch in July, with the team including Wonder Girl, Red Robin, Beast Boy, Raven, and Bunker.
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!Non-specific changes
* Prime Earth: The main Earth most of the events take place in is called Prime Earth instead of post-Crisis's New Earth/Earth-0. It is unrelated to Earth Prime, the pre-New 52 "real world" where DC's writers lived and [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis Superboy-Prime]] originated from.
* 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. His quest is to find the question that, when answered, will return his identity to him.
* 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.
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!!The New 52 contain examples of the following tropes:
* AbortedArc: According to Pandora, a multiverse-level threat necessitated the reboot. After two years this threat has yet to materialize, and the few books that seemed to be offering buildup have been canceled.
** The reboot forced this on a number of titles. Most heartbreakingly, the final pre-52 issue of ''Justice League of America'' consisted of condensed accounts of the various story arcs that were planned for the title, but which now had to be abandoned.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Silver Banshee, who has been reintroduced in ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'', gets a ''very'' likable introduction suggesting her depiction might be written as either a TragicVillain, an AntiVillain or even outright heroic character. While the Silver Banshee spirit within her is evil, Siobhan, the channeler of the spirit, is good — and Siobhan is usually in control, as long as she doesn't use her powers for too much time.
** [[Franchise/WonderWoman Ares]] is probably the least treacherous of the Greek gods, whereas he was a straight villain pre-Flashpoint.
** Terra, who had been previously [[BlondesAreEvil an evil blonde]] and a SixthRangerTraitor, not to mention dead, has been, so far in any case, a heroine and was a standing member of the Ravagers, remaining heroic after their fall.
** 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 [[spoiler:and he died a hero]].
** Orm / Ocean Master, previously a textbook case of evil, was reimagined as a very neutral AntiVillain who truly does care much for his brother, but doesn't trust the surface-dwellers. His only conflict against the heroes [[spoiler:was engineered by [[TreacherousAdvisor Vulko]] in order to disgrace Orm and force Aquaman back to the throne he willingly left to his brother]]. Additionally, Orm never even goes by Ocean Master, and hates when someone calls him that.
** ''Batman: Zero Year'' follows ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' portrayal of Commissioner Loeb as incompetent but well-meaning, rather than corrupt.
** Dr. T.O. Morrow, a Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica villain in the original continuity, is reimagined as a Justice League supporting character aligned with S.T.A.R. Labs and most specifically Silas Stone, the father of ComicBook/{{Cyborg}}.
* 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.]]
** ComicBook/TheCreeper, formerly a GoodCounterpart to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as well as an alter ego of Jack Ryder, was brought back in {{Katana}} as a demonic villain who seems to want to ''haunt'' Ryder.
** In a stark contrast to Terra, Raven took over her SixthRangerTraitor role and is now a full-time DaddysLittleVillain, acting as TheMole for Trigon inside of the Teen Titans.
* 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. This changes after ''ComicBook/ThroneOfAtlantis''; as mentioned below in the BewareTheSuperman example.
** 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.
*** "ComicBook/{{Gothtopia}}" has Gotham become a paradise where its heroes work in the daylight. Crime is at an all time low, but no one knows why or how this happened...
** 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.
*** A short crossover, "ComicBook/LightsOut", is set to happen in October 2013. It will start in ''Green Lantern'', runs through ''Green Lantern Corps'', ''Green Lantern: New Guardians'', and ''Red Lanterns'' before concluding in the second ''Green Lantern'' annual. It involves the Lantern corps to come together to stop an ancient being named Relic.
** "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. It was followed by "ComicBook/KryptonReturns", which focuses on Superman, Superboy and Supergirl travelling in time to prevent H'El from destroying the universe.
** "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.
** "ComicBook/TrinityWar" has the ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]'', ''[[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica2013 Justice League of America]]'', and ''JusticeLeagueDark'' involved in a confrontation between the Trinity of Sin: [[ComicBook/TrinityOfSinPandora Pandora]], ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger, and TheQuestion.
** "Comicbook/ForeverEvil: Blight" details the struggles of John Constantine trying to save Zatanna & the rest of the JusticeLeagueDark, but having to team up with [[ComicBook/TrinityOfSinPandora Pandora]], ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger and a new Dark team (featuring ComicBook/SwampThing) to stop Blight, an AnthropomorphicPersonification of Evil born as a result of the Crime Syndicate's invasion of their universe.
* BewareTheSuperman: Taking a page from the DC animated universe, governments in general are much more paranoid about superheroes, including Superman himself. The ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica2013 was spun out for this explicit reason - they wanted a team under their direct control.
** Pretty much all of America is afraid of Aquaman and Atlanteans after ''ComicBook/ThroneOfAtlantis''. What was "lol talking to fish is stupid", just got turned into "These guys could sink us all!"
* BreakoutCharacter: After Batwing's [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] was passed from David Zavimbe to Luke Fox, he appears to have been accepted as a full fledged member of the Batfamily. This is probably because Luke lives in Gotham City while David lives in Africa.
* BroadStrokes: Some of the pre-New 52 stories are considered to have still happened. The specific list includes ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', the ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' family during Creator/GeoffJohns' run (including ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''), ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman, and some but not all of ''ComicBook/BrightestDay''.
* 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 Donna Troy (Wonder Girl I), Cassandra Cain (Batgirl II), and Dan Garrett (Blue Beetle I).
** Subverted with Ted Kord (Blue Beetle II), Stephanie Brown (Batgirl III), and Wally West (Kid Flash I/Flash III). After all three being absent for two years, Ted gets mentioned in ''Forever Evil'', Stephanie will return as Spoiler in the upcoming weekly ongoing ''Batman: Eternal'', and Wally will return in the third annual of ''The Flash''.
* CivvieSpandex: Superman started his career wearing a T-shirt, jeans, and a cape 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. The Flash actually did it, but Pandora was the one who told him he had to.
* 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]] ''ComicBook/TrinityWar'', September 2013 sees the rise of ''Villains Month'', where all books in this month are temporarily replaced with villain-centric stories with #''X.Y'' 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 ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'' starring ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} and SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor and 3 six issue miniseries ''Forever Evil: [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Arkham War]]'', ''Forever Evil: [[Comicbook/TheFlash Rogues Rebellion]]'', 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 ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}''. ''Catwoman'' being the only non-historic title, this takes the Heart of Darkness up to the present, where it's in the possession 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.
** "Psi War" has ''Superman'' and ''Superboy'' fighting the forces of the H.I.V.E. and other psychic villains, but the two don't team up or even cross paths during the event.
* {{Cuckold}}: Superman (as Clark Kent) visits ComicBook/LoisLane's apartment and finds her very obviously post-coitus with her new boyfriend. A shocked and humiliated Clark can't do anything but walk away, and as he leaves, his [[SuperSenses Super Hearing]] picks up Lois telling her boyfriend that she has no feelings for Clark whatsoever, and the two start to resume their love-making.
* 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 Teen Titans, as clearly shown by their outfits on their first cover. [[CoversAlwaysLie However, they have more colorful outfits in the book proper]].
** [[ComicBook/{{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.
* {{Expy}}: The character Niko was initially stated to be Cheshire in solicits for ''Grifter''. This apparently changed before the issue hit stands, resulting in the character having a different backstory while still retaining a similar costume and appearance to Cheshire.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: In ''Superman[=/=]Wonder Woman'' #2, Superman gets into a confrontation with Apollo the sun god and gets sent flying with a simple backhand slap.
* 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 Prime Earth.
* HostileShowTakeover: September 2013 was "Villains Month"; which focused 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[=/=]ComicBook/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.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: A miniseries called ''DC Universe VS. The Masters of the Universe'' debuted in August 2013. It features the current Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse ongoing comic crossing over into the DC Universe.
* KilledOffForReal: a rare case of this applying to real-world publications, rather than characters. In one of the most controversial aspects of the reboot, DC brass chose to cancel ''ActionComics'' and ''DetectiveComics'', their two longest-running titles, both of which were approaching their 1,000th issues and 75th anniversaries, supposedly to convince readers that they were serious about the reboot. Both titles returned with new No. 1's but this didn't console longtime fans looking forward to the millennial milestones.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: In ''Superman/Wonder Woman'' #4 the world learns that the title duo are in a relationship breaks world wide. Among the montage of reactions which include Green Lantern and the Flash is Tintin doing a SpitTake of disbelief (he's shown from behind so we don't see his face but that iconic quiff is unmistakable and a very familiar looking white dog is beside him.)
* LegacyImplosion:
** The titles of both Franchise/{{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), although it seems that Stephanie will be returning as Spoiler in 2014.
** ''Franchise/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[[note]]Earth 2 also had versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, but they get killed off in the prologue of the series[[/note]]. Every other superhero is editorially confined to either one continuity or the other. So, for example, ComicBook/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'', wiping Dan Garrett and Ted Kord from the legacy--and while Dan's status is currently unknown, Ted has been confirmed to exist, at least.
* 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, ComicBook/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.
** The Batwing was also the name of the variation of the Batplane used in 1989's ''Film/{{Batman}}''.
* 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
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In the second issue of ''Superman[=/=]Wonder Woman'', Superman gets in a fight with Apollo the sun god. Apollo blasts Superman with a beam of sunlight, not knowing that Superman gets his powers from the sun. The fight gets very one-sided after that.
-->'''Superman:''' You blasted me with ''sunlight''? [[PreAssKickingOneLiner You don't know me very well, don't you]]?
* NinetiesAntiHero: There have been some comparisons of the New 52 with the early days of Creator/ImageComics, which may be something to be expected when you've got Image co-founders Jim Lee and Creator/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 ComicBook/{{Shazam}} has long been described as an ancient Canaanite, but this is the first version where he doesn't look white.
** Dr. T.O. Morrow, formerly a Polish man who's real name was Tomek Ovadya Morah, is implied to be an American who's true name is Thomas Oscar Morrow, rather than an alias.
* RedSkiesCrossover: The ''Zero Year'' storyline running in Scott Snyder's ''Batman'' was going to be self-contained, but has since been announced to be receiving tie-ins - Aside from the pre-requisite [[BatFamilyCrossover Bat Family titles]] titles, it's also receiving tie-ins to ''Green Lantern'' & ''The Flash'', none of which are necessary to the primary story. The tie-ins themselves zig-zag in relevance, with ''Nightwing'' merely featuring a teenaged Dick Grayson at a cinema when the black out starts & his attempt to get back to Haly's Circus in the midst of the chaos; whilst ''Green Arrow'' features Ollie's return from the island & his subsequent attempt to rescue his mother from the blackout, and his first meeting with Batman.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/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 have 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]].
** [[Series/{{Arrow}} Tommy Merlyn as Oliver Queen's best friend before he became Green Arrow, John Diggle working with Ollie in the early days of his vigilantism]].
** [[Film/{{ManOfSteel}} Faora being General Zod's Dragon and wearing a military armor]].
* 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.)
** Hector Hammond is currently antagonizing Superman; his history with the Green Lantern is partially alluded to. In any case, it seems he made his name fighting ''someone'' before targeting Superman, as he's already an infamous supervillain when introduced.
** The Prankster was a Superman villain before the reboot, but is more or less Nightwing's archenemy now. He bears little resemblance to any previous incarnation, though, and it's not clear if there ever was a Superman villain Prankster in the new continuity.
* 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.
* SuddenlySexuality: Lucy Lane, Lois's younger sister always depicted as a hetrosexual before the New 52 (and even early in the New 52 - she dated Clark for a while) is revealed to be in a TransparentCloset in ''Lois Lane #1''.
* SuperheroesStaySingle: Not exactly, but instead "Superheroes Stay Unmarried". 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.]] Meanwhile, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} is no longer ''married'' to Mera, but they're still in a relationship. Completely averted with Comicbook/AnimalMan, who still is married ''and'' still has children.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** The original relaunch has ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal supplant]] its SpiritualSuccessor, ''ComicBook/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}}: [[ComicBook/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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