DC is planning a massive upheaval to its universe once again — this time without a Crisis — and it all starts with a tour through the generations. Generation One: Age of Mysteries debuts in May to usher in five oversized Prestige format one-shots detailing the latest revision to DC’s history.
The changes to the DCU will be teased in Generation Zero: Gods Among Us, which will be available on Free Comic Book Day.
In a statement, DC Publisher Dan DiDio eagerly shared his latest plan for shaking up the DCU. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, DiDio did not comment on how this plays into his other big-universe changing events like Infinite Crisis, New 52, Countdown and DC Rebirth.
“The Generation series of specials are built to bring the new DC timeline to life. With Generation One: Age of Mysteries and every subsequent volume we’ll be shining a spotlight on the 80-plus-year publishing history of the DC universe while charting the course for the bright future of DC’s characters. All of our greatest stories and events will create the backdrop and context for the great new adventures we have planned. Everything counts, and we guarantee there’ll be surprises along the way!”
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Generation One seems geared toward the former Golden Age of DC and will explore major DC events from the perspective of characters like Wonder Woman, Lucius Fox, Alfred Pennyworth, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), The Spectre (Jim Corrigan) and Mister Terrific (Terry Sloane).
The series of one-shots will also expose secrets from DC’s history, such as:
- What was the previously undocumented “big bang” of the Age of Mysteries?
- Which character truly ushers in the dawn of Super Heroes, inspiring all the rest?
- What was the real reason behind the Justice Society of America’s retirement?
- Which Golden Age hero will become history’s greatest villain?
- What contentious alliance kept the Wayne family dynasty alive after Thomas and Martha’s deaths?
- Who are the new, never-seen-before wildcards that will be instrumental in fashioning DC’s push to the future?
Generations will include work from many of DC’s talent roster with an overarching story by Brian Michael Bendis, Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt, Robert Venditti, and Joshua Williamson. Art will be provided by Doug Mahnke, Bryan Hitch, Mikel Janín, Ivan Reis and David Marquez among others. Andy Schmidt will write Generation One while Doug Mahnke will provide the art. Jim Cheung will provide the main cover and Gary Frank will tackle the variant cover.
Generation Two: Age of the Metahuman, Generation Three: Age of Crisis, Generation Four: Age of Rebirth and Generation Five: Age of Tomorrow will follow monthly after Generation One: Age of Mysteries, which arrives in stores on May 27.