What’s the deal with Convergence?

So, this isn’t necessarily a question that’s been asked of me specifically but rather one I see popping up more and more as we get closer to April: just what the hell is Convergence?

“What is it?” “When’s it happening?” “What comics are involved?” “Do I need to duck and cover?!”  Never fear! I’ve got all the info you could want, and more, and all you have to do is keep reading!

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To make it easier, I’ve split this into the following sections:

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What was actually changed from the Golden Age to the Silver Age?

On November 16th, 2014, /u/Holtzy35 asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

What was actually changed from golden age to silver age? I know things like Kal-L to Kal-El happened, but what else was actually changed?

Hey hey, this seems like my kinda question. For these purposes, and because it’s this sub, I’ll stick to what happened with DC during this time ;)

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Pre-Flashpoint, how did people think Barry Allen died during Crisis on Infinite Earths?

On October 27th, 2014, /u/dispenserhere asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

I have just started getting into reading the flash, and I thought i’d start with Volume 2, which takes place directly after Crisis on Infinite Earths with Wally West.

However I’m a little confused about the ‘in canon’ reason for Barry Allen’s death. My question is: Since most characters have no memory of the Crisis events, what reason do they have for Barry not being around? Do they know he died saving them?

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Sorting out the Crisis history/timeline and a followup about Pandora merging Earths in Flashpoint.

On September 1st, 2014, /u/DrManhattan16 asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

Can someone please explain to me how the infinite crisis books started in the 1985, but the entire plot up till the new 52 reboot happened in 2011, but comic books for each character still continued in the 90s and 00s? Shouldn’t the reboot have either occurred in the 80s or in 2011, but without all the time inbetween?

Infinite Crisis affected the Multiverse but it wasn’t what caused the New 52, that was the Flashpoint event in 2011. Also, infinite Crisis didn’t start in 1985, that was Crisis on Infinite Earths which while confusing is a different story.

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