What gods power Shazam and how did this change during Darkseid War?

On November 17th, 2015, /u/agnosgnosia – and, actually, a bunch of other people – asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

Who are the new gods that give [Shazam] his powers?

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So, for those who may not know, during the current Darkseid War event – which, funnily enough, hasn’t had really that much Darkseid or even that much of a war – a bunch of the Justice League got new powers. Flash merged with the Black Racer, Batman is having a nice sit on Metron’s chair and, most importantly, Shazam – yes, the guy who used to be called Captain Marvel – got a whole new pantheon of Gods and a new title: the God of Gods!

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The Complete DC post-Flashpoint Spreadsheet [Updated to August 2016]

[Update: 1 June, 2016] So here it is, the current, most up-to-date version of the Complete DC Comics post-Flashpoint Checklist! In here you’ll find, listed by month, every comic in the order DC has released them since September 2011.

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You may remember previous versions of this were known as The Complete New 52 Spreadsheet but I renamed it to fit better once the New 52 branding is over. To that end you’ll also notice that there’s multiple sheets to the spreadsheet. The first covers everything from the launch of the New 52 up to and including Convergence, while the second sheet commences with June 2015 with the DC You branding. The third comes from June 2016 to coincide with DC’s Rebirth relaunch. It helps keep it more manageable. :)

And now, the regularly featured segments:

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Why doesn’t it matter that Wally West is now black?

So, normally on this blog I respond to question posed directly to me or posted around the web. Today’s post is a little different as I’ll be covering, on a point-by-point basis, all the arguments for why changing Wally West’s ethnicity in the New 52. Also, why most of them are ridiculous at best and racist at worst.

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I think it’s important to note: I’m not a DC apologist, nor am I, by pointing out why some arguments are wrong, saying that everything DC does is right. Twisting the argument to this, as people often seem to do, is ridiculous and it’s perfectly possible to admit that a company like DC has a long way to go and that people opposing them starting to make those changes are wrong.

Furthermore, Wally West is my Flash. Yes, I’m a Golden Age nerd and love Jay Garrick, along with Barry Allen, Bart Allen and all the rest in the Flash Family Tree. However, I was born in the same year Crisis on Infinite Earths hit the stands and Wally will always be the true scarlet speedster – so this is not coming from a place of someone who doesn’t care, deeply, about the character.

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What’s the deal with the Anti-Monitor?

On January 19th, 2015, /u/Cyber85 asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

Can someone explain who the ant monitor is? I keep seeing that name pop around when I read comics.

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Oh man – I love that people are asking about the Ant! He was a villain of the Teen Titans back in 1966! He was a thief so I guess he had to monitor stuff and…

Oh, you meant the Anti-monitor. Well, he’s (it’s?) cool too. Here’s what you need to know. :)

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What’s the deal with OMACs?

On January 18th, 2015, /u/GrooveCity asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

Whats the deal with the OMACs. I remember the 90s had a mohawked guy running around. Infinite Crisis had the robots and Brother Eye. Now some sort of new Brother Eye in the new 52?

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Oh man, OMACs. There are lots of different versions across the years. Sometimes it stands for One Man Army Corps, sometimes Omni Mind And Community or Observational Metahuman Activity Construct and there’s been more. A recurring theme is satellites, mohawks and eyes shaped logos but regardless, here’s what you need to know for OMAC 101!

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What is The Joker’s real identity?

On December 1st, 2014, someone – who has since deleted their Reddit account – asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

What is The Joker’s real identity?  (I bet DC can’t even answer this one.)

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“Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!” 

~ Joker, Batman: The Killing Joke, 1988.

While that certainly holds true – and his identity has never been concretely revealed – there’s a bunch of stuff we can talk about with this though! Firstly, there’s some staples that appear in most versions: Continue reading

At the time was Jason Todd heavily disliked because he wasn’t like Dick Grayson? How has his origin changed over the years?

On November 17th, 2015, /u/Stevezilla9 asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

My question is for those who were reading when Jason Todd was Robin. At the time was he heavily disliked because he wasn’t like Dick Grayson? If so, looking back are you glad that they made him out to be a different kind of Robin rather than being a copy of Grayson? Pre-Crisis wasn’t he a redhead who was also an orphan from a family of acrobats?

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Wait, the Teen Titans never existed before Tim? Wasn’t there a reference in Red Hood and the Outlaws..?

On October 28th, 2014, /u/kunaal29 said the following on /r/DCcomics, in response to questions about the Teen Titans history in the New 52:

I think tha Dick used to be on an earlier incarceration of the Teen Titans. In a Red Hood and the Outlaws issue (I forgot which one), Jason and Dick talk about how Dick was romantically involved with Starfire and imply that they were on a team together. at least that how I read it.

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[Edit: The information in this post is now no longer (completely) accurate! Make sure you check the update at the bottom!]

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What are Kyle Rayner’s powers as a White Lantern?

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

So I picked Green lantern: New guardians for Godhead and I was wondering. What exactly is the power set for a White lantern? It looked like Kyle was warping reality or some shit.

Well, the White Lantern stuff is a bit complicated by the fact it was all initially going down during the Blackest Night and Brightest Day arcs, which were all pre-N52. For that period, from Wikipedia:

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Will they ever explain ‘that fight’ between Martian Manhunter and the Justice League?

On October 20th, 2014, /u/Nightangale asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

Did [we] ever find out want went down between martian manhunter and the rest of justice league when he was a member?

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For those who don’t know, I assume /u/Nightangale is referring to the panel from Justice League #8 that references, as a single splash page, that it “didn’t go well” when Martian Manhunter and the Justice League worked together: Continue reading