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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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’s the deal with Superman Blue and Superman Red?

On February 10th, 2015, /u/dispenserhere asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

Hi, I’ve just started reading JLA. I’m up to around no 15 but I’m still completely clueless what’s going on with Superman. Why is all different and blue? No-one else seems to be mentioning it.

I’m guessing it’s something going on in his comics, but I can’t find anything on it.

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Yo listen up here’s a story about a Superman that lives in a blue world… ahem sorry. Anyway, here are the events that lead Superman to saying “I’m blue!” (DA BA DE DA BA DI… sorry again! That song’s just too darn catchy). Here we go:

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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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Does Eobard Thawne/Professor Zoom exist in the New 52?

On November 17th, 2014, /u/Yaseen121 asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

Sorta complicated question but here goes, Does Eobard Thawne/Professor Zoom exist in the new 52 I know there was a reference to him in the Flash annual #3. Also in flash-point Thomas Wayne kills Eobard and then Barry goes back in time to stop himself from saving his mother, but wasn’t his mother killed by Eobard so wouldn’t that mean there’s another Eobard around? If he isn’t then who do you guys think is the most likely candidate for the murder of Nora Allen. Oh and if it wasn’t obvious Professor Zoom is my favorite villain which is why I care so much lol.

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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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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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