Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Filling In The One Year Gap

"You call this the Titans? Since Superboy died, the Titans have gone through over twenty new members. But no one wanted to stay very long. No one got along."
- Wonder Girl (Teen Titans (third series) #36 [2006])

DC's "One Year Later" event occurred March of 2006. In Teen Titans #33, Superboy and Nightwing are in the thick of the Infinite Crisis world-shattering event. With Teen Titans #34, a full year has passed since the Crisis. A comatose Cyborg awakens to discover the only active Titans: Robin, Ravager and Kid Devil. Cyborg is told that the Titans had quite a few membership shake-ups during his "missing year." Readers shared in Cyborg's confusion. Following the limited series, Infinite Crisis, every DC comic series jumped ahead by one year between February 2006 and March 2006. With DC's March books, the characters' histories resumed "one year later." The events of that "missing year" were revealed in various DC books throughout 2006-2007.

I've taken on the titanic task of putting all the "one year gap" events in their proper sequence. It wasn't easy, since some events tended to contradict each other. Looking back, I think DC really dropped the ball on this one. If they weren't going to cover the missing pieces in 52, they should have devoted the annuals to the 'missing year' blanks. As it stands, we know virtually nothing about Molecule, Talon, Young Frankenstein, Little Barda, Mas Y Menos and Riddler's Daughter.

Ah, well. For what it's worth, here's the One Year Gap Timeline. Settle in with a Mochaccino and enjoy. And, here's hoping COUNTDOWN will be kinder to the Titans!


  • At 5:28 PM, Blogger Titã said…

    As ever you did a great work, bill...
    Can I translate and fix it in my Brazilian Blog (Torre Titã)?

    Of course I will put your name in.

    Nice work!


  • At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Only thing that irked me:

    Batgirl takes control of the League of Assassins and plots the death of Nyssa. [R #150]

    Robin gets a false summons in Budapest to return to Gotham to aid Cassandra [Batgirl] Cain. The request was from Cassandra herself, in an effort to test the Teen Wonder – and recruit him to rule the League of Assassins at her side. [R #148-152]

    Robin adapts a new red-and-black costume as a tribute to Superboy. [52w51]

    Robin has the new costume in the events of that Robin arc, which also takes place OYL (presumably after 52 has concluded). Why would you place the events in that order? I'd imagine the Batgirl events occur post-52w51, and likely post-52 itself.

    Other than that, good job.

  • At 7:45 PM, Blogger Nightwing said…

    the Robin events are more about Cassandra, and the stuff in the ROBIN arc is in 'future tense'. Notice how I worded it-- "plots the death of Nyssa", not "kills Nyssa"; "in an effort to test"-- it hasn't happened yet; I was illustrating what Cassandra was planning, and how it fits into the ROBIN stuff.

    As it is, I can't make sense of what comes first-- the ROBIN #148-152, or TT #34-37... so I chose neither.

  • At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, considering what happened in Countdown #51: I'd say that you might want to rescind that hope, NW

  • At 7:11 AM, Anonymous soulshad0w said…

    Well, the one good thing is that given why that character died, that may just be the one being buried in Titans 47, considering that the solicit asks "Are Donna and Nightwing next?", which given that according to the Monitors one (or perhaps both) should have died during IC.

    But man, are the Titans really at the point that nearly every character ever associated with them is now considered expendable? The LoSH with its huge roster never approached the deathrate the Titans have been hitting since IC started.


  • At 9:13 AM, Blogger Avi Green said…

    I'd say DC really abused the Titans in the wake of their One Year Later "story." Their Countdown series does not deserve an audience if they're going to continue acting as if death is fun.

  • At 8:38 PM, Blogger Titã said…

    DD is crazy...
    I am afraid with the return of Multiverse...

    Will be a great mess!!!

  • At 4:37 PM, Blogger mcgeemaw said…

    I agree. I like the way Marvel Comics treats it's Multverse so much better.

    For expendable Titans, any character (like Nightwing and Donna) will never be killed (or if they are, will be resurrected) because they are too popular. The reason that characters like Omen, Kole, Young Frankenstein, Terra II, Dove I, and Phantasm were killed is primarily because of their low fan bases.

    I'm kind of sorry to see Duela go, but I guess it saves the writers the hassle of coming up with a definitive origin for her.

    I hope that soon the Linda Danvers situation will be resolved, and also some guest appearances by Magenta and Hotspot/Joto.


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