New York Comic Con 2015: Where Justice League And JLA Fit Into Current DC Continuity

It’s the height of irony, at least the way most people use that word, that DC has two great books starring the Justice League that don’t seem to match up with anything else the company is currently doing with its super hero line.

In Justice League, “The Darkseid War” is rocking fans with its epic tale pitting Darkseid against the Anti-Monitor and stunning Jason Fabok art, but it features a team lineup that includes a fully powered Superman, Bruce Wayne as Batman and Hal Jordan operating in the open as Green Lantern. Obviously, it can’t be taking place in the “present,” as none of those things are true in the heroes’ own titles.

The Bryan Hitch production JLA is even harder to figure out. All seven of the New 52 founders of the Justice League are present, and it’s easy to read that series as not taking place in continuity at all.

But take heed continuity nuts, because all is not lost. At the “DC Comics – Heroes to the Core” panel at New York Comic Con 2015, one fan asked where these stories fit into continuity, and the person who answered was someone who should know: DC co-publisher Dan DiDio.

Far from being dismissive of the fan’s concern, DiDio actually outlined exactly when the stories being told in both titles take place.

Bryan’s book [JLA] actually fits into what we call the missing five years, from the time the Justice League series started to the point when the Justice League books caught up to the rest of the universe. And as for “The Darkseid War,” you’re going to see elements from that pull back into the start of Geoff Johns’ run on Superman. You’ll see that “The Darkseid War” actually preceded the changes you see in Superman and Batman right now.

Got that? JLA takes place in-between Geoff Johns’ first two arcs on Justice League, after the heroes have first come together as a team (obviously) but before they’d been operating as a unit for years. And the Justice League arc we’re reading right now is simply trailing the wider DCU by a few months of real life time, and will end where the post-Convergence changes to Superman and Batman begin — at which point it might have to leap forward again to keep up, but hey, that’s comics.

It’s still confusing for people reading the stories as they happen, but at least that’s cleared up for now.