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Hypertime is a fictional concept presented in the 1998 comic book series The Kingdom, both a catch-all explanation for any continuity discrepancies in DC Universe stories and a variation or superset of the Multiverse that existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths. The Kingdom is a comic book miniseries published by DC Comics, written by Mark Waid. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... A is a subset of B, and B is a superset of A. In mathematics, especially in set theory, a set A is a subset of a set B, if A is contained inside B. The relationship of one set being a subset of another is called inclusion. ... The Earths of the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each one. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12 part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ...

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The concept

The Kingdom

The basic premise of the idea was summed up by writer Mark Waid as, "It's all true." It presumes that all of the stories ever told about (for example) Superman are equally valid stories. Despite overt contradictions between the versions of the character (and his adventures, supporting characters, and setting) that appeared in the late 1930s and 1940s comics by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, portrayed by George Reeves in the 1950s TV series, depicted in 1960s and 1970s comics drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger or Curt Swan, portrayed by Christopher Reeve in the 1978 movie and its sequels, written and illustrated by John Byrne in the late 1980s, portrayed by Dean Cain in the 1990s TV series Lois and Clark, portrayed by Tom Welling in the 2000s TV series Smallville, or portrayed by Brandon Routh in the 2006 movie, no one of these versions supersedes any other as canon. This was a repudiation of the prevailing approach to continuity in superhero comics, in which only the currently-used version is considered valid, rendering prior stories which are inconsistent with this continuity officially apocryphal. Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Joseph Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914 - July 30, 1992) was a Canadian-born comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, first published in Action Comics #1 (March 1938). ... Jerome Jerry Siegel a. ... George Reeves (January 5,[1] 1914 – June 16, 1959) was an American actor, best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman and his controversial death at the age of 45. ... Kurt Schaffenberger (December 15, 1920-January 24, 2002) was an American comic book artist. ... Curt Swan (born February 17, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; died June 16, 1996) was an American comic book artist, most known for his work on the Superman comics. ... Christopher DOlier Reeve[1] (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, director, producer and writer. ... John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born naturalised American author and artist of comic books. ... Dean Cain (born as Dean George Tanaka on July 31, 1966 in Mount Clemens, Michigan) is an American actor who is best known for his role as comic book legend Superman in the television series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, in which he co-starred with Teri... Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a live-action television series based on the Superman comic books. ... Thomas John Patrick Welling (born April 26, 1977 in Putnam Valley, New York) is an American actor and former male fashion model, most famous for playing Clark Kent on the current television series Smallville. ... Smallville is an American television series set in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas. ... Brandon James Routh (born October 9, 1979) is a very sexy actor and former fashion model. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... [[ For the bands, see Superheroes (band) and Super Heroines. ... Apocrypha (from the Greek word απόκρυφα meaning those having been hidden away[1]) are texts of uncertain authenticity or writings where the authorship is questioned. ...


As it appears within comics stories themselves, Hypertime is a superdimensional construct which—under very limited circumstances (proscribed by editors in the real world, and by various in-story rules within the DC Universe itself)— can allow versions of characters from one continuity to interact with versions from another. For example, in The Kingdom, a version of Superman extrapolated into the future briefly encounters the Siegel/Shuster version.


Basically, Hypertime works like this: the main, or "official" timeline is like a river, with a nearly infinite number of distributaries—alternate timelines— branching off. Most of the time, these alternate timelines go off on their own and never intersect with the main timeline. On occasion, the branches return, feeding back into the main timeline - sometimes permanently, sometimes temporarily. Thus, history can sometimes change momentarily and then change back (or not). If characters from a very different Hypertimeline move into our own, this accelerates the process, causing more noticeable (but shorter) changes to the timeline (for example when the Titans were visited by their counterparts from The Kingdom, Jesse Quick was briefly replaced by a version who had taken her mother's Liberty Belle identity). This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Teen Titans redirects here. ... Jesse Chambers, formerly known as Jesse Quick is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Liberty Belle Liberty Belle is the alias of Libby Lawrence-Chambers, a fictitious superheroine whose wartime adventures were published in DC Comics All-Star Squadron. ...


Some fans dislike the concept of Hypertime, believing that it undermines the storytelling continuity that adds to their enjoyment of stories set in an ongoing shared universe. Other fans like the concept because it saves stories that they enjoyed from being officially discarded following a retcon which renders them inconsistent with the new continuity. Still others find the concept intriguing in and of itself, as an overarching structure allowing different works of fiction to co-exist. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Other criticism of Hypertime stems from Mark Waid's involvement in the concept. While co-created by Grant Morrison, Waid was the first to use Hypertime in the controversial The Kingdom mini-series. Many fans believed Waid was using Hypertime not to address assorted continuity problems, but to bring back the Silver Age DC comics that Waid has long held as what he considers to be "good" comics. However, Waid himself was also the first to explicitly use Hypertime to explain continuity errors (when asked about certain characters in JLA: Year One), thereby angering some fans, who felt it was being used as an excuse for not checking continuity properly. Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ... Showcase #4 (September-October 1956), often thought the first appearance of the first Silver Age superhero, the Barry Allen Flash. ...


Abandonment

Hypertime has been infrequently utilized in DC titles subsequent to its introduction in The Kingdom, perhaps as a result of its chief architects and proponents, writers Mark Waid and Grant Morrison, working elsewhere in the comics industry (notably for Marvel Comics). While the concept was used in a multi-part story involving the Modern Age Superboy and Walter West: the Dark Flash, many writers (such as Titans writer Jay Faerber) found that their attempts to use Hypertime were either outright rejected or their stories severely altered to allow no attempt to further expand upon the concept.[citation needed] Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... Jay Faerber is a comic book writer known for his work on Generation X and New Warriors for Marvel Comics, and The Titans and Connor: Spotlight for DC Comics. ...


In promotional talks at the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con (July 2005), DC Executive Editor Dan DiDio effectively disavowed the concept of Hypertime, stating it would no longer be used in future DCU titles. [1] Comic-Con International is an annual comic book convention held in San Diego, California. ... Ongoing events • 2005 Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes • 2005 Maharashtra floods • 2005 Gujarat Flood • Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan • Fuel prices • Gomery Comm. ... Dan DiDio is an American comic book editor and executive. ...


The Infinite Crisis series solved the continuity problem in a different way, according to DiDio, who in a Newsarama interview said "The great part about Crisis is that all mistakes and retcons are time anomalies." [2] Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Newsarama. ...


DiDio's solution, as seen in the pages of Infinite Crisis, postulates reality-changing "continuity waves", generated by Superboy-Prime punching the walls of his extradimensional prison. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Superboy-Prime is a fictional superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ...


52

During the weekly series 52 (co-written by the concept's progenitors, Waid and Morrison, among others), Skeets confronts Waverider, and refers to him as "the seer of Hypertime" and divergent timelines. Although DC editorial is moving away from the concept's use within stories, this reference appears to confirm Hypertime's continued existence. However, it should be noted that Skeets is possibly immune to changes in the timeline, allowing him to remember previous events and places that no longer are in continuity. 52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ... Skeets is a fictional artificial intelligence robot from the future in the DC Comics Universe. ... Waverider is a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe. ...


It was revealed later on that Mister Mind had taken over Skeets' body and it was up to Rip Hunter and Booster Gold to stop him from consuming 52 parallel universes. Prominent members of the Monster Society Of Evil. ... Rip Hunter is a DC Comics character who first appeared in Showcase #20 (May 1959), then his own series which ran for 29 issues (1961-65). ... Booster Gold is a fictional character, a superhero in publications from DC Comics. ... Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ...


Beside revealing the existence of a new multiverse 52 revealed that the multiverse was now being watched over by a new race called The Monitors. The Monitors are a group of fictional characters, owned by DC Comics who exist in that companys DC Universe. ...


Replacement

The new Multiverse is now bridged together by the Bleed. The Monitors have taken upon themselves to prevent crossovers between universes. Kyle Rayner discovers himself in The Bleed in Ion #10 (2007). ...


See also

The concept of multiple histories is closely related to the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. ... The Earths of the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each one. ...

External links

  • Unofficial Hypertime Website
  • Time and Hypertime
  • Introductory article by Alan G. Carter

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Hypertime - definition of Hypertime in Encyclopedia (273 words)
A fictional concept presented in the 1998 comic book series The Kingdom, hypertime is both a catch-all explanation for any continuity discrepancies in DC Universe stories, and a variation—in fact, a superset—of the Multiverse that existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths.
This was a repudiation of the prevailing approach to continuity in superhero comics, in which only the currently-used version is considered valid, rendering prior stories which are inconsistent with this continuity officially apocryphal.
As it appears within comics stories themselves, Hypertime is a superdimensional construct which—under very limited circumstances (proscribed by editors in the real world, and by various in-story rules within the DC Universe itself)—can allow versions of characters from one continuity to interact with versions from another.
Hypertime - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (817 words)
Hypertime is a fictional concept presented in the 1998 comic book series The Kingdom, both a catch-all explanation for any continuity discrepancies in DC Universe stories and a variation or superset of the Multiverse that existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Rather than using the concept to establish viable explainations for various continuity errors in the DC Universe, the concept is mainly used by Waid to justify the existence of various non-canon "Imaginary" DC stories from the 1960s.
Hypertime has been infrequently utilized in DC titles subsequent to its introduction in The Kingdom, perhaps as a result of its chief architects and proponents, writers Mark Waid and Grant Morrison, working elsewhere in the comics industry (notably for Marvel Comics).
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