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""The History of the DC Universe"": Harbinger concludes her narration of the History of the Universe, this portion relating events from the end of World War II through the End of Time.

Quote1.png ...I have learned the truth: the stuff of heroes is within us all - the willingness to go beyond the routine and lend help to those who need it. Quote2.png

History of the DC Universe #2 is an issue of the series History of the DC Universe (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1987.

Synopsis for "The History of the DC Universe"

Harbinger concludes her narration of the History of the Universe, this portion relating events from the end of World War II through the End of Time.

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  • This is the first published evidence of Argent existence; the team is only mentioned, unnamed, and depicted only as an organization led by Control, former O.S.S. commander. Argent only would make its first full appearance in Secret Origins Vol 2 14, 1987.
  • The Pre-Crisis Earth-One Hawkman and Hawkwoman are shown first appearing in the time period corresponding to the Post-Crisis universe's "New Heroic Age." However, as established some years later by the Hawkworld miniseries and the subsequent ongoing series of the same name, Katar Hol and Shayera Thal only arrived on Earth and became Hawkman and Hawkwoman in the restructured Post-Crisis timeline after the Crisis on Infinite Earths and the Alien Alliance's Invasion both concluded. Therefore, all in-canon appearances of the Pre-Crisis Katar and Shayera Hol have been ascribed, Post-Crisis, to Carter and Shiera Hall, the Hawkman and Hawkgirl of the Golden Age. Appearances by the Pre-Crisis Katar and Shayera made in the interregnum between the Crisis on Infinite Earths and the events of the Hawkworld miniseries, meanwhile, were assigned to the Post-Crisis version of Fel Andar, an Thanagarian infiltrator who was an enemy of Katar Hol in the Pre-Crisis Earth-One continuity, and Sharon Parker. Discrepancies, such as the Silver Age Hawkman's assistance in helping Animal Man disable a Thanagarian bomb during Invasion, when a Thanagarian infiltrator would have found it in his best interests not to do so, remain unresolved.
  • The history recorded in the Universe Orb is later used by the Manhunters in their attempt to destroy Earth's superheroes and the Chosen in the Millennium miniseries.
  • The issue gives a preview of Shazam!: The New Beginning (which specifically states San Francisco as his hometown). However, while this issue suggests that it takes place during the "New Heroic Age" before the Crisis, the actual mini-series is a complete reboot taking place after.
  • The story mentions the Post-Crisis origin of Captain Atom (be bumped through the time 20 years after a nuclear experiment), but in the corresponding illustration he is wearing his Pre-Crisis uniform.
  • There is a passage that speaks about Brainiac, but the text is totally out-of-continuity with any published story:

"The robot rebellion on Colu brought about the first of the robot tyrants. Named Brainiac, his orders were to travel the galaxy to rid each world of its human inhabitants. Brainiac was later destroyed by the Omega Men when it attacked the Vegan System. A second robot being, coincidently, also named Brainiac, would be created two years after the first was destroyed. This Brainiac, unlike its predecessor, had its origins as much in the laboratories of Earth as in the stars."

As seen, the text infers that the Pre-Crisis Brainiac and the Post-Crisis Brainiac are different entities and living in the same universe, what is not referred in any other issue. The illustration in this issue shows only Brainiac's Skullship, which essentially has the same appearance in both Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis.

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