This page is similar in name to other pages. See also New Earth, Earth-Prime.
Prime Earth was formed by the temporal merging of the disparate DC, Vertigo, and WildStorm universes, in an effort by Pandora and The Flash to restore the Timestream to its intended nature, though it was later revealed to be Dr. Manhattan who manipulated these events.
In this newly made universe, costumed crime fighters were a relatively new phenomenon, with Superman being the first super-powered hero to come to public knowledge. Since then, several other heroes came to the fore, with the formation of the Justice League. The success of the Justice League activities inspired the United Nations to create the government-sponsored team Justice League International.
The aftermath of the Darkseid War saw the return of Wally West, who was freed from the Speed Force by Barry Allen. With his return, he revealed that Prime Earth had been robbed of an entire decade of experiences and memories by some unknown force, and this was the reason the universe did not revert to the way it was before Flashpoint, and why everyone was ten years younger.
According to Mister Mxyzptlk Superman had been split into two beings (New Earth and Prime Earth Superman) by a power beyond even his own. At the end of the battle with Mxyzptlk, his son Jonathan remerged his father and mother with their Prime Earth counterparts. Mister Oz revealed that this action caused the New Earth and Prime Earth realities to merge into a new reality both familiar and new.
In the aftermath of his battle with Mxyzptlk, Superman reviewed the records of his life at the Fortress of Solitude, but couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong. Superman later confided to Batman and Wonder Woman that he believed that his history had been twisted, shaped and reshaped. He also expressed concern that this happened not just to him but to everyone.
Due to the actions of Hunter Zolomon, Wally West and Barry Allen, the force barrier was broken and it affected Prime Earth in currently unknown ways. Also, Barry's grandson Bart escaped the Speed Force.
Ozymandias, the most clever man of an alternate reality, came to Earth 0 in order to bring Doctor Manhattan out in the open, letting him fight the most powerful team on Earth, and make him return to their reality to save it again as it was on the brink of annihilation for the second time. After defeating this reality's heroes, Manhattan focused on Superman, having had a vision about a future deadly clash between them.
Doctor Manhattan faced the Kryptonian hero, who was stopping a metahuman rebellion, revealing him the truth about Earth 0's missing events. In fact, after the New York's disaster, the almighty God left his universe for the Multiverse, discovering Earth 0 and its most important hero, Superman, so he desired to know everything about him.
He had gone back in time and prevented Alan Scott from becoming the Green Lantern and forming the Justice Society: this caused a domino effect that erased Clark's Superboy years and the death of his parents and, furthermore, because of Superboy never came to exist, this prevented the creation of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th Century.
The revelations shocked Superman but they didn't stop him from saving Manhattan from being hit by an attacking metahuman, asking him to push the darkness in his heart away and become the hero he was meant to be. The event and his enemy's words enlightened the omnipotent being, who understood Superman's value and purity, and decided to end his experiment, going again back in time to let Alan Scott become the Green Lantern once again, putting Earth 0's history back on its tracks.
Doctor Manhattan revealed that Earth 0 was a sentient universe, a sort of Metaverse, whose history shaped itself according to the presence of Superman, shifting forward every time he appears on Earth, as far back as prehistoric times. He discovered that the Multiverse itself shaped around the Metaverse and expanded itself, creating new realities to preserve every era of Superman. When Superman appeared in 1938, the reality shifted forward, creating Earth-Two. After the first Crisis, Earth divided again, changing Earth-One into Earth-1985. After Manhattan's interventation, the Flashpoint, and the Rebirth, it became Earth 52.
He also looked beyond the present time, revealing that Superman will ever born and Earth 0 will always change until the timeline converges in the Legion's era: in July 2nd, 2025, the Time Masters Crisis will erupt and, later, its end will cause the birth of Earth-5G; in July 10th, 2030, an alternate universe will invade Earth 0, starting the Secret Crisis whose end shifts again the timeline; in 2038, Superman will appear for the first time, having arrived on Earth 22 years later; the timeline shifts forward so that Superman will arrive on Earth in 2038 and he'll be found by the Kents and their son, Colin; another shift will cause Superman's appearance in 2045, still found by the Kents; in 2162, Superman will be found by the Kents and their daughter, Clara; in 2945, Superman will appear for the first time in Metropolis.
Reality returned to its original state while Manhattan left Earth 0 for the Multiverse, where he tried to heal its scars which were caused by the previous Crises, before he choose to return to his home reality, leaving behind Connective Energy which was harvested by the Quintessence of Earth 0.
Dark Nights: Death Metal
After the defeat of the Justice League at the hands of Perpetua, the original creator of the Multiverse, Batman Who Laughs was rewarded with rule over Prime Earth for helping her. He invaded Prime Earth with his Dark Knights who defeated all the heroes around the world, before using everyone who didn't side with Perpetua during the Justice/Doom War to give her energy from the crisis antennae. He then went about reshaping it into his visions. Places were merged, split apart or turned into their own continents in the nightmarish new world.
After the Hands restored the Multiverse in the aftermath of the battle between the Darkest Knight and Wonder Woman, Earth 0 was restored to its Pre-Metalverse state but it was no longer at the center of the Multiverse. In the process, history was 'unknotted', and yet more of New Earth's history was restored to Prime Earth.
- Despite the similarity in name, this universe bears no relation to the Pre-Crisis universe of Earth-Prime.
- Prime Earth is opposite Earth 33 in the structure of the Multiverse, and is directly connected to the Rock of Eternity.
- Prime Earth is one end of the "Axis of Creation" in the local Multiverse with Earth 33.
- The merging of the New Earth and Prime Earth Supermen created a new continuity that is a mixture of New Earth and Prime Earth history.
- The history related for Superman in Action Comics #978 and Henshaw's own memories in Action Comics #980 shows that the new Prime-Earth's history is closer to that of New Earth than it originally was.
- Prime Earth is at least 10 billion years old. This makes it far older than the 4.5 billion years our Earth has existed.
- According to the Green Lantern rings of 10 billion years ago, Prime Earth was the center of the Universe.
- The history of the Green Lanterns remains mostly unchanged.
- Booster Gold's origins seem to be about the same as his New Earth counterpart.
- Even before the remerging of the Supermen, certain major events, like the Killing Joke and the Blackest Night still happened.
- Prime Earth has been shown to have had its history changed. First by Doctor Manhattan, then by the merging of the New Earth and Prime Earth Superman into one Superman.
Retcons and Continuity
As the New 52 relaunch did not constitute a full reboot, several characters went on with their storylines with little changes. However, there were some notable changes, including:
- Batgirl is said to have only been crippled for several years after The Killing Joke, and returned to her position as a street-fighting vigilante having recuperated from her condition. She is also the biological daughter of Jim Gordon instead of being his niece, and his first born child.
- Green Arrow is shown to be a much more corporate figure, running Queen Industries by day and fighting crime using its inventions by night. Also, neither of Oliver's parents died on their safari. Moira Queen became a villain and Robert Queen became the first Green Arrow. He also has a half-sister named Emiko.
- Wonder Woman is now the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta; the "molded from clay" story is now described as a false story intended to protect her from Hera. She also has a twin brother named Jason. After the events of Doomsday Clock, her debut is changed so she debuted in WWII and fought along side the JSA.
- The Justice League's origin story was completely rewritten to involve Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and Superman meeting in one night to fight minions of Darkseid. Also, Cyborg is a founding member instead of Martian Manhunter.
- Justice League International were put together for the first time. They were later disbanded.
- Superman's origin story was drastically changed. He visited Metropolis at a much younger age. After the events of Doomsday Clock, his origins changed so he was Superboy as a child.
- Barry Allen and Iris West are no longer married. In fact, Barry dated his co-worker Patty Spivot for a while. He later dated Meena Dhawan, but ultimately ended up dating Iris.
- The West family was heavily affected by the new timeline. Ira West was replaced with William West, who is far darker than Ira. He also has another son named Daniel and a second Wally West.
- Kara Zor-El recently arrived on Earth at the start of the New 52. Also, her rocket crashed in Kansas this time, not Gotham, and it pierced through the planet until reaching the Siberian steppe.
- Superboy was now cloned by an organization named N.O.W.H.E.R.E.. He also got his human genes from Lois instead of Lex. In the Superman: Reborn continuity, his human genes come from Lex again and N.O.W.H.E.R.E. wasn't involved in his creation.
- Dick Grayson is said to have been taken in and adopted by Bruce Wayne at age 16. This appears to have been changed by Rebirth.
- Jason Todd was introduced to Batman by the Joker.
- Alan Scott (Earth 2) is now gay and had a boyfriend named Samuel. He is now an avatar of the Green (from which he gets his powers) and his ring is the focus of the Green Flame energy (the embodiment of the Green's power). Meanwhile, Prime Earth's Alan Scott never became a Green Lantern; instead, he died in a train crash. This is later contradicted by a video showing Alan with his fellow Society members. After the events of Doomsday Clock, Doctor Manhattan went back and allowed Alan to become the Green Lantern.
- Black Mask's death at the hands of Catwoman was erased from the timeline. In the current timeline, after being shot by Catwoman, he survived and staggered to Arkham Asylum where he willingly turned himself in, though Jeremiah Arkham still became Black Mask and the Joker as well.
- On a related note, Magdalene Kyle has not become Sister Zero and is in a mental hospital, dealing with the trauma of what Black Mask did to her. She later left the asylum.
- Ted Kord lives to meet his successor Jaime Reyes and acts as a mentor and field support to him.
- Harley Quinn did not fall for the Joker's lies; instead, she fell for him after he showed her the severed fingers of the drunk driver who killed her father. In addition, she got her toxin immunity from a batch of chemicals instead of an injection from Ivy. Said chemical bath did not give her super strength or the ability to breath underwater.
- Aquaman and Mera were never married in the new timeline, but they wed later on and had a daughter.
- After the events of War of the Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan was taken off as Green Lantern of Sector 2814 and his ring was passed to Sinestro. However, Hal eventually returned to his post and Sinestro went back to being a Yellow Lantern.
- Alec Holland was resurrected back to being human after the events of Brightest Day. But he eventually went back to being Swamp Thing.
- The Legion of Super-Heroes is recovering from a major battle and several members became lost in time. Saturn Girl was trapped in Arkham Asylum, but escaped during the event of Doomsday Clock. She appears to have been erased from existence due the actions of Ozymandias. After the events of Doomsday Clock, the actions of Ozymandias and Dr. Manhattan have allowed the Legion to be revived.
- The accident where Barry became the Flash now has a witness, August Heart, who would later become the villain Godspeed.
- The Crime Syndicate now has new members, Deathstorm, Martian and Atomica.
- The Question's origin have been given a supernatural touch. His origin is connected to the origins of the Phantom Stranger and Pandora. Also, The Question and Vic Sage are completely different characters in Prime Earth. However, Vic Sage seems to have become the Question again after the event of Rebirth. Rene Montoya has also become the Question in Rebirth.
- Garfield Lynns was never Firefly in Prime Earth; instead, he was murdered by the man who would have been his successor, Ted Carson. However, in The War of Jokes and Riddles (set before the New 52), he is shown as Firefly, not Ted Carson, likely as a change brought by Rebirth.
- In Prime Earth, Jean-Paul Valley Sr. wanted his son to become Azrael, unlike his New Earth counterpart. Also, he is the leader of the Order of St. Dumas.
- Highfather and Darkseid are now brothers in Prime Earth.
- Sam and Lucy Lane never became super villains in Prime Earth.
- "Prime Earth" is the official name that Dan DiDio uses for this continuity.
- Prime Earth was possibly destroyed in DC/Young Animal Milk Wars
- Characters from Prime Earth
- Other things related to Prime Earth
- Prime Earth's Comic Appearances
- Reality Gallery: Prime Earth
Links and References
- The Multiversity Guidebook #1
- Doomsday Clock #12
- Batman/Fortnite: Foundation #1
- DCU: Rebirth #1
- Action Comics #976
- Trinity (Volume 2) #8
- Doomsday Clock #12
- Dark Nights: Death Metal #7
- Green Lanterns #27
- Green Lanterns #28
- Doomsday Clock #10
- Rogers, Vaneta (June 15, 2011). Harras, Berganza: DCnU Will Keep Much of DC History Intact. Newsarama. Retrieved on September 1, 2011.
- Batgirl (Volume 4) #1
- Green Arrow (Volume 5) #1
- Justice League (Volume 2) #1
- Justice League International (Volume 3) #1
- Justice League International (Volume 3) #12
- Action Comics (Volume 2) #1
- The Flash (Volume 4) #1
- The Flash (Volume 5) #5
- The Flash (Volume 5) #12
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #1
- Superboy (Volume 6) #1
- Earth 2 #2
- Detective Comics Annual (Volume 2) #1
- Green Lantern (Volume 5) #1
- Swamp Thing (Volume 5) #1
- DAN DIDIO Explains How Post-CONVERGENCE 'DCYou' Continuity Works