Comic Book Questions Answered #6

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Comics Should Be Good Comic Con correspondent, Kelson, wrote in with the following question:

A few weeks ago, an online discussion of the Flash story arc "Wonderland" (the start of Geoff Johns' run on the book, finally getting a TPB) turned to the question: whatever happened to the artist Angel Unzueta? I did some digging, and the most recent thing I could find was "Flash: Our Worlds At War" back in 2001. He did a handful of other books (mostly Flash, Impulse, and Young Justice) in the late 1990s, but seems to disappear after 2001.

This question has a funny answer - the Spanish artist Angel Unzueta drew half of Green Lantern Corps #14, which came out...THIS WEEK!

Pretty funny, huh?

Reader Scott wrote in with the following:

Why did the concept of 'Hypertime' in the DC Universe never take off? Was it too complicated? Did DC not plan it out well enough? Was it not well-received by fans? By other creators?

I thought it was a neat concept worth exploring, but apart from a few issues of Superboy it never happened.

I'll break from the usual format a bit here, as I'm pretty sure I know the answer without looking it up or checking with anyone.

While perhaps the project that was the launchpad for Hypertime, "The Kingdom," did not do as well as one would expect as the sequel to Kingdom Come, I think that the "problem" with Hypertime was simply a manpower one.

The inventor of Hypertime was writer Mark Waid, who was aided in the creation by writer Grant Morrison. Both men were big figures at DC when Hypertime was developed. However, soon afterwards, both writers left DC to work for different companies (Marvel for Morrison and Crossgen for Waid). Therefore, without the popular writers around who created the idea, the idea lost force, and by the time DC once again addressed their continuity, it was with a new group of writers, primarily Geoff Johns. And by this point in time, they had a new idea for explaining continuity other than Hypertime, and in fact, in 2005, Dan DiDio specifically said that Hypertime was basically dead as a concept at DC Comics.

If anyone has any information that they can fill in to address this one better, let me know!

That's it for this week!

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