Krypto #122: Hypertime Krypto

From: The Kingdom #2 and The Kingdom: Planet Krypton #1 (February 1999), plus Superman Adventures #31 (May 1999)

What is Hypertime? Hypertime is a network of alternate timelines that branch off from the DC Universe. These timelines sometimes overlap each other, causing alterations in reality. It is, in essence, the reason we - observers outside DC's reality - can notice how heroes are the same age in different decades, be aware of various continuities and discrepancies, etc. while the characters within the universe cannot. So while the Kryptonian Krypto does not currently exist in the DCU, he does exist somewhere in Hypertime, for having existed ONCE.

The concept was first mentioned in The Kingdom. The long-lost Krypto further appeared in Planet Krypton, a Hard Rock Café-style establishment haunted by Hypertime "ghosts" from past continuities.
In the company of his master, Superboy, in fact. So if you're upset over losing a character in whatever reboot/revamp the DC Universe is going through at any given time, buck up! No character or interpretation of a character is ever truly lost, and no story can be said "not to have happened". They're all there... in Hypertime.


Anonymous said...

"Welcome to Hypertime! Here, have some Zook."

Not a great way to sell us on Hypertime, DC.

Siskoid said...

Or is it the best way? If Zook still exists, then your favorite obscure character surely does!

Kurt "Welcome to Geektown" Onstad said...

Zook has just been mentioned in Supergirl (the CW show), so if there's any momentum for a Zook revival, now is the time to strike!

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, Zook sort of appeared in the 1990s "Martian Manhunter" comic: J'onn's costume was actually a semi-sentient shape-shifty critter from Mars known as a "zo'ok". Saved his life on two occasions that I am aware of.

Anonymous said...

"Or is it the best way? If Zook still exists, then your favorite obscure character surely does!"

For me, anyway, it is the WORST way. It is a reminder that all the mistakes still exist.

Now there are of course differing opinions on what constitutes a mistake, and it would be foolish of me to demand that DC keep only "the good stuff". But I would be pleased if DC would make a policy of retroactively softening the things that readers find offensive. Like for example, we can go back on forth on whether we prefer Barbara Gordon in a wheelchair, but maybe DC could at least change the story of how she got in the wheelchair so it's less rapey. She got shot by the Joker, fine; but take away the parts where he stripped her naked and took photos. Flush that down the /dev/null of the multiverse, where it can't be retrieved even via Hypertime.


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