With the whole ordeal over Final Crisis (aka, Contiunity dies for real!), I got to thinking about possible solutions for the conflict over continuity in comicdom.
- the Fundamental rule – anything that happens in THE mainline comic of a character is considered canon for that character. Example: What happens to Batman in the BATMAN comic is canon, but what happens in Detective Comics is subject to the following.
- the Double rule – anything not labeled BASIC that happens to a character outside of their main book is not considered canon until it’s referenced in a separate book line. Example: Something happens to Batman in JLA. It is not considered canon for Batman until it is referenced in a non-JLA book.
- the BASIC label – any comic with this label on it will tell you that all you need to know is the origins of whomever is in it, and previous issues of said comic. So if you pick up a marvel or dc book with the BASIC logo, then all you need to know is that Batman is a rich orphan, or Superman’s an alien orphan or Peter Parker is a spider-bit orphan. Happenings within this book will not affect canon nor does canon affect it.
Post questions and clarifications in the comments.