After the Crisis, the DC Universe was re-ordered--but in a similar fashion—known as Hypertime. Like the infinite Earths before, Hypertime is an infinite branching of the DCU timestream. "Tributary" timelines are said to diverge from the "main" timeline. And, sometimes those tributaries feed again back into the "main" timeline. Created by Mark Waid during the 1999 Kingdom event, Hypertime seems an obvious attempt to explain rampant poor continuity. Also, DC house ads began using the phrase "The Original Universe" when promoting an in-continuity book (set in the "main" timeline). All others are referred to as "Elseworlds" (set in "tributary" timelines).
For example, following the Crisis, Batman was removed from membership in any group. Here the timeline diverged and an Elseworlds tributary traveled on in which he was a member; the main timeline continued without him as a member. Gradually, more and more stories were told placing him firmly back into the JLA and Outsiders (cemented in JLA: Incarnations). Why, this can only be because that erstwhile tributary was "feeding back" into the main timeline. So anything goes. Continuity is ever-changing.
- The history gives weight to post-Crisis continuity.
- "Current continuity" shall be defined by the most recently published DC Comics story. Exceptions are taken, however, where the most recent story is outweighed by a mountain of other evidence.
Major story arcs (usually 3 issues or more). A new member joins the team. Major events which are pre-Crisis or otherwise out-of-continuity (like JLA/JSA team-ups and membership) are included. A hero dies
- Issue information in parentheses indicates one of two things: (a) the tale was retold/corroborated in additional stories, and/or (b) the tale was told out of chronological order.
- Characters' first appearance IN PRINT is bolded. These instances refer to the first appearance a character in post-Crisis continuity. (For example, Superman's 1st app. is listed as Man of Steel #1, not Action Comics #1.)
- When the placement of a tale within continuity is in question, the event is usually placed in the most recent possible time.
- The "XX Years ago" information is adapted from the information given in DC's Secret Files comics. Secret Files timelines are highly contradictory.
- Only the inheritors to a title display the level of succession. Example: "Green Lantern II" (for Hal Jordan), but just "Green Lantern" (no "I" for Alan Scott).
- Consideration for inclusion is based on an event's relevancy to the Outsiders, its members, and their legacy. This includes major Outsiders series and key issues from other DCU series.
- Comics book titles are often abbreviated:
Comic Book Title Abbr. Publication Dates Batman and the Outsiders, v.1 BATO issues #1-32 (1983-86) Adventures of the Outsiders AOTO issues #33-46 (1986-87); issues #39-46 are reprints of the Outsiders, v.1 series Outsiders, vol. 1 OUT 28 issues (1985-88) Outsiders, vol. 2 OUT2 24 issues (1993-95) Outsiders, vol. 3 OUT3 50 issues (2003-07) Batman and the Outsiders, v.2 BATO2 issues #1-14 (2007-09) Outsiders, vol. 4 OUT4 issues #15-current (2009- )