Net.Trenchcoat Brigade Timeline, or What Bloody Stuff Goes In What Bloody Order
It's not unreasonable to assume that the NTB stories take place in something closer to "real time," much like Vertigo's Hellblazer, but as always, it depends on the individual story.
See also the Classic LNH Timeline.
- The Pre-Wave involves the beginnings of various LNH characters who play a key role in the NTB Universe. It could also be said that Swamp Thing #50 and the Books of Magic LS could be placed here too.
- Integrity Quest contains the first appearance of Kid Anarky.
- The Bellerophon Gambit contains the Dvandom Stranger's origin and first appearance.
- This is the true beginning of the NTB.
- Esoterica: Rebirth is mostly set before the Wrath of the Administrator, but was also written a long time after it and contains some references to WotA, so it would probably be best to read WotA first.
- Bad Forms was an LNH crossover that had Acton Lord revive the NTB's arch-nemesis, the Universal Office, kind of a sequel to the WotA. It also had Kid Anarky and the Dvandom Stranger in it.
- The Barnstable Incident part 4 is not in the archives, and can be read here.
- After creating the Wrath of the Administrator, most of the Authors succumbed to that dreaded malady Apathy and the NTB dropped off the face of the Earth. It wasn't until several months later that a man named Chris Gumprich resurrected the NTB again, leading to another golden era of spine-tingling entertainment. Then all of those writers left. Hmm... there might be a pattern here.
- For the complete listing of Retcon Hour stories, check the Classic LNH Timeline. The only ones listed here involve the Mis-Adventures of GrimSloth and Wiloughby Withnail as they become spandexers. Retcon Hour probably happened at about the same time as The Summoning.
- Legion of Occult Heroes #4 contains a cameo by Malcolm Barnstable and also the death of an alternate Dvandom Stranger.
- In the Load Island Renegades/Legion of Occult Heroes crossover, Malcolm Barnstable makes some revelations about the Incorporate Conspiracy.
- After 1995, there were a handful of attempts at new NTB series, but the NTB mostly died out, beyond a handful of one-shots and LNH stories with NTB elements. To a certain extent, it became redundant; serious and Acraphobic LNH series like Misfits and Net.Heroes on Parade have used inspiration from Vertigo without any ties to the NTB. There's a good case to be made that LNHY became the LNH's answer to Vertigo after A Devil Came Down to Georgia. As well, Vertigo itself moved away from Moore/Gaiman-inspired demi-superheroic supernatural series to other things, publishing many well-regarded creator-owned series before finally closing its doors in 2020. But the vaguely noirish trenchcoated hero archetype still persists in urban fantasy series like the Dresden Files, which would go on to inspire the Lunaverse...
- Simon Velcro appeared in several LNH stories as Bladder Infection Lad, but those will not be listed here, because come on.
- This story, a reaction to the destruction of Sig.ago in The Team, belongs to a since-retconned alternate timeline of the Looniverse, as established in President Evil.
- The first in a series of one-shot Misanthropic Tales of the Net.Trenchcoat Brigade by Saxon Brenton.
- ASH #107-109 are a story where the Multiversal Office interacts with the setting and characters of the ASH imprint. Later, during the "City of Night" storyline, ASH attempts to use the Office as a way to travel to the otherwise-inaccessible city of Berlin.