Sunday, March 13, 2016

STRAIGHT TO THE CORE: DC Rebirth Revives Legacy

While the huge metal robot in the corner of my lounge says 'Danger Will Robinson' every time I utter it's name, I am excited for DC Comics' upcoming 'Rebirth'.

Not only are the new titles more affordably priced at $2.99 US, DC is attempting to revitalise and return legacy to its universes. This means the 1940's Justice Society, the modern day Titans, the futuristic Legion of Super-Heroes and all points inbetween, are on their way back after being sinfully erased with the birth of the DC52.



The DC52 was the worst idea in the history of comics. Worse than making Onslaught part Magneto, and the Ultraverse being brought and shut down by Marvel combined. It trampled over what made DC the 'Distinguished Competition' and my favourite publisher up until it's arrival.

Save for Swamp Thing and Midnighter, I had all but walked away from my old 'home'. Now with news like Dick Grayson returning as Nightwing and historical flagship titles, Action Comics #957 and Detective Comics #934 reset to become the first comics in America to reach #1000, Rebirth has me looking back and smelling mum's cooking once again.

That metaphor isn't that far from the truth either. May's 80 page DC Comics Rebirth #1, kicks things off by 'modern classic' DC talent; writer Geoff Johns, and artists Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Gary Frank and Phil Jimenez.

From there titles continually launch over the remainder of 2016, and each one brings new questions. Is Lex Luthor really the star of The Super-Man? Are both Blue Beetles back? Will The New Gods get their own book? Hawkman? Costumes? Foes? Yes, yes I am excited in DC again, and it already feels good.


JUNE Aquaman Rebirth #1, Batman Rebirth #1, The Flash Rebirth #1, Green Arrow Rebirth #1, Green Lanterns Rebirth #1, Superman Rebirth #1, Titans Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 New fortnightly titles: Aquaman #1, Batman #1, The Flash #1, Green Arrow #1, Green Lanterns #1, Superman #1, Wonder Woman #1, Action Comics #957, Detective Comics #934

JULY Batgirl & The Birds Of Prey Rebirth #1, Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1, The Hellblazer Rebirth #1, Justice League Rebirth #1, Nightwing Rebirth #1, Red Hood & The Outlaws Rebirth #1 New fortnightly titles: Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #1, Justice League #1, Nightwing #1 New monthly titles: Batgirl #1, Batgirl & The Birds Of Prey #1, The Hellblazer #1, Red Hood & The Outlaws #1, The Super-Man #1, Titans #1

AUTUMN Batman Beyond Rebirth #1, Blue Beetle Rebirth #1, Cyborg Rebirth #1, Deathstroke Rebirth #1, Earth 2 Rebirth #1, Suicide Squad Rebirth #1, Supergirl Rebirth #1, Teen Titans Rebirth #1, Trinity Rebirth #1 New fortnightly titles: Cyborg #1, Deathstroke #1, Harley Quinn #1, Justice League America #1, Suicide Squad #1 New monthly titles: Batman Beyond #1, Blue Beetle #1, Earth 2 #1, Gotham Academy: Next Semester #1, Supergirl #1, Superwoman #1, Super Sons #1, Teen Titans #1, Trinity #1 

2 comments:

  1. Nice to see a new post by ya' Dan. Been awhile mate.
    I'm curious and very cautiously optimistic about yet another new direction DC's taking recently, but this one at least seems to be a step in the right direction. It shows me that DC's really desperate to bring back all the old readers they lost with the reboot and other issues, in attempt raise sales that the new ones just aren't apparently sticking around long enough to provide.

    Here's hoping Johns is finally allowed to do right by us old fans, and makes DC great again.

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  2. Thanks Dale! The shot in the arm came from Mike Deodato linking to a post on my site, and one of the creatives involved with the DC Rebirth getting in touch to say they appreciated the coverage of their work so far. Suddenly I was like the rest of the world can burn, I have to get back to IADW! :)

    Hopefully life will cut me some slack so I can do just that. I think what has happened with DC has sapped my interest in comics to a fair extent, so an IADW rebirth bolstered by the promise of a return to glory at DC, seems kind of fitting.

    Thanks for the welcome back!

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