Back in 2016, DC Comics ended The New 52 after five years and rebooted their line of comics, starting with DC Universe Rebirth #1, written by Geoff Johns. DC’s two flagship titles of Action Comics and Detective Comics went back to their original numbering with Detective picking up at issue #934 and Action picking up at #957. Johns not only set up the initial mysteries for each brand new series, but also set up mysteries for crossovers. DC Universe: Rebirth #1 began what has become the Doomsday Clock event; which not only features our favorite heroes, but is also a sequel to Watchmen. It’s revealed in Rebirth #1 that Doctor Manhattan was responsible for the changes in the timelines which resulted in the Rebirth line. There is also a scene where Batman finds the bloody smiley face button worn by The Comedian when he died in Watchmen, which in turn sets up the Batman and Flash crossover event called The Button. The main story in Rebirth #1 is about Wally West returning to the timeline from the Speed Force.
I have to admit that, going into DC Rebirth, I was skeptical. After I read Rebirth #1 and the one shots that set up the new series, however, I was totally on board with it. I am currently subscribed to The Flash and Aquaman but I am reading the other books in trade paperback and they are great. The stories in Rebirth are more about the heroes – not only in showcasing their heroics, but delving into their personal lives – and that is very interesting. Batman and Catwoman are about to get married, which is something I thought I would never see. China has their own version of Superman and their own Justice League. In the pages of Dark Knights Metal, we found out that there is a Dark Multiverse with an evil version of Batman who wants to rule everything. Additionally, in his own story, Aquaman tried to establish an embassy for Atlantis on the surface only for it to be attacked by Black Manta. Not only did he fight Black Manta but the king of Atlantis also took on the U. S. Government after Manta staged an attack on a U.S. military ship in order to make Atlantis look responsible. We saw The Flash and Batman try to solve the mystery of the Comedian’s button only to be attacked by The Reverse Flash. Finally, over at the Green Lantern Corps, Hal Jordan and John Stewart are now running things, while Earth now has two Green Lanterns protecting it. I can go on and on about these fun stories.
I will also say that it was exciting to see the release of Action Comics #1000 in April and to see that Brian Michael Bendis is coming to DC Comics to write Superman. Speaking of Superman, we have seen a return to character for the big blue boy scout. He is married to Lois and they have a son named Jonathan who is half human and half Kryptonian. To add to all of the excitement of family life, Superman has not only had to deal with a brand new version of Doomsday, but Lex Luthor and the Mysterious Mr. Oz have also been a thorn in Supes’s side.
Finally, getting back to the Dark Knight himself: Batman is not only getting married, but he is also training a new team of “Batmen” to help him fight crime. Lead by Batwoman and Red Robin, the team – which also includes their old nemesis, Clayface – operates out of a new headquarters. A high-tech batcave, called The Belfry, located in a skyscraper in the heart of Gotham City.
All in all, Rebirth has been incredible and I am so excited to see where it goes.
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