From the information we’ve been given, it seems that DC Rebirth is an initiative to unite both the pre-new 52 universe WITH the current New 52, and taking the “best of both worlds” if you will. It’s safe to say that this universe will be a lot more like the “DC Extended Universe” of the live action films (or the Man of Steel-verse if you prefer). After all, it can’t be a coincidence that they are doing this at the same time as the film universe is gearing up.
So, are we excited? Well, I sort of am pretty excited. I was a vocal critic of the New 52, as I was a pretty big fan of the DC Universe prior to them demolishing it. It was fun, it was different and it was COOL. I didn’t think it was a broken thing to fix. And I think continuity in comics is a valuable trait that comic books should hold high in its esteem. Not many stories can grow and evolve over 7 decades, and I think that kind of character development is unique.
Anyway, it seems that a lot of elements from DC Comics past is now going to be recognized as well as what good came from the New 52, so I can’t really complain about what they are doing as a reader. But which titles am I most excited about? Well, I made a list of the top 5 announced Rebirth titles that has my interest piqued!
5. Superwoman – Written & Pencils by Phil Jimenez
This comic announcement just has me so intrigued! This is Lois Lane with superpowers, in case you didn’t know, and don’t be too angry, this isn’t jumping the King Shark at all. Actually Lois first became Superwoman WAYYY back in Action Comics #60 in 1943, and has been revisited many times since, most significantly in Grant Morrison’s All-Star Superman miniseries. There have been several Superwomen over the years besides Lois too, like Lucy Lane, Luma Lynai, Kristen Wells, Dana Dearden and of course, the Crime Syndicate’s alternate universe version of Wonder Woman was also called Superwoman.
But never before has Lois gotten her own comic series as Superwoman before, so this is a pretty interesting event. Which universe’s Lois is it? And how does she get to keep these abilities? And what’s Superman gonna do with her never needing saving!? So many questions.
The comic is in good hands, though. Phil Jimenez is a consummate professional that has been around for quite some time. His work is reminiscent of George Perez, as he has the ability to fill the comic page with a lot of information and action while still maintaining an amazing gift of storytelling.
I’m looking forward to a fun, old school superhero comic featuring a much beloved character who was NEVER a helpless girlfriend and was ALWAYS a hero in her own way.
4. Justice League – Written by Bryan Hitch, Pencils by Tony Daniel
The flagship super team in the DCU is getting an overhaul thanks to the artistic stylings of Bryan Hitch and Tony Daniel! It’s a bit odd that Hitch is only taking on writing duties, as he’s one of the best artists in the industry (in my opinion), but after his stellar work writing JLA recently it’s a no brainer to give him a shot at the premiere Justice League title.
This team will have all the core members, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman but instead of ONE Green Lantern, this team will have TWO! And not the ones you’d expect! It’s Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz that will be the new additions. I think it’s a pretty awesome thing that for the first time we have an African-American, Latin-American AND a Muslim-American on the Justice League at the same time! It’s the most diverse JL lineup ever, that’s for sure!
Details for the first story arc are well under wraps, but I’m pretty sure Hitch will have the team's hands full with some dastardly threat. And Tony Daniel has definitely earned his place as the industry’s premier artists, so it’s going to be a wild ride!
3. Suicide Squad – Written by Rob Williams, Art by Jim Lee & Philip Tan
I haven’t actually been interested in reading Suicide Squad since reading the original series from the 80’s, but now with the hype of the movie, and the phenomenal art team on board...this volume I will give a chance.
This one is looking to be ripped directly from the live-action film version, with Harley Quinn leading the charge of miscreants. Members announced so far besides Harl are Boomerang, Killer Croc, Deadshot and Katana, with more to be revealed along the way. If they are going the route of the movie, expect a certain “Mistah J” to be involved somehow!
Rob Williams is a British writer with some impressive titles under his belt like 2000 A.D., Punisher MAX, Dark X-Men and Daken: Dark Wolverine, so he’s quite capable of helming this series. It is a shame that Jim Lee is not available to pencil every issue, but Philip Tan has the chops to fill in quite nicely with a style very similar to Lee’s.
I’m looking forward to catching up on the “Worst Heroes Ever”!
2. All-Star Batman - Written by Scott Snyder, Art by Various
Scott Snyder may be done with his run on Batman...but he’s far from done with the Dark Knight. It’s been announced that Snyder will be continuing writing Batman stories with All-Star Batman, a project that Snyder himself has claimed is “his Long Halloween”.
Uh, yeah, that’s all I needed to know to be on board.
Snyder claims he’s not going to reboot any of the origins of Batman’s villains but expand upon them. Which is a great idea. Everyone knows that Batman’s villains are the best around, so a comic focusing on them is a MUST-READ.
Also, Snyder has such a creative mind for Batman. Not to say his run on the series was perfect, but it had such amazing and memorable moments and was by a LARGE margin, the best stuff of the New 52 era. And with such a line-up of artists that have already been announced on the series like John Romita Jr., Jock, Sean Murphy and Francesco Francavilla...well, All-Star is like an understatement!
I really, really can’t wait to get my hands on this comic book.
1. Green Arrow – Written by Ben Percy, Pencils by Otto Schmidt
Why? Because I haven’t’ really cared about reading Green Arrow since Kevin Smith’s run. And this one seems different. Otto Schmidt is a phenomenal, revolutionary artist that will no doubt take Ollie Queen to the next level with his artwork.
Ben Percy does not have a big past writing comics, but he did write an awesome little story two-part in Detective Comics (#35-36) in 2014 called “Terminal” that everyone should read. Besides that, Percy is a prize winning novelist, with 5 full-length novels under his belt.
As soon as I heard this series announced, I immediately got excited as it looks like it’s going to be a fresh and modern take on one of the best heroes on DC’s roster. Schmidt may not be everyone’s first choice as a GA artist, since his art is usually like a cartoony, pin-up style...but that’s what intrigues me. Something tells me this book is going to surprise everyone! Mark my words.
I think things are finally looking great for DC Comics, a company that I personally felt went a wrong direction for many of its titles in recent years. It’s nice to see them get back to basics, put together some great art teams and make really entertaining comic books.
I’m also really looking forward to the regular Batman series, Batgirl, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps and Batman Beyond, are there any other titles you guys are excited about? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!
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