DC Comics “Rebirth”: A Bit of Old and New

DC Comics “Rebirth”: A Bit of Old and New

What first comes to mind when you hear the term “Rebirth”? What about in the context of entertainment? Well, for me, it’s one of two things: another one of Futurama’s returns to TV (they can come back any time now, by the way) or the relaunch of Green Lantern, a relaunch that more or less saved the superhero’s franchise. So for me, both are positive thoughts.

Now what about the New 52? Well, many people have had negative things to say about DC Comics relaunch in the New 52 four years ago. I am on the side that actually enjoys what I’ve read. To clear things up, I’m a Green Lantern and Batman fan primarily. Currently, I subscribe to Green Lantern, Batman, Justice League, Starfire, Harley Quinn, and Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion. I’ve tried several other series including Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, and Earth-2 but frankly, I just don’t have enough money or time to keep up considering I also read several non-DC Comics series. Full disclosure, the only Marvel title I currently read is Star Wars. So, I’m a DC guy.

So what is DC doing with “Rebirth”? Well, in short, they are taking an opportunity to relaunch their universe in a way that allows them to capture the past while looking to the future. They are planning to put a primary focus back on some of their most iconic and long-standing characters, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman as well as other Justice League founders, Green Lantern, Flash, and Aquaman. A big part of this relaunch is also to help align the comic book universe with the movie and TV universes. The DCEU or DC Comics Extended Universe spans TV and film. It includes The CW series Arrow, The Flash, DC Legends of Tomorrow, and Vixen, along with CBS’ Supergirl, and FOX’s Gotham. The comic book universe does not represent much of what’s happening in the TV series and upcoming movies. This relaunch will look to resolve some of this.

A major piece to note is the numbering behind DC’s two oldest and most iconic series, Action Comics and Detective Comics. You see, Superman and Batman first appeared in those series respectively and while each superhero has their own title series, these two are DC Comics’ bread and butter, their home, their 127.0.0.1 if you will.  Well, both series will be returning to their pre-New 52 numbering system and those 52 issues in the New 52 will count! So, Action Comics will return with #957 and Detective Comics with #934.

Both of these classic series will also move to a twice per month series along with a ton of more twice-monthly books. The list below includes the title lineup for the relaunch straight from DC Comics’ official website.

Rebirth Title Linup

June:
Rebirth Specials:
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 #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
AQUAMAN #1
BATMAN #1
THE FLASH #1
GREEN ARROW #1
GREEN LANTERNS #1
SUPERMAN #1
WONDER WOMAN #1

New Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
ACTION COMICS #957
DETECTIVE COMICS #934

July
Rebirth Specials:
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 #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
NIGHTWING #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping monthly):
BATGIRL #1
BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY #1
THE HELLBLAZER #1
RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS #1
THE SUPER-MAN #1
TITANS #1

Fall
Rebirth Specials:
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 #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
CYBORG #1
DEATHSTROKE #1
HARLEY QUINN #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #1
SUICIDE SQUAD #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping monthly):
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

That is a lot of new series. I’m very curious to see where they are going with this and, as a Green Lantern fan, am excited to see them in the mix. I’m also very excited for the Trinity series coming this Fall which is supposed to focus on Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

DC Comics’ relaunch looks to be a solid time for people to hop back on the DC train. What do you think? Will you be picking up any of these series? Comment below.

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2 comments on DC Comics “Rebirth”: A Bit of Old and New

  1. Shannon Mestemaker says:

    I’ve been reading DC for nearly four decades so of course I’ll be following “Rebirth”. I’m most curious to see what will become of Earth 2. I’m a big fan of this latest version and was hoping to get more personal, down to earth stories for its characters.

    1. I really loved the first two years of Earth-2. Unfortunately, that’s as far as I got with that particular series, though I know it was a cornerstone for the Convergence event last summer. With that said, it’s looking more and more like DC is trying to narrow focus on their primary titles, specifically those they are putting on TV and in film, aligning style and tone.

      Just so you know, you can begin subscribing to series through Comixology if you have a pull list setup.

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