You'll have heard a lot of talk recently about the upcoming DC Rebirth relaunch. For those of you who haven't been following the news, it may have left you a little confused. Don't worry, we're here to try and guide you through it all!
First up, much like last year's Secret Wars and All-New, All-Different relaunch at Marvel, DC Rebirth is not a reboot.
On Wednesday 25th May, DC will publish a huge 80-page one-shot entitled DC Universe Rebirth for only $2.99. Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank (and others), this comic will bring the New 52 to an end and launch the new era of DC Comics.
"Rebirth is about focusing in on the core of the character and their respective universe," says Geoff Johns. "It brings back what has been lost, the legacy of the characters, the love and the hope of the DCU!"
We know that some old elements of the DCU from pre-Flashpoint will return, but not what or whom as yet. The pre-Flashpoint Superman and Lois Lane returned to the DCU post-Convergence and have been starring in the excellent Superman: Lois & Clark since last year, both operating in secret as Clark and Lois White, raising their son Jonathan. After DC Universe Rebirth, Clark White will once again become the Superman of the DCU. It's possible that other classic versions of the iconic characters will also return, but for the most part this will be a continuation of the New 52, with Rebirth solicitations still referencing events from the Darkseid War and featuring characters who debuted in the New 52 like Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz.
Wow, that was a bit of wall of text wasn't it? Tell you what, let's handover to DC head honchos Dan Didio, Jim Lee and Geoff Johns for more insight into DC Rebirth. Here's the archive of the live stream panel they did on Saturday 26th March:
Exciting isn't it? The difference between Rebirth and the New 52 for me is evident right there in that video. When they launched the New 52, DC seemed happy that iconic characters, with renowned creators and a new issue #1 should be enough of a sales point. It was hard to really know what we were letting ourselves in for.
This time round we are once again getting the same deal (icons + great creators + #1) but this time everyone involved seems keen to tell us about the interesting new stories they have planned and the cool character moments they will be showcasing.
Take writer John Semper's take on Cyborg. When someone asks Cyborg if he's heard a certain song, he remarks that he's heard EVERY song. The guy has a computer for half of his brain and is constantly online. He's accessed iTunes, Spotify, Napster simultaneously and at some point listened to every song ever recorded. But when it's pointed out that he's never heard that song performed live, subject to the potential for change and improvisation, Cyborg realises that he often takes his abilities for granted and in many ways he's sleepwalking through life. That's interesting and evocative, and it makes me want to give the new Cyborg title a go. Plus it doesn't hurt that Semper used to write for the excellent Spider-Man Animated Series from the 90s!
Another one that has me really excited is Joshua Williamson's upcoming storyline for The Flash, 'Lightning Strikes Twice'. It's been hard the last year or so, watching so many of us (our family included) really love The Flash TV series and yet not find the Flash comic quite as compelling. But with this new story, I think we'll finally have a gateway into the Scarlet Speedster. Williamson pitched a story where a Speed Force storm strikes Central City giving a large selection of the population speedster powers. Some of these people become wannabe heroes giving Barry Allen an array of proteges to mentor. Some of these people are incredibly selfish, potentially turning to crime to make a fast buck - Rogues if you will. And one of these people is a serial killer who will become a terrifying new villain, Godspeed. After Williamson's work on Nailbiter, we know he can craft a creepy story around a character compelled to kill and kill again, so this is a title we're definitely recommending you try.
The other one is Greg Rucka's return to Wonder Woman. Arguably the breakout star of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Wonder Woman is one of the books that will ship twice monthly (see below for more details) and Rucka is using that format to tell two different parallel stories. One will deal with Wonder Woman in present day, realising she has some inconsistencies in her memories. Alternate issues will then revisit her origin, potentially reconciling the various conflicting versions of her backstory - a Wonder Woman: Year One if you will. The perfect title for anyone interesting in Princess Diana of Themyscira!
Aside from this, we also have Scott Snyder's All-Star Batman, the return of Nightwing, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz teaming up as the new Green Lanterns for Earth, a new Justice League, the return of John Constantine as The Hellblazer and much more.
There will be 32 titles across the DC Rebirth line-up, a significant reduction from the huge number of titles that made up the initial New 52. Of these 33 titles, 17 will ship twice monthly like Wonder Woman and will be $2.99 and the remaining 16 will still be monthly at $3.99. This also doesn't include the aforementioned All-Star Batman.
DC have released the solicitations for the end of May and June's comics in this free DC Rebirth Previews catalog. Have a look through that and see what takes your fancy.
You can place your orders from that catalog here on our DC Rebirth order form:
Finally, existing Reservation Service customers will be wondering what happens with their current orders. The majority of your orders will come to an end as they were for the New 52 versions of the titles. That said, we will put aside the Rebirth one-shots that match any titles you were getting, to serve as a coda and an invitation to try the new Rebirth version of said title. So for example everyone who currently gets Scott Snyder's Batman will get Batman Rebirth #1 as written by Snyder and the new Batman writer Tom King.
We will also match any titles where the new version of the comic keeps the previous creative team. So Harley Quinn (New 52) will rollover into Harley Quinn (Rebirth) and Gotham Academy will become Gotham Academy: Next Semester. More details to follow when we get them, but if you don't want a title to rollover, please cancel the comic four weeks before the first issue comes out. Many thanks.
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