Hello interweb, Nate here. So Convergence lasted a while, didn’t it? Well at least Convergence‘s failure woke DC up because this maybe the best decision they’ve made in a while. DC Rebirth, for those of you who don’t know, is the rebirth of pre-New 52 DC and combining it with the good parts of the New 52. So yes we’re getting our DC back! Most long term DC fans hated the changes within the New 52, I included, so the fact that DC is bringing in the old continuity is amazing! So just like what I did with All-New, All-Different Marvel (I’ll be reviewing some of the comics in All-New, All-Different Marvel when the trades hit shelves), I’ll be going over the on-going titles listed on the DC Rebirth’s Wikipedia page and giving my opinion on each of them. Now unlike my All-New, All-Different Marvel post, DC Rebirth isn’t alphabetical but is organized by different sections: “Batman” (including Batman, Action Comics, Nightwing, Batgirl, etc.), “Superman/Wonder Woman”, “Justice League”, and “other”. There’s also “One-Shots” which includes titles that have “rebirth” in the name (I’m guessing they’re just short miniseries for each character) but I’m not going to go over those. The list is found on the earlier link so check it out if you want. With that said, let’s get started!
Writer: Tom King
Artists: David Finch and Mikel Janin
First off is Batman by Tom King. Tom King I’m pretty sure is also writing The Vision over at Marvel and I read the first issue of that comic but it just didn’t grab me. I’m not quite sure what the story’s gonna be for this comic but I haven’t had a lot of experience with Tom King to really make an opinion based on the creative team. Based on the cover we can see Batman and Commissioner Gordan with two people I don’t recognize. There’s also a plane in the background that looks like it’s on fire. I’m not sure how this will turn out but it may be interesting to check out.
Now one thing I’m curious about is how the New 52 Batman stories is going to fit with the old continuity. Scott Snyder’s New 52 run many consider to be one of the best modern Batman runs and I’m embarrassed to say that I actually have not been reading New 52 Batman comics (yes, including Court of Owls) so I’m not sure how easily you can simply throw Scott Snyder’s run onto the end of the Batman timeline or if a few retcons are in order. However I do know the New 52 did change it so Tim Drake, currently known as Red Robin, did not start out affiliated with Batman and the New 52 Teen Titans comics (which were horrible by the way) claimed to have been the first Teen Titans team in the DC universe. This would mean Nightwing never had the chance to be on the team and in the pre-New 52 continuity the Teen Titans has had a major impact on Dick’s history. So while I’m not sure how many retcons will need to be made in order for the Batman continuity to work, I know Scott Snyder’s run isn’t going to be left out of the DC universe sense it may have been the best part of the New 52.
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artists: Eddy Barrows and Alvaro Martinez
DC Rebirth is bringing back the old numbering for Detective comics so this will actually be titled “Detective Comics #934” which I think is awesome. They’re doing the same thing with Action Comics which I feel really show that they’re serious about bringing back the old continuity as well as making the older stories that we all love canon again. Now the writer of this comic is going to be James Tynion IV who I actually haven’t read before. I have been picking up Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from my comic book shelves but I’m waiting for all six issues to hit shelves before I read them. So while I don’t have any experience with the author of this story the premise sounds pretty interesting. It’s a team up book with Batman and Batwoman leading Tim Drake (although I can’t tell whether or not he’s still Red Robin), Stephanie Brown as Spoiler, Cassandra Cain, and Clayface. Yes, Clayface is with the Batman family. I’m really wondering how this is going to work.
Writer: Hope Larson
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Next up is Batgirl written by Hope Larson. So Barbra Gordan is still Batgirl and not Oracle in this which I do kinda dislike and wish she’d be Oracle again since she was always more badass as Oracle but this works too. Not sure what the premise of this comic is but it looks like there’s a Chinese man and Barbra with hiking gear so maybe this takes place across the world? Also, is hipster Batgirl still going to be a thing?
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artists: Javi Fernandez and Marcus To
I think Tim Seeley wrote Grayson which turned Dick into a spy so he’s written the character before. I never read Grayson because if I’m going to read Dick I want to read him as Nightwing but based on outside sources I heard it was a decent comic. Not sure anything about the premise to this and I don’t have much else to say so let’s move on.
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artists: John Romita Jr., Jock, and Sean Murphy
Heck yeah! Scott Snyder back on Batman! Now a while ago DC released a line up of “All-Star” comics which were suppose to compete with Marvel’s Ultimate universe. All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison is praise as the best of the series and I absolutely loved it. However, All-Star Batman and Robin by Frank Miller was one of the worst Batman story or DC “All-Star” story made. Now I have heard that All-Star Batman and Robin was part of the same universe as All-Star Superman, but I’ve also heard it’s in the same universe as The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Batman/Spawn, and more recently Dark Knight The Master Race. I’m not sure what is true but honestly if the later is true and it’s part of Frank Miller’s little Batman universe thing than the only good comic in it would be The Dark Knight Returns. So I’m not completely sure if Scott Snyder’s All-Star Batman will be in the same universe as All-Star Superman, the main DC comics, or just it’s own self contained story but either way it’s Scott Snyder and Batman. How can you go wrong with this?
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
Writers: Julie Benson and Shawna Benson
Artist: Claire Roe
If it’s not Gail Simone writing the Birds of Prey than who really cares?
Writer: Dan Jurgans
Artists: Patrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkham, and Stephen Segovia
Now like I said with Detective Comics, Action Comics is going back to its old numbering at issue #957. Now like I’ve been saying, the old continuity is going to be combined with the New 52. Now this does mean that a lot of retcons need to be made but some characters I can see it easily be done. Green Lantern, Batman, and The Flash can throw their New 52 history to the end of their pre-New 52 timeline and after one or two retcons to make things make sense it could work. Green Arrow could have his New 52 history be explained as happening in his early years. However, Superman’s New 52 timeline started at his origin story than went straight to modern times. So I’m theorizing that (with the exception of the costume based on the cover) New 52 Superman is going to be gone, especially sense Superman was one of the most hated parts of the New 52. If that’s true, than this would be amazing. Especially since we got a glimpse of pre-New 52 Superman in Convergence: Superman but nothing really came out of it.
Now let’s get to the actual title. Dan Jurgans is a pretty good Superman writer so the creative team doesn’t worry me that much. And based on the cover, it looks interesting since Superman’s fighting Lex Luthor and Lex has the Superman symbol on his chest. So I’m wondering what this is going to be about and it does make me want to pick up the book.
Writers: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Artists: Patrick Gleason and Doug Mahnke
Now Superman and Lois has a child now so I’m wondering if the boy on the cover is their son. This may show a lot more of Superman as a father figure and it will be interesting how he raises his half-Kryptonian half-Human son. This definitely peaks my interest and I’m glad to see how these characters are progressing in their lives since Batman had had Damian for quite a few years now and Superman finally has a biological son of his own to raise so we’ll just have to wait and see how that goes.
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott
Wonder Woman! As with Batman, I haven’t read New 52 Wonder Woman so while I know they changed her origin a little to make her a literal goddess I’m not sure how easy it will be to combine her New 52 history with her pre-New 52 history. I’ve heard that Brian Azzarello’s run on the character was really good though so I might check it out eventually since I’ve never read a Wonder Woman title before. Greg Rucka is a really good writer and wrote Batwoman for the New 52, so to see him back on a strong DC superheroine is pretty cool to see and I’m interested in what he does with the character.
Writer: Gene Luen Yang
Artist: Viktor Bodganovich
This looks dumb. It’s basically Asian Superman. Isn’t that what Goku’s for?
Writer: Phil Jimenez
Artists: Phil Jimenez, Emmanuela, and Lupacchino
Don’t know don’t care…
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Brian Ching
Based on the cover it looks like this is going to be partially inspired by the Supergirl show. I saw the first few episodes but lose interest in it all together. The art looks really cute but other than that I’d rather just read something else.
Writer: Francis Manapul
Artists: Francis Manapul and Clay Mann
DC’s Trinity featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Francis Manapul wrote the New 52 Flash comics and I read the first six trades of his run and I have to say he’s a pretty decent writer. The New 52 Flash comics had very strong character interactions and showed off Flash’s powers off well so I’m wondering how his writing style may work with the DC trinity.
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Brad Walker, Jesus Merino, and Phil Briones
Now out of every Justice League member, Aquaman is the character I know least about. He’s the king of Atlantis and I know he’s a lot more badass than people give him credit for and many people regard him as a very underrated character. With that said, I’m still not the biggest Aquaman fan and I really have no interest in this title. If I hear it’s really good later down the line than maybe I’ll check it out but for now I’m not too interested.
Writer: Josh Williamson
Artists: Carmine Di Giandomenico and Neil Googe
Like I said earlier, I read the first six trades of the Francis Manapul’s Flash comics in the New 52 and I’m pretty sure there’s seven in total. Based on what I read, it’ll be okay to throw that continuity at the end of pre-New 52 continuity with a retcon here and there to clean thing up. Now I’m pretty sure the Flash in this comic is going to be Barry Allen still since Black Wally West is chilling there on the cover next to Captain Cold and someone else. This comic is also introducing a new villain called Godspeed that looks like a white Zoom (I mean his suit’s white, not his ethnicity although that may be true to) and I’m assuming he has super speed because of his name and costume. I’m interested to see where this goes.
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artists: Robson Rocha and Ardian Syaf
Simon Baz seems to be showing up in quite a few of these titles and I think it’s mainly to compete with Marvel since they have Ms. Marvel and both are Muslim superheroes. I could be wrong but other than being in the New 52 JLA comics, he really hasn’t done much to my knowledge. Either way, I doubt I’m going to end up picking this comic up. I’m trying to work through the trades of Geoff Johns legendary Green Lantern run and so far I’ve only gotten through Green Lantern: Rebirth and Green Lantern: No Fear. The next trade in the run is Green Lantern Corps: Recharge and I’ve been having trouble hunting it down. So yeah. doubt I’ll bother with this comics.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps
Writer: Rob Venditti
Artists: Ethan Van Sciver and Rafa Sandoval
And because DC is overflowing with Green Lanterns, here’s another book! Same thoughts really, moving on…
Writer: Bryan Hitch
Artists: Tony Daniel and Fernando Pasarin
I don’t know the premise to this so I don’t really have any opinions on it yet.
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Brett Booth
So long as it’s better than any New 52 Teen Titans comic I’m fine with whatever they do. Also, Donna Troy’s back!
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Brett Booth
Same creative team as Titans but not part of the team. Honestly I really don’t care about Cyborg unless he’s on a team and he works best on the Teen Titans. I don’t know why DC has been trying to replace Martian Manhunter with Cyborg but I kinda want Martian Manhunter back as a founding member with Cyborg as a Titan.
Justice League of America
Couldn’t find any info on this comic so I have no opinion on it.
Writer: Ben Percy
Artist: Jonboy Meyers
This team kinda reminds me of the Justice League Vs Teen Titans cartoon that recently came out but replace Blue Beetle with Kid Flash (who I guess is Wally again, where’s Bart Allen?). Based on my understanding, it’s the Teen Titans where Damian wants to be the leader but no one else wants him to be the leader. That sounds funny as heck and great potential for character interraction. This title seems more interesting than Titans and I might actually check it out. I hope it has better writing than the New 52 Teen Titans books though. Marv Wolfman and Geff Johns wrote the best Teen Titans stories so I wonder when we’ll get a run with those levels of good writing.
Writer: Ben Percy
Artists: Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreya
I don’t care about Green Arrow enough to read him anywhere other than Justice League.
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artists: Carlo Pagulyan, Igor Vitorino, and Felipe Watanabe
Christopher Priest has sorta been everywhere and he’s pretty hit-or-miss for me so I’m not completely sold on the creative team alone. I also never read Deathstroke in his own solo series so I’m not sure what a story involving just Deathstroke is like.
Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Artists: Chad Hardin and John Timms
This is the same creative team who wrote the New 52 Harley Quinn comics (which I loved) so while I don’t know what the premise to this comic is going to be I’m not worried. I also like the new design of Harley Quinn. Yeah I realize it’s made to match with her Suicide Squad design but to be honest I really liked the costume they went with there. I also like her hair here how her tips are dyed blue and pink.
Writer: Simon Oliver
I never read Constantine before and the only thing I know about his character is that he’s what happens when you take Sam and Dean from Supernatural and throw them into the DC universe (than again I’ve never seen Supernatural so idk how accurate that is either). Also he’s bisexual. Otherwise I know nothing about his character so I’m just going to move on.
Red Hood and the Outlaws
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Dexter Soy
Red Hood and the Outlaws are back? Wasn’t that infamous for being one of the worst New 52 books when it started?
Writer: Rob Williams
Artists: Jim Lee and Philip Tan
Suicide Squad with the movie line up of characters. Harley Quinn, Katanna, Deadshot, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, and I believe Enchantress but I could be wrong. Seems interesting enough to check out.
Writer: Keith Giffen
Artist: Scott Kolins
Yes! Blue Beetle is hitting the shelves once again and Jaime Reyes is teaming up with Ted Korde. Not a fan of Ted, huge fan of Jaime, and I’m excited. I love the art on that cover so I hope it holds up in the comic, I loved the pre-New 52 Jaime Reyes comics, liked the New 52 comics (strangely enough), and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
Writers: Chris Burns and Dennis Culver
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Superman and Batman’s children, Damian Wayne and Jon Kent, in the same comic. No more need for explanations, this is adorable and I want to read this thing now!
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Bernard Chang
And we wrap this up with Batman Beyond! Terry is back as the Batman of the future and I’ve never read a Batman Beyond comic before but I loved the cartoon series. Although I have heard that Jurgens don’t care about Batman Beyond so I’m not sure if I want to read this.