Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Big Revelations About DC's Rebirth

DC Universe: Rebirth
In a few short hours, DC is heralding a new era for its comics, both creatively and in terms of its story, with the release of DC Universe: Rebirth #1.

The series isn't a continuity reboot, per se; instead, it is a kind of thematic pivot involving a crazy twist. It begins with DC Universe: Rebirth, a giant-sized standalone comic by writer (and DC Entertainment chief creative officer, as well as reported new co-head of DC’s film operations) Geoff Johns and a bevy of artists. It changes the post-2011 status quo significantly.


In an attempt to pre-empt details of the issue leaking out, Johns spoke to USA Today about the new comic, which offers a window into the future for all sorts of heroes in the DC Universe, from Ray Palmer being trapped in the Microverse, to the now-confirmed death of the New 52-era Superman, to the true nature of the Blue Beetle powers being used by Jaime Reyes, and to the surprise return of the original Wally West.

The plot is a little shaky, but the general idea is that it overrides the 2011 reboot and says more or less everything that’s ever happened in DC’s 70-plus-year history is on the table for future stories in DC books.

The culprit: Doctor Manhattan. Yes, the omnipotent naked blue hero of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel Watchmen has been mucking around with the fabric of DC’s reality for nefarious means. This also canonizes Watchmen as a whole within the DC universe for the first time since the original series was released in 1986.

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