DC Comics’ Rebirth storyline continues with Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth #1 which reintroduces readers to fashion model turned super-hero Vixen. Like other animal-powered DC heroes (Animal Man, B’wana Beast), Vixen has been largely a supporting player in the DCU since her introduction back in 1981. The Rebirth origins stay pretty faithful giving us a look back to Mari’s childhood and how the Tantu Totem (the magic necklace which gives her the powers and strengths of various animals when called upon) came into her possession.
Many may best remember her from her recurring role in Justice League Unlimited (voiced by Gina Torres), Vixen isn’t the most likely to star in her own comic (which is why she gets a Justice League of America: Rebirth issue rather than her own self-titled one-shot).
DC Comics’ first big crossover following the Rebirth reboot pits the Justice League against the Suicide Squad when Batman fills in the rest of the League about Amanda Waller‘s private army of mercenary super-villains. When the Squad’s latest mission in Badhnisia goes bad the Justice League shows up (not realizing that the Squad will quite literally have to fight for their lives to prevent Waller from murdering them all by detonating the explosives at the base of each of their skulls).
The other storyline features Superman having more trouble with the super-villains of Gotham City than he expected. Tricked by the Joker (Jason Spisak), Superman accidentally causes a break-out at Arkham Asylum. Even calling on the help of Cyborg (Khary Payton) and Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), the heroes struggle to stop the chaos eventually allowing Robin (Scott Menville) to show them what crime-fighting in Gotham is all about.