Rebirth

Supergirl: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on August 22, 2016

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Supergirl: Rebirth #1Supergirl: Rebirth #1 relaunches Kara Zor-El in the DCU beginning with Supergirl reclaiming her powers in a dangerous experiment involving being shot directly into the sun. The issue also delivers a Kryptonian werewolf for the returning Supergirl to best. As bizarre as all that sounds, it’s actually kinda fun.

As with the other Rebirth issues, this one is mainly concerned with setting up the hero’s backstory and setting the stage for the new series. There’s plenty to like here with Supergirl returning to a more classic costume (with some unnecessary New 52 seams thrown in for some reason) and less abrasive and whiny personality.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on August 3, 2016

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Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1 doesn’t introduce us to the new Outlaws, but the issue does catch-up readers on the history of Jason Todd from street urchin to Robin the Boy Wonder to the Red Hood. It also introduces a plot to keep Jason a part of the extended Bat-Family but still separate from its core members. It’s a little odd that both Red Hood and Nightwing are going undercover with underground criminal organizations, but the set-up (at least for me) works far better here than with Dick Grayson.

We’ll have to wait for Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 for the introductions of both Bizarro and Artemis, and the how and why they team-up with the vigilante. While certainly doing its job to reintroduce Jason to the DCU the comic doesn’t do much to explain the set-up of the new series with two of its key figures (and their relationship to Jason) unexplored.

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on July 24, 2016

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1Setting up the upcoming Batgirl and the Birds of Prey series, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1 introduces to the three key characters of the team while explaining the past relationships of Batgirl and Black Canary. Barbara’s time as Oracle stays in the continuity as does her former partnership with Black Canary. Wiped from continuity is any official Birds of Prey team featuring other members (Huntress, Zinda Blake, and others).

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1 works to get everyone up to speed on where these characters are now, with most of the focus on Batgirl. I didn’t like Dinah as much here as the version of the character we’re seeing in Green Arrow and we see so little of the new Huntress it’s too early for me to make a judgement on her quite yet. And, for me, the comic could use a firecracker like Lady Blackhawk to liven things up.

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Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1 is a transitionary comic to move the character of Hal Jordan from roaming nomad with a glove back to the DCU’s most prominent Green Lantern. Finishing up Hal’s storyline using Krona‘s glove, the comic features Jordan far from the remains of Oa where Sinestro and his Corps now rule. On a dead world in Space Sector 563, Jordan performs a Herculean task by using Krona’s glove to forge the impossible: a new ring.

By the end of the issue Hal Jordan is out of the trench coat and back to basics in the trademark Green Lantern costume. And he’s got plenty on his plate with searching for an entire Corps which has gone missing. Far from Earth, it looks like this Green Lantern title will let its hero explore all there is to see in the cosmos.

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Titans: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on June 16, 2016

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Titans: Rebirth #1Wally West‘s return to the DCU continues in Titans: Rebirth #1. After being pulled back into existence by Barry Allen in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Wally gets a spiffy new costume and sets out to find his old teammates: the original Teen Titans. Of course this is problematic as none of his old friends knows who Wally is.

At first mistaking him for a threat, the group attempts to put the speedster down. But as each member comes into contact with their former ally a spark of recognition (hey, I’m not above using a pun when appropriate) brings back memories of their forgotten friend.

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