Rebirth

Detective Comics #934

by Alan Rapp on June 15, 2016

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Picking up its original numbering, Detective Comics returns as more of a Bat-Family book than a Batman solo title. Concerned that a new villain has been keeping tabs on Gotham’s vigilantes (Red Robin, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain), Batman enlists the help of Batwoman to get the younger generation trained for the battle yet to come. A Bat Book Camp, if you will. And, to throw a curve ball in the mix, Batman enlists Clayface to be part of the team.

Sure, there are small things I could nitpick about the choices here. I’d rather see Tim Drake in his pre-New 52 costume than a tweaked version of his first Robin costume. Stephanie Brown should be Batgirl not Spoiler. And Cassandra Cain would feel far more at home in the Bat-Family as Black Bat rather that “Orphan” (what a terrible name for a hero).

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The Flash: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on June 13, 2016

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Because DC Universe: Rebirth #1 centered around Wally West and his connection the lost pre-New 52 DCU, and did such an amazing job of reintroducing the character back into DC Comics, The Flash: Rebirth #1 feels mostly redundant. There’s simply nothing new for writer Joshua Williamson to introduce.

Covering the same ground of Barry Allen and Wally West’s reunion, the issue also sets up the Flash’s backstory. Sadly in this case, it appears our hero is stuck with his New 52 tragic life story and his awful New 52 costume redesign (complete with the unnecessary groves and yellow lines detracting from his far more simple, and elegant, original costume).

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Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on June 9, 2016

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Still in the early days of DC Rebirth, DC Comics’ latest reboot which hopes to combine previous DC continuity with that of the New 52 into a new DCU, it’s obvious some characters are more aware of what is happening than others. Diana of Themyscira is aware of both her classic and (shitty) New 52 origins at the same time, using her Magic Lasso in an attempt to find out what is real she discovers she has been deceived. Have I mentioned yet how much I love the idea that the entirety of the New 52 was a super-villain plot to make DC suck?

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Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on June 6, 2016

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Not to be confused with the mini-series that brought Hal Jordan back to the Green Lantern Corps, Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 resets the role of Green Lantern to Earth taking the upcoming series in a new direction. Rather than a single Green Lantern guarding the world it appears there will be two.

Personally, I’ve never been sold on a gun-wielding Green Lantern so I had planned to completely ignore this title. Along with Simon Baz the comic also gives us the even more green (so to speak) rookie Jessica Cruz. Pairing two relatively inexperienced Green Lanterns admittedly offers something new to explore. Even if I’m still on the fence about Baz, writers Geoff Johns and Sam Humphries quickly sell me on Cruz and the concept of the unlikely pair working together. Factor in Ed Benes art and there are certainly good reasons to pick up this issue.

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Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on June 3, 2016

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Green Arrow: Rebirth #1Seizing on the mission statement of DC Universe: Rebirth #1 of returning more of the classic feel to both characters and the DCU, Green Arrow: Rebirth #1 returns Oliver Queen to Seattle (rather than Star City) and rekindles a romance forgotten by the New 52.

While investigating a series of disappearances, mostly by the homeless, Green Arrow encounters Black Canary on the trail of an underground human trafficking ring selling those who will not be missed to the highest bidder. Still new to each other, there’s an obvious chemistry between the pair and a promise of things to come. With a costume redesign that purposefully makes you think of Arrow, Green Arrow reclaims some of his old liberal swagger and classic goatee. Dinah’s clothes remind you of her classic costume while still being a bit updated for the times.

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