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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Rebirth Rambles, My Initial Thoughts...


The first wave of DC Comics' Rebirth comics have been released and I managed to pick up most of them in the past week, as I decide which extra titles I'm going to add to my pull-list.

Given that I haven't really read a DC comic run for quite some time (like many, the New 52 did nothing for me), I have to say that my first impressions of this new era are very positive.

Possibly my only real disappointment was the Batman title because it didn't pick up on the massive dangling plot hook from end of DC Universe: Rebirth (the top selling comic of May) with Batman's unexpected find in the Batcave.

Instead the issue just felt like Batman doing his usual routine, which normally would have been fine, but I was hoping for more oomph to spotlight the character in the Rebirth paradigm.

That said, the 'dangling plot thread' from the Batcave was addressed in The Flash, along with the return of Wally West.

Superman dealt with the pre-Flashpoint Superman coming to terms with the death of the New 52 Superman, with a refresher course on the real Superman's lifestory as he explained it to this Earth's Lana Lang. Fun stuff. And, as with The Flash, I'm been excited to see where the story goes next.

Wonder Woman was delightfully quirky, addressing a major theme from the Rebirth 'setting' of altered memories. This involved an inventive use of Wonder Woman's lasso of truth and felt like a decent acknowledgement of what I believe to be the plot of the initial Rebirth storyline.

A strong thread of many of these stories appears to be about winning back the public confidence and changing perceptions of the heroes (a not particularly subtle 'undoing' of much of the negative publicity the New 52 period generated)

The Green Lanterns, with art by Ethan Van Sciver and Ed Benes, was the best-looking title of this first wave and set up a couple of rookie Green Lanterns with distinct personalities and an intriguing overarching story, but I'm just slightly wary of getting pulled into the vast and complex Lantern mythology again.

However, the biggest surprise, and my favourite title from my recent acquisitions, was Aquaman. This was largely down to the incredible world-building skills of Dan Abnett - as he demonstrated so well (with Andy Lanning) on Guardians Of The Galaxy (back when it was good and not just the "outer space Avengers").

Although not one of those who really buys into the whole "Aquaman sucks" mindset, I've never followed the character's independent adventures before (that is, outside of the Justice League), but I was very impressed.

A couple of weeks in and Rebirth has already pulled me back into the warm embrace of the DC Comics fold.

Guess I'll be adding more titles to my pull-list then... but which will cut to make room for them? The Marvel superhero contingent is down to its bare bones already, so I suspect I'll be looking at the indie titles and Marvel's Star Wars (which I'm months behind on anyway).

As an epilogue to my witterings, John Kovalic's always funny Dork Tower summed up many people's reaction to the Rebirth relaunch perfectly this week:

4 comments:

  1. I've only read Wonder Woman so far. I did enjoy the lasso trick though I know little about how this plays into the changes in the world. My favorite version of Aquaman is the blustering Rennfaire reject from the Brave and the Bold cartoon.

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    1. I haven't read Wonder Woman since the George Perez run, so my knowledge of her recent adventures is scant, but this new version - on the strength of a single issue - looks promising.

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  2. I'm back with the Flash now that Wally is back. Never read DC before 1985 so he was always my Flash..

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    1. That's about the same time I really got into DC Comics (Crisis On Infinite Earths), so I was aware of Barry and his sacri9fice to save the Multiverse, but Wally was my Flash as well.

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