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DC Rebirth has been on of the biggest events in comics, and our own Ryan Mayer is here to give his breakdown of the first issue.
The biggest problem DC Comics has had over the years is that by going through with big reboots, back in 2011, and starting the New 52, they alienated some fans by bringing in a world that was more cynical than what fans have known for years. Some new readers to comics who started New 52 liked it, while a majority of veteran readers disliked the direction in which these characters were going. Finally, it was announced that DC Rebirth was coming and fans immediately assumed the worst about YET. ANOTHER. REBOOT!
Luckily for fans Geoff Johns, the Chief Creative Officer at DC Comics, confirmed that this issue was not a reboot at all.
This issue became something fans have been waiting for, an event that instilled what had been missing in the New 52. This would be a tall order for Geoff Johns, who has been one of DC Comics top writers and the go-to-man when it came to any projects involving these characters. It was announced that not only would DC Comics Rebirth #1 begin the event but the issue would be 89 pages long. This issue became very hard to get as the release date came closer, due to the implications it would have on the DC Universe and for Superman fans who just watched what happened to him in Superman #52. The day finally arrived when this huge issue would land at local comic book stores and fans could start to take everything in and see if Geoff Johns succeeded. or if they’d dropped the ball.
(SPOILER ALERT: GO READ THIS COMIC)
A hero returns in this massive issue by Geoff Johns, Wally West the original red haired sidekick of the Flash is stuck in the speed force. He is trying to get back into this universe where he has been forgotten and replaced by his cousin of the same name. While attempting to reach out to his friends and fellow heroes to try and get them to remember him and subsequently pull him back into the universe, he reveals that there is something bad coming.
He reveals to the audience that a being more powerful than Darkseid, or any other being in the DC Universe, has wiped everyone’s memories of their past relationships, friendships, and essentially weakened all the heroes in the DC Universe. Wally can’t seem to get a glimpse at who this antagonist is but he knows that he is sitting out of time and space and is watching closely.
We watch as Wally attempts to get his friends to remember who he is so that he can return. The first person he goes to is, of course, Batman. The scene with Batman plays out like something out of Crisis, Batman is both shocked and intrigued by the person who just appeared in front of him, but he does not know him.
Kid Flash continues to pop in and out of the New 52 universe reaching out to friends and even people he doesn’t really know. As he does this, we get glimpses of different story lines that will unfold during Rebirth including some background of what has been missing from the DC Universe all along.
Kid Flash finally finds his way to The Flash (Barry Allen) who is rescuing people as usual. I truly do not want to ruin this amazing scene for you so please go out and get the Rebirth #1. It may even make you cry.
From this point we begin to get hints at what possibly could have erased so much from the minds of everyone in the New 52 Universe.
MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT
We get small clues throughout the book who this person could be, but the big reveal comes when Batman looks over at one of his pieces of Joker memorabilia in the Batcave and begins digging in the wall behind it to find none other than the Comedians pin from Watchman.
This reveal is something no one expected from this issue and is something that will be interesting to see how it pans out.
This issue did exactly what it promised to do, it began to reinject what Geoff Johns has said was missing: “Hope and Optimism”. This issue was absolutely amazing and one of the best that DC has put out in a while. Geoff Johns fully delivers on his promise to bring the DC Comics Universe back into the limelight. The art for this issue was amazing throughout and the writing for it was absolutely superb.
There were moments in this issue that I am not afraid to admit had me either shocked or damn near ready to cry. If you have not gone out and gotten this issue yet GO DO IT!
It is well worth the 3 dollars and will most likely make you want to go and get the next issues!
Ryan Mayer is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @RMayer94
Geoff Johns delivers with this one shot that begins the new Rebirth initiative in the DC Universe! The issue is masterfully written and the art work is perfect. This issue is a must have!