For all you DC Comics fans you probably all know about the first issue of Rebirth being out in stores right now. This is the big shake up which brings huge changes to the universe. For one, the universe is completely changed and I think for the better.
New 52 cleaned the slate for the DC universe which divided the community in a horrible way. While no strangers to shake up’s in the universe, fans had a history with their favorite heroes but suddenly none of that existed. It was a bitter pill to swallow but would have maybe passed if they didn’t half ass the attempt. DC tried to imply some stories happened, some histories never changed but key elements were missing. It sounds confusing just explaining that and the readers thought the same as well.
Rebirth however brings a lot of our classic heroes back. A Superman who is with Lois and has a child, a Bat family that is back to status, Wally West who is a beloved flash is returned and much more. While we don’t know the whole landscape yet, it seems to be a sort of mia culpa to the mess that was caused.
Heroes seem to also be as silly as this may sound, heroic. The New 52 came off as being very emo in the way it was written. It was dark and gritty which missed what a lot of these characters were supposed to be about. Often it seemed that these heroes weren’t being good because it was the right thing to do, it was more ‘just because’.
All that aside though we got a glimpse of the big bad that caused these universe changes to begin with…Dr Manhattan. Yes, that Dr Manhattan!!! It’s weird and not sure how it all works yet but it has potential. I am rather mixed on this though as Watchmen to me was separate in it’s own grim universe. Merging them into the DC Universe seem’s a very odd choice that I hope they can pull off. It’s a gamble but I am wanting to see where this goes.
Rebirth seem’s to have a little bit for everyone and they are trying hard to erase the divide that was caused a few years ago. Only time will tell if things pan out but I know I will be happy to be grabbing up the latest issues.
I decided that I was going to jump into Rebirth and see it for myself and guess what? Apparently everyone did too. Seem’s that Rebirth is sold out everywhere. I tried two comic book stores and was told the same story however a second printing is coming so I just need to be slightly patient. I am considering ebaying it with a variant cover. If I am going to dish out $30 might as well get something unique though there are some variants that are selling for INSANE prices. Seem’s DC got things right thus far. I also have my friend at work who is a huge comic book buff that I have on the hunt for a local copy so either way I will get one but boy I am excited.