Finally I managed to get a first edition copy of DC Universe Rebirth. After reading some of the new number 1’s I was eagerly anticipating reading what led to all this. Now I previously talked about how Rebirth is DC’s mea culpa to alienating readers who loved the old universe before the Flashpoint event but this is really the start of something hopefully for the better.
After reading the issue and absorbing all the little details I cannot be more excited. I am perhaps a little overly optimistic but my fingers are crossed that things go back mostly to the DC I knew and loved. Now it’s not to say the New 52 was all bad, there were standout titles such as Swamp Thing and Animal Man; but after reading this issue and reading reviews online I cannot help to agree with the major point everyone seem’s to agree on. The New 52 missed love.
It seem’s silly saying it but what made DC great was the relationships between their heroes. There was a genuine friendship between them that was tangible. New 52 seemed to be heavily inspired by Christopher Nolan’s Batman trend of grit. Characters were more gritty, angst and with more attitude. For characters like Superman this didn’t rub off very well. Not to mention they threw out the history with Lois. Now while I am sure some people would accept changes between those two such as a divorce, a complete write off pissed a lot of people off.
They seem to have delivered though and kudos to the staff at DC for this epic start. We have Wally and Barry embrace after all these years, we have The Watchmen who are now merged with the DC Universe. It was hard to imagine but giving myself ample time to reflect on it I can see a lot of cool stuff coming out of this. Watchmen has been kind of a sacred cow so it will be interesting to see how it goes. It’s definitely a bold move.
It was also nice to see all the reference to the Justice Society, Titans and The Legionnaires. I wonder if we will eventually get series based on them. I am hoping for a JSA series myself.
In all honesty though, Rebirth is a great start. The art is solid and the writing is well done. You don’t ever feel like you missed anything so it’s definitely a good starting point for readers to get into the DC Universe. It will appeal to the newer fans as well as the older fans as characters from both iterations are featured. I am sure it will bring in even some more new readers as well since the hype train seems to be going full steam ahead. I am hoping that the following Rebirth titles continue this awesome vibe that is happening.
In all I cannot recommend this title enough. We will have to wait and see if this is indeed the universe we are all hoping for but for me at least I feel like I got our heroes back.