Written by: Abel S. Pinedo
March 27th, 2016
It seems like every once in a while the comics industry
needs a major shakeup. Something needs to be done to reintroduce and reinvigorate and reshape the universe as we know it.
We've seen it in the past with Crisis on Infinite Earths, Invasion, Infinite Crisis and the New 52. Well, here we are today
to talk about glorious rebirth of the DC Comics universe.
It's pretty much what it sounds like, a new starting
point, and a great opportunity to welcome new readers as well as reintroduce the older ones to their heroes reborn. DC Comics
held a special press event to reveal their ambitious new plans. Headed up by Jim Lee, Dan DiDio and Geoff Johns, the ninety
minute panel was filled with many big surprises. We also learned which writers and artists would be working
on the forthcoming rebooted titles. It's an impressive roster of comic industry greats.
Beginning in May with a special 80-page issue, the
first in several years, is the DC Universe Rebirth written by Geoff Johns himself. We were teased with the promise
of a major surprise to kick off the start off this new series. It's sure to begin with a bang. It's also
worth noting that several of the flagship titles will be shipping twice monthly as opposed to their regular monthly schedule.
For the Batman titles, the biggest news was probably the All
Star Batman series to be written by Scott Snyder. The first issue will make it's debut in August. I know Snyder
will continue the intensity we have seen in his previous work. Also, if you're a Nightwing fan, you'll be pleased to
know that he'll be donning his classic black and blue suit again in his new series. Writer Tim Seeley insisted on it! The
biggest mystery, personally, is how Clayface figures into the team over in Detective Comics. The new 'Detective' is written
by James Tynion IV. If it's anything like his reintroduction of Mr. Freeze then this could be one of the more talked about
moments in the Bat titles.
I'm also really intrigued about the upcoming Batgirl & The
Birds of Prey series. Written by Julie and Shawna Benson, notable for their work on the TV series, The 100, this series is
going to start with one helluva mystery. How can Batgirl and Oracle exist as two separate entities?
For you Superman fans there's plenty to get excited about,
mostly with the reintroduction of Action Comics in June. The new series will publish twice monthly. The big hook for
the opening storyline involves Lex Luthor declaring himself to be Superman for Metropolis. How this will play out, obviously
remains to be seen but I have full faith in writer Dan Jurgens.
Something that I'm really intrigued about is the new Supergirl
comic. This will include the reintroduction of the Cyborg Superman not to mention the bombshell that he is actually Supergirl's
Not to be outdone, Wonder Woman probably will have the most
interesting storyline, as her new series begins in June. Every other issue will focus on Wonder Woman in the past,
in her early days. Essentially the issues will be rotating between past and present stories. Greg Rucka is going to have his
hands full achieving a careful balance between the two alternating storylines. Seeing as how this is the same Greg Rucka who
gave us Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia graphic novel, I'm definitely intrigued. Also, beginning in September is the monthly title,
Trinity, which will be team-ups of Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman.
The Flash returns twice monthly in June with a whole slew
of speedsters joining him... and one terrifying new villain named Godspeed. July will see the return of Hal Jordan to the
Green Lantern Corps. (YESSSS!) An additional title, Green Lanterns, will focus on two new characters wielding their own power
rings. Written by Sam Humphries, he described this new title as 'Lethal Weapon with alien technology' as the book will focus
on Jennifer Cruz and Simon Baz, two rookie Green Lanterns charged with protecting the Earth.
Finally, our favorite villains Harley Quinn and the Suicide
Squad will be getting their own twice monthly comics. Jimmy Palmiotti mentioned that as part of the DC Rebirth they wanted their
book to be called 'Afterbirth'. That's still up to final negotiations though. Coinciding with the release of the Suicide
Squad film, expect these titles to fly off the shelves.
Oh yes, one final little tidbit. If you're reading the Justice
League New 52, then you know that Batman found himself in the Mobius chair, asking about the true identity of the Joker. Well,
during the panel it was announced that in issue #50, that answer will be revealed. Granted, I'm assuming that the answer won't
be so easily spelled out but we'll all find out the answer together when the issue comes out on May 25th.
As a final bonus, as the event was wrapping up, it was announced
that all in attendance would receive a limited edition lithograph signed by Jim Lee! Extra special thanks to the folks at
DC Entertainment. This was one of the biggest surprises of WonderCon 2016!
You can view the
entire press conference at this link: