DC Comics Reveals New Comic Relaunch “Rebirth”

Last month DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee both tweeted out the following image, along with the caption “#Rebirth”:

 

 

Rebirth has been revealed. DC Comics will see a “Rebirth” this summer, with a line-wide relaunch and a renewed focus on legacy and the shared universe. Basically, they’re sort of, kind of, starting over. Again. While this isn’t necessarily a good thing, seeing as how it’s only been about 5 years since DC’s New 52 launch, it’s also not necessarily a bad thing, since it’s pretty much become apparent to DC how weird everything overall has been since they tried to restart everything. Well, mostly everything. Except Batman. And some other stuff. Not to mention, all the characters that just sort of fell off the face of the earth.

That’s not to say that nothing good came of the New 52 runs. Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman was amazing with an in-depth look at the Greek Mythology surrounding the Wonder Woman story in a way that’s never been shown. Dick Grayson got his very own named spin-off, Grayson, where he gets to be a super-spy. (It’s also drawn really well by Tom King, Tim Seeley, and Mikel Janin.) There is of course the Court of Owls arc in Batman, but there’s also amazing lesser known names like Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man and Swamp Thing by Scott Snyder/Charles Soule.

The New 52 has been an exercise in large scale redux for DC, and I think they’re finally ready for an organized attempt at a universe with real legacy to it. And that’s pretty much what DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns in an interview about the new launch: “It’s beyond the back-to-basics approach. It’s not just going back to square one. It’s much, much more than something that simplistic. We all need to do our best to get this right and everyone has come together to create a cohesive universe and terrific stories that work individually as well as together. […] I will say it’s a mystery that explores what I think is perhaps the central element that’s gotten lost: legacy.” 

With Rebirth, the mainline DC Universe titles will be renumbered with new #1s — except for Action Comics and Detective Comics, the two longest-running series in DC’s lineup (since 1938 and 1937, respectively), which will return to their original numbering at #957 (Action Comics) and #934 (Detective Comics). All DCU books will return to a $2.99 price point, and select core titles (no details have been said yet) will shift to a twice-monthly schedule. The uniformity in pricing is huge. It’s amazing that DC will be able to pull that off and it will also make some of the more popular titles more affordable for everyone.

There’s no telling what the actual story behind Rebirth is yet. It’s all very hush hush. But, DC has announced the titles to be included in the Rebirth line-up. It’s a very long list, but it does include fan favorites along with some of the smaller titles like Harley Quinn, Blue Beetle, and Batgirl, so we can be sure that DC spreads the love all around.

The line will include two types of books: those published on a bi-monthly basis and those published on a monthly basis. The line will consist of 32 total ongoings, 17 bi-monthly and 15 monthly titles. DC will also publish 23 Rebirth one-shots before the launch of the new ongoings. Creative team information on DC’s new lineup is set to be revealed next month at WonderCon in Los Angeles, on Saturday, March 26. The event will be live-streamed on DC’s YouTube channel, for all the people who won’t be able to attend the event in person.

June:

Rebirth Specials:

  • AQUAMAN REBIRTH #1
  • BATMAN REBIRTH #1
  • THE FLASH REBIRTH #1
  • GREEN ARROW REBIRTH #1
  • GREEN LANTERNS REBIRTH #1
  • SUPERMAN REBIRTH #1
  • TITANS REBIRTH #1
  • WONDER WOMAN REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):

  • AQUAMAN #1
  • BATMAN #1
  • THE FLASH #1
  • GREEN ARROW #1
  • GREEN LANTERNS #1
  • SUPERMAN #1
  • WONDER WOMAN #1

New Issues (Shipping twice monthly):

  • ACTION COMICS #957
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #934

July

Rebirth Specials:

  • BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY REBIRTH #1
  • HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS REBIRTH #1
  • THE HELLBLAZER REBIRTH #1
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH #1
  • NIGHTWING REBIRTH #1
  • RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):

  • HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
  • NIGHTWING #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping monthly):

  • BATGIRL #1
  • BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY #1
  • THE HELLBLAZER #1
  • RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS #1
  • THE SUPER-MAN #1
  • TITANS #1

Fall

Rebirth Specials:

  • BATMAN BEYOND REBIRTH #1
  • BLUE BEETLE REBIRTH #1
  • CYBORG REBIRTH #1
  • DEATHSTROKE REBIRTH #1
  • EARTH 2 REBIRTH #1
  • SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH #1
  • SUPERGIRL REBIRTH #1
  • TEEN TITANS REBIRTH #1
  • TRINITY REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):

  • CYBORG #1
  • DEATHSTROKE #1
  • HARLEY QUINN #1
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #1
  • SUICIDE SQUAD #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping monthly):

  • BATMAN BEYOND #1
  • BLUE BEETLE #1
  • EARTH 2 #1
  • GOTHAM ACADEMY: NEXT SEMESTER #1
  • SUPERGIRL #1
  • SUPERWOMAN #1
  • SUPER SONS #1
  • TEEN TITANS #1
  • TRINITY #1

Geoff Johns has also mentioned the return of characters that were left out in the cold when the New 52 arrived. Who will it be? Who do you miss the most? Who do you think they’ll bring back? I definitely know who I miss the most. (A certain wise-cracking, red-headed speedster.)

DC Comics will release the 80-page DC Universe: Rebirth #1 on May 25.

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