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DC Universe Rebirth: Lost. Legacy. Love. Life.

DCUR - ReisFrom a DCU outsider’s point of view.

So DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 was a damn good read. Even for this relative DCU outsider who didn’t have the deepest points of memory reference for a lot of the DCU touchstones and timeline mile markers the story touched on. I was particularly immersed in the meta-textual aspect of the narrative, and the inherent metaphors and allegories it contained. Over the years I’ve complained to and with my brothers and sisters in the Comic Book Underground that modern superhero comics have been missing a certain balance, a certain essence – say, like heroes performing heroic acts to help the powerless, instead of fighting each other in annual events. And so while reading this comic I was inspired to smile inside and nod approvingly at the prospect of that familiar aspect, which has been on full display in the adapted DC Comics TV shows like THE FLASH and SUPERGIRL, returning to superhero comics for what might be the first time in the Modern or Millennial Age (2001 – ).

That said, allow me to offer my own personal commentary on the meta-textual content in this fine comic book, written as yet another love letter (and swan song?) by DC Comic’s superhero doctor, universal architect and legendary-level scribe of the modern era, Geoff Johns.

Ch. 1 – Lost: Editorially, thematically and philosophically it’s been argued that the DC Universe and by extension DC Comics as a publisher had lost its way in its decisions to make major changes to their timeline and the very fabric of their universe, most specifically through 2011’s Flashpoint storyline that led to The New 52 publishing initiative and a rather effective, if critically uneven “universal reboot”.

Ch. 2 – Legacy: It’s also been argued that DC (and also Marvel) has sullied their legacy as a publisher, the legacy of their universe, and the inherent legacies of some of the characters. The DCU Rebirth initiative looks to restore all of that. This will manifest in the form of classic and legacy heroes once again sharing the stage and universal space, which should hopefully please a large swath of readers.

Ch. 3 – Love: Through all the different shenanigans over the recent years it’s been feared that perhaps the love of it all has waned, or has at least been severely compromised. This would be love on various levels: the love that the fans, creators and editors have for the DCU, as well as the love within the stories and the love amongst the characters themselves. The subtext in Geoff Johns’ love letter script is that the heroes need to love one another again – no more duking it out over petty issues or philosophical differences and get back to an age and sense of heroism and the love of it. Ya hear that, Marvel?

Ch. 4 – Life: Throughout the story in DCUR there’s the recurring theme that some things were lost, as referenced above with chapter one. Almost as if the very soul of the DCU was sacrificed or sold with the advent of THE NEW 52 and other editorial shenanigans (I understand that CONVERGENCE was a bit unpopular as well). Clearly Rebirth is meant to bring a sense restoration and vitality – essentially a renewed life breathed into the forthcoming comics with this initiative.

The main thread in all of the above? Optimism, essentially.

Hope.

And smiles. Seriously. The DC heroes are smiling again, like old times.

I tell ya what, though, if DC Universe: Rebirth would be made into an ongoing series, I’d be a all over that. I wanted more after I turned the last page. There should be more universal titles like that for the fan who wants a series that tells the ongoing story of the universe as a whole, all in one eventful series. Now wouldn’t that be something?

Anyway, barring what I just suggested, moving forward I’m almost certain to still be a relative DCU outsider for the most part. I’ll sample some things here and there, particularly WONDER WOMAN written by Greg Rucka and SUICIDE SQUAD drawn by Jim Lee (and Phillip Tan on alternate issues). Still, as a comics enthusiast and industry advocate who just happens to lean more toward non-superhero comics, I wholeheartedly support the Rebirth initiative from DC.

I’m genuinely happy for both the old and new DC fans. This little industry of ours deserves and needs happy readers. I’m hopeful DC is going to make good on it this time around.

P.S.: That Epilogue though . . .

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Guest Blog | One True Geek | DC Comics Rebirth: The Missing

screenshot_2016-01-24-13-02-09_1_1.jpgWritten and Edited By Michael Tennant

In a recent column from Comic Book Resources, they reported on some of the upcoming changes at DC Comic including the full Rebirth Line.

While Rebirth issues and upcoming books were mentioned, no creative teams were announced. We truly know little more than the names of the upcoming books for what that is worth.

I am not here to talk about the announcements of what we will see. In time more details will come out and it will be easier to judge the new line then.

I would rather talk about what is missing. Those things I would seek to include in whatever the new DC Universe will be. Some that frankly taunt us with their absence.

Here goes…clearly this is not a complete list. Just those things I want(I am the writer)

…And I am confident those close to me know what is coming. Enjoy!

Legion of Super Heroes:

This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. I cut my teeth on the Legion before I knew who Batman was. For a time they were part of the bedrock that the DC Universe was built upon. Reboot upon reboot upon too many course corrections for  DC Comics has taken its toll on the once mighty Legion. It is time for someone to return the Legion to their rightful place among the monthlies(and please stop trying to connect their continuity to modern-day DC lots of things change in a thousand years)

Justice League Dark:

One of the most pleasant surprised of the New52 was Justice League Dark. A collection of supernatural characters(not sure you would call them heroes) that never wanted to be a team. Bolstered by fantastic writing and the wonderful art of Mikel Janin for much of the run. Since Convergence they have disappeared. I do not care what you call them…just bring them back. It served as a wonderful counterpoint to the normal super-goings on of the Justice League.

The Man Named Dox:

It seems like anytime DC does anything Cosmic…they have to put a ring on it(outside of the wonderful Omega Men). Frankly I am sick of it. Space is like mind-numbingly big. I think we can have space epics not involving one of the Lanterns. Enter Vril Dox. Son(sorta) of Brainiac, ancestor of future Legionnaire Brainiac 5. He also dabbled as the megalomanical leader of L.E.G.I.O.N. and the REBELS. All about the ends justifies the means. This just throws the toy box way open.

The Brave and the Bold:

I like team up books. Throwing two different heroes together is always fun. While history says this should involve Batman teaming up with random hero of the week I do not see it that way. Different Heroes, Different Arcs. Only requirement…one established hero, one from the B-squad.

Doom Patrol:

The X-Men before there were X-men. Instead of mutants they were misfits, freaks. Operating out on the edge the Doom Patrol brings us the weirdness that some of us love.

Adventure Comics:

I love an anthology series. There are simply too many awesome character not being used to leave on the sidelines. This series could give those characters a voice. I also could be used to allow new creators a place to cut their teeth before jumping on more established books.

Wildstorm:

Grifter, Midnighter, Zealot, Wildcats, Backlash, Gen13, Jenny Sparks, The Authority…for some of us they were a big part of our comics world. While DC has used some of these characters with varying success…I want a book for them to find their place in the DC universe. Using forgotten memories is suggested to be part of Rebirth…why not use it for the Wildstorm characters. They start remembering a world before, realizing that they came from another place. Their journey of discovery could bring us back the characters we remember rather than the pale shadows we have been given.

Booster Gold:

We have Blue Beetle returning and from what I have heard it may be the Ted Kord Beetle which is a thousand times better. But how do you have Blue without the Gold. With the success of Legends of Tomorrow and the time traveling adventures within can Booster be far behind. As much as time travel is part of his character it is not all there is to Booster. While he began as the endorsement Super Hero with the Super-Ego he grew in time. Before Flashpoint he had become the hero that time forgot. Sacrificing glory and notoriety to do the right thing. After some nice Booster Gold books during Convergence I thought an ongoing was coming soon. We have waited long enough…give us some Gold.

These are just a few ideas (I have more…) to get us started. The important thing is great stories with the characters we love.

The future is upon us. I cannot wait.

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