Warning: The following contains spoilers from the DC Comic Rebirth #1!
After the announcement that DC Comics would be revamping their universe, fans have been anxiously and nervously waiting to see how it would turn out. Finally, after months of waiting, the comic has dropped today, and I loved it.
DC Rebirth is an event in the comic book world that is taking the existing DC Comics line, The New 52, and simplifying it back to the Pre-New 52 era while also taking story elements from The New 52. Confusing, I know. However, I found that this first issue executed the set up really well. The comic itself recommends reading Justice League #50 and Superman #52 first, and while I didn’t read the Superman comic, I figured out what was going on pretty quickly. The issue also gives you a history lesson through the eyes of the Pre-New 52 Wally West, who has been trapped in the speed force. He briefly explains the history of The Flash mantle and some of DC’s biggest storylines such as Crisis on Infinite Earths and The Flashpoint Paradox. He also seems to know everything Pre-New 52, and realizes that the timeline was altered during The Flashpoint Paradox. However, he knows a secret that will turn the DC Universe inside out.
The issue is mostly about Wally trying to figure out how to escape the speed force, but also does a great job of setting up where the most famous Justice Leaguers will be when their individual comics drop over the upcoming months. We see characters such as Batman, Superman, Green Arrow and Black Canary, the Atom, Blue Beetle, as well as cameos from several characters. A character who made a cameo but did not have a scene was Wonder Woman, which I found odd. The issue ends with Wally being able to reach Barry Allen and free himself from the speed force.
Finally the truth is revealed. It turns out that the Watchmen have been keeping an eye on the DC universe. While the Watchmen are owned by DC, they are not typically combined with the same universe as the Justice League. However, it seems that ten years have been lost in continuity, thus misplaced relationships such as Green Arrow and Black Canary and that Dr. Manhattan is responsible. This is a major turn of events for the DC continuity, and something fans are taking a bit easier than the reveal in Marvel’s latest Captain America #1.
In conclusion, I greatly enjoyed this issue and I’m very much looking forward to reading more Rebirth titles and furthering this story. Let us know what you thought of DC’s Rebirth #1 down below or on Twitter and Instagram.