The biggest, most exciting change for the DC Universe since FLASHPOINT begins this May!
Folks, many of us here at Third Eye really found ourselves first discovering our love of the comics medium during the mid-to-late ’90s, which in our opinion, is one of the true golden ages of the DC Universe.
It may not have had the bravado of the DEATH OF SUPERMAN era, but it did have some of the beset written, most critically acclaimed superhero comics to come around the way in quite some time.
Whether it was Grant Morrison and Mark Waid’s now-classic JLA run (Rock of Ages, Tower of Babel and more), Dick Grayson’s defining NIGHTWING run by Chuck Dixon, or epic BATMAN tales like NO MAN’S LAND, the DC Universe was an incredible place for strong, unique superhero storytelling.
And, all through the early to mid-2000s, that remained very true. Whether it was the incredible work of Geoff Johns on JSA, The Flash, and then later Green Lantern, Sinestro Corps War, and of course, the now-iconic INFINITE CRISIS, or cutting edge newcomers like Brad Meltzer and his genre-defining IDENTITY CRISIS, this was a beautiful era for the DC Universe.
And, now, with the upcoming DC Comics Rebirth event — our Mother Boxes are pinging, and we’re going to say it’s safe to say that the DC Comics that we all have known and loved through the years is returning in a BIG way, and GEOFF JOHNS (the man who’s pretty much been the driving force behind why those great DC shows like ARROW and FLASH are so awesome) is returning to the driver’s seat.
While the details of what REBIRTH is in it’s entirety are still not fully revealed (we’re literally writing this article only mere days after the official announcement), we can say this: it looks to be the most exciting, most promising thing DC Comics has done in a long time.
Folks: it looks like DC Comics is not only making a grand return to it’s legacy characters, it’s multiverses, and it’s rich, history, it’s celebrating these things, and it’s embracing them.
And, we could not be more stoked.
If you thought the NEW 52 was a big deal when that began: wait until you see what’s in store with REBIRTH.
If the NEW 52 was about breathing fresh blood into the DC Universe’s icons, and putting a modern spin, then REBIRTH is about reminding us WHAT makes these characters, and by extension, the DC Universe great.
We’ll be updating this guide as more and more details about REBIRTH come to light, but in the meantime, read on to get the full scoop on what we know!
REBIRTH: What We Know So far
While the actual plot details of how Rebirth is going to happen in the comics aren’t yet revealed, from what it sounds like (and what we’ve seen in comics like TITANS HUNT and SUPERMAN LOIS AND CLARK), the NEW 52 has a whole lot to do with the multiverse, and may in fact be very similar to the various EARTHS that were consolidated during CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS.
One thing that’s for sure is that REBIRTH is not a BACK TO SQUARE ONE reboot like the NEW 52 was, but instead a return to the DC Universe before the events of FLASHPOINT and THE NEW 52 began.
So, essentially: it’s a return to the core DC Universe, with much of what’s going down in the NEW 52 being part of the multiverse.
However, many of the brighter points of the NEW 52, like for example, the iconic COURT OF OWLS storyline, are said to be finding their way into the greater continuity of the core DC Universe.
At it’s core, it’s very similar to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
I think we all know the stories of SUPERMAN, BATMAN and WONDER WOMAN, along with all the other iconic heroes of the DC Universe at this point — and this, this is a return to those characters, and a look at what happens next.
Just like new STAR WARS fans could jump into the STAR WARS universe with THE FORCE AWAKENS, the same is true with those of you who may be new to the DC Universe and have been looking to jump in.
However, for those of you who may have been long-time DC fans (maybe even some of you took a break during the NEW 52, or lost some of the fire you had due to some of the changes to your favorite characters), REBIRTH is going to be a real treat, as it’s going to be bringing a true return to the rich history and legacy that the DC Universe is known for.
Just like Geoff Johns’s GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH and THE FLASH REBIRTH took the histories of those characters, helped redefine and reintroduce them, while still keeping their rich continuity and lore in tact, Johns looks to be doing the same thing on a grander scale with DC Universe Rebirth.
Just like the new STAR WARS movies are a rebirth of the Star Wars universe, but at the same time: the lore, the history, the characters – they’re there, and folks, we could not think of a better way to take us back to the DC Universe we know and love (with all due respect to many, many of the great stuff that has come out of NEW 52).
So, REBIRTH in a nutshell: Whether you’re a long-time fan, or you’re brand new to the DC Universe, this is where you want to start reading these books!
So, while we’ve outlined some great ways for you to prepare for DC Universe Rebirth (hey, we know May’s quite a way’s away, and you’re itching to start reading up on your DCU icons!), the official start of REBIRTH will be on 5/25/16 with the DC UNIVERSE: Rebirth special, which delivers a special 80-page one-shot that actually delivers the REBIRTH event in one go, and sets the stage for all the new issue #1s that will be releasing in June.
For just $2.99, you can scoop the oversized special that gives you EVERYTHING you need to get on board, and ready to go for DC Universe Rebirth, and the whole thing is written by the one and only GEOFF JOHNS (BLACKEST NIGHT, FLASH REBIRTH, GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH, SINESTRO CORPS WAR) and features art by superstar DC Comics artists like ETHAN VAN SCIVER, PHIL JIMENEZ, and more.
So, here’s the thing, just like the events of the DC Universe and FLASHPOINT gave birth to the NEW 52, so too are the events of some of many of the DC New 52 titles leading into REBIRTH.
Two of the biggest indicators of this are the upcoming SUPERMAN #50 and BATMAN #50 issues which both promise MAJOR revelations in terms of the future of the DC Universe.
While details are hazy, many of the early cover images for the issue #52s of many series running currently feature lots of fire, lots of destruction, and lots of the DC NEW 52 heroes looking very uncertain of what waits ahead.
In other words: make sure you’re up to date on your favorite DC titles, and don’t miss out on those crucial final issues that set the stage so perfectly for REBIRTH in June!
One of the most exciting aspects of REBIRTH is the roster of new DC Universe titles that will be releasing beginning in June (the week following the 5/25 debut of REBIRTH).
While we’ll be updating this list as more info becomes available, it looks like there will be a round of specials that set the stage for each series, and then issue #1s kicking off.
And, one of the coolest things? ACTION COMICS and DETECTIVE COMICS are returning to their legacy numbering, with ACTION COMICS #957 and DETECTIVE COMICS #934 hitting in June.
While not ALL of the titles have had their creative teams announced, the teams that have been announced are AMAZING, and some of the ones we’ve heard rumored are downright incredible. I mean, DC is really pulling out the big guns with the creative teams they’re putting on these books!
Want to keep track of the REBIRTH titles? You can click here to download our REBIRTH checklist and print it out, or just ask at the counter next time you’re in for a checklist, and we’ll hook you up!
- DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH SPECIAL #1 – IT ALL STARTS HERE! Click here for info on our DC REBIRTH Midnight Release Event – 5/25/16
- AQUAMAN REBIRTH #1 ONE-SHOT – 6/22/16 – Read about it here!
- BATMAN REBIRTH #1 ONE-SHOT – 6/1/16 – Read about it here!
- THE FLASH REBIRTH #1 ONE-SHOT – 6/8/16 – Read about it here!
- GREEN ARROW REBIRTH #1 ONE-SHOT – 6/8/16 – Read about it here!
- GREEN LANTERNS REBIRTH #1 ONE-SHOT – 6/1/16 – Read about it here!
- SUPERMAN REBIRTH #1 ONE-SHOT – 6/1/16 – Read about it here!
- TITANS REBIRTH #1 ONE-SHOT – 6/15/16 – Read about it here!
- WONDER WOMAN REBIRTH #1 ONE-SHOT – 6/8/16 – Read about it here!
NEW ONGOING SERIES
- AQUAMAN #1
- BATMAN #1
- THE FLASH
- GREEN ARROW #1
- GREEN LANTERNS #1
- SUPERMAN #1
- WONDER WOMAN #1
- ACTION COMICS #957 – 6/8/16 – Read about it here!
- DETECTIVE COMICS #934 – 6/8/16 – Read about it here!
- 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 AND THE OUTLAWS REBIRTH #1
NEW ONGOING SERIES
- HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
- JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
- NIGHTWING #1
- BATGIRL #1
- BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY #1
- THE HELLBLAZER #1
- RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1
- THE SUPER-MAN #1
- TITANS #1
- 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 ONGOING SERIES
- CYBORG #1
- DEATHSTROKE #1
- HARLEY QUINN #1
- JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1
- SUICIDE SQUAD #1
- 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
Stay tuned for more info on the DC Rebirth line-up!
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OK, Third Eye Faithful, so, you KNOW you’re itching for the start of REBIRTH, and we really can’t blame you — it’s going to be awesome.
In the meantime though, some of you may want to brush up on your DCU history, so whether you’re a long-time fan, or a newer reader, we’ve put together a list a few of our favorite DC Comics graphic novels that not only help embody the feel and spirit of REBIRTH, but also provide you with some very cool backstory on the DC Universe’s biggest icons.
So, first off, CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, is kind of the definitive DC Comics primer, and is pretty much required reading for anyone looking to wrap their heads around the Multiverse as a whole.
While we actually prefer more modern riffs like IDENTITY CRISIS and INFINITE CRISIS as solid entry points into the lore of the DCU, there’s no denying that CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS holds up as an incredible, and timeless read that captures the energy and the heart of the DCU perfectly.
This is the story that changed the DC Universe forever. A mysterious being known as the Anti-Monitor has begun a crusade across time to bring about the end of all existence.
As alternate earths are systematically destroyed, the Monitor quickly assembles a team of super-heroes from across time and space to battle his counterpart and stop the destruction.
DC’s greatest heroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman, assemble to stop the menace, but as they watch both the Flash and Supergirl die in battle, they begin to wonder if even all of the heroes in the world can stop this destructive force.
Next up, is one of our personal all-time favorites, IDENTITY CRISIS, which not only channels the love of legacy and history in the DC Universe, but delivers it in a very compelling, and sleek way that nearly anyone – whether brand new to comics, or a long-time fan – can enjoy.
When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire superhero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets!
But before the mystery is fully solved, a number of long-buried secrets rise to the surface, threatening to tear apart and divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious killer to justice.
This book features some of the best riffs we’ve seen on the DCU’s most iconic characters, from DEATHSTROKE to BATMAN, they’re all here, and we love it. It also served as a pivotal point in the history of the DCU, giving way to stories like INFINITE CRISIS and more.
The 7-issue miniseries event that rocked the entire DC Universe in 2005-2006 – a sequel to the epic CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS – is now available in an amazing softcover collection!
OMAC robots are rampaging, magic is dying, villains are uniting, and a war is raging in space. And in the middle of it all, a critical moment has divided Earth’s three greatest heroes: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
It’s the DCU’s darkest day, and long-lost heroes from the past have returned to make things right in the universe…at any cost. Heroes will live, heroes will die, and the DCU will never be the same again!
Featuring BLACKEST NIGHT, SINESTRO CORPS WAR and FLASH REBIRTH writer GEOFF JOHNS, this is a must-read.
In GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH, Hal Jordan is restored as the Green Lantern of Earth, after many years in limbo. We’re shown his dark days as Parallax, as well as his transition into the Specter, and then finally, his REBIRTH as THE Green Lantern.
See how a man born without fear and seeking to rebuild his life puts cosmic forces into motion that will have repercussions not only on Earth, but across the universe!
If you’ve ever been a bit curious about the GL mythos: this is the place to start reading. Everything from SINESTRO CORPS WAR to BLACKEST NIGHT spun out of this series, and folks, we cannot recommend it enough.
And, then the second of the REBIRTH series that Johns did, FLASH REBIRTH reunites Johns with his GL REBIRTH co-creator ETHAN VAN SCIVER to create an explosive, jaw-dropping epic reintroduction of Barry Allen as THE FLASH.
Just like they reintroduced us to all aspects of not just Hal, but the GREEN LANTERN mtyhos as a whole in GL REBIRTH, so do they do it again with the world of THE FLASH, the Speedforce, and more.
If GL REBIRTH and FLASH REBIRTH are any indication of what’s in store, then we have a strong feeling that what Geoff has planned for DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH is going to be AMAZING.
And, then finally, rounding out the few (we had to narrow it down, ’cause hot damn, the DCU back catalog is so freakin’ good, it’s hard to pick just a few!) titles we’ve chosen, we had to end with FLASHPOINT.
This was the iconic mini-series Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert did that gave way to the NEW 52, and by extension, put everything in motion for REBIRTH down the road.
This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed.
Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It’s a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth’s Greatest Heroes to stop it?
It’s a place where America’s last hope is Cyborg, who hopes to gather the forces of The Outsider, The Secret 7, S!H!A!Z!A!M!, Citizen Cold and other new and familiar-yet-altered faces! It’s a world that could be running out of time, if The Flash can’t find the villain who altered the time line!
There’s apparently still many connections to what caused FLASHPOINT, what went down in FLASHPOINT, and how that impacts the birth of the NEW 52, it’s impending end, and the upcoming REBIRTH that are unknown to us still, however, we’re going to be re-reading our copies of FLASHPOINT looking for those Easter eggs. 🙂