DC Comics Rebirth: The Good and The Less-Good So Far

Originally published 20/7/16

I’m a bit┬ábehind, so forgive me, but I do have a few thoughts on DC’s Rebirth event and the treatment of primary characters like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman so far.

For the most part, I am rather enjoying the issues I have read. Superman is back in a way that I have been hoping for for years. I may not have chosen to give him a son, personally, but hey, if Batman can have a kid, I guess Superman can as well. Certainly, he’s in a healthier relationship than Batman has ever been and John Kent (or White, or Smith…) seems ok by me so far.

Wonder Woman is seemingly about to undergo another explanation of her origin. I always liked the “fashioned-out-of-clay” origin myself, as it seemed suitably epic for a character with ties to the Greek gods. That was tossed out the window in the New 52, but it seems as though things are changing again. So far, I have no idea where they are going, but I am enjoying this introduction to the latest chapter of the character’s adventures.

Batman has fared a little less well, in my opinion. he is opening up to his various partners, including Red Robin, Nightwing and Batwoman, which is nice from a character-development point of view, but I can’t help but feel he’s been diminished somehow. He seems less capable in a way that I can’t quite explain. Plus, I am disturbed by the fact that so many people seem to be aware of his identity as Bruce Wayne. Given the whole setup for the events of Rebirth however, it’s clear that there will be some “cosmic” events taking place at some point, which may have an impact on this.

I really want to see where DC is going with this storyline. There are a number of questions that have been raised about various customers, their true origins, where things are going and what is the actual point of the New 52 (story-wise). On one hand it seems as though things may ultimately revert to the way there were pre-New 52 but with a few minor changes, but on the other hand, I’m not sure they’d risk alienating the newer fans.

Whatever might happen, I’m on board in a way that I haven’t been in years.




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