The Details of DC’s 'Rebirth' Officially Confirm Bi-Monthly Books, Renumbering, and More

Thursday, 18 February 2016 - 9:17PM
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Thursday, 18 February 2016 - 9:17PM
The Details of DC’s 'Rebirth' Officially Confirm Bi-Monthly Books, Renumbering, and More
When rumors that yet another renumbering/reboot was set to take place with DC Comics, there was a mixed reaction among fans. Some bemoaned the rapidity of it all, as DC just renumbered 5 years ago. Others were excited, seeing that yet another fresh start is coming to the DC Universe. Others still haven't made up their minds. After all, Rebirth could end up being something spectacular, or it could finish what the New 52 started for a number of characters and books: their demise.

Though all the details aren't yet out, several now are thanks to a new video released by DC's Chief Creative Officer and the current author of Justice League, Geoff Johns.



The video details the history of the idea of 'Rebirth,' and who better to do so than the man who penned both The Flash: Rebirth and Green Lantern: Rebirth himself. Johns details that the goal of DC is to go back to essence of their flagship characters and to accentuate what makes them so special and unique, and that's definitely a good thing. Fans have bemoaned that the Superman in recent main continuity comics hasn't really been the Superman that fans all know and love, and though he may be the prime example of this, Supes isn't the only one.

With this emphasis on 'Rebirth' taking place, there will also be a renumbering of the comics. Action Comics and Detective Comics will be going back to their original numberings, with Detective picking up at #934 and Action picking up at #957. The main titles, like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, The Flash, Green Lanterns (the fact that Lanterns is plural may be due to the plan for a Green Lantern Corps movie), and Aquaman, will all be going back to #1 for the second time in the last decade. The good news is that these titles are going to be shipping twice monthly, which means double the storytelling every month.

These aren't the only titles to be featured in Rebirth, however. Another slew of bi-monthly comics will be starting up in the Fall, featuring titles such as Cyborg, Suicide Squad, Deathstroke, Justice League America, and Harley Quinn. There's still more, though, as DC isn't going to be giving up on monthly comics (also starting at #1) either. These will start up in the same fashion: some in the summer, some in the Fall. That's not even including the slew of Rebirth specials that have been announced, too.

Whether Rebirth will have its intended result is still yet to be seen, but sales will no doubt go up at least for a time if Batman v Superman is the success that everyone's hoping for (and probably even if it isn't). There's still a lot of news about Rebirth that's supposed to roll out during WonderCon in LA, which takes place on the same weekend Batman v Superman hits theaters. For instance, one of the big questions left is which creative teams will be taking on which titles. It's now known that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo will be leaving Batman, and it's rumored that the team that takes the title after them will include Tom King - critically acclaimed author of Grayson, Vision, and Sheriff of Babylon. There are other rumors as well, such as Snyder going to Detective Comics, but for the moment anyway, it seems like they're just that: rumors.

Hopefully, Rebirth will accomplish what it's set out to do. Many DC fans were put off by how certain characters were handled after the Flashpoint reboot, so this will be a chance for the company to redeem itself in many a reader's eye. However, it will also be a chance to prove to others that the renumbering is actually a necessary, beneficial thing for the books and that they're serious about getting back to consistently good storytelling among all their comics, and not just the select few, such as Batman, Justice League, and Grayson.

A full list of the titles to come during DC's Rebirth can be found at Batman News. Here's to hoping that the stories of DC's reborn universe is every bit as good as fans might dream.
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