Action Comics and The Flash Run the Show in This Week’s Batch of Rebirth One-Shots

Thursday, 09 June 2016 - 6:28PM
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Thursday, 09 June 2016 - 6:28PM
Action Comics and The Flash Run the Show in This Week’s Batch of Rebirth One-Shots
DC's Rebirth continues to shock and awe this week with even more Rebirth one-shots, each of which have certainly been above average tales. It's rare for so many different books to be so on-point, so if the quality of Rebirth continues to stay high, DC could truly be on to something very, very big.

This week saw the release of Detective Comics, Actions Comics (both of which went back to their original numberingk), The Flash, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman Rebirth specials. Though each of them showcased some really fun storytelling, this week's batch was admittedly a bit lacking compared to last week's spectacular one-shots. A couple of the standouts this week, however, were Action Comics and The Flash.

Just to recap a bit of what happened in the other titles this week, Aquaman proved to be a good read, though there was some unnecessary emphasis on the enemies he faced at the beginning of the issue that really could have taken more of a secondary role  - pages regarding the origins and the purpose of the Deluge really could have been summed up in a panel or two. Likewise, since Aquaman was one of the characters who seemed to do nothing but benefit from the New 52 (and specifically Geoff Johns' run), it seemed more like this issue simply reiterated what Johns has already had to say about the character instead of restoring what's been lost. Still, it was certainly an emotional read, and Abnett has proven that he's more than capable to tell the next tale of the King of Atlantis.  

Wonder Woman was definitely a refreshing read as well, seeing as this is Rucka's first issue back on the title after spending years away. However, it primarily focused on Wonder Woman's origins, and how the New 52 revamp of her origins meant that she'd been lied to about her birth from clay, as well as how the recent revelation about her having a brother meant that she has been lied to yet again - quite a conundrum for a character that wields a weapon called the lasso of truth. Though the majority of this issue was really just internal monologue, it was still quite an improvement over Wonder Woman's last arc (the Finchs are certainly both extraordinarily talented people, but the type of story they told following Azzarello and Chiang's spectacular run was not in any way the right story for the time).

Action Comics: Rebirth, on the other hand, was one of the greatest issues of Action in a long time (though that's in no way to snide Tomasi's good work as of late). Jurgens knows Superman, and it really comes through brilliantly. The family dynamic being carried over from Superman: Lois and Clark is heartwarming and also a really intelligent choice for the character, and Jurgens' ways of contrasting this new universe with pre-52 Supes is simply phenomenal superhero storytelling. As one of the creators of The Death of Superman, it's extremely exciting to get to see Jurgens begin to work with Doomsday again as well.  

Finally, The Flash: Rebirth stands out as another one of this week's best issues, if simply for the ways Williamson connected the issue to the main DC Universe: Rebirth story as well as Flashpoint. The Flash does indeed seek out Batman, and the two resolve to work on the case of the missing continuity together, with even more hints of Dr. Manhattan being dropped along the way. It's so much fun to see these two heroes work together, and that's a big reason that this issue was one of the standouts this week.  

In the end, Rebirth is off to a huge start, and if DC is able to keep the storytelling on this level, they'll likely be making some serious bank in the coming months. Though Marvel has been killing the competition as of late in regards to top-selling books, with the birth of the DCEU and the great work being done in the comics, DC may finally be able to give them a run for their money in comic sales once again.
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