DC Reveals New Creative Teams, Rebirth Details, and More at the WonderCon Rebirth Panel

Saturday, 26 March 2016 - 12:15PM
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Saturday, 26 March 2016 - 12:15PM
DC Reveals New Creative Teams, Rebirth Details, and More at the WonderCon Rebirth Panel
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DC's Rebirth panel at WonderCon opened with co-publisher Dan Didio saying that he knew that fans felt something missing in the New 52 universe, and after a while, the guys at DC began to feel it to. 

Rebirth is meant to fix that. It's not a reboot of the DC universe. It does include a renumbering, but it's purpose is to fill the void — to bring back what's been missing in the DC universe. It's a special attempt to take the things that make DC superheroes so very significant and unique and place them front and center, where they belong.

There was a lot of info released about this upcoming attempt, the renumbering, and the new creative teams behind their new slate of 17 bi-monthly titles and 14 monthly titles (which will all be sold for 2.99 a piece, which is a dollar cheaper for most titles and two for others). Here's the highlights:

New Costumes

Basically every DC hero is getting a bit of a makeover, as new designs for most characters will be prominently used starting with the Rebirth event. Batman recently got a costume change by artist Greg Capullo, and that change will indeed be the one used by the creative teams going forward. Likewise, Wonder Woman is going to be going back to something a bit more classic in favor of the recent armor she received during the Finchs run. Of course, everyone was super excited to hear that Nightwing will be back in his blue and black costume, ditching the New 52's red. 

Exciting New Books

Were you one of the fans devastated to hear that Scott Snyder is leaving the main Batman title? Then you'll be excited to hear that he's going to be doing a brand new book called All-Star Batman, which will focus prominently on certain villains like Two-Face, Catwoman, and Mr. Freeze. What's even more exciting is that he'll have several legendary artists working with him on the project, such as John Romita Jr., Jock, and Sean Murphy. Likewise, a book called Titans (featuring members from the classic Teen Titans lineup) will be published, alongside a new Teen Titans book, in which Damian Wayne tries to become the team's new leader. Perhaps the most exciting books announced were the new Trinity series, focusing on Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as Super Sons, which will follow Jonathan Kent (Superman's son from the Lois and Clark title) and Damian Wayne. It looks like there's going to be a ton of good reading coming from DC comics very, very soon.  

New Creative Teams

The new creative teams look quite promising, with some pretty special creators taking a shot at certain books. For instance, Greg Rucka, who was a beloved writer of Wonder Woman in the past, will be returning to the title during Rebirth. Likewise, Tom King will be writing Batman (he stated that coming in after Snyder was a bit like "coming up to bat after Babe Ruth"), and Dan Jurgens (co-author of The Death of Superman) will be writing Action Comics and featuring one of his most beloved creations, Doomsday, in his story. Here's the full list:

*Batman — Tom King and David Finch

*Detective Comics — James Tynion

*Nightwing — James Seeley and Javi Hernandez (the first run will be titled "Better Than Batman")

*Batgirl — Hope Larson

*Birds of Prey — Julie and Shawna Benson, Claire Row

*All-Star Batman — Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr., Sean Murphy, Jock

*Action Comics — Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkham, Stephen Segovia

*New Super Man — Gene Yang

*Supergirl — Steve Orlando, Brian Ching

*Wonder Woman — Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and Nicolas Scott (odd number issues will follow a story called "The Lies," even "Year One")

*Trinity — Francis Manupul and Clay Mann

*Superwoman — Phil Jimenez

*Superman — Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke

*Justice League — Geoff Johns, Tony Daniel

*The Flash — Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Neil Googe

*Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps — Robert Venditti, Ethan Van Sciver, and Rafa Sandoval

*Green Lanterns — Sam Humphries (he called the story "Lethal Weapon with alien technology")

*Cyborg — John Semper, Paul Pelletier, Will Conrad

*Aquaman — Dan Abnett, Brad Walker, Jesus Merino, Phil Briones

*Titans — Dan Abnett and Brent Booth

*Suicide Squad — Philip Tan, Rob Williams, Jim Lee

*Harley Quinn — Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, John Timms

*Green Arrow — Juan Ferreyra

*Hellblazer — Simon Oliver

*Red Hood and the Outlaws — Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy

*Deathstroke — Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan, Igor Vitorino, Felipe Watanabe

*Batman Beyond — Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang

*Blue Beetle — Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins

*Teen Titans — Ben Percy, Jonboy Meyers

The Biggest Secret in DC History Will Be Revealed

The start of Rebirth will tie in to the end of Justice League: Darkseid War, as fans will finally see what the Mobius Chair said to Batman when he asked who the Joker really was. Apparently, this will serve as the start of Rebirth, as Johns stated that it will begin with Batman trying to solve a problem with the Joker as well. Of course, Johns having the huge respect for the characters that he has, I highly doubt that this will actually give the Joker a definite origin story. However, it seems like Rebirth may indeed have something to do with the answer that the Mobius Chair gives at the end of Darkseid War.  

A Ton of Other Exciting News

There was so much said during the panel, that it would be impossible to try and get to all of it. However, a few things worthy of note are the facts that Tynion's Detective Comics will be a team-up book with Batman and Batwoman, Gene Yang's Superman story will be highly influenced by Chinese culture, the new Supergirl costume is very similar to the one on TV, and Green Arrow is getting back his infamous goatee (though it is modified from its original version). Also, a brand new Suicide Squad team featuring Katana and Killer Croc (no doubt to make a team similar to the one in the movies) was revealed, and the fact that Rob Williams and Jim Lee are working on the title assuredly makes it one of the most exciting upcoming titles. 

DC has done a superb job in giving comic fans everything they need to be excited for Rebirth. The talent looks awesome, the special event story itself sounds totally promising, and the new costume designs definitely look really fun. A lot of what they've said makes it seem like they'll live up to their promise of going back to what makes these characters so special, and bringing it to the forefront. Fans will know for sure the last week in May, when Rebirth officially begins.
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