Green Arrow Steals the Spotlight in This Week’s Rebirth One-Shots

Thursday, 02 June 2016 - 8:51PM
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Thursday, 02 June 2016 - 8:51PM
Green Arrow Steals the Spotlight in This Week’s Rebirth One-Shots
Of course, last week saw the release of DC Universe: Rebirth, and just as the last Geoff Johns special event, Flashpoint, did, it rocked the comic book world. Things are beginning to begin again in a very big way for DC, and it all starts now.  

For the next few weeks, special Rebirth one-shots are being released for all of DC's biggest flagship superheroes. This week was Batman, Superman, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern. Though all of them were definitely well written and exciting issues, surprisingly, Green Arrow was the one to steal the show.

Batman Rebirth featured a Calendar Man with brand new powers, as well as the reveal that Duke Thomas, star of We Are Robin and reoccurring character throughout the majority of Snyder and Capullo's run, would become a new superhero in his own right. Many thought he'd become the first black Robin, and though it certainly looked that way for a while, it's clear that whatever he's about to become is a brand new superhero in his own right.  

The issue definitely had a Tom King feel to it, and the writing was well-paced and featured well-thought out dialogue, as do all of King's books. Though he co-wrote Batman Rebirth with Snyder, it seems like this issue was really just to showcase what fans can expect with King at the helm of the main Batman title now that Snyder and Capullo's run is over. Honestly, things are looking really hopeful, though I can't personally say I enjoyed this metahuman version of Calendar Man over the original concept. Still, it was a really intriguing issue, and it's clearer than ever that King's the man for the job now that Snyder has moved on to All-Star.  

Superman Rebirth follows pre-52 Superman going to the tomb of New 52 Superman after his death in The Last Days of Superman. He met up with Lana, who was trying to steal the New 52 Clark's remains to bury in Smallville, as she'd promised him before his death. In the end, he ends up recapping his own death by Doomsday and how he came back to life in an attempt to give her hope about the New 52 Superman coming back to life. Eventually, however, Lana shows him the New 52's Fortress of Solitude, and Superman then helps her take New 52 Clark's remains to his parents' gravesite.

Moving on, Green Lantern Rebirth chose to focus on Jessica Cruz, the newest Green Lantern chosen for sector 2814 following the events of Darkseid War. It also focused on Simon Baz, the second most recent Green Lantern. They end up running into a conflict which turns out to be a training simulation issued by Hal Jordan, and it was then revealed that they'll be working together from now on, despite the fact that they don't seem to initially be getting along. The issue was extremely well written as well, and though a lot of people don't seem to find these newer Green Lanterns as exciting as Hal Jordan or Jon Stewart, I'm extremely excited to see more of the duo, especially Baz. Green Lanterns wasn't a book I initially planned on keeping up with, but I certainly am now.  

Finally, Green Arrow Rebirth fulfilled exactly what Rebirth is supposed to be all about by restoring everything that's been missing from the character - namely, his relationship with Black Canary and his classic goatee. Though Ollie and Dinah aren't together in a romantic sense quite yet, there's certainly hints of it and it's been promised that they will end up together, just as they were in pre-52 continuity. From how well they were written together in this issue, I seriously can't wait for more. From the social commentary, to the excellent dialogue, to the perfect, complementary artwork, Green Arrow Rebirth has guaranteed that I'll be picking Green Arrow #1 as soon as it hits shelves in the next couple weeks.

Overall, DC Rebirth has been delivering a massive way. The main Rebirth story has been emotional and thrilling, and these first batch of one-shots have been totally phenomenal. Though there were a lot of doubters when Rebirth was first announced, so far, DC has been proving the haters wrong in a very, very big way.
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