DC Comics has announced it will be having two-year event starting with DC Universe: Rebirth Issue 1. Giant story arcs have become a staple with Marvel and DC Comics over the last decade. Once upon a time, perhaps you’d get a major crossover event every other year. DC Comics has had a lot of bad press as of late, and while this multiyear event could be an amazing and classic run, the jury is still out on whether this huge arc will be a success.
But what is Rebirth and why is DC doing it?
In Previews catalog, DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns says:
“Rebirth is about focusing in on the core of the character and their respective universe. It brings back what has been lost, the legacy of the characters, the love and the hope of the DCU!”
Johns also says that Rebirth will focus on these five aspects:
- One major DC character will die
- Certain DC characters will be reintroduced into the DC Universe
- There's a secret that tackles the very nature of the DC Universe
- Batman will focus on a mystery involving his greatest foe
- Once the secret about the DC Universe is exposed, a new evil will threaten the entire universe
One thing that might turn people off is having to buy a lot of comics that they wouldn't normally invest in. If I normally get three DC comics and each of them mentions something that isn’t in my preferred continuity, it’s going to make my reading experience a hassle.
And therein lies the problem.
A two-year event might seem like a good idea, but this is going to turn something fun like getting comics into a chore. Did I grab all the right ones? Am I missing some? Do I even need to buy anymore than what I already get? While some comic book retailers could be affected by this, there has recently been a steady rise in comic sales.
Because of the skepticism that DC Comics might have encountered, dccomics.com has given us a list of reasons to actually be excited about Rebirth. These reasons include:
- The surprising character Jim Lee will be pairing up with Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad
- Scott Snyder and John Romita Jr.’s three rules for working on The Dark Knight
- The secret identity of the mysterious Superwoman
- Damian Wayne’s intel and opinions on his fellow Teen Titans
- Our assessment of the five major threats currently facing our two new Green Lanterns
While I may remain skeptical, this event could be amazing. It could be the series that puts everything back in order and brings readers back to DC Comics. Another positive thing is that the issues will retail for $2.99 (down from the normal $3.99–$4.99). More importantly, DC has stated that this is not another reboot (thank Odin for that). As a comic book fan, I can get a bit pessimistic when things are changed and news like this comes out. As a persona and a fair critic, this may be a blessing in disguise. We will just have to wait and see.
Is Rebirth a good idea for DC Comics or is this going to hurt it in the long run?
Is the two-year event a good idea or a bad idea?