[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This past weekend at WonderCon, DC Comics Dan DiDio, Jim Lee and Geoff Johns hosted a DC Rebirth panel, revealing the teams the status quos for many of the DC Rebirth books. There will be 17 bi-weekly titles, while the rest of the titles will be monthly. DiDio goes on saying that Rebirth was going back to what was important. Jim Lee and Geoff Johns took the lead after that as they introduced multiple writers and artists that will be working on the Rebirth titles, splitting them up by family of books. Here’s the rundown of all the titles.
Batman – Written by Tom King with art by David Finch & Mikel Jannin
Detective Comics – Written by James Tynion IV with art by Eddy Barrows & Alvaro Martinez (The concept of Detective Comics, which returns to its original numbering, is that it is a team book featuring a Batman Boot Camp led by Batman & Batwoman. Spoiler, Red Robin, Cassandra Cain and Clayface are all part of the book.)
Nightwing – Written by Tim Seely with art by Marcus To and Javi Fernandez
(Opens with storyline called “Better Than Batman” with new mentor figure and Dick trying to be … well better than Batman)
Batgirl – Written by Hope Larson with art by Rafael Albuquerque
(Batgirl travels the world to train and discover herself)
Batgirl & the Birds of Prey – Written by Julie & Shawna Benson with art by Claire Roe
All Star Batman – Written by Scott Snyder with art by John Romita Jr, Jock, Sean Murphy and more.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][rd_images_carousel animation=”rda_swing” images=”13241,13240,13258,13257,13256,13255,13254,13253,13252,13251,13250,13249,13248,13247,13246,13245,13244,13243,13242″ size=”full” scroll=”yes” t_color=”#dd3333″ bg_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Superman – Written by Peter Tomasi & Patrick Gleason with art by Patrick Gleason & Doug Manke
Superwoman – Written by Phil Jimenez with art by Phil Jimenez & Emanuela Lupacchino
Action Comics – Written by Dan Jurgens with art from Patrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkham & Stephen Segovia
(Lex is trying to figure out while there are two Clark Kents and two Supermen …while he takes on the name Superman himself.)
Supergirl – Written by Steve Orlando with art by Brian Ching
New Super-man – Written by Gene Yang with art by Viktor Bogdanovic
Wonder Woman – Written by Greg Rucka with art by Liam Sharp & Nicola Scott
Trinity – Written by Francis Manapul with art by Francis Manapul & Clay Mann[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][rd_images_carousel images=”13223,13222,13225,13182,13181,13220,13221,13213,13232,13233,13234,13231″ size=”full” scroll=”yes” t_color=”#dd3333″ bg_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Aquaman – written by Dan Abnett & Brad Walker with art by Brad Walker, Jesus Merino & Phil Briones
The Flash – written by Joshua Williamson with art by Carmaine Di Giandomenico and Neil Googe (There is an event that suddenly makes people speedsters, some good, some bad, one a killer calling himself Godspeed)
Cyborg – written by John Semper with art by Will Conrad & Paul Pelletier
Green Lanterns – written by Sam Humphries with art by Robson Rocha and Ardian Syaf
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps – written by Robert Venditti with art by Evan Van Sciver & Rafa Sandoval
The Titans -written by Dan Abnett with art by Brett Booth
Justice League – written by Bryan Hitch with art by Tony Daniel & Fernando Pasarin[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][rd_images_carousel images=”13188,13189,13200,13209,13207,13277,13278,13228,13229,13230,13212″ size=”full” scroll=”yes” t_color=”#dd3333″ bg_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Suicide Squad – Written by Rob Williams with art by Jim Lee & Philip Tan
Harley Quinn – Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner with art by Chad Hardin & John Timms
Red Hood and the Outlaws – Written by Scott Lobdell with art by Dexter Soy
(Red Hood has a new crew that mirrors the DC Trinity … with Bizarro and Artemis as his new crew)
Green Arrow – Written by Ben Percy with art by Otto Schimdt & Juan Ferreya
The Hellblazer – Written by Simon Oliver with art by Moriart
Batman Beyond – Written by Dan Jurgens with art by Bernard Chang
Deathstroke – Written by Christopher Priest with art by Carlo Pagulayan, Igor Vitorino and Felipe Watanabe
Blue Beetle – Written by Keith Giffen with art by Scott Kolins
(This deals with both popular Blue Beetles … Ted Kord and Jaime Reyes)
Teen Titans – Written by Ben Percy with art by Jonboy Myers
(We have Wally back as Kid Flash … but he is in his new 52 version while the team ends up taking on Damien. Rumors also have it that he would at one point take over the team as leader … following in Dick’s and Tim’s footsteps)
Justice League of America – To be announced
Super Sons – To be Announced
(The book will feature stars Damien Wayne Robin & Johnathan Kent Super-boy/Superkid)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][rd_images_carousel images=”13211,13218,13227,13202,13402,13401,13226,13400,13219″ size=”full” scroll=”yes” bg_color=”#dd3333″ b_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Rebirth seems to be following Geoff Johns’ proven plan to use continuity that has past, but make tweaks. It worked for Green Lantern extremely well with Green Lantern: Rebirth. It worked for The Flash when Barry Allen returned with The Flash: Rebirth. This could be just what the company needs to push things along and get out of the slump that the later part of the year has seemingly showed them.
It also helps that all books on the line will be $2.99 across the board. Between some new blood like Sam Humphries and returning creators like Greg Rucka on board, Rebirth looks poised to do things right.
Johns also pointed out that plans for Shazam, Legion of Super-Heroes and Justice Society of America are in the works, but are waiting for later to unleash them. No mention of Gotham Academy: Second Semester or Earth 2 except that they will continue with their original numbering. We could very well see more books into the fall, allowing those titles to spring in. Also … there are 5 big mysteries creative wise:
1. The upcoming DC Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo project.
That has been rumored and Capullo has mentioned a couple times that he’d be drawing more characters.
2. Gail Simone. Gail’s been a mainstay at DC for years now. Secret Six might very well be ending … or restarting again. Yet, a funny thing happened about a month or so ago. On twitter, Gail had mentioned two title and which should she write. Legion of Super Heroes was one of them. I know cause I personally tweeted at her that it would be amazing that she did a run on Legion. Hmmmm ….
3. Jason Fabok is nowhere to be found. The artist has gotten critical acclaim for his work on the Justice League with Darkseid War …. but there is no DC projects featuring him.
4. No side of any Wildstorm characters that they integrated into the New 52. Does this mean they will be separated again because of Rebirth or will they just come later? And this is after while Midnighter’s sales have not been great, the book has gained critical acclaim. So, that is a mystery as well.
5. Johns confirmed he was working with Abnett on “Rise of the Seven Seas” and the Ivan Reis would also be working it. Yet … Johns is usually good with handling a couple books. Even with his hectic schedule. And this story has been planned for some time … Johns has to have something else up his sleeve.
With more books to still be announced later and Justice League of America’s roster or creative team still being secret, there is a lot of potential for what is to come. And the overall reaction to all these announcements have been positive. There really hasn’t been any negative feedback that’s been overly vocal by fans. Time will tell if Rebirth will end up being just what the company needed. We will find out when Rebirth kicks off with the 80 page DC Universe: Rebirth 1 shot to be released at the end of May … for $2.99.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]