DC’s Rebirth: In Your Best Arnold Voice, “It’s Not A Reboot!”

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DC gets a lot of flack from some for their various reboots of continuity.  Some of which is justified, like the mess that the New 52 left DC continuity in.  Marvel claims to have never rebooted their continuity.  Not on a grand scale like DC’s Crisis anyway.  But what do you call something like One More Day Marvel?  Besides a slap in the face to fans.  (IMO).

While Marvel seems to get a free pass on the whole “reboot” thing, they are constantly relaunching their line and doing soft reboots along the way.  How many of your favorite Marvel books have had new #1’s in the past couple of years?  I think Spider-Gwen which debuted in 2014 has already had 9 #1 issues!  (That’s possibly an exaggeration.)  The point is, Marvel is just as guilty in their own way.

And DC is hoping that by following the “Marvel model” with #1’s, a soft reboot and not a Crisis/Flashpoint/New 52 style reboot, fans will cut them some slack as well.

More on DC Rebirth’s “it’s not a reboot” after the cut.

I was at Deadpool last night and missed this announcement and the 1,000 other posts on the interwebs about it that you have probably read.  So I’ll try not to rehash too much.  The majority of which I’ve culled from our friends at comicbookresources.

So, as has been said, it’s not a reboot.  People throw that word around a lot and seem to have different interpretations of what it means.  I guess the simpliest way to put it in this case is that the continuity of the New 52 will not be thrown away.  It won’t return to a pre-Flashpoint continuity, or create a new continuity from scratch.  Hopefully it also means the death of the DC You initiative with it’s flexible (i.e. confusing) continuity that saw, for example, Bruce Wayne as Batman in one book while Jim Gordon was Batman in others.

That I know of at least.  I’ve been off most things DC since I burned out on Convergence, but with titles like Titans Hunt and Lois and Clark bringing back pre-Flashpoint series and ideas, there may be some integration of previous timelines into DC continuity going forward.  The ending of Convergence opened up the DC universe to telling stories from any continuity and creators have been taking advantage of that.  DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns is writing an 80-page special called DC Universe: Rebirth that will kick off the whole initiative at the end of May.  At that point we should get some idea about how the past and present will be melded to form the future.

Geoff Johns launched the event with the following video:

Below, check out the list (again, sniped from CBR) of the upcoming Rebirth specials, continuing series and new #1’s.  Of very cool note, Action Comics and Detective Comics will not be releasing #1’s, but reverting back to their original numbering.  In an era when neither of the Big Two have book numbers even in the 100’s, it will be cool to see a book finally hit #1,000.  With a bi-weekly release schedule, Action should reach that milestone in around 2 years.  One other kinda cool numerology note about this whole thing is that many of the surviving books from the New 52 reboot will end after exactly 52 issues.

May:
Rebirth Specials:
THE DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1

June:
Rebirth Specials:
AQUAMAN REBIRTH #1
BATMAN REBIRTH #1
THE FLASH REBIRTH #1
GREEN ARROW REBIRTH #1
GREEN LANTERNS REBIRTH #1
SUPERMAN REBIRTH #1
TITANS REBIRTH #1
WONDER WOMAN REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
AQUAMAN #1
BATMAN #1
THE FLASH #1
GREEN ARROW #1
GREEN LANTERNS #1
SUPERMAN #1
WONDER WOMAN #1

New Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
ACTION COMICS #957
DETECTIVE COMICS #934
July
Rebirth Specials:
BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY REBIRTH #1
HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS REBIRTH #1
THE HELLBLAZER REBIRTH #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH #1
NIGHTWING REBIRTH #1
RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
NIGHTWING #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping monthly):
BATGIRL #1
BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY #1
THE HELLBLAZER #1
RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS #1
THE SUPER-MAN #1
TITANS #1

Fall
Rebirth Specials:
BATMAN BEYOND REBIRTH #1
BLUE BEETLE REBIRTH #1
CYBORG REBIRTH #1
DEATHSTROKE REBIRTH #1
EARTH 2 REBIRTH #1
SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH #1
SUPERGIRL REBIRTH #1
TEEN TITANS REBIRTH #1
TRINITY REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
CYBORG #1
DEATHSTROKE #1
HARLEY QUINN #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #1
SUICIDE SQUAD #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping monthly):
BATMAN BEYOND #1
BLUE BEETLE #1
EARTH 2 #1
GOTHAM ACADEMY: NEXT SEMESTER #1
SUPERGIRL #1
SUPERWOMAN #1
SUPER SONS #1
TEEN TITANS #1
TRINITY #1

With all this “good” news and new titles, the flip side is also that many DC books have been cancelled.  They include (condensed from the fine folks at Bleeding Cool):

Starfire, Grayson, Black Canary, Batman/Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman, Midnighter, secret Six, Doctor Fate, Legends of Tomorrow, Omega Men, Justice League 3001, Martian Manhunter, Lois and Clark, Catwoman, Robin: Son of Batman, We Are Robin, Sinestro and (at least for now) Prez.

Other books have been retitled or merged ala Green Lantern Corps becoming Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, etc.

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2 thoughts on “DC’s Rebirth: In Your Best Arnold Voice, “It’s Not A Reboot!””

  1. Marvel’s numbering system seems to fit the idea that a new creative team means a new #1. There’s some marketing sense there, as it makes trade collection easier, and when a creative team wraps up its storylines, then a new team gets a new number one so as not to be seen leaning on what came before. I can actually get behind something like that,

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    1. I get that from a marketing and trade collection point of view, but I miss the old numbering. It also makes it a pain when trying to organize and make references to various volumes.

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