DC Comics Has a REBIRTH This Summer…!

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DC Universe: REBIRTH

 

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Last month, DC Comics teased to its fans that a "Rebirth" was coming within the pages of its titles, come the summer, when rumor broke out about a possible relaunch. We, here at Soundwave, have been learning about it with all of you guys, as the news came, so we've been in the same boat as everyone else all the way through the process. Now, finally, after a month of speculation and rumor, DC Comics has finally shed some light on what they will be doing come May 25th and how it will affect their entire line of comics from June, all the way through the fall.
We're going to recap and break down what DC Comics' "Rebirth" actually is, what it means for their line of comics, what to expect going forward, and just, in general, get all of you guys caught up on what's going on with DC Comics come June.

You can watch a video message from Geoff Johns announcing DC

Comics' "Rebirth" initiative HERE.

 

So, to start, DC Comics' "Rebirth" is NOT a reboot...

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DC Entertainment's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns confirms that this is definitely not a reboot, but an event, but it'll be even MORE than just that; It'll be DC's new on-going mission.
Johns explains that the point is to produce better books and get back to the essence of their beloved characters. He references his past work on GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH and THE FLASH: REBIRTH, pointing out that in those specific stories he re-established familiar elements that fans remembered and loved, back into those characters' mythos, while also moving them forward for new storylines and arcs. This is the same thing he and DC Comics plan to do universe-wide come this summer.

 

Here's what's going down...

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Come May, all of the DC Comics titles will be coming to a head. The significance of May is that all of the titles that have lasted since the beginning of The New 52 will reach their 52nd issues.
On May 25th, the last Monday in May, DC Comics will release an 80-page one-shot comic book entitled DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, written by Geoff Johns. Then, beginning June 1st, DC will start their line-wide relaunch, beginning all of their core titles back at #1, except for ACTION COMICS and DETECTIVE COMICS.
Long-time DC Comics fans will be excited to hear that DC Comics will be bringing those titles back to their original numbering: Action Comics will start back at #957 and Detective at #934.

Throughout June, July, and the fall, DC Comics will be putting out individual DC Universe: Rebirth one-shots for each of their major characters and titles, such as Batman: Rebirth #1, Superman: Rebirth #1, Aquaman: Rebirth #1, and so on... These will precede the new #1 relaunches and answer questions fans have had about the DC Universe since The New 52 began and create new ones for fans to discover as we move forward with the DC Universe.

All together, when it comes to DC's new line of on-going books, there will be a total of 32 titles, but they won't all be monthly, like typical. Rather, DC Comics will have a new release schedule: 17 of their titles will be twice-monthly, while the other 15 will be once a month. Below, we will have a full listing of all of the titles that DC will release, along with a break-down of which ones will be monthly or bi-weekly.

DC Comics' "Rebirth" will also mark the return of DC's line-wide $2.99 price point. Every title will be $2.99, including their 80-page DC Universe: Rebirth #1 one-shot.

 

In Closing...

What can fans expect from "Rebirth"?

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Not only will fans finally get answers to their burning questions about the DC Universe, so far, but, as mentioned, DC Comics will be bringing back long-lost, familiar elements to the DC Universe that should not only intrigue new fans, but excite long-lasting ones!

In an interview with ComicBookResources, Geoff Johns says that, since starting The New 52 back in 2011, there's an element that he's felt has been missing since that makes the DC Universe unique, teasing to fans that DC Comics will be re-implementing . He says, "as someone who absolutely loves the DC Universe ... it's maybe lost some things. Not only characters, but more intangibles. Some essence to what makes the "DC Universe" unique and brilliant and unpredictable. And every single character matters -- from Batman to Cassandra Cain to John Stewart to Saturn Girl to Blue Beetle to Lois Lane -- everyone is someone's favorite." ... "So although I won't spoil the story of "DC Universe: Rebirth", I will say it's a mystery that explores what I think is perhaps the central element that's gotten lost: legacy."

 

With all of that said, below we have listed all of the DC Comics: Rebirth relaunch titles, including information on which ones will be bi-weekly, or once a month...

 

June:

Rebirth Specials:

  • AQUAMAN REBIRTH #1

  • BATMAN REBIRTH #1

  • THE FLASH REBIRTH #1

  • GREEN ARROW REBIRTH #1

  • GREEN LANTERNS REBIRTH #1STL004628

  • 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 #1Earth_2_Vol_1_1_Textless

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 #1STK472804

  • 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