In 2011, DC comics did the unthinkable. They scrapped over 70 years of comic book history and started again. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the thousands of characters were repackaged under “The New 52!” banner. Fans were not happy. Like the voices of Alderaan crying out in terror and suddenly being silenced, the legacy was gone. 5 years later, DC recognised something needed to change. DC Comics needed a Rebirth.
Funnily enough, that’s exactly what has DC have gone and done. DC Universe Rebirth #1 is a bumper sized comic pulling together the best of The New 52! and reintroducing the history that was missing from post-Flashpoint.
The Story and Art of Rebirth
Geoff Johns was tasked with kicking off the latest reboot. His story doesn’t revolve around the usual suspects. When you move through the 70 pages, you’ll understand why. The story flows like a twisting river; winding through the world of DC at a constant pace. Johns has created a book that pulls you in and takes you on an adventure. The book is long enough that you don’t lose interest but short enough that it’s not a chore to read.
The saying goes, “a great comic story needs great art.” Ok, I made that saying up, but it is true. Luckily, the art department at DC agree with me. Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez, Ethan Van Sciver & Gary Frank take absolute care in ensuring that each page is as beautiful as the last. The artwork compliments and caresses the story. It creates and enhances the emotions of our protagonist throughout. The artwork is faultless throughout.
To balance out the review, I should mention that DC Universe Rebirth #1 isn’t perfect. The book may clock in at 70 pages but in some places, it feels more explanation could be useful. Appearances for secondary characters such as Atom or Blue Beetle are all too brief. I’d have preferred more depth and attention given to explain their links to the main plot.
Granted, DC have addressed this with various spin-offs, however it feels like the story could have stretched another 2 or 3 issues without overstuffing the plot.
DC Universe Rebirth #1 Conclusion
These are two small points on an otherwise perfect book. It was always going to be a challenge to reboot an entire universe in one comic. Somehow Geoff Johns and his incredibly talented team have pulled it off with DC Universe Rebirth #1.
You may have read the spoilers on the internet. You may have your own theories about the motivations behind the actions of characters. Trust me when I say, DC Universe Rebirth #1 is an essential read. There’s a spark and passion behind Geoff John’s story. You can’t help feel excited for where Rebirth will take us.
- Gripping story from start to finish
- Great art
- Brings back DC's rich history
- Some characters are overlooked