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 Post subject: DC Comics Rumored To Be Relaunching Again "Rebirth"
PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:14 am 
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This was expected! but on what level??
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DC Comics may be renumbering their comics, starting with new number one issues, this summer.

According to Bleeding Cool, in addition to shipping bi-weekly, DC Entertainment is going to give their comic book line a fresh coat of paint.

The rumor also suggests that DC is looking to refocus the line to reflect their growing movie and television line up. Expect lots of Harley Quinn, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Suicide Squad, probably a fair amount of Green Arrow and The Flash, and likely not much else.

Note that nothing in the rumor suggests a continuity reboot, like with Flashpoint and the New 52. The universe, by all indications, will continue to exists as is, it's just the books themselves that will be reshuffled.

Whether or not this supposed line relaunch will follow after the coming 52nd issues of the remaining New 52 launch titles remains to be seen.

Relaunching the line with new first issues every so often has become just another part of comics publishing at this point. DC did a partial relaunch in 2015 with the DC You initiative, and Marvel has done it multiple times in the past few years, with Marvel Now, All-New Marvel Now, and All-New, All-Different Marvel.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:31 pm 
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I understand the appeal of new number ones as a jumping on point for new customers, and it seems saleshave shown that it works. Still I miss the old numbers in the hundreds that showed that certain titles were popular enough to last decades.


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I think it's going to be less a "reboot" & just a restart of numbers, maybe with new creatives & a few new/tweaked bits.

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Well, since Marvel isn't using it anymore, they can go by DC Now.

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If they would do something like putting the new numbering in bold and the original numbering in a tiny print everyone would be happy, Marvel did this for awhile, see example below:
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That could be interesting.

Then of course both Marvel and DC have had series that went to new numbering and then went back to the old numbering, skipping over the numbers that were issued as new numbers. Marvel did it with Avengers and DC with Superman and I'm sure there were others as well. Mostly it was so they could hit the big milestone numbers but sometimes it was for other reasons.


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Uncanny X-Men hit #600 before it was relaunched post-Secret Wars.

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New information regarding the DC relaunch "Rebirth"
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From reading between the lines of DC’s April Solicitations, it would appear that May will see the final issues of all of the regular DCU books (as well as most of the currently running miniseries). This will coincide with the 52nd issues of the remaining New 52 launch titles (except for Justice League, which will be on issue 51…) and also with the 12th issues of most of the remaining DCYou titles (which will give those books two trade collections worth of issues). Which means that something it happening in June.

My guess is that we’ll see a bunch of six-issue, twice-monthly miniseries, all subtitled ‘Rebirth’, that will be presented as new, accessible versions of DC’s characters. This won’t be a reboot as such, but the line will be that these are versions of the characters that bring together all of the ‘best’ versions. So they’re not throwing away completely the New 52 versions, or bringing back the pre-Flashpoint versions, or completely rebooting from scratch again. (If you care about strict continuity, it’ll be a big mess…)

There’s also been some rumblings about aligning the comics more with their movie and/or television counterparts. No, these new versions won’t be direct copies of the other-media versions, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see, for example, Jimmy Olsen as part of the supporting cast of Supergirl, and Kara either working with the DEO and/or her origin re-written so that she gains adoptive parents and a sibling and/or taking on a secret identity and going to work for Cat Grant.

My guess as to what the Rebirth minis will be?: Batman: Rebirth, Superman: Rebirth, Wonder Woman: Rebirth, Flash: Rebirth, Green Arrow: Rebirth, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Harley Quinn: Rebirth, Justice League: Rebirth, Titans: Rebirth, Cyborg: Rebirth, Hawkman: Rebirth, Robin: Rebirth, Suicide Squad: Rebirth, Supergirl: Rebirth, Swamp Thing: Rebirth, Legion: Rebirth. (And likely a handful of others as well…)

There will likely also be a biweekly (or even weekly?) series, titled simply Rebirth, running through the three months, that will provide in some way, shape or form provide an in-continuity reason for the change. Done in the style of DC’s recent weekly books, it will be plotted by Geoff Johns and written and drawn by a rotating roster of writers and artists. It will spin out of some big cosmic event in Justice League #52, which will go on sale the first week of June, providing a nice bookend to the New 52 (which was kicked-off by Justice League #1 a week before the rest of the New 52 debuted).

Once the 6-issue Rebirth minis finish in August, we’ll get all new #1 issues for the new ongoing titles in September (exactly 5 years form the debut of the New 52 in September 2011). We’ll get ongoings corresponding to all of the Rebirth minis, plus maybe a couple extra for Batman & Superman (and maybe a Batman team-up book, Brave and the Bold style?), and then also Action Comics and Detective Comics (which may instead of launch with new #1s go back to their original numberings). Action & Detective will be over-sized books, with lead regular features (featuring Superman and Batman, respectively), and then rotating second features featuring members of their respective families, like perhaps Batgirl in Detective.

Expect to see new creative teams on all of the titles, but likely more in a shuffling-the-deck-chairs sort of way, with titles switching editors who bring along the people they regularly work with. Though there’s an outside chance that at least one or more creators normally associated with Marvel will make a jump over to DC for Rebirth. There are rumors that Marc Silvestri will take over the main Batman title, which would make sense as they’ll need a high-profile creator on Batman with the departure of Snyder & Capullo (who are rumored to be taking on something else at DC together–my money would be on either Justice League or Superman).

Anyway, as I said, this is all just speculation on my part, and I have no inside information whatsoever. I am usually wrong about these sorts of things. So take it for what it is worth (which is pretty much nil).


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Doesn't sound too bad to be honest.

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Source? As the quoted writer states, this is all speculation on their part. Anything more definite?


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idris wrote:
New information regarding the DC relaunch "Rebirth"

But none of that was actually information, it was all speculation with nothing concrete... I could have written that...

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What is not speculation any longer is that Scott Snyder is indeed leaving Batman after #51. No word on if he is moving to another title as rumoured, but we should find out soon, along with who is taking over.

Going to be a hard act to follow, in my opinion. I've really enjoyed his Batman run, but new blood is a good thing (I hope).

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The official details are here! and most of the previous rumors and speculations turns-out to be true.
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The DC Comics Rebirth begins in May 2016 with an 80-page one-shot written by Geoff Johns. The book is appropriately titled DC Universe Rebirth, and Johns hopes it will begin to restore a sense of "legacy" to the DC Universe. He announced the one-shot and general details at the ComicsPRO retailer event. The story starts with the line, "I love this world... But there's something missing..."

The writer, who also serves as Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, and as a producer and writer on several DC/WB TV shows and Film projects, will leave Justice League ahead of the rebirth of the line, he also announced. His last issue will be #50, the final issue before it relaunches.

There will also be Rebirth Specials for Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lanterns, Superman, Titans, and Wonder Woman in June, Batgirl & The Birds of Prey, Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps, The Hellblazer, Justice League, Nightwing, and Red Hood and the Outlaws in July, and Batman Beyond, Blue Beetle, Cyborg, Deathstroke, Earth 2, Suicide Squad, Supergirl, Teen Titans, and Trinity in the more nebulous "Fall" release time-frame.

Every comic book in the entire DC Comics universe will relaunch with a new #1 issue (or simply end, or be replaced by another series). That is, except for Action Comics and Detective Comics, which will instead resume their classic numbering, picking up at #957 and #934, adding the New 52 issues to their total count. It's been widely rumored that those two series, along with some others, would move to a twice-monthly shipping schedule, and that was also confirmed by DC Comics.

Other twice-monthly issues include: Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lanterns, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps, Justice League, Nightwing, Cyborg, Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, Justice League America, and Suicide Squad. Details on the series and creative teams will be revealed at Wonder Con on March 26.

DCU books will return to a $2.99 price point across the line, as well, after their "Hold the line at $2.99" tagline was abandoned as some books rose to $3.99 over the last few years. Retailers, however, are somewhat skeptical about the price point change.

"If you have a proven record with success you don't need to lower your prices," Dennis Barger of Wonderworld Comics told ComicBook.com. "DC has to bring the price of the line down to $2.99 for retailers and fans to trust them again. And still, most retailers I know intend to be very cautious."

Johns likens the DC Universe Rebirth more to The Flash: Rebirth and Green Lantern: Rebirth, books that focused on reimagining characters and continuing the legacy of the many decades of stories before them. DC Comics restored their previous versions of their universe in 2015's stop-gap mini-series Convergence, and it seems this will build upon that, though Johns didn't want to give any direct details just yet.

DC Comics will seek to work with both new and experienced talent, and also announced they've signed writer Tom King (Omega Men, Grayson) and artists Clay Mann and John Timms to exclusive contracts. Mann, a 10-year veteran of Marvel Comics and Valiant Comics, was called a "rising star" in DC's announcement.

The "curtain" teaser image (seen above) was updated to include a curious collection of characters with the announcement. It appears to show a 90s-style Superboy (with the jacket as part of his costume), classic 40s-style Jay "The Flash" Garrick, A hooded figure presumed to be Green Arrow, Another Flash, probably Barry Allen, a female Green Lantern, and Supergirl. It's notable that four of those characters are currently on TV in popular DC Entertainment and WBTV collaborations.

Here are the titles that you'll see relaunched:

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


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Where are you quoting from, Idris?


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That's all from Comic Book Resources Lee, from the recent ComicsPRO Annual Membership meeting, where it was presented by Geoff Johns.

The creative teams working on each title will be officially revealed at WonderCON by the way.

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