DC Rebirth is not even in full swing yet but the amount of quality titles is overwhelming, which is great for DC Comics. Hal Jordan and the other Green Lanterns have finally made their way to Rebirth, joining them is the new Chinese Super-Man. This may be the second issue of Wonder Woman, but this is the first issue of the Year One storyline.
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Tyler Kirkham
Colors/Letters: Arif Prianto, Rob Leigh
Lois Lane tries to talk her son Jonathan through Superman’s battle with Doomsday, but things look grim. Clark Kent seems to be convincing people that he is who he says he is, which makes it all the mysterious. The cover looks to be one issue too early.
The Superman books have all been amazing but this series has been the only one action packed from start to finish. Even casual Supes fans have to love what Action Comics is giving them. The mystery behind Mr. Oz and the Clark Kent grows, and I have no clue what’s going in but it’s great. The art was a huge change, and took some getting use to, not because it was bad but because it was so different. It was like something out of an animated DC movie which was pretty cool. This series is living up to its name, it has been all action.
Rating: 9/10 Art change took a while to get use to, other than that this comic has been a juggernaut.
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giamdomenico
Colors/Letters: Ivan Plascencia, Steve Wands
Barry’s friend August Heart was struck by lightning and now has access to the speed force. The Flash was able to train him enough to help out Iris West who had been kidnapped by The Black Hole. An organization that now has weapons that tap into speed force. Just when things settle down, another speed force storm hits and creates more speedsters.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the first two issues of The Flash, both of the story and the art. This issue however, has really turned me around on everything. This character always works best with a little fun sci-fi and that’s exactly what we are getting. It is funny how some people complain about the over abundance of speedsters, and now we will get an army of them. I see a lot of good things said about the art on this series, so it just hasn’t been my cup of tea. A change from the typical superhero art isn’t a bad thing, and I’m really warming up to it. The look to this comic is very unique. Anyway, should be fun to see what other Weapons The Black Hole have created and whether or not they are responsible for the speed force storms.
Rating: 8/10 Just what I need, another Rebirth comic to win me over. DC Comics is just making sure I have no time left over to read anything Marvel.
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Nicola Scott
Colors/Letters: Romulo Fajardo Jr, Jodi Wynne
Year One begins with Diana and Steve Trevor’s lives leading up to their first meeting. Diana is fascinated with what lies beyond the shore, and Steve’s story has a tragic ending.
As soon as I saw Steve Trevor’s best friend joking him in that airplane I knew it would be heartbreaking. I am curious to see if the friends wife and kid return. This is a story that has been told a few times but it felt different, as if every moment had purpose. Greg Rucka is just killing it right now, Nicola Scott and the art team did a brilliant job. This was a beautiful comic book, and a great start to the Year One story arc.
Rating: 10/10 Greg Rucka is building two great storylines running simultaneously. Jump on now because I think this run is going to be special.
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Colors/Letters: Jason Wright, Dave Sharpe
Renegade Hal Jordan forges his own Green Lantern Ring. An act that is felt across the spectrum. He searches for his comrades while Sinestro enjoys his victories on the Warworld.
I haven’t read a Green Lantern book in a while so I am in much need of a crash course Rebirth story. The bad news is I leave this issue a little confused about what’s going on, the good news is that Hal Jordan seems just as confused. Which means we will learn together in the new series. This issue set the pieces for the future so the story did what it needed to, plus Ethan Van Sciver draws Green Lanterns in his sleep. Always a pleasure to see his art on a Green Lantern title. It looks like an epic story is being put together.
Rating: 7/10 Rebirth issues should welcome new readers and I feel that was accomplished. Also, the art was great.
Writer: Gene Luen Yang
Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic
Ink: Richard Friend
Colors/Letters: Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
The story opens up with teenager Kong Kenan picking on a chubby classmate named Lixin. An American styled super villain named Blue Condor swipes up Lixin but is stopped by Kenan who throws a can of soda at him. The Ministry of Self Reliance see this heroism and recruits Kenan so be their Super-Man.
I liked this way more than I expected to. They’re going the Shazam route by having a hero start off as a jerk that will most likely turn into the hero we expect. It’s a change of pace to have a main character start of so unlikable but it works. The Ministry may have given him his powers but there’s a reason why his father and conspiracy buffs don’t trust them. Dr. omen was very manipulative by showing Kenan a video of Superman rescuing a plane when she no doubt knows his mother died in a plane crash. I enjoyed the artwork as well, a lot of cool character designs. Fantastic start to the series, I’m interested in seeing what happens next.
Rating: 8/10 The Chinese Lois Lane, Batman, and Wonder Woman characters didn’t seem necessary. Though I guess the main character does need a love interest reporter. Either way it didn’t take anything away from this issue, but I hope they keep doing their own thing.