[Warning: this article contains DC Universe Rebirth spoilers!)
Before I get into the review, I want to thank Maximum Comics for holding an awesome release party! If I hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have been able to grab Scooby Apocalypse (which will be in my June Pullbox), and it was fun to be a room that thick was excitement. I wasn’t able to interview many people, but I did want to say thank you for the amazingly fun event, the pizza, and for putting the event all together!
Title: DC Universe: Rebirth #1
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, and Phil Jimeneze
Published by: DC Comics
Summary: “It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!”
The comic is about Wally West, aka Kid Flash, but because of the ten years that are missing in times thanks to Flashpoint, he is fading into lightning energy that will be used for future speeders. He desperately is trying to find someone that remembers him so he could explain what’s going before he dies. It takes around six people, including the love of his life, Linda Park, before he meets up with his hero and mentor, Barry, who somehow remembers Wally at the last moment. The two discuss who could have taken the ten years.
While this is going on with the Flash and Kid Flash, there are a few side plots, the main one being with Batman, whose father wrote him a letter that was messed up thanks to Flashpoint (something that Wally was desperately trying to explain to Batman when he tried to make him remember him). It is heavily implied that the Joker might be behind the whole ordeal.
I really love the story. I’ve never really been into the Flash (not seeing the story or seeing appeal), but I did connect with Wally while reading this comic, and it was heartbreaking to see him almost die. Wally’s love for the flash was heartwarming and I’m glad that if he would have died, he would have died happy since he was able to see Barry one last time.
I love the art in this comic. All the lightning was beautiful, and the way Wally was shown disintegrating slowly over time was painful to see. It was especially painful to see Wally coming to grips with the fact that the love of his life doesn’t remember him at all.
Some of the other side plots were hard to get into, especially since one of them doesn’t even refer to the hero by name. The weirder one for me was the Aquaman proposal one. I think I’m going to try to get into the current Aquaman comic series, that way I can at least have some grasp of what’s going on in Rebirth. There was also a plot involving Superman’s death that really didn’t add much to Wally’s story.
This comic briefly featured some of the designs for characters that are going to be in other comics, which I really liked. Starfire was one of the characters featured, and her design looks super cute (and I can’t wait to see her in the Titans: Rebirth!). Wonder Woman’s design was my favorite. I think her outfit plays well to the warrior side of her story, and it looks like it would be practical for fighting – something that’s hard to find when you are reading comics with female leads.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed this comic and I can’t wait for issue #2!