Well, Summer is drawing to an end and school is going to start soon for many of our readers while the older set are just counting the days until the next holiday. The good side of this is that the brand new comic book launches are still heading our way and DC Comics is continuing strong with its “DC Universe: Rebirth” initiative. I’ve said this a couple of times already for sure but I am going to repeat that I am really enjoying it all. Yeah one or two titles are not winning me over but the strong points clearly are outweighing the weaker ones for me when it comes to this. Let’s get down to the cover art and provided press copy for the first issues that will be launching this month and then I’ll close out with some additional thoughts. Remember that each of the “Rebirth” issues comes with a variant cover and that numerous titles are running concurrently to these issues. Let’s get on with this shall we?
DOOM PATROL #1: The atoms are buzzing. The daydreams crowd sentient streets, and the creative team has been warned, “Turn back now or suffer the mighty consequence of sheer, psycho-maniacal mayhem.” Generation-arsonists unite—this is DOOM PATROL, and the God of the Super Heroes is bleeding on the floor.
A blenderized reimagining of the ultimate series of the strange, DOOM PATROL combines elements from classic runs, new directions, and things that could not be. Our entry point is Casey Brinke, a young EMT on the graveyard shift to abstract enlightenment, with a past so odd that she’s not entirely sure what is real and what is not. Along with her partner, Sam Reynolds, the pair blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3am is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman.
“It gets weirder from here,” writer Gerard Way had to say about the book, with artist Nick Derington gripping tightly on the wheel of the ambulance. The pair’s only communication? Shouting out of the open windows while at high velocity. Who needs a new roommate? Who names a cat “Lotion”? And when do we get to see all those muscles?
Find your answers inside the pages of this comic book, as we set the stage for new beginnings, as well as the re-introduction of some classic DOOM PATROL characters, including Niles Caulder, Negative Man, Flex Mentallo, and Crazy Jane.
The debut title of DC’s Young Animal line kicks off with a removable sticker on its cover: Pull back the gyro to reveal its secrets, but be warned—there is no turning back.
Written by GERARD WAY; Art and cover by NICK DERINGTON
BATMAN BEYOND: REBIRTH #1: Six months have passed since the events of BATMAN BEYOND #16. While areas of destruction remain in the outside world, Gotham City has made great strides toward reclaiming its bright future. But new threats arise and old adversaries may be coming back. And the question still remains: whatever happened to Bruce Wayne?
Written by DAN JURGENS; Art and cover by RYAN SOOK
BLUE BEETLE #1: Jaime Reyes is back home, but just when he thought he had a grasp on this alter-ego, the Blue Beetle, he discovers everything he believed about his scarab is a lie according to the mysterious Doctor Fate. With dire warnings about the symbiote that is fused to Reyes’ spine, Kent Nelson, the original wielder of Doctor Fate’s power, seemingly on verge of insanity, has he come to save Jaime as he claims…or will he try to eliminate the Blue Beetle, no matter the cost?
Written by KEITH GIFFEN; Art and cover by SCOTT KOLINS
CYBORG: REBIRTH #1: Victor Stone was once a star athlete and brilliant student with a bright future. But after a tragic accident destroyed over half of his body, Victor was kept alive by merging flesh with advanced technology. Today he is the Justice League co-founder called Cyborg. But is the young hero a man…or a machine that merely believes it’s a man?
Written by JOHN SEMPER JR.; Art by PAUL PELLETIER, SANDRA HOPE and TONY KORDOS; Cover by WILL CONRAD
CYBORG #1: “THE IMITATION OF LIFE” part one! Cyborg is thrown into conflict with every robotic threat to the DC Universe as a brand new era begins for Victor Stone, courtesy of writer John Semper Jr. (Spider-Man: The Animated Series) and artist Will Conrad (Angel & Faith)!
Written by JOHN SEMPER JR.; Art and cover by WILL CONRAD
SUPERGIRL #1: “REIGN OF THE CYBORG SUPERMAN” part one! Supergirl is back and working for the DEO to defend National City! As Kara Danvers, average American teenager and high school student, Supergirl must balance her life as a superhero with her new life on Earth. But some demons from her Kryptonian past are coming back to haunt her, and Kara will find herself face-to-face with her father: the sinister Cyborg Superman!
Written by STEVE ORLANDO; Art and cover by BRIAN CHING
TEEN TITANS: REBIRTH #1: The Teen Titans are farther apart than ever before…until Damian Wayne recruits Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and the new Kid Flash to join him in a fight against his own grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul! But true leadership is more than just calling the shots—is Robin really up to the task? Or will the Teen Titans dismiss this diminutive dictator?
Written by BENJAMIN PERCY; Art and cover by JONBOY MEYERS
TRINITY #1: “BETTER TOGETHER” part 1! Together again for the first time! Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. The core of the World’s Greatest Heroes…but with a new Man of Steel, the bonds these three share will be tested and redefined by super-star writer/artist Francis Manapul. In this premiere issue, see the trio travel from Metropolis to Gotham City and beyond to learn what forces launched their heroic careers. But how will this journey of discovery lead them to a new threat?
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL; Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER #1: GOTHAM ACADEMY is back with an all-new storyline for its second semester! When you’re Olive Silverlock, winter holidays can be a drag. Luckily, when a new student shows up at Gotham Academy to keep her company while the other students are away, Olive finds what could be a brand new friend…or a whole lot of trouble!
Written by BRENDEN FLETCHER, BECKY CLOONAN and KARL KERSCHL; Art by ADAM ARCHER and SANDRA HOPE; Cover by KARL KERSCHL
RAVEN #1: “The White Carnival” part 1! In a tale set between TEEN TITANS #24 and TEEN TITANS: REBIRTH #1, Raven takes a break from the team and moves to San Francisco to stay with her estranged aunt and face her most perilous challenge yet: high school! As Raven discovers more about her human side, one of her classmates goes missing under mysterious circumstances, and she must face an evil like none she’s known before!
Written by MARV WOLFMAN; Art and cover by ALISSON BORGES
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m sticking to my plan of snagging a copy of all of the first issues for the “DC Universe: Rebirth” stuff because as I denoted already I have been enjoying it. I am not sure about the new “Doom Patrol” because I was such a fan of the classic series and characters and then that title went way off the rails for me. I like weird as much as the next guy but let’s not go allover the place just for the sake of it. “Cyborg” seems to be the last of the upcoming “Justice League” characters with his own title and that is hopefully a good one but I am most interested in the “Batman Beyond” and “New Teen Titans” stuff first. After the first issues, I am generally watching the listings for the collected edition as DC Comics has been notorious for issuing one after the sixth issue and those are easier to secure for me at this point in time. So what do you readers think of these latest titles? Please let me know in the comments section below and stay tuned for more comic book stuff when I discuss the Marvel Comics and Valiant Comics stuff. I’ll try to fit some other stuff in as well since you’ve been very positive about it when it comes up in discussion.
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