We are cooking with gas now in terms of the amount of “Rebirth” titles hitting the stands and its enough to say that you better ask for little overtime at the job or setup a table outside on the block to sell some things you don’t need in order to buy some more. That whole vicious cycle Below you will find the official press provisions about the first issue offerings from DC Comics along with the covers and then I will return at the close with a few more thoughts.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: REBIRTH #1: Spinning out of the events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, a new day dawns for Earth’s greatest heroes as they welcome three new members to the team, including…Superman? Who is this strange visitor from a dead world—and can he be trusted? Batman and Wonder Woman aren’t so sure.
Written by Bryan Hitch; Art by Bryan Hitch; Cover by Tony S. Daniel
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1: “THE EXTINCTION MACHINE” Chapter One. The oceans rise. The earth quakes. And an ancient power rises to reclaim not just the world, but the universe itself—and not even the combined might of the Justice League can stop it. An all-new era begins with this epic by comic book legend Bryan Hitch (JLA, The Ultimates) and master storyteller Tony S. Daniel (BATMAN: R.I.P., DEATHSTROKE).
Written by Bryan Hitch; Art by Tony S. Daniel and Sandu Florea; Cover by Tony S. Daniel
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH #1: Superstar artist Ethan Van Sciver returns to the world of Green Lantern! In the absence of the Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro and his fear-inducing Yellow Lantern Corps patrol the universe as its sole protectors—but deep in space, a green light still burns. Harnessing the remainder of his will, Hal Jordan must become a one-man GL Corps to defeat his greatest foe and restore freedom to the cosmos.
Written by Robert Venditti; Art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver; Variant cover by Cary Nord
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1: “SINESTRO’S LAW” Chapter One. With no backup and only his ring and battery to keep him alive, Hal Jordan streaks toward battle with the Sinestro Corps, while his greatest foe prepares to wipe the last Green Lantern of them all out of existence!
Written by Robert Venditti; Art and cover by Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona
BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY: REBIRTH #1: “WHO IS ORACLE” Chapter One: Batgirl and Black Canary are together again, working a case that strikes right at the heart of their partnership! Someone’s uncovered the greatest secret Barbara Gordon ever kept: her time as Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet. And not only do they know her secret, they’re using her name to sell dangerous information to criminals! Now one of those deals has brought some major heat to Gotham City…Helena Bertinelli is out of Spyral, wearing the hood of the Huntress, and making mafia blood run in the streets! Everything you thought was hidden will be revealed if the Oracle has their way…
Written by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson; Art by Claire Roe; Cover by Yanick Paquette
BATGIRL #1: “Beyond Burnside” Chapter One: The Batgirl you know and love is going global with Eisner Award-winning and New York Times best-selling writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time, Goldie Vance) and all-star artist Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE). In order to up her game, Babs travels to Japan on a quest to train with the most elite modern combat masters of the East. But when a chance meeting with an old friend puts a target on her back, Batgirl may need to use her new skills to solve a deadly mystery.
Written by Hope Larson; Art and cover by Rafael Albuquerque
NIGHTWING: REBIRTH #1: He’s been Robin, Batman, a spy, a ghost. Now, Dick Grayson returns to Gotham City to reclaim the life that was taken from him. But when a new evil threatens those he loves most, Nightwing faces being torn away from home once again in order to destroy the dark force once and for all. Powerhouse artist Yanick Paquette (BATMAN, SWAMP THING) joins series writer Tim Seeley (GRAYSON, BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL) to return Nightwing to the DC superhero stage!
Written by Tim Seeley; Art by Yanick Paquette; Cover by Javier Fernandez
NIGHTWING #1: “BETTER THAN BATMAN” Chapter One: Batman taught Nightwing everything he knows—but what if everything he taught him is wrong? When Dick is stuck with a new mentor who challenges everything Batman taught him, Nightwing has to shatter his concept of justice in order to fight for what he knows is right. Writer Tim Seeley (GRAYSON, BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL) launches Nightwing onto a new quest alongside rising talent Javier Fernandez (RED HOOD/ARSENAL).
Written by Tim Seeley; Art and cover by Javier Fernandez
THE HELLBLAZER: REBIRTH #1: John Constantine’s lost weekend in New York City was fun, but London’s where his heart is—only a pissed-off demon and a curse on his soul stand in his way. Even Constantine’s questionable ethics are pushed to the limit when he puts eight million souls on the line to get what he wants….
Written by Simon Oliver; Art and Cover by Moritat
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS: REBIRTH #1: When a shocking encounter with Batman solidifies the Red Hood’s status as a villain, Jason Todd goes deep undercover to take down Gotham City’s criminal underworld from the inside. Along the way, Jason meets two unlikely allies: a disgraced Amazon warrior named Artemis and a half-baked Superman clone called Bizarro—and the DCU’s “Dark Trinity” is born!
Written by Scott Lobdell; Art by Dexter Soy; Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Cam Smith
NEW SUPER-MAN #1: “MADE IN CHINA” Chapter One: An impulsive act of heroism thrusts an arrogant young man into the limelight of Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League of powerful heroes. Rising from the ashes of The Final Days of Superman, award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang and on-the-rise art star Victor Bogdanovic introduce readers to Kong Kenan—the New Super-Man! When the world needed a new hero, China made him!
Written by Gene Luen Yang; Art and cover by Victor Bogdanovic
TITANS #1: “REMEMBER THE TITANS” Chapter One. After an old ally returns to the team, the Titans set their sights on a dangerous enemy with the power to change reality itself! But the Titans have never faced a threat this massive before, and with so much on the line, will they be able to stand united as a team? Or will their past mistakes be their undoing?
Written by Dan Abnett; Art and cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
HARLEY QUINN #30: As Harley’s monthly series comes to an end, the world prepares for twice as much Harley when her new series debuts in August! And you’d better believe Harley’s burning the place down on the way out the door…
Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti; Art by Elsa Charretier; Cover by Amanda Conner
BATMAN ’66 MEETS STEED AND MRS. PEEL #1: England swings and so does the Dynamic Duo in this historic pairing of two of the hippest shows from 1960s television. DC Comics and BOOM! Studios join forces to bring these iconic characters together for the first time! As Bruce Wayne shows the beautiful head of a UK electronics company the sights of Gotham, they are interrupted by the felonious feline Catwoman! Unwilling to leave Miss Michaela Gough unprotected, Bruce resigns himself to the fact that Batman cannot save the day. But some new players have arrived in town—though even as the lovely, catsuit-clad Mrs. Peel and her comrade John Steed take control of the situation, nefarious plots continue apace!
Written by Ian Edginton; Art by Matthew Dow Smith; Cover by Michael Allred
THE FLINTSTONES #1: Welcome to Bedrock, where Paleolithic humans head to dinner for a taste of artisanal mammoth after shopping at Neandertall & Big Men’s Clothing, where Wilma shows her modern art, and where, if you take a plane, you could literally end up sitting ON the tail section. Join Fred and Barney as Mister Slate sends them on a mission to show some Neanderthals a night on the town in hopes of luring them into this new system called “working for a living.” In Slate’s Quarry, of course. Is Fred’s ship about to come in? Find out when the gang finishes out the evening at the employee hot tub party, where they learn how the one percent lives here in Bedrock, home to the world’s first civilization and the modern stone-age family—The Flintstones. Don’t miss this extra-sized debut issue!
Written by Mark Russell; Art and cover by Steve Pugh
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Some solid stuff coming out this month as the “Rebirth” continues. I have been loving this so far, well, with the exception of the first “Superman” issue which didn’t do it for me. Everything else has been so far so good for me. I’m snagging the first issues for sure for all of them but a few I think I will continue on with once there is a collected edition. I am running out of comic box space at the moment LOL. Very excited for the “Justice League” title and sad to see “Harley Quinn” go away but she will be back with a brand new title as well. “The Flintstones” should be an interesting one as well because I am loving what these revamped Hanna Barbera titles are all about. Can “Dynomutt” be far behind? I hope not since that was a favorite. What do you reader think of this go round of titles? Let me know in the comments section below. Oh yeah and be careful that you are getting the titles you want because with the items being listed as “Rebirth” we are getting the single issue for that and then a series opener. Its quite confusing. At least for me it has been LOL. Happy collecting.
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