Today was it, Rebirth happened, and boy did it happen. I managed to stay away from most of the spoilers. Found out due to no one having chill who the POV character was, but considering I just randomly tweeted that guess out days prior, I'm not that mad... so you know #FHIZWASRIGHT! But I had scanned across some of the... late game stuff I guess, and wish I didn't, but what are you going to do?
So, I'm gonna talk about all the books right here and now. I'll get to my Batgirl write up tomorrow. Justice League, Superman and Rebirth, some summary of what went down and my thoughts... But first, let's get to the real revelation of today: Who is to blame for all the miserable bleak New 52 nonsense that DC is desperately trying to fix
DRUM ROLL PLEASE.
IT WAS ALAN MOORE THIS WHOLE TIME!
And he almost got away with it too, if it wasn't for Cyborg Scooby Doo and his hipster friends. More on this shocking revelation later.
Then there's the ramifications of Darkseid's death. Darkseid is connected to the fabric of the multiverse, something like that. His death created a fissure in reality that allows the POV character of Rebirth to come back into the picture. More on that later. But speaking of Rebirth, with both the Anti-Monitor and Darkseid out of the picture (although, Grail still has the baby), there's apparently a big bad who threatens the universe more so then either of those two, one Owlman, Grid and Metron (who is helping after being freed) meet in the final pages and are soon there obliterated into nothingness after the fact.
Then there's the Joker. A handful of issues ago, Geoff Johns had Bruce ask the Mobius Chair what the Joker's true identity was. We never found out, and hell, a lot of use figured it'd be a thing that wasn't addressed, as Joker was firmly Scott Snyder territory. WELL SCOTT SNYDER IS GONE! And Johns said he's really giving us the identity of the Joker... Well, that's not entirely true. There's three. Yep. The Mobius Chair said there are three Jokers. There's already some theories, most of which I don't agree with, but more on that later. In Rebirth, we see Bruce looking at a screen with three pictures of the Joker on it, one with an original look, a post-Killing Joke look, and Greg Capullo's most recent design. I don't know how I feel about this. I'm sure it'll be revisited at some point, but with Johns stepping away from comics for the foreseeable future, it strikes me as one of those "just do some ridiculous thing and never speak of it again" plots at the moment. It also comes on the heels of us last seeing Joker in the final pages of Batman #50 still "normal." There's also just no sign of this being teased at all... While you can see the Wonder Woman stuff playing a part in what's been said about Greg Rucka's book, the Joker hasn't even been mentioned by Tom King at all. So we'll see where that goes. To say the least, I'm not impressed. Joker is a character that every now and then someone wants to really seems to want to do too much with him, and it's really unnecessary for the most part, but clearly DC has other plans.
So let's move on to Superman #52... I don't know, he flies that dude up to the air where he explodes, then Superman comes back down and just sort of dies... Turns to stone, something like that. I was expecting a swerve where he just lost his powers for good, or something, thus explaining there being a Superman and Clark Kent in Action Comics, but we'll see. This was pretty much just a set up for pre-New 52 Superman coming back... but the question remains, is pre-New 52 really a different Superman, or was he Superman this entire time? Are the answers hidden in Convergence? Fuck no! Who cares about Convergence?!
So then there's Rebirth.
Yep. Wally West is the POV character, as predicted. Darkseid's death allowed him to slip out of the speedforce, in an attempt to regain the life that had been stolen from him. Right off the bat, let's get the confusion out of the way. There's this Wally, the one who is well loved throughout the decades, then there's the New 52 Wally West who is firmly established as a different character from the West lineage, both named after their same great-grandfather or something. So two separate characters, same name.
Flashpoint done fucked some shit up, as we all know... but even more than had been revealed. According to Wally, someone took advantage of this, and used the Flashpoint event to change things and steal time from the heroes in order to weaken them. He spends the rest of the issue trying to connect with anyone who may remember him, so he can warn them of what's coming, but as he travels across the universe, people like Batman, Johnny Thunder and even his (now former) wife Linda don't recognize him. Each time his memory is rejected, he loses strength, getting pulled deeper into the speedforce. As he travels across the world he once knew, we see a whole bunch of set up for what's to come, and let's just get a bulleted list.
- Johnny Thunder is locked up in an old folks home, seen as extremely senile, raving about his past that he no longer remembers. Wally appears then leaves him telling him to find the Justice Society.
- Saturn Girl appears in Metropolis, seeking out Superman, despite being told the news of what had recently happened. She's seen the future, she'll wait.
- Ray Palmer got stuck in the Microverse, and it's up to Ryan Choi, his assistant, to find him... and not trust whoever he first comes across in the Microverse.
- Ted Kord has taken it upon himself to mentor Jaime Reyes... Doctor Fate (Kent?) appears to tell him the scarab is actually magic.
- Damian Wayne has turned 13.
- Jessica Cruz is set up with Simon Baz to go after Sinestro
- The Brightest Day Aqualad is back in the picture, he's also gay.
- Grail also wants to seek out Wonder Woman's new brother.
- Mr. Oz from Johns' Superman run finds pre-New 52 Superman, telling him that he and his family is not what he thinks it is, neither was the fallen Superman.
- Aquaman proposes to Mera.
- Two characters from Tom King's Batman show up in Gotham.
- Constantine is going to help Swamp Thing find Abigail.
- And the New 52 is straight up killed.