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DC COMICS: REBIRTH REVIEWS! Part 0: Introduction

by The Alright Attorney

The Alright Attorney I'm reviewing as many books from the DC Universe after their 2016 Rebirth re-launch. This part is just explaing what Rebirth was and the books you'll see me review coming up.
Hello, and good day fellow Pokécharmers. I'm Alright Attorney, and I'm here to ramble on about my personal favorite form of entertainment. Comic Books! In my short time here so far, I've shown that I'm pretty fond of DC Comics characters and stories. This isn't to say I'm not a fan of Marvel, but I find myself reading DC alot more often. I've nearly reached a total of 200 trade volumes of their books post-Rebirth. Some of you might not know what I mean by that, so I'll give a quick explanation of what DC Rebirth is.

In 2011, DC Comics decided to do a full universe reboot, following the event comic known as Flashpoint. In the event, Barry Allen, also known as The Flash, goes back in time to save his mother from dying. However, this small change sends ripple effects through time, changing things for the worse. Working with this universe's Batman, Barry sets things right and returns to the original universe. Things still changed though resulting in a universe with new, updated origins, and brand new characters. This reboot was known as the New 52, refering to the fact that there was 52 brand new titles being introduced. New 52's legacy is fairly mixed. Some titles like Scott Snyder's Batman or Geoff John's Justice Leauge were met with critical acclaim, while other titles like Superman were criticized for making the character too gloomy, and not the beacon of hope he is known to be.

This complaint is largely what New 52 is criticized for, an overall sense of gloom and darker stories. And this was something DC themselves took notice of, so in 2016, they decided to relaunch all their books. This means each title would go back to issue #1, most with all new creative teams. The universe and continuity would be the same, but it is still very welcoming for newcomers. I should know, because its when I started reading them. The relaunch was known as Rebirth, and the books carried this branding from May of 2016, to November of 2017. Their goal was to bring back the hope and optimisim that many of their books were missing. And for the most part, they accomished that. Many of their titles were praised for their writing and handling of these characters. Not all were hits, but that is to be expected when you have multiple titles.

Thats the basic history for DC Rebirth and what you'd really have to know for my reviews. So, what I'm going to do know, is actually list off what books I'll be reviewing! Exciting stuff. So, heres some ground rules to understand about these books.

1. Authors. So, sometimes there are two authors on a book. When it is like that, I'll write their names like this: (Author Name & Author Name). However, there are times when an Author switches halfway through the title. When thats the case, it'll be written like this (Author Name/Author Name.) It's a bit confusing I know, but I feel like I should specify.

2. Artists. You will not see the artists on this list because it would take way too long to list them all. I will be naming them in the actual reviews themselves. Please don't see this as me disrespecting these people, because some of these artists make these books ten times better than usual.

3. You may see some book titles listed twice. This is because that book relaunched to #1 with a new creative team, or the book had a major overhaul, usually with a brand new creative team.

4. Some books are crossovers. To give an example, the book "Batman: Night of the Monster Men" consists of issues from Batman, Detective Comics, and Nightwing. Since it contains the name Batman in the title, I will consider it a Batman book.

5. Lastly, I will be dividing these books into sub-groups. DC has their own offical groupings, but mine are different, and I think it'll be easier for reviewing purposes. I'll most likely be reviewing them by these groups.

Okay, with that out of the way, here are the groupings and the books that are listed with them.

BAT-FAMILY
Batman, probably DC's most popular character. The Dark Knight has a fair amount of titles himself, along side books that focus on characters related to him they are the following.

Batman (Tom King)
Batman: Night of the Monster Men (Tom King, James Tynion IV, & Tim Seeley)
Batman Preludes to the Wedding (Tim Seely)
Detective Comics (Jame Tynion IV/Bryan Hill/James Robinson)
Detective Comics (Peter J Tomasi)
Detective Comics #1000 (Various Authors)
All-Star Batman (Scott Synder)
Batman Beyond (Dan Jurgens)
Batwoman (Marguerite Bennett)
Catwoman (Joëlle Jones)
Nightwing (Tim Seeley/Sam Humphries/Benjamin Percy)
Nightwing (Dan Jurgens/Scott Lobdell)
Red Hood and the Outlaws (Scott Lobdell)
Red Hood: Outlaw (Scott Lobdell)

SUPERMAN FAMILY
Big Blue himself. One of the most important characters in history, Superman kickstarted the Superhero craze, and is still in comics to this day. While having less titles than Batman, he still has some in his belt. They are as follows.

Superman: Lois and Clark (Dan Jurgens)
Superman: The Final Days of Superman (Peter J Tomasi)
Superman (Peter J Tomasi & Patrick Gleason)
Action Comics (Dan Jurgens)
Superman Reborn (Peter J Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, & Dan Jurgens)
Action Comics #1000 (Various Authors)
Man of Steel (Brian Micheal Bendis)
Superman (Brian Micheal Bendis)
Action Comics (Brian Micheal Bendis)
New Super-Man (Gene Luen Yang)
Super Sons (Peter J Tomasi)
Super Sons of Tomorrow (Peter J Tomasi)
Adventures of the Super Sons (Peter J Tomasi)

JUSTICE LEAUGERS
The Justice Leauge is DC's most famous team, consiting of their hardest hitters and the most famous behind the Trinity. This grouping of titles are members of that team or characters related to them.

Auqaman (Dan Abnett)
Aquaman/Suicide Squad: Sink Atlantis (Dan Abnett & Rob Williams)
Mera: Queen of Atlantis (Dan Abnett)
Auqaman (Kelly Sue DeConnick)
Cyborg (John Semper Jr.)
The Flash (Joshua Williamson)
The Flash: Year One (Joshua Williamson)
Green Lanterns (Sam Humphries/Tim Seeley/Dan Jurgens)
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (Robert Venditi)
The Green Lantern (Grant Morrison)
Hawkman (Robert Venditi)

TEAM BOOKS
This is probably what DC is best known for besides their trinity. The team books. DC has a long history of teams that are well beloved from their comics and especially animated adaptations. For me, a team book is anything consisting of three or more members. These are the books you'll find here.

Justice Leauge (Bryan Hitch/Christopher Priest)
Justice Leauge VS. Suicide Squad (Joshua Williamson)
Justice Leauge of America (Steve Orlando)
Justice Leauge: No Justice (Scott Synder)
Justice Leauge (Scott Snyder)
Justice Leauge/Auqaman: Drowned Earth (Scott Snyder/Dan Abnett)
Justice Leauge Dark (James Tynion IV)
Wonder Woman/Justice Leauge Dark: The Witching Hour (James Tynion IV)
Justice Leauge Odyssey (Joshua Williamson/Dan Abnett)
Suicide Squad (Rob Williams)
The Terrifics (Jeff Lemire)
Teen Titans (Benjamin Percy)
Teen Titans (Adam Glass)
Titans Hunt (Dan Abnett)
Titans (Dan Abnett)
Titans: The Lazarus Contract (Dan Abnett, Benjamin Percy, & Christopher Priest)
Trinity (Francis Manupal)
Young Justice (Brian Michael Bendis)

EVERYTHING ELSE
Yeah, nothing special here, these are all the other books that don't really connect to the previous groupings listed here.

Deathstroke (Christopher Priest)
Batman vs Deathstroke (Christopher Priest)
Green Arrow (Benjamin Percy/ Julia and Shawna Benson)
The Hellblazer (Simon Oliver/ Tim Seeley)
Blue Beetle (Keith Giffen)
Naomi (Brian Micheal Bendis)
Wonder Twins (Mark Russell)

EVENTS
Last but far from least is the event books. These are larger limited series that usually shock the foundation of the universe, or shift the focus of some titles. These are the event and their tie in collections.

DC Universe Rebirth (Geoff Johns)
Batman/The Flash: The Button (Tom King & Joshua Williamson)
Action Comics: Oz Effect (Dan Jurgens)
METAL (Scott Snyder)
METAL: Dark Knights Rising (Various Authors)
METAL: The Resistence (Various Authors)
The Batman who Laughs (Scott Snyder)
Heroes in Crisis (Tom King)
Heroes in Crisis: The Price and Other Stories (Various Authors)


Alright! Now, thats a lot of books, and I'm gonna talk about them all. Thats all I have for you fine folks right now. Expect the first set of reviews next week, focusing on the first half of Tom King's Batman run. See you all then!