Rebirth starts May 25, 2016 with a one-shot that will lead to a relaunch of all but two of DC’s current titles — Action Comics and Detective Comics will go back to their original numbers with the New52 issues added on for the count. The aftermath will result in a two-year event that’s “more of a greatest-hits situation that pulls from all eras of DC lore to build a cohesive storytelling universe (USA Today).”
DC used its time at Wondercon 2016 to talk details about its new creative teams and new titles. Rebirth so far has been a bit of a mystery, but I’m hoping this compilation of information will help fans figure out where they stand.
The first thing fans will want to do is grab an issue of Justice League #42 if they don’t have one already. Batman learns something that will be given more weight in Justice League #50.
The current Titans Hunt title also contains clues as to what will happen, and Geoff Johns said the title “will tie directly in to DC Universe Rebirth” with the new Titans title spinning “directly out of Rebirth (Newsarama).”
Various titles will get a one-shot special in June, July, and in the fall leading into new #1 issues. A good number of titles will hit racks on a bi-monthly basis, so you might want to check your pull-list against your comic book budget. All books will be $2.99 — that includes the 80-page special #1.
Keep in mind some of these may change. A report from Bleeding Cool says that, in addition to Scott Snyder’s move from Detective Comics to the newly announced All-Star Batman, Marguerite Bennette recently found out her stories were dropped for Wonder Woman with Greg Rucka now on the title. Remember the source — BC gets it right a lot of the time, but they get trolled with false information a good amount.
The DC Previews catalogue comes out April 13th, and the digital version releases early next week.
-DC Universe Rebirth (One-Shot) — May 25
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Gary Frank, Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez, and Ethan Van Sciver
-Aquaman Rebirth #1
-Batman Rebirth #1
-The Flash Rebirth #1
-Green Arrow Rebirth #1
-Green Lanterns Rebirth #1
-Superman Rebirth #1
-Titans Rebirth #1
-Wonder Woman Rebirth #1
-Aquaman #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
Aquaman wants Atlantis to join the rest of the world, but not everyone is in agreement with the plan.
Writers: Dan Abnett and Brad Walker
Art: Brad Walker, Jesus Merino, and Phil Briones
-Batman #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
Former CIA counter-terrorism agent Tom King hopes to bring his expertise to the title and continue Scott Snyder’s streak.
Writer: Tom King
Art: Peter Finch and Mikel Janin
-The Flash #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
The Speed Force gives powers to random people, and the Flash must train them. Some become heroes. Some become criminals. One becomes a killer: Godspeed.
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico and Neil Googe
-Green Arrow #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
The Green Arrow meets the Black Canary.
Writer: Ben Percy
Art: Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra
-Green Lanterns #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
The title follows the exploits of Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz.
Writer: Sam Humphries
Art: Robson Rocha and Ardian Syaf
-Superman #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
Writer: Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art: Doug Mahnke
-Wonder Woman #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
The odd-numbered issues will tell present-day stories while the even-numbered issues will tell Year One stories. Liam Sharp calls it the work of his career.
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art: Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott
-Action Comics #957 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
Lex Luthor claims the title of Superman of Metropolis. A new Clark Kent appears as well as Doomsday!
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Art: Patrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkham, and Stephen Segovia
-Detective Comics #934 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
James Tynion IVV wants to do something new — a boot camp run by Batman and Batwoman with Tim Drake (Robin), Cassandra Cain, Spoiler, and Clayface.
Writer: James Tynion IV
Art: Eddy Barrows and Alvaro Martinez
-Batgirl & The Birds of Prey Rebirth #1
-Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1
-Justice League Rebirth #1
-Nightwing Rebirth #1
-Red Hood & The Outlaws Rebirth #1
-Batgirl #1 (Ongoing)
Hope Larson’s first comic work. Batgirl leaves Burnside and travels Asia.
Writer: Hope Larson
Art: Rafael Albuquerque
-Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #1 (Ongoing)
The writers of The 100 take over the title. The Birds of Prey hunt down someone posing as the Oracle.
Writer: Julie Benson and Shawna Benson
Art: Claire Roe
-Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (Ongoing, twice monthly)
Sinestro has won the war, and Hal Jordan has to deal with the aftermath.
Writer: Robert Venditti
Art: Ethan Van Sciver and Rafa Sandoval
-Justice League #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
The two new Green Lanterns join the Justice League. Tony Daniel says the first issue will feature his most detailed artwork.
Writer: Bryan Hitch
Art: Tony Daniel and Fernando Pasarin
-Nightwing #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
The character returns to his blue and black suit and gains a new mentor in Raptor.
Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Javi Fernandez and Marcus To
-New Super-Man #1 (Ongoing)
A 17-year-old Chinese teen gains the powers of Superman.
Writer: Gene Yang
Art: Viktor Bogdanovic
-Red Hood & The Outlaws #1 (Ongoing)
Red Hood joins up with Artemis and Bizarro!
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy
-Titans #1 (Ongoing)
Writer: Dan Abnett
Art: Brett Booth
-Cyborg Rebirth #1
-Deathstroke Rebirth #1
-Harley Quinn Afterbirth #1 (Not confirmed)
-The Hellblazer Rebirth #1
-Suicide Squad Rebirth #1
-All-Star Batman (Ongoing, twice monthly)
Scott Snyder has signed an exclusive, so he’s not going anywhere. This book will feature Snyder’s favorite artists to feature Batman’s worst enemies. These will be continuity stories.
Writer: Scott Snyder
Art: John Romita Jr., Jock, Sean Gordon Murphy, Paul Pope, Afua Richardson, Tula Lotay, and more.
-Cyborg #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
Former animator John Semper explores the fine line between man and machines.
Writer: John Semper
Art: Will Conrad and Paul Pelletier
-Deathstroke #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
Christopher Priest, former Black Panther writer, brings his talents to Deathstroke.
Writer: Christopher Priest
Art: Carlo Pagulayan, Igor Vitorino, and Felipe Watanabe
-Harley Quinn #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
Amanda Conner has signed an exclusive with DC, so no more out-of-company covers. The new series will feature more guest-starring characters.
Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Art: Chad Hardin and John Timms
-The Hellblazer #1 (Ongoing)
John Constantine and Swamp Thing go on a rescue mission.
Writer: Simon Oliver
-Suicide Squad #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
Writer: Rob Williams
Art: Jim Lee and Philip Tan
-Superwoman #1 (Ongoing)
A brand new character.
Writer: Phil Jimenez
Art: Phil Jimenez and Emanuela Lupacchino
-Blue Beetle Rebirth #1
-Supergirl Rebirth #1
-Trinity Rebirth #1
-Blue Beetle #1 (Ongoing)
Jaime Reyes and mentor Ted Kord.
Writer: Keith Giffen
Art: Scott Kolins
-Justice League of America #1 (Ongoing, twice monthly)
-Super Sons #1 (Ongoing)
Superman’s son meets Batman’s son.
-Supergirl #1 (Ongoing)
Kara finds out her father Zor-El is Cyborg-Superman?!
Writer: Steve Orlando
Art: Brian Ching
-Trinity #1 (Ongoing)
Writer: Francis Manapul
Art: Francis Manapul and Clay Mann
-Batman Beyond Rebirth #1
-Teen Titans Rebirth #1
-Batman Beyond #1 (Ongoing)
The return of Terry McGuinness!
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Art: Bernard Chang
-Teen Titans #1 (Ongoing)
Damian Wayne decides he’s going to lead the Teen Titans, but no one wants him to.
Writer: Ben Percy
Art: Jonboy Meyers
-Earth 2 Rebirth #1
-Earth 2 #1 (Ongoing)
-Gotham Academy: Next Semester #1 (Ongoing)
Bleeding Cool: #DCRebirth
Comics Alliance: DC Rebirth is an ‘ongoing mission’ to get back to the essence of DC Comics
DC: DC Entertainment reveals first details of “Rebirth” to retailers at Comics Pro 2016
Newsarama: DC Rebirth – Justice League Family Creative Teams
USA Today: Exclusive: DC Comics prepares for summer ‘Rebirth’