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    Review: DC Universe Rebirth #1

    Review: DC Universe Rebirth #1

    dc universe rebirth #1DC Universe Rebirth #1 comes with a bold personal guarantee from DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, “If anyone wants to check out comics, wants to check out ‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ #1 and doesn’t like it, they can mail (the comic book) to Warner Bros., to me, and I will send them a check, I literally will, for both postage and for the book. I will buy all these books back because I believe in this issue a lot. I think it’ll do very well. I hope it does well. But I seriously will, I’ll buy back this book.”

    This story is told entirely from the perspective of pre-New 52 Wally West, the third Flash. Wally has been trapped within the Speed Force since the time rupture that occurred when Barry Allen travelled back in time to save his mother from being murdered, inadvertently causing the Flashpoint event that gave birth to the New 52.

    In order for West to return to Earth, he needs to make an emotional connection with someone who remembers that he existed. He has to convince one of his old friends that there is a force at work, more powerful than Darkseid, that has robbed them all of 10 years and has rewritten reality. If West fails to make a connection and establish an emotional anchor, he will be absorbed by the Speed Force and become part of the energy that empowers future speedsters. Every attempt he makes to cross dimensional boundaries drains West physically and weakens his spirit.

    In the interest of spoiler free review, all I’ll say about the final reveal of the issue is that it’s a biggie, guaranteed to generate heat.

    I was very impressed that Johns made no apologies for the New 52. Instead, he took an opportunity to reconnect with the history and legacy of the DC universe, while acknowledging within the story plot that something has been very wrong and needs to be corrected. He’s provided us with all the setup required to get back to an era of hope and optimism that used to define the DC Universe.

    DC Universe Rebirth #1, released May 25, 2016, writer: Geoff Johns, artists: Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez, ink: Joe Prado, Matt Santorelli, color: HI-FI, Brad Anderson, Gabe Eltaeb, letters: Nick J. Napolitano.

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    New Comic Book Day — Review for DC Rebirth, Captain America: Steve Rogers, Scooby Apocalypse #1 & Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #1

    NCBD 5/25

    We’re full of new series this week for New Comic Book Day. With a little of everything. DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and our second Hanna-Barbera series. Remeber these are just a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share your thoughts on these books here or on Facebook and Twitter!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #1
    By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz

    Steve Rogers is back as Captain America! Throw the confetti and start the welcome back party! Since Kubik returned Steve’s super solider serum to him in the Avengers Stand Off Series, Cap jumps right back into action.

    With the agreement that there will be two Captain Americas now, Steve adopts his old 1940’s shield while Sam keeps the original. Jumping straight into this issue, we are confronted with the same song and dance the Captain has been dealing with since day one.

    Hydra is returning at full strength and they’re not holding back. Well, that’s just fine because Steve has the help of Jack Flag and Free Spirit. Things should be easy for him right? Nope!

    This issue plays with your emotions from the all-powerful speech Red Skull gives, to the touching back story of Captain America’s childhood. Trust me, any Captain America fan will throw this comic into another dimension after they read the last page. I almost did! This is a comic you do NOT want to miss! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    DC Universe Rebirth comics at TFAW.com

    DC Universe Rebirth #1
    By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank

    When time in the DC Universe has fractured in the past, it has caused a ripple effect throughout the Multiverse. Speedsters, usually a Flash, are a good focal point of these events as they have experience and understanding of traveling through the Multiverse.

    When the New 52 launched, it created a ripple effect in the fandom, where some people felt lost and grew to realize that some of their favorite legacy characters and relationships built over the years were simply gone. Undone by Flashpoint.

    This story follows one such lost legacy character who remembered the Post-Crisis/Pre-Flashpoint DC Universe. In a way that works intuitively and takes the reader on the journey of rediscovery. There is an event on the horizon, which is changing the Universe once again. We are beginning to understand some of what happened due to this. It could be a great jumping on point, and a point to jump back on for those who left, and especially meaningful to those who loved the tone that DC had carried for decades.

    Comics events can often come across in ways that don’t pay off, but if this is the opening salvo, I am more than willing to find myself delving deeply in to DC in ways I haven’t in years. Being an 80 page spectacular for only $2.99 is icing on the cake! There is a bigger story that is unfolding here, and I am unwilling to spoil that for any of you. Don’t miss this issue! Witness the Rebirth of the greatest characters in superhero comic books. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Scooby Apocalypse comics at TFAW.com

    Scooby Apocalypse #1
    By: Jim Lee, Howard Porter, Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Hi-Fi, Nick J Nap

    Today, DC’s second series from their re-launching of Hanna-Barbera hit’s the shelves. Scooby Apocalypse written and drawn by a large array of talented comic professionals. Including Jim Lee, Keith Griffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, and Nick J Nap.

    Like all great #1’s we get a good set up piece. We all know that Scooby and the gang have been together solving mysteries. In this series however we get HOW they came together not just solve a case, but save the world. All the personalities are still there. From Fred’s overbearing Macho-man attitude (even though he get spooked like no other *Mole people!*); Shaggy’s free love, care for his pal Scooby, and food; Daphne’s ego, and Velma’s smarts.

    This is easily the most out-there idea from the DC/Hanna-Barbera comics. It is very fluid in the way its story unfolds, and it will be interesting to see where their adventures lead. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Lobster Johnson comics at TFAW.com

    Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #1
    By: John Arcudi, Tonci Zonjic, Dave Stewart

    We last left off with our intrepid hero Lobster Johnson working a case to find a missing transient, which led him on an amazing adventure in the sewers. After he investigated a strange priest who was practicing more then religion.

    Well, he’s back again to save Midtown from a pair of monstrous, and seemingly indestructible metal men. How will he be able to stop this unrelenting menace from destroying the city and leading its trail of chaos past the streets of New York? How will an old friend factor into the plan to put an end to this insanity? You’ll have to read and find out.

    Lobster Johnson and his team are always good for a thrilling noir Lovecraftian story that makes you feel like it could almost be possible.

    Mike Mignola is one of my hands-down favorite writers, artists, and just plain creators. With this series, he continues to build more and more depth in his ever expanding world alongside John Arcudi, who has been a staple in the Mignolaverse for years. Alongside amazing art by Tonci Zonjic and longtime colorist, nine time-Eisner award winner, Dave Stewart. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

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    Batman Earth One Arrives This Summer

    Geoff Johns and Gary Frank explore Batman's origins in Batman Earth One original graphic novel Superman Earth One was a resounding success. It lit up the sales charts, and successfully pulled off a reinterpretation of a beloved character. Earlier this month, we opened the Previews Catalog to see that Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are going to tell a brand-new story–this time for Batman. We’re excited to say that Batman Earth One is now available for pre-order at TFAW, and we encourage you to pick up a copy.

    In this all-new take on the Batman mythos, Bruce Wayne is on the hunt for his parents’ killer. His target? The Mayor of Gotham City! Batman Earth One sheds new light into Bruce Wayne’s transformation into Batman and his first year as The Dark Knight. This one’s sure to be a winner.

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    Are you excited for the Johns/Frank collaboration on Batman Earth One? What did you think of Superman Earth One? Let us know below.

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