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It’s hard to adequately explain why I’m so enthusiastic about DC’s next big event, REBIRTH. Imagine you grew up with someone and really considered yourself pals. Heck, you think of them as family. Then high school hits. The two of you grow apart until you almost don’t recognize them anymore. I mean, you know them to see them, but they dress edgier and have this whole new attitude. You pass each other in the hall and don’t even really acknowledge them anymore. When you do finally talk, it doesn’t sound like them either.
As the story goes, you both go your separate ways. Some time later (I don’t know, let’s say 6 years later) you run into them in the shopping center and they holler from across the parking lot. A warm greeting and a handshake to hug later, your talking about old times and your old buddy seems like himself again. Time has changed you and your friend both, but he’s taken those experiences and learned from them. You feel like you’ve both come home again…and you never quite realized just how much you missed it.
So, what’s REBIRTH all about? Simply put, DC’s REBIRTH is a refocusing on what matters most… character.
Look no further than 2004’s GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH for your answers.
Like his stint on the NEW 52’s AQUAMAN, Geoff Johns took GL back to his basics. John’s knew that the key to putting the emerald ring-slinger back on top was to bring back Hal Jordan and to make the book about heroically conquering fear to fight great evil. Fans were afraid that this meant getting rid of Kyle Rayner. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Rayner was another reason why the GREEN LANTERNS were so awesome. Rayner wouldn’t be relegated to the B-team or pushed to the side, but become one of the four pillars of sector 2814’s GREEN LANTERN CORPS.
This iteration of REBIRTH, as explained by Jim Lee and Dan Didio, will also fill a void that has been felt by longtime fans…LEGACY.
All in all, DC is putting it’s money where it’s mouth is and bringing in creators both old and new. Vets like Greg Rucka (on WONDER WOMAN) and Dan Jurgens (on SUPERMAN) will be in the trenches with up and comers like Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT), Sam Humpries (STAR-LORD) Julie and Shawna Benson (from TV’s The 100) and James Tynion IV (MEMETIC, BATMAN & TMNT).
It’s an exciting time to pick up a DC book. Need more proof? Give a listen to this week’s PREVIOUSLY on CAPTAIN BLUE HEN to hear what Dave, Jason and Joe think of this new jumping off point.
DC has taken it’s lumps lately, but REBIRTH certainly feels like a step in the right direction.