(Re)Birth of a Nation1 of 12If there's anything DC Universe: Rebirth #1 delivered, it was a huge number of surprises, many of which opened unanswered questions.
Four months later, some of those questions have been answered, but there are still plenty of mysteries about the developments revealed when "Rebirth" was new. And readers still don't know much more today than they did in May about how the Watchmen universe got involved in the DCU.
And now there are new questions being added, as readers begin to see pieces of the puzzle with now idea how they fit together.
After sifting through the mysteries in the "Rebirth" DCU, Newsarama counts down some of the biggest questions we have in the wake of the game-changing issue.
Who Remembers What?2 of 12DC Universe: Rebirth #1 was supposed to break down what writer Geoff Johns called the "brick wall" of the "New 52." His complaint about the "New 52" was that the characters no longer had the histories that made them familiar.
Yet although some characters have part of their familiar histories again, others don't. For example, Jaime Reyes and Ray Palmer seem to have parts of their past, but Ted Kord and Ryan Choi are young and apparently new heroes again.
It's also questionable whether certain key storylines of the past even happened. Wally remembers Crisis on Infinite Earths, but the reference to Jean and Ray being divorced (and Jean still being alive) is obviously a deliberate way to say Identity Crisis did not happen. Is there some sort of hard dividing point, or is the new DCU just a subjective menage of concepts from different eras?
Or does the elimination of Identity Crisis, which was clearly one of the more serious yet "superheroes-can-be-ugly" stories from DC's past 10 years, and the reincorporation of Crisis on Infinite Earths, which was a little more innocuous, indicate that only the "darker" side of DC's past is being eliminated?
New 52 Superman and Lois Dead?3 of 12The Superman #52 story showed the "New 52" Superman dying a heroic death, with many of his loved ones around him. Soon after, Lois Lane, by then acting as Superwoman, also died in a very similar way. Yet there have been hints that these deaths aren't quite what they appeared to be. Mr. Oz said these characters were not what they seemed. Plus, there's the question of the mysterious blue handprint at "New 52" Superman's grave.
And when Lois was dying, she appeared to see "New 52" Clark somehow, and said she "understood" something. Superwoman writer Phil Jimenez has said that Lois' story is not finished. Are she and her version of Clark Kent really dead?
Under the same heading, it's worth asking, who is the unpowered Clark Kent that showed up in Adventure Comics after "New 52" Superman died? Is he a manifestation of that character? Or someone else?
Microverse — or Prison?4 of 12Ryan Choi was ordered to rescue Professor Ray Palmer from the Microverse, a new realm he discovered. But Ray warns Ryan about his journey, saying there's someone he'll meet "in the first world of the Microverse," an individual that Ray Palmer said is going to "seek him out." Who's the villain in the first world of the Microverse?
There's also the question of why Ray can't just leave? Is he a prisoner? And if so, could he be one of the two prisoners captured by Mr. Oz?
Who is Mr. Oz?5 of 12DC Universe: Rebirth #1 featured the appearance of a hooded figure who told post-Crisis Superman that he could call him "Mr. Oz." We've seen this character before. Introduced during the New 52 Superman run by Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr., Mr. Oz was a mysterious hooded figure who was watching "New 52" Superman in the time period that he discovered his Solar Flare. The first time Mr. Oz appeared, he was watching Superman fight and implied that he "taught" him in the past. Then in Superman #39, we learned that his name was Mr. Oz, as he mailed a blank book to Clark Kent, saying, "the future is unwritten, Clark, but you and your friends will see it soon enough."
Now, the character has collected Doomsday, and he's taken Tim Drake "off the playing field."
Is he Ozymandias from Watchmen, as Newsarama and other readers have theorized, or is he someone else connected to the Watchmen universe? Or is he someone completely unrelated?
In short, who is Mr. Oz?
Why Tim Drake?6 of 12When Mr. Oz captured Tim Drake in Detective Comics #940, he said to the character, "You were reconnecting threads that could not be reconnected. You're so loved, so deeply intertwined, it became crucial that we take you off the field. And that's where you are, Tim. Off the field."
In the same month, Tim Drake disappeared from the future in Batman Beyond, and Dan Jurgens confirmed to Newsarama that his disappearance was related to the imprisonment of current-day Tim by Mr. Oz. So it appears that he's not only been removed from the current-day playing "field," but the future one as well.
What threads was Tim connecting? Sure there were other characters connecting threads. Why was Tim so important?
Who are the other prisoners?7 of 12Tim Drake was shown in a prison with two other cell doors, and Tom King specifically confirmed that there are two other figures in those cells. Who are they?
A leading contender is Doomsday, who was grabbed by Mr. Oz's minions in an Action Comics story, and maybe Ray Palmer (see our "microverse" entry for more on that). But there are other characters it could be.
And of course, there's also the mysterious prisoner that Mr. Oz was speaking to in his Superman appearance — behind a giant door. Is that character one of the two prisoners shown next to Tim Drake? Or someone else?
Legion and JSA…where?8 of 12In DC Universe: Rebirth #1, someone from the Legion of Super-Heroes — most likely Saturn Girl — appeared to be lost in Gotham City. The girl is requesting an audience with Superman, and when she's told that he might be dead, she doesn't seem alarmed. She claims to have seen the future, and "everything's going to be all right." And her only possession is a Legion flight ring. Is the Legion returning? If so, where?
Rebirth also included a scene with Johnny Thunder trying to say his magic words — obviously implying that the Justice Society will somehow return. But he's almost 100 years old, and the narration talks about his team helping to end World War II. Those are some old heroes by now. Will they be de-aged? Or returned to the 1940's?
Empty Mobius chair?9 of 12At the end of Justice League #50, both Metron and Owlman appear to be killed by someone (perhaps Dr. Manhattan). But the Mobius chair in which Owlman was sitting is empty. The final page shows it sitting on the moon. Who will possess the Mobius Chair next? Will it play into the heroes defeating Dr. Manhattan?
Darkseid and 3 Jokers10 of 12Two mysteries that were developed by Geoff Johns in "Darkseid War" and DC Universe: Rebirth #1 appear to be stories that will be picked up later — the birth of Darkseid as Superwoman's baby and the discovery by Batman that there are actually three Jokers.
Recently, a planet that looked like Apokolips showed up at the end of Action Comics, and there's a Joker being revived in Batman Beyond. Are these related? Or will we see these stories picked up later?
Where are the Watchmen?11 of 12Several of the references to the Watchmen in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 have questions attached to them. If Dr. Manhattan made 10 years disappear from the timeline, created the "New 52," and maybe even killed Pandora, where is he now? Did he kill Metron and Owlman? Is he still killing?
Will Psycho Pirate's memory of previous continuity, confirmed to Newsarama by Batman writer Tom King, mean that Batman will learn about past continuities once he captures the character in the coming months?
What does the watch face on the last page of DC Universe: Rebirth #1 mean? Why did the Comedian’s button show up in the Batcave when Wally West appeared to Bruce? We've been told by various DC representatives that the story will continue over two years, but surely all these moving pieces will lead somewhere soon. And the question remains, where and when?
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