Spoilers ahead for this week's DC Universe: Rebirth #1.
DC Comics has begun pulling back the curtain more on this Wednesday's DC Universe: Rebirth #1 after details of the issue were first leaked - then sent out - on Friday, and now DC Chief Creative Officer and the one-shot's writer, Geoff Johns, is talking about the events of that issue in a coordinated interview with USA Today. With this, DC released 12 new pages from DC Universe: Rebirth #1 which you can view in this album.
“It felt like there were things that had gone missing — not the characters but an overall feeling of hope and optimism,” said Johns. “There’s a sense of warmth and emotion to this universe beyond the big epic threats and continuity stuff.”
A big part of that is the return of the original Wally West, whom Johns wrote early in his career at DC.
“He has perspective that a lot of readers might have: He knows everything and he’s trying to get back to it,” said the writer/executive.
Another big return is that of Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan, originally created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons in an entirely seperate continuity from the DCU. According to Johns, Dr. Manhattan represents a "cynical view of life" and is using that to contrast with the "hope and optimism" he hopes to embue in the modern DCU titles.
“If you’re going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, you need to have someone who represents a cynical view of life and also has the ability to affect this," said Johns. "I know it’s crazy but he felt like the right character to use.”
As revealed in the issue, Dr. Manhattan interceeded in the moments between Flashpoint and the onset of the "New 52" in 2011 and essentially stole "stories and history"of those characters that repurposed them to younger and less experienced versions of themselves.
“It’s not just stories or history that was taken — it was moments where these characters connected in my mind,” said Johns, who was one of the primary architects of Flashpoint and "New 52." “Love was lost, and the ongoing mission of Rebirth is have that love return and have the characters connect again. And they’re going to have to in the face of greater threats.”
According to USA Today, the storyline started in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 will be something addressed over the course of the next two years.