DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK1 of 14If there's anything DC Universe: Rebirth #1 delivered, it was a huge number of surprises - many of which raised as many questions as they answered, as is the nature of today’s comic book event.
The issue had a lot of readers thrilled about the return of Wally West, but there were some other pretty massive developments that occurred, not the least of which is the incorporation of the Watchmen universe into the DCU.
As we are still reeling from some of the revelations from this week's Rebirth issue by DC exec Geoff Johns, Newsarama counts down some of the biggest questions we have in the wake of the game-changing issue.
WHITHER WILDSTORM?2 of 14The splash page at the end of DC Universe: Rebirth included many fan-favorite heroes and even some we've never seen before. But there were a few familiar heroes missing, including the WildStorm characters, who had been fully integrated into the DCU during the "New 52."
Has DC abandoned the WildStorm heroes being part of the DCU? Or is that universe getting a Rebirth as well?
NOT SO BRICK WALL?3 of 14Geoff Johns has indicated that the Rebirth story breaks down what he called the "brick wall" of the "New 52." His complaint about the "New 52" seems to be that the characters no longer had the histories that made them familiar.
From Rebirth, it's clear that characters have some parts of their familiar histories again. But it's also clear that many things have changed. 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 ménage 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?
SUPERMAN DEAD?4 of 14The Superman #52 story showed the "New 52" Superman dying a heroic death, with many of his loved ones around him. Yet the Rebirth story had scenes that indicated he might be coming back — specifically the panels featuring an apparent Legion of Super-Heroes member and the post-Crisis Superman. DC has also hinted about another Clark Kent showing up in Action Comics. So … is "New 52" Clark Kent coming back from dead or not, even if his Superman identity is not?
MICROVERSE THREAT5 of 14Ryan Choi was ordered to rescue Professor Ray Palmer from the Microverse, a new realm he discovered (and in which he's now apparently trapped — needing Ryan to "fish" him out). 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? And where will this story be picked up?
(And why don’t we just get it over with and make a “Baron Karza” or "Janet Van Dyne" joke now, so you don’t have to)
LEGION LOST...AGAIN?6 of 14Someone from the Legion appears to be lost in Gotham City. In Rebirth, Capt. Maggie Sawyer is told about a disturbing prisoner who was arrested for stealing a sandwich. 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.
Most readers familiar with the Legion of Super-Heroes have guessed that this is Saturn Girl, who has telepathic powers. But if she's stuck in the present in Gotham City, why? And what role will the Legion play in upcoming stories in the DCU?
EMPTY MOBIUS CHAIR?7 of 14At the end of Justice League #50, both Metron and Owlman appear to be killed by someone (who we can now guess was 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?
WHO'S JASON?8 of 14So with Justice League #50, readers learned that Wonder Woman has a twin brother. Myrina told Wonder Woman that he "could be buried on that island," but come on… we all know that's not likely. Myrina says he's the "true chosen one," and says his name is Jason. Is he a hero? Is he a villain? Is he angry enough to kill everybody in Friday the 13th? And what is DC going to call him?
The name Wonder Man is taken, after all...
THE LITTLE DARKNESS SAGA9 of 14
Rebirth emphasizes what we learned from Justice League — that Darkseid, who died, has returned as Superwoman's baby. As Grail holds the infant, she gloats about Wonder Woman having a twin brother. When will we see baby Darkseid again? Is Grail's mention of Diana's brother Jason an indication that this Darkseid story beat will be incorporated into the new Wonder Woman title?
WHO ARE THE JSA?10 of 14
Rebirth includes 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?
Perhaps it's more likely that legacy characters will pick up their mantles. The Rebirth scene with Johnny Thunder mentions that his great-grandson is the only one who thinks Johnny isn't crazy. Could his great-grandson be named Jakeem, as in the Jakeem Thunder character who inherited Johnny's mantle pre-52? Rebirth also featured some version of Doctor Fate paying a visit to Ted Kord, meaning either an old — or the New 52 — version of Doctor Fate may be part of the team.
HOPEFUL DCU?11 of 14
Geoff Johns has indicated that he wants to return "hope" and "optimism" back to the DCU. And a fight against the darkness brought about by Watchmen might emphasize just how much DC wants the new direction. But how long will the “happy” last? Can DC maintain the hopeful, optimistic POV that they're allegedly embracing from now on, particularly with Johns, the architect of Rebirth, focused on the movies?
WHO IS MR. OZ?12 of 14
Rebirth featured the appearance of a hooded figure who told pre-52 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."
So who is Mr. Oz? What did he mean when he said the New 52 Superman and the pre-52 Superman's family are not what they seem to be?
TIME IS TICKING13 of 14
Several of the references to the Watchmen have questions attached to them. What does the watch face on the last page mean? Why is the Comedian’s button in the Batcave? Was that purely symbolic, or a clue of some kind. Could the Comedian have any connection to the Joker?
Is just one title going to handle the story of the battle with Dr. Manhattan? Or is this something the entire Rebirth slate of titles will be moving toward?
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