Tim Drake wasn't the only DC character seemingly taken off the Rebirth grid this week. While Red Robin was apparently killed and is now thought dead by his Bat-family, readers learned he was in fact whisked off to some unknown location (although we have some thoughts on that here) as a prisoner of the mysterious Rebirth behind-the-scenes manipulator Mr. Oz.
George ‘Digger’ Harkness, a.k.a. Boomerang, seemingly wasn't so lucky, however. As Amanda Waller's Task Force X run unwittingly into a Phantom Zone projector in this week’s Suicide Squad #2, Digger apparently helps unleash Superman foe General Zod from the Zone, and gets blasted into oblivion for his trouble, with only his boots remaining after the blast.
But there was no surprise last sequence reprieve for Boomerang. No series of panels where it was revealed he too wasn’t really dead. despite an arguably similar 'death' to Tim's. He did, however, appear as the subject of that issue's back-up story, with the Grim Reaper adorning the story's final panel.
His demise seems more definitive then, with DC themselves even highlighting his apparent death on their own website, writing, “Boomerang is down, and his murderer is free’d! (sic)”
So he as murdered, right? Pretty cut-and-dried, no?
Well, hold on a minute...
Just a little more than two weeks ago, DC also announced an upcoming Justice League vs. Suicide Squad Rebirth crossover event. In their announcement, the industry’s currently #1 publisher also said this:
“Longtime enemies such as Batman and Deadshot, the Flash and Boomerang, and Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn will have to put aside their differences when an evil threat once thought lost to the DC Universe makes their return.”
So which is it, DC? Was Boomerang really blowed up real good, or will he and Barry be teaming up to face this evil threat starting in December … and while we’re at it, is the evil threat Zod?
Remember, DC said Justice League vs. Suicide Squad "will reintroduce a supervillain that hasn't been seen for some time" according to Diamond. In their own description DC seemingly refers to the villain as “an evil threat once thought lost to the DC Universe.”
DC declined to comment on what seems to be conflicting info about the ultimate fate of Boomerang when asked Friday afternoon.
What do you readers think? Is he really dead, or another prisoner of Mr. Oz?