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In an interview posted on CBR DC Comic’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns announced ‘Rebirth’ and outlined what it means for their line of comics. Focussing on bringing back a sense of legacy to DC’s comics, as Johns is credited with doing in his runs on The Flash and Green Lantern, it aims to resotre familiar elements to the DC Universe that fans have missed since the inception of the Nw 52 era.

Starting in May with ‘DC Universe Rebirth’ #1, an 80 page bumper issue written by Johns which will result in him leaving Justice League as of issue #51, the initiative will see some of the company’s core titles move to a twice-monthly schedule. Action Comics and Detective Comics are two titles confirmed to be amongst those that will be double shipped and will also return to their pre-New 52 numbering at #957 and #934 respectively . ALL comics set in the DC Universe will be $2.99 as part of the Rebirth initiative.

Check out Geoff Johns announcement video below:

Geoff Johns says in the video The whole point of ‘Rebirth,’ for all of us, is to get back to the essence of the characters. In the ‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ special, the very first couple lines in it sum up what this is to me. There’s a picture of the world, and the mysterious narrator says, ‘I love this world, but there’s something missing.” This echoes Johns feelings that DC’s books have lost a sense of legacy.”

Speaking of how Rebirth came about, Johns also goes on to say:

He says Jim Lee and Dan Didio “wanted to end things at #52, and work build back to a shared universe and big stories. They wanted to take another look at everything. Dan mentioned the word “Rebirth” to me. I said, look, that word’s incredibly important to me — I feel some pride and ownership of that word. I said it means something extremely specific in my mind, so if we’re going to do something with Rebirth, it’s important to me to understand what that means. And like everyone else, I’m skeptical of relaunches. So it had to be something that everyone put everything they had into it. That was special. That had a reason. And “Rebirth” to me is a reason. It’s beyond the back-to-basics approach. It’s not just going back to square one. It’s much, much more than something that simplistic. We all need to do our best to get this right and everyone has come together to create a cohesive universe and terrific stories that work individually as well as together. We’re also doing it by building on everything that’s been published since Action Comics #1 up through The New 52. The DC Universe: Rebirth #1 is an 80 page one-shot I’m writing which is re-laying the groundwork for DC’s for the future while celebrating the past and present. It’s not about throwing anything away. It’s quite the opposite.”

Here’s the full line of newly announced titles for the ‘Rebirth’ with creative teams to be announced at Wonder Con on Saturday March 26th. All will be $2.99 an issue, including the 80 page ‘DC Universe Rebirth #1’:

June:

Rebirth Specials:

  • AQUAMAN REBIRTH #1
  • BATMAN REBIRTH #1
  • THE FLASH REBIRTH #1
  • GREEN ARROW REBIRTH #1
  • GREEN LANTERNS REBIRTH #1
  • SUPERMAN REBIRTH #1
  • TITANS REBIRTH #1
  • WONDER WOMAN REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):

  • AQUAMAN #1
  • BATMAN #1
  • THE FLASH #1
  • GREEN ARROW #1
  • GREEN LANTERNS #1
  • SUPERMAN #1
  • WONDER WOMAN #1

New Issues (Shipping twice monthly):

  • ACTION COMICS #957
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #934

July

Rebirth Specials:

  • BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY REBIRTH #1
  • HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS REBIRTH #1
  • THE HELLBLAZER REBIRTH #1
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH #1
  • NIGHTWING REBIRTH #1
  • RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):

  • HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
  • NIGHTWING #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping monthly):

  • BATGIRL #1
  • BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY #1
  • THE HELLBLAZER #1
  • RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS #1
  • THE SUPER-MAN #1
  • TITANS #1

Fall

Rebirth Specials:

  • BATMAN BEYOND REBIRTH #1
  • BLUE BEETLE REBIRTH #1
  • CYBORG REBIRTH #1
  • DEATHSTROKE REBIRTH #1
  • EARTH 2 REBIRTH #1
  • SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH #1
  • SUPERGIRL REBIRTH #1
  • TEEN TITANS REBIRTH #1
  • TRINITY REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):

  • CYBORG #1
  • DEATHSTROKE #1
  • HARLEY QUINN #1
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #1
  • SUICIDE SQUAD #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping monthly):

  • BATMAN BEYOND #1
  • BLUE BEETLE #1
  • EARTH 2 #1
  • GOTHAM ACADEMY: NEXT SEMESTER #1
  • SUPERGIRL #1
  • SUPERWOMAN #1
  • SUPER SONS #1
  • TEEN TITANS #1
  • TRINITY #1

Which of these new titles takes your fancy? Let us know in the comments!

 

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