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Subj: Re: DC Rebirth - Return of the Lost...
Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 at 08:27:44 pm BST (Viewed 501 times)
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They kept the secret amazingly well, if I get some time this weekend I shall rather like to talk more about Rebirth as it was not quite as appalling as I had feared. I disagree with much of its underlying mechanics but I will give full credit to Geoff Johns as It's strength for me lay in some fine heartfelt introspection and confession over the decline of the DCU in recent years and the erosion of so much of what made these characters appealing historically.
Returning Wally West was a decision I saw little reason for given Barry Allen's entrenchment these last five years, but Johns impressed by essentially devoting this books content and narrative to reintroducing him, and doing so in an emotional manner that only a die-in-the-wool pessimist could dismiss as wasteful pagecount.

So Wally returns to active service. Do we need him in the DCU today? No. But in a sense the revival of the original Titans by Dan Abnett means he at least has a home and is among friends and fellow orphans... in a real sense he has indeed come home. And the return of the Legacy tradition to the DCU forms an interesting subject in itself - it does appear that in as much as anything Rebirth is the manifest admittal that the 2011 rebooting and subsequent five years of aimless blundering have been not just a mistaae, but incredibly damaging. I posit then that what we have here is 70 pages of admittal of failure... and a publisher with little or no idea how to repair its self inflicted damage.

Someone suggested to me that this is all going to lead to another Crisis, and THEN there'll be a full reboot, the results (hopefully) being something far more like the pre-Flashpoint timeline, only with no excess baggage from the nu52 like we'll continue having now.

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