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Subj: Re: DC Rebirth - Return of the Lost...
Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 at 10:51:31 pm BST (Viewed 493 times)
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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.

I feel another Reboot is a near certainty. The irony, and painful paradox, of this is that both Dan Didio and Geoff Johns have indicated their full awareness that yet another reboot would not be tolerated by the readership, and the company's reputation would run the real risk of being ever more brittle - you cannot keep rebooting your entire line with this frequency, and this continued lack of thought and care.

For me Rebirth presents more problems than it addresses. One of my concerns being the utter lack of any original ideas or characters put forth. Just like much else of Geoff Johns' work of this nature everyone involved in the plot is recycled, familiar. There is nothing new here. And given the amount of old continuity and characters this book looks at that lack of fresh ideas being injected is worrying for the future of this publisher.
Still, what ingredients Geoff Johns does use are quite well seeded. The intriguing Justice Society mystery, the three Jokers, Aquaman proposing to Mera in a wonderfully romantic moment scarely seen in the modern DCU. I did find it odd and convenient that Wally West did not find himself immediately drawn to Clark White/Superman (and therefore a valid tether) but Barry Allen being his saviour was the right choice and the logical one. I can well believe that Barry's inexplicable realisation as to Wally was due to his own subliminally remembered fate at the end of the Crisis and years spent in the Speedforce himself, but take the logic of the scene further and Barry would surely now be all too aware he was a married man and his life used to be very different. It makes for an extra layer of unnecessary baggage. But on the other hand I do appreciate the idea that these heroes might now be aware of their past lives and remember the heitage and experiences that created their strength of characters and made them the best of the best...

In the end Rebirth was a fine tale concerning loss and loneliness, of love and the real possibility of characters growing and evolving in a convincing and meaningful manner. Whether this narrative momentum will be maintained with Geoff Johns' temporary sabattical I am doubtful over however.