Jen and I have talked about this a bit on our podcast. We are feeling a little lost as to exactly how Rebirth is impacting all of the comics under the Rebirth label. [Red] Wally West is a huge key, Flash is another because he caused Flashpoint, and Batman is another because he found the Comedian‘s button. Wonder Woman sort of hit on it with her journey to find out the true story of her past. Superman…is just a weird piece of the puzzle. That said, there are so many more comics with the DC Universe Rebirth label than just the core Justice League players.
Neither of the Batgirl comics (Batgirl and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey) mention it at all. Nightwing barely does, but I think that’s only because of his involvement with the Titans. Green Arrow doesn’t. According to Jen, Hellblazer doesn’t either. Cyborg doesn’t. We don’t read every DC comic on the market, so we don’t know about all of them, but there are too many comics out there with this seemingly meaningless label.
Rebooting with The New 52 made sense, as Barry Allen kind of torqued up the timeline with Flashpoint. He tried to repair it as best he could, but you can’t redo a timeline without repercussions. The repercussions are thus The New 52, which included a world of Nightwing never living in Blüdhaven, Green Arrow and Black Canary are not a couple, Wally West is now black, Superman was, well…let’s not dig too far down that rabbit hole. I’m not entirely sure what Rebirth is trying to accomplish, other than the suggestion that with Flashpoint, timelines were slightly messed up.
Thanks to Batman finding the Comedian’s button in the Bat Cave, it’s strongly suggested that Dr. Manhattan had something to do with how the timelines meshed together. I suppose Rebirth refers to the birth of discovering timelines were merged. I must point out that they weren’t merged in The New 52, they were all acting happy post-Flashpoint. The DC higher-ups must have thought The New 52 was running stale, so why not shake things up with a merging of timelines thanks to the Watchmen.
I am additionally curious with how the revelation of Rebirth will change all of the Rebirth-labeled comics. Does it matter? Is it going to prep the world of DC for yet another reboot? Are we going to find a bunch of duplicates and have them battle Highlander style because there can only be one?
This is exactly why I day drink. It beats banging my head against a wall repeatedly or unsubscribing from my DC Comics. Stop reading them? Are you crazy?