From the Answer-Man’s Secret Lair
Just so you know, this is going to be my short spoiler free version. I will break out the Mobius Chair and go through it in a bit more detail when I feel better. Now onto some Good News from DC Comics.
Rebirth’s the first time DC has put a big smile on my face in years!
Won’t spoil anything for anyone but my first impressions without doing more than a cursory sweep of my Mobius Chair’s memory archive is Rebirth corrects most of the things you hated about the DC Universe in New 52.
Rebirth attempts to recover, reconcile or reverse decisions DC may have regretted making in their last couple of soft boots. Things that were later considered to be really bad ideas or ideas that were badly implemented and in need of retooling.
Lots of new faces, a touch of diversity (not nearly as much as I would like) but I guess we have to start somewhere. A couple of faces have reappeared which means there is always a chance for something new to happen.
A note: Nothing from Milestone’s Dakotaverse showed up, so this might mean the Rebirth may have released them from the mainstream DC Earth (no idea of parallel Earths still or will exist — They’d better…cause I won’t be happy if they don’t — See: Val Zod.)
Otherwise, it was a promising issue, showing all kinds of shoutouts to the previous DC Universes, and hints to the true nature of this one. No useful facts can be determined at this time, but LOTS of conjecture can be made.
If you have been like me and generally disappointed in the DC Universe (and honestly, who hasn’t) Rebirth is a good enough place to step into what promises to be at least a very good place for their writers to begin.
In an ideal world what we can hope is this hard reboot of the DC Universe will last longer than the New 52 and creates new readers of DC’s work rather than alienating yet another generation before the monkey presses the button.
I will revisit this in greater, more spoilery detail in a later post. Stay tuned!
Mutters to himself: This will be the third universal upgrade to the Mobius Chair’s Universal Matrix in twenty years. Is this thing still under warranty? Maybe I need to call for help…
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Thaddeus Howze is a writer, essayist, author and professional storyteller for mysterious beings who exist in non-Euclidean realms beyond our understanding. Since they insist on constant entertainment and can’t subscribe to cable, Thaddeus writes a variety of forms of speculative fiction to appease their hunger for new entertainment.
Thaddeus’ speculative fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies: Awesome Allshorts: Last Days and Lost Ways (Australia, 2014), The Future is Short(2014), Visions of Leaving Earth (2014), Mothership: Tales of Afrofuturism and Beyond (2014), Genesis Science Fiction (2013), Scraps (UK, 2012), and Possibilities (2012).