The first issue of DC Rebirth is here, and things are looking rather interesting for the DC universe. Spoilers will be kept to a minimum for those still wanting to have an untainted palette for the story…
For a first issue, it wasn’t too bad. It seemed at times to be repeating the same beat over and over with the focused character. This did help set up a decent climax but it did seem to be a little lagging in a couple of places. Personally I wasn’t turned off by this because of the ending, but I know many might not be keen on that element.
The story isn’t too complex in the general narrative. However, if you didn’t read Justice League #50 and Superman #52, you’ll be missing some important information in regards to setting up the whole scheme of things for DC Rebirth. Though in that respect, things weren’t too hard to catch up.
Legacy was a major element being played here throughout the issue. Mainly to the effect of a new generation being trained and taken under the wing of the established heroes of the DC pantheon. There was also the legacy of hidden truths and even lies being brought forth and how many would have to come to terms with this and figure out how to handle this problem in their own way.
One thing that I did appreciate was how this wasn’t a full reboot, like New 52, but simply added a new element to the already established story. So while this is a new beginnings of sorts for the franchise, it’s also not an attempt to wipe the slate completely clean and say “Mulligan.”
The epilogue of the first issue was also handled well. And there is a brief teaser at the greater foe to come. And I’m hoping the story stays the course, because so far I’m enjoying everything so far.