DC’s Rebirth Series Puts the Fun Back into Comic Books

I’ve always been a Marvel guy . . . except when it comes to Batman, who has (without a doubt) the best and most psychologically complex villains.

But Marvel had better beware! DC is coming up fast and furious! Both on television (Supergirl, Flash, Gotham) and now in comic books with the fun and highly enjoyable Rebirth series, DC is doing a lot of things right. While Marvel’s Civil War II comic-book series seems to be dying out with little fanfare, DC Universe Rebirth is getting off to a soaring start.

Consider: Rebirth titles are only $2.99 each and come out bi-monthly to keep momentum going strong, whereas many Marvel comics such as Civil War II are $3.99 or more. Advantage DC!

The Rebirth variant covers really stand out as superb works of comic art, and once you dive into a title it’s an enjoyable read. After my latest journey to my local comic-book store, I picked a few titles that looked intriguing. Although Superman has never been one of my favorites, I figured I’d give the Man of Steel a chance . . . especially since talented Minnesota writer/artist Dan Jurgens is scribing Action Comics.

The cover of Action Comics #965, featuring Lois Lane

The cover of Action Comics #965. Courtesy of DC Entertainment

Jurgens never fails to provide readers with entertaining stories and right away in issues #963–965 he gets fans wondering about the mystery of an assumed imposter (?) Clark Kent and a new Lois Lane. As Action Comics gets closer to its landmark 1,000th issue, I’m sure Jurgens will take readers though many twists and turns.

While Jurgens is certainly talented enough to both write and draw the series, the impressive artwork so far has been provided by Patrick “Patch” Zircher and Stephen Segovia. Both of them have done a dead-on job of depicting the classic Superman characters and supporting cast. DC has picked a great crop of artists for the Rebirth series, which is a major reason for its early success.

Next I picked up the first two issues of Supergirl and wasn’t disappointed there as well. Is Kara’s father, Zor-El, still alive? Or is he just a robot version of his former self, created by Braniac? And what of Kara’s mother? Finally, will Supergirl get to return to Argo City?

The cover of Supergirl #1, featuring the title character

The cover of Supergirl #1. Courtesy of DC Entertainment

The first two issues are off to a strong start. Writer Steve Orlando is proving himself a solid scribe so far. The artwork to issues #1 and 2 is quite different, though. I prefer the style of artist Emanuela Lupacchino in issue #1. Kara/Supergirl looks gorgeous, confident, and powerful, as she should. And the two-page spread where Supergirl breaks out in full force—all I can say is wow!

For whatever reason, there was a change in artists in #2. Brian Ching takes over the drawing duties, and his art is more “cartoony” than the other more realistic artists, although it’s still effective in its own way. No complaints so far. I can’t wait to see how this series progresses, especially since I love the Supergirl TV series starring Melissa Benoist.

On the subject of “girl power,” I also grabbed a copy of Superwoman #3. Did you know that Lana Lang is now Superwoman? And wait until you see what happens to Lena Luthor as she ascends to power. These powerful women of DC rock!

The cover of Superwoman #3, featuring Lana Lang as Superwoman

The cover of Superwoman #3. Courtesy of DC Entertainment

Artist Emanuela Lupacchino moves over to Superwoman with fantastic results. She is one of the best new artists to come around in years, and DC is lucky to have her (check out the variant cover to Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1). Writer Phil Jimenez scripted Superwoman #3 and spins an interesting and engaging story with a gripping ending that is sure to bring fans back.

One thing is sure: they’ve got this longtime fan collecting comic books again, and that’s not an easy thing to accomplish. DC has managed to put the fun and wonder back into comics with Rebirth. The great thing about this series is that, by rebooting the most popular titles and characters and starting at number one, it makes it easy for new readers to get right into a new story line without being confused and wondering about what has happened in years past.

At $2.99, fans should give DC’s Rebirth a chance. Pick out a favorite title and see what you think. Like me, you just might become hooked again as a comics reader.

The cover of Rebirth #1, featuring the Justice League

The cover of Rebirth #1. Courtesy of DC Entertainment

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