DC Comics Rebirth: Everything You Need To Know About It And The Comics Involved

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DC Comics Rebirth: Everything You Need To Know About It And The Comics Involved.

After weeks of teasing and speculation, DC Comics finally announced Rebirth at the ComicsPRO retailers conference. This relaunch will begin in proper in June with DC’s comics being relaunched with new series. But at the same time, Rebirth is more than just a relaunch. It’s also a thematic element and mission statement throughout the publisher’s line of comics.

With a relaunch of this size there’s always lots of questions and to those new to comics it can be confusing. That’s why I’ve created this DC Comics Rebirth guide to help you make sense of it all and have all the information in the one place.

This will be updated regularly when new information comes to light in order for this guide to be even more helpful. If you notice that something is missing or you have any questions not answered in this guide kindly let me know and I will update it.

What Is It?

On the surface, The DC Comics rebirth is a line-wide relaunch (not reboot) of DC Comics’ comics. Everything is going back to issue #1 (except Action Comics and Detective Comics), creating a new jumping-on-point ad signalling a new direction for the comics. It’s not just a rebirth in the sense of new #1s, but also a rebirth in the sense that DC Comics is taking the what is great about each character and concept and bringing it back to its core. Once at it’s core DC can then move these characters into new territory.

The best example, and the one use in the video below, is Green Lantern: Rebirth from more than 10 years ago. Writer Geoff Johns brought back what made the Green Lantern franchise so great and re-established classic ideas, then used them to push them into new territory with new ideas to that core. In summary, it was something classic and familiar, but at the same time regularly brought new things to the table.

With Rebirth DC Comics is taking that same approach with their storytelling.

Along with new series will be new creative teams. Many writers and artists will change comics from what they were doing previous, which should also shake-up the comics. When the creative teams are announced for each title I will add them to the guide.

Other changes coming with Rebirth include some comics changing schedule, the comics line as a whole being cheaper and two classic comics getting legacy numbering.

Is Rebirth A Reboot?

Nope.

Everything that has been published before, especially in the last 5 years has still happened. DC Comics hasn’t hit the reset button on anything, but like any relaunch there’s plenty of change.

Do I Need To Have Read Previous DC Comics To Understand It?

No, you shouldn’t have to.

While DC Comics will be taking things from the past it should be done in a way that takes what was classic or good about a concept and a character and moving it into something new. While older readers will get a kick out of seeing the older elements return, they’re used in a way which will create something new. There maybe some elements from older stories used, but if it has been well written then these will not hamper the reading experience or will be explained in a way that gets new readers up to speed.

How Much Will It Cost?

Before the Rebirth DC Comics were publishing comics at a mixture of $2.99 and $3.99 price point, but with the DC Rebirth this will all change. With the DC Rebirth all of the comics will be priced at $2.99. Unlike most publishers, DC Comics has dropped their prices which makes comics that are published twice a month more affordable and more enticing.

DC Rebirth characters by Jim Lee.

Which Comics Will Be Released Twice A Month?

In total there will be 15 comic series which will be released twice a month. Most likely this will mean every 2 weeks, except in months in which Wednesday falls in a month 5 times. (Comics are released on Wednesdays). The following comics will be released twice a month: Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lanterns, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps, Justice League, Nightwing, Cyborg, Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, Justice League America, and Suicide Squad.

Will All Comics Start With #1?

Yes and No.

As you’ll see further down, many of the comics will begin with a special Rebirth issue. These are issues that are set before issue #1 and will set the ground work for the series going forward. For example The Flash will have an issue called The Flash Rebirth #1 and then in two weeks time The Flash #1 will be released. If you think of it a bit like issue #0 then you should get the general gist.

The comics which will get a Rebirth issue are: Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lanterns, Superman, Titans, and Wonder Woman in June, Batgirl & The Birds of Prey, Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps, The Hellblazer, Justice League, Nightwing, and Red Hood and the Outlaws in July, and Batman Beyond, Blue Beetle, Cyborg, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad, Supergirl, Teen Titans, and Trinity.

The majority of these comics will have rebirth issues, while some will simply start with issue #1. This is a smaller portion of the comics involved and these are all listed below.

The major exception to this are Action Comics and Detective Comics, which are DC’s two oldest comics. These two will be renumbered to their legacy numbering which is calculated based on the number they finished on before they renumbered for The New 52, plus the 52 issues that came after that. This brings Action Comics to issue #957 and Detective Comics to issue #934.

As to why these comics are returning to their legacy numbering is because they’re the two most important and oldest comics at the publisher. Both of them have been running in some form or another since the late 1930s and debuted Superman (Action Comics) and Batman (Detective Comics).

Where Can I Find These Comics?

All of the Rebirth comics will available at all good comic book stores as well as digitally on Comixology and DC Comic Digital Store.

If you’re a fan of digital comics you can already start to pre-order some of these comics on Comixology.

How Will It Start?

The DC Rebirth kicks off with an 80-page one-shot called “DC Universe: Rebirth”. This one-shot will build the groundwork for everything that will come after in this Rebirth. In an interview with Comic Book Resources writer Geoff Johns described this one-shot as:

“…re-laying the groundwork for DC’s for the future while celebrating the past and present. It’s not about throwing anything away. It’s quite the opposite.”

This will be published before the any of the other new comics on May 25th 2016.

DC Universe Rebirth One-shot cover by Gary Frank.

DC Universe: Rebirth

Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Gary Frank and Phil Jimenez.

This will set everything up and Dc Comics have promised big things will happen in this 80-page one-shot. Like all of the other comics, this will be priced at $2.99(!).

There has been some big promises been made about this one-shot including:

  • The mysterious death of a character.
  • Characters that have been MIA for some time will return – 3 for now with others promised for the future.
  • Secrets are revealed about the DC Universe and why it is the way it is.

DC Universe: Rebirth is available from May 25th.

Additional Printings:

  • 2nd Printing: Will be available on June 8th. This will have a lightly updated cover, square binding and a price tag of $5.99.
  • 3rd printing: Available on July 6th with a brand new cover by Gary Frank.
  • 4th printing: Will be available on August 3rd with a brand new cover by Ethan Van Sciver.
  • 5th Printing: Will be available on September 23rd with a cover by Phil Jimenez.
  • DC Universe: Rebirth Collector’s Edition: A hardcover edition with lots of bonus material. Available from December 13th.

What Comics Are Involved?

These are all the titles which are part of the Rebirth line of comics. It will be updated regularly with more information and links as they become available.

Action Comics #957 cover bu Ivan Reis, Jo Prado and Sonia Oback.

Action Comics

Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Partrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkan and Stephen Segovia.

Starts: June 8th (2nd print July 6th)
Rebirth Issue: No
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month
Preview: Read Action Comics #957 Preview

As mentioned earlier Action Comics is one of two comics which is returning to legacy numbering as it’s DC Comics oldest running comic and the one that debuted Superman. This will be rebirthed at issue #957, but don’t worry you will not be required to read all previous 956 issues in order to understand it and will be a good jumping on point.

There’s a power struggle between the current Superman, Lex Luthor and the Pre-Flashpoint Superman as to who should be the protector of Metropolis, but will they be able to set their differences aside to stop a greater threat – Doomsday.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Action Comics Vol. 1: Path Of Doom (Collects Action Comics #957-962) – Available February 21st, 2017.
  • Action Comics Vol. 2 (Collects Action Comics #963-968) – Available May 30th, 2017.

Detective Comics #934 cover by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira.

Detective Comics

Written by James Tynion. Art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira.

Starts: June 8th (2nd print July 6th)
Rebirth Issue: No
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month
Preview: Read Detective Comics #934 Preview

Detective Comics is the other comic which is returning to legacy numbering as it’s one of DC Comics oldest running comic and the one that debuted Batman. This will be rebirthed at issue #934, but don’t worry you will not be required to read all previous 933 issues in order to understand it and will be a good jumping on point.

Detective Comics co-stars Batman and Batwoman as they train younger allies – including  Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain – help them against a threat to Gotham City. Someone is taking out criminals in Gotham with military precision and Batman will do anything to stop them – even team-up with Clayface?

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Detective Comics Vol. 1: The Rise of the Batmen (Collects Detective Comics #934-939) – Available February 14th, 2017.
  • Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate (Collects Detective Comics #940-945) – Available May 16th, 2017.

All Star Batman by John Rimita Jr. DC Rebirth.

All Star Batman

Written by Scott Snyder. Art by John Romita, Jock,  Declan Shalvey, Tula Lotay and Sean Murphy.

Rebirth Issue: No
All Star Batman #1:
August 10th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

Will feature stories by top artists with each story focusing on a different classic Batman villain. Each story will have a different artist, which allows to bring different ideas to the plate.

John Romita Jr will be the first artist with a Max Mad: Fury Road inspired story featuring the villain Two-Face.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • All Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy – Available April 25th, 2017.

Aquaman Rebirth cover by Brad Walker.

Aquaman

Written by Dan Abnett. Art by Brad Walker, Jesus Merino, Phil Briones, Oscar Jimenez (Aquaman: Rebirth #1 only) and Scott Eaton (Aquaman: Rebirth #1 only).

Rebirth Issue: Yes – June 8th (2nd print July 6th)
Aquaman #1:
June 22nd (2nd print July 20th)
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month
Preview: Aquaman: Rebirth #1 Preview | Aquaman #1 Preview

Aquaman is proactively trying to make Atlantis less secret and hidden away from the surface world, but there are parties on both sides who don’t like that idea. One of the many who doesn’t like this idea is classic villain Black Manta, who will do anything to sabotage this.

Aquaman’s relationship with Mera will be explored and his supporting cast will be expanded, both on land and under the sea.

For long-time readers, we’ll eventually see plot elements of the long teased Rise of the Seven Seas story which was announced more than 2 years ago.

You can find out more about this series in this interview that writer Dan Abnett did with Newsarama.

You can check out Aquaman’s new character design by Brad Walker here.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Aquaman Vol. 1: The Drowning (Collects Aquaman #1-6 and Aquaman: Rebirth #1) – Available February 21st, 2017.
  • Aquaman Vol. 2: Black Manta Rising (Collects Aquaman #7-12) – Available April 18th, 2017.

Batgirl #1 by Rafael Albuquerque. DC Rebirth.

Batgirl

Written by Hope Larson. Art by Rafael Albuquerque.

Rebirth Issue: No
Batgirl #1:
July 27th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

Barbara Gordon will be backpacking trough Asia as part of a training mission. This book seems to take the fun of the previous Batgirl run and mix it up with some more familiar heroics. Whether you’re a fan of the previous run or of what came before that there should something for every kind of Batgirl fan.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Batgirl Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside (Collects Batgirl #1-6) – Available March 28th, 2017.

Batgirl & The Birds Of Prey #1 cover by Yanick Paquette.

Batgirl & The Birds Of Prey

Written by Julie & Shawna Benson. Art by Claire Roe.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – July 20th
Batgirl & The Birds Of Prey #1:
August 17th
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month

Written by writers of CW’s The 100, Batgirl & The Birds Of Prey will star Black Canary, Huntress and Batgirl. In the first story they try to track down somone using the Oracle name to supply sensitive information to criminals.

You can see the new character designs for Huntress and Black Canary by Yanick Paquette.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Batgirl And The Birds of Prey Vol. 1: Who Is Oracle? (Collects Batgirl And The Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1 and Batgirl And The Birds of Prey #1-6) – Available April 25th, 2017.

Batman #1 cover by David Finch. DC Rebirth.

Batman

Written by Tom King. Art by David Finch and Mikel Janin.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – June 1st (2nd print June 29th, 3rd print August 3rd)
Batman #1:
June 15th
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month
Preview: Batman Rebirth #1 Preview | Batman #1 Preview

Batman has faced some tough foes before in order before in order to save the city, but what if there were a new batch of heroes which want to save Gotham from Batman? Tom King, who is ex-CIA, has mentioned that he will be using a lot of his counter-terrorism experience and personal stories as inspiration for this new Batman series. He’ll explore how Batman gets close to the darkness that he has to deal with, but making sure that it doesn’t drive him insane.

King has mentioned that he has the first years of story planned out which will be broken up into a trilogy of self-contained stories which will make up one larger story.

In the opening story there is a new, younger hero who wants to clean up the streets of Gotham, but does he see Batman as an ally or part of the problem?

In the Rebirth issue, we get a one-shot story which features the villain Calendar Man and is co-written by Tom King and Scott Snyder.

As part of this series there will be everything which is familiar with Batman, but with a few new twists including a new Batmobile and a different sidekick in Duke Thomas.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham (Collects Batman: Rebirth #1 and Batman #1-6) – Available January 17th, 2017.
  • Batman Vol. 2: I am Gotham (Collects Batman #9-15 and Annual #1) – Available April 18th, 2017.

Batman Beyond cover by Ryan Sook.

Batman Beyond

Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Bernard Chang and Ryan Sook.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – September 28th
Batman Beyond #1:
October 26th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

This future Batman series will see Terry McGuinness return to the mantle of Batman. He’s not the only returning either. The word on the street is that the original Joker is back, which has inspired Jokerz gang to wreak havoc on the city.

You can see the new character designs for this futuristic Batman by Bernard Chang.

Batwoman: Rebirth #1 cover by Steve Epting.

Batwoman

Written by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV. Art by Steve Epting.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – February 2017
Batman Beyond #1:
March 2017
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

Spinning out of a 2-issue arc of Dectective Comics called Batwoman Begins, Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, will receive her own series again. Historically, Batwoman has dealt with threats with a supernatural angle so expect to see more of that in this series. as she travels around the world on a mission set by Batman.

Blue Beetle Rebirth cover by Scott Kolins.

Blue Beetle

Written by Keith Giffen. Art by Scott Kolins.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – August 24th
Blue Beetle #1:
September 28th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

This series will star two generations of Blue Beetle – Ted Kord, the original Blue Beetle, and the current Jaime Reyes. Kord will act as a mentor to Reyes.

In the opening story Jamie Reyes encounters the mysterious and mystical Doctor Fate. Fate warns him that the scarab which gives Reyes his powers is not all that it seems. At the same time it appears that Doctor Fate is on the brink of insanity. Will he help Jaime or will become a dangerous threat?

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Blue Beetle Vol. 1: The More Things Change (Collects Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 and Blue Beetle #1-6) – Available April 25th, 2017.

Cyborg cover.

Cyborg

Written by John Semper. Art by Will Conrad and Paul Pelletier.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – September 7th
Cyborg #1:
September 21st
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month

Once a star athlete, Vic Stone caught up in a horrible accident that destroyed half his body. Luckily, his body was able to be rebuilt thanks to advance technology. Now he is Cyborg, the mist advanced hero of the DC Universe!

This series will explore Cyborg’s humanity – or what he has left of it. Is he more machine than human and how does that effect him? In order to answer that question he will have to take on an array of DC’s most high-tech threats.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Cyborg Vol. 1: The Imitation of Life (Collects Cyborg #1-6 and Cyborg: Rebirth #1) – Available February 7th, 2017.

Deathstroke Rebirth cover by ACO.

Deathstroke

Written by Christopher Priest. Art by Carlo Pagulayan, Igor Vitorino & Felipe Watanabe.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – August 3rd
Deathstroke #1:
August 24th
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month

Slade Wilson will take on a contract in worn-torn Africa in which he will be forced to take on an African dictator and a supervillain, who is is his friend. Will he mess up the contract to save his friend or go through with it?

You can checkout Deathstroke’s new character design by ACO here.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Deathstroke Vol. 1: The Professional (Collects Deathstroke #1-6 and Deathstroke: Rebirth #1) – Available March 14th, 2017.

The Flash: Rebirth #1 cover by Karl Kerschl.

The Flash

Written by Josh Williamson. Art by Camine Di Giandomenico and Neil Googe.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – June 8th (2nd print July 6th)
The Flash #1:
June 22nd (2nd print July 20th)
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month
Preview: The Flash Rebirth #1

A speed force storm has hit the city and has created a group of new speedsters. Barry Allen (The Flash) will mentor these new speedsters and while some of them will become heroes, others will become villains and one will be a killer.

DC has warned that you should not read this until you have read DC Universe: Rebirth.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes (Collects The Flash #1-8 and The Flash: Rebirth #1) – Available January 24th, 2017.
  • The Flash Vol. 2: – Available May 23rd, 2017.

Green Arrow Rebirth cover by Juan Ferreyra. DC Rebirth.

Green Arrow

Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – June 1st (2nd print June 29th, , 3rd print August 3rd)
Green Arrow #1:
June 15th
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month
Preview: Green Arrow: Rebirth Preview | Green Arrow #1 Preview

This will explore Green Arrow, the man and hero, as well as his relationship with Black Carnary. Since the start of New 52 era Green Arrow and Black Canary have never met, but they will be teaming up big time in this new series. Writer Benjamin Percy describes his take on the this series: “Green Arrow will be a politically and culturally relevant series. Expect stories that aim a broadhead into the zeitgeist, that are ripped from the headlines.”

Also, the goatee is back!

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Death and Life Of Oliver Queen (Collects Green Arrow #1-6 and Green Arrow: Rebirth #1) – Available January 31st, 2017.
  • Green Arrow Vol. 2 (Collects Green Arrow #7-12) – Available April 11th, 2017.

Green Lanterns #1 cover by Robson Rocha and Joe Prado. DC Rebirth.

Green Lanterns

Sam Humphries and Geoff Johns (Rebirth one-shot only). Art by Robson Rocha, Adrian Syaf, Ethan Van Sciver (Rebirth one-shot only) and Ed Benes (Rebirth one-shot only).

Rebirth Issue: Yes – June 1st (2nd print June 29th)
Green Lanterns #1:
June 15th
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month
Preview: Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 Preview | Green Lanterns #1 Preview

Will star rookie Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. Their first threat will be the murderous Red Lanterns.

You can check out Jessica Cruz’s new character design by Jim Lee here.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Green Lanterns Vol. 1: Rage Planet (Collects Green Lanterns #1-5 and Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1) – Available January 10th, 2017.
  • Green Lanterns Vol. 2 (Collects Green Lanterns #7-12) – Available April 11th, 2017.

Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #1 cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and Jordi Tarragona.

Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps

Written by Robert Venditti. Art by Ethan Van Sciver and Rafa Sandoval.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – July 13th
Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #1:
July 27th
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month

This Green Lantern series features the more established Green Lanterns character, such as Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner. In the opening story, called “Sinestro’s Law”, we see what happens next once Sinestro has won against the Green Lantern Corps. Will the Green Lanterns be able to stop him?

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns Corps Vol. 1: Sinestro’s Law (Collects Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns Corps #1-6 and Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns Corps: Rebirth #1) – Available February 14th, 2017.
  • Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns Corps Vol. 2 (Collects Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns Corps #7-12) – Available May 30th, 2017.

Harley Quinn #1 cover by Amanda Conner.

Harley Quinn

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Art by Chad Hardin and John Timms and others.

Rebirth Issue: No
Harley Quinn #1:
August 3rd
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month

The same Harley Quinn, but with more craziness. There has been the promise of more guest stars in the upcoming stories.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Die Laughing (Collects Harley Quinn #1-6) – Available March 21st, 2017.

The Hellblazer Rebirth cover by Moritat.

The Hellblazer

Written by Simon Oliver. Art by Moritat.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – July 20th
The Hellblazer #1:
August 24th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

John Constantine and Swamp Thing will team-up in order to save Abigail Arcane.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • The Hellblazer Vol. 1: The Poison Truth (Collects The Hellblazer #1-6) – Available May 9th, 2017.

Justice League Rebirth cover by Tony Daniel.

Justice League

Written by Bryan Hitch. Art by Tony Daniel and Fernando Pasarin.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – July 6th
Justice League #1:
July 20th
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month

The line-up will be a mixture of the familiar and new. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz will make up the team.

The first arc will be called “Extinction Machine” and will see the League take on an ancient threat that they might not be able to stop.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machine (Collects Justice League #1-5 and Justice: Rebirth #1) – Available January 24th, 2017.
  • Justice League Vol. 2: – Available May 2nd, 2017.

Justice League of America #1 cover by Ivan Reis.

Justice League of America

Written by Steve Orlando. Art by Ivan Reis.

Rebirth Issue: No – Four character-centric one-shots in January 2017 instead.
Justice League America #1:
February 2017
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month

This is the secondary Justice League series which contains an eclectic roster of characters. To kick of the series will be four one-shots based on members who will be in the team. These are:

  • The Atom
    Written by Steve Orlando. Art by Andy MacDonald.
  • Vixen
    Written by Steve Orlando and Jody Houser. Art by Jamal Campbell.
  • The Ray
    Written by Steve Orlando. Art by Stephen Bryne.
  • Killer Frost
    Written by Steve Orlando and Jody Houser. Art by Mirka Andoflo.

The series proper begins in February 2017 and will include the listed above characters along with Batman, Black Canary and Lobo.

Nightwng Rebirth cover by Javi Fernandez.

Nightwing

Written by Tim Seeley. Art by Javi Fernandez, Marcus To and Yanick Paquette (Rebirth Issue only).

Rebirth Issue: Yes – July 13th
Nightwing #1:
July 27th
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month

Dick Grayson is back as Nightwing and in the classic blue and black costume. The opening arc will be called “Better Than Batman.” Nightwing has new mentor, who challenges everything that he has ever learned from Batman.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Nightwing Vol. 1: Better Than Batman (Collects Nightwing #1-6 and Nightwing: Rebirth #1) – Available January 31st, 2017.

Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Cam Smith.

Red Hood & The Outlaws

Written by Scott Lobdell. Art by Dexter Soy.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – July 27th
Red Hood & The Outlaws #1:
August 10th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

Red Hood will be accompanied by two new partners in crime – Bizarro and Artemis – In what DC are branding the “Dark Trinity”. In the first story the trio will be infiltrating the Gotham City underworld.

You can see Red Hood’s new character design by Giuseppe Camuncoli here as well as Artemis and Bizarro’s character designs here.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Red Hood And The Outlaws Vol. 1: Dark Trinity (Collects Red Hood And The Outlaws #1-6) – Available May 2nd, 2017.

Suicide Squad: Rebirth cover by Phillip Tan.

Suicide Squad

Written by Rob Williams. Art by Jim Lee and Phillip Tan.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – August 3rd
Suicide Squad #1:
August 17th
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month

The team will include Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Rick Flagg, Katana, and Boomerang.

If you’re interested in these characters due to the movie then this is the best place to start reading!

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Suicide Squad Vol. 1: The Black Vault (Collects Suicide Squad #1-6 and Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1) – Available May 9th, 2017.

Super Sons #1 cover by Jorge Jimenez.

Super Sons

Written by Peter Tomasi. Art by Jorge Jimenez.

Rebirth Issue: No
Super Sons #1:
February 2017
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

This ongoing series stars the son of Batman, Damien Wayne, and the son of Superman, Jon, aka Robin and Superboy. This looks like it will be a fun series, full of adventure.

Originally announced as part of the 1st wave of Rebirth, Super Sons will be released as one of three comics in the 2nd wave in February 2017.

Supergirl #1 cover by Brian Ching.

Supergirl

Written by Steve Orlando. Art by Brian Ching. (Supergirl Rebirth will feature art by Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray Mccarthy)

Rebirth Issue: Yes – August 17th
Supergirl #1:
September 7th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

Supergirl is having trouble adjusting to life on Earth and would rather be back on Kryton. Her father, Cyborg Superman, gives her an offer to go back – but is it too good to be true?

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Supergirl Vol. 1: Reign of The Cyborg Super-Men (Collects Supergirl #1-6 and Supergirl: Rebirth #1) – Available April 11th, 2017.

Superman Rebirth cover by Doug Mahnke. DC Rebirth.

Superman

Written by Patrick Gleason and Pete Tomasi. Art by Patrick Gleason, Doug Manhke and Jaime Mendoza (Rebirth one-shot only).

Rebirth Issue: Yes – June 1st (2nd print June 29th, 3rd print August 3rd)
Superman #1:
June 15th (2nd print July 13th)
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month
Preview: Superman: Rebirth #1 Preview | Superman #1 Preview

This Superman series will focus on Superman and his relationship with his son and wife Lois Lane. Can he juggle having a family while when the world needs him also? Also, his son is starting to develop powers, but will Superman help him develop them or will he hid him away from the world?

You can check out Superman’s new character design by Pat Gleason here.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Superman Vol. 1: Son Of Superman (Collects Superman: Rebirth #1 and Superman #1-6) – Available January 10th, 2017.
  • Superman Vol. 2: Full House – Available April 25th, 2017.

New Super-Man #1 cover by Victor Bogdanovic.

New Super-Man

Written by Gene Yang. Art by Victor Bogdanovic.

Rebirth Issue: No
The Super-Man #1:
July 13th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

This will be a new Chinese character named Kenan Kong (find out more about the decision on the name) which will receive powers similar to Superman. This will allow for a culturally different perspective on the Superman archetype and superheroes.

You can see character designs for this New Super-Man by Victor Bogdanovic.

Superwoman #1 cover by Phil Jiminez.

Superwoman

Written by Phil Jiminez. Art by Phil Jiminez and Emanuela Lupacchino.

Rebirth Issue: No
Superwoman #1:
August 10th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

Similar to New Super-Man, this will be another individual who have recieved the powers of Superman – this time it’s Lois Lane!

Teen Titans: Rebirth #1 cover by Jonboy Meyers.

Teen Titans

Written by Ben Percy. Art by Jonboy Meyers.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – September 28th
Teen Titans #1:
October 26th
Release Schedule:
 Twice a Month

Robin Damien Wayne wants to lead the Teen Titans, but the other members do not like the idea of that at all.

Members of the team will include Damian Wayne, Kid Flash, Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven. You can see the character designs for these characters here.

Titans #1 cover by Brett Booth.

Titans

Written by Dan Abnett. Art by Brett Booth.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – June 15th (2nd print July 13th)
Titans #1:
July 27th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly
Preview: Titans: Rebirth #1

This will feature a more classic Titans line-up of Donna Troy, Arsenal, Garth, Lilith, Nightwing and a certain someone who reappeared in DC Universe: Rebirth.

DC has warned that you should not read this until you have read DC Universe: Rebirth. Plot threads from this one-shot will continue in this series and mysteries from it will be revealed throughout the stories.

You can find out more about Titans in an interview with writer Dan Abnett and Newsarama. (WARNING: There may be some spoilers for DC Universe: Rebirth)

Here are a few character designs of the team by Brett Booth, Andrew Dahouse and Javi Fernandez.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Titans Vol. 1: The Return of Wally West (Collects Titans #1-6 and Titans: Rebirth #1) – Available March 21st, 2017.

Trinity #1 cover by by Francis Manapul.

Trinity

Written by Francis Manapul. Art by Francis Manapul and Clay Mann.

Rebirth Issue: No
Trinity #1:
September 21st
Release Schedule:
 Monthly

This series will star Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman.

Wonder Woman Rebirth cover by Liam Sharp. DC Rebirth.

Wonder Woman

Written by Greg Rucka. Art by Liam Sharp, Sean Parsons (Rebirth only) and Nicola Scott.

Rebirth Issue: Yes – June 8th (2nd print July 6th)
Wonder Woman #1:
June 22ndv(2nd print July 20th)
Release Schedule:
Twice a Month
Preview: Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 Preview | Wonder Woman #1 Preview

Will feature two stories running throughout with each issue alternating timelines. One issue will feature Wonder Woman in the present (art by Liam Sharp) and the other feature a story from Wonder Woman in her early day (art by Nicola Scott) called Wonder Woman: Year One.

In the modern day story, Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth has stopped working and as she tries to figure out why it will lead her down a path of dark secrets.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources the creative team mentioned that elements that have been established in the past and present will be gelled together to be cohesive. They’re aim is to also create a series that is accessible to new readers and those who haven’t read Wonder Woman in a while.

You can check out Wonder Woman’s new character design by Tony Daniel here.

Trade Paperback Releases

  • Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies (Collects Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 and Wonder Woman  #1, #3, #5, #7, #9 and #11) – Available January 17th, 2017.
  • Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Collects Wonder Woman #2, #4, #6, #8 and #10) – Available May 9th, 2017.

Miniseries

As part of this new era of DC will be a handful of limited series. Theses are:

Six-Pack And Dogwelder Hard-Traveling Heroz #1 cover by Steve Dillon.

Six-Pack And Dogwelder Hard-Traveling Heroz

Written by Garth Ennis. Art by Russell Braun.

Rebirth Issue: No
Six-Pack And Dogwelder Hard-Traveling Heroz #1:
August 24th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly Miniseries (6 parts)

A spin-off of a spin-off, Six-Pack And Dogwelder will be traveling the road and saving the day in their own special way.

Raven #1 cover by Allison Borges.

Raven

Written by Marv Wolfman. Art by Alisson Borges.

Rebirth Issue: No
Raven #1:
September 21st
Release Schedule:
 Monthly Miniseries (6 parts)

Raven is the first miniseries of the DC Rebirth era. 6 parts in total, this will star Teen Titan Raven and is set in the before the new Rebirth series and the last Teen Titans comic.

Don’t worry if you haven’t read either of them. You’ll able to jump into this self-contained miniseries with no prior knowledge.

Trade Paperback Release: Raven (Collects Raven #1-6) – Available May 16th, 2017.

Midnighter and Apollo #1 cover by ACO.

Midnighter and Apollo

Written by Steve Orlando. Art by Fernando Blanco.

Rebirth Issue: No
Midnighter and Apollo #1:
October 5th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly Miniseries (6 parts)

Midnighter (a gay analogue of Batman) and Apollo (a gay analogue of Superman) are back to co-star in a brand new miniseries.

Deadman: Dark Mansion Of Forbidden Love #1 cover by Stephanie Hans.

Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love

Written by Sarah Vaughn. Art by Lan Medina.

Rebirth Issue: No
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1:
October 5th
Release Schedule:
 Bimonthly (3 parts)

This is a 3 part miniseries which starts DC Comics’ leading body-hopper – Deadman. This series will mix horror, romance and mystery together to form a unique series.

Interestingly, each issue will extra-sized and presented in the prestige format.

Trade Paperback Release: Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love (Collects Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1-3) – Available April 11th, 2017.

The Death of Hawkman #1 cover by Aaron Lopresti.

The Death of Hawkman

Written by Marc Andreyko. Art by Aaron Lopresti.

Rebirth Issue: No
Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time #1:
October 5th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly Miniseries (6 parts)

Hawkman and Adam Strange have teamed up on an adventure in which they must prevent an intergalactic war.

Trade Paperback Release: The Death of Hawkman (Collects The Death of Hawkman #1-6) – Available March 14th, 2017.

Vigilante: Southland #1 cover by Mitch Gerads.

Vigilante: Southland

Written by Gary Phillips. Art by Elena Casagrande.

Rebirth Issue: No
Vigilante: Southland #1:
October 26th
Release Schedule:
 Monthly Miniseries (6 parts)

Set in LA, this series follows a new version of the character Vigilante. This new character is Donny, a guy who was neither politically or socially active, who fights for what is right after tragedy hits close to him.

If you’re looking for some street level action by the writer of the Ivan Monk novel series then you’ll want to check out this miniseries.

Trade Paperback Release: Vigilante: Southland (Collects Vigilante: Southland #1-6) – Available May 2nd, 2017.

Odyssey of the Amazons #1 cover by Ryan Benjamin.

The Odyssey of the Amazons

Written by Kevin Grievioux. Art byRyan Benjamin.

Rebirth Issue: No
The Odyssey of the Amazons #1:
January 18th.
Release Schedule:
 Monthly Miniseries (6 parts)

This miniseries explores the Amazons before Wonder Woman through a group of warriors on a globe-trotting mission.

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 cover by Jason Badower.

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom

Written by Cary Bates and Greg Weisman. Art by Will Conrad.

Rebirth Issue: No
The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1:
January 4th.
Release Schedule:
 Monthly Miniseries (6 parts)

Why hasn’t Captain Atom been seen in years? Find out in this 6 part miniseries.

Crossovers

monster-men

Batman: Night of the Monster Men

You can find out more about this crossover over at the Batman: Night of the Monster Men Reading Order Checklist.

Events

Justice League vs Suicide Squad #1 cover by Jason Fabok.

Justice League Vs Suicide Squad

Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Jason Fabok.

Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #1: December 21st
Release Schedule:
 Twice a Month Miniseries (6 parts)

One-Shots

DC Rebirth Holiday Special Cover By Dustin Nguyen.

DC Rebirth Holiday Special

Creators Involved: Paul Dini, James Tynion Iv, Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala, Cullen Bunn, Tim Seeley, James Asmus, Heath Corson, K. Perkins, Robbi Rodriguez, Gustavo Duarte and others.

Celebrate the holidays with DC Comics! This will include stories featuring Batwoman, Wonder Woman, John Constantine, The Flash, Detective Chimp and others.

DC Rebirth Holiday Special is available from December 14th.

Have Your Say On The DC Rebirth

Will you be reading any of the new DC Rebirth titles? What ones are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter.

Here’s everything you need to know about DC Comics’ Rebirth in the one place. I’ll be updating this regularly.

Posted by How to Love Comics on Friday, 19 February 2016

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  • Could you possibly explain WHY they are doing Rebirth when they only recently (relatively speaking) had their DC52 books get all reinitialized from #1?

    Frankly, I’m damn confused about ‘what exists’ and ‘what happened’ and ‘who is who’. Damian al Ghul? Alive? Dead? Wally or Barry? Batwoman still around? Batgirl was Cassandra Cain…its all rather tiring…

  • Hey, thanks for this great compilation. I totally skipped the New 52 series and I’m jumping onto the Rebith without a net. Maybe you have already answered this, but which are your favorite “rebiths” of this series so far? Thanks!

    • I’m really behind on my DC reading at the moment, but I have been enjoying Batman, All Star Batman, Wonder Woman and the Flash.

  • Awesome page! I’ve been looking everywhere for an in depth layout of the rebirth series.
    In regards to Earth 2: Society and Gothem Academy, I found a source on Wikipedia stating that they will no longer be apart of the rebirth series, instead as continuations of their New 52 titles’…if possible, can you confirm this?

    Here is the DC Rebirth Wikipedia extract:
    ‘Additionally, two titles part of the initial announcement in February, Gotham Academy: Second Semester and Earth 2,[2] were revealed to no longer be considered Rebirth titles, instead acting as continuations of their New 52 titles, Gotham Academy and Earth 2: Society, respectively.[5] Regarding the decision to focus on fewer titles, with some shipping twice-monthly, DiDio said, “What we did was eliminate some of the lower ranked titles, and we’re trying to incorporate those ideas into the main books themselves, because we feel that makes the main books stronger” adding, “we look at things like… Gotham by Midnight. And I loved Gotham by Midnight, but it never got the sampling that a Batman book would. But if we did that Gotham by Midnight story and integrated it into the Batman series that was shipping twice monthly, there was a better chance for people to see those characters, get excited by those characters, and more importantly, if we ever decided to thin them out, maybe we’d have a stronger audience and a better chance for series like that to succeed.” DiDio also revealed that DC had breaks in the schedule “where we’ll decide whether or not a double-ship is working” and potentially change it to monthly status. “We’re going to be examining that on a regular basis,” he added. “We’re not going to keep book double-shipping if we don’t think the demand is there.”[4]’

    Here is the DC Rebirth Wiki Page Link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DC_Rebirth

  • Trever, I’ve been wanting to start reading Blue Beetle for a while now. Would the rebirth series be a good place to start?

  • Hi Trevor
    I’m a Batman fan but never been a comic reader, As a father now I want to be a comic reader, Which series do you think I should purchase? Im looking at the following.
    Batman
    Batgirl Birds of Prey
    Batgirl
    Nightwing
    Harley Quinn
    Suicide Squad
    Should I be think about others as a beginner? DetectiveComics?All Star Batman? Justice League?
    Thanks

    • Hey Michael, it’s really cool to hear that you’re interested in getting into comics! You should be able easily jump into any of these series without too much prior knowledge. I’ve been reading Batman and it’s awesome so far. Some of the others haven’t started yet or I haven’t read so I can’t talk about the quality but they will be new reader friendly and should be worth checking out if you’re interested in the characters.

      Detective Comics is worth checking out too if you’re interested in the extended Bat-family of characters and from what I have heard has been quite good. All-Star Batman looks like it will be a great read. Writer Scott Snyder has a fantastic track record with Batman and has a bunch of fantastic artists working with him.

      My suggestion would be to pick up the ones that grab your interest the most and if you like them continue reading them. If you don’t dig them then there’s always a new series to try in the coming months.

      I hope that helps!

  • Hi Trevor, so just a few questions for you man!

    This is confusing for a newbie like me to wrap my head around I want to collect “Just” The Justice League Rebirth and Batman Rebirth.

    So let me get this right about “DC Rebirth”.

    DC started things off first with a “DC Universe Rebirth #1”
    laying the foundation or groundwork for each character, Batman, Supes, Wonder-woman etc. than after the “Rebirth” each character will have their own individual run or series?

    Than after the ” Rebirth” DC has started each character or each series after “Rebirth #1 like Batman, Superman, Wonder-woman, green lantern etc etc.

    So what I am getting at is like DC Universe Rebirth is number 0 (or #1 in this case) than each chapter like Batman rebirth will start with start at 1 and than go from there?

    Each character like Batman will it be “DC Universe Rebirth #1”
    than Batman Rebirth # 1
    than Batman Rebirth # 2
    than Batman Rebirth # 3

    Will each comic with it be title “Rebirth” Batman Rebirth # 1, Batman Rebirth # 2 and so on. or will it just be Batman # 1, Batman # 2?

    I don’t know if i should mention it here because this is a DC need to know. But the Marvel comics weren’t this hard to figure out…. Hey I like both DC and Marvel. Its about time DC jumped on the BOAT!!

    • Hey Ethan, great question. Start with DC Universe: Birth. This is one-shot covers the whole line hinting at future stories and things which will cover the entire line in the future. After that you can pick any series which appeals to you. For instance if Batman grabs your interest read Batman: Rebirth #1 and then Batman #1, #2 and so on. The Rebirth specials act a bit like an #0 issue or in TV terms a bit like a pilot episode. They introduce people to characters and concepts and hint at stories kicking off in #1.

      • Ok I get it now. I get how DC Universe Rebirth is the starting point than the “Rebirth” of a character than the actual run. I think got now now and how DC is running with the ball now.
        So it would go the same way with The Justice League and any other DC character?

        DC Universe Rebirth #1
        Justice League Rebirth #1
        Justice League # 1
        Justice League # 2

      • That’s correct! The same goes for Justice League too. Just keep in mind there are a few titles that don’t have a Rebirth issue (you’ll see if they have one or not in the listing above) and you can start that particular series with issue #1.)

  • Hello, been meaning to get into Green Lantern for a while. Can I do so from this? I’m interested in the one with Hal Jordan etc. Do I need to read anything beforehand?

    Thank you.

    • Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is a great place to start reading. You shouldn’t be required to read anything else beforehand.

  • I’ve bought the one shot DC rebirth Issue, Batman Rebirth, Superman Rebirth..but im still so confused about the running order….e.g. I’ve got two Batman rebirth and they both say #1 so which one comes first… Im guessing one is sort of a prequel to the new DCU.

    could you please explain a rough running order and also where exactly after the New52 does rebirth start?

    • Hey Asfand, start with DC Universe: Rebirth one-shot, then pick up any series that interests you. For series like Batman, start with Batman: Rebirth #1 and the Batman #1. Each series has their own stories going on so it is not essential to read everything to understand what’s going on. So just read the stories you are enjoying or appeal to you.

      If they both have the exact same title on them you might’ve picked up the regular cover and a variant by mistake. Have a look in the inside and see if the artwork is different. If it is then the cover with Batman very close up is the Rebirth issue.

      In most cases Rebith starts are issue #52 of most New 52 series.

  • Will there be common threads running though the entire rebirth or will they all be separate stories? Will Action Comics cross over with Superman? How about Detective Comics and Batman? And will these stories crossover with Justice League?

    • Hi Eric, great question.

      Each title will be telling it’s own story but I believe that they will be aware of each title. Batman and Superman will focus on the main character while Action Comics and Detective Comics will have an extended cast. Each story should be aware of the other, but shouldn’t be essential to read one or the other. The same should go with Justice League. I know Batman and Detective Comics will be involved in a 6-part crossover with Nightwing in September and I can assume the Superman titles will do something similar eventually.

  • Looking forward to this whole Rebirth thing….only gonna get the main character issues though (Batman, Superman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman)

  • all i want to know is…Where is Kaldur’ahm? he was introduced in the comics shortly before the new 52 and there have been multiple people who have said they would reintroduce him but it hasn’t happened as far as i know. but now Garth is getting introduced? no offense to people who like Garth but I considered Kaldur’ahm to be a much more interesting Aqualad than Garth ever was.

  • Wonder if the 80-page Rebirth one-shot will be $2.99? Would be kind of funny to have the first comic in the “new strict $3 price line!” to be more. I understand that’s probably not very realistic for 80 pages, but I’m not really trying to pay $8 for a comic either (I see you Legends of Tomorrow comic!).

    • I’ve heard that it will be, but since DC haven’t released the solicitation yet so it could be any price.

  • Yes yes yes! Blue Beetle is coming back! I was so bummed when his series was cancelled at issue 16 but hopefully he’ll get a longer run with Rebirth.

    Also looking forward to the new Suicide Squad line as the movie looks awesome and I kind of stopped buying New Suicide Squad for a few weeks after issue 7 due to other things going….

    I’m also glad Batman will be getting a new writer. Scott Snyder was OK but I didn’t really enjoy a lot of what he did with the title. Joker not having a face was just edgy for the sake of edgy IMO and while I was looking forward to the Riddler arch I was honestly a bit underwhelmed by it at the end. I did enjoy his take on Bruce Wayne’s origin story though.

    Looking forward to June! It’s gonna be one hell of a summer 🙂

  • So bummed about this Trevor. I became a comic book reader when the New 52 started and I’m annoyed that it is all resetting to #1. I understand that with the influx of the movies coming out soon it is a smart move, but I wish they kept some of the successful series of the New 52 on-going.

    I will likely cut my monthly pickings quite a bit, just as I did with Marvel after their tumultuous Secret Wars mishap.

    • The cycle…it is complete. having to deal with resets and reboots and reimaginings is all part of being a comic book fan. longtime readers reacted to the new 52 the same way you’re reacting to rebirth. but clearly you liked the new 52 and i’ll bet it’s due at least in part to the fact that it was designed to appeal to new readers. don’t begrudge more new readers that same chance. this seems like it won’t be as big of a shift as the new 52 was anyway.

      • Being a comic book fan…yah, it certainly means dealing with reboots and rebirths and ‘all new’ and other hype…and its also a damned good reason to choose to get OFF the merry go round, as well.

        Having been a fairly regular fan since childhood, avidly since 1966, I’ve been through all the ups and downs, rebirth, restarts, false starts, and engineering done by the publishers to foment interest and to keep their characters alive and meaningful.

        I think they are trying…but they are not succeeding. I’m lost, feel like I’m kinda thrown under the bus, and they don’t care for the older fans. And its probably true–and I don’t even blame them. But I’m largely done with them…and while superheroes have generally turned to piss poor examples of themselves, Image continues to challenge and excite the medium. I’m sure there are others…