Be warned, there are spoilers ahead for the first issue of Rebirth.
Rebirth is DC’s latest attempt to correct all of it’s continuity problems over the past thirty something years. But in doing so, it brings several old characters back, and surprises fans in a way that is both satisfying and tantalising. When Batman sat in the Mobius Chair in Darkseid War, he was given a secret – we know now what that secret was – there are three Jokers. How is this possible? We’re not quite sure. What we do know is that one of them is The original, classic Joker, the second is The Joker from The Killing Joke, and the final Joker is the deranged newest version of The Clown Prince of Crime from The New 52.
See what we mean by combining continuity? And just to further cement that, the narrator of this issue? Wally West. Original, yellow suit wearing, ginger, Wally West. Does this mean that Wally from The New 52 is erased? Not necessarily as the pre-52 West is allowed to exist alongside his counterpart. It seems like Wally will be the one to reunite the DC Comics universe, and combine all of these continuities together. But where will it go from here? Just a word of warning though – there’s a huge spoiler below, so do not read on if you don’t want to know.
It turns out that at the end of Watchmen, when Dr Manhattan says he wants to go create some life of his own – The New 52 run of DC Comics, was indeed that life. They’ve officially brought Watchmen into continuity, comic fans. Whilst the book has always been the symbol that comics can easily be very adult, they’ve found a way to combine those brilliant, gritty characters with all the rest. And we couldn’t be happier. It looks as if Manhattan may even be a villain of sorts for the heroes. That’s certainly a dynamic we can’t wait to see them play with.
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