To help meet the fan demand, DC Comics is issuing second printings for many of its Rebirth titles as numerous first issues have sold out within hours of hitting shelves. The announcement comes with the news that the special one-off DC Universe: Rebirth #1 will enter a third printing.
Superstar DC writer Geoff Johns kicked off this line wide title re-launch on May 25 with DC Universe: Rebirth #1, a special issue that got fans, media and comic industry professionals buzzing with its incredible storyline, all-star team of artists (Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez, Brad Anderson, Jason Wright, Joe Prado, Matt Santorelli, Gabe Etalb, and Hi-Fi) and shocking twist ending. With fan interest at an all time high, comic retailers quickly sold through the first printing. DC immediately issued a second printing of the book in a special square-bound format, and will now distribute a third printing, hitting shelves on Wednesday, June 29 at a price of $5.99.
Also arriving at local comic book stores on June 29 will be second printings of Aquaman: Rebirth #1, Batman: Rebirth #1, Detective Comics #934, Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1, Green Arrow: Rebirth #1, Superman: Rebirth #1 The Flash: Rebirth #1 and Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1. In addition, a second printing of Action Comics #957 will arrive in comic book stores a week later on Wednesday, July 6. These second printings will remain at their original price of $2.99.
Each new printing will feature the comic’s original cover art but will replace the blue curtain image with recolored Rebirth banners at the top.
It was new comic book day. What’d everyone get? What were you excited for? Sound off in comments!
While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
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Comics Alliance – Sacha Baron Cohen Will Become ‘Mandrake the Magician’ – Very interesting.
CBLDF – LGBT Comics Publisher Protests Apple Censorship – Awesome and shitty at the same time.
Colorlines – Did Marvel Whitewash Yet Another Asian-American Movie Character? – Sigh.
Around the Tubes Reviews
Comic Vine – Action Comics #957
Newsarama – Action Comics #957
Comic Vine – Aquaman: Rebirth #1
Newarama – Aquaman: Rebirth #1
Comics Alliance – Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel Chapter One
Comic Vine – Detective Comics #934
Newsarama – Detective Comics #934
CBR – The Flash: Rebirth #1
Comic Vine – The Flash: Rebirth #1
Newsarama – The Flash: Rebirth #1
Comic Attack – Think Tank: Creative Destruction #3
IGN – Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood
CBR – Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1
Comic Vine – Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1
Newsarama – Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1
Born to both the surface and the sea, Arthur Curry walks in two worlds but can find a home in neither. The King of Atlantis looks to reconcile his split heritage as he embarks on a new mission that may finally make him choose between his two paths.
I’ll admit I haven’t read a lot of Aquaman in the past. It was a character that I read here and there, but didn’t get into a whole lot other than following it for a while during the New 52. There wasn’t something that really hooked me, though I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read.
Writer Dan Abnett though has me really intrigued. In the lead up to this new direction, Abnett has described Arthur Curry as a political player and the leader of a world power. It’s an aspect that hasn’t been played up enough in my opinion, and much like Marvel’s Black Panther, it’s an aspect that really makes the character stand out. He’s a political leader with an environmental bent, and Abnett seems to be laying the groundwork for all of that iwth this issue.
Through it, Aquaman must deal with terrorists while reflecting on his role and history. We’re also introduced to the various players in our lives. Abnett is a writer whose work I’ve loved, and here he looks to have the concept of Aquaman down and is presenting things in a logical way while he sets up conflict points both external and internal. It’s a solid comic that really sets the tone of what’s to come and lays out who Aquaman is and why he differs from other superheroes.
The art by Scot Eaton and Oscar Jiménez is really solid at times. The first few pages where the water is much of the emphasis are fantastic and look really cool. From there, things get somewhat average and forgettable until the end of the comic when the villain Aquaman will be dealing with is revealed and the tone shifts a bit.
The issue is a solid one that builds off of what’s been building for the last few issues, but at the same time really sets forth what feels like a new dynamic for Aquaman. It’s a dynamic though that feels natural for the character. This is a comic to watch, and it’s one that went from some interest for me to a hell of a lot.
Story: Dan Abnett Art: Scot Eaton, Oscar Jiménez
Story: 8 Art: 7.4 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for a review
DC Entertainment adds more exclusive creative talent to their roster. Dan Abnett has gone with the company to “create comic book content solely for the company’s DC and Vertigo imprints.” In addition to writing Aquaman: Rebirth #1 and Aquaman #1 in June, Abnett will also pen Titans: Rebirth #1, continuing threads from his storyline in his current Titans Hunt miniseries. Shipping twice monthly, the Aquaman art team includes talented artists Phil Briones, Scot Eaton, Oscar Jimenez, Jesus Merino and Brad Walker, while the monthly Titans will see artist Brett Booth accompany Abnett on the book.
Aquaman continues the story of Arthur Curry, the King of Atlantis, as he seeks to reconcile his dual heritage of land and sea. A citizen of both worlds, Arthur seeks to unite Atlantis with the rest of the global community. But his plans will be thrown into chaos with the return of his arch-nemesis Black Manta, who seeks to destroy the careful balance of peace, and bring Aquaman’s world crashing down.
Titans continues story beats from Abnett’s run on Titans Hunt, with teammates Wally West, Donna Troy, Arsenal, Garth, Lilith and Nightwing all reunited after the disastrous consequences of having their memories lost. Now, with their memories intact they will attempt to reunite as a team, and stop the demon that broke them apart and is a threat to reality itself.
Abnett makes his Rebirth debut on Aquaman: Rebirth #1 (on sale June 8) and Aquaman #1 (on sale June 22).
Here’s hoping DC allows Abnett to play with their toys in space. An Abnett written series focusing on the New Gods has us drooling.