Thought Process on DC Rebirth Rumors: The Slow News Day Made Interesting

DC Rebirth Image

DC Rebirth, you’ve heard about it, I’ve heard about it, and if you’ve even wandered in comics internet at all, you know something about it. The DC Rebirth rumors appearing on Bleeding Cool since late January, it’s been a topic of conversation. Today on February 2nd, 2016 on Bleeding Cool as it has been all day DC Rebirth rumors all the time. It must be a slow news day as even Comic Book Resources reported on the BC Rumors. Normally I would wait for official confirmation. Yet when CBR is reporting on the rumors, I feel why the heck not say something on it. It’s on my mind, it is on your mind, and let’s have ourselves a good old DC Rebirth jamboree of conversation. I want to process this, you want to process this craziness. As always as you read this, this is all rumors. Every single last bit of this are rumors. The only confirmation is from DC themselves with that Rebirth image. Outside of that we know little else. It’s fun to speculate on these things but Bleeding Cool is a rumor site, so take it as you will. Anyway, on to my Thought Process on the DC Rebirth rumors as by golly miss molly I got a lot to say on this.

First off, the one big shiny rumor out of this that something within Batman V Superman is part of this Rebirth is fascinating. According to this rumor it says that there’s a plot point within Batman V Superman that no one working on any of the new comics or in editorial know a thing about. Oh man alive this is going to be fascinating if proven true. As the rumor was that the line is going to have a Movies and Television focus to it then this sort of thing makes a certain amount of sense. We are nearing the date of the release of this film fast and by the way keep your spoiler radars on full alert, this will probably end up a spoiler before release. I can easily see it happen as this concerns a comic event and if this is part of it, someone is going to spoil that sucker on overdrive. Boy the curiosity of comic fans got even more piqued or horrified depending on your view of Batman V Superman thanks to this rumor huh?

Now we even have creative team rumors coming out of this, Tom King possibly writing Batman on a bi-weekly basis with Peter Tomasi taking over Superman on a bi-weekly basis. Now also on the actual article Rich made a potential whoops and put bi-monthly but I’m thinking he meant bi-weekly as he has in the title of the article. I like both writers and if it is true then the books will be in good hands with them at the helm of both series. The bi-weekly is going to be tough haul either way but both writers are good hands, now we’ll see who they get on art but at least writing wise we’re in good shape if the rumors are proven true. Of course these are only two names we know so far and again we are in the lovely land of Rumorville.

Then we get into the whole “Rebirth” book release before the release of the relaunched titles with a #1 to follow the release. With of course Batman potentially having a #1 release in June. I mean, bi-weekly wonderland sure but a “Rebirth” book would be better say in the concept of a pre-release book talking about DC’s new concept. I have no idea how this one is going to play out either way. I know again, we’re in rumor land but I hope this is plotted out better than what I’m reading from the rumor mill.  I hope it is used more for a select few books if they go that route with this rumor of a “Rebirth” issue to lead into the #1. I think the idea of a “Rebirth” in this DC Rebirth initiative would be better as a free pre-release book but I have no idea how this will play out so we shall have to see. Oh lordy, these rumors are fascinating but also annoying in what little we really get from them.

Justice League DC Comics

Of course there are new series rumors, a Teen Titans with Damian as the leader, a Titans series, a book called The Super Man, Man of Steel, New Green Lantern, and Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps, and a Justice Society of America book. Add in the rumor that we could get a book centering around the Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman coming after the Rebirth, I’m curious. Of course then you have all the rumored cancellations of Starfire, Grayson, Black Canary, Batman/Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman, Midnighter,  and Doctor Fate. With Starfire possibly in Titans, Grayson back to Nightwing, and Black Canary in a Birds of Prey book. I’m not shocked by this as this seems like a way to get everything to a slate of stuff that’s either in development for TV or a possible movie deal at some point. At least it shows they’re working towards something here if the rumors are proven true. It’ll be a shame to lose some great titles if proven true but when DC goes about a new initiative, they don’t hesitate to go cancellation crazy.

Now I wonder how this is going to play out anyway, as one last rumor appeared as I’ve been writing this. The last bit being that this could be a relaunch or possibly a reboot. I was figuring relaunch but I was keeping a cautious eye on a reboot. The rumor force is real here but I’m not putting anything past DC at this point. The annoying part of this is as these rumors have been released is something I’ve mentioned on my twitter, I wish DC would say something about this. I figure they’ll talk more after Batman V Superman if the first rumor is true but I wish they would say something more about DC Rebirth. Control the information and tell us at least what you can rather than leave the DC Rebirth info to rumor sites and endless speculation.

This is why I’ve said throughout this that this is all rumors, I really wanted to get the thoughts I have here off my chest. If you all have anything to say though, feel free to leave me a comment. Talk to me on twitter about it, vent to me, I’ll vent back, we’ll have fun, we’ll have good chats. All we have is the DC Rebirth image and a whole ton of a rumors. Let’s dissect this together and if you have anything to rant about, I’ll be happy to listen. Thank you for reading my Thought Process on this ride. June isn’t that far away but we’ll know sooner or later what kind of adventure we are all going to be in for.


Thought Process: The DC Hanna-Barbera Comic Revamp

Scooby Apocalypse DC Comics

This morning via Entertainment Weekly DC announced that they are doing new comics revamping a group of Hanna-Barbera characters. When I first saw Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, Wacky Races, and Future Quest uniting a bunch of the action characters, personally this sounds cool to me. Future Quest putting Space Ghost, Jonny Quest, Mightor, The Galaxy Trio, Birdman, The Impossibles, and Frankenstein Jr. in one book, wow that is amazing! Wacky Races taking influence from Mad Max: Fury Road and making it into Wacky Race Land, heck yes I want that in my life. The Flinstones have a nice design to them because it is Amanda Conner did the new designs and it can’t help but look good. Then you get into the fun zone of the Scooby Doo in the Scooby Apocalypse book. Once people saw the re-design of Scooby-Doo and the gang, parts of the Internet lost their minds. The re-designs by Jim Lee are actually fun for the idea of a Scooby Apocalypse but of course, Internet and anything new equals divided opinions in about five seconds. Yet to me this is not such a bad thing as right now, this is the most people have talked about anything Hanna-Barbera consistently in a long time.

Future Quest DC Comics

Now we know creative teams at least loosely for all the books and I’ll list them below for good measure.

You have Future Quest with Jeff Parker writing it and Evan “Doc” Shaner drawing the book? Wow! That’s an amazing team to have on this series and DC could not have done any better in having them working together on this project. On another note the Darwyn Cooke piece for this is gorgeous and I want it as a poster. This is the series that personally I can’t wait to see how it comes together and my must buy of the whole Hanna-Barbera adventure here.

With Wacky Race Land you have the Wacky Races concept with re-designed vehicles by one of the designers on Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Sexton. In all I’ve read I haven’t heard officially if he’s the artist on the comic or not but his designs are cool as all get out. I love that the writer of this is Ken Pontac who has worked on many cartoons including ReBoot and Mighty Max but he has written for over the top violent but oddly hilarious Happy Tree Friends. I can’t wait to see how this comes together but this is becoming second only to Future Quest on my level of excitement for this new line.

Now The Flintstones is one I don’t know that much about yet. I know that Amanda Conner did the designs and I know that Mark Russell is writing it. It is supposed to be in line with the comedic and have social commentary and so forth to it. I’m hit or miss on this one as I like The Flintstones but I’ve never been compelled to follow anything much outside of their cartoon show. I did watch that insane WWE/Flinstones crossover movie but you know, that is digressing a bit here.

Scooby Apocalypse is going to be insane and that it is last here is more the fact that I don’t know how this one will play out. You have DC Co-Publisher im Lee with the re-design and Keith Giffen with Howard Porter handling art duties. I think likely Giffen is writing with Jim Lee getting the re-design credit. We don’t know much else about the series right now outside of the fact that this is one serious re-design. This is the one that broke a few minds on the Internet but Scooby Doo has been through so many re-designs over the years that maybe a radical one like this could be a fun one.


Wacky Race Land DC Comics

This is all we know about the Hanna-Barbera Reboot adventure at DC Comics. I haven’t seen this much conversation about Hanna-Barbera in a good while and you know that’s great to see people talking about these properties again. Wacky Races has long been on the back burner and most of the action properties have been on the shelf for years now so this is wonderful to see them come back. If you’re not happy about this for some strange reason, wait for the books to come on the shelf before you continue into the land of the cranky. If you dislike it after reading the comics then it isn’t your cup of tea. I am looking forward to this and these characters getting time in the spotlight again. Even if I’m hit or miss on The Flintstones I am hoping that the book turns out well. I am also allowing myself one last excitement blast over Future Quest as that comic should be mind blowing will likely be the one that’ll satisfy new and old fans alike.

The books make their debut on the shelves in May and then we can all judge for ourselves how this is all going to play out. With this and a DC Rebirth on the way, life at DC Comics has just gotten a whole lot more interesting.