DC Rebirth News – No More Nu52 & MAJOR Spoilers
This past week we got some VERY big reveals from DC Comics, with the return of a long lost Titan and something which should make many Titans fans happy.
DC Rebirth #1 featured the return of the original, redheaded Wally West, and when I say original I mean ORIGINAL. This isn’t a new version of Wally, but the Wally West who was Kid Flash, then became the Flash, married Linda Park, and had twin children Jai and Iris West. Not only that, but we are now being told that the DCnU was never a separate universe from the pre-Flashpoint DCU. DC Rebirth is saying that the DCnU is that same universe where Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown were Batgirl, Supergirl was once an angel, and most of the founding Titans had children.
For those who say that DC already reintroduced Wally as a young, biracial delinquent with family issues, Geoff Johns works around that by saying the newer version of Wally is really a distant cousin of the original deal. Apparently, both Wallys were named after the same grandfather. This is seen as DC’s attempt to alleviate those readers who were unhappy with all of Wally’s past characterization and history thrown out the window, and those who wanted to give the new Wally a chance.
Wally’s return coincides with the reveal that Barry Allen and the woman called Pandora were not the ones who changed the DC Universe. It’s true that Barry Allen caused Flashpoint when trying to save his mother from Professor Zoom, but when Barry attempted to rectify his error, a being from outside the DCU reached in and messed with time. This being transformed the DCU by stealing ten years from everyone’s lives, destroying multiple relationships and erasing individuals like Lian Harper, Jai and Iris West, Bart Allen, and numerous others. This being is the reason everyone in the DCnU has been so edgy and suspicious, and why the universe as a whole became such a dark and depressing world.
In “Titans Hunt,” we were told that there were original ten founding members in the original Teen Titans in the DCnU. When they fought Mr. Twister, they forced themselves to forget they were Titans to severe the hold Twister had on them. The end of “Titans Hunt” mentions that they’ve yet to remember who the 10th Titan was, and DC Rebirth revealed it was indeed Wally West. Something happened to Wally during their last battle that cast him out of time and space, and at the same time it erased his presence from the world.
The course of DC Rebirth features Wally trapped in the Speed Force, trying to reenter the DC Universe as he desperately tries to find someone who still remembers him. He tries Batman, a decrepit Johnny Thunder (and mentions the Justice Society of America is still out there), and a younger Linda Park, but is unable to make them remember who he is. Feeling defeated, Wally reaches out to his former mentor for the sake of saying “Thank you” for all their years together. Thankfully, Barry is able to remember Wally at the last second, taking hold of his arm and dragging him back into the world. Wally explains to Barry how messed up everyone’s lives became thanks to the being who meddled with the universe, ominously stating they are being watched.
The issue ends with Batman discovering a bloodstained smiley face pin buried in one of the Batcave’s walls, and on Mars, an invisible presence reconstructs a pocket watch. Yes, Geoff Johns is saying the person responsible for changing the DCU for the worse is none other than Doctor Manhattan from “Watchmen.”
So where does that leave us? Over the past few months DC has been steadily revealing their plans for the DCU following DC Rebirth. Below is a list of the titles involving the Titans.
- Aquaman: Jackson Hyde is believed to be returning as Aqualad.
- Blue Beetle: Jaime Reyes returns as the Blue Beetle, and gets a mentor in the form of Ted Kord. We’re also told Jaime’s scarab was never alien, but instead is magic in nature.
- Detective Comics: Tim Drake as Red Robin is getting a new costume closer to his original design, and will be featured alongside Batman, Batwoman, Spoiler, and Cass Cain as “Orphan” as they run a “Gotham Boot Camp.”
- Flash: The new Wally West is one of many individuals in Central City who gains superspeed abilities and must be trained by Barry Allen.
- Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps: Will feature Kyle Rayner as a GL alongside Hal, Guy Gardner, and John Stewart.
- Justice League: Cyborg is still with the League.
- Nightwing: As we saw in “Titans Hunt,” Dick Grayson goes back to being Nightwing and will be readopting his black-and-blue uniform.
- Red Hood and the Outlaws: Jason Todd is forming a new team with Bizarro and Artemis as they go undercover in Gotham’s villain community.
- Supergirl: Kara Zor-El is getting a new series, based more on the current Supergirl TV show.
- Super-Sons: Damian Wayne as Robin is teaming up with Jon Kent, the son of the pre-Flashpoint Superman and Lois Lane.
- Teen Titans: Damian Wayne takes leadership of a Titans team including Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, and the new Kid Flash… despite their objections.
- Titans: The Fab Five reunite alongside Lilith Clay, Herald, Gnarrk, Hawk and Dove, and featuring Karen Breecher as Bumblebee as they try to sort out their forgotten memories and face the being who threw Wally West outside of time.
Other Titans-related info in the “DC Rebirth” issue included the return of Ray Palmer as the Atom along with a living Ryan Choi needing to rescue him from the Microverse, and the reintroduction of the second Aqualad, Jackson Hyde, and the reveal that he’s gay.
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