This week it’s a double dose of DC Rebirth as we take a look at Wonder Woman Rebirth and The Flash Rebirth!!
Wonder Woman Rebirth (DC Comics)
Wonder Woman has had quite the ride for the past five years. At the start of the DC New 52 event, her series was riding high thanks to the incredible take on her mythos from Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, but shortly after they left she fell back into obscurity and muddled storytelling. Well, with DC Rebirth comes another new start for Diana Prince, as Greg Rucka makes his triumphant return to DC’s Amazon in Wonder Woman Rebirth. One of the hottest titles of the DC Rebirth event, Rucka’s return has been pretty highly publicized after he made it known a few years ago that he’d “never work with DC again”, so how does this new one shot, with art from Matthew Clark and Liam Sharp, stack up?
Pretty good. Wonder Woman Rebirth is definitely a “housekeeping issue”, catching us up on what’s been going on in Wonder Woman’s life and setting up what’s to come in Rucka’s run. There’s not a lot of action in this issue, but Rucka’s script is so well done that it’s never even an issue. His characterization of Diana is dead on, and the mystery behind her changing past is sure to be interesting under Rucka’s watch.
On the art side of things are Matthew Clark and Liam Sharp, who divide up the art duties equally. Usually this would be a pretty major red flag on a major release, but Clark and Sharp’s art is extremely similar and is gorgeous to look at. The upcoming Wonder Woman series proper will be alternating between tales set in modern day and in Diana’s past, so having both of these artists take an equal part of Rebirth helps us get used to this idea.
While Wonder Woman Rebirth doesn’t contain a major shocking twist, it does set up a strong and compelling narrative arc for her upcoming series. There’s a great sense of mystery and myth in this issue, and it’s always great to read Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman. So far it looks like Wonder Woman has what it takes to be one of the better books of the DC Rebirth launch.
The Flash Rebirth (DC Comics)
The Flash Rebirth is being marketed as the follow-up to DC Universe Rebirth, and that’s cool and all, but I’m really here for the start of Joshua Williamson’s run on the Scarlet Speedster. Birthright is one of my favorite series on the comic racks right now, and I’ve been cautiously waiting for the big two to stand up and take notice of Williamsons’ talents. While The Illuminati didn’t fare too well for Williamson at Marvel, now he’s got another shot with the Carmine Di Giandomenico illustrated The Flash Rebirth, which picks up on threads from DC Universe Rebirth. Joshua Williamson’s script takes place before, during, and after Rebirth, and if you haven’t read that universe-altering story yet, you should.
This isn’t a knock on Williamson’s script though. In fact, Flash Rebirth reads better than anything he’s written for Marvel. Williamson has a great grasp on Barry Allen and what makes him tick, and even handles characters like Batman and Wally West really well too. There’s very little set up for what Williamson has planned in his regular Flash book here, but there is plenty of follow through and insight into the events in DC Universe Rebirth, so if you were one of the people who were wondering “what’s next” after reading that story, this is the place to go.
Carmine Di Giandomenico handles the art on Flash Rebirth, and he’s a bit of a mixed bag. Panels that show a lot of action and kinetic movement (so basically whenever the Flash is running) look great. But some of Giandomenico’s facial expressions and figure work are a little too exaggerated. However, the good outweighs the bad when it comes to his work, and there’s definitely room for him to grow and improve as an artist.
The Flash Rebirth was one of my more anticipated books of the DC Rebirth Relaunch, and I’m happy to say that it mostly met my expectations. I’m really intrigued by what Williamson is setting up here between Wally West and Barry, and how much of the threads from DC Universe Rebirth will be followed up on in this series. But in all honesty, I just want this to be a hit so more people seek out Williamson’s creator owned work.