Batman: Rebirth #1 (2016) Review
Tons of spoilers below for Batman: Rebirth #1, so be warned.
I am reading the DC Rebirth books to see if I can pick up what is going on in the DC Comics Universe. I am, honestly, rather uninitiated regarding the current state of the DC Universe and even less so after DC Rebirth. I am not suited to tell you how things have shifted if at all from the status quo, so I’m approaching this from the point of view of someone that is just trying to get into DC after years away, which I am.
In any case, Scott Snyder (who will by handling Allstar Batman going forward) and Tom King (who will be handling the prime Batman book) co-write this story, and it’s a read that seems more intent on setting tone than actually telling a story. Which, I suppose, is important if you are trying to draw in new readers. Batman is here along with Duke Thomas and they are facing the threat of the Calendar Man, who has been made (at least from how I remember him) considerably more sinister and a lot more supernatural. He has a weather control machine and is planning to hatch spores which I guess are going to kill everyone in Gotham if Batman can’t stop the seasons from completing a full cycle, each new day being a new season. The stakes, honestly, never feel well-established and I can’t help but think that the overall flow of the book is limited by the fact that they want to introduce you to the cocky Bruce Wayne, the Duke Thomas who doesn’t want to be Robin but may be totally up for being a completely non-Robin sidekick maybe, and Batman’s relationship with Alfred and Lucius. Mikel Janin crushes the art on this issue, which is a real high point, and I love the reimagining of the Calendar Man from weird holiday-themed psychopath to weird skin-shedding psychopath.
Verdict: It’s hard to know how these things are going to pay off later or if they are, but Batman: Rebirth #1 feels like a pretty good read without a lot of teeth. Probably because it is a one-shot the stakes never feel properly set, but I like the idea of a sidekick that is closer to on-par with Batman (even if he doesn’t do much in this issue) if that is the direction they go.
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