DC Universe: Rebirth #1

DC Universe: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank, Phil Jimenez, Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 25, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 60 User Reviews: 98
8.7Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don't say we didn't warn you!
THEY SAID IT: "Rebirth is about focusing in on the core of the character and their respective universe," says writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. "It brings back what has been lost, the legacy of the characters, the love and the hope of the DCU!"

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 20, 2016

    After reading DC Rebirth Special, it only feels appropriate to paraphrase a line from The Dark Knight: Geoff Johns is the hero we need, but not the one we deserve right now. It's easy to be a booster for a winning team - but it's much harder to generate the kind of enthusiasm and thoughtfulness Johns has when you know something's not right. This book in many ways is almost a kind of authorial activism against the perceived wrongs of an entire industry - if Johns has given his oversight over the rest of Rebirth the same level of care that he's given this special, this might finally achieve the potential of DC Comics that even the New 52 failed to deliver. There's something missing in the DCU, but Johns and company have undertaken one Herculean Hail Mary to bring it back. "I can't give up. I have to get back..." his narrator tells us. "So I can deliver a message...it's not over." This isn't a comic - this is a call to arms. This isn't just a Rebirth - it's a much-needed redemption. Read Full Review

  • 10
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo May 23, 2016

    Geoff Johns is officially the 21st Century Julie Schwartz! If the creative teams at DC Comics can continue the momentum of this one issue into the rest of the DCU then we are entering the Diamond Age of Comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 21, 2016

    There was a lot riding on Rebirth. It felt as if some books were in a holding pattern the past few months. We may have come to terms with certain changes in the New 52, but that doesn't mean they can't be tweaked. Geoff Johns is giving many fans what they want. New developments are being set up to set up to drive other titles forward to exciting places. This issue just really hit the right notes with me. There were some emotional surprises, and I didn't realize how much I had been missing certain characters. If this is any indication as to what we can expect in the Rebirth titles, it's going to be a fantastic time to read DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 23, 2016

    If you go into this issue looking for big scenes with heroes and villains beating each other up with the fate of the Universe in the balance, then you will be upset.  The main villain is only hinted at and the issue tugs at the heartstrings instead of hitting you over the head.  Geoff Johns gives us a checklist of how far DC Comics has strayed from it's own legacy, apologizes for it and then shows us how it will be better.  The heavy lifting seems to be left for the individual Rebirth issues starting in June, but the groundwork is laid out and if this issue's mission is to make us remember what we loved about DC Comics in the first place ...mission accomplished! Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Casey Walsh May 23, 2016

    DC Rebirth #1 is an warm, heartfelt apologyto fans for the mistakes of erasing everything we loved. And while they acknowledge they made a mistake and are looking to right it, Johns and crew also look to the future and ask us to forgive, accept and move on. DC Rebirth #1 is the perfect comic for new and old fans alike, just like the master he is Johns expertly sinks in his hooks, reels us all back in and just like that we are 10 again, wide eyed and excited for the next adventure. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg May 24, 2016

    Its a brand new day at DC. DC Universe: Rebirth #1 is a breathe of fresh air for the publisher. Threads from Justice League #50 and Superman #52 are alluded to, along with setting up years worth of upcoming storylines. Buy it. Read it. For $2.99 you get 80 pages worth of superhero goodness. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Konrad May 25, 2016

    This issue was fantastic, truly one of the best comics I've had the pleasure of reading in recent history. With everything that it clearly sets up, with everything that it leaves in the dark, and all the cool sneak peeks it gives, it is something for New-52 fans, and for Die-hard old fans to love. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye May 25, 2016

    I can't thank DC enough for this book. Even if the next phase of Rebirth can't live up to this story (and Lord knows it will be nearly impossible to), this is a present for readers. This is the acknowledgement that long-time fans needed, the validation we wanted for our years of zeal. It's a book for fans, by fans, and so help me if this really is Geoff Johns last bit of comic writing, then by God did he hit a pitch-perfect note on the way out. Always leave them wanting more, and that's exactly what he did. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Rufus May 25, 2016

    I've said it before, I'm a fan of the New 52 and what it stood for so for me this book wasn't as much an apology as it was a guideline for the exciting future course that has been plotted for the DC Universe. I'm stoked to see so many of the bread crumbs dropped in this book play out over the next few months and years. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall May 25, 2016

    DC Universe Rebirth was, for me, the perfect DC comic. Geoff Johns pulled out all the stops with a beautifully told story that weaves legacy DC into the fabric of the newer universe with just the right combination of explanation and a mystery that needs to be solved. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz May 26, 2016

    DC Universe Rebirth #1 really did the unexpected and some may even say the impossible: it built excitement for the future of DC Comics. This comic was everything you want to see from a great comic and the hype surrounding this title release really built this book up. Impressively, the book certainly lived up to any and all expectations surrounding it and will certainly change the way DC is looked at in the comic world. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes May 26, 2016

    The book may well be a preview of future events, but it is done with style, strong characters and a massive amount of heart. Well done DC and well done Geoff Johns. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban May 26, 2016

    Lightning Strikes TwiceRebirth is definitely a step in the right direction. And as Johns rides out into the sunset (as his numerous duties, including heading up the DC Films department, will leave him little time to write), he should look back and smile. After all, he brought hope back to the DC Universe. This is a must read for fans old and new. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Leroy Dee May 26, 2016

    This book feels like a promise of good things to come. Will it deliver? Only time will tell, but as of right now I'm greatly anticipating the next title. Instead of shock value just for the sake of it (we ALL know what I'm talking about") DC simply delivers with a great story. It's very rare when an issue locks me in like this, but I've also learn to never underestimate Geoff Johns. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Kyle King May 29, 2016

    Beautifully drawn and intelligently written, this one-shot began Rebirth with a bang and showed substantial promise. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 30, 2016

    While the Watchmen integration is getting most of the mainstream press, I'm far more interested in the promise that Johns delivers with embracing the large corners of a wider DCU and giving readers more hopeful tales in the future. I know this is only a single issue, but after putting down DC Universe: Rebirth #1 I'm more hopeful than I've been about DC Comics than I have been since Bryan Q. Miller‘s Batgirl run. You lit the spark Mr. Johns, now lets hope the writers and artists to follow have a clear path about where to take this new version of the DCU (unlike what happened five years ago). You've delivered the best DC Comics' issue in years; don't screw it up. Must-read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG May 26, 2016

    Rebirth #1 reaches across the aisle to bring the past and present together for an exciting new future. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Critical Blast - Critical Blast Staff Jun 1, 2016

    DC does a terrific job getting everything back on track here. The return of a lot of characters and elements that have been missing from the DC Universe for far too long (Wally West, JSA, Legion, and a sense of hope). While there were a lot of artists on this one, they still managed to create a beautiful and consistent book, under the careful writing of Geoff Johns. And you get an 80-page giant for 3 bucks. Hard to complain about anything in this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter May 26, 2016

    So why am I smiling like that 5 year old kid who used to get Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson SUPERMAN comics from the barber shop? Because, like that mysterious person in REBIRTH, I've seen the future. And everything is going to be all right. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Ryan Mayer Jun 13, 2016

    Geoff Johns delivers with this one shot that begins the new Rebirth initiative in the DC Universe! The issue is masterfully written and the art work is perfect. This issue is a must have! Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan May 25, 2016

    Among all the retcons, baby Darkseids, returning heroes and fallen ones, there's something truly great here. It's hope and heart and it's something DC truly needed. Rebirth is the best thing to happen to DC Comics in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 25, 2016

    I have no idea if "Rebirth" is going to work (New 52 certainly didn't). I applaud the change in tone, I think they're on the right track - but I don't like the idea of twice-monthly comics (even at $2.99 per issue), and some of the ads in the back of the issue leave me cold. But others show great promise! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 27, 2016

    Lives up to and exceeds all expectations. DC is mending fences. Let's hope all the monthlies live up to this beginning. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 1, 2016

    DC Universe Rebirth #1is a manifesto, an opening barrage, and a masterpiece. In the return of Wally West and the introduction of Doctor Manhattan as the antagonist (not, he says, the villain) who stole time from the DC Universe and infected it with darkness, Geoff Johns has taken the gamble of his career. Given that theRebirthsaga is set to play out over the next two years, it will be quite a while before we know if he is a victor or not. But for sheer daring, Johns belongs in the company of the heroes whose stories he pens. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 20, 2016

    For all the great stories that came out of the New 52, there was always something about this version of the DC Universe that didn't sit right. DC Rebirth manages to break the fourth wall and turn that idea into a story. This one-shot is a wonderful showcase for what this universe can be when it's executed properly. It's both a fitting farewell for Johns and a worthy template for DC's new wave of comics to follow. Reading Rebirth feels like coming home again. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith May 24, 2016

    No, the final verdict, like with any review, has to be on story, on art, on the pages in front of me and the experience I had as a reader. And that, unequivocally, was supreme. Whatever happens next, whatever potential or danger that comes with where this comic leads us, at its root DC Universe: Rebirth #1 delivered a magnificent and moving comic book story by Johns, with cohesive, compelling line art by Jimenez, Van Sciver, Reis, and Frank. The experience of this book is one I will remember for years to come, and hopefully will lead to a new era of love for comics that will take me into my next 33 years as a fan. And if it doesnt, and Johns swan song is just that, Ill cherish it for that alone. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand May 25, 2016

    If I had to use 3 words to describe this issue, they would be: Hope, Love, and Legacy. While more than half of the story is an advertisement for upcoming DC books, it's the best advertisement I've ever read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Flickering Myth - Jessie Robertson May 26, 2016

    This isn't a reboot, but it sort of is. I like issues like this; it's a setting of a table for a brand new start (or return, however you view it) to the DC universe as it will become. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Derek Spicer May 31, 2016

    I think this is a wonderful develop for DC Comics. I also appreciate the idea DC is willing to take a shot at itself for the generally not well-received New 52 line. This will give them the perfect chance to correct any mistakes or unpopular elements of the New 52 while still holding onto some of their more popular elements. I'm really excited to see what DC has in store for us with all the new Rebirth issues. Most of all though, I'm really happy Wally West, the real Wally West, is back. In fact, I found this entire issue so thrilling I subscribed to several of the various DC character issue series just to make sure I don't miss anything. I never got into the New 52 all that much, but I'm completely sold on Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Jun 8, 2016

    In the end, how this plays out will determine how people feel about it. It's got GREAT promise, and there's a lot of talent and creativity behind it. Let's hope they don't waste it all with some cheap trick, or a sudden change of heart if the sales figures aren't what they expected in a few months. This could be a really exciting time to be into DC. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall May 25, 2016

    The only fault I find is that readers who are not long-time DC fans will be somewhat lost when various characters appear. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 23, 2016

    If we're lucky, "DC Universe: Rebirth" #1 will truly herald what the title suggests. It's a very loud, almost forceful attempt at a course correction; as readers, we're told in no uncertain terms that the path of dark superheroes is detrimental. Based solely on the effort seen here, though, the future looks genuinely bright. Over the last few years, so many of DC Comics' big events comics have signaled doom and gloom; here, however, we're told that the only way to defeat a character known to personify dark and gritty storytelling is for everyone else to rediscover a brighter, more hopeful attitude. Here's to hoping it sticks, but -- judged solely on what we get here -- Johns, Frank, Van Sciver, Reis, Jimenez, Prado and Santorelli have done a good job of making that point. Fingers crossed, but this could really be the rebirth readers have wanted for years now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Seth Frederiksen May 25, 2016

    The epilogue of the first issue was also handled well. And there is a brief teaser at the greater foe to come. And I'm hoping the story stays the course, because so far I'm enjoying everything so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 25, 2016

    Is that optimism I feel? Hope? Potential? I've felt it before but there's that sense about Rebirth that they have figured it out, that they are trying to do a course correct here. Not just a post-Flashpoint course correct but an industry-wide course correct going back to the darkening of the 80's comics. The comics industry as a whole is bigger and wider now than it ever was before in terms of the content produced and taking the chance, the risk, of trying to infuse more hope and optimism into the superhero side is hugely appealing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick May 26, 2016

    But on the whole, DC Universe – Rebirth #1, if it's followed up on with the same care and skill in which it was created, could signal a new era at DC, one that merges the contemporary feel of the New 52 with the spirit that had long given DC its unique and inspiring feel. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph May 26, 2016

    Although this wasn't a summer-long mini-series likeFlashpoint, it certainly did its job. Johns had 80 pages to tell his story and I feel this not only leads into what we can look forward to this summer, but also plants seeds that may not sprout for another few years. Big picture scenarios often lead to very rewarding conclusions and I can't imagine anyone not wanting to see where it all leads. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz May 25, 2016

    Geoff Johns and company have created a small miracle with Rebirth, and it's a shame that it will be his last comic book work for a while (Johns is off to do for the DC movie universe what he's done for the comics: bring back optimism and hope. I wish him all the luck). The final two-page spread by Ivan Reis for Rebirth shows the heroes of the DCU posed heroically, and more importantly, smiling. That image sums this book up in a nutshell. How much mileage you get out of this comic depends on how invested you are in the DC Universe, but this fan is really excited for what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk May 26, 2016

    How DC pivots and proceeds forward from this moment is vital. This is a defining moment for DC Comics. They can either someone fill Johns' shoes and take his blueprint mapped out in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 in order to rebuild the company and their line of comics. Or, they will flounder without Johns and fail to follow his blueprint in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 and continue to lose dollar share and market share to Marvel on their slide to irrelevancy. The next couple of years should be interesting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Matthew Fay Jun 9, 2016

    As a new era dawns for the DC Universe, fans should feel free to hope again. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 23, 2016

    It looks like Rebirth is going to be more than just the rebirth of DC's legacy, but also a rebirth of hope and fun in comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones May 25, 2016

    Hope and optimism - in the DCU, they almost feel like novel concepts these days. There's a long way to go before reader confidence will return to DC Comics, but if the heartfelt and downright staggering Rebirth #1 is any indication of what's to come, the path ahead looks mighty fine. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards May 25, 2016

    DC Universe: Rebirth #1 is teaser for things to come. It brings back many fan favorites and ideas from the past, while still shaping the new universe. It is also backed up by beautiful looking artwork that makes this a visual treat from start to finish. However, it's not particularly strong in the story department and some of the new changes are controversial to say the very least. Regardless, I'm excited to see what will happen now and how the DC universe will change. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy May 25, 2016

    On the subject that Dr.Manhattan created the New 52 after Flashpoint is just mind blowing and just leaves me wanting to know what is going to happen next, which is exactly what you want from the book I won't bore with you speculation but only with the hope that this is resolved in some mega event down the road. REBIRTH IS HERE!! CHEERS TO A NEW DCU!!! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault May 26, 2016

    For now, I'll give Johns more than the benefit of the doubt. Because minus the angry internet comments, I am that hardcore, longtime fan described above, exactly who Rebirth is aimed at. As such, it's exactly what I've come to expect from DC over the decades (minus the one truly shocking surprise), but that's also exactly what I wanted. And I know I'm not alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin May 26, 2016

    DC Universe: Rebirth #1 is a brilliant start for the new era in DC Comics, giving some clarification on how The New 52 came into existence, and how characters from the previous universe can enter this world. It also gave us some interesting twists, as despite some being a little questionable, the issue as a whole leaves me optimistic for the upcoming new titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea May 26, 2016

    At the very least, DC acknowledges there's a problem with the current tone of their books. The sales charts tell a grim story, continually coming in second to Marvel. This is an attempt to do a course-correction that hopefully ushers in a more successful era than the 'New 52' did. 'DCYou' was honorable but half-baked and not well supported. 'Rebirth' is off to a good start and will be judged on the books that follow. We've got our fingers crossed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge May 26, 2016

    DC Universe: Rebirth #1 portends that a clock is ticking across the DCU and for the first time in a long time, I am excited to find out what its counting down to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller May 25, 2016

    It's a fine Flash story, a solid big picture look across the universe. It's not that directly related to The Batman Universe of characters, outside of Batman himself (who doesn't really do much besides provide exposition). We give a "pick up if you feel like it" recommendation, especially considering that it's still $2.99 (plus tax) for over 60 pages of narrative content plus previews. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 1, 2016

    If you come to this book with cynicism, a position that I can't deny is justified, there is a lot to worry us. But, if you're willing to trust, to have a moment with Johns and his artists and with DC Comics, even for just one read through, there's a lot to be excited for and there's a lot of what has been wrong with DC put to rest. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Jarrod Saunders Jun 7, 2016

    The twists and turns are great. There are few major reveals. You'll find yourself in awe of the sheer brilliance of this comic. DC Universe: Rebirth #1 is well-written and beautifully illustrated. It's a giant step. It's a redemption. It's a rebirth. It's a rock solid foundation for the future. Once again, well done Geoff Johns. Mission accomplished. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - John Moorehouse May 26, 2016

    DC head honcho Geoff Johns was so confident in the quality of REBIRTH #1that he promised to refund dissatisfied readers' money. My $2.99 is safe. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho May 25, 2016

    Cynics will call “DC Universe: Rebirth” an overstuffed mess but it makes promises that the New 52 era never did. It teases the return of things that long time readers loved and it makes it clear that the old and new can coexist. In this regard it might be a bit safe but after a few years of not living up to expectations, being safe isn't exactly the worst thing to be. I'm excited for what's to come but with most things, I still have my fears. However it does feel like DC, from a storytelling perspective, is trying to right the ship and I'm willing to give these new books a chance. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis May 29, 2016

    One artist would have been enough to tell this story. Not trusting any of its great cartoonists means that DC Comics is still playing it safe. I dont want to read a safe comic meant to comfort me in the familiar. I want to be impressed and shown what the future holds for DC Comics. I dont quite feel it yet with Rebirth #1. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comicosity - Alison Baker May 26, 2016

    Rebirth has a lot of promise, and hearkens back to comics that a lot of readers, including myself, have truly missed. But if the "long game", as Mr. Oz calls it, is just another in a cycle of crises, each more frequent than the last, then the joy of this book may be short lived. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Comicsverse - Tim O'Reilly May 25, 2016

    There are some encouraging teases about where the DC Universe can go as they move into this relaunch, but on its own, DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1 is a largely confusing mess that doesn't actually have a story to tell. Where other books lack purpose, this book is all about purpose, but lacks an actual story vehicle in which to tell it. What we're left with is a PSA from DC alerting all new readers that they are most certainly not welcome in the new DC Universe. This is a rebirth, a universe born again, and if it has to shove out the old one in the process, then it is all the better for it. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore May 25, 2016

    The Rosetta Stone of modern DC Comics is not so much a comic as it is a glyph, through which we can understand our own fandom, and then view the future through that lens. I'm hopeful that I'm not seeing things clearly, but I fear that I am. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 28, 2016

    It was mostly just a bunch of fan-pleasing vignettes, but none of them really starred any of my favorite characters, so the fan in me wasn't piqued. I'm definitely going to pick up a bunch of the new Rebirth comics, but only because I'm always eager to find fun, enjoyable new comics, not because I think DC is doing the right thing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Anthony Punt May 27, 2016

    As demonstrated by the emotional reunion between Barry and Wallyeasily the most heart-warming moment of Rebirth and beautifully drawn by Phil Jiminezmost fans are willing to forgive almost anything to see their favorites on the comics page once more. But with each rebirth, we run the risk of seeing an incarnation of the DCU that, even as it runs head first towards nostalgia, strays further and further away from what once made it such a fun place to visit. In Buddhism, we learn that the endless cycles of rebirth can only be stopped by insight and the extinguishing of desire. At what point will DC find enlightenment and finally end its samsara? Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) May 24, 2016

    If you've been waiting for years to see who wins a fight between Superman and Dr. Manhattan, or what happens when Blue Beetle and Night Owl team up to cleanse the streets of Hub City of evildoers, congratulations - odds are that you're about to get your wish. For the rest of us, though, the downright pathological lack of originality on display in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 offers evidence of nothing other than the fact that five years (or less) from now, they'll be doing the whole thing over yet again. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett May 26, 2016

    Calling DC Rebirth a superhero story is dismissive of superhero stories, and that's a category with a very low bar for entry. It's an advertisement that you're supposed to buy for $2.99 so you can get excited for a lot of other comics that will also cost $2.99. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Supes' soups May 25, 2016

    I'm feeling pretty good about DC's future after reading this. Of course DC could still eventually ruin themselves but for the rest of the year, I think their books will be solid reads. I'm glad they're not trying to just throw things against the wall and see what sticks like they did with New 52. Welcome back Wally.

  • 10
    JacqueK May 25, 2016

    I did not believe I'd give this a ten before I read it, but it had me in tears with the reunion. The love in it is amazing to so deserve a ten. Plus I appreciated the meta-digs made. Well done Geoff Johns. I'm certainly looking forward to Rebirth Titans.

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  • 10
    the green death May 25, 2016

    I wish I hadn't read spoilers, but I did and even so the book floored me with the emotional moments. As good as big two superhero books get.

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  • 10
    drdrot May 25, 2016

    a great read and a great new beginning for DC. I can't wait for the biweekly books to arrive. Geoff Johns did a fantastic job of weaving a complete story while providing a truckload of teasers for upcoming storylines.

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  • 10
    mrDovydas May 25, 2016

    The reunion part is too good to be true.

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  • 10
    Inklings May 26, 2016

    An absolutely masterful return to form for DC, and an outstanding turn from Geoff Johns, who is rightfully comics' and the internet's favorite person right about now. Manages to act as a soft reboot while simultaneously undoing the very concept of reboots. The narrative voice understands that there is something endemically wrong with the DC universe, and by association, with the direction and tone of DC and even the comics industry as a whole. It is the voice of one crying in the wilderness. This issue is a balancing act of utmost skill and precision. It funnels together 75+ years of continuity with the elements of New 52 that are desirable and work, while also acting as a fantastic character study of everyone's favorite speedster, Wally West, here acting as authorial surrogate to Geoff Johns as he tries to keep the whole universe from falling apart, both in-universe and as a metanarrative. Neatly wrapped with a fascinating and awe-inspiring reveal at the end, this issue will inevitably go down as one of the great moments in comic writing, art, and multiverse continuity bandaging. Welcome back, DC. We've missed you.

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  • 9.5
    ComickerPerson May 25, 2016

    A very grounded and personal story that takes its time to re-unite the old and the new, while also delivering a metanarrative that reminds readers why they loved superhero comics in the first place.

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  • 10
    Joe May 25, 2016

    I thought Rebirth was really good. The reunion and character work with Wally is interesting, and even brought a tear to my eye upon the reunion between him and Barry. Personally, the twists and hints intrigue me, I'm interested in seeing how this will play out. I also love how we are finally getting legacy back to the DCU, with the hints toward the Justice Society being very interesting and exciting, all in all, I'm excited to read the stories that Rebirth has to offer.

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  • 10
    guilemer May 25, 2016

    Great book, makes me excited to see what rebirth has in store

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  • 10
    Atomichound May 25, 2016

    BAM! A complete home run by Johns, et al. For a comics veteran of 50 years, few moments catch me off guard...but the closing scene of this book is epic! Congrats to all involved. Maybe not the greatest entry point for the uninitiated, but I believe it will spur interest in the back story and boy, is there a lot of it.

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  • 9.0
    brandongernux May 26, 2016

    Pulled on some heart strings. Set up what is to come enough to make me interested in a wide variety of characters I would otherwise not be interested in. Currently my DC pulls only include Batman, Batgirl, and Gotham Academy. Following the Rebirth, it will be much larger. Twists at the end are very intriguing

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  • 6.5
    Big Brother May 25, 2016

    Teases for stories that have either been done before or just aren't that interesting. Not enough to get me excited for the reboot.

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  • 2.0
    myconius May 25, 2016

    very pretty art . . . . . . but that's about it. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 pages were wasted just to bring the original Wally West back into the DC Universe . . . . . . and also show that The Watchmen will be included as well. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i'll give it a score of '2' instead of a '1' just for the attractive polished art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . but i still can't help but feel like i just wasted $2.99 for no good reason. :P

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  • 10
    EggMath May 25, 2016

    If I think on it objectively, this book doesn't deserve a 10. But this book managed to make me enjoy every page more than any comic in a long time has. There are very few comics that have given me so much joy and excitement reading them as this has. I loved this book, flaws and all.

  • 10
    gustave154 May 27, 2016

    Holy shit this is better than i expected it would be. Geoff Johns really outdid himself this time. Lets just hope they can follow up with great titles

  • 10
    Synthozoid May 28, 2016

    Very enjoyable. If only Johns could write all of the new series that this will launch. Too bad DC only has a few decent writers.

  • 10
    pocketmegar Jun 7, 2016

    Perfection. All I wanted for this issue, and much more ! Johns shows us how much he understands and loves these characters.

  • 10
    ockedman Jun 8, 2016

    Everything I love in the DC Universe.

  • 10
    Cablev94 Jun 28, 2016

    This was the first DC comic book I've ever bought, I've read some trades, but this is the actual first time I've bought an issue from them. I tend to stick to Image and Vertigo (Yes, I know they are owned by DC). I'm more into original stories than super hero stuff, but I thought I'd give it a shot. And well, I was blown away, the story kept me extremely entertained and the art was fantastic. I decided to put Flash, Batman, Superman, Hellblazer, Harley Quinn, and Wonder Women on my pull to check them out. Hopefully Rebirth will be as good as this issue.

  • 10
    Batmanfanz95 Oct 22, 2016

    Awesome beginning for DC comic readers

  • 9.5
    Kitaru Jun 7, 2016

    An unbelievable start to what seems to be DCs own rebirth. This story brings back everything one could hope for in a DC story and should be gotten.

  • 9.0
    The Villain Jun 6, 2016

    I've never read a DC Comic before so I thought that DC Universe Rebirth would be a great opportunity to jump on and read some comics from their best characters. This one off is not exactly the most clear on some of its story points because there is so much that I have not read but I really enjoyed this story. Wally West was great and his whole adventure was really cool. I'm sure that things will be explained better in the companion issues. Obviously there are some pretty cool reveals that everyone is talking about. I think it is about time that we get to see those characters in a universe with the rest of DC's characters and I'm really interested to see what goes on with the core group of heroes after this story.

  • 8.5
    Gizmo May 28, 2016

    Wow, 80 pages for $2.99, if only every comic could be like that! I know, it can't, the industry would implode; DC probably lost money or broke even producing this issue. It's not cutting any corners either, the artwork looks incredible. I think DC's gamble will pay off, there is a lot for readers to latch onto here, especially pre-New 52 readers. New 52 was supposed to be it's own universe, but it turns out that it may not be that simple. The reveal at the end will either make you ecstatic or infuriated. Personally, I say bring it on, it doesn't mean the original material will ever cease to exist. DC has a strong writer lineup for the upcoming books too, but I hope this doesn't mean I have to read Titans because I don't care how central it is to the DCU, I'm not reading that discount-bin team. I'm confused about the Aquaman proposal scene, he's already married, isn't he? Oh, and remember Pandora? Don't worry, you can go right back to forgetting her irrelevant ass ever existed ;)

  • 8.5
    nlsayers Jun 1, 2016

    What the heck just happened!? DC has created a new line of comics that will hopefully have as much fun, heart, and excellent storytelling as this first issue in Rebirth. The amount of deconstruction alone in this first issue blew me away. Much like what the Watchmen & TDK did to strip DC of optimism and love, DC Rebirth looks to take what it's learned from the nihilistic writing of Miller and Moore to being these heroes back to a place where they are fun and can love each other again. Needless to say, I'm excited to see where DC takes this.

  • 8.5
    Briton Jun 9, 2016

    This was better than I thought it would be and the artwork was spot on. Please DC, let this be the last rebirth/relaunch. If titles don't tell, get a better writer or artist. Don't keep rewriting characters history - just stick with it and please can an ongoing series be that. And don't get me going on the diversity fad. Just publish good stories and people will buy comics. By the way, nice to see Aquyaman and Mera are to be married. Isn't this the third time?

  • 8.5
    DarioV Jul 29, 2016

    This was overall an incredible issue, which makes me happy and hopeful for the future development of the DC Universe. The story (surprisingly) features Wally West, one of the characters forgotten by the comics industry since the start of the New 52 and now back to explain to everyone how they actually forgot -or rather, were robbed of- ten years of their lives after "Flashpoint" by some misterious foe. While the issue's length makes it sometimes a heavy read, as it needs to touch every single main in the DC Universe, it really carries a big emotional strength which culminates with the unbelievably beautiful encounter between Wally and his mentor. The ending and the Epilogue had me shocked, fantastic plot-twist by Johns right there, just like his impeccable writing for the issue. "DC Universe: Rebirth" made me want to start over with all the new #1's that will once again shape this universe, and that is definitely a good thing. Hopefully they won't mess up their editorial past this time around.

  • 8.0
    johnavenger Jun 5, 2016

    pretty damn good, interesting how they integrate the watchmen characters into the DCU, but i don't think this reboot will match the New 52 reboot

  • 5.0
    AllanNemesis Jul 11, 2016

    Aquí tenemos el nuevo reinicio del universo Dc, haré algunas observación previas al análisis de la historieta en si. ¿Me pregunto si realmente era necesario? Se supone que los reinicio están en función de cohesionar la continuidad, universos pero aquí no era necesario, simplemente fue un instrumento para subir las venta e introducir nuevos lectores, ya costumbre también "Marvel Comics" va por el mismo camino. El cómic apenas esta estructurado, ademas la premisa es muy vaga, ni siquiera hubo una buena argumentación motivadora de la linea de tiempo, simplemente fue hay una fuerza que por motivos misteriosos causo esto también relacionando todo esto con el doctor Manhattan y su retiro. La verdad muy pobre el guion ademas siguiendo con esta tendencia progre-liberal de lo políticamente correcto-moderno las tendencias ética y moral de estados unidos hacen de Aqualand homosexual aclarándolo explicitamente en las primera lineas de su presentación de una manera infantil e innecesaria. El dibujo promedio, lo mas normal en Dc comics lo colores lo mismo, es dificil de entender como los "críticos" de diferentes webs de renombre en la industria del cómic se atrevieran a colocar un 10 o cinco estrellas a esto...espero que lo nuevo de Dc no sea tan pobre como esto y como venia ya desde hace algunos meses.

  • 1.0
    Mister Bungle May 26, 2016

    Sacrilegious rubbish. Desecrated Alan Moore's Masterpiece. Go on and eat it up drooling DC fanboys.

  • 10
    Zumba May 23, 2016

  • 10
    Symphobia May 25, 2016

  • 10
    Hilbut May 25, 2016

  • 10
    Haand May 25, 2016

  • 10
    Speeding Bullets May 25, 2016

  • 10
    TheFallenKing13 May 25, 2016

  • 10
    Rotivv May 25, 2016

  • 10
    comics May 25, 2016

  • 10
    Cefernina May 25, 2016

  • 10
    LeonardoMyst May 25, 2016

  • 10
    Henry Killinger May 26, 2016

  • 10
    GlenWizard May 26, 2016

  • 10
    HistoryJosh May 26, 2016

  • 10
    MisterMelo May 26, 2016

  • 10
    Redeadhood May 26, 2016

  • 10
    EvilPenguin543 May 26, 2016

  • 10
    Guilherme May 26, 2016

  • 10
    RufflesTheArmadillo May 26, 2016

  • 10
    Wildmercy May 27, 2016

  • 10
    OllieHarradine May 28, 2016

  • 10
    T^2 May 29, 2016

  • 10
    Daron May 30, 2016

  • 10
    Tyson K Jun 1, 2016

  • 10
    Russell_326 Jun 1, 2016

  • 10
    Pundo Jun 1, 2016

  • 10
    unclejonny Jun 4, 2016

  • 10
    Ragatode Jun 9, 2016

  • 10
    DarePool53 Jun 13, 2016

  • 10
    CLMF Jun 20, 2016

  • 10
    thecomiccookebook Jun 22, 2016

  • 10
    coolguymatt Jun 22, 2016

  • 10
    Nomidian Jun 26, 2016

  • 10
    LocoNasty Jul 15, 2016

  • 10
    Cristian Aug 11, 2016

  • 10
    Wcharrison355 Oct 14, 2016

  • 10
    ActionCity Nov 1, 2016

  • 10
    Lotrbruno Nov 24, 2016

  • 9.5
    Quietomega May 25, 2016

  • 9.5
    Nuckster77 May 26, 2016

  • 9.5
    mmlopes May 27, 2016

  • 9.5
    Juanpk26 May 28, 2016

  • 9.5
    Michał Dziewit May 29, 2016

  • 9.5
    Serverarbengan May 31, 2016

  • 9.5
    DXO Jul 28, 2016

  • 9.0
    Bleemak May 25, 2016

  • 9.0
    Gunnarthehuman May 25, 2016

  • 9.0
    StanielK May 25, 2016

  • 9.0
    Xtian95 May 25, 2016

  • 9.0
    SwampyCA May 26, 2016

  • 9.0
    Cosmic Ray May 29, 2016

  • 9.0
    Rafael Sep 4, 2016

  • 8.5
    DrummerGFan May 30, 2016

  • 8.5
    flodid May 31, 2016

  • 8.5
    Azar Jun 3, 2016

  • 8.5
    EpicDnS Jun 22, 2016

  • 8.5
    Alex Mackay Jul 21, 2016

  • 8.0
    Snapfire May 27, 2016

  • 8.0
    JBL Reviews May 30, 2016

  • 8.0
    Stallonelythelonely Jun 16, 2016

  • 8.0
    Nobodyisemo Nov 4, 2016

  • 7.0
    stijlleben May 27, 2016

  • 7.0
    Houdini Jun 18, 2016

  • 7.0
    Andrew Jun 19, 2016

  • 7.0
    truffaz Jul 31, 2016

  • 6.0
    The Dark Knight Aug 14, 2016

  • 6.0
    Mjolnir Dec 2, 2016

  • 4.0
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  • 3.0
    Mixi Sep 17, 2016

  • 1.0
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