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Review - Second Wave of DC Rebirth Trade Paperbacks
Now that Rebirth has had some time to get its legs under it, the creative initiative has been far more warmly received than the New 52.  Rebirth has also gone on long enough for the collected trade paperbacks to be hitting regularly.

Here's a look at some recent releases.

SUICIDE SQUAD - The Black Vault:  That Suicide Squad would be part of Rebirth is no surprise.  Given the team's primacy in the DCEU, their rebirth was inevitable.  I'm glad to say that the creative team got this one right.  The team is sent on a suicide mission to retrieve powerful alien tech from a rogue state.   As it always does, the mission goes wrong and the tech isn't what it was said to be.  A solid first effort and a good jumping on point for long time Suicide Squad fans or recent DCEU converts.

TITANS - The Return of Wally West:  Wally West's absence was one of the biggest knocks on the New 52.  That he was the catalyst for Rebirth made the relaunch all the more palatable.  Here we see the Titans trying to get back into the swing of things.  They face the villainy of Abra-Kadabra, the magician from the future, who is partially responsible for the erasure of Wally West from continuity.  It's great to see these old friends back together and doing what they do best.  I'm still not mad for Arsenal's trucker hat, but maybe that's just me.  Welcome back Titans.  We've missed you.

DEATHSTROKE - The Professional:  Pretty standard Deathstroke fare here.  He's looking more like the Slade of old and less like Manu Bennett.  He's shooting first and asking questions later.  He's morally ambiguous.  You know what?  That's okay.  Deathstroke is a villain first.  I don't always want to like what he's doing.

BATMAN - Night of the Monster Men - Hugo Strange has genetically altered a group of patients into Lovecraftian monsters.  Those monsters terrorize Gotham City.  The entire Bat family must work together to stop the monsters and save the citizenry of Gotham.  It sounds like pretty standard fare, but it's got a lot more depth than first imagined.  Strange is an under utilized Batman villain who I'd like to see more of.  His obsession with the Dark Knight is a cracked mirror worth exploring.

BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY - Who Is Oracle?:  There's a new Oracle in town and Barbara Gordon isn't happy about it.  She calls in Black Canary and they meet up with the new Huntress on their way to getting the band back together.  It's a solid story that re-establishes the team and put them back in play.  Another welcome return to the DC Universe.  Also another great jumping on for new fans.

ALL STAR BATMAN - My Own Worst Enemy:  This was my favorite of this batch of titles.  Batman must transport Two-Face cross-country to get his face fixed for good.  Unfortunately, Two-Face has other plans.  Those plans place Batman at odds with Two-Face, an army of hired killers, some villains and Joe Public.  The story is a solid exploration of the intertwined lives of these two characters and a must read for Batman fans.  HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!




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