I'm back with a look at another batch of recent DC Rebirth trade paperback releases. I've been impressed with most of the Rebirth initiative to date. It's a far better idea in practice and execution than anything put forth during the New 52.
Let's dive into some of the more recent releases, shall we?
TITANS: MADE IN MANHATTAN
- the first thing Rebirth did was return Wally West to continuity. That had a cascading affect on other characters. Chief among those was his former teammates in the Titans. Rebirth got the band back together and the second collection of their adventures brings Mal and Bumblebee back to the fold. It also brings back some classic Titans villains. I won't spoil who they are, but long time Titans fans will be very happy to see them. I enjoyed this collection. It was like catching up with friends I hadn't seen since I was a teenager.
ALL-STAR BATMAN: ENDS OF THE EARTH
- The first collection of this series was easily the best of the initial launch. The second volume takes a different tack, but maintains the series' momentum. A rotating group of artists helps Scott Snyder tell a series of stories about the Batman rogues gallery. The story nested upon itself with each chapter adding to the last as we head for the ultimate payoff. Another high end outing from Scott Snyder. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
THE WILD STORM
- I was not/am not an Image guy. By that I mean I didn't jump on the 90s art over story bandwagon that Image represented. That makes me the perfect candidate to discuss Warren Ellis' update on the concept. First of all, its all Ellis. The story is dense, conspiratorial and ephemeral. The base characters and concepts of the early Image-verse are woven into a far more intricate tale. There are coverts ops, acronyms and guns, because, well, there have to be, but in Ellis' hands they are a means to an end rather than an easy plot device. Is it worth your time? Probably. It's a solid read.
BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON
- the big tease of Rebirth was the Comedians' button being in the DC Universe. After a year of tease, we finally get the combined brains of Batman and The Flash trying to figure out what it means. What does that mean for the reader? It means the Cosmic Treadmill, Reverse Flash and a trip across time. Is anything resolved? Not really. Is it a fun time travel story? Yup. Should you read it? I'd say yes for fans of Batman, the Flash or DC in general. For newcomers? Maybe not. There is a lot of subtext to this one.