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Review - Third Wave of DC Rebirth Trade Paperbacks
I'm a bit behind on my Rebirth reviews so expect a few of these posts in quick succession to get us caught up.

All of today's books are available now wherever it is you buy your trade paperbacks.

THE HELLBLAZER - The Poison Truth:  I'm going to be honest, I read the Rebirth one-shot featuring John Constantine and I wasn't excited.  DC's attempts to shoehorn Hellblazer into the greater DC Universe have not worked.  The character's intrinsic darkness has been replaced with a mashup of Doctor Fate and Harry Potter.  I was afraid it was going to be more of the same.  Thankfully, after reading the collected first story arc, I have a bit more hope.  While I don't think we'll ever get back to the Hellblazer of old, the Rebirth Constantine does seem to be willing to go to a few of the darker places we've come to expect from the character.  Cautiously optomistic.

GREEN ARROW - Island of Scars:  In the first volume of this series, we got a reunited Green Arrow and Black Canary.  In the second volume, they are fully back in action.  Yes, there is an island story.  It is Green Arrow after all.  However, the main story involves a high-speed underwater train, a load of heroin and an assassination attempt.  That's a lot to squeeze in, but the story doesn't get bogged down by all of these narrative elements.  It works because of them.  The rebuilding continues and its all working.

BLUE BEETLE - The More Things Change:  This is one of the titles I was most curious about.  You get two Blue Beetles for the price of one.  You've got Jaime Reyes, the current Beetle AND Ted Kord, the 80s JLU Beetle.  Now, Kord is back from the dead and trying is best to be a mentor to a reluctant Jaime.  Jaime is doing his best Spider-Man, juggling family, school, girls and super-heroics.  It's a solid read and sets the stage for more to come.  Fans of both characters will enjoy the book.

SUPERMAN - Trials of the Super Sons:  So, in the Rebirth-Verse, both Batman and Superman have kids.  Let that sink in.  Given that fact, it was only a matter of time before the families crossed paths.  The second volume of the ongoing series is a fun ride featuring the most engaging Superman in decades.  He's trying to sort things out while being a father and the Man of Steel.  The chemistry between Jon and Damien is perfect and the fathers "letting boys be boys" works wonderfully.  Give this one a read. You'll be glad you did.
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