DC Rebirth #1 : Wally West returns

Something has gone horribly wrong in the DC universe. Time has been lost. Love has been lost. And no one seems to remember Wally West. DC Comics may be backtracking by claiming the New 52 was never meant to be a reboot and they’re doing it in the best way they can.

The issue itself follows Wally West stuck in the speed force trying to make a connection with someone in the physical world.

He tries Batman.Which comes off as a nice homage to Crisis on Infinite Earths when Barry Allen does the same to Bruce.

He tries the love of his life, Linda Park. She doesn’t remember him.

He tries the new Wally West. It’s revealed that the new Wally and the original Wally are cousins who share the same name due to being named after their grandfather.

In a last moment attempt, he tries Barry Allen. Barry grabs hold of Wally as he begins to disintegrate into the speed force. Wally is saved, pulled into the physical realm, and most importantly he’s remembered.

Who stole time and love away from the DC Universe after Flashpoint? Could Doctor Manhattan be behind it all? The ending heavily suggests so.

Rebirth isn’t meant for people who don’t read comics. Don’t pick it up as your first foray into the DC comics universe. It does give a backstory of who Wally West is, but it may leave you confused with the multitude of other characters involved.

If you’re someone who gave up on DC comics following the New 52, this is for you:

Ted Kord is acting more like Ted Kord. Even if he was only on two pages.

Green Arrow and Black Canary may be returning as a couple.

Atoms, Ray Palmer and Ryan Choi, are active.

Johnny Thunder and Doctor Fate make an appearance. Will the JSA return?




Students React to “Before Watchmen”

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Controversy continues with differing student opinions about “Before Watchmen”

Michael Ramsey, a student at Rowan University said that the prequels are justified from a legal standpoint.

“If the question is should someone be allowed to make another adaptation, then I say yes solely based on the fact that he consented to giving the rights to his work to DC by virtue of working for them,” said Ramsey, a philosophy major.

Darcy Post, a student at Rutgers-Camden University, thinks that the prequels shouldn’t be made.

“What the f**k? No it’s not right and the original was perfect,” said Post, a psychology major when she first heard the news.

Both students agreed that the prequel series come off as unnecessary and that it probably won’t add anything to the story.

“They explained how that one dude (The Comedian) was f**ked up from the war and s**t didn’t they?” said Ramsey, “What else they would need to clarify?”

“They don’t really need to touch it,” said Post “The original itself had elements of a prequel.”

The original Watchmen series did include series of flashbacks for each main character showing their life story.

Both students also said that wouldn’t be reading the new series. There is a divided camp for support of the prequels. Some fans side with Alan Moore, the original writer who is against touching Watchmen. Others think that the new series is justified by DC while others still think it is an unnecessary creation.

The popular best selling comic book of all time is planned to have the prequels published this summer.

Merchandise for the prequel series is already being put into production. Plenty of statues, action figures, and posters are planned for “Before Watchmen”.

DC Comics to release Before Watchmen

Watchmen is one of the best selling graphic novels of all time. This summer DC Comics will be coming out with seven new titles all under Before Watchmen.

Each new title will be about a certain character. The titles are Rorschach, Minutemen, Comedian, Dr. Manhattan,  Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, and Ozymandias.

This is a deviation from the original work which was simply twelve issues that is more commonly fond today as a trade book with all twelve issues collected together. The original was one story while these prequels will focus on the characters.

“You’re going to get the Rorschach that you know and want. It’s a very visceral story we’re going to be telling,” Brian Azzarello said. Azzarello will be writing Rorschach and Comedian.

Alan Moore, the writer of Watchmen, told the New York Times that he is not pleased with the creation of Before Watchmen.

Moore said that he thinks these sequels will only continue to have comics be viewed as not authentic literature.

“As far as I know,” he said, “there weren’t that many prequels or sequels to ‘Moby-Dick.’ ”

J. Michael Straczynski, the writer for Nite Owl and Dr. Manhattan, said this in an interview with Heat Vision about Moore’s reaction to the prequel series.

“Leaving aside the fact that the Watchmen characters were variations on pre-existing characters created for the Charlton Comics universe, it should be pointed out that Alan has spent most of the last decade writing very good stories about characters created by other writers, including Alice (from Alice in Wonderland), Dorothy (from Wizard of Oz), Wendy (from Peter Pan), as well as Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Jekyll and Hyde, and Professor Moriarty (used in the successful League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). I think one loses a little of the moral high ground to say, ‘I can write characters created by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle and Frank Baum, but it’s wrong for anyone else to write my characters.’ “

People on Twitter have been posting their reactions to the announcement of Before Watchmen. It seems that fans of the original work may be divided on the announcement of this new series.

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