In June, DC Comics kicked off the start of its Rebirth initiative. After a wave of criticism surrounding the way they have treated their characters’ rich histories since 2011’s New 52 relaunch, DC has decided to rebrand. They hope that by restoring their characters’ pasts, they will restore readers’ faith in them as well.  Do they succeed? That’s what the Comics Beat managing editor Alex Lu and entertainment editor Kyle Pinion are here to discuss.  Book by book. Panel by panel.

Welcome to month three of DC Reborn!

Note: the review below contains **spoilers**. If you want a quick, spoiler-free buy/pass recommendation on the comics in question, check out the bottom of the article for our final verdict.


Hi all! Alex is on vacation and Kyle has his hands full of movie screenings this week, so we’re back with another podcast edition of our DC Rebirth reviews. This week we take a crack at:

  • Wonder Woman #5
  • Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1
  • Deathstroke #1
  • The Flash #5
  • Hellblazer #1

Take a listen to our lovely dulcet tones below as we guide you through our thoughts on this week in DC’s Rebirth..

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Buy: Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman #5, Hellblazer #1, Deathstroke #1

Pass: The Flash #5


Previous Reviews:

Week One— BATMAN:REBIRTH, GREEN ARROW: REBIRTH, SUPERMAN: REBIRTH, and GREEN LANTERNS: REBIRTH

Week Two— ACTION COMICS #957, AQUAMAN: REBIRTH, DETECTIVE COMICS #934, FLASH: REBIRTH, WONDER WOMAN: REBIRTH

Week ThreeBATMAN #1, GREEN ARROW #1, GREEN LANTERNS #1, SUPERMAN #1, TITANS: REBIRTH

Week Four– ACTION COMICS #958, AQUAMAN #1, DETECTIVE COMICS #935, THE FLASH #1, WONDER WOMAN #1

Week Five– AQUAMAN #2, BATMAN #2, GREEN ARROW #2, GREEN LANTERNS #2, JUSTICE LEAGUE: REBIRTH, SUPERMAN #2

Week Six— THE FLASH #2, HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH, NEW SUPER-MAN #1, NIGHTWING: REBIRTH, WONDER WOMAN #2

Week Seven— BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY: REBIRTH, BATMAN #3, GREEN ARROW #3, HELLBLAZER: REBIRTH, JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

Week Eight— BATGIRL #1, HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1, NIGHTWING #1, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS: REBIRTH, TITANS #1, WONDER WOMAN #3

Week Nine— HARLEY QUINN #1, NIGHTWING #2SUICIDE SQUAD: REBIRTHSUPERMAN #4

Week Ten— DEATHSTROKE: REBIRTH, DETECTIVE COMICS #938, NEW SUPER-MAN #2, SUPERWOMAN #1

Week Eleven— BATMAN #5, BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #1, SUICIDE SQUAD #1, SUPERGIRL: REBIRTH

Comments

  1. Blu says

    Slade was hired by refugees to take out Clock King who’s hiding out in a war torn African nation. To get to the Clock King Slade has to deal with Matthew “Jazaki” Bland, the local dictator/warlord responsible for the genocide going down in Africa.

    Jazaki only agrees to reveal Tockman’s location if Deathstroke can somehow get US Senator Hasgrove relected. Hasgrove’s blocking US/NATO intervention so Jazaki can go about his ethnic cleansing and keep ruling his nation with an iron fist. Slade charges Jazaki 9 million USD for this favor.

    Slade’s hacker, Hosun, funnels money from a super-pac to prop up an indie candidate splitting the Dem vote and guaranteeing Hasgrove keeps his seat. Jazaki reveals Tockman’s location.

    When Slade’s bout to kill the Clock King he drops a Kenilworth (Wintergreen’s callsign) sized bomb on him revealing that Wintergreen is alive and being held captive by Kurdish militants hiding from the Turkish government. Slade brokers a contract with the men who escorted him to Tockman. These soldiers are essentially dead because they witnessed Jazaki’s betrayal of Tockman.

    Slade charges whatever money they have in exchange for protection (including their families) the condition being that they get him into the Kurdish Al Lajna camp where Wintergreen is held.

    Somewhere along the way Slade kills a dude and puts his armor on him so that Jazaki’s men can infiltrate the camp with “Deathstroke’s” head as the entrance fee. Slade busts in like a ninja and breaks Wintergreen out, but not before Billy hooks him up with some experimental kinetic absorbing armor from the good old days.

    While all this is going down in Africa, back in the US our boy Hosun the Hacker hands an envelope with some embarrassing info in it to Senator Hasgrove. Nothing quite destroys a career in politics like pictures of a BDSM orgy. Hasgrove offs himself guaranteeing a Dem win and US/NATO intervention.

    A bad day for Jazaki who’s being held prisoner by Clock King. Slade sees through Tockman’s bull**** illusions and takes his ass out fullfilling his original contract. Then he threatens Jazaki with returning if his escort or their families are hurt.

    The real reveal. This was all orchastrated by a US Admiral in conjunction with Jizaki to get possession of Deathstroke’s armor. The refugees that hired Slade to take out Tockman were secretly funded by Jazaki under the Admiral’s orders.

    Two things are evident here. One, whoever this Admiral is has to know Slade and his tactics intimately if he knew that at some point Slade would ditch his armor in a bait and switch. Two, someone has gone through a lot of trouble to possibly frame Slade for something really really bad.

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