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DC Rebirth

1. DC Rebirth

Bring on the Watchmen!

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In Rebirth, DC handed the keys to the kingdom to their creative ace-in-the-hole, Geoff Johns, and it didn’t disappoint. In Rebirth, Johns ambitiously decided to bring the Watchmen from Alan Moore’s 1986 epic into regular Detective Comics canon. While Johns has since left his writing role in terms of the Watchmen crossover “Doomsday Clock,” Scott Snyder seems to have the narrative in safe hands. Rebirth begins by bringing Wally West into the fold and hinting at the villainous revival of Dr. Oz—a familiar face from Watchmen. By the beginning of Rebirth, Superman is more or less restored to the traditional interpretation, Bruce Wayne is once again Batman, and Wonder Woman gets an updated origin courtesy of Greg Rucka.  As far as trades go, DC discontinued making “Deluxe Editions” of its more popular titles with the exception of Batman, whose fifth deluxe book is due out next year. Green Arrow and Justice League of America got only one deluxe outing, while the Flash, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad, Nightwing, Justice League, and Superman Action Comics got three deluxe books. Superman and Batman Detective Comics got four deluxe editions and in the aftermath of Metal, hardcovers are no longer in the “deluxe” line.

 

  • DC Universe Rebirth Omnibus

  • Titans Vol. 1: the Return of Wally West

  • Green Lanterns Vol. 1: Rage Planet

  • Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1: Sinestro’s Law

  • Aquaman Vol. 1: the Drowning

  • Batgirl Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside

  • Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Vol. 1: Who is Oracle?

  • Batman: Night of the Monster Men (Hugo Strange is up to abominable experiments drawing the attention of every Gotham City hero)

  • Superman Action Comics Deluxe Book 1

  • Trinity Vol. 1: Better Together

  • Green Arrow Deluxe Book 1

  • A Very DC Rebirth Holiday

  • New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made in China

  • Deathstroke Vol. 1: the Professional

  • Raven

  • Teen Titans Vol. 1: Damian Knows Best

  • The Flash Deluxe Book 1

  • Justice League Deluxe Book 1

  • Superman Deluxe Book 1

  • Cyborg Vol. 1: the Imitation of Life

  • All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy

  • Green Lanterns Vol. 2: the Phantom Lantern

  • Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 2: Bottled Light

  • Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 1: Dark Trinity (Bizarro Superman and Artemis the Amazon join Red Hood to reform the Outlaws resembling an edgier lineup of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman)

  • Deathstroke Vol. 2: the Gospel of Slade

  • Wonder Woman Deluxe Book 1

  • Aquaman Vol. 2: Black Manta Rising

  • Suicide Squad Deluxe Book 1

  • Justice League vs. Suicide Squad (Maxwell Lord returns to the fray)

  • Batman Deluxe Book 1

  • Superwoman Vol. 1: Who Killed Superwoman?

  • The Hellblazer Vol. 1: the Poison Truth

  • Sixpack and Dogwelder: Hard Travelin’ Heroes

  • Batman Detective Comics Deluxe Book 1

  • Harley Quinn Deluxe Book 1

  • Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love

  • Supergirl Vol. 1: Reign of the Cyborg Supermen

  • Nightwing Deluxe Book 1

  • Green Arrow Vol. 3: Emerald Outlaw

  • Batman Beyond Vol. 1: Escaping the Grave

  • Blue Beetle Vol. 1: the More Things Change (the two Blue Beetles are main characters: Ted Kord and Jaime Reyes)

  • Superman Reborn (the New 52 Superman origin examined and investigated)

  • Young Animal: Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Vol. 1: Going Underground (first title from Gerard Way's DC imprint, Young Animal)

  • Death of Hawkman

  • Midnighter and Apollo

  • Young Animal: Shade, the Changing Girl Vol. 1: Earth Girl Made Easy

  • Titans Vol. 2: Made in Manhattan

  • Gotham Academy Second Semester Vol. 1: Welcome Back (has DC You fonts, binding, etc. but takes place here)

  • Justice League of America Deluxe Book 1 (spinning out of the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad affair)

  • All-Star Batman Vol. 2: Ends of the Earth

  • Green Lanterns Vol. 3: Polarity

  • Deathstroke Vol. 3: Twilight

  • Young Animal: Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick

  • Young Animal: Mother Panic Vol. 1: A Work in Progress

  • Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 2: Who is Artemis?

  • Batman/ the Flash: the Button (a direct tie-in to Rebirth & Doomsday Clock)

  • Batgirl Vol. 2: Son of Penguin

  • Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 3: Quest for Hope

  • Titans: the Lazarus Contract (another classic crossover between the Titans and Deathstroke)

  • Odyssey of the Amazons

  • The Rise and Fall of Captain Atom

  • Green Arrow Vol. 4: the Rise of Star City

  • Green Lanterns Vol. 4: the First Ring

  • Aquaman Vol. 3: Crown of Atlantis

  • Trinity Vol. 2: Dead Space

  • Cyborg Vol. 2: Danger in Detroit

  • The Flash Deluxe Book 2

  • New Super-Man Vol. 2: Coming to America

  • Superman Deluxe Book 2

  • Batgirl Vol. 3: Summer of Lies

  • Super Sons Vol. 1: When I Grow Up… (Damian Wayne and Jon Kent first team up)

  • A Very DC Rebirth Holiday Sequel

  • Wonder Woman Deluxe Book 2

  • Justice League Deluxe Book 2

  • Superman: Action Comics Deluxe Book 2

  • Suicide Squad Deluxe Book 2

  • Supergirl Vol. 2: Escape from the Phantom Zone (crossover with Batgirl into a Phantom Zone adventure)

  • Batwoman Vol. 1: the Many Arms of Death

  • Harley Quinn Deluxe Book 2

  • Gotham Academy: Second Semester Vol. 2: The Ballad of Olive Silverlock (DC You binding, end of run)
  • Superwoman Vol. 2: Rediscovery

  • Teen Titans Vol. 2: The Rise of Aqua Lad

  • Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Vol. 2: Source Code
  • Batman Detective Comics Deluxe Book 2

  • Blue Beetle Vol. 2: Hard Choices

  • The Hellblazer Vol. 2: the Smokeless Fire

  • Nightwing Deluxe Book 2

  • All-Star Batman Vol. 3: the First Ally

  • Young Animal: Shade, the Changing Girl Vol. 2: Little Runaway

  • Supergirl Vol. 3: Girl of No Tomorrow

  • Young Animal: Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Vol. 2: Every Me, Every You

  • Batman Beyond Vol. 2: Rise of the Demon

  • Green Arrow Vol. 5: Hard-Travelin' Hero 

  • Wonder Woman Deluxe Book 3

  • Green Lanterns Vol. 5: Out of Time

  • Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 4: Fracture

  • Batman Deluxe Book 2


There is so much more to come, I've just put this much out to help you get started for a while. Once I can navigate where the discontinued Deluxe Editions leave off, there should be more to come. Until then, I just hope this helps! I updated a few of the earlier slides in the reading order, too, adding a few titles such as Cosmic Odyssey, some Justice League, more Rebirth and the Giffen/ Grant Lobo volumes.

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