DC Entertainment Unveils "Rebirth," Refocusing Comic Book Universe

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The effort is set to take heroes and villains back to basics.

Don't call it a reboot — but if fans end up calling DC Entertainment's newly-confirmed Rebirth a comeback, it's unlikely they'd complain too much.

The latest relaunch of the publisher's superhero line of comic books, as detailed at the comic retailers industry conference ComicsPro Thursday, will see all but two series begin again with a new first issue and a new focus on getting to the core of what made their heroes and villains work in the first place. The two series that won't be relaunched will be renumbered in the opposite direction, with Action Comics and Detective Comics restored to their original numbering that started in 1938 and 1939, respectively.

In an interview to promote Rebirth with Comic Book Resources, DC chief creative officer likened DC's move to Disney's relaunch of the Star Wars movie franchise with last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, saying, "It has the spirit of Star Wars, it feels like a Star Wars movie. Probably the first Star Wars movie that's felt like a Star Wars movie in a long, long time. That's a perfect example of what I think Rebirth is — a celebration, but it doesn't mean we're just going backwards. It's an echo of the past, but looking to the future."

The shift will begin with an 80-page special issue titled DC Universe: Rebirth written by Johns with art by Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Gary Frank and Phil Jiminez, to be released May 25th. The Rebirth push will then shift across the entire line beginning the following month and running through fall.

The new DC Universe line will consist of 32 ongoing series, 17 of which will be published twice-monthly, with the remaining titles released on a monthly schedule. The new series will be: Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Superman, Wonder Woman, Action Comics, Detective Comics, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Justice League, Nightwing, Batgirl, Batgirl & The Birds of Prey, The Hellblazer, Red Hood & The Outlaws, The Super-Man, Titans, Batman Beyond, Blue Beetle, Earth-2, Gotham Academy: Next Semester, Supergirl, Superwoman, Super Sons, Teen Titans, Cyborg, Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, Justice League America, Trinity and Suicide Squad.

More details about the series, including creative teams, will be released during WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif., on March 26.