As I’m sure everyone with even a passing interest in comics knows by now, the San Diego Comicon has just concluded, after running from last Thursday to yesterday evening. I’m going to take a few minutes and run down the list of exciting DC-related announcements.
At the top of the list has to be Flash: Rebirth, which is a miniseries by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver that will be debuting in January. After Barry Allen’s shocking return in Final Crisis, Rebirth will pick up where that series leaves off and presumably reintroduce Barry as DC’s main Flash going forward. Normally this is the kind of thing that would worry me, for two reasons: one, I’m a big fan of Wally West as the Flash, and two, Barry had such a great send-off in the original Crisis that I’d usually be loathe to see that undone. But Geoff Johns is my favourite writer right now, and quite possibly my all-time favourite, so the idea of seeing him build up the Flash mythology like he’s done the Green Lantern mythology is tremendously exciting. And since Johns is such a huge Wally West fan himself, I trust him to do well by that character too. Hopefully the mini will leave the Flash status quo in a place similar to the GL status quo, with every Flash that readers have loved over the years viable and with their own unique place in the DC Universe.
Another exciting Johns-related announcement is the upcoming New Krypton storyline that will run through all three Superman books (Action Comics, Superman, and Supergirl) and introduce over 100,000 Kryptonians to Earth who would much rather conquer the whole planet and rename it “New Krypton” than live side by side with the inferior human species. These Kryptonians will presumably come from Kandor, the city that Brainiac is responsible for miniaturizing and removing from Krypton shortly before its destruction. Johns has been doing a great job reintroducing classic elements of Superman continuity into our post-Infinite Crisis “New Earth” continuity: Clark as Superboy, Superboy in the Legion, the Phantom Zone criminals including General Zod, Bizarro World, the different colours of kryptonite, and most recently the ultimate version of Brainiac with the original’s history of being an emotionless android that shrinks cities and imprisons them. Now, following naturally out of the Brainiac storyline will come a reintroduced Bottle City of Kandor, and an entire population of Supermen and Superwomen on Earth. I can’t wait to see where Johns, James Robinson, and new Supergirl writer Sterling Gates take this story!