10 DC Rebirth Comics We're Excited For

DC's superhero relaunch is looking good.

If the release of Batman v Superman has you looking to dive into DC's comic book universe, you're in luck. DC is currently preparing for a major relaunch called DC Rebirth. Starting in June, they'll be replacing their current lineup with a new wave of 32 series (some monthly and some biweekly) that offer a fresh and simple jumping-on point for readers.

32 comics is a lot to wade through, especially with more than half of these new books shipping twice a month. But hopefully we can help narrow down your options a bit. We've selected the ten DC Rebirth comics we're most excited about this year. These are the comics that feature DC's biggest superhero icons and their most promising creators.

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Green Lanterns

Green Lanterns #1 art by Robson Rocha
DC Comics

Creative Team: Sam Humphries, Robson Rocha & Ardian Syaf

Release Date: June 2016

Green Lantern was consistently one of DC's best books for the many years Geoff Johns was writing the title. Unfortunately, the GL franchise as a whole has been on shaky ground since Johns left in 2013. We'd mostly chalk that up to a case of there being too many books and too many crossovers at the expense of good, simple storytelling.

Luckily, DC is consolidating the franchise again for Rebirth and whittling it down to two books. Both look promising, but we're especially excited for Green Lanterns. This series will focus on two rookie Lanterns, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, as they take over as the officially designated Green Lanterns of Sector 2814. The book will also serve as a proving ground for the newly DC-exclusive Sam Humphries, who has plenty of experience working with cosmic superheroes thanks to his Star-Lord comics at Marvel. Even Johns himself will be co-writing the debut issue, which bodes well for the future of the Green Lantern Corps.

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman #1 cover by Liam Sharp
DC Comics

Creative Team: Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp & Nicola Scott

Release Date: June 2016

As one third of DC's iconic Trinity, Wonder Woman deserves the best creative team DC can provide. They delivered in the early years of the New 52, with writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang redefining Diana and her world for a new era. But as with the post-Geoff Johns Green Lantern franchise, Wonder Woman hasn't fared too well since Azzarello and Chiang departed. 

That looks to be changing come June. DC made the surprising and very welcome announcement that Greg Rucka is returning to the fold to write the new biweekly Wonder Woman series. Rucka already wrote a highly acclaimed Wonder Woman comic in the early 2000's, along with various other classic DC books (including Gotham Central, 52, Detective Comics and Checkmate). Relations between Rucka and DC editorial have been strained in recent years, but apparently fences have been mended and Rucka is ready to return to the DCU.  

One of the reasons we're excited for this book is the fact that Rucka will be using the twice-a-month schedule to his benefit, telling two simultaneous stories that alternate issues. One story will pair Rucka with artist Liam Sharp as they explore a present-day crisis in Wonder Woman's life. The other will reunite Rucka with Black Magick co-creator Nicola Scott for a flashback story that basically serves as "Wonder Woman: Year One." Both stories will intertwine and eventually dovetail together at the end of the book's first year. 

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Deathstroke

Deathstroke Rebirth #1 cover by Felipe Watanabe
DC Comics

Creative Team: Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan, Igor Vitorino & Felipe Watanbe

Release Date: August 2016

Deathstroke's popularity has been on the rise in recent years, thanks to the character's prominent role in the TV series Arrow and his appearances in video games like Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham Origins. But while he's had multiple comics to his name during the New 52, DC has never seemed to settle on a regular creative team or story direction for this popular villain.

Hopefully Deathstroke's newest ongoing series will change that. Writer Christopher Priest has been tapped to craft a new spin on the most dangerous assassin in the DCU, one that is said to be much more cerebral than readers have seen in the past. Priest is probably best known for his long run on Marvel's Black Panther comic in the late '90s and early 2000's. If Deathstroke is even half as good as Black Panther, readers are in for a treat.

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Batman

Batman #1 cover by David Finch
DC Comics

Creative Team: Tom King, David Finch & Mikel Janin

Release Date: June 2016

It can't be an easy task taking over DC's flagship Batman series in the aftermath of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's five-year run. But if anyone can manage it, it's writer Tom King. King has made a huge splash at DC in the past couple years thanks to his work on books like Grayson and The Omega Men. King's voice is distinctive enough that even a character as popular and ever-present as Batman should feel fresh and exciting. Plus, King's background as a C.I.A. agent should offer an interesting perspective on Batman's vigilante exploits.

We're equally excited about the artists joining King on the new series. Mikel Janin is following King in the transition from Grayson to Batman, while David Finch is getting another crack at the Caped Crusader following his short Batman: The Dark Knight run.

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Nightwing

Nightwing #1 cover by Javi Fernandez
DC Comics

Creative Team: Tim Seeley, Javi Fernandez & Marcus To

Release Date: July 2016

In some ways we're sad to see Dick Grayson giving up his new career as a globe-trotting super-spy and getting back into the superhero game. But we can't deny that it's great to see Dick wearing the black and blue costume again for the first time since 2009.

It helps that, while Tom King is moving on to Batman, Grayson co-writer Tim Seeley is sticking around to shape this new era in Dick's life. Plus, one look at artist Javi Fernandez's covers for this new series and it's impossible not to be hooked.

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New Super-Man

New Super-Man art by Viktor Bogdonavic
DC Comics

Creative Team: Gene Luen Yang & Viktor Bogdonavic

Release Date: July 2016

DC has made a concerted effort to reach out to comic book creators who don't normally work on superhero comics. The most notable example being Gene Luen Yang, who prior to taking on Superman last year was best known for his graphic novel American Born Chinese.

Sadly, it never really seemed like Yang was able to tell the intimate, personal stories he does so well during his tenure on Superman. The fact that all the Superman comics have been swept up in one crossover after another is certainly to blame. But we're hoping Yang will have the opportunity to blaze his own trail with his follow-up DC book.

New Super-Man will focus on an entirely new character, a Shanghai-based teenager named Kenan Kong who somehow absorbs Superman's powers and has to learn the ropes of being a hero. For those who feel Superman isn't relatable as a character, this book may be just what the doctor ordered.

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Trinity

Trinity #1 cover by Francis Manapul
DC Comics

Creative Team: Francis Manapul & Clay Mann

Release Date: August 2016

Now that Wonder Woman has made her cinematic debut, DC is retiring Batman/Superman and replacing it with a new team-up series that explores the dynamic among Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince. As a trio, these characters haven't received the attention they've deserved lately, so it's good to see DC working to change that.

The real selling point of this book, however, is the fact that it's being written and drawn by Francis Manapul. One look at Manapul's gorgeous visuals in books like The Flash and Justice League should be all readers need to add this series to their pull list.  

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Batgirl & The Birds of Prey

Batgirl & The Birds of Prey Rebirth #1 cover by Yanick Paquette
DC Comics

Creative Team: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson & Claire Roe

Release Date: July 2016

If you only know the Birds of Prey from WB's short-lived TV series, it's time to educate yourself on this female-driven team of Gotham City heroes. Good thing DC is getting the band back together for Rebirth, with a new series that focuses on the core trio of Batgirl, Black Canary and Huntress. Without those three, it just doesn't feel like the Birds of Prey.

Another major selling point of this book is the fact that Julie Benson and Shawna Benson (writers on The CW's The 100) are co-writing the new series. We're confident they can offer a new spin on the Birds of Prey.

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Superman

Superman Rebirth #1 cover by Doug Mahnke
DC Comics

Creative Team: Pete Tomasi, Patrick Gleason & Doug Mahnke

Release Date: June 2016

Many readers have complained that the Superman in the New 52 universe simply doesn't live up to the classic version of the character. Apparently DC took those criticisms to heart, because the original Superman is returning to the forefront of the DC Universe with Rebirth. He'll be the focal character in both this series and Action Comics. As for New 52 Superman? We're not sure what's up with him.

We're giving the edge to Superman over Action Comics because it's set to reunite the Batman and Robin team of Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. Despite not manning the flagship Batman comic, Tomasi and Gleason delivered some of the best Batman stories in the New 52. Now we'll see if they can recapture that magic with the Man of Steel. Throw artist Doug Mahnke into the mix, and you have all the ingredients for a classic Superman saga.  

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All-Star Batman

All-Star Batman teaser by John Romita, Jr.
DC Comics

Creative Team: Scott Snyder, John Romita, Jr., Jock, Sean Murphy, Tula Lotay, Paul Pope & Afua Richardson

Release Date: August 2016

It seems that Scott Snyder just can't tear himself away from Gotham City. Even though Snyder and Greg Capullo are ending their Batman run with April's Batman #51, Snyder has more stories he wants to tell featuring some of Batman's most iconic villains. So while Tom King takes the reins of the core Batman comic, Snyder will be launching a new series called All-Star Batman. Unlike past All-Star books like All-Star Superman and All-Star Batman & Robin, this series is still set in regular DC continuity, but it will offer a more standalone format for readers who prefer to avoid crossovers. 

Look for All-Star to feature a variety of smaller storylines and single-issue stories featuring new takes on everyone from Two-Face to Catwoman to Mister Freeze. The art team alone makes this book worth watching, as Snyder will collaborate with everyone from Sean Murphy to Paul Pope to Tula Lotay.