Fans were hopeful when DC Comics announced the “Rebirth” initiative earlier this summer, but nobody was prepared for just how successful the brand-enriching effort would be. Rebirth promised to build on the continuity of each DC major title with special “Rebirth #1” issues, see major titles release two issues per month, and set each comic at $2.99 USD. The initiative catapulted DC to the top of the game, surpassing Marvel in sales and market share this July and shipping out 12 million “Rebirth” comic books this summer alone. New readers looking to follow “Rebirth” can check out our complete guide before diving in.
As we head into the fall, fans can expect a new Rebirth issue of the Trinity arc, plus updates on smash titles like “Harley Quinn“ and “Batman.” And now, DC publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee have announced their first big quarterly event for the Rebirth initiative: a miniseries titled Justice League vs. Suicide Squad.
The series will kick off this December and consist of six issues, two of which will debut in December, and four of which will come out in January. The crossover event, which has been in the works for some time, will also incorporate “Suicide Squad” #9 and #10, as well as “Justice League” #12 and #13 in January. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The story will revolve around Batman questioning the need for Waller’s Task Force X in a world where the Justice League already exists,” though it will also see the two factions unite against a common enemy. Writer Joshua Williamson, of “The Flash” fame, revealed that the series would do its best to do service to both teams’ many dynamic characters, as well as introduce Suicide Squad’s newest member, Killer Frost. “Do you believe in second chances? I think that’s a big part of what Rebirth has been about,” Williamson said, hinting at the series’s focus on redemption.
Check out the first artwork from Justice League vs. Suicide Squad below, courtesy of artist Jason Fabok (whom readers will remember from his acclaimed work on “Justice League: Darkseid War”):
Rebirth was DC’s attempt to draw in readers who felt alienated by their 2011 New 52 relaunch. DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns compared the initiative to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which drew attention away from the franchise’s regrettable prequels:
“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. That’s what I want to do with this.”
With the outstanding success of Rebirth thus far, DC hopes to maintain high sales and interest in the initiative as it wears on. Big quarterly events, of which Justice League vs. Suicide Squad is the first, have been designed to sustain readership. It’s also notable that this series will debut sandwiched between the cinematic premieres of Suicide Squad and Justice League, respectively. Though the comics arm of DC is kept completely separate from the DCEU, this apt timing may offer fans the opportunity to feel fully immersed in all things DC.
“Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1” hits shelves this December.
Source: The Wall Street Journal