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Wally West‘s return to the DCU continues in Titans: Rebirth #1. After being pulled back into existence by Barry Allen in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Wally gets a spiffy new costume and sets out to find his old teammates: the original Teen Titans. Of course this is problematic as none of his old friends knows who Wally is.

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Picking up its original numbering, Detective Comics returns as more of a Bat-Family book than a Batman solo title. Concerned that a new villain has been keeping tabs on Gotham’s vigilantes (Red Robin, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain), Batman enlists the help of Batwoman to get the younger generation trained for the battle yet to come. A Bat Book Camp, if you will. And, to throw a curve ball in the mix, Batman enlists Clayface to be part of the team.

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Sending the murder droids after their missing creator, Darth Vader turns his attention on his new assignment from the Emperor: find rogue scientist Cylo who is building his own cyber-fleet of ships. Finding Aphra drunk in a bar in the Outer Rim, Triple-Zero and Beetee cause murder and mayhem on a large scale before finally convincing their former master to accompany them back to Lord Vader.

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Because DC Universe: Rebirth #1 centered around Wally West and his connection the lost pre-New 52 DCU, and did such an amazing job of reintroducing the character back into DC Comics, The Flash: Rebirth #1 feels mostly redundant. There’s simply nothing new for writer Joshua Williamson to introduce.

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Still in the early days of DC Rebirth, DC Comics’ latest reboot which hopes to combine previous DC continuity with that of the New 52 into a new DCU, it’s obvious some characters are more aware of what is happening than others. Diana of Themyscira is aware of both her classic and (shitty) New 52 origins at the same time, using her Magic Lasso in an attempt to find out what is real she discovers she has been deceived. Have I mentioned yet how much I love the idea that the entirety of the New 52 was a super-villain plot to make DC suck?

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Apparently the House of Ideas is out of, well, ideas. Attempting to cash-in on the name recognition of one of Marvel’s biggest events, which coincidentally were just adapted for the basis of Marvel’s latest summer blockbuster, Civil War II offers a new story of the Marvel Universe heroes splitting into two “surprisingly” equal sides. While Civil War focused on what it meant to be a hero and offered debate about freedom and privacy versus safety and control, it’s sequel (as sequels are known to do) feels lightweight in comparison.

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Having escaped the mental institution and made it into the subway with his friends and other patients, Moon Knight has to deal with a host of mummies and Egyptian figures attempting to trap him and return him to his prison. Writer Jeff Lemire continues to blur the lines behind what is actually happening and Moon Knight’s perception of it. Although the other mentally unstable characters aren’t much more reliable than our main protagonist, the fact that they too see the subway station full of mummies helps confirm the odd reality Marc Spector is trapped isn’t only in his mind.

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Setting up next month’s conclusion to the twelve-part maxi-series, in Will Eisner’s The Spirit #11 our intrepid hero finally tracks down Sachet Spice, and, after putting the woman behind bars, the Spirit gets some answers about the reasons for his captivity in the island prison.

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Not to be confused with the mini-series that brought Hal Jordan back to the Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 resets the role of Green Lantern to Earth taking the upcoming series in a new direction. Rather than a single Green Lantern guarding the world it appears there will be two.

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Seizing on the mission statement of DC Universe: Rebirth #1 of returning more of the classic feel to both characters and the DCU, Green Arrow: Rebirth #1 returns Oliver Queen to Seattle (rather than Star City) and rekindles a romance forgotten by the New 52.

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