While DC's Rebirth debut unquestionably sits atop this week's pull list, Geoff Johns' latest universe shifting tale isn't the only book worth grabbing this week:
DC Universe Rebirth #1
Our take: Clearly, this book is a must own for anyone planning to read even just one new release from DC Comics in the coming weeks. It's an 80-page, universe shifting tale written by Geoff Johns with art by Phil Jimenez, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis and Gary Frank for $2.99. Even if you're one of the people who read the Reddit spoilers and then the reactionary spoiler release from Geoff Johns in USA Today, you should buy this book.
DC'S Take: It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! THEY SAID IT: “Rebirth is about focusing in on the core of the character and their respective universe,” says writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. “It brings back what has been lost: the legacy of the characters, the love and the hope of the DCU!”
Our take: Shit, just as Grant (and all of us) were with Midnighter, losing this book really hurts my soul. I'm not ready for a Batgirl sans Babs Tarr. I'm just not. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who had such an influential impact on a character as she did with ... well ... Babs. Buy this book, frame that Babs Tarr cover and cry with me.
DC's take: With her friends starting new lives and Burnside changing all around her, it's time for Batgirl to decide what her next adventure will be-and it just might take her around the world!
Captain America Steve Rogers #1 (Marvel went nuts with variants, so keep an eye out)
Our take: The REBIRTH of a hero. hahahahahahaha. Marvel, you dirty dogs, you.
Marvel's take: He's back! The original Sentinel of Liberty returns, with a new shield, a new team, and a new mission! And he's not the only one who's back! Like the saying goes-- cut off one LIMB, two more will take its place! HAIL HYDRA! Rated T+
Spider-Man Deadpool #5
Our take: Of the obnoxious number of Deadpool titles out right now, this is the one to own. It's the perfect combination of Parker and Wilson, and shit, the story is getting juicy. Fun read, just don't venture too deep into the Deadpool-verse, we need Marvel to get control of this character again and stop using its name simply to use its name. (Each cover, the eyes on the half-faces are different. I love it)
Marvel's take: What the heck does this cover image mean?! Gotta grab this mag to find out, True Believers. PLUS! The truth about that weirdness at Parker Industries begins to be revealed! Rated T+
Obi-Wan and Anakin #5 (finale)
Our take: Marvel's Star Wars runs have been some of the best stuff of the year. As this series ends, pick up this issue and hope the quality can keep up with the quantity as we move forward!
Marvel's take: War breaks out...with our Jedi caught in the middle! Master and apprentice come to an important realization. Marvel's first Jedi-centric miniseries draws to a dramatic close! Rated T
Bloodshot Reborn #13
Our take: You know what Valiant does best? They create books for the fans, and Bloodshot is just another example for this. It's an easy series to jump on, it has four different covers this week and Jeff Lemire writes this title. High-quality stuff from a high-quality publisher.
Valiant's take: 'THE ANALOG MAN' slams into a wreckage-strewn showdown that will shatter Bloodshot's world?or what's left of it? Los Angeles. Thirty years later. The new mystery at the center of America's post-apocalyptic future stands revealed when Bloodshot and Ninjak fi nally discover the identity of the Man in the White Tower. Who is he? Why does he ruthlessly rule over Los Angeles? And what is his connection to the silent army of X-O Manowar sentries that police this world, the strange Goo-tech that pervades it?and to even Bloodshot himself?
Tokyo Ghost #7
Our take: Look, we've been drooling over this book since it came out. It's got that Mad Max dystopian feel to it with a futuristic sci-fi twist. Our close personal friend, Rick Remender, wrote the shit out of this book. He nails home an important message without shoving it down your throat. It's a fun ride with some fantastic art from Sean Murphy.
Image's take: The Tokyo Ghost has come to liberate New Los Angeles from the stranglehold of Flak Industries. But the powerful don't go down without a fight, and this fight's about to get ugly.