Nightwing was one of my most anticipated DC Rebirth titles when it was first announced, but four issues and a Rebirth one shot later I still feel like there’s something missing with this series. It’s great to see Dick Grayson as Nightwing again, but this new volume’s themes seem repetitive of the themes from Grayson.
Instead of Dick being a super spy working on the inside to take down Spyral, he is now Nightwing working on the inside to take down the Court of Owls. I want to see a Nightwing series where Dick Grayson is just being himself. The main theme of Nightwing should be hope instead of being someone you’re not.
4. Green Arrow
I’m a huge Green Arrow fan, but I’ve been disappointed with the character’s portrayal in recent years. Ben Percy, who wrote Green Arrow as a werewolf, returns as the writer for Green Arrow’s DC Rebirth title. I do like this run a little more than Percy’s New 52 run, but I still feel like this title is missing a lot of things that make Green Arrow — well Green Arrow. The title still has this looming horror tone to the book, which I don’t think fits Oliver’s character.
Percy tries to keep Green Arrow fans happy with the return of Black Canary, Diggle, and Emiko; but their return feels more like fan service. A lot of these relationships develop way to quickly just to make fans happy. The story needs to instead re-build these relationships to make them convincing.
This was also a title I was very optimistic about when it was first announced. I liked the idea of a Deathstroke book that focused more on his family, but after reading two issues the book seems uneven. The family story is okay and has potential, but the rest of the book is boring.
The dialogue needs to become more personal and less exposition heavy because right not there is no hook for the book for me.
2. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps
Sam Humphries is working on the flagship Green Lantern book, Green Lanterns, and Vendetti continues his Green Lantern run with Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns Corps.
Sadly, this title doesn’t bring anything new to the Green Lantern franchise, and feels repetitive from arcs we have seen before with Sinestro and Hal Jordan. The series needs to share screen time with Hal and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps. This could bring more dynamics to the series.
1. Justice League
The most disappointing DC Rebirth title is DC Comics’ flagship book, Justice League. The best word I can find to define this run of Justice League is generic. You can skip an issue or two, and not feel like you missed anything. A flagship book shouldn’t feel that way. I wish I could say that the plot doesn’t move because the series is building its characters, but their chemistry is off in this series.
The artwork is as bland as the storytelling, which is disappointing. This is mostly the fault of the color palette for the book. Justice League should stand out a series with both the storytelling and the artwork.
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