This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on July 6, 2016.
We are more than a month into the DC Rebirth event and there’s plenty to be excited about. Whether it’s the ragtag group of Gothamites fighting to save the city in Detective Comics or the big changes facing Diana in Wonder Woman or the return of Ollie and Dinah’s romance in Green Arrow, there really seems to be something for every superhero fan in this relaunch. But wait, there’s more…
If you haven’t been paying attention, DC Comics is spreading the Rebirth launches across the entire summer. It’s a key lesson learned from the one month rush of the New 52, giving new and returning readers a much needed breather to check out all of comics coming down the line. We’re currently in an “off week” before the next big push begins. It’s a great time to look around and figure out which upcoming Rebirth comics are worth requesting ahead of time.
Here at ComicBook.Com we’ve selected ten of our hottest picks to recommend checking out. Take a look here to figure out which new DC Comics you need to add to your pull file this summer.
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by John Romita Jr., Jock, Sean Murphy, Declan Shalvey, and others
Both Batman and Detective Comics are off to very strong starts, but who isn’t excited to see what Scott Snyder will do when returning to this icon after a brief hiatus? Unlike his run on Batman, which was marked by epic scale stories, All-Star Batman will provide a focus on a variety of foes in a road trip scenario. The most exciting component of the book has to be the rotating team of artists though. From former Snyder collaborators like Jock and Sean Murphy to new teammates like John Romita Jr. and Declan Shalvey, this is truly an all-star lineup.
Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1
Written by John Ostrander
Art by Gus Vazquez
There is no creator more important to the Suicide Squad franchise than John Ostrander. It was his definitive run as the writer of the series in the late 80s and early 90s, accompanied by wife Kim Yale, that made the Squad a permanent part of the DC Universe and created a following for characters like Amanda Waller and Deadshot. Now Ostrander is returning to tell one more tale with the dangerous men and women he spent so much time with. It’s a perfect chance for old fans to get one more dose of Ostrander’s writing and new ones to discover this DC trailblazer.
Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art by Viktor Bodganovic
When Gene Luen Yang joined DC Comics last year it was a major coup. Yang is a voice for comics on an international level, acting as an advocate for the entire medium. His work on American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints are taught in schools, and for good reason. Now the writer is bringing his unique perspective on comics and identity to the greatest superhero icon of all time: Superman. If that wasn’t reason enough to be excited, previews of rising star Viktor Bodganovic’s artwork reveal this series won’t just be thoughtful, it’ll be stunning.
Written by Hope Larson
Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Perhaps the single most significant success to come late in the New 52 era of DC Comics was the “Batgirl of Burnside”. While the creators of that era have departed, they’ve left the character and concept in very good hands. Larson is about to break into mainstream comics in a big way based on a very impressive resume and Albuquerque’s work at DC Comics speaks for itself. There’s no doubt that Batgirl will continue to kick butt and have fun in Gotham’s coolest up and coming neighborhood.
Written by Christopher Priest
Art by Carlo Pagulyan, Igor Vitorino, and Felipe Watanabe
Christopher Priest has been away from superhero comics for a little while, so it’s understandable why this wasn’t the most talked about announcement from the DC Rebirth launch event. But it definitely should have been. Priest’s Black Panther is a work of incredible passion, political thought, and humor. Now he’s bringing all of that to DC’s deadliest mercenary: Deathstroke. With a killer art team, this bi-weekly series should provide plenty of unexpected twists on this classic character.
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Brian Ching
If you didn’t read Steve Orlando’s work on Midnighter, you missed out on something special. But now Orlando is back with stylish new artist Brian Ching on something very different. Whereas Midnighter embraced violence and blood, it looks like the sun will be shining and optimism will be in the air in Supergirl. A variety of different Supermen are battling it out for that title, but there’s only one Supergirl at DC Comics and it looks like she’s here to stay.
Suicide Squad: Most Wanted
Written by Jai Nitz, Michael Moreci, Christopher Sebela, and more
Art by Cliff Richards, Oscar Bazaldua, and more
With the Suicide Squad movie hitting theaters in August, it only makes sense that there will be a lot of comics on the shelves for new fans to discover. In addition to a new series and the previously mentioned one-shot, this “Most Wanted” mini-series will highlight many of the Squad’s unique members. It will also serve to highlight some of the most exciting new talent at DC Comics with Michael Moreci covering a Captain Boomerang story and Christopher Sebela working on Killer Croc. It’s a great opportunity to discover new comics talent and new favorite baddies.
Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Scott Kolins
Many fans have been waiting since the beginnings of Infinite Crisis for Ted Kord to return. Others have longed for Jaime Reyes to show off his full potential since his New 52 series was cancelled. Now we can get the best of both worlds as these two fan favorite holders of the Blue Beetle title team up to save the day. Keith Giffen’s trademark humor can be expected along with some excellent action sequences from Scot Kolins in a series that will be the answer to many prayers.
Written by Simon Oliver
Art by Moritat
When you think of John Constantine, you probably think of the dregs of humanity. His story is composed of bad choices and even worse monsters. There are few better creative teams at DC Comics to portray that than writer Simon Oliver and artist Moritat. Oliver’s work on The Exterminators and Moritat’s on Elephantmen shows they know how to deliver the grotesque alongside some fascinating, if ugly, characters. This very well may be the version of The Hellblazer that fans have been seeking since the end of Constantine’s time at Vertigo.
Written by Francis Manapul
Art by Francis Manapul and Clay Mann
There are no three characters more emblematic of DC Comics than Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. While there have been plenty of team up series between two of these three, DC Comics isn’t playing a Meatloaf song and it’s time we got the complete deal. Not only will all three of these characters be around, but they’ll be beautifully presented by one of DC Comics’ best artists (and now writers) Francis Manapul. Whatever happens here, it will be glorious to look at.