|Jose Luis Garcia Lopez would be proud.|
Well... DC: Rebirth, the comic I'd been waiting for nearly five years was read and you know what?
I didn't know just how much I missed these characters.
Just so much to take in but my greatest takeaway is that hope has returned to The DC Universe.
Legacy has returned. Heck, even the term, "DC Universe" is back in use again!
I smiled wide at the return of Ted Kord. I missed his stupid grin.
I laughed my ass off as writer Geoff Johns exploded his sensational character find of who-gives-a-crap, Pandora.
I was heartened by the vast numbers of youthful legacy characters gently easing themselves back into the fray.
The Batman dealing with the revelation that his greatest enemy may have pulled the greatest long con of all time. Explains a lot and a little bit of brilliance.
I gasped as Johnny Thunder is still causing trouble in this DC Universe.
I gasped as I saw Johnny Thunder in this DC Universe. There will be a Justice Society of America again.
In DC: Rebirth, we saw love return to DC Comics. Ray Palmer is still in love with a crazy person but the heart still wants what it wants. Black Canary and Green Arrow. It is a thing again and I'm looking forward to seeing them see each other again with new eyes.
Thank God, The Hawks were left out. They need a lot of fixing and Rebirth just ain't the place for that.
And Wally West. Yeah.
He's back. The Flash of a generation is back and I genuinely got a bit choked up as he accepted his fate in returning to limbo. I caught myself smiling when the one person he needed the most to remember him drew him back into being. Was just a very sweet, long-awaited moment.
New life and love he has to earn all over again. A fresh start worthy of a Scarlet Speedster.
All of this and nothing brought me more joy than the shorthand of showing a ring from the future and the hope it brings to the present.
And that ending... many will debate its merits but its the rare circumstance where you can point to one thing that changed so much. I'm looking forward to where The DC Universe is headed.
I haven't thought that, much less said that, in nearly five years.