Evidently, enough time has passed since the launch of DC Comics’ New 52 company-wide reboot to warrant yet another high-profile reboot to garner interest and boost comic book sales. But DC Comics Rebirth isn’t so much a reboot as it is a re-integration of other characters and conditions from DC’s past. And while Rebirth #1 provides a great jumping off point if you’re thinking about following any of DC’s titles on a monthly basis, it’s still got enough plot twists and turns to puzzle new readers.
To help you make sense of it all, we’ve broken down all the major moments and provided some context to them so you can decide for yourself whether you think you’ll love or hate what they’ve done with characters.
Be warned: Some spoilers ahead.
12. Wally West Becomes One With The Speed Force
Longtime Flash readers will know that characters who are imbued with the Speed Force tend to suck at dying. It has something to do with them becoming one with the same energies that grant them their super speed powers. We know it happened to Barry Allen at one point when he was thought dead, and now, in Rebirth #1 we see it happen to Wally West, the original Kid Flash who disappeared when the advent of the New 52 following the Flashpoint storyline.
As part of the Speed Force, Wally attempts to warn his friends that something is terribly wrong. In a few instances he’s able to pull himself back into the real world and make contact with a few key heroes and loved ones, but sadly, none of the people he makes contact with have any recollection of who he is. That is, until he finally encounters his mentor Barry Allen.
As the Speed Force quickly begins to disintegrate Wally’s body, Barry remembers who he is and that memory seems to be powerful enough to not only hold Wally’s body together, but also dredge up other memories from the old pre-New 52 universe — most notably the events of Flashpoint — which causes Barry to blame himself for everything.