As we drift ever closer to the one-year anniversary of the start of DC Universe Rebirth, now seems like a pretty good time reflect on the craziness of DC’s line-wide reset. (Just don’t call it a reboot.) Since the infamous one-shot released, DC Comics characters across its universe returned to their roots, bringing with them oodles of continuity and character from years of comic history.
Characters like Green Arrow and Black Canary were brought back together after a long time apart, Superman became a husband and a dad once more, and the Green Lanterns returned to their main universe. Each book has been brought to life by a new creative team, and DC has made a huge push toward locking down its top talent. Who would have thought we’d go from a powerless Superman to the Big Blue Boy Scout we all know and love in just under a year?
It’s been a wild ride so far, and while plenty of what’s happened has been more than exciting, let’s take a look at the 15 most WTF moments of DC Rebirth so far.
15. BANE SENDS A MESSAGE TO BATMAN
One of the first major WTF moments of DC Rebirth’s “Batman” came in “Batman #16,” as Bruce Wayne was knee deep in a battle of wits with Bane. After a successful infiltration of Santa Prisca by Batman and co. to retrieve Psycho Pirate in hopes of rehabilitating Gotham Girl, Bane sets his sights on Gotham and, of course, to break the Bat. When Batman catches wind of Bane’s approach, he turns to his closest allies, the current and former Robins, and tells them to get out of dodge.
Of course, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin (Damian Wayne) don’t heed Batman’s wishes, and when Batman returns to a broken-in Batcave, he sees the bodies of his three Robins strung up, with nooses around their necks, and the words “I Am Bane” sprawled across their chests in blood. Talk about shock value. Of course, Bane hadn’t really killed them, and it was merely a threat. In response, Batman takes the three to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, where Supes puts them in cryo until this Bane barrage has passed.