"Beginning with DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, the original universe evolves by mixing traditional values and a modern aesthetic."
Geoff Johns is telling a story—and it's got the attention of every-one in the room.
Johns stands in his usual position, in front of a wall-sized dry-erase board, surrounded by a couple dozen DC editorial staffers at the company's Burbank, CA, HQ Easy-going but confident, Johns—Chief Creative Officer for DC Entertainment, a guiding architect for comics, feature films, TV and video games—laid out his plans for the story that would become DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1.
After Johns had finished his presentation and the meeting had adjourned, one of the editors pulled the writer aside and proclaimed, "I wish I could forget everything you just said and read it as a fan."
The sentiment was shared by many of the editors; they'd attended creator read-throughs before, but none had generated a buzz like this.
It's Johns' hope that he can convince fans to avoid spoilers and pick up DC UNIVERSE- REBIRTH with fresh eyes and open minds. He promises it'll be well worth the effort for a story that's going to fundamentally shake everything you know about the DC Universe right down to its very core.
"The themes of [DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH] divide into four chapters," Johns explains. "The first one is about loss. It focuses on what perhaps has gone missing in our comic books, when it comes to the DC Universe. And historically what the DC Universe really is.
"The second chapter is about legacy. That's the main thing I feel has been lost from the DC Universe from the New 52 reboot. We're showing a kind of secret side of the DC Universe, where legacy comes into play again.
"The next chapter is love, and it's all about the love that's in the DC Universe…and that which has disappeared from the DC Universe. "The fourth chapter is titled 'Life,' which is about both the end and beginning of life."