DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee on why Rebirth is definitely not a reboot

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Jul 29, 2016, 6:04 PM EDT

Marvel Comics has turned the non-reboot “reboot” into an art form these days, and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee has opened up to provide some additional context about the publisher’s ongoing Rebirth relaunch.

First up, Lee tried to make it very clear: They’re not starting over, and said in no uncertain terms that “New 52 is within continuity, it’s not a reboot.” This makes sense, and we’ve already glimpsed some connective tissue in the initial Rebirth issues that have hit shelves (See: Flash, Titans, Green Arrow), as they attempt to make sense of all the disparate continuity hanging around. Lee noted DC has been a multiverse for a long time, and if anything, this is just more “bookkeeping” to make sense of it all.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments to Comic Book Resources:

“If you look at 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' to even New 52, they're all attempts to do some bookkeeping, and tighten up everything. But then you saw the mythology itself almost has its own sentience and will to define itself, because it's stories are kept in all our heads, and expressed through our creativity and the work that we do. In a way, it has spoken and said, 'No, there must be multiple versions.' And that seems to resonate with the fans. So yeah, I think it is an embracing of, 'Hey, these are the things that have always defined DC, made DC unique and interesting, and we love the fact that there are generational aspects.’ Those are things that we kind of overlooked or put to the side when we did New 52 that we're bringing back into it."

The Rebirth event has generated more than a few bestsellers (which is not uncommon when a reboot relaunch occurs), though the real tale of the tape will come in the coming months once we see how it all starts fitting together with the big mystery hanging over the whole thing. 

What have you thought of Rebirth? A step in the right direction, or post-New 52 triage?

(Via Comic Book Resources)