^gotta keep up dat brand synergy.
anyways. I've caught up with the rebirth titles I've wanted to read.Gene Yangs 'New Superman':
Part of me was worried this series would ignore the elephant in the room. Namely, the fact that the Chinese government isn't very tolerant of free speech or democracy, and choose instead choose to focus on the superheroics using the Chinese backdrop as merely set-dressing. But to Gene Yang's credit it actually managed to discuss that theme without making it come off as overtly preachy.
I especially like the twist in issue four and five. The new Chinese Superman 'Kenan Kong' has to face off against his dad, the Supervillain Zhongdan, who is a leader of a legion of 'supervillains' who want to bring down the CCP. While Kenan and his fellow 'Superheroes' answer directly to the Beijing Government, and Kenan needs their resources to keep his powers in check.
I also like how Gene Yang slips some subtle commentary on Chinese Culture into the series . Like how the 'heroes' working for the Chinese government are cheap imitations of more well known superheroes. The CCP has 'Chinese Batman, Chinese Wonderwoman' who while powerful in their own right, pale in comparison to the American originals. While the members of the 'supervillain' team are mostly original characters, alongside some based in the Chinese Lore and myth that the CCP destroyed in the cultural revolution.
This is a kind of story we haven't really seen told using Superheroes. I'm interested to see where it goes, going forward. Teen Titans Rebirth Issue 01:
I like some of this issue, I don't really care for other parts.
what I liked:
Starfire is as powerful, kind, and sexy as ever. It addresses her origins and her mission.
Beastboy is pretty much exactly like I remember his character from the Original Teen Titans animated series. A jokey punster and party animal, who has terrible luck with the ladies.
Damien is definitely his fathers son, in terms of the 'tactician' department, unlike the Bat though he actually has a bit of a trollish sense of humor.
Fanservice (no not that kind)
What I didn't like:
I'm not a big fan of Ravens redesign. It looks a little too 'hot topic' for me. The red hair dye and piercings put more emphasis on the 'teen' over the 'titan'/
Wally West is black now. That ordinarily wouldn't bother me, but the thing is I think this version of the Flash would be better if he was his own original character, and not a reboot/retooling of an already existing character. He has the mannerisms and powerset down, but it's just the name 'wally west' that's makes me think of the previous version of the character and takes me out of the story.