In six days DC comics will end the New52 and return much of the DC Universe to the way it was pre-Flashpoint. Some of the elements of the New52 will remain and not all of the pre-New52 elements will return. The company has been careful to not call this a reboot (hence, rebirth) and often refers to the event as a “refocusing.” There’s been mission drift when it comes to the core characters of the DC Universe and it sounds like the leadership recognizes a need to get back to the fundamentals of what makes these characters great. Regardless of what’s actually happening, DC appears to be making some exciting and interesting changes to the way it handles the Universe. If you’d like to be among the first to crack open this new Universe there are a handful of stores hosting May 24 midnight release events. And, to sweeten the pot, Marvel has also given retailers the go-ahead to put their May 25 books out earlier than the contractually obligated street time. Here’s where you can go to experience Rebirth in the Bay Area on May 24:
Facebook listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/665375143600710
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
Comix Experience promises a party with plenty of surprises. The event is scheduled to start at 11:30 p.m.
Mission: Comics and Art
Facebook listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/1050705878342794
2250 Mission Street in San Francisco
Mission will offer 40 percent off all DC trade paperbacks.
Cape and Cowl Comics
Facebook listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/822156794595720
1601 Clay Street in Oakland
Cape and Cowl will host a DC trivia night until the clock strikes midnight. There will be prizes. Attendees are encouraged to BYOB.
All DC trades will be 30 percent off. Doors open 10 p.m.