If you're on the fence about trying DC Universe Rebirth #1 and the overwhelmingly positive reviews aren't enough for you, or you're a fan of The Flash on TV, enjoy the Arkham games, or love seeing Batman and Wonder Woman on the big screen but haven't ever tried a comicbook, writer Geoff Johns, who also works as Chief Creative Officer for DC Entertainment (which means, yeah, he's worked on all those other things, too) is making it much easier on you. If you don't like DC Universe Rebirth #1, he'll give you your money back, out of his own pocket.
"It's $2.99 for 80 pages. It's not a lot," Johns told Comicbook.com in an interview in New York. "If anyone wants to check out comics, wants to check out DC Universe Rebirth #1 and doesn't like it, they can mail [the comicbook] to Warner Bros., to me, and I will send them a check, I literally will, for both postage and for the book. I will buy all these books back because I believe in this issue a lot. I think it'll do very well. I hope it does well. But I seriously will, I'll buy back this book."
The creator is taking a step back from comicbook writing for awhile after this issue, as his work as CCO is increasing (especially his reported work in films), but specifically wanted to take on this project for one reason: he just plain loves these characters.
"The only reason I write these characters is because I love them. The only reason I want to spread the gospel of these characters is because I love when – like, when Blackest Night happened, suddenly a lot of people were like, 'I like Mera!' I was like, 'Me too, that's why I put her in there!' And New 52 launched and people were like, 'wow, I like Aquaman AND Mera!' (laughs)," Johns explained to us. For him, it all comes down to the whole reason he wrote this comic, and what he thinks has been missing from DC Comics.
"It's all about connection," Johns said. "I think a lot of people who are into this stuff like us, when I was in school I met my best friend because he was reading comic books. We made a connection through comics, and then I had a best friend in high school, who I'm still friends with. The chance to write a love letter, to put so much into this, it really felt like, 'okay, if I have to take a step back from writing comics for a bit,' I felt like this was a great opportunity to say thanks through a comic book. I think the compass of Hope and Optimism is in DC's DNA and it's important to get that out there."
DC Universe Rebirth #1, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Brad Anderson, Jason Wright, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Hi-Fi, Phil Jimenez, Matt Santorelli, and Gabe Eltaeb, plus letterer Nick J. Napolitano, helps to relaunch the DC Comics into a renewed era of "hope, optimism, and legacy," hits stores tomorrow (and many stores at midnight tonight).