One of the biggest mysteries spinning out of "DC Universe: Rebirth" #1 is how have the characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' "Watchmen" series manipulated DC Comics continuity. In the latest issue of DC's "Direct Currents" magazine, co-publisher Dan DiDio gives information on when fans can expect to find the answer to that question.
"Everyone at DC knows how interested readers are in the seeds planted in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1," DiDio says. "Your patience will be rewarded in 2017."
"You'll start to see some of the great mysteries of REBIRTH addressed very soon," DiDio continued. "There's the mystery of the Atom: what happened to Ray Palmer? Ryan Choi's journey to find out what became of his mentor will appear front and center in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. There was also that mysterious little button found in the Batcave. Batman and Flash will be joining forces to forensically find out what it is and, more importantly, where it came from. And Mr. Oz: what exactly is his deal? Is he gathering heroes? If so, why? Mr. Oz will be coming to the forefront in the first half of the year, as well."
The smiley face button with blood on it has long been associated with "Watchmen." Also, there is speculation that the mysterious hooded figure in the "Superman" titles is Ozymandias, and Dr. Manhattan appeared on the final page of "DC Universe: Rebirth" #1. 2017 is shaping up to be a big year for DC Comics as these mysteries, and more, will begin to take on a clearer, more-defined shape.