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Rebirth Rumor: Is DC Comics Planning to KILL THE PRESIDENT?!

Written by Jude Terror on Monday, February 22 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

Rebirth Rumor: Is DC Comics Planning to KILL THE PRESIDENT?!

Dan Didio just promised 'the single most controversial scene in DC Comics' for Rebirth #1, and it lines up with a rumor we've been hearing for the past month.



According to rumors going around the rumor mill, which The Outhouse can EXXXCLUSIVELY confirm to be an actual abandoned mill in which shady comics media characters like Rich Johnston congregate to trade gossip and smoke cigarettes after school, DC Comics may be planning to KILL THE PRESIDENT in its next super-mega-crossover event storyline (working title: PLEASE GOD WE HOPE THIS WORKS WE'RE REALLY DESPERATE CRISIS). Resorting to shocking character deaths to boost sales is a tried and true tactic in the comics business, but KILLING THE PRESIDENT takes things to another level, especially in a nation like the United States that is more politically divided than ever before (unless you count that whole Civil War misunderstanding). This tactic could garner DC a lot of publicity for their upcoming #Rebirth reboot, but will it be good publicity, or will it be the same kind of publicity Donald Trump gets? Does DC even care?

While we first heard this rumor last month, right before #Rebirth became a thing, a recent interview from DC Co-Publisher Dan Didio on ComicVine may point to it being true. Speaking about the upcoming Rebirth #1 one-shot that kicks off the reboot (or whatever it is), Didio promised the most controversial scene in his entire DC tenure.

"I think you'll be extraordinarily surprised and excited by what's in there," DiDio said before pausing for a full thirty seconds waiting for someone to make a "that's what she said" joke. Saddened by the lack of response, Didio continued, "And it's going to have what I believe is probably the single most controversial scene in DC Comics in all the time that I've been there."

It's a bold claim. Would KILLING THE PRESIDENT fit the bill? We think it would. We also think it gives us another opportunity to type KILL THE PRESIDENT in all uppercase letters in hopes of boosting our SEO ranking for the topic and landing the website, and DC Comics, on several FBI watch lists. Whatever the case, this is a real rumor we've heard, from actual, honest-to-goodness inside sources, and while it may or may not ultimately turn out to be true, we're running with it anyway, because, honestly, there's really no accountability for being wrong about these things, but if you're right, you get to brag about it for years to come.

We're pretty sure that Rich Johnston himself has been dying to run with this story for months, but his journalistic integrity will prohibit him from doing anything other than hint at it until he gets an official confirmation of some sort, or until someone posts it on 4chan - whichever comes first. Well, The Outhouse scoffs at journalistic integrity, and we still can't figure out how to work 4chan, so we're revealing it right now! Will it turn out to be true? Who knows! All that matters is, if it is, you heard it here first (well, except for at Bleeding Cool, but that totally doesn't count)! Pip pip!

In the event that we're wrong, please post your speculation on what DC's "most controversial scene ever" will be so that we still claim we said it first if you get it right. Thanks!

UPDATE: Article updated to reflect that fact that that sneaky bastard Rich Johnston has been dancing around the rumor since December, unwilling to pull the trigger. But you know who ISN'T afraid to pull the trigger? Dan Didio, because DC Comics is going to KILL THE PRESIDENT!!!





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Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.


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