Rebirth Review: Comics Released On 9/8
Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Rebirth Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers.
Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series, with more consideration given for the specific issue being read when it comes to the final rating than the series overall. Obviously first issue will tend to be more accessible for new readers than not, but so far there’s been a large number of issues released beyond the first issue that also provide a good jumping on point.
You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I have a memory like a sieve and sometimes forget to pick them up. Because we’re focusing on the accessibility of DC‘s Rebirth branded comics typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events I’ve missed. When I’ve noticed that I missed an issue I’ll point it out, otherwise I probably won’t mention it.
Now that that’s out of the way, shall we get to this week’s Rebirth comics?
While this isn’t an ideal place for new readers, there’s enough background information spattered throughout the comic – both of recent events and the general feeling about Aquaman – that make this a Friendly comic; and that’s something that honestly surprises me.
This issue is the epilogue to the story told within the first five issues – which means that by focusing on wrapping up that story, this may be more Unfriendly that not. New readers should wait till the next issue to start reading this series.
Cyborg Rebirth #1
I have never read an issue featuring Cyborg as the main character, and so aside from a handful of Justice League comics from the New 52 I know nothing about the character, besides his basic origins. This comic was a decent enough introduction, although it told me only a little more than I already knew about the character, it was able to flesh out a lot that I had only a general idea about – all intertwined with scenes of Cyborg taking out a cool villain. Friendly all around.
Green Arrow #6
This issue focuses more on Emiko Queen’s story, and aside from a little bit of unfamiliarity with the character that I had, the comic was very Friendly. There’s a few references to the previous arc, but nothing that you actually need to have read that story to understand.
Harley Quinn #3
As the final part in a crazy fun three part alien-zombie-mash up story, this isn’t going be an easy place to jump into the series as the next issue will be. As with Batman #6 above, new readers should aim for the next issue. Unfriendly, but only for new readers – the first three issues are worth reading if you want to turn your brain off.
Justice League #6
Without any preamble, this is an Unfriendly comic. It’s also not really worth reading when DC have some other, better, comics out this week – as does almost every publisher, to be honest.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the easiest comic to follow along with, even though I have been following the series since the beginning. For new readers, this is one of the most Unfriendly of the week as there really isn’t any moments where the previous events have been recapped, or partly explained
It’s a first issue, so it must be easy for new readers to pick up, right? It absolutely is, whether you’ve read the Rebirth special or not, you can pick this up and immerse yourself into the world of Supergirl. Very good, and very Friendly.
If you’re just jumping into Superman now, and you’re able to accept certain things about the plot that are (barely) explained later in the comic (such as why is Lois wearing a mechanized Bat-armour), then this is surprisingly Friendly for what is, effectively, the final chapter in the opening arc.