Rebirth Review: Comics Released On 9/14
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.
There was whopping twelve comics released this week, and somehow I read ’em all, so without further ado…
Action Comics #963 The start of a story that will (hopefully) explain why there’s both a Clark Kent and a Superman running around Metropolis. As a jumping on point, this is actually a very Friendly one for new readers, because while this plot point was introduced in the previous arc, it wasn’t even close to being explained. All you need to know to get caught up is that one Superman was outed as Clark Kent before dying publicly only to have Lex Luthor take up the mantle of Superman. And then another Superman (the Superman from before the New 52, who ha a son with the Pre-New 52 Lois) turned up just in time to stop Doomsday. If that sounds confusing, well… yeah. That’s comics for you.
All-Star Batman #2 There’s really no other way to say this – as good as the comic is (and it really is) this an Unfriendly comic for new readers. If you’ve read the first issue, however, you’re good.
Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #2 This is one of those comics that’s kinda accessible to new readers, but it’d be better if you started with at least the first issue. Reading the Rebirth special would be ideal. For that reason, I’m saying this is Unfriendy.
Deathstroke #2 I’m going to say this was a Friendly comic because I don’t really remember what happened last issue, and the story of men hunting a leak is universal enough that you can follow along easily enough.
Detective Comics #940 It’s the finale of the current story arc, which makes this an Unfriendly comic.
Green Lanterns #6 Out of all the comics that have emerged from Rebirth, this has been one of the most consistently accessible for new readers. In part because Sam Humphries has a great narrative interplay between the two leads that does a fantastic job of giving you all the relevant information you’ll need to know for the upcoming story.
Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1 I have never read anything about Gotham Academy before, so I wondered going into this whether I’d find it easy to pick up or not.From the beginning it feels like I’m missing something, but the comic is Friendly enough to new readers.
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps This is another comic that just crosses over into Unfriendly territory if you haven’t read the first issue. But, much like All-Star Batman #2 above, this is a very good read. If you’re intending to pick this issue up, it’s well worth your while to track down the first issue when you’re heading to the comic shop.
New Super-Man #3 This is almost an unfriendly comic, but the crux of the plot story revolves around what’s happening now in the comic, and what’s to come. While it certainly helps if you’ve read previous issues, this is just Friendly enough to pick up and enjoy without having done so – but only just.
Red Hood And The Outlaws #2 A very entertaining issue that’s more Friendly than not. The interaction between Red Hood and Artemis explains enough about who each is for new readers, while furthering the plot just as much as the action.
Suicide Squad #2 It’s kinda sorta an Unfriendly comic, because the set up of last issue isn’t recapped that well for a new reader. You need to piece what you do get – which is the bare minimum – together as you’re reading the comic. But, that being said, this is a highly entertaining issue that’s worth reading whether you’ve read the first issue or not. So it’s kinda sorta Friendly too.
Superwoman #2 There’s a lot of text and narration in this issue, which makes it a pretty Friendly comic for new readers, as you’re able to get a good idea a to what’s happening (kinda) without having read the first issue.
The Flash #6 Despite being an issue full of reveals, those reveals won’t necessarily mean much (if anything) to new readers. If you’re starting at issue #6, you’ll find this Unfriendly, but if you’re already reading the series, you’ll be fine.
Teen Titans #24 It’s a nice issue (that should be read after Detective Comics #940) but it’s as Unfriendly a comic as you can get – probably because it’s technically a New 52 comic.
Wonder Woman #6 Continuing the tale of Wonder Woman’s Year One-like origin story from issue #4, this comic is both very good, but may not be for new readers. It straddles the line between Friendly and Unfriendly to the point where it’s tough to make the call either way. To make it easier on yourself, go back and read issues #2 and #4 (parts one and two of the origin story) – it’s well worth doing so.