Rebirth Review: Comics Released 9/28
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. 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. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.
Action Comics #964 The second part of Superman, Meet Clark Kent can be read quite easily as a stand alone story. Needless to say, it’s a Friendly comic.
Batgirl #3 It’s nice to look at, but unless you’ve read the previous issues you’ll find this Unfriendly.
Batman Beyond Rebirth #1 The latest in the Rebirth specials aims to get you involved in the story from the beginning-ish. It’s not a bad comic, but it feels a little… like a knock off Batman story. It is Friendly, though, so there’s that.
Blue Beetle #1 As a first issue this isn’t quite as accessible as some of DC’s other series’ #1’s have been over the past few months. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing, as the origin-type information is all there, you just have to read between the lines a little more than you would have done before. A deceptively Friendly book that you may want to read twice.
Deathstroke #3 One of the most interesting things about this comic, and the series itself, is the segmented story telling. By having two to four different mini chapters spanning at least two different times in Deathstroke’s life, the reader needs to put the story together themselves to a certain extent. Unless you’ve read from the beginning, this isn’t easy to do based off this comic alone, making it quite Unfriendly.
Detective Comics #941 Probably the most Unfriendly comic in the series so far for new readers, and also for those who are following the series and haven’t read Batman #7 or Nightwing #5 as those issues contain the first two parts of the crossover story.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #5 A fifth issue shouldn’t be as easy to pick up as this. A Friendly comic, because there’s very little plot development here – and I don’t mean that as a negative.
Six Pack And Dog Welder: Hard Travelin’ Heroes #2 I have no idea what I just read, but it was surprisingly entertaining. Whether it’ll be Friendly or Unfriendly will depend on whether you’ve read the last issue, and you enjoy the style of story telling that Ennis is using here. I like it, but you may not.
Suicide Squad #3 If you haven’t read the previous issue, this will be an Unfriendly mess.
Teen Titans Rebirth #1 If you’ve never read a Teen Titans comic, then you’re in for a story about how somebody (no prize for guess who that is) is kidnapping the former team members. You can probably guess why they’re being kidnapped within the first couple of pages, but this is a Friendly introduction for those new to the team despite the predictability of the story (that doesn’t make it a bad story).
The Flash #7 is a tense ride that emphasizes the Flash’s inability to be everything he thinks he should be. I hesitate to call it a Friendly comic, because it straddles the line a little more than the last issue, but it’s a better comic than that and does establish the next chapter very effectively.
The Hellblazer #2 This is a surprisingly Friendly comic, once you get past the first few pages.
Titans #3 A half Friendly comic that has a couple of hints toward what will, probably, be a major event in the DCU in a couple years time.
Wonder Woman #7 This isn’t an ideal place to start as there’s no real recapping of previous events, but I urge you to read the last couple of odd numbered issue. This Unfriendly comic has a story that’s worth reading.