Rebirth Review: Comics Released 12/21

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 comic 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  sometimes forget to pick them up (although that doesn’t happen often). 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.


aqm_cv13_open_order_varAquaman #13 Oh man. I never expected that I would be loving this series as much as I am right now, and if you give it half a chance, then you’ll probably be all in too. As  a recap, Atlantis is being attacked by a mysterious organisation called N.E.M.O. posing as the United States. That same organisation is also attacking the US posing as agents of Atlantis as they try to incite a war between the two nations. Unusually for a comic, you get the genuine sense that they may just succeed, and when the Justice League show up on Aquaman’s doorstep then shit just got incredibly real. This issue is Friendly enough that you’ll be able to just dive in (pun intended).

Batman #13 Look, let’s be completely honest; not only does this issue pale in comparison to Batman #12, it’s also quite Unfriendly to boot. Hopefully that won’t be the case with #14.

Cyborg #7 There’s enough of a recap during the opening segments of this comics to make it Friendly enough if you want to start here, but the comic itself wasn’t the best DC offered this week, so if you’re looking for a new series to test out  then it may be better to look elsewhere.

Harley Quinn #10 Harley heads to the mall to see Santa Claus in an irreverent, yet Friendly, comic that comes in a distinctly Holiday themed issue that shouldn’t work. And if it was anybody other than Harley Quinn, it probably wouldn’t.

Green Arrow #13 As far as jumping on points go, you could do a lot worse than look here. Ollie is (probably) being framed by another archer for killing some seemingly innocent ga_cv13_open_order_varpeople, but despite that there’s a much lighter tone to the comic than you’d expect, which may have more to do with the colour pallet than anything else. If Green Lantern interests you, then you won’t go wrong with this Friendly issue.

Green Lanterns #13 As the two Green Lanterns face their deepest fears, we get to see a little background on the First Lantern. Which is fine, I guess. It’s not that this comic isn’t Friendly enough, it’s just not a great representation of the series’ quality.

Justice League #11 The Justice League face more villains than I know the names of, over the fate of an incredibly powerful virus housed on an iPad. Despite being the conclusion to the story, this is an entertainingly Friendly issue simply because of how much shit hits the fan.

Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #1 Assuming you have at least an idea of who each team is, then get ready for a miniseries that takes after Marvel’s favourite trick of pitting hero against hero. Or hero against antihero, I suppose if you want to be technical. Either way, being the first issue you’ll find this as Freindly as it’s going get.

Nightwing #11 If you’ve ever been curious about Dick Grayson’s post robin life then this is the second best place to start reading Nightwing post Rebirth (the best place being last issue). Not only does writer Tim Seeley bring new readers on board effortlessly, he does it in a very subtle and very Dick Grayson-like way. Friendly, and very good.

Superman #13 You can read this as a one shot story, even though it is the second part of a ntw_cv11_dstwo part story. Obviously that makes this a Friendly comic, but I’d still recommend you pick up part one as well if for no other reason than to watch Superman confront Frankenstein.

Trinity #4 This comic borders the line between being friendly and unfriendly to new readers simply because the scene featuring Lois is given absolutely no context unless you’ve read the previous issue or two (I also don’t really know how to explain it, either, without giving a whole lot away). That being said, this is really quite enjoyable so for that reason I’m weighing this slight more Friendly than not.