Rebirth Review: Comics Released 12/29
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.
Action Comics #970 Can you be tried for something you haven’t done yet? And if the prophecy is ironclad, and you still innocent if you haven’t yet committed the crime? If that sounds interesting, you’ll find this Friendly.
All-Star Batman #5 While I thoroughly enjoyed the issue, it’s not an ideal place to on. But if you’re determined to get this Unfriendly issue, then you’re going to need to know that no small summary will do the story so far, but…. basically Two-Face has promised a lot of money to whomever kills Batman as Batman tries to get Two-Face somewhere. There’s a lot of people, and villains, trying to kill Batman.
Batgirl #6 Don’t be fooled by the epilogue label on this comic. For any passing fan of Batman’s associated characters this’ll be Friendly, as it is essentially a one shot comic set on a plane.
Batman Beyond #3 Another solid issue that’s more on the Unfriendly side than not. We’re only three issues in, so it’s well worth grabbing the first two to enjoy this comic to the fullest.
Deathstroke #9 Is going to be almost unpenetrable for new readers; Unfriendly seems too kind a rating.
Detective Comics #947 This is another arc concluding issue, and while it’s a fantastic comic, this isn’t the best jumping on point.If you want to get into this series, then either wait till next issue (it’s only two weeks) for the start of the next arc, or grab the last few issues if you can find them. Starting here will be a bit too Unfriendly.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #11 In order for this to be a Friendly comic, you’ll need to be aware of the fact that Hal Jordan died (but wasn’t really dead) and came back, and the Green Lantern Corps are working with a faction of the Sinestro Corps, and have been captured by a Brainiac working for the avarice fueled Orange Lanterns.
Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #2 I’ve found that the miniseries released post Rebirth have a tendency to be accessible on the first issue (more often than not), and then pretty Unfriendly from that point on unless you’ve read the previous issues, which is exactly what you have here.
The Flash #13 I missed the last issue completely, but it really doesn’t matter as this issue of The Flash is a very Friendly holiday theme issue that would be a single issue story were it not for the last few pages setting up the next arc.
Teen Titans #3 Robin assembled the Teen Titans to save them from a threat from his past, the Demon’s Fist, a group of teenage assassins working for The League of Assassins.The Teen Titans don’t entirely trust Robin yet, but he did manage to organize an escape from their assailants, so that’s something. It’s also where this now Friendly comic opens.
Titans #6 Yet another concluding chapter to the opening arc, so at this point I’m sure you can guess where this is going. However, because Titans have been very art and action heavy, a quick recap will help you find the Friendly; Wally West has returned after vanishing for five years because the evil techno-wizard Kadabra removed all memory of him. Reintroduced himself to the Titans, they bonded, but the team was attacked by said evil techno-wizard who set death traps for each of the Titans across the world. In order to save them Wally had too run faster than the speed of light, but by doing so he lost himself in the Speed Force….
Wonder Woman #13 This is one of the rarer Unfriendly issues of Wonder Woman, although it won’t be if you’ve read issue #11 (#12 is a different story – because it is literally a different story).