DC Rebirth: Recap And Review

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And 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 – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

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. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. Generally, the quality of an issue won’t be discussed unless it directly impacts a new reader’s enjoyment of the series.

You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often). If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


 

aqm_cv14_open_order_varAquaman #14 If you’ve never read Aquaman before, then in order to make this Friendly you’ll need to know that the King of Atlantis has been framed. The USA is attacking Atlantis because a shadowy organisation is trying (and currently succeeding)to instigate a war between the two nations. Aquaman has had no luck in trying to prove his innocence, and is about to be assassinated by some US marines turned into killer hybrid human/sea-creatures. Oh, and Aquaman is a fucking bad ass.

Batman #14 Having just returned from a five issue sojourn to Bane’s Santa Prisca prison because Batman needed to “liberate” a villain to save a character introduced in the first issue of the series. However the only thing that’s relevant to this issue is that Catwoman has, allegedly, murdered quite a few people. This is a Friendly issue of Batman, and I suspect it’ll be an ideal place to hop in before the next long arc begins.

Cyborg #8 I have no idea why the events in this comic are happening specifically, but I’m sure it makes sense if you do know because it still made sense to me with only this issue to read. This is a surprisingly Freindly comic, more or less.

Green Arrow #14 Oliver Queen is “dead” and Green Arrow has been framed for multiple murders, leaving the Emerald Archer essentially living a true Robin Hood life in the trees outside Seattle. Black Canary has broken into the police station, just as Ollie failed to prevent another murder in a pretty big way… the rest of the recap will come courtesy of this Friendly issue.

Green Lanterns #14 This issue has the now-standard recappy bit at the beginning via the two Green Lanterns thought bubbles, which covers more than you’d expect of the relevant events so far, make this comic Friendly enough for new readers without any recap here.

harley-cv11_dsHarley Quinn #11 The first part of a new arc that has minor ties to previous events in the comic (Harley may or may not have received a gift from Mistah Jay in a previous issue), make this a pretty Friendly jumping on point.

Justice League #12 There’s absolutely no relevance to previous events in this issue that instead serves to provide some background on the villain in the Justice League Vs The Suicide Squad series. Technically a accessible issue, but not the best place to start seeing as how there is barely any mention of the Justice League. For that reason I’m saying this is Unfriendly.

Justice League Of America: The Atom Rebirth  There’s nothing to recap here, and you won’t find a Friendlier place to start reading this series.

Justice League Vs The Suicide Squad #3 A supervillain broke some other villains out of  hidden prison, at the same time the Suicide Squad captured the Justice League after new member Killer Frost drained Superman’s life force (he’s probably not dead). We find out why in this issue, which is just about Friendly enough to just jump into.

Nightwing #12 Dick Grayson has returned to Bludhaven to find himself. The reasons why are currently irrelevant, but the former Robin has stumbled upon a support group for reforming supervillains who are getting framed for murders, so he’s decided to help. Oh, and he’s also somehow become a part of Bludhaven’s advertising campaign to attract tourists. This is Friendlier than you’d expect.

Superman #14 A recap won’t help you here. but Superman being confused will. This is a Friendly enough issue, I guess. that kicks off a new arc for the Man of Steel.