DC Rebirth Recap & Review: Comics Released 2/15

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.

I had a busy week this week, so I didn’t get a chance to read everything – notably Raven #6, Harley Quinn #14, and Odyssey Of The Amazons #2.


 

bm_cv17_dsAquaman #17 This issue is pretty much ah Friendly on it’s own, even if it may not seem so at first. The only relevant bits from the last few arcs is that Aquaman is struggling with his public image as King of Atlantis.

Batman #17 Building upon almost everything that has happened in the last 16 issues, this comic isn’t going to be immediately accessible to new readers. I’ll try and give you a brief recap, but it may still prove to be Unfriendly. In the first arc, Batman met Gotham and Gotham Girl who fell under the mind trap of the Psycho Pirate who made Gotham Girl petrified of everything. Somehow the Pirate ended  up in a prisons ruled by Bane. In order to help Gotham Girl, Batman assembled a squad and retrieved (read forcibly removed) the Pirate from Bane’s prison in order to have him undo what he did to Gotham Girl – a proces that’ll take five days. Knowing that Bane is now quite pissed at the loss of the Pirate and wants revenge, Batman tried to convince Nightwing, Red Hood  and Robin to leave Gotham, only to find them hanging in the cave at the end of last issue.

Batwoman Rebirth #1 If the comic designed to catch you up with Batwoman and set you up for her up coming series isn’t Friendly then there’s something horribly wrong… and right up until the final page, it really is.

Green Arrow #16 Green Arrow has been dragged through the mud recently, with Malcolm Merlyn murdering people with green arrows to frame the Emerald Archer for multiple murders, the most recent of which was Ollie’s friend the police chief. As far as jumping into a series with no background info, this is actually one of the Friendlier ones to do that with.

Green Lanterns #16 The Green Lanterns are in Gotham to help Batman with a Yellow Lantern problem. Last issue saw the Scarecrow infecting people with fear through viral videos, and when one of those he caught in his grasp was Alfred, Simon Baz may have begun to regret his choice to carry a gun…  this is Friendly enough as a jumping on point, I suppose.

ntw_cv15_ds-2Justice League #15 At this point, it’s reasonable to assume you know at least half of the Justice League, and as this is the first part of a new story that really doesn’t require any previous knowledge of the last 14 issues. For that reason it’s Friendly, but be prepared to have no idea what’s going on till next issue.

Nightwing #15 There’s a fair bit that I could recap, but at the end of the day, this is a Friendly comic whether you know what happened prior to this issue or not – which is kind of an interesting thing to say about an epilogue.

Superman #17 A standalone story featuring Superman’s son, Jon. The comic is as Friendly as you’d expect it to be without really featuring Superman at all.

Super Sons #1 The first issue of a series about the sons of Superman and Batman? Oh it’s Friendly.

Trinity #6 Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman have been trapped in a dream world by a plant-child created by Poison Ivy whilst the evil Mongul uses Superman’s body to escape the dream world he was trapped in… this probably sounds stupid, but it’s actually quite Friendly.