DC Rebirth Recap & Review: Comics Released 3/1
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.
Batman #18 Batman verses Bane! Bane is in Gotham to retrieve the Psycho Pirate so the Pirate can use his mental powers to make Bane brave, or something like that. Batman needs the Pirate so he can reverse what he did to Gotham Girl, so he stole him from Bane in Santa Prisca and returned to Gotham. I honestly had to reread the last issue to remember what was going on here, so I’m calling it Unfriendly for that reason.
Cyborg #10 After the exhaustive nine part epic The Imitation Of Life concluded last issue we start things off with a new arc here. Everything you need to know about the story so far is provided at the beginning of the issue, although sometimes it feels more like forced explanation than natural story exposition, it does make for the Friendliest place to start reading the series we’ve had in months.
Green Arrow #18 Roy Harper returns to Seattle! This is actually a really Friendly issue for readers looking to learn a little more about Arsenal, and Green Arrow. Following Arsenal as he returns to his former home, we get an insight into the former mentor/protege relationship, and where they stand now… there’s a bit of background info not included in the comic (yet) but it all boils down to the fact that Oliver Queen is at rock bottom with no money, no control over his company, and is living in a forest because he has no home.
Green Lanterns #18 This issue is a Friendly one only in that it provides an origin story for Volthoom – the First Lantern – who has been terrorizing the two Green Lanterns in this title on and off over the last fifteen or less issues.
Harley Quinn #15 Having missed the last couple of issues, I have no idea what’s going on here, but it’s kinda entertaining and Friendly enough for you to just jump right in.
Justice League #16 I was going to write a recap of this before I started reading the comic, but then I opened it and right there bang on the front page is a very brief, but effective, recap for you. I still don’t really know what’s going on, but then neither do the Justice League, so while this issue may not seem Friendly, you’ve been given as much information as those who read the last issue by the end of it.
Nightwing #16 Now that Nightwing is back in Bludhaven and somewhat established, we find the series about to take him on a new story arc that, so far at least, is a Friendly place to jump into the best Batfamily book this week.
Superman #18 The other Clark Kent discovered that Lois Lane was already married to Superman (currently going by Clark Smith) in Action Comics #974 last week. This issue continues on from that with the Smith’s celebrating their anniversary. The Smith’s are the Pre-New 52 Lois and Clark, incidentally, with a son – Jon. Although this won’t the same impact on you if you’re just starting here, it is pretty Friendly.