DC Rebirth Recap & Review: Comics Released 3/8
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.
Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #8 Of the two Batgirl comics DC are currently publishing, this is my favourite. This issue features Nightwing for some new-reader-Friendly fun with a new arc that also starts this issue.
Deathstroke #14 I’ve said for awhile that this would be best read in trade as the complex nature of the story can be hard to follow – and pick up – for new readers. But it’s so good, though.
Detective Comics #952 Lady Shiva, the world’s most deadly assassin has set her sights on Gotham… this is a Friendly issue as the first chapter spent a lot of time setting the scene, so there wasn’t a whole whack of story progression for you to miss out on.
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #16 If you want to read a brutal tale of a stubborn man punching way above his weight the look no further. If you want to know what’s going on? The Green and Yellow Lanterns have, for the most part, decided to work together to protect the universe, and are pulling in the errant Yellows. Guy Gardner decided to go off solo and challenge an alien to a fist fight. That’s about the gist of things. Friendly.
Justice League Of America #2 I have a lot of problems with this issue, chief of which (and the only one relevant to this post) is that it’s Unfriendly.
New Super-Man #9 I was going to write a recap of prior events in the series, but then I read the first page where Kenan Kong does exactly that. If you’re curious about this series, then this is a Friendly place to start (and it’s also a great series to pick up, too).
Red Hood And The Outlaws #9 A prologue to the next arc… it’s as Friendly a place to start with the series.
Suicide Squad #13 Amanda Waller was murdered two issues ago, and Rustam, one of the first members of the Squad captured Katanna and Flag… I think. I don’t really remember it all, to be totally honest, but you can follow the story easily enough if you start here.
Supergirl #7 I don’t recall what happened in the last issue that I read (and because I said I wouldn’t go back and reread an issue for this feature I don’t know if I missed an issue), but I still found this Friendly.
Superwoman #8 Taking a break from the regularly scheduled programming, we get a Superman Reborn tie-in. This is a wordy issue that will end up being a Friendly read… but you need to give it some time, and several pages, before it reaches that point.
The Flash #18 A new story starts here, which is generally a decent place to start reading the floppies, and this issue is no exception. This Friendly issue also really doesn’t need a recap, either, which is fantastic for new readers.
Titans #9 The team has just moved to Manhattan, and a former member (I think) has sought them out because he thinks his wife is in danger… but at the end of the last issue she seemed to be quite okay. So okay, in fact, she’s Bumble Bee! She may or may not have been tricked into working for a supervillain team under the guise of training (or curing) those with metahuman powers. I’m not sure and it’s been awhile since I read the last issue, but this one should be Friendly enough for you.
Wonder Woman #18 The dual story set up of this comic does make it hard to keep track of what’s going on when and in which of the two stories running in alternating issues (especially when the two stories take place within a similar time setting), almost to the point where even after having read every issue so far, I’d point you toward the trades rather than the single issues.