DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 6/21
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 – in some cases with a recap, in others without because sometimes things are forgotten. 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.
All-Star Batman #11 Last issue had a brilliant look at Alfred’s past as a rambunctious teen in England, while Batman went undercover as Bruce Wayne to infiltrate Penguin’s casino. Things hit the fan when he was mistaken for Hush (who has had surgery to look like Bruce). Oddly, a Friendlyish comic.
Aquaman #25 Not only is this comic the highlight of a series that’s been one of DC’s strongest since Rebirth began, it’s also one of the best places to dive in. It’s Friendly enough without a recap as you’ll be able to piece together the gist of things, but essentially Arthur has been deposed as King of Atlantis due to his Surface friendly policies, and he is currently believed dead.
Batman #25 There’s been a lot of buzz around this comic, and honestly? While it was Friendly, it was just an okay read to kick off a new arc.
Batwoman #4 The hardest part about this series is that I want to like it, but I can never remember the previous issues when I pick it up because it is, unfortunately, a very forgettable comic. Essentially that means there’s no recap this month (?) for Batwoman, other than the island Batwoman is on is about to blow up… ultimately, this is the finale of the first arc, so maybe wait till next issue to jump on board.
Green Arrow #25 Oliver Queen was presumed dead, until he showed his face again in Seattle… and was promptly arrested for being a douche (I actually think it had more to do with his former company, the one he got maneuvered out of, than him being a douche). This issue set up the future for Oliver Queen, and it is a Friendly set up.
Green Lanterns #25 This arc is all about the First Lantern, Volthoom, finally getting a chance to return home after ten billion years. It’s a long time… the story has been hinted at, and seeds have been planted, for several issues but ultimately this is still Friendly.
Nightwing #23 Nightwing’s back in Bludhaven and has been confronted with an old (or new?) enemy in Blockbuster (no, not the defunct rental place). Sadly I don’t remember much more, but the issue is still fun – and Friendly to boot.
Superman #25 Jon Kent has been mind controlled into turning against his father, and now he’s about to attack him. This isn’t the most Friendly issue, but it should be easy enough for you to pick up.
Super Sons #5 Sweet lord do I love this issue. It’s every bit as Friendly as you could hope for, and it’s really bloody good. This issue nails so much about the characters involved that you don’t need to have read the previous issues to be able to follow along and enjoy it. Genuinely highly recommended.
Trinity #10 There’s a bare bones recap at the beginning of this issue that works better with the visuals than anything I could give you. Friendly.