DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 6/28

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.

DTC_Cv959_dsAction Comics #983 Superman’s greatest enemies are teaming up to destroy him. The Eradictor and Cyborg Superman have just freed General Zod, who has agreed to work with the Anti-Superman Squad (not the official name) so they’ll give him access to the Phantom Zone where his army is held prisoner. Oh, and Superman has lost his eyesight, which puts him at a slight disadvantage… This is Friendly, and a must read.

Batman Beyond #9 Damian Wayne is the current head of the League of Assassins, and he’s lured Terry, wearing a deadly prototype suit, to his mountain stronghold – and an aging Bruce Wayne has followed. An action packed, Friendly, issue that fills in a few gaps in the space between the current DC stories and the Beyond timeline.

Detective Comics #959 There’s a slightly large robot version of Azreal hunting former members of Azreal’s former order, the Order of St. Dumas. It has already stabbed a creature now laying in the Belfry under the care of Team Batman, and now Zatanna has just dropped a few rocks or something on its head when it appeared at a poker game Bruce Wayne was attending It’s a Friendly issue, oddly enough.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #23 I don’t really remember the last issue, but this is oddly Friendly.

Justice League Of America #9  Do you know the story of Tarzan? Basically, that’s the HJGLC_Cv23_dsnew guy, Makson, but twisted to a more evil version of Edgar Rice Burrows’ hero. Makson has pulled his estranged family to him, and he’s coming this way. The majority of this issue is Friendly, but the last few pages may be a little confusing.

Suicide Squad #20 The Suicide Squad’s leader was killed in action last issue (well, he disappeared, but they think he’s dead – we honestly don’t know any different yet). This is kinda Unfriendly once you move beyond the leadership hunt.

The Flash #25 Everything you need to enjoy this issue will be given to you really early on in the comic. Needless to say, this is Friendly

Teen Titans #9 Kid Flash got fired last issue for trusting Deathstroke (you’ll get part of that from the cover). This issue explores a little more of the newest member’s story, Jackson Hyde. It’s a fun, interesting and mostly Friendly comic. Fans of Aquaman’s stable of characters will have an easier time here than most.

Wonder Woman #25  An epilogue to the previous arc, this is a great treat for those partially familiar with that story, but it isn’t really the best place to start reading. That said, it’s still a pretty  good read, though not essential.

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