DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 8/30
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. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.
Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I sometimes forget to read them (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. 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 #30 Another interlude issue in the War Of Jokes And Riddles arc that has been pitting Joker against the Riddler. Last issue had Bruce Wayne hosting the two at a dinner party to ostensibly try and make them see sense in some way, but the twist ending is that he was deciding which side Batman would join. With the first interlude we were treated to a phenomenal character study for Kite Man, so I went in expecting two things; that this would be a great read and a Friendly comic. I was not disappointed. This is utterly phenomenal. 9/10
Cyborg #16 The aftermath of an intensely long and involved story is here, and because I haven’t really been keeping up with the series I’m a little lost here. I think Cyborg’s in an alternate reality where he’s facing off against an evil version of himself. As this is the aftermath of the current arc (although it really doesn’t feel that way) the issue isn’t all that friendly. But it’s pretty good. 7/10
Deathstroke #23 Deathstroke is trying to become a hero, of sorts, and has formed a team, Defiance, that he’s training. I’ve missed a few of the last couple issues (at least one) and so I’m not really too clear on the rest of the details, but this issue is Friendly enough once you know about Slade’s change of heart. 7/10
Green Arrow #30 So this issue is the fifth part in the current story arc, and it’s actually pretty Friendly. What won’t make sense to you? Ollie Queen has been framed for murder, but he’s skipped town. Black Canary and Red Arrow are trying to find the woman Ollie was accused of killing who may or may not have been kidnapped by human traffickers. Basically that’ll be all you need to enjoy this wonderfully illustrated issue. 8.5/10
Green Lanterns #30 Alright so Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz have been sent ten billion years in the past by Volthoom, the First Lantern, who really just wants to go home. Whilst there they came across the first seven Green Lanterns, only to find out they needed to train and introduce them to the Oath before heading off to fight a literal planet killing threat: a much younger Volthoom. Oh, and Simon’s ring exploded before they arrived in the past. 8/10
Harley Quinn #27 Full disclosure: I am far from a fan of Harley Quinn as solo star. That said, this is a Friendly standalone story featuring the former psychologist. While it wasn’t really my cup of tea, you may enjoy it. 6.5/10
Justice League #28 The Justice League’s children have come from the future to stop something cataclysmic from happening, and Future Aquaman (who wears Cyborg’s body as armour) has followed them back to the present – probably to kill them. Last issue he beat the hell out of Batman… If you’re into time travel style stories then there’s a lot here to like. This isn’t the most accessible comic (it’s barely Friendly) but if you grab last issue you’ll be fine. 8/10
Nightwing #28 The finale to the current arc is fairly Friendly courtesy of Nightwing’s recap at the beginning of the issue. Honestly, though, while you can certainly jump on board here I’d almost recommend waiting to the next issue so you can start with the first part of an arc. 7/10
Superman #30 Last issue Superman got possessed by the Fear entity Parallax (think the god of fear that is the source of power for the Yellow Lanterns. Kind of. Not really. But Parallax is evil) while trying to save a bunch of children that the monster ha begun controlling. Now, Sinestro is back to capture Parallax… so oddly we’re rooting for the longtime Green Lantern villain this issue, right? This kinda sorta Friendly issue is a nice interlude as Superman faces off against an enemy that I’m not used to seeing him go up against. 7.75/10