DC Rebirth Roundup: Jan 17th’s Comics
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.
Aquaman #32 Perhaps the sleeper hit of all of DC’s comics right now; this series has been consistently brilliant for some time. With Aquaman no longer King of Atlantis, and instead leading an underground revolution to replace the corrupt King Rath with a better monarch, Mera is suddenly without her ability to breath underwater. 8.75/10
Batman #39 It’s a Friendly enough issue, but also one of the more mediocre ones in Tom Kings run. 6/10
Batwoman #11 I honestly don’t remember anything relevant for this book, but it seems to essentially be a single issue thriller that is a Friendly story. 7/10
Green Lanterns #39 A fun, yet quite powerful, conclusion to an arc that explored the tensions between two alien races after one offered sanctuary to the other as their planet died. In the midst of this, the Green Lanterns have arrived to help solve a murder (hint: it was the villain) only to get caught in the midst of an extremist uprising. A kinda-Friendly comic, but enjoyable nonetheless. 7/10
Nightwing #37 An issue that details a bit more of the history between Nightwing and the Judge while simultaneously catching you up on the gist of the series. As far as comics go, it’s Friendly enough if you want to delve in. 7/10
Super Sons #12 The finale of a multi-series crossover isn’t going to be the best place to hop on board, but you’ll still get the essence of the series with this issue, and the relationship between the super sons and their respective fathers. A solid book that sets the tone for a few different series across the DCU. 7.5/10
Superman #39 Quite simply one of the best Superman comics around. As a standalone story, this is very Friendly, and well worth reading. 8/10
Trinity #17 Assuming you know who Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman are, then you’ll be right at home with the first part of this arc, and you’ll find it quite Friendly. 7/10
That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!