DC Rebirth Roundup: Jan 24th’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.
Action Comics #996 If you don’t like time travel, and the confusion that an average story will cause when there’s a convoluted way of explaining things, then avoid this. It’s just far enough gone in the arc that a concise recap isn’t going to happen – at this point you’re better off waiting for a new arc. Unfriendly. 6.25/10
Batgirl #19 It’s been awhile since I picked up this series, so there’s no recap to be had, but because this is the first part of an arc it’s Friendly. 6.5/10
Blue Beetle #17 Blue Beetle fights a weird zombie thing. It looks really cool, but seeing as how I’ve missed a few issues I’m not sure on the specific plot details, and that unfortunately leaves this as an Unfriendly comic. 6.25/10
Detective Comics #973 You’ll get just enough of a sense of what’s happening here with the comic – and it’s one you really should be reading. Friendly. 8/10
The Flash #39 Another comic that, somewhat inexplicably, I’ve missed a couple issues of. Thankfully with a new arc kicking off in this, the 700th issue of The Flash, you’re able to jump right in to a Friendly issue once you find out that Iris West recently found out Barry Allen’s secret identity. 8.2/10
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37 So even after reading the vast majority of the series, I wasn’t aware of the depths of the Green Lantern Corp’s history; thankfully it’s not as important beyond what’s given to you here through dialogue and exposition. The comic itself doesn’t need a recap (yay for the first part of an arc), and is quite Friendly. 8/10
Suicide Squad #34 If you’ve ever seen Star Trek, then you’ll know of the Redshirts. Those guys who just go on a mission to die? Well this is the second part of a tale about a Redshirt in the Suicide Squad who is convinced he’s going to die. Oddly Friendly, and remarkably enjoyable – especially if you can find the previous issue.
Teen Titans #16 A standalone story focusing on Starfire, Raven and Beastboy. No prior knowledge of recent events is needed, making this Friendly issue an ideal one to pick up for those curious about the team. 7.8/10
Wonder Woman #39 Wonder Woman’s newly discovered brother isn’t fond of living in the shadows, while a newly restored Darksied (honestly didn’t know he’d been gone) is gathering power in the Amazon rain-forest. Meanwhile Wonder Woman is about to fight an enhanced banshee like enemy with whom she shares a history. Kinda Friendly, quite good. 7.5/10
That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!