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First Impressions Featuring: Bones and Romans

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether youshould  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible 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, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1 (Valiantl)
Can a new reader start here? Yup.
Recap & review: Although this is the third volume of the series, it’s still a good point to jump in. There’s a pretty solid recap page that establishes Antonius as a man who uses logic in an illogical time, which is really the basis of the book. The rest you can pick up as you go along.
Rating: It rounds up to a 9 (which is another way of saying the book grew on me after the initial review).

Bone Parish #1 (Boom)
Can a new reader start here? Yes.
Recap & review: I opened the cover to this without any preconceived idea as to what this was about and was quickly taken off guard by the story. A drug that gives you very real hallucinations, a mysterious manufacturing process and a surprising twist after every few pages leaves this as a must read book..
Rating: 8.7

X-23 #1 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Sure.
Recap & review: I stopped reading All-New Wolverine shortly after it began and never really went back to Laura Kinney’s story until today. And now I’m wondering why I stopped.
Rating: 8

Mr. and Mrs. X  #1 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes.
Recap & review: So Gambit and Rogue are finally married… and the issue is both entertaining and a gives me a reason to start reading X-Men comics again.
Rating: 8.9

Justice League Dark #1 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? 
Without too much trouble, yes.
Recap & review: 
In a nutshell, magic is broken, and Wonder Woman aims to gather a team and find out why. This opening book is solid, and certainly worth a look if you want a bit of a different flavour with your Justice League.
Rating: 8.1

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