First Impressions Featuring: Spiders, Bats and Hawks, oh my!

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.


 

Amazing Spider-Man #2  (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yup.
Recap & review: I enjoyed most of Dan Slott’s run on the character, but I am really loving Nick Spencer’s tenure. Granted, it’s only two issues in, but this is an absolute blast from start to finish. (There’s a much better recap provided in the comic than any I’d give here, so rest assured you’ll be fine going into the comic).
Rating: 8.9

Batman #52 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? Yes.
Recap & review: Bruce Wayne is called to jury duty for a triple homicide committed by Mr. Freeze, and after hearing the evidence the jury are almost unanimous in their decision. Unanimous aside from Bruce Wayne…?
Rating: 8.7

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #22 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yeah, pretty much.
Recap & review: It has been a long time since I read a Scarlet Spider book, going back to the time when Kaine starred in twenty odd issues as the titular character – a run that remains one of my favourites to this day. For some reason, it took me longer than it should have to pick this up, so I was a touch oblivious going into this. Thankfully, you can pick this up fairly easily based on the recap text and a willingness to just go with the flow.
Rating: 8

Hawkman #2 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? Yeah, pretty much.
Recap & review: Hawkman looks for a key to his past in an oddly intriguing comic that you don’t want to think about too hard; just enjoy the visuals and read with an open mind.
Rating: 7.8

Astonishing X-Men #14 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes.
Recap & review: Hawkman looks for a key to his past in an oddly intriguing comic that you don’t want to think about too hard; just enjoy the visuals and read with an open mind.
Rating: 7.8

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