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First Impressions Featuring: Dogs,Claws and Shadows

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.


 

Old Man Logan #46 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? More or less.
Recap, review: Logan heads to Canada in an entertaining team up with some old friends (there’s a very concise and relevant recap in the comic that catches you up on everything).
Rating: 8.1

Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men #1 (Dark Horse)
Can a new reader start here? Surprisingly no.
Recap, review:  The trouble with this comic is that it isn’t the first issue in a series, but rather the first issue in a sequel series that doesn’t try to catch you up on previous events. I’ve read the previous series, and found this tough to latch onto without googling previous events – so I dread to think of how new readers willfare.
Rating: 8.3

Shadowman #6 (Valiant)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: The current Shadowman’s soul has been forcibly removed from his body and sent on a journey back through time as he traces the history of his forebears, and the entity they bond with to become the Shadowman. This issue takes place at the dawn of time as the shadow loa first bonds with man in a wonderfully paced outing.
Rating: 8.9

Action Comics #1002 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes
Recap, review: 
I don’t really remember the last issue, whether because I didn’t enjoy it or I just plain didn’t care, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. There is a recap/background inf thing in the opening to the comic that will set you up for what’s to come (it’s honestly refreshing to see these actually be useful).
Rating: 
8

Quantum & Woody #9 (Valiant)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: The current Shadowman’s soul has been forcibly removed from his body and sent on a journey back through time as he traces the history of his forebears, and the entity they bond with to become the Shadowman. This issue takes place at the dawn of time as the shadow loa first bonds with man in a wonderfully paced outing.
Rating: 8.9

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