First Impressions Featuring: Bats. Lots of Bats.

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.


 

 

Return Of Wolverine #1 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Oh yeah.
Recap, review: Wolverine was dead. Now he isn’t. In the book that represents one of his first full appearances since dying in 2014 or so. With the return, we get a really interesting reintroduction that ties nicely into the character’s rich history and some of his most notable tropes over the years. I can’t wait for the next issue.
Rating: 9.1

Detective Comics #988 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Part one of a new arc, and one that you can probably dive into knowing that only Selina Kyle ditched Bruce Wayne at the alter and he isn’t doing well with it.  
Rating: 
9.0

Burnouts #1 (Image)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Highschool, drugs and aliens. A totally normal combination that makes for a really cool comic.
Rating: 
8.2

Batman #55 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Well shit me. Even having an idea of what was coming, I was in no way actually expecting what happened. A recap is irrelevant (par for the course with a new arc), and the review boils down to “you should read this.”
Rating:
8.1

The Last Space Race (Aftershock)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review:
Honestly, this is just a super fun comic that’s almost grounded in reality and realism. Almost. I can’t wait for the next issue.
Rating: 
9.0

Batman: Damned #1 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Look, you’ve probably heard about about this comic for non story related reasons. Because of the changes in art from the first and second printing (shadows in certain areas on a naked Batman will be less revealing) the price of the first printing has reached obscene levels in the first week. But is the comic worth getting the second printing for the story? Yes is the short answer – if for no other reaon than to see Lee Bermejo’s jaw dropping art work.  
Rating: 
9.0

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