First Impressions Featuring: Spiders and 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 you should 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.
The Batman Who Laughs #1 (DC)
Can you start here? Uh…. yeah
Recap & Review: There’s a lot to unpack with this character. A lot of history that I’m largely unfamiliar with (I read Dark Knights Metalbut very little else with the Joker-ized Batman since then), but you can get all you need to know from this issue. An issue that takes you on a wild journey that any Bat-Fan looking for something a little different can thoroughly enjoy.
Amazing Spider-Man #11 (Marvel)
Can you start here? Yup
Recap & Review: For the most part, we all know the basics of who Spider-Man is. Down on his luck guy struggling to get by with villains galore getting in his way. Not to mention J Jonah Jameson constantly deriding the webslinger. Right? This issue is as classic a Spider-Man comic as I ever expected to read, and with no Spider-Geddon tie-in in sight!
Detective Comics #994 (DC)
Can you start here? Yes
Recap & Review: Assuming you know who Batman is, then you can easily start here. I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading Batman comics when he’s acting alone (and not written by Tom King). With only a few issues left till the big one, I’ll be hopping on board to see where this arc goes with part two in #995.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)
Can you start here? Yes.
Recap & Review: This is just phenomenal. Quite possibly the best thing I’ve read all month (and it’s a super easy jumping on point).
Shazam #1 (DC)
Can you start here? Yes.
Recap & Review: If you’ve ever had any curiosity around this character, then this book will help you discover more about DC’s Captain Marvel ahead of his upcoming movie with a comprehensive telling of his and the Marvel Family’s origin. There’s nothing new here (and honestly the New 52 version was superior), but it’s still worth a read if you’re curious.
Immortal Hulk #10 (Marvel)
Can you start here? Not easily.
Recap & Review: Immortal Hulk is easily one of Marvel’s strongest books. Unfortunately, I’ve missed a few issues which means I had no idea what was happening going into the book, and a lot of the context was lost on me. That said, the quality shines through just enough to pull me back for the next issue.