Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – 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.
Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.
Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I sometimes forget to read them (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.
Action Comics #989 Mr. Oz was revealed as Jor El last issue, and like all good villain fathers he want’s Clark to team up and take over the world! Or maybe not. It’s been a couple weeks since I read any comics and I don’t really remember much, which ultimately doesn’t matter – the comic is Friendly, but it’s nothing spectacular. 6.5/10
Detective Comics #966 Yeah, I got nothing for this. Wait. Maybe I do… Pretty sure Tim Drake has escaped from the prison cell that Mr. Oz was keeping him in, and in the process freed an uncomfortably familiar Batman… and Doomsday. The issue is remarkably Friendly given the level of future/past blended time weaving magic, and is a pretty solid issue to boot. 8/10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30 A few issues ago in Action Comics Superman was possessed by the fear entity Parallax, but he was saved partly by Sinestro and partly by himself as he ended up trapping Parallax in a yellow ring. This issue picks up from where that story left off, and is Friendly enough for you to dive into. 6.5/10
Justice League Of America #16 After following a distress signal from Ray Palmer into the microverse, the Justice League have finally traced the signal to it’s source – and by doing so have brought the villain right back to where he needs to be. Expect an origin of sorts for the villain in this otherwise Unfriendly issue. 6.25/10
New Super Man #16 While I could give you a recap, the opening to the comic actually covers about what I remembered anyway – oddly enough, this is a Friendly comic all by its lonesome. 7/10
Ragman #1 A miniseries starring a character that I’ve only ever seen in the Arrowverse on TV – so we’re in this blind together. The comic is Friendly enough, and not bad read – though it has nothing to do with the Arrowverse character. 7/10
Red Hood And The Outlaws #15 Bizarro died and came back with an intellect to rival that of Batman – although it’s only a temporary thing, the Outlaws have been making the most of this and have been cleaning up Gotham City in the most effective of ways – which may or may not be a good thing where the Bat family are concerned… 7.25/10 (the issue is also Friendly).
Suicide Squad #27 If you know who the Suicide Squad are, then there’s a good chance you’ll find this Friendly. 7/10
Supergirl #14 A Friendly comic that is essentially a one shot story where Supergirl tries to control her amplified powers (that she got a few issues ago and are more dangerous than she’d like to admit) with the help of the New Super-Man. 6.25/10
The Flash #32 There’s a recap as the issue begins that’ll get you up to speed with the relevant bits and pieces with the series… but it’s not the best comic, truth be told. 5/10
Wonder Woman #32 Hercules was murdered, and Wonder Woman is his beneficiary. Meanwhile his murderer gave Hercules’ life force to her father – Darksied! Ultimately this is a Friendly enough comic for those who have at least see Wonder Woman on the big screen. 7/10