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.
Batman #34 Batman and Catwoman are in the desert to pry open some secret of the Justice League’s, whilst Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin are in Wayne Manor wondering what the hell their mentor is up against (note – Talia Al Ghul is a distinct possibility according to Damian). This issue is a solid jumping on point (perhaps more so if you didn’t read the last one, or don’t remember it as well as you thought), and the almost issue long fight scene is very well done. Batman #34 gets a Friendly 7.75/10.
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1 As this is the first of six issue mini, this week will be the only appearance this comic will make in this feature; and, as it’s a first issue there’s no recap (plus I also know next to nothing about the character). That being said, if you’re unfamiliar with the character you’ll find this Friendly – and a very good read. 8.5/10
Cyborg #18 The Aftermath to Singularity seems to have been going on for several issues now, and it’s not exactly the easiest story to explain – or get into. But you don’t need to really worry about that because this issue is basically a condensed wrap up that will bore you to tears. Technically Friendly, but not worth your time. 3/10
Deadman #1 As this is the first of six issue mini, this week will be the only appearance this comic will make in this feature (sound familiar?)/ Once again, my lack of knowledge on the character and the fact it’s a first issue means there’s no recap. That being said… unlike Black Lightning this comic is not the easiest to get into. As an introduction to Deadman it’s Unfriendly and as a story it’s better skipped. 5.75/10
Deathstroke #25 Slade Wilson is trying to become a hero and has founded a team of young heroes called Defiance, but in typical Deathstroke fashion he’s charging for his teams heroic deeds… and only choosing certain missions. The way the stories are told in this series don’t always lend to the best jumping on points – honestly you’re better off aiming to pick up the trades than the floppies at this point – but the comics are still very good regardless.
Green Arrow #34 After being framed for murder, and with his trial looming, Ollie Queen is desperate to find some evidence to clear his name that isn’t the psychologically broken women he’s accused of murdering because he doesn’t want to hurt her any more than she has been already. This comic does have a substory that goes back several issues regarding Diggle saving Merlyn, but anything relevant from said substory you can pick up along the way. Green Arrow #34 earns a Friendly 8/10.
Green Lanterns #34 There is a recap here, but seeing as how the Lanterns give you pretty much exactly what I was going to say, let’s just mark this as Friendly, shall we? 7/10
Justice League #32 As this is a Dark Nights: Metal tie in issue it isn’t the best place to jump into the series – although it is an enjoyable read.
Nightwing #32 Raptor, a man from Dick’s past with villainous intentions masquerading behind a barely heroic exterior, has appeared at Dick’s day job, that of a black jack dealer in Blockbuster’s casino (that bit’s not really relative other than to say Dick’s keeping tabs on the mobster). This Friendly issue gives you a bit of background on Raptor while a group of former villains try to stop another villain. 7.5/10
Superman #34 Superman, Superboy and Lois Lane have been boom-tubed to Apokolips and were separated upon arrival. Lex Luthor was also taken from his home so that he can fulfill a prophecy and take the throne of Apokolips. Superman #34 is more or less a Friendly comic, and it’s not a half bad read, either. 6.75/10
That wraps up this week, folks. Next week we’ll be taking a look at the comics released tomorrow – so until next time, have a good week!