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. Generally, the quality of an issue won’t be discussed unless it directly impacts a new reader’s enjoyment of the series.
You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I sometimes forget to read them (although that doesn’t happen often). 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 #983 Superman has been attacked by his greatest enemies, and they;ve beaten seven shades of shit out of the Man Of Steel (it doesn’t help that he’ currently blind). Before the final blow came, the cavalry arrived…. it’s a Friendly comic. And really fun.s
Dark Days: The Casting #1 Just… not the best place to jump in. Unfriendly.
Detective Comics #960 I’ve never really been all that familiar with Azreal, nor his backstory, and this arc is pretty heavily steeped in both. An android/dude-in-a-mechsuit with a connection to Azreal’s former bosses has killed a bunch of ex-monks… and Batman’s talking to Zatanna. On the whole this is borderline Unfriendly.
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #24 A Green Lantern murdered a Yellow Lantern, and Corps Leader Stewart just found out that a criminal was using this information to blackmail the murderous lantern – and threaten the precarious peace between the two corps.. This issue is Friendly enough.
Justice League Of America #10 Another first part, another chance for you to hop into a series that, personally, I dread reading every month. But you may like it, and if you do you, then I’m pleased for you.
New Super-Man #13 A wonderfully written series, New Super-Man finds our young heroes coming to grips with a foe that’s more powerful than any one of them – Emperor Super-Man! This Friendly issue won’t be the easiest place to jump on, but it’s certainly doable.
The Flash #26 Uh… in a nutshell, Reverse Flash pulled the Flash into the future, revealed his identity to Iris and then decided to show him stuff. Depending on how you like your timey-wimey travel stuff done this is either Friendly and worth reading or best avoided. Personally, I enjoyed it.
Red Hood And The Outlaws #12 You can probably tell what the issue is about by the cover, and it’s homage to the Death Of Superman arc from the 90’s. Bizarro is suffering from cellular degeneration due to his limited life span as a clone, and his teammates aren’t too sure what to do. A Friendly issue in one of the most exciting Batbooks.
Titans #13 The Titans are currently attacking a facility to find Bumble Bee’s memories after they were siphoned off and emailed (or something) somewhere else. What results is an entertaining battle that feature’s a character eerily reminiscent of Valiant’s H.A.R.D. Corps. Is it Friendly kinda.
Wonder Woman #26 The first part of a new arc is always a decent place to hop on board, and this issue is no exception. Assuming you know who Wonder Woman is, this is a Friendly issue.