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DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 7/19

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.


 

AQM_Cv26_dsAquaman #26 Aquaman has been dethroned as King of Atlantis, and is currently presumed dead to almost everyone as he hides in the deepest crevices of the city. But Mera has just found out he’s alive… it’s Friendly, and very well illustrated.

Batman #27 An interlude into the story that’s pitting the Joker against the Riddler with Batman caught in the middle. A War Of Jokes And Riddles takes place in the second year of Batman’s career, and we’re being told the story as Bruce relates it to Selena Kyle whilst their in bed. This interlude is a Friendly place to jump into the series.

Green Arrow #27 I don’t remember enough of what happened to give a recap. So based purely on the strength of this issue: Friendly.

Green Lanterns #27 Simon’s ring was destroyed, and Earth’s resident Green Lanterns were hurled into the deep recesses of space, and they have no idea where they are (neither do we, making this Friendly as we find out together what’s going on).

Nightwing #25 This issue brings to a close a tale where Nightwing was lured to a boat by the new Blockbuster – a man who styles himself as a hero trying to save Bludhaven – only to find a time bomb literally seconds from blowing a boat full of supervillains up. As a SM_Cv27_dsjumping on point for the future, this is Friendlier than you’d expect for a concluding chapter.

Superman #27 The Kent family take a tour through some important historical locations throughout the Eastern United States (I could be wrong there, my US geography isn’t great in regards to matching names to their locations). The comic is easy enough for new readers to pick up as you don’t really require any previous knowledge of the events in the series, making this a Friendly jumping on point.

Super Sons You know who Superman and Batman are? This is a comic about their sons, and it’s one of the stronger series in DC’s line up right now. Friendly, and awesome.

Trinity #11 Eh… it’s a relatively Friendly issue as our heroes face a non-generic alien foe… but it isn’t that great, either. Wait till next issue if you’re curious because this is the concluding chapter to the current story.

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Those Two Geeks: Episode One

The hosts of Gotham Weekly return with a new name and a new episode count as they move aware from being a Batman centric podcast into the wider world of nerd and geekdom. Think of it as our very own Rebirth!

But don’t worry, Bat-fans, despite the new name, there’s still a lot of Batman talk this week  as Alex and Joe sit down to talk about Spider-Man: Homecoming and Batman #26.  

This week’s Comic Club (the feature we don’t name in the actual podcast), in which our hosts assign a comic to the other in rder to discuss it the following week, has Alex reading Batman And The Shadow #3 and Joe tackling Batman/Elmer Fudd #1. 

If you want to join in the conversation then next week’s Comic Club assignment for the hosts will be:

For Joe: Kill Or Be Killed #1 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
For Alex: Dark Days: The Casting #1 by James Tynon IV, Scott Snyder, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, John Romita, Jr.

As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you have suggestions for a future Comic Club comic for them to check out.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 7/12

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.


 

AC_Cv983_open_order_varAction 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 REDHOTO_Cv12.inddSuper-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.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 7/5

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.


batman 26Batman #26 Batman proposed to Catwoman, but before we find out the answer, Bruce is telling Selina about a time when he was caught between the Riddler and the Joker. The slow pace to the story makes this Friendlier than you’d expect.

Deathstroke #21 Deathstroke turned good after a life changing event in the previous crossover with the Teen Titans and the Titans, so he’s created a superteam…. it’s as Friendly a place to start as you’ll find.

Green Arrow #26  Ollie Queen has been framed for murder, had his death faked and turned himself in. Then he decided he didn’t want to wait for the trial and left to stop the Evil Organisation behind his woes and the destruction of Seattle Star City. It’s Friendly, but is it worth reading?

Green Lanterns #26 An interesting look into the history of Volthoom, the First Lantern, this comic is relatively Friendly, but possibly not the best place to start – which is a contradiction I’m having a chuckle at now.

Justice League #24  A brilliantly fun issue that’s a Friendly introduction to the future (possibly) direction of this series.

Nightwing #24 Nightwing was tricked by Blockbuster into arriving in the middle of a secret meeting of supervillains as the entertainment – by which I mean they’re going to test a new weapon on the superhero. This is a Friendly issue, and jam packed full of quick action sequences coupled with Dick’s narration that will help you slide right into the story.

Superman #26 Friendly story that takes place after an arc in which Superboy got mind controlled. It’s a nice breather, and has some great moments for the father and son dynamic of Clark and Jon Kent.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 6/28

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.


DTC_Cv959_dsAction Comics #983 Superman’s greatest enemies are teaming up to destroy him. The Eradictor and Cyborg Superman have just freed General Zod, who has agreed to work with the Anti-Superman Squad (not the official name) so they’ll give him access to the Phantom Zone where his army is held prisoner. Oh, and Superman has lost his eyesight, which puts him at a slight disadvantage… This is Friendly, and a must read.

Batman Beyond #9 Damian Wayne is the current head of the League of Assassins, and he’s lured Terry, wearing a deadly prototype suit, to his mountain stronghold – and an aging Bruce Wayne has followed. An action packed, Friendly, issue that fills in a few gaps in the space between the current DC stories and the Beyond timeline.

Detective Comics #959 There’s a slightly large robot version of Azreal hunting former members of Azreal’s former order, the Order of St. Dumas. It has already stabbed a creature now laying in the Belfry under the care of Team Batman, and now Zatanna has just dropped a few rocks or something on its head when it appeared at a poker game Bruce Wayne was attending It’s a Friendly issue, oddly enough.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #23 I don’t really remember the last issue, but this is oddly Friendly.

Justice League Of America #9  Do you know the story of Tarzan? Basically, that’s the HJGLC_Cv23_dsnew guy, Makson, but twisted to a more evil version of Edgar Rice Burrows’ hero. Makson has pulled his estranged family to him, and he’s coming this way. The majority of this issue is Friendly, but the last few pages may be a little confusing.

Suicide Squad #20 The Suicide Squad’s leader was killed in action last issue (well, he disappeared, but they think he’s dead – we honestly don’t know any different yet). This is kinda Unfriendly once you move beyond the leadership hunt.

The Flash #25 Everything you need to enjoy this issue will be given to you really early on in the comic. Needless to say, this is Friendly

Teen Titans #9 Kid Flash got fired last issue for trusting Deathstroke (you’ll get part of that from the cover). This issue explores a little more of the newest member’s story, Jackson Hyde. It’s a fun, interesting and mostly Friendly comic. Fans of Aquaman’s stable of characters will have an easier time here than most.

Wonder Woman #25  An epilogue to the previous arc, this is a great treat for those partially familiar with that story, but it isn’t really the best place to start reading. That said, it’s still a pretty  good read, though not essential.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 6/21

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 – in some cases with a recap, in others without because sometimes things are forgotten. 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.


All-Star Batman #11 Last issue had a brilliant look at Alfred’s past as a rambunctious teen in England, while Batman went undercover as Bruce Wayne to infiltrate Penguin’s casino. Things hit the fan when he was mistaken for Hush (who has had surgery to look like Bruce). Oddly, a Friendlyish comic.

AQM_Cv25_dsAquaman #25 Not only is this comic the highlight of a series that’s been one of DC’s strongest since Rebirth began, it’s also one of the best places to dive in. It’s Friendly enough without a recap as you’ll be able to piece together the gist of things, but essentially Arthur has been deposed as King of Atlantis due to his Surface friendly policies, and he is currently believed dead.

Batman #25 There’s been a lot of buzz around this comic, and honestly? While it was Friendly, it was just an okay read to kick off a new arc.

Batwoman #4 The hardest part about this series is that I want to like it, but I can never remember the previous issues when I pick it up because it is, unfortunately, a very forgettable comic. Essentially that means there’s no recap this month (?) for Batwoman, other than the island Batwoman is on is about to blow up… ultimately, this is the finale of the first arc, so maybe wait till next issue to jump on board.

Green Arrow #25 Oliver Queen was presumed dead, until he showed his face again in Seattle… and was promptly arrested for being a douche (I actually think it had more to do with his former company, the one he got maneuvered out of, than him being a douche). This issue set up the future for Oliver Queen, and it is a Friendly set up.

Green Lanterns #25 This arc is all about the First Lantern, Volthoom, finally getting a chance to return home after ten billion years. It’s a long time… the story has been hinted at, and seeds have been planted, for several issues but  ultimately this is still Friendly.

Nightwing #23 Nightwing’s back in Bludhaven and has been confronted with an old (or new?) enemy in Blockbuster (no, not the defunct rental place). Sadly I don’t remember SUPSO_Cv5_dsmuch more, but the issue is still fun – and Friendly to boot.

Superman #25 Jon Kent has been mind controlled into turning against his father, and now he’s about to attack him. This isn’t the most Friendly issue, but it should be easy enough for you to pick up.

Super Sons #5 Sweet lord do I love this issue. It’s every bit as Friendly as you could hope for, and it’s really bloody good. This issue nails so much about the characters involved that you don’t need to have read the previous issues to be able to follow along and enjoy it. Genuinely highly recommended.

Trinity #10 There’s a bare bones recap at the beginning of this issue that works better with the visuals than anything I could give you. Friendly.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 6/14

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.


AC_Cv981_dsAction Comics #981 Superman’s greatest enemies are teaming up to destroy him. The Eradictor and Cyborg Superman have just freed General Zod, and Superman has been caught in an unpenetrable darkness called the black vault where he’s face to face with his failures… oddly a Friendly comic.

Dark Days: The Forge #1 Technically a first issue, this comic pulls heavily from the end of Scott Snyder’s run in the New 52, and beyond into DC’s past. I feel as though I’m missing something here, but I’m pretty sure I’m not – for a brand spanking new fan this may not be too accessible, but if you’re willing to let the mystery unfold for you then it is Friendly.

Detective Comics #958 The first part of a new story that is an entirely new jumping on point. The only relevant bit if you’re utterly unaware as to the happenings in this comic is that Batman has a team in Gotham (he seems to have a lot of teams lately), and Clayface is on it. It’s a Friendly issue.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #22 A new story, Fracture, starts up here, and it’s as Friendly a place as any to start.

Justice League Of America #8 I really don’t enjoy reading this series all that often… but this is a Friendly place to start, assuming you’re aware of the line up. And funnily enough, it’s not a bad place to start, either.

NSM_Cv12_dsNew Super-Man #12 A relatively Unfriendly place to start, but an enjoyable comic nonetheless. The issue has some pretty interesting revelations regarding the New Super-Man’s past, Wonder-Woman’s past… and really a lot of things to reward those who have been with the series for a few issues (or are reading in trade).

Red Hood And The Outlaws #11 So here’s the thing: this is a Friendly comic because of Red Hood’s narration. I couldn’t remember any of the previous issue (at least not enough to give you a recap), but was able to enjoy this nonetheless.

Suicide Squad #19 Unless you’re reading this because it’s a tie-in to the Action Comics story currently running through that series, then this is an Unfriendly issue that new readers will really struggle to follow along with if you want to follow a plot… but this is a greatly entertaining comic nonetheless.

Superwoman #11 This is actually the second part of a new story, and I clearly missed the first part. Lana Lang’s powers somehow returned after they vanished (it’s explained later in the issue), making this issue quite Friendly, despite my utter lack of a recap.

The Flash #24 Barry actually gives a pretty decent recap of the the first part of the story himself during his internal monologue, and the rest you can piece together easily enough yourself as this Friendly issue progresses.

Titans #12 If you give the comic time to breath, this is a Friendly issue that doesn’t need a recap. You can piece together the bit of info you need for the issue to make sense from the included dialogue, and anything you can’t isn’t that relevant just yet.

Wonder Woman #24  The finale of a twelve issue story may not be ideal to start with, and I don’t want to ruin the story because it’s worth reading…  so I won’t. But, oddly, this is somewhat Friendly.

Underrated: Batman ’66

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Batman ’66.


I’m sure you’re aware by now that Adam West passed away last week after a brief battle with leukemia at the age of 88. His death got me thinking about the impact of the show, and the steps it made back in the 60’s that we may over look today in light of the darker direction Batman has taken since. To that extent here are, in my opinion at least, five things about the show that we may overlook – if you think I’ve missed something, you’re right, but I’ll be revisiting this in the future.

  • Adam West’s deadpan delivery.
    I could list so many brilliant one liners that came from Adam West, or I could send you to this page, but two of my favourites are:
    “I wish we could help you, citizen, but we’re just a couple of ordinary crime-fighters going about our mundane business.”
    “Robin: “Where’d you get a live fish, Batman?”
    Batman: “The true crime-fighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin.”
    Out of context, I find them even funnier.
  • Pow! Bop! Biff! batman-and-robin-opening-credit2
    The on-screen sound effects were fantastic when we first saw them, and they’ve rightly earned their place in pop culture today. So what are they doing here? It’s the secondary function they served that impressed me the most; by appearing on the screen just before a hit connected, it allowed the actors to be a little safer when fighting each other as they didn’t run the risk of getting a fist to the face. Plus it was one of the best opening credits in any TV show (I still think that it holds up)
  • The show’s influence on the comics.
    I don’t mean the obvious way the tone of the comics changed as a result of the series influence (granted some may not think that was a good thing), but rather the way that the show cemented certain characters as Batman’s core rogues gallery at a time when they weren’t as prevalent in the comics. The Riddler appeared on the television show for the first time in a decade’s absence from the comics, as did Catwoman and Mr. Freeze. Geekscape has an interesting article if you’d like to read more on this.1966+Adam+West+Car.jpg
  • The Batmobile
    Seriously, look at this thing. This is still a fantastic car to this day (you’d drive it. You know you would), but it kick started fandom’s love of having an awesome Batmobile. Do you remember what the Batmobile looked like before the TV show? No. Because it wasn’t that cool.
  • Bill Finger’s last Batman story
    Batman co-creator Bill Finger co-wrote the two part episode “The Clock King’s Crazy Crimes / The Clock King Gets Crowned” for the second season of the show, which aired October 12–13, 1966. It was the last time he wrote a story featuring his creation.
  • The cast
    Would the show have worked without Adam West? Maybe. But when you look at the way he carried himself on the show, his delivery and his physique (he had said numerous times that he didn’t need rubber molding, that was “all Adam West”) then you couldn’t have asked for a better man to have a lasting cultural impact as the Batman. In the past 60 years, no other actor has been viewed in such a synonymous way with the role of the caped crusader (the cynical ones will be saying “well that’s because he didn’t do much else!” And to those I show a swift middle finger. West is a legend). But Adam West wasn’t the only star of the show; I don’t remember a character played by a bad actor on the show. Yes, some of  them may have hammed it up a little, but that’s what the show demanded of them and holy cow did they deliver.

I could go on about this show for days, but this article is due out in half an hour, and I should probably make sure it’s not late.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 6/7

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.


 

BM_Cv24_dsAquaman 24 Arthur Curry has been, or is in the process of being, deposed as King of Atlantis (you should get that from the cover) by an anti-humanity king who seeks to turn away from Arthur’s dream of peaceful coexistence with the surface. Strangely, a Friendly comic despite the deeply political feel.

Batman #24 You’ve probably heard about the twist ending to this comic already (I won’t tell you what it is, but if you’ve heard then you don’t need to read the comic), but if you haven’t then the journey to the end is pretty Friendly. We get to see some familiar faces, some interesting throwback to dialogue from earlier issues, but this is essentially an open door to the series.

Cyborg #13 I have no idea what’s happening here.

Deathstroke #20 Basically Deathstroke quit being Deathstroke because he failed at saving somebody. It’s worth reading The Lazarus Contract to learn more and then coming back to this otherwise Friendly comic.

Green Arrow #24 So… while this has been a REALLY good story, this isn’t the best place to jump on, even though it’s barely Friendly, without knowing more details than I can provide here in a brief recap, this will read like a cheesy twenty some page yarn.

GLS_Cv24_dsGreen Lanterns #24 Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz are being trained by Kyle Raynor and Guy Gardner. It’s not going well, but this is a pretty Friendly comic in it’s own right.

Justice League #22 A more or less standalone story that’s Friendly, if unremarkable.

Nightwing #22 A new arc kicks off here, and as far as things go when you’re twenty odd issues in you’ll find this Friendly without any recap needed. The few things you may be confused about have to do with Dick Grayson volunteering at a support group for ex-villains.

Superman #24 I have no idea what the hell is going on here.  I think that Superman’s rural home town has secretly been an alien base of some kind and he’s been blissfully unaware of it. It’s an Unfriendly comic if you haven’t read any of this series before.

Wonder Woman: Steve Trevor #1 It’s an interesting one-shot (I assume it’s a one shot), and a very Friendly look into “Wonder Woman’s boyfriend” Steve Trevor.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 5/31

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.


 

This week we’ve only got four releases, three of which are annuals. Before I read the comics, I’m hoping that this will be a very Friendly week.

WWANN-Cv1The Flash #23
After the recently concluded The Button arc with Batman (it was really good and worth tracking down – there’s a minor spoiler at the beginning of this issue for something that happens relatively early in the series; a certain villain’s death), the 23rd issue of The Flash kicks off a new arc that sees the Scarlet Speedster teaming up with Green Lantern.  It’s a Friendly enough comic that has Barry being a little too mopey for his own good. It may be accessible for new readers… but it’s not that great, either.

Teen Titans Special (or Annual) #1 Basically Deathstroke has Kid Flash’s super speed and wants to travel back in time to save his son. This special concludes the multi series crossover while still giving you enough action and bits of humour to make the enjoyable for new and old readers. It’ Friendly, but only just.

Trinity Annual #1 Following on from issue seven, which  I genuinely  don’t remember, this annual is a fun diversion that will take you on a quick story that you’re able to enjoy regardless of whether you read previous issues. Despite essentially serving as a longer regular issue, this is a Friendly annual.

Wonder Woman Annual #This Friendly annual is exactly what you should be looking for in a comic book annual; a perfect introduction to the character through a series of short stories collected in an anthology – there isn’t a bad one here.

 

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