Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Big Two Comics Roundup where we take a look at a handful of comics from Marvel and/or DC in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers. 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.
Each comic will receive a both a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly as well as a score out of ten. The former is based upon how easy it was for new readers to pick the issues up; expect miniseries or first issues to be rated as friendly by default. For second or third issues, 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. The score out of ten is 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.
This version of the Roundup will feature exclusively comics from Marvel or DC comics, all of which were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.
Immortal Hulk #1 (Marvel) Let’s be completely honest, here. You know who the Hulk is and you know who Bruce Banner is. I’m fairly sure Bruce Banner was killed in one of Marvel’s big events recently, but beyond that I have no idea what the Hulk’s deal is anymore. Thankfully, that doesn’t matter. Immortal Hulk is a Friendly comic the plays up the pant-messing fear that the Hulk should elicit from any normal person – regardless of which side of the law they stand. Rating: 9
Deadpool #1 (Marvel) Once again… you know who Deadpool is, and you probably know what to expect. As far as things go, this is an enjoyable Friendly (but not kid-friendly) comic that shouldn’t surprise any who have recently seen the character’s offering on the silver screen.
Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) Once again, there’s a chance you know who Doctor Strange is – especially if you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War. That being said, this is a comic that is easily read by those who haven’t picked up a Doctor Strange story before (this means it’s Friendly), and this is easily my highlight of the week when reading comics for this feature. Absolutely brilliant. Rating: 9.5