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 #38 A standalone story that’s nothing overly special, but is still worth a read all the same. Yes, it’s Friendly, assuming you’re aware who Batman is, and that he’s engaged to Catwoman. 6.5/10
Cyborg #20 Cyborg has been “cured” of his technological enhancements by a magical rhino horn that grants wishes at a cost (because why not?). But just when Cyborg needs his technology the most to free a group of children from a gang in Africa exploiting them for diamond mining, he’s bereft thanks to his wish. This issue is a little Unfriendly, but it’s a solid conclusion to. 7/10
Deathstroke #27 Welcome back to the brilliant yet almost impenetrable series that, I am convinced, would read much better in trade or as a binge. As much as I enjoy this series, the intrigue and quality of the twists and turns wouldn’t survive a roundup post. Unfriendly, but so good. 8/10
Green Arrow #36 As good as this issue is, there’s really no coherent recap I can provide that will adequately summarize the previous events for you; you might pickup some details, but… yeah. This is just a touch Unfriendly a place to start reading, but you might want to consider a trade or two. 7.2/10
Green Lantarns #36 The Moloids, an alien population from a dead world have found refuge on a new planet. But their presence isn’t sitting well with the locals, and the two species are in a mixing pot of anger and misunderstandings that culminated in a murder of a high profile citizen. With the high priest of the Moloids taking blame for the murder, the truth was revealed to Simon Baz that a group called the Red Tide was responsible. And guess what Simon’s new love interest is a member of? This issue is Friendly, and pretty solid. 7.3/10
Nightwing #36 Nightwing was shot in the shoulder by the one cop he trusts after she was coerced into doing so by the Judge – a man who has history with Dick Grayson, and is seemingly able to convince people to give into their darkest desires. This issue is Friendly, and shows a more intense Nightwing than we’ve seen in some time. 7.4/10
Superman #38 If you want to start this series, frankly it’s best to wait till next issue. This is the penultimate chapter of a crossover between several different series, and thus Unfriendly for those looking to start reading Superman. 7/10
That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!