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 #978 Superman is reliving his life through projected memories to try and figure out what he’s missing after the conclusion of Superman Reborn merged the Pre- and New-52 Supermen together. While I don’t care for the story itself, the issue itself is more or less Friendly.
Batgirl #10 Batgirl is dating/investigating the son of the Penguin, and her investigation took her from a party at Ethan Cobblepot’s side to prying into his corporate headquarters where she runs into the Penguin. It’s Friendly enough, if you want to dive in here.
Batman Beyond #7 The one day Terry McGinnis decides to ignore the Batsignal, the one day that Commissioner Gordon is attacked by the League of Assassins… There’s a handy recap-like page early in the comic for those of you who have NO idea who or what Batman Beyond is, which make this a really Friendly and easy place to start reading.
Blue Beetle #8 Having somehow missed the last few issues of this series (I don’t remember the last one, but you can probably go back and figure it out through past editions of this feature if you want to know), so I’m coming into this pretty blind with next to no idea as to what’s happening… but it didn’t make a difference. This is still a Friendly comic.
Detective Comics #955 The League of Shadows, the near mythical boogeymen to The League of Assassins has Batman and most of his team beaten. The Colony, a paramilitary group modeled after Batman is intending to destroy Gotham, Gotham’s only hope? Cassandra Cain, the Orphan. A deadly assassin trying desperately to walk the path of a hero… this is a brilliant story, and Friendly to boot.
The Flash #21 Your best bet here is to go read DC Rebirth #1 and Batman #21 if you want to be able to follow this story, because there’s a lot that isn’t really explained – that said, if you do just dive in here, you’ll probably be able to put much of the events of Batman #21 together pretty quickly… so this is just about Friendly.
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #19 In part one of Prism Of Time we saw Gorin-Sunn and Space Ape come across a strange cave laced with veins of Green energy before coming under attack, whilst Rip Hunter appeared in the headquarters of the two Corps with a message that the Green Lantern Corps is no more. If you’re wondering, then yes the Greens and Yellows have decided to work together to protect stuff. Otherwise, this is a relatively Friendly comic that’s full of some brilliant artwork.
Justice League Of America #5 Heart Of A Bastich begins here, and it’s… Friendly. It’s also utterly unlike anything you’ll have read with the other Justice League in recently, because this comic has Lobo.
Suicide Squad #16 Another new arc begins here, and so long as you have half an idea about who the Suicide Squad are then you’ll be just fine with this brilliant popcorn comic. It’s Friendly, and it’s actually funny in some parts, which surprises me more than you’d probably expect.
Teen Titans #7 The Teen Titans are up against King Shark, and none of them have any real water based abilities. Coincidentally a human/Atlantean trying to find himself just happens to be in the same area looking for the Titans. This is a Friendly issue that introduces the newest member of the Teen Titans.
Wonder Woman #21 As much as I want to say this issue is easy for new readers to pick up, I’m not entirely sure what happened in what arc so I can’t give even a half decent recap. Ironically this is one of the few times I’m struggling with remembering this stuff because ordinarily I’m good at tracking multiple storylines at once. While I can’t suggest you start with this issue, I highly recommend you go for one of the trades collecting the floppies together.