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DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 10/11

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.


DTC_Cv966_dsAction Comics #989 Mr. Oz was revealed as Jor El last issue, and like all good villain fathers he want’s Clark to team up and take over the world! Or maybe not. It’s been a couple weeks since I read any comics and I don’t really remember much, which ultimately doesn’t matter – the comic is Friendly, but it’s nothing spectacular. 6.5/10

Detective Comics #966 Yeah, I got nothing for this. Wait. Maybe I do… Pretty sure Tim Drake has escaped from the prison cell that Mr. Oz was keeping him in, and in the process freed an uncomfortably familiar Batman… and Doomsday.  The issue is remarkably Friendly given the level of future/past blended time weaving magic, and is a pretty solid issue to boot. 8/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30 A few issues ago in Action Comics Superman was possessed by the fear entity Parallax, but he was saved partly by Sinestro and partly by himself as he ended up trapping Parallax in a yellow ring. This issue picks up from where that story left off, and is Friendly enough for you to dive into. 6.5/10

Justice League Of America #16 After following a distress signal from Ray Palmer into the microverse, the Justice League have finally traced the signal to it’s source – and by doing so have brought the villain right back to where he needs to be. Expect an origin of sorts for the villain in this otherwise Unfriendly issue. 6.25/10

New Super Man #16 While I could give you a recap, the opening to the comic actually covers about what I remembered anyway – oddly enough, this is a Friendly comic all by its lonesome. 7/10

Ragman-1-2017Ragman #1 A miniseries starring a character that I’ve only ever seen in the Arrowverse on TV – so we’re in this blind together. The comic is Friendly enough, and not  bad read – though it has nothing to do with the Arrowverse character. 7/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #15 Bizarro died and came back with an intellect to rival that of Batman – although it’s only a temporary thing, the Outlaws have been making the most of this and have been cleaning up Gotham City in the most effective of ways – which may or may not be a good thing where the Bat family are concerned… 7.25/10 (the issue is also Friendly).

Suicide Squad #27 If you know who the Suicide Squad are, then there’s a good chance you’ll find this Friendly7/10

Supergirl #14 Friendly comic that is essentially a one shot story where Supergirl tries to control her amplified powers (that she got a few issues ago and are more dangerous than she’d like to admit) with the help of the New Super-Man. 6.25/10

The Flash #32 There’s a recap as the issue begins that’ll get you up to speed with the relevant bits and pieces with the series… but it’s not the best comic, truth be told. 5/10

Wonder Woman #32 Hercules was murdered, and Wonder Woman is his beneficiary. Meanwhile his murderer gave Hercules’ life force to her father – Darksied! Ultimately this is a Friendly enough comic for those who have at least see Wonder Woman on the big screen. 7/10

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 10/4

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 wkBatman: White Knight #1 This standalone series is Friendly assuming you know who Batman, his supporting cast, and the Joker are. Once you know that, then imagine Joker using the law to fight Batman – this is a really unique premise and I’m super excited to see where it goes. Because it’s a miniseries don’t expect to see this returning next month, but I hope you read this. It’s great. 8.25/10

Batman #32 So this is it; the conclusion to a story that’s had it’s ups and not-so-ups that can basically get boiled down to Joker verses Riddler with Batman in the middle. Last issue the Riddler won the War of Jokes and Riddles and his soldiers turned on Batman… until Kiteman turned on the Riddler. Yes, Kiteman. By the time you open the comic, only Batman, Joker and Riddler are left standing, and we’re finally going to find out what Bruce is trying to tell Selina before she answers his proposal. It’s a Friendly issue, and well done. 7/10

Cyborg #17  The aftermath of some story or another that is very digitally orientated. Honestly if you want a unique battle then you can’t go wrong, but even after reading the previous issue I’m still a little lost. It’s a touch Unfriendly, but visually interesting. 6.25/10

Deathstroke #24 After turning over a new leaf (quote/unqoute) Deathstroke formed a new team to help atone for his past sins, but the team are starting to question whether or not Slade’s motives are entirely pure. This series is always best read in chunks, trades are a great option, as it can be a little impenetrable when you only read each issue once green lanterns 32(such as for a feature like this when you’re judging accessibility of a series). That said, it’s always very good and would reward multiple reads. This is a barely Friendly issue, but you can read it. 8/10

Green Arrow #32 This is the fourth part of a Dark Nights: Metal tie in that ran across Teen Titans, Nightwing and Suicide Squad. If you’re reading that story you’ll pick this up… if not, then you can skip the issue and start with issue #33

Green Lanterns #32 After the crazy events of the last few issues (which is quickly referred to in the beginning and never again) we get a really enjoyable comic that has our heroes facing some oddly normal issues – it’s a lower key issue, but very Friendly7.75/10

Justice League #30 The kids of the current League members have come from the future to kill the League. Future Aquaman (wearing Future Cyborg’s body as armour) has come back to kill the kids. Simon Baz has literally just been corrupted by an evil black oil of some kind. If none of that makes sense… then don’t read this. However if you’re curious, this is a touch Unfriendly, but an interesting read nonetheless. 7/10

Nightwing #30 A new arc that is also a pretty Friendly starting point for the series. Obviously there’ll be things you won’t quite know right away, but there’s nothing that you’ll find utterly ruinous if you’re unaware of  the finer details. Plus, this is also a retty good read. 7.75/10

Superman #32 Lois Lane was doing an exposé on Deathstroke, and in the course of said story he saved her life a few times as she was caught in the cross fire from assassins looking to kill Deathstroke. But things are never that simple, and by the end of last issue it turned out that after the story ran, Deathstroke took a new job – to kill Lois Lane! Both Friendly and enjoyable. 8/10

DC Rebirth Recap and Review For Comics Released 9/27

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.


AC_Cv988_dsAction Comics #988 Last issue it was revealed that the mysterious figure behind a lot of the Rebirth events, including the disappearance of Timothy Drake, Mr. Oz was actually, spoiler alert, Jor-El. Be prepared for an origin story which is Friendly enough. 7/10

Batgirl #15 I don’t honestly think I remember what happened last issue, but judging by the cover it probably had something to do with Nightwing – it is Friendly enough to be readable, which is always nice. 6/10

Batman Beyond #12 An interlude issue while Bruce Wayne and Batman (Beyond) are returning confronting R’as Al Ghul (Damian Wayne), we can see what happened in their absence. If you’re curious about the Beyond timeline, this is a Friendly standalone story. 6.75/10

Detective Comics #965 Tim Drake “died” quite awhile ago (although we always knew that he wasn’t quite dead), but now we get a bit of a catch up with Red Robin as he’s interrogated by Mr. Oz. As far as things go, this is Friendly enough for you to enjoy. 7.75/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #29 Somebody is hunting the New Gods, and Hal Jordan’s currently trying to outrun some Omega Beams in order to protect HJGLC_Cv29_open_order_varHighfather. The rest you’ll pick up along the way. 8/10

Justice League Of America #15 The JLA have gone to the microverse in order to find Ray Palmer and have been roped into saving reality. As you do. We get a lot more info regarding why Palmer left, which has the added benefit of making this Friendly7.5/10

Suicide Squad #26 This issue is a Dark Nights: Metal tie in. If you don’t care about the multipart crossover and mini then skip this. If you do care, then you’ll be reading this anyway… 7/10

The Flash #31 There’s a new villain that can control blood. It’s kinda gross, but Friendly. I’d say it’s worth reading… but it’s not that good. 5/10

Wonder Woman #31 Assuming you’ve seen the Wonder Woman movie then you’ll find this comic Friendly. It’s a solid start to a new story, and one that’s pretty easy to jump into. 7/10

 

Review: Detective Comics #965

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the return of Tim Drake!

Detective Comics #965 by James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, and Sal Cipriano.

Detective Comics #965 is in comic book stores today.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Detective Comics #965

Detective Comics #965

(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Eddy Barrows
In Shops: Sep 27, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“A Lonely Place Of Living” part one! It’s the story you’ve demanded: Where in the world (or otherwise) is Tim Drake? Red Robin faces a crossroads…escape the most devious prison ever devised, or find himself abandoned beyond time and space for all eternity! Not much of a choice, right? But when he finds out just who is locked in there with him, Tim’s world will change in ways he never imagined! This is one of the biggest stories of the REBIRTH era, setting the stage for an explosive DETECTIVE COMICS epic!

James Tynion Talks Detective Comics, Tim Drake, and The Immortal Men

At San Diego Comic-Con we got a chance to talk to DC Comics writer James Tynion IV about Detective Comics and his upcoming series The Immortal Men.

With the return of Tim Drake to comics this week, it felt like the right time to release this one. Find out about Tynion’s vision for his take on Batman’s world and what to expect in the new series, The Immortal Men!

Preview: Detective Comics #964

Detective Comics #964

(W) James Tynion IV, Christopher Sebela (A) Carmen Nunez Carnero (CA) Yasmine Putri
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“Dystopia”! Anarky has shown Spoiler the world he’s built beneath Gotham City, which he plans to bring into the light…but she needs to know who helped him build it! And what’s more, this alliance has put Steph back on Batman’s radar…and now the two are on a collision course!

Exclusive Preview: Detective Comics #964

Detective Comics #964

Written by: Chris Sebela, James T Tynion IV
Art by: Carmen Carnero
Cover by: Eddy Barrows
Variant cover by: Rafael Albuquerque
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: September 13, 2017

“Dystopia”! Anarky has shown Spoiler the world he’s built beneath Gotham City, which he plans to bring into the light…but she needs to know who helped him build it! And what’s more, this alliance has put Steph back on Batman’s radar…and now the two are on a collision course!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Javier

Darkseid Special #1 (DC Comics) – Given that we celebrate Jack Kirby’s centennial this week, this book is auto selected as my number 1 pick. Penned by Mark Evanier (Kirby’s biographer), and with Paul Levitz, it includes Granny Goodness, an OMAC short, and a classic Kirby Fourth World story.

Deadly Class #30 (Image Comics) – 1980s big hair and depression. Remender delivers.

Crosswind #3 (Image Comics) – Gail Simone and Cat Staggs breathe new life into the old body switcheroo story gimmick, with a murderous hitman twist.

Animosity #9 (Aftershock Comics) – Marguerite Bennett’s post-apocalyptic animal ruled world blends action and drama with Latorre’s spellbinding art.

Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer (BOOM! Studios) – There’s definitely some hubris in including the writer’s name in the comic book’s title, but this is the Victor Lavalle who wrote ‘Slapboxing with Jesus’ and ‘The Ballad of Black Tom’. His graphic update on Shelley’s Frankenstein is potentially the BOOM! sleeper hit of 2017.

 

Brett

All-Star Batman #13 (DC Comics) – All-Star Batman has been one the most consistently entertaining comics from DC and one of the best comics on the market. A character study in comics and a must read.

John Carpenter Tales of Science Fiction: Vault #2 (Storm King Comics) – Great science fiction horror action that ups the tense setting and story.

Return of the Dapper Men (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing) – The award winning graphic novel is reprinted with new material. If you missed it the first time, now is your chance to get it.

Star Wars #35/Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1 (Marvel) – Some of the best comics Marvel has been producing has been their Star Wars comics and this week we get two releases that I’m sure are entertaining if the past releases are any indication. Add in a comic just focused on mace Windu and I’m totally in.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #10 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Transformers comics have been knocking it out of the park with political intrigue, action, lots of drama, and some of the best science fiction allegories being produced today. These comics feel like they have more in common with the original Star Trek than they do the 80s cartoon.

 

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