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DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 5/3

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_Cv22_dsAquaman #22 If people get scared around this odd new water (called H2.0) then they become crazy water monsters. There’s a bit more to it, but at this point Aquaman and Mera trying to get back to a secluded science island, so that a group of scientists and marines (who can shape shift into anthromophic sea creatures) aren’t massacred. Amazingly, that’s a Friendly recap for you.

Bane Conquest #1 The first issue of a Bane solo series? Oh yes. If you have the slightest idea who Bane is, and honestly I’d be surprised if you didn’t, then this is a Friendly place for you to start the series. Especially since it’s the first issue in the series.

Batman #22 So Unfriendly, but so good.

Cyborg #12  is Friendly enough, I guess, but it isn’t great…

Deathstroke #18 It’s been awhile since I’ve remembered the previous issue of this series (indeed I think I missed #17), so it’s kinda hard to keep track of the myriad plot threads – and I’ve read previous issues. You might be okay to start here,  but I’m leaning toward this being Unfriendly.

GLS_Cv22_dsGreen Arrow #22 Green Arrow has hit rock bottom. His company has been taken from him, Oliver Queen has been declared dead, and he’s living in a giant tree house in the woods. On top of that Seattle is currently in the midst of a giant terrorist attack. The blanks are filled in throughout the issue, which makes this happily Friendly.

Green Lanterns #22 A new arc started in this issue, and we find Earth’s Green Lanterns hurtling toward OA. Despite the lack of background as to how the Lanterns got into space (and why they were called) the issue is Friendly.

Justice League #20 Another series that has a Part One this week, and so long as you know who the League are, then you’ll be fine. Friendly.

Nightwing #20 Another brilliant issue that isn’t the best place to start reading the series, which makes it a touch Unfriendly, but the conclusion is just wonderful.

Superman #22 There’s a pretty solid recap from Lois Lane’s point of view that actually gives you more than I can remember about the previous issues. For that reason, I’m calling this Friendly, even though there will be a moment or two that’ll throw you off here and there (I’d tell you what happened to Superman and the others, but I don’t remember).