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.
Before I start this week, I wanted to disclaim that since I last read the series below I went on vacation for two weeks and made an effort to not think about comics. What this means is that I can’t really remember any of the details of those comics right now… so any recap will be vague at best, unless it comes back to me as I read the comic, and because I’m a bit miffed at myself for forgetting everything I may be a bit, uh, snarky.
Action Comic #980 A bunch of Superman’s villains are teaming up to kill him. This Friendly issue actually has a bit of exposition at the beginning to explain their motivations.
Batgirl #11 Uh… so Batgirl’s ex, and Penguin’s son turned evil (surprise!) and now he’s trying to kill Penguin or something. I honestly don’t know. It’s an okay comic, but an Unfriendly place to begin.
Batman Beyond #8 From what I remember, which isn’t much, Ra’s Al Ghul is back (or is he?!) in Batman’s life. We haven’t seen his face beneath the mask, so we could be looking at his heir; whomever that may be. Oh, and Terry is currently wearing a prototype Batsuit that for some reason he shouldn’t be. Batman, some former League of Assassins person named Curare and Barbara Gordon have just fought of the League, and we find them in the aftermath in the Friendly comic.
Blue Beetle #9 I got nothing on this. Or at least, I thought I didn’t. There’s some kind of alien invasion, Jamie Reyes has lost his scarab and so he’s wearing Ted Kord’s old costume. Surprisingly, it’s Friendly.
Deathstroke #19 Slade Wilson wants to go back in time to fix his relationship with he deceased son, so he’s stolen Kid Flash’s super spead. The issue is kinda Friendly, which is unusual for this series.
Detective Comics #957 After Tim Drake’s death, Spoiler left Batman’s team. This Friendly issue fills us in on what she’s been doing since.
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #21 The time traveler Rip Hunter has come back in time to prevent the Green Lantern Corps from being eliminated from a future threat that uses Green constructs of some kind from Hal’s old gauntlet (because apparently he had one) that was dug up in the future… it probably sounds ridiculous, but it’s not. It’s just not the most friendly place to start. Unfriendly.
Justice League Of America #7 This is a surprisingly Friendly comic with little to no recap needed. You’re able to just dive in and enjoy it – and I say that as both someone who doesn’t like this series, and as someone who has forgotten the previous issues.
Suicide Squad #18 So General Zod has been forced into being a member of the Suicide Squad after being retrieved from a Siberian prison. If you’re not too worried about the rest of the plot this an enjoyably Friendly comic.
Wonder Woman #23 I’ll be honest – I have a hard enough time following this series when I do remember what’s going on. This issue concludes one of the two stories running concurrently in alternating issues in the series, so maybe wait for the trade to read this story, and jump on board in a future issue. Another Unfriendly one.