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DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 12/6

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.


BM_Cv36_dsBatman #36 Batman got engaged to Catwoman. That’s all you need to know about perhaps the best issue of this series in a LONG time. Needless to say, this Friendly issue is a must read for anybody who enjoys the relationship between Batman and Superman. 9.25/10

Cyborg #19 An interesting, and ultimately Friendly, story that has the cybernetic hero far out of his usual environment. Unfortunately it’s entirely forgettable after Batman #366.75/10

Deathstroke #26 Deathstroke has been captured (four days ago) and his team of young heroes, Defiance, are unsure if his disappearance is another of his tests (as he is wont to do to assess their effectiveness) or if he’s genuinely in peril – though the young team aren’t overly sure how smart you’d have to be to kidnap Deathstroke. This series is best read in solid chunks (think trades), and picking up the series randomly tends to leave you hovering around the Friendly/Unfriendly line. Generally, the series has been at the very least worth reading. 7.25/10

Green Arrow #35 Ollie Queen has been accused of  a murder he didn’t commit (the supposed victim was kidnapped and held underground for sometime before being rescued in a catatonic state – and now Ollie doesn’t want to put her through more trauma so he’s facing trial for her murder… it’s a noble yet foolish gesture), and he’s also broke. In order to secure some evidence he needs, he needs to head underwater… the issue is relatively Friendly at this point. 7/10

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Green Lanterns #36 This issue is actually pretty Friendly all by its lonesome, even if it is the second in a two part story. Not the best, honestly, but enjoyable nonetheless. 6.75/10

Justice League #34 Pretty sure this is a standalone story, and as such it is Friendly, but once again not the best representation of the characters with as we follow what is essentially a day-in-the-life tale. Not a bad story to pick up, and  nice breather after several long arcs. 6.75/10

Nightwing #34 I’ll be completely honest with you: aside from the very basics I don’t remember too much about this series. Thankfully, there’s a recap given through the narrative on the first page that will get you right up to speed. It’s a Friendly, and very enjoyable twenty odd pages, but it’s also the end of an arc. Whether you start here or next issue, that’s up to you. 7.5/10

Superman #36 Look, I won’t beat around the bush. This is an Unfriendly mess at the best of times, and a convoluted waste at others, so if you want to start on this series, wait for the next issue. You’ll thank me. 5/10

 


That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 11/29

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.


It’s annual week this week, with five of the six offerings being annuals. Where relevant there’ll be a recap, but otherwise I’ll just give you a quick heads up as to how the annual blends with the main series – and whether you should pick it up as an accurate reflection of said series.

Aquaman Annual #1 While this doesn’t tie into the current series at all, it is a really interesting, and complete, story in it’s own right. Granted you won’t learn anything about the characters you didn’t already know, nor is this ever likely to be an important comic, there is a first appearance you may want to be aware of. For the sake of consistency, this is Friendly7/10

Batman Annual #2 Well holy shit. This annual details various meetings of Batman and Catwoman through the years in a touching standalone story that doesn’t explicitly tie into Tom King’s run on Batman, but it is a nice companion piece to said series. Absolutely worth reading. As to the annual’ accessibility? Assuming you’re aware that Batman and Catwoman recently got engaged, you’ll find this Friendly8/10

Green Arrow Annual #1 As a standalone tale that takes place sometime before issue 25, this does give you a decent idea about what the series is about, but it’s not immediately a Friendly comic. Stick with it, though, and you’ll figure out what I mean; the story is interesting and rewards a second read through. 7.25/10

super sons annual 1Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #33 The only non-annual this week is also the first part of a new arc which has historically meant that the comic has been quite easy to pick up, especially post Rebirth. Once again, this is no exception, even if you don’t quite follow everything that happens this issue. Friendly, and worth reading. 7/10

Justice League Of America Annual #1 A spotlight on two characters in the series, Lobo and Black Canary, sees them heading to space. The issue is Friendly, it does give you a taste of the main series, and just like the main series it wasn’t really that great. 6/10

Super Sons Annual #1 This is almost entirely a silent comic staring the Super Pets that has only a tenuous link to the main series (despite it being Friendly). Ultimately not a bad comic, in fact it is quite enjoyable, but you can read it incredibly quickly; had we gotten an annual evenly split between the Super Pets and the Super Sons I’d probably have enjoyed this more. But maybe the focus on the Pets in a largely irrelevant story is exactly the point… 7/10



That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 11/22

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 AC_Cv992_dsyou 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.


 

Action Comics #992  This is a really well put together issue that explores the fragility of Superman’s psyche after having found out the evil Mr. Oz is also his biological father Jor El. As far as jumping on points go this is a solid, and Friendly, issue that lays the groundwork for what comes next. 8/10

Batman Beyond #14 A new arc kicks off here, and as with most new arcs post Rebirth, it’s pretty Friendly.

Demon: Hell Is Earth #1 The first of a six issue miniseries, so there’ll be no recap (nor will I include this in future DC: R&R editions) for this because I don’t recall the last time I saw Etrigan, but that being said the opening of this miniseries is Friendly enough to enjoy. 7/10

Detective Comics #969 A new arc, The Fall Of The Batmen starts here, and seeing as the DTC_Cv969_dsfirst part of an arc is often the best place to jump on board, it should come as no surprise to find out that this is also a decent jumping on point to the Bat-family’s activity in Gotham. It’s Friendly and worth reading. 7.75/10

The Flash #35 Last issue Flash was cured of his Negative Speed Force infection that he came down with after Reverse Flash died by Meena Dhawan former pupil, also a speedster, who wanted the destructive power for herself. That’s your nutshell recap – so the question remains as to whether this issue is easy to pick up, to which the answer is that The Flash #35 is just about Friendly. Sadly it’s not the best DC comic this week. 6.25/10

Justice League Of America #19 So this series is 19 issues deep and still doesn’t feel like there’s been anything more than quick, disposable comics given to us. Anyway, the last issue saw the JLA attacked in their open-to-the-public HQ by Prometheus and a couple of others. The comic is Friendly, but it isn’t all that enjoyable. 6/10

Suicide Squad #30 Yeah, I missed the last issue or two so I’m utterly lost here in terms of a recap. It’s not a bad issue, but it is a tad Unfriendly6.75/10

TT_Cv14_dsTeen Titans #14 Robin fired Kid Flash from the Teen Titans, and realizing they’re down a member, Robin has gone to Seattle to recruit Emi Queen, the Red Arrow, while the rest of the Teen Titans try and convince Kid Flash to come back. In Seattle, the supervillain Onomatopoeia has just unleashed a tidal wave aimed at the city… this is a Friendly, and enjoyable comic. 7.5/10

Wonder Woman #35 Darksied’s daughter is hunting the children of the Old Gods (those of the Greek pantheon to you and I) to feed their life energies to her father. Wonder Woman’s brother, yes she has a brother who she met last issue, has betrayed her and is working with the daughter of Darksied (and I still can’t remember her name). The comic is an origin story for her brother, and as such is Friendly6.75/10


That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 11/15

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.


Aquaman #30 King Arthur has been deposed, and supposedly murdered by Commander AQM_Cv30_dsMurk (who is well aware that Arthur survived). He is now swimming through Atlantis as the vigilante Aquaman… consistently one of DC’s higher quality titles, this Friendly issue is well worth checking out. 8/10

Batman #35 A conclusion to an arc that had Batman and Catwoman travel to a secret desert stronghold and confront Talia Al Ghul after an exhausting fight against her minions. Eventually, she stabbed Batman in a sword fight,  and so Catwoman took  up her betrothed sword to try and beat Talia… the arc ends on a strong note, and is oddly Friendly despite being the concluding part. 8/10

Batwoman #9 Batwoman has been captured by Scarecrow, and along with Colony Prime, has “escaped” despite suffering some serious hallucinations. Oddly a Friendly issue regardless of the hallucinatory visuals. 7/10

Green Lanterns #35 When one of DC’s most accessible has a new arc starting in any given issue, there’s strong odds that the comic is Friendly – and this one is.  7/10

Justice League #33 contains the concluding chapter to a Dark Knights: Metal crossover story, and therefore may not be the most accessible if you’re looking to jump into the series.

Nightwing #33 Having decided to write this feature when in the midst of a mild fever, I can honestly tell you that the only things I remember from last issue are recapped in SUPSO_Cv10_dssome fashion on the first page. I was able to enjoy the issue regardless, so I’m calling this Friendly7.5/10

Superman #35 The Kents, and Lex Luthor have been taken to Apokalips where the natives think Superman is a god – though at first they thought it was Lex. I don’t really really remember much more than that, honestly, and because I can’t make heads nor tails of the story…. I’m calling it Unfriendly. There are some pretty awesome visuals here, though. 7/10

Super Sons #10 This is just a solid, fun issue. It’s very Friendly, and a brilliant introduction to the two super kids. 8/10



That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 11/8

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_Cv968_dsAction Comics #991 Mr Oz. is actually Jor El, and he wants to take the Kents off Earth so they can live in a place that deserves them. Clark is less than enthused as he battles against Oz’s plans to ruin the world through the worst of humanity, but Jon is tempted… This is a relatively Friendly issue, but it’s not the best you’ll ever read. 6.5/10

Batgirl and the Birds Of Prey #16 In a perfect case of not judging a book by it’s cover… this Friendly book is a very interesting read – especially in today’s climate – that looks at toxic masculinity through some decidedly comic book lenses that almost work. 7/10

Detective Comics #968 So there’s a Batman from the future trying to kill Batwoman to prevent his future from happening. Future Batman is Tim Drake, and Present Tim is back and trying to stop his future….. look this sounds unFriendly, but it’s not. Not really. 7/10

The Flash#34 The first part of a new arc, aaaaaaaaand it’s Friendly. Flash has somehow gained the Negative Speed Force (I don’t remember how, and it’s not relevant here), and…. the rest basically revolved around an evil speedster called Godspeed who would steal the powers of other speedsters. 6/10

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #32 features a Dark Knights Metal tie-in. Not the best time to start reading the series.

Justice League of America #18 Part one of a new arc that finds the JLA facing off against Prometheus. The first part is quite Friendly, all things considered, and as a  set up for the story to come it isn’t too bad, but it won’t set you world on fire either. 6/10

New Super-Man #17 Despite remembering very little about the previous issue, I found this to be quite Friendly, all things considered. Quality wise the comic isn’t too bad – just nothing overly spectacular. 6.25/10

REDHOTO_Cv16_dsRed Hood and the Outlaws #16 The Outlaws were recently captured by Batwoman her team of heroes in Gotham, despite their mission to fight Gotham’s underworld undercover (which the Outlaws haven’t shared with many people other than Batman). The issue opens with the Outlaws having been dropped off where super criminals typically are, and it’s pretty Friendly, although not the strongest entry in the series. 7/10

Superwoman #16 The unfortunate thing with this series is that I really don’t care about it – or for it – so I tend to not read it more often than not. So while there’s no recap here, the comic is kinda Friendly… but I’m still waiting for an issue to get excited over 6/10

Wonder Woman #34 Darksied’s daughter is hunting the children of Zeus in order to give their life essence to her father in order to restore him from his current childlike age. Her next target? Wonder Woman’s brother. No, you read that right. Wonder Woman has a brother, and this is a Friendly comic. 6.25/10


That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 11/1

BLCDH _Cv1_dsWelcome 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 #34 Batman and Catwoman are in the desert to pry open some secret of the Justice League’s, whilst Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin are in Wayne Manor wondering what the hell their mentor is up against (note – Talia Al Ghul is a distinct possibility according to Damian). This issue is a solid jumping on point (perhaps more so if you BM_Cv34_dsdidn’t read the last one, or don’t remember it as well as you thought), and the almost issue long fight scene is very well done. Batman #34 gets a Friendly 7.75/10. 

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1 As this is the first of  six issue mini, this week will be the only appearance this comic will make in this feature; and, as it’s a first issue there’s no recap (plus I also know next to nothing about the character). That being said, if you’re unfamiliar with the character you’ll find this Friendly – and a very good read. 8.5/10

Cyborg #18 The Aftermath to Singularity seems to have been going on for several issues now, and it’s not exactly the easiest story to explain – or get into. But you don’t need to really worry about that because this issue is basically a condensed wrap up that will bore you to tears. Technically Friendly, but not worth your time. 3/10

Deadman #1 As this is the first of  six issue mini, this week will be the only appearance this comic will make in this feature (sound familiar?)/ Once again, my lack of knowledge on the character and the fact it’s a first issue means there’s no recap. That being said… unlike Black Lightning this comic is not the easiest to get into. As an introduction to Deadman it’s Unfriendly and as a story it’s better skipped. 5.75/10

Deathstroke #25 Slade Wilson is trying to become a hero and has founded a team of young heroes called Defiance, but in typical Deathstroke fashion he’s charging for his teams heroic deeds… and only choosing certain missions. The way the stories are told in this series don’t always lend to the best jumping on points – honestly you’re better off GA_Cv34_dsaiming to pick up the trades than the floppies at this point – but the comics are still very good regardless.

Green Arrow #34 After being framed for murder, and with his trial looming, Ollie Queen is desperate to find some evidence to clear his name that isn’t the psychologically broken women he’s accused of murdering because he doesn’t want to hurt her any more than she has been already. This comic does have a substory that goes back several issues regarding Diggle saving Merlyn, but anything relevant from said substory you can pick up along the way. Green Arrow #34 earns a Friendly 8/10.

Green Lanterns #34 There is a recap here, but seeing as how the Lanterns give you pretty much exactly what I was going to say, let’s just mark this as Friendly, shall we? 7/10

Justice League #32 As this is a Dark Nights: Metal tie in issue it isn’t the best place to jump into the series – although it is an enjoyable read.

Nightwing #32 Raptor, a man from Dick’s past with villainous intentions masquerading behind a barely heroic exterior, has appeared at Dick’s day job, that of a black jack dealer in Blockbuster’s casino  (that bit’s not really relative other than to say Dick’s keeping tabs on the mobster). This Friendly issue gives you a bit of background on Raptor while a group of former villains try to stop another villain. 7.5/10

Superman #34 Superman, Superboy and Lois Lane have been boom-tubed to Apokolips and were separated upon arrival. Lex Luthor was also taken from his home so that he can fulfill a prophecy and take the throne of Apokolips. Superman #34 is more or less a Friendly comic, and it’s not a half bad read, either. 6.75/10


 

That wraps up this week, folks. Next week we’ll be taking a look at the comics released tomorrow – so until next time, have a good week!

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 10/25

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.


 

DETECTIVE COMICS #967Action Comics #990 The conclusion of an arc that reintroduced Jor El to the DCU, revealing his identity as Mr. Oz, and saw Superman’s father try to tempt the Kents to live on a world that deserves them. When Clark hesitated, Jor El turned to his grandson – Jonathon Kent! This isn’t really an Unfriendly issue, but then nothing interesting happens here either. 6/10

Batman Beyond #13 has a lot going on this issue, which unfortunately leaves this issue quite Unfriendly. It’s also not great, either. 6/10

Detective Comics #967 Last issue we saw Future Batman in the present to try and prevent something after Future Batman was locked up with Red Robin (who wasn’t dead even though everybody thought he was) in a timeless prison of Mr. Oz’s. Oh, Future Batman is an unrepentant killer who is really Future Tim Drake, and who is also after Batwoman for some reason. Last issue Future Batman gave Red Robin  pretty severe electric shock. That probably doesn’t sound like the ideal place to jump on board, but strangely enough this is almost Friendly. 7.75/10

Batgirl #16 I’ve missed the last couple of issues of this series so I can’t give you a recap, but the dual story lines combine to form an overall Friendly issue as the past helps to explain the present. 6.75/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #31 Hal has been sent to Earth to find Parallax who may or may not be possessing Superman after a recent appearance in Action Comics. After a brief scuffle with Superman, Hal Jordan realizes that he’s seeing things courtesy of some giant headed telepathic dude who desperately wants Hal Jordan’s help. Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #31 is both very enjoyable and BG_Cv16_dsreally quite Friendly8/10

Justice League Of America #17 Half the JLA is saving the microverse (and by extension the universe). This isn’t bad, but it’d be borderline Friendly if this was your jumping on point. 6.25/10

Suicide Squad #28 While half of the Squad are on an abandoned space station with Rick Flagg’s grandfather, the other half are stranded on Earth. The amount of exposition in this issue makes it Friendly, and the action and humorous touches makes it enjoyable. 7/10

The Flash #33 As this is a Dark Nights Metal tie in that continues over to the next Justice League as a jumping on point for The Flash this is quite Unfriendly. Otherwise a solid issue. 6.75

Teen Titans #13 After recent events had Damian fire Kid Flash the team feels as though there’s a hole in the Teen Titans. This Friendly comic isn’t a bad jumping on point by any means. 7/10

Wonder Woman #33 I don’t honestly remember the last issue or two so there’s no real recap I can give you (honestly I’ve care less about the series since the previous writer left), but the comic is Friendy enough. 6.5/10

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 10/18

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.


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Aquaman #29 Atlantis has been sealed off from the outside world and Arthur, no longer king, has become a vigilante protecting those he can from the corrupt regime. This comic is borderline Friendly, but the series remains among the best in DC’s current publication run. 8.25/10

Batman #33 Bruce Wayne proposed to Selina Kyle, who accepted, after a long story about how he’s not as noble as people think because he almost killed the Riddler after Riddler engineered a gang war to make Joker laugh (indeed it was only the intercession of the Joker that stopped Batman’s attempted murder of the Riddler). Now… Batman’s in a desert to start a new arc, and while the comic is Friendly enough, it feels like a bit of a mixed bag that trend toward the positive. I’m curious to see where the story ends up, but if I never read the next issue I wouldn’t be upset. 6.75/10

Batwoman #8 Under the mercy of Scarecrow, Batwoman has been captured and subjected to his fear gas while searching for her father Jacob Kane and his army of Batman inspired soldiers, the Colony. The issue is weird, but as much of that is from the gas you’ll find this comic relatively Friendly7/10

Green Arrow #33 I love this series. Oliver Queen was framed for murder by the villainous Ninth Circle so Green Arrow traveled the country fighting them on earth and in space with a plethora of guest stars. But Oliver Queen wasn’t meant leave Star City while he was on bail… the first part of a new arc, the Friendly comic is well worth GA_Cv33_open_order_varreading. 8/10

Green Lanterns #33 Part one of a new arc that sees the two Lanterns of Space Sector 2814 move away from Earth and into the stars to save a planet is a Friendly place to dive in. 7/10

Justice League #31 The kids of the League have come back in time to kill the Justice League to stop them from doing something that’ll destroy the future. And future Aquaman has also come back in time for some reason wearing future Cyborg’s body as armour. I have no idea what the hell is going on in the Unfriendly mess. 5.5/10

Nightwing #31 Nightwing is working with Blockbuster (kinda) to clean up Bludhaven, and an old nemesis (from twenty issues ago) has reared his head. Sadly I don’t remember last issue, but this was Friendly enough for new readers regardless. 7/10

Super Sons #9 The sons fight a planet. It’s kinda Friendly and quite awesome. 7.75/10

Superman #33 It was foretold that the now heroic Lex Luthor would eventually return to his villainous ways and become worse than Darkseid as ruler of Apokolips, and so a pair of bounty hunters from the future tried to kill him. Superman, somewhat obviously, helped stop them. But none of that is really relevant right now in this Friendly issue. 7/10

 

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

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