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DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 5/17

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.



BM_Cv23_dsAquaman #23 
Arthur Curry and Mera have been away from Atlantis fighting water demons (if it sounds stupid, check out the previous arc because it was actually a solid story), and are just returning to Atlantis as a new arc begins. Coincidence…? Likely. Friendly? Yeah, more or less.

Batman #23 A standalone story that has Batman and Swamp Thing working together that’s one of the more interesting issues that Tom King has written. It’s as Friendly as a standalone Batman story can be.

Batwoman #3 Part three of the arc… and I really don’t remember anything specific about the previous events… which makes this a touch Unfriendly… but it’s actually quite enjoyable all the same.

Green Arrow #23 Green Arrow has hit rock bottom. His company has been taken from him, Oliver Queen has been declared dead, he’s living in a giant tree house in the woods… and his beloved Seattle is currently in the midst of a prolonged terrorist attack  (but I can’t remember why) – at the end of last issue, Green Arrow’s tree house burned, with hi tech guru Henry supposedly inside. This is an intense, barely Friendly place to start, but you can do it.

GLS_Cv23_dsGreen Lanterns #23 Lost In Space part two opens up with the two newest Green Lanterns being trained by Kyle Rainor (Simon) and Guy Gardner (Jess) after they were called to Mogo for some reason or another. It’s going about as well as you’d expect, but it does make for a Friendly and entertaining comic.

Justice League #21 Flash is time jumping to prevent some kind of catastrophe of some kind (probably a big explosion – I forgot last issue), but he doesn’t have complete control over when he goes… it’s an odd premise, but Friendly enough, I suppose.

Nightwing #21 A team-up with Wally West for a villain of the week style story that will probably lead into something more, this is a Friendly place to start with the series.

Super Sons #4 Superboy and Robin have been battling robots that can assume the powers and basic look of a person. While confronting the robots, the young heroes have been captured by Kid Amazo…. it sounds more confusing than cricket, but it’s actually Friendly.

Teen Titans #8 Despite this being the second part of an inter-title crossover, I neither remember the first part of this story, but nor did it stop me from enjoying the comic. For that reason, I’m marking this as a Friendly issue.

Trinity #9  It’s a new arc that starts here, so the only realy question you need to ask yourself is whether you know who Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman are? Because if you do, then you’ll find this Friendly. There’s a bit of a throwback to the first arc, but nothing that’ll have you scratching your beard in wonder.

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DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 5/10

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. Some assumptions will be made regarding familiarity with some of the bigger named heroes (for example, I’m assuming you know who Bruce Wayne is) when it comes to accessibility.

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 #979 Honestly, you don’t need a recap. This is a Friendly issue with an arc starting here.

All-Star Batman #10 A story told from Alfred’s point of view. gloriously Friendly, and frankly very good. This is well worth you checking out as both the main and backup story start fresh here, and with Scott Snyder writing it… you can’t go wrong.

Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #10 Wrapping up the battle with Blackbird, the story can be read without anything else, so in that case it’s Friendly, but you might not want to.

Detective Comics #956 Gotham is under siege by the enemy of the League Of Assassins, the League Of Shadows, and Batman and his allies had just been captured by Lady Shiva, only for Orphan to single handedly take on the entire League Of Shadows to free them. Last issue saw the Batfamily stand in a heroically comic book pose before getting ready to take on Lady Shiva. This is the concluding chapter, but it’s still Friendly enough for you to start with. Oh, Clayface is a hero now.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #20 Despite being the third part of this arc, there’s a Friendly introduction courtesy of John Stewart. I really don’t need to give you too much more, so I won’t.

Justice League Of America #6 Finishes of the battle with Aegeus. It’s really Unfriendly and one to avoid unless you start at the beginning of the arc.

New Super-Man #11 Kong Kenan was artificially granted a power set very similar to Clark Kent’s by a government sponsored organization, and he became the New Super-Man, a member of the Justice League of China (who just got their newest member in a purple speedster). In order to unlock those powers Kenan has begun learning martial arts, and his interactions are actually quite amusing.  This is another first part, and it’s quite Friendly.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #10 I have no idea what’s happening here because I don’t remember the previous issue. I suppose that makes this Unfriendly.

Suicide Squad #17 So General Zod is in the Suicide Squad now. Go figure. Funnily enough, this is still a Friendly comic (assuming you know roughly who the Squad is).

Superwoman #10 kicks off the “Rediscovery” story arc and since it’s the first part you’re pretty good to start here, so this one’s rated Friendly.

Titans #11 Deathstroke is back! Despite his long history with the team, that I am utterly unaware of (I have read exactly 11 Titans comics, which you’ll notice is the number of this issue), I was still able to follow along nicely here. It helps being the first part in a new arc, but this is a Friendly issue full of goodness.

Wonder Woman #22 I may be writing this feature, but I almost went looking for a recap of the issue myself. It’s frustrating, because I’m genuinely enjoying this series – or I would if not for the dual narratives that are just similar enough to get muddled in my brain, making this Unfriendly for me.

Coming From Diamond Select Toys: Marvel, DC, TMNT and Alien: Covenant!

April showers bring May powers, as a slew of super-hero merchandise from DST soars into this month’s Previews catalog! The super swag includes Marvel Select action figures, Marvel Gallery and DC Gallery PVC dioramas, DC Animated busts, Marvel Premier and Milestones statues, and the first-ever DC Comics Vinimates! Plus, new items from Ghostbusters, Alien: Covenant, Elf, Back to the Future and TMNT!

Batman Animated Series Penguin Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The fowl felon has arrived in the Batman Animated bust series! Oswald Coblepot, the Penguin, is captured in his classic animated appearance, as he appeared on Batman: The Animated Series. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, the Penguin perches on a pedestal base inspired by the show’s art-deco architecture, holding his ever-present umbrella. This piece is limited to only 3,000 made, and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAY172501, SRP: $59.99)

DC Gallery Batman New Adventures Nightwing PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Robin sets off on a new adventure! As seen in the follow-up to Batman: The Animated Series, titled The New Batman Adventures, Dick Grayson has grown up and changed his look, becoming Nightwing! This PVC Diorama depicts Nightwing crouched atop a smokestack, preparing to pounce on an unsuspecting thug. This approximately 12-inch PVC diorama features detailed sculpting and exacting paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. In scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAY172499, SRP: $45.00)

Justice League Animated Doomsday Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Doomsday is here! The massive Superman villain is muscling into DST’s line of busts based on the DC Animated Universe, and he is guaranteed to dominate your Justice League collection! Measuring just under 7 inches tall, this resin bust of Doomsday is balanced on a pedestal base inspired by the League’s Watchtower satellite. This piece is limited to only 3,000 made, and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAY172500, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Gallery Spider-Woman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Another wall-crawler joins the Marvel Gallery PVC line! Jessica Drew, the original Spider-Woman, has been an Avenger and explored the Spider-Verse, and now she’s the latest 9-inch scale PVC Diorama in the Marvel Gallery line. Measuring approximately 8 inches tall, Spider-Woman takes aim with her bio-electric blasts atop a web-pattern diorama base, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #MAY172529, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Netflix TV Elektra PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Netflix series of Marvel Gallery PVC dioramas continues with the assassin Elektra! Based on her appearance in Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix, this PVC figure of Elodie Yung as Elektra stands atop a pedestal inspired by a New York City rooftop, uniting it thematically with the other Netflix releases. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this diorama features detailed sculpting, exacting paint applications, and an authentic likeness. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAY172530, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie PVC Dioramas

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Gallery line is blasting off into outer space! Three new PVC Dioramas capture the space-faring cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest blockbuster entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star-Lord with his jet-pack, Gamora with Rocket, and Drax with Groot each measure approximately 9-11 inches tall with highly detailed sculpting and paint applications. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!

Drax and Groot PVC Diorama (Item #MAY172524, SRP: $45.00)

Gamora and Rocket PVC Diorama (Item #MAY172525, SRP: $45.00)

Starlord PVC Diorama (Item #MAY172526, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Milestones Civil War Movie Captain America Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Another Milestone has been met! The second half of DST’s Marvel Milestones statue set based on Captain America: Civil War is here, and it’s Captain America himself! Raising his shield to deflect a blast of energy, Captain America can stand alone, or pair with the Marvel Milestones Iron Man statue to form a larger scene – face them back to back for a team-up, or face-to-face for all-out Civil War! This approximately 16.75” resin statue is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #MAY172528, SRP: $199.99)

Marvel Milestones Doctor Strange Movie Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! By the Vishanti! Doctor Stephen Strange has cemented his space in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now he has teleported into the Marvel Milestones statue line! Leaping from a portal, Doctor Strange casts spells with both hands in this dynamic statue featuring detailed paintwork as well as translucent sculpted effects. This approximately 14.5” resin statue is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #MAY172527, SRP: $225.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Spider-Gwen Masked Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Spider-Woman of Earth-65 is taking the Marvel Universe by storm, whether she’s fighting alongside other spider-heroes against the Inheritors, or playing with the Mary Janes in a battle of the bands! This 12-inch scale masked variant of our “Spider-Gwen” statue shows her alighting on a pillar, preparing to shoot a webline while balanced on one foot. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore, this resin statue is limited to an edition of 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color window box. (Item #MAY172532, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Select Spider-Gwen Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the other side of the Spider-Verse comes the rockin’est Spider-hero in town! Mary Janes drummer and protector of New York City Gwen Stacy is the latest Marvel Select action figure from DST, and she’s sure to be one of our best sellers! The approximately 6.75-inch action figure comes with interchangeable raised and lowered hoods, various interchangeable hands, and a sculpted diorama base depicting a fallen robot! Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #MAY172533, SRP: $24.99)

Marvel Select Netflix TV Daredevil Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Daredevil of Hell’s Kitchen is now the first-ever Marvel Select action figure to be based on the Netflix TV universe! Capturing Daredevil’s costume as it appears at the beginning of Season 2, and featuring the likeness of actor Charlie Cox, this 7-inch action figure features approximately 16 points of articulation and a pair of billy clubs, as well as a sculpted diorama base depicting the elevator from the season premiere! Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #MAY172531, SRP: $24.99)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Minimates 2-Packs Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The TMNT are travelling through time, and going back to where it all began! This all-new assortment of Minimates captures the Turtles as they appeared in their hit 1990s animated series, with classic, instantly recognizable looks!  Donatello takes on Shredder, Leonardo takes on Bebop, and Casey Jones and April O’Neil each take on a Foot Soldier. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #MAY172502, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Back to the Future 2 Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Great Scott! Marty McFly and Doc Brown have just jumped forward in time again, and they’re getting new outfits to blend in to 2017! These 4-inch vinyl figures based on the second film in the Back to the Future film trilogy are sculpted in a block-figure style, striking poses straight from the movie poster, and feature articulated necks for further customization. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Future Doc Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172513, SRP: $9.99)

Future Marty Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172514, SRP: $9.99)

Ghostbusters Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 3

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Anyone seen a ghost? The Ghostbusters Vinimates line continues with three new 4-inch vinyl figures, featuring the creatures of the classic 1984 movie! Blocky renditions of Mr. Stay-Puft, Slimer and Gozer will expand your Vinimates collection and give the Boys in Beige someone to battle! Sculpted in poses straight from the movie, Mr. Stay-Puft and Gozer each feature articulated necks for further customization. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Mr. Stay-Puft Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172515, SRP: $9.99)

Slimer Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172516, SRP: $9.99)

Gozer Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172517, SRP: $9.99)

Alien: Covenant Movie Vinimates Xenomorph Vinyl Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Witness the creation of fear! As the whole world braces itself for Alien: Covenant, DST prepares to unleash the top-secret new Xenomorph on their Vinimates vinyl figure line! This 4-inch vinyl figure is based on the new creature design in the new prequel film, and features an articulated neck for further posing options. Packaged in a full-color window box.

Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172518, SRP: $9.99)

DC Comics Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 1

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The DC Comics Universe is teaming up with the Vinimates vinyl figure line! This new line of comic-based Vinimates kicks off with three figures – Batman, Green Lantern and Harley Quinn! Each blocky 4-inch PVC figure strikes a distinctive pose from the comics. Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172519, SRP: $9.99)

Green Lantern Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172520, SRP: $9.99)

Harley Quinn Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172521, SRP: $9.99)

Elf Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Christmas is coming, so put an Elf Vinimate on your shelf! Based on the classic comedy film Elf, these 4-inch vinyl figures of Buddy and Jovie each strike a pose from the film, and feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Buddy Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172522, SRP: $9.99)

Jovie Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172523, SRP: $9.99)

DC Rebirth: Recap & Review For Comics Released 4/19

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.



ASBM_Cv9_Burnam_varAll-Star Batman #9 
With both the main story and the back up concluding this issue it’s Unfriendly. Hold off until the next issue.

Aquaman #21 There’s a sea-demon thing that attacked and probably murdered a bunch of people, but it was also possibly transformed from one of those people by some weird water stuff called H2.0 that Arthur Curry can’t breath in. So obviously Aquaman and Mera have gone into that weird water stuff, and their radio signal just vanished, which probably isn’t good. Unlike this Friendly issue.

Batman #21 The genesis of this comic goes all the way back to DC Rebirth #1, in which Batman found a conspicuous yellow button with a bloodstain. This is going to be a huge story event for the Rebirth branded comics, likely introducing some form of the Watchmen into the core DC Universe… and it’s almost Friendly

Batwoman #2 I honestly don’t remember much about the last issue other than Batwoman isn’t in Gotham anymore… So that being said, surprisingly, this is still Friendly enough for you to enjoy.

Green Arrow #21 Part one of the Rise Of Star City arc, and it’s about as Friendly as you can expect. Green Arrow sorta-kinda recounts his recent adventures throughout the issue, which allows the reader to get into his perspective.

Green Lanterns #21 A supervillain with what seems to be some form of dissociative identity disorder, Doctor Polaris is trying to use his electromagnetic super powers to cure a loved one’s cancer, and the Green Lanterns are trying to stop him because he’s a villain with questionable motives and regard for collateral damage. It isn’t going well for them, but the issue is Friendly.

GLS_Cv21_dsJustice League #19 Uh… the current arc is confusing enough if you’re reading it (at least, I’m having a time following it), so jumping in here will be tough. But basically, some weird dude decided to remove Earth from the time stream and drop it at the edge of the universe, and to stop him the Justice League split up throughout time to fight their own personal battles. They won, but then all his power went to a potentially evil person… and I’m still confused. But I’m pretty sure the arc is over with this issue, so that’s a bonus.

.Nightwing #19 The previous events are sorta explained during this comic, and the way they’ve been presented make them only mildly confusing. For that reason I won’t recap the comic in case it twists everything back to front for you, but the issue is hovering between Friendly and Unfriendly, and I’m not gonna choose a side of the fence this week.

Superman #21 Batman and Robin are investigating why Superboys powers aren’t emerging as Batman believes they should be… and just as Batman makes a discovery that could unveil the truth, he vanishes. Although I’m not fond of the art, the comic is actually pretty Friendly and quite good.

SUPSO_Cv3_varSuper Sons #3 Robin and Superboy have been attacked by Batman and Superman! This madcap Friendly issue flies along at one hell of a pace, and really doesn’t need much of a recap.

Superwoman #9 Lana Lang is sick, so Superman put her within a Kryptonian suit of armour to heal her. That’s about all I remember, and should make the issue Friendly – especially since there’s a bit of a recap at the beginning.

Trinity #8 This issue takes place after the Superman Reborn story arc in which the New 52 and Pre-52 Supermen merged into one character. – that may sound confusing, and the way in which it happened was, but that’s not all that relevant to this comic (thankfully). Other than that, you’ll be pleased to know it’s a Friendly issue.

DC Rebirth Recap & Review: Comics Released 4/5

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_Cv20_dsAquaman #20 Aquaman is fighting some kind of water demon called Deadwater (disclosure: Deadwater probably isn’t a water demon, I just don’t remember the last issue that well) who can teleport wherever there’s even a drop of water. It’s kinda intense, yet quite Friendly.

Batman #20  I’ll save you the pain, and suggest you wait till next issue. Hopefully it’ll be less Unfriendly, and tell a better story.

Cyborg #11 I don’t remember the last issue (yeah, my memory isn’t great… I know), but there’s a very Friendly internal monologue at the beginning of the comic that helps quite a bit.

Green Arrow #20 The conclusion of the three part story detailing the return of Roy Harper to Green Arrow’s life. While I’d recommend you reading the arc, this would be an Unfriendly place to start the series.

Green Lanterns #20 One day, I’m going to remember the previous issue to a comic before I read the following one. Case in point this one – I have only the vaguest recollection of previous events, but basically Doctor Polaris trapped the Green Lanterns in a big ball of metal underwater so he can escape and cure his brother of cancer. The only problem? Doctor Polaris is a borderline psychopath. The issue itself is surprisingly Friendly.

Justice League #18 There’s another universe/timestream ending event that the League NTW_Cv18_open_order_varhas to prevent. They’ve been split up and sent to various different points in the timestream to fight something that’s happening at the same time in the past and present… if that sounds confusing, then you may want to skip to the next arc.

Nightwing #18 If you have fond memories of Dick Grayson as Batman with Damian Wayne’s Robin, then you’ll enjoy this story. The two have partnered to find Nightwing’s pregnant girlfriend, and former villain, Shawn Tsao and rescue her from the clutches of Professor Pyg. It’s awesome, and the awesomeness makes it Friendlier than not.

Superman #20 A new arc kicks off here, and as always it’s a Friendly place to begin, but quickly kicks up the pace.

DC Rebirth Recap & Review: Comics Released 2/1

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.


 

Aquaman #16 Aquaman stopped a war between Atlantis and the US instigated by a shadowy corporation, NEMO. This Friendly comic picks up in the aftermath of that battle.

Batman #16 Tom King has been weaving his overarching tale across multiple issues, so there’s a lot to go over for this recap. I’m lazy, so let’s keep it real short; Batman needs a villain to help a superhero introduced in Batman #1, and Bane also needs the villain to keep him off venom, so when Batman “rescued” said villain from Bane, he wasn’t happy. This Friendly comic is worth reading for the Batburger scene alone.

nightwing-14-coverCyborg #9 Uh… so I genuinely don’t remember what’s going on here, and that made this issue somewhat Unfriendly. If you want to read this, it’s best to check out either the trade, or the previous issues.This is after all the ninth part of the current story…

Green Arrow #16 A transition issue between story arcs, this issue wraps up a tale in which Green Arrow was framed for murder by the Dark Archer while simultaneously battling some violently crooked cops. Oh, and Ollie’s sister had vanished for a bit but seems to be back now.  It’s Friendly in a round about kinda way.

Green Lanterns #16 This series has been one of the most new reader friendly of all of DC’s post rebirth comics thanks to the love-it-or-hate-it habbit from Sam Humphries of introducing everything at the start of each issue. I could do a recap here, but there’s honestly no need, because it’s Friendly enough as is.

Justice League #14  This is a Friendly standalone issue that really doesn’t need a recap (even though you’ll think it does at first).

Midnighter And Apollo #5 The penultimate issue of the series is actually quite Friendly all on it’s own. Yeah, you’ll miss some nuances and  little bit of the “whys” but you can read this no problem.

superman 16 cover.jpgNightwing #14 Wrapping up the first arc that has Nightwing back in Bludhaven, we find Nightwing trying to stop a murderer and clear some ex-villains who were framed for murder. This is a fun, relatively Friendly comic.

Superman #16 Somebody is stealing the powers of Supermen,/women/rabbits from across the multiverse for some reason or another. Our Superman has a plan to rescue them, and volunteered as bait so the multiversal Justice League can track and save him and the others. Even with the summary, this will be hard to follow as it ties into the wider DCU more than you’d think. For that reason, and the fact it’s not all that good, I’m marking this as Unfriendly.

 

 

 

DC Rebirth: Recap And Review For Comics Released 1/25

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. 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.


 


ac_cv972_dsAction Comics #972 
 Superman and his wife Lois and their son Jon are from the Pre-New 52 universe. In the post Rebirth world, Lois and  Jon meet an alternate (powerless) version of Clark Kent who was never Superman, and who thinks that Lois is that world’s Lois (who my or may not be dead).Strangely, that’s a lot Friendlier than you’d think. Meanwhile, Superman is defending SuperLex  from two aliens who want him killed for a crime he might commit in the future. Sound familiar?

Batgirl #7 In order to find this Friendly, all you need to do is read it. The previous six issues play almost no part in this issue as far as I can tell.

Batman Beyond #4 Terry McGinnis went undercover in the Jokerz, a group of utterly sane people who worship the Joker, to rescue a childhood friend. It… didn’t go so well. Now his little brother is trying to get a Batsuit to him before things get worse. Friendly, and fun.

Detective Comics #949 So… this issue is the conclusion of the three part Batwoman Begins, and yet it also seems to signify a book end to the first volume of the post-Rebirth comics. It’s not a bad comic, but there’s too many nuances from the lat six or so months to try and recap here. Wait to pick up Batwoman Rebirth #1 and/or Detective Comics #950 if you want a fix of either of  the two heroes in this book. They’ll probably be a better place to start than this Unfriendly issue.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #13 This Friendly issue is basically a recap of the last 12 issues in the series wrapped up in a standalone story set sixty years from now.

Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #6 This final issue of the six issue miniseries. Honestly, if you’re curious, either read the trade or track down the floppies. Starting here will give you jlareb_kfrost_cv1_dsan idea of what’s to come in the DCU, but not what happened in this story. For that reason, I’m not going to stay on the fence with this and not mark it as either Friendly or Unfriendly.

Justice League Of America: Killer Frost Rebirth #1 Best read after the JLvSS mini series, this Friendy comic is a nice insight into the title character.

Odyssey Of The Amazons #1  The first issue of a six part mini that takes place long before Wonder Woman should be Friendly, right? To nobody’s surprise, it is.

The Hellblazer #6 I missed a couple of this series somehow, so I really have no idea what exactly is going on, but I was still able to enjoy the comic. I guess that makes it Friendly, eh?

Six Pack And Dog Welder: Hard-Travellin’ Heroz #6 I’m not going to try and recap this, because it wouldn’t make any sense if I did. Just know that while this single issue is Unfriendly the trade that will inevitably collect the mini should still be on your bookshelf.

Suicide Squad #10 Serves as an epilogue to the JLvSS mini series, so for that reason I’m calling this Unfriendly.

Teen Titans #4 Oh how I love this series. Damian tried to put together the Teen Titans again (they didn’t like him very much) to combat a group of League of Assassins trainees called the Demon’s Fist – a group that Damian used to lead. In order to save the Titans after they barely survived, Damian turned himself into Ra’s Al Ghul…

Wonder Woman #15 Although there are some utterly fantastic layouts in this comic, the story itself wasn’t as easy to follow. To get you caught up, essentially all you need to know is that Wonder Woman had some kind of mental snap and isn’t sure who she is right now. Meanwhile Steve Trevor is on the run from some people. The comic is kinda friendly, but toward  the end of it I was feeling  less and less sure of what was happening.

 

DC Rebirth: Recap And Review

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_cv15_dsAquaman #15 The conclusion to The Deluge is actually relatively Friendly without a recap.

Batman #15 Catwoman may or may not have murdered a couple hundred people. Batman gave her one last night of freedom in Gotham before he takes her to prison in the morning. After stopping a few crimes, and having a chat, they end up naked on a roof together… This could be a Friendly comic with that recap, but I don’t know if it’s worth your time.

Green Arrow #15 Ollie has been framed for numerous murders by the Dark Archer. He also beat the snot out of a crooked cop who was assaulting a civilian a few issues ago. That’s more or less enough to get you into the visually amazing Friendly comic.

Green Lanterns #15 Is actually an incredibly Friendly issue. We focus on Jessica Cruz’s greatest battle, and it’s a comic that gives us quite an insight into her character.

Justice League Vs. The Suicide Squad # 5 (of six) As you may imagine, this issue sees the story rocketing toward the conclusion of the arc, so what do you need to know to not feel lose? Well, Max Lord – a villain who can influence your darkest desires, who has a misguided sense of eroism – has taken control of the Justice League minus Batman via some kind of mind controlling diamond, and that’s… pretty much it. I’d still recommend you read the series as a whole rather than starting here, but it’s Friendly enough, I suppose.

Nightwing #13 Having just arrived in Bludhaven for the first time post Rebirth in order to find himself again, Nightwing comes across a supervillain support group who are being gradually framed for murder. The Bludhaven PD aren’t thrilled with having a superhero ntw_cv13_dstake up residence in their city, either… this Friendly book has become one of the best Bat family books from DC in recent months.

Superman #15 Last issue had a lot of build up that can basically be boiled down to the following: someone is hunting Supermen across the multiverse, and our Superman has teamed with President Superman and some others to stop them. This is a Friendly, and enjoyable, story.

Superwoman #6 Lois Lane and Lana Lang were both Superwoman until Lois was killed in issue #1. Since then, Lex Luthor has been locked up by his sister (no, we didn’t know he had one either), who has become Ultra-Woman – essentially a very comic book villain version of Lex Luthor who is trying to do something nefarious. The comic is kinda  Friendly.

Trinity #5 Uh… I don’t actually remember too much about the last four issues, but the relevant parts are skimmed over enough in the comic that I wasn’t lost. It’s Friendly enough, I suppose, although  you may want to track down #4.

Mighty Meeples: DC Justice League Collection Tin, Out Now!

Cryptozoic Entertainment has released the Mighty Meeples: DC Justice League Collection Tin. The tin resembles the Hall of Justice, the iconic home of the Justice League, and provides a stylish home for the seven included Mighty Meeples figures, all depicting members of DC’s Justice League. The 1-inch wooden figures can be collected for display or can replace pieces in any board game to upgrade the experience.

First appearing over 15 years ago, the “meeple”—short for “my people”—possesses a distinctive shape that has made it a popular choice for player pieces in a variety of games. Cryptozoic increases the fun with Mighty Meeples that are oversized (regular meeples are usually .75 inches) and showcase popular DC Justice League heroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter.

The Mighty Meeples: DC Justice League Collection Tin retails for $14.99. Fans of DC’s Justice League can show off the Hall of Justice tin and use it to store the included Mighty Meeples figures, which can be collected or used in board games. Starting this week, the tin will be available at hobby retailers nationwide.

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Only a Few Days More for Comic Block Featuring Deadpool, Ninjak, Star Trek, Green Lantern, and More!

There just a few more days left for December’s Comic Block which features exclusive items from Deadpool, Ninjak, Star Trek, Green Lantern, and more. It also has variant covers from Paul McCaffrey, Mike McKone, and Angel Hernandez!

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