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DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 8/9

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_Cv962_open_order_varAction Comics #985 If you’re reading this, and you don’t know the basic history between Superman and Lex Luthor then no recap is going to help you. If you’re dimly aware, but have missed a lot recently, Lex is now a hero – a Superman (or Super Lex), and this issue is Friendly enough to jump into. 6.75/10

Detective Comics #962 Azreal’s former bosses, the Order of St. Dumas are trying to wipe dissident factions within themselves out, and Azreal who was once a programmed killing machine before breaking free has fallen once again under their control (though he’s mentally fighting back against the embodiment of that control, Ascalon, which currently looks like a child in his mind – and a murderous killing robot in real life. Yes there’s two of them). In order to break that control Batwing has created an armour that’s got a very familiar look for those who’ve read the Knightfall story… Unfortunately this is an Unfriendly place for new readers to jump on, but it’s a good comic. 8/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #26 As Friendly as this issue is, you don’t need a recap in order to get some enjoyment from this issue. 6.75/10

Justice League of America #12 You can get all you need from this comic from the comic itself – with it being the first part of a new story (that kinda follows on from Atom’s introduction issue) you’ll find this Friendly enough. 7/10

MisterMiracleCoverMister Miracle #1 I have no idea who this dude is, so I can’t give you a recap – but then this is the first issue and there isn’t much to recap post Rebirth. What I can tell you is that this Friendly comic is pretty damn fantastic cerebral tale. 8/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #13 Last issue Bizarro died saving his friends, Red Him and Red Her. It was quite emotional. Then Lex Luthor arrived… This issue is Friendly, and very good. 8/10

Supergirl #12 It has been a long time since I remember to pick up  an issue in this series, but I figured this first part of a new arc should be a decent jumping on point. It almost is, but it’s not a great issue. 6.25/10

The Flash #28 Barry Allen has somehow gained the power of the Negative Speed Force, probably when he went into the future to save Iris from the Reverse Flash  (who died). There’s a solid recap within the issue itself, which has the aded bonus of making the issue Friendly. 7.25/10

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 8/2

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 #28Batman #28 Joker and Riddler are at war in this story set in the second year of Batman’s career, with Bruce telling the story to Selina Kyle in the present. It’s not exactly the easiest (read borderline Unfriendly) place to jump on board if I’m being completely honest, but you should be fine. 7/10

Cyborg #15 It has been a long, long time since I read a Cyborg comic so there’ll be no recap here. The issue itself is kinda Friendly, and quite entertaining in a roundabout way. 7/10

Green Arrow #28 Green Arrow has lost everything at the hands of the evil Ninth Circle; his alter ego has been framed for murder, and while Ollie Queen is facing trial, Green Arrow is travelling across the country looking for something. currently he’s in Metropolis. The issue is Friendly enough on its own without the recap, assuming you just want to read a good comic. 8/10

Green Lantern #28 Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz have been sent back a couple billion years into Earth’s past after the First Lantern, Volthoom, tried to return home (he’s from an alternate reality and wanted to rebuild his dimensional travel Lantern that, surprise surprise, was used to create  the first seven Green rings that were needed to combat a crisis. Two guesses what that crisis turned out to be…). Oh, and Simon’s ring has exploded, with fragments lodged in his arm, which means only Jess has a working ring. Every now and then you’ll also see a short page or so origin for each of the original seven Greens. Friendly. 8/10

Justice League #26 A brand new arc which is  actually a very Friendly place to jump on because almost nothing in previous issues has any relevance to this issue. 7.5/10

Nightwing #26 Nightwing is living in Bludhaven now, and this first part of a new story arc is Friendly. You’ll not need to know as much about Nightwing’s past as you’d think with  story that harks back to his Spyral days, but the interspersed scenes with Shawn Tsang may give you pause. The former villain is Dick’s ex girlfriend who ended things when Dick reacted poorly to a pregnancy scare. Nightwing #26 is a Friendly issue, and as good  jumping on point as any right now. 7.25/10

Superman #28 The Kent’s are on a road trip to visit historical places in the USA. It’s a Friendly and very interesting look at American history. 7.75/10

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 7/26

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


 

AC_Cv984_dsAction Comics #984 Superman smackdown! The last issue was basically just a super-fight with Superman, the New Super-Man, Super Lex, Supergirl, Super Woman and Steel taking on General Zod, Cyborg Superman, the Eradicator, Mongul, Metallo and a telepathic dude who loves white. There’s a rhyme and a reason behind this but it doesn’t really matter what it is at this point, does it? When we left, Zod had just discovered that Superman had a wife and child, and that they were inexplicably at the Fortress of Solitude during the smackdown. This issue is almost Friendly enough to jump right on board, but you may need it twice to get the most out of it. 7/10

Batman Beyond #10 Terry McGinnis ran/flew off to confront Ra’s Al Ghul in a suit that will likely kill him (there’s a dangerous AI in the suit, I think), and Bruce Wayne has flown after Batman to try and keep him alive. Oh, and Ra’s? Is actually Bruce’s son, Damian. This issue is really Friendly, assuming you’re slightly familiar with the Batman Beyond concept. 7.75/10

Detective Comics #961 The new agent of the Order of Saint Dumas is a cyborg sort of thing that’s confused by Azreal’s existence, but has somehow brainwashed Azreal into succumbing to his programming again. This will make even less sense if you’ve got no idea what that means because I have no idea how to briefly explain it effectively (but I’ll try: Azreal is a brain washed assassin under the control of said order, but he’s escaped his programming and has been working to spread peace a different way while occaisonly working with Batman), but the cyborg has been attacking old members of the order. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is having flashbacks of when he trained with Zatanna in the past as he seeks her aid in the present and is somewhat unaware that Azreal is attacking the rest of the Batfamily. This issue is kind of Friendly, but worth the read anyway. 7/10

Hal Jordon And The Green Lantern Corps #25 Green Lantern Tomar Tu murdered a Yellow Lantern, which is kind of a big deal seeing as how the Green and Yellows are HJGLC_Cv25_dsallied together. Anyway, Corps Leader Jon Stuart announced to the allied Corps that Tomar Tu has been accused of murder and will stand trial… and some of the Yellows weren’t too happy and have gone to extract the proverbial pound of flesh from the ringless Green Lantern, who just happens to have Hal Jordan visiting him in his jail cell. Meanwhile, Soranik found out that her son from the future is dead, and Kyle Raynor knew (and was also his father). This will end well, right? Oddly, a Friendly issue despite the shit storm brewing. 8.25/10

Justice League Of America #11 I would love to give you a recap of the relevant parts to this series, but it’s not exactly the best thing out there and I don’t remember what happened in #10. This issue is, at best, Unfriendly, and at worst utterly forgettable. 4/10

Suicide Squad #22 I missed the last issue, but the former leader of the Squad died saving them, and Amanda Waller appointed Harley Quinn as the leader in #20 or so. Once you know that, then you can muddle through this Friendlyish issue. 6.25/10

Teen Titans #10 The codenameless Teen Titan Jackson’s mother is fighting Black Manta while the rest of the Titan’s face an internal leadership struggle – Robin is too tough on them and, arguably, seems to expect too much from the team. Teen Titans #10 isn’t the most accessible issue, but if you pick up issue #9 as well as this one then you’ll find the comic Friendly, and it’s worth your while to grab them both. 8/10

The Flash #27 I honestly don’t remember much about the last few issues other than Eobard Thorne is back and has taken Barry and Iris to the future for the likely purpose of tormenting him, and somehow Barry tapped into the Negative Speedforce. Beyond that? Can’t remember really remember too much. Luckily this Friendly issue has a lot of awesome action scenes that make up for my poor recap. 8/10

Wonder Woman #27 I have no idea what happened last issue, but this comic is Friendly enough, I suppose. 5/10

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 7/12

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_Cv983_open_order_varAction Comics #983 Superman has been attacked by his greatest enemies, and they;ve beaten seven shades of shit out of the Man Of Steel (it doesn’t help that he’ currently blind). Before the final blow came, the cavalry arrived…. it’s a Friendly comic. And really fun.s

Dark Days: The Casting #1 Just… not the best place to jump in. Unfriendly.

Detective Comics #960 I’ve never really been all that familiar with Azreal, nor his backstory, and this arc is pretty heavily steeped in both. An android/dude-in-a-mechsuit with a connection to Azreal’s former bosses has killed a bunch of ex-monks… and Batman’s talking to Zatanna. On the whole this is borderline Unfriendly.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #24  A Green Lantern murdered a Yellow Lantern, and Corps Leader Stewart just found out that a criminal was using this information to blackmail the murderous lantern – and threaten the precarious peace between the two corps.. This issue is Friendly enough.

Justice League Of America #10 Another first part, another chance for you to hop into a series that, personally, I dread reading every month. But you may like it, and if you do you, then I’m pleased for you.

New Super-Man #13 A wonderfully written series, New Super-Man finds our young heroes coming to grips with a foe that’s more powerful than any one of them – Emperor REDHOTO_Cv12.inddSuper-Man! This Friendly issue won’t be the easiest place to jump on, but it’s certainly doable.

The Flash #26 Uh… in a nutshell, Reverse Flash pulled the Flash into the future, revealed his identity to Iris and then decided to show him stuff. Depending on how you like your timey-wimey travel stuff done this is either Friendly and worth reading or best avoided. Personally, I enjoyed it.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #12 You can probably tell what the issue is about by the cover, and it’s homage to the Death Of Superman arc from the 90’s. Bizarro is suffering from cellular degeneration due to his limited life span as a clone, and his teammates aren’t too sure what to do. A Friendly issue in one of the most exciting Batbooks.

Titans #13 The Titans are currently attacking a facility to find Bumble Bee’s memories after they were siphoned off and emailed (or something) somewhere else. What results is an entertaining battle that feature’s a character eerily reminiscent of Valiant’s H.A.R.D. Corps. Is it Friendly kinda.

Wonder Woman #26 The first part of a new arc is always a decent place to hop on board, and this issue is no exception. Assuming you know who Wonder Woman is, this is a Friendly issue.

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

DC Comics – DC Remembers Sam Glanzman (1924 – 2017) – Our thoughts are with his friends and family

NPR – Let’s Get Graphic: 100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels – This is a pretty great list.

Newsarama – DC’s Earth One Line Returns With Green Lantern – Looking forward to more Earth One graphic novels.

North Texas Daily – UNT comic book collection highlighted in summer exhibition – This is pretty cool to see.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Calexit#1

CBR – Dark Days: The Casting #1

Newsarama – Dark Days: The Casting #1

Comic Attack – Harbinger Renegade #5

Newsarama – War for the Planet of the Apes #1

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 5/24

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.

AC_Cv980_dsAction 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.

DTC_Cv957_dsDetective 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.

 

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.

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.

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