Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth Roundup where we take a look at most of the comics released by DC 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 assuming we’ve read said series.
Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up with only a basic familiarity with the characters. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, so you’ll have an idea if the comic is any good or not (remember quality and accessibility don’t always go together).
Not every comic is covered released will be covered, and that’s because I sometimes forget to read them (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pick up the issue (which is more likely). Typically comics released prior to the weeks covered won’t be featured.
A shorter entry than is typical this week, as I had less time than usual to read comics… c’est la vie.
Aquaman #36 Arthur Curry was usurped as King of Atlantis by Coram Rath, who over the course of a dozen issues or so has gone insane… guess who’s going to try and stop him? The comic is kind of Friendly, and an excellent continuation of the series. Rating 7.8
Batman #47 Finally the conclusion of the Booster Gold gives Batman a wedding present is here. It’s… neither worth reading nor is it a good jumping on point. Unfriendly. Rating: 5
The Flash #47 You’ll find the first issue of a new arc if you pick this comic up, and despite the build toward Flash War over the past couple months, this is still a relatively Friendly issue. Rating: 7
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Crops #45 There’s a war brewing between the Green Lanterns and the Darkstars, a group of space vigilantes who believe in a lethal justice solution for murderers – something that the Green Lantern Corps isn’t too happy with. Consequently there’s a tension building, and this Friendly issue will catch you up and set the stage for you going forward. Rating: 8
New Challengers #1 Funnily enough, a first issue is a decent jumping on point. It’s also quite an interesting comic to pick up, and consequently worth your time. Rating: 7
Superman Special #1 It’s Friendly. Rating: 7.5