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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

DC Rebirth Recap and Review For Comics Released 9/27

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_Cv988_dsAction Comics #988 Last issue it was revealed that the mysterious figure behind a lot of the Rebirth events, including the disappearance of Timothy Drake, Mr. Oz was actually, spoiler alert, Jor-El. Be prepared for an origin story which is Friendly enough. 7/10

Batgirl #15 I don’t honestly think I remember what happened last issue, but judging by the cover it probably had something to do with Nightwing – it is Friendly enough to be readable, which is always nice. 6/10

Batman Beyond #12 An interlude issue while Bruce Wayne and Batman (Beyond) are returning confronting R’as Al Ghul (Damian Wayne), we can see what happened in their absence. If you’re curious about the Beyond timeline, this is a Friendly standalone story. 6.75/10

Detective Comics #965 Tim Drake “died” quite awhile ago (although we always knew that he wasn’t quite dead), but now we get a bit of a catch up with Red Robin as he’s interrogated by Mr. Oz. As far as things go, this is Friendly enough for you to enjoy. 7.75/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #29 Somebody is hunting the New Gods, and Hal Jordan’s currently trying to outrun some Omega Beams in order to protect HJGLC_Cv29_open_order_varHighfather. The rest you’ll pick up along the way. 8/10

Justice League Of America #15 The JLA have gone to the microverse in order to find Ray Palmer and have been roped into saving reality. As you do. We get a lot more info regarding why Palmer left, which has the added benefit of making this Friendly7.5/10

Suicide Squad #26 This issue is a Dark Nights: Metal tie in. If you don’t care about the multipart crossover and mini then skip this. If you do care, then you’ll be reading this anyway… 7/10

The Flash #31 There’s a new villain that can control blood. It’s kinda gross, but Friendly. I’d say it’s worth reading… but it’s not that good. 5/10

Wonder Woman #31 Assuming you’ve seen the Wonder Woman movie then you’ll find this comic Friendly. It’s a solid start to a new story, and one that’s pretty easy to jump into. 7/10

 

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 9/20

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 #28 You can actually go in blind here and be okay. The relevant backstory you AQM_Cv28_dsneed is sprinkled throughout the comic – often being used as a plot device. Without a recap, this is still a Friendly issue, and Aquaman remains one of DC’s top comics. 8.75/10

Batman #31 The fluctuating quality of this series is getting a little frustrating. When it’s good it’s really good, and when it’s mediocre it’s just that. The penultimate issue of the War of Jokes and Riddles which has been framed as a bedside tale from Bruce to Selina Kyle so that she can decide if she wants to marry him. Honestly at this point I’d wait a couple issue before diving into this series. There’s a new arc starting in Batman #32. Wait for that. 6/10

Batwoman #7 In the future Batman has a near militant control over part of Gotham with his Bat army. Batwoman wants to stop  him. And that has nothing to do with this issue. Thankfully, even though I missed an issue or two before the last one, there’s enough background info given via Batwoman’s thoughts to catch you up. More Friendly than not, Batwoman #7 is also  pretty solid. 7/10

Green Arrow #31 Ollie Queen and Green Lantern are in space battling a hideously scarred man in a suit of armour who just blew Hal Jordan into space with a nuke. Green Arrow is now fighting to hold his breath and to fight the scarred dude in order to stop a super secret evil cabal of villainous bankers called the Ninth Circle and their mysterious spy satellite ring from gathering the world’s secrets. As good as this is, it’s likely a touch Unfriendly even with the recap. 8/10

Green Lanterns #31 Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz have been sent ten billion years in the past to help train the first seven Green Lanterns (a happy accident), Simon’s ring blew up GLS_Cv31_open_order_varand then he got four more after the four of the first Lanterns were killed by Volthoom, whom he’s currently trying to stop from destroying another planet in his desire to get home. There’s a glaring plot hole in this issue, but it’s other wise kinda Friendly. 6.5/10

Harley Quinn #28 So Harley’s running for mayor. This would be a spoiler for the issue, but it’s announced right on the cover, so is it really a spoiler at this point? Anyway after a a failed assassination attempt that left most of the assassins dead, Harley has decided to run for office. Although it’s a Friendly issue, if you’re jumping on board now then the big reveal is spoiled by the cover to the comic – whether you want to read the rest of it is up to you. 5.75/10

Justice League #29 The Justice League’s kids have come back from the future to kill them to prevent something catastrophic from happening. Future Aquaman has also come back wearing Future Cyborg’s body as armour to also stop the Justice League Kids and/or the Justice League. That probably makes no sense, and that’s because the issue is a touch Unfriendly. 6.25/10

Nightwing #29 A Dark Nights: Metal tie in. If you haven’t read that and Teen Titans #12, and don’t intend to, then ignore this. If you have, then you’ll be more up to date than I SM_Cv31_dscan make you. The comic’s pretty good though. 7/10

Superman #31 A new arc begins with this issue, and assuming you know of the two characters on the cover, it’s Friendly. 8/10

Super Sons #8 Honestly I have no idea what happened in previous issues, but I’m not overly sure why. Anyway, going off this issue alone, I was a touch lost at the beginning, but was able to piece together enough from the story itself in order to find it Friendly. 6.5/10

Trinity #13 You know what? As almost Friendly as this is, it isn’t going to rock your socks off. 5/10

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 9/13

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_Cv964_dsAction Comics #987 Look here’s the deal: this issue reveals the identity of someone who has been pulling strings and plotting machinations in the DC Universe ever since Rebirth began. So there’s a chance that, if you just picked this issue up and it’s your first one in the series, not only will you not really know quite what is going on in the wider DCU, but you won’t care. If that’s the case, while this is slightly Friendly the impact of the big reveal will be lost on you. 6/10

Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #14 Do you remember what’s happening in this series? Because I sure don’t. While the opening had a line that had me laughing out loud for the wrong reasons “someone has to stay in Gotham to hold down the fort.” Once I’d gotten past that, however, I did quite enjoy the issue and found it quite Friendly overall. 6.75/10

Detective Comics #964 Last issue saw Spoiler, the former member of Batman’s team who quit after the “death” of Red Robin, finally joining with Anarky and seeing his underground community that, on the surface of things, looks almost like a haven. So something’s up, right? Meanwhile Clayface is working with a doctor for a cure to his condition. While this issue is a decent read, it’s unfortunately just a touch Unfriendly even with this lackluster recap. 7/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #28 Uh… basically the New Gods are being hunted and Hal Jordan has to find and protect Highfather. I’d give you more but I don’t know who the New Gods really are and the previous issue didn’t stick with me too well. Beyond that, this is a Friendly issue that’s also a great read. It’s a simple story that’s got a lot of heart in it. 8.25/10

HJGLC_Cv28_open_order_varJustice League Of America #14 Half of the JLA have followed  the distress signal of Ray Palmer, the original Atom, into the microverse (the plane of existence that exists beyond the microscopic level), and they’ve found that there’s a reality ending threat occurring down there. Meanwhile the other half of the team are investigating the origins of the threat from the last arc, a being that can take control/influence you through your dreams, called The Might Beyond The Mirror. The issue is pretty Fiendly, especially with another quick in character recap from Ryan Choi – the new Atom. 7/10

New Super-Man #15 I could give you a recap, but Kong Kenan does that at the beginning – and it’s just enough to make this issue Friendly (which helps as I forgot the last issue). 7.25/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #14 I’m pretty sure Bizarro died in the last issue (hence the this issue’s title: Bizarro Reborn) and was subsequently resurrected with an incredible intellect. This issue is very Friendly. 8/10

Suicide Squad #25 Amanda Waller has been controlled by The People, a villainous group of folks hell bent on world domination or something (aren’t the all?), and is in the SSQUAD_Cv25_dsprocess of attacking the JLA. The chaotic conclusion to Kill  Your Darlings is here, and it’s pretty damn enjoyable – and Friendly to boot. 8/10

Supergirl #13 I…. honestly don’t know what’s going on here any more. It’s been awhile since I read the series, and while I harbour some disdain for using the annual as a part of an ongoing story, this issue is kinda Friendly. 6.75/10

Superwoman #14 Another series that I’ve missed for a few issues so there’ll be no recap here. While you can enjoy the issue, it’s a touch Unfriendly only in that you’re not too sure quite who everyone is and what’s going on. 6.5/10

Teen Titans #12 It’s a Dark Knights Metal tie-in, so whether you’re reading that story or not will depend on whether you enjoy this a little or a lot. Take that how you will.

Titans #15 While I genuinely don’t remember the previous issue too well, before that the Titans have been dealing with H.I.V.E. who have stolen Bumble Bee’s memories. At the same time, Wally West has a pretty bad heart condition caused by Damian Wayne in a recent Titans/Teen Titans crossover when he stopped Wally’s heart. This issue is pretty Friendly so long as you accept that there’s a couple small things that you may not get right away. 7.75/10

The Flash #30 Part one of a new arc! Do you need to know anything to jump in blind? Not at all. 7/10

Wonder Woman #30 Even though this is the fifth part of a story arc it’s oddly Friendly. Will you understand everything that’s happened this issue if you haven’t read the other four? Probably not – but this issue is written in such a way that it actually doesn’t matter. Wonder Woman #30 is a really enjoyable and fun comic. 7.5/10

 

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 8/23

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_Cv963_open_order_varAction Comic #986 Lex Luthor, now a hero, has been mind controlled into fighting Superman by a mechanical chip that’s on his neck. As long as you don’t care too much about plot and just want to enjoy a good Superman/Super Lex scrap then you’ll be okay to start here – even though there are some story beats that tie into the whole Rebirth story event as a whole. Depending on how you approach the comic will depend on whether you find this Friendly or Not6.75/10

Batgirl #14 Unfortunately it has been awhile since I picked this series up – in part because I always do this feature at the last minute and tend to not read the series I enjoy the least (something that isn’t happening this week). So without a recap we’re both in the same place. Fortunately, this is part one of a new arc (which seems to be my luck when I pick a series back up) that guest stars Nightwing, and tells a dual story of Now and Then that’s an easily read Friendly comic. 7.25/10

Batman Beyond #11 So Damian Wayne has taken his grandfather’s place as Ra’s Al Ghul and is currently engaging in a battle to the death with Terry McGinnis who is wearing a murderous version of his suit that is overriding his ability to control himself – all while Bruce Wayne looks on. It is a Friendly issue, which is a nice change for a concluding chapter. 7.5/10

Blue Beetle #12 Another comic that I’ve had an on again off again reading relationship with, this series has gone unread by yours truly for a couple months. This issue is HJGLC_Cv27_dsfairly Friendly, but not overly good as Batman makes a guest appearance. 5/10

Detective Comics #963 Tim Drake is dead (except he’s not and Batman just found that out last issue) and Spoiler has abandoned Batman because, in part, of her grief over Red Robin’s death. Oh, and Clayface is a hero now. This issue refers back a little to the Night Of The Monster Men that saw Gotham’s heroes facing off against Godzilla sized beasties with infected blood. As far as these things go, this is a Friendly issue. 7/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #27 So I don’t actually remember the last issue… at all. No idea why. Still, having forgot the last issue, this one turned out to be pretty Friendly all the same. 8/10

Harley Quinn #26 Full disclosure: I am not a Harley fan, and so usually when I’m pushed for time when writing this feature her comic is the first to go on the chopping block. And while this issue is somewhat chaotic, it is Friendly. I just didn’t enjoy it myself (but that doesn’t mean you won’t). 5/10

Nightwing: The New Order #1 The first of a six issue miniseries that takes place in 2040. It’s a fantastic future/alternate reality style take on Dick Grayson, and one that’s well worth checking out (bonus: the first issue is, somewhat obviously, Friendly). Because this is a miniseries, don’t expect the next issue to appear here. 8.5/10

FLS_Cv29_open_order_varSuicide Squad #24 Last I remember, Harley Quinn is the new leader of the Squad because the last one died. Beyond that? Not a clue. This issue is good enough to make me want to go back and read some of the more recent issues because this isn’t exactly an ideal place to start. Indeed, you could call this Unfriendly. 7/10

Teen Titans #11 The newest Teen Titan, the son of Black Manta and an Atlantean, is underwater with Black Manta as the villain tries to locate a powerful artifact that he’s been after for years. The conclusion to the current arc is Friendly enough as far as things go, but you could always wait to the next issue if you’re unsure. 7.25/10

The Flash #29 Barry Allen has a new set of powers because of the Negative Speed Force, and while I can’t quite remember the previous issue exactly, I seem to recall that the Flash’s new speed powers are incredibly destructive to those around him. As Barry Allen, he’s also been tasked to figure out who has been stealing evidence from the crime lab by Captain Singh. Good news: this issue is fairly Friendly7.5/10

The Hellblazer #13 I honestly don’t remember the last time I read this series, but it’s been at least a couple of months. Needless to say, while there’s no recap, this is a Friendly issue (partly because it’s another first parter). 7.75/10

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 8/16

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.


 

 

BW_Cv6_open_order_varAquaman #27 If you haven’t been reading Aquaman you’re missing out on a fantastic story. But what have you missed? Arthur Curry has been deposed as King of Atlantis and is hiding in the deepest parts of Atlantis with a fresh new hair cut – or more specifically a lack of one – that’s almost as effective as Clark’s glasses at concealing his identity (though one could argue it’s more so as he’s still wearing the same clothes and nobody has noticed). Recently he and a new ally, Dolphin, have been captured by an underworld mob boss… the issue is almost Friendly without the recap, and it’s so good. 9/10

Batman #29 The fourth part of The War Of Jokes And Riddles is here, and thus far the story basically boils down to Joker verses Ridler with Batman caught between them -as told by Bruce Wayne to Selina Kyle while they’re in bed. This gross over simplification doesn’t do as much justice to Tom King’s story as it should, but it gives you a rough idea of where we’re at before reading this tense, Friendly, issue where Bruce Wayne hosts a dinner party for the two warring criminals. 8.5/10

Batwoman #6 It’s been awhile since I read this series because, honestly, it just didn’t do it for me and I usually read the comics for this feature the night before it comes out because I love procrastinating, but this week I started early, so I figured I’d give this a shot. While I enjoyed the comic I had almost no idea what was going on, but near as I can tell it seems to be taking place several years in the future. Batwoman #6 is just about Unfriendly, but if you’re willing to stick with it all the way through it’s really quite enjoyable. 7.75/10

Green Arrow #29 Green Arrow is travelling across the country looking for something (I honestly don’t remember what), and he’s about to hit Gotham.  While he’s doing this, Oliver Queen is due to face trial for murder, but the former billionaire has skipped town (Ollie lost his money after the evil Ninth Circle ruined his life, took control of his company and burnt his base down in a much more interesting story than this short bracketed recap would indicate). So with Ollie in Gotham, guess who makes an appearance… the comic is a Friendly one, and a solid chapter in the longer story, but I’m worried it may start to drag soon. 7/10

GA_Cv29_dsGreen Lanterns #29 Simon and Jessica have been shunted back in time ten billion years, and now they have to train the first seven six lanterns in the use of their brand new Power Rings in order to confront a much younger version of the enemy that pushed them back in time – only Simon’s ring was destroyed. So now they have to train the new lanterns and convince them to fight an enemy that isn’t theirs. The issue is Friendly, but feels like it dragged it’s feet a little here. 7/10

Justice League #27 The children of the Justice League have come from the future to seek help from the League. With the story only being an issue deep, and the kids having to update their future parents, this is  Friendly issue. 7.25/10

Nightwing #27  Much to the continued dismay of my Those Two Geeks cohost Joe, I have still not read Grayson. That presents a bit of a hurdle for this arc that pulls a fair bit from Nightwing’s spy past, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless, especially with Dick’s recap Friendly monologue at the beginning. 7/10

Superman #29 This is a new story, and by this point you know who Superman is which aids a great deal toward making this a Friendly comic. 7.5/10

Super Sons #7 The Teen Titans guest, and have just lost a fight to some mysterious folks, with some rather amusing (for us) consequences for Robin. This series has been so incredibly fun that it’s hard not to just be immediately happy when reading it – thankfully this is an almost entirely Friendly comic on its own, but you may want to SUPSO_Cv7_dsgrab #6 while you’re at it. 8.5/10

Trinity #12 Another series I haven’t read in awhile but conveniently it’s the first part of  new arc, and seeing as (again) you should know who the Trinity is… and as much as I was able to follow along with this comic, I felt that I was missing something; that maybe it should have been part two, not part one. That being said, it is almost Friendly. 7.5/10

Wonder Woman #28 I don’t think I read last issue, but then I didn’t miss much. Wonder Woman’s friend was injured at a wedding and seems to have spent some time in the hospital – anything else you can pick up as you go along. As a jumping on point this is Friendly enough to work out, but it’s not the best comic this week. 6/10

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

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