Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Rebirth 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.
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, with more consideration given for the specific issue being read when it comes to the final rating than the series overall. You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I have a memory like a sieve and sometimes forget to pick them up. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.
This week saw a lot of good comics that may not be as accessible as other issues in their respective series, but that’s often par for the course, eh?
Aquaman #11 Thanks in a large part to the flashback sequences in the opening couple of pages, and the expositionary dialogue as the comic progresses, this is a quite Friendly comic that ties up one arc and lays the ground work for the next. The level of accessibility here isn’t something you’re likely to see in a story arc at this point in it’s cycle, which is refreshing.
Batman #11 I’ve read every issue of the series so far and this feels Unfriendly to me. New readers will struggle immensely if they start here, not least because the issue isn’t all that good.
Cyborg #5 I feel like this is one of DC’s monthly titles because it feel like a long time since I last read an issue, and I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on a copy for what feels like awhile. The first half of this comic is very Friendly, and worth the price of the comic alone. The second half… is less friendly, but just as interesting.
Green Arrow #11 Is a beautiful looking comic that uses the double page spread to excellent effect, but it’s not overly accessible for those looking to start reading about the Emerald Archer. Unfriendly, but check back with #12.
Green Lanterns #11 After ten issues it was bound to happen, but this is the most Unfriendly comic in the Green Lanterns series to date. If you’ve read the last issue or two then you’ll be golden, but starting here may not be as good of an idea. That said, it’s a great read.
Justice League #9 Alright, so here’s the thing. The only way you’ll ever be able to pick up an issue of Justice League is if you have some level of familiarity with the characters on the team. Assuming you do, then you’ll be able to pick up enough clues as to what happened last issue to be able to follow along with the story here. More or less, anyway. A Friendly comic, assuming you’ve half an idea who the members of the League are.
Nightwing #9 A half decent comic that’s an easy read, not too bad to look at, but isn’t all that friendly, or good. You’re better off either waiting for the next issue and reading a synopsis somewhere, or just waiting for the next issue. An Unfriendly place to begin your Nightwing journey.
Raven #3 I find that this is the series that I’ve had the hardest time getting immersed in, and a consequence of that is that I tend to forget the details from the previous issue – ironically enough that’s kind of ideal for this feature. That said, despite not really knowing, or remembering much about Raven, I found this comic surprisingly Friendly, even if it isn’t my cup of tea (although I did enjoy it a fair bit).
Suicide Squad #6 There’s two ways of approaching this issue. Either you have no idea who the Suicide Squad is, in which case you’ll be confused as hell here, or you kinda know who they are, which means you’ll be only marginally confused – but you’ll at least find this to be almost Friendly.
Superman #11 This is the kind of comic that you want to start reading with. It’s not perfect in it’s accessibility (it is part two of a two part story, after all), but it’s more than Friendly enough to draw new readers into the series. I highly recommend you read this, and maybe even the issue before, as this is one of the better series from DC post Rebirth.
Trinity #3 A fantastic comic that builds on the previous two issues in such a way that leaves new readers scratching their heads. That said, there is a very interesting look into Batman’s psyche and the relationship between DC’s Trinity, but if you’re interested in the series then start with the first issue.