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).
Typically only select comics released in the featured weeks will be covered.
Batman #46 Booster Gold decided to show Batman what life would be like if his parents lived, and Bruce Wayne decided he liked it and destroyed the time machine. Dick Grayson is a one word Batman with a penchant for murder, and the world doesn’t get better beyond that. Nor does the comic. An unfriendly 6/10
Green Arrow #40 A solid conclusion to an arc that found Green Arrow in the middle of a war torn country being taken over by a supervillain who just shot our hero in the gut. This isn’t terribly Friendly, but it is still accessible. 7/10
Hal Joran And The Green Lantern Corps #44 There’s a war coming (you’ll sense a theme with that), and the Green Lanterns are consolidating power. A Friendly 8/10
Nightwing #44 Part one of a new arc, so the question is can you pick it up with out any prior knowledge? Kinda. I mean, it’s Friendly enough, but it’s not the best read out there. 5/10
The Flash #46 ….. yeah, it’s not bad. But it’s honestly just a set up issue for the upcoming Flash War, so it is technically Friendly. 5/10
Wonder Woman #46 A relatively easy jumping on point, providing you know who Wonder Woman is. You may not know about her brother, Jason, but that’s not a huge deal. Friendly, and not half bad. 7/10