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Preview: Superman #27

Superman #27

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Scott Godlewski (CA) Lee Weeks
In Shops: Jul 19, 2017
SRP: $2.99

This issue now features “ROAD TRIP” part one! It’s been an emotional and physical rollercoaster for Superman, Lois, and Jon: the Eradicator, Dinosaur Island, Frankenstein and the Bride, Multiversity, Reborn and Black Dawn-a barrage of terror and horror! What does the family need right now? Yep, you got it…a vacation!

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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.

Coming This Winter from Diamond Select: Justice League, Spider-Man, X-Men & Thor!

It’s Marvel vs. DC in this month’s Previews catalog! With a new bust, bank and Vinimates from DC, and new Minimates action figures, statues and bottle openers from Marvel, this is one that’s gonna get settled at retail! Read on to see what’s scheduled to ship in late 2017/early 2018 from Diamond Select Toys!

Batman Beyond Bruce Wayne Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Time to go back to the future… the future of Gotham City! Not long from now, Gotham has transformed into a high-tech town, and a high-tech Batman has risen to fight the criminal element. Bruce Wayne is retired, but he mentors the new Batman and keeps him informed on old threats when they resurface. This approximately 6-inch resin bust of Bruce Wayne depicts him as he appears in Batman Beyond, and sits on top of a pedestal base inspired by the city’s ultra-modern architecture. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item # JUL172790, SRP: $59.99)

Justice League Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Complete the League with this all-new assortment of Vinimates vinyl figures based on the new Justice League feature film! Superman, Aquaman and Cyborg team up to take on the forces of evil in this new batch of figures from the highly anticipated movie. Each 4-inch vinyl figure is sculpted in a block-figure style, striking a pose straight from the movie. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Superman Vinyl Figure (Item # JUL172792, SRP: $9.99)

Aquaman Vinyl Figure (Item # JUL172793, SRP: $9.99)

Cyborg Vinyl Figure (Item # JUL172794, SRP: $9.99)

Marvel Minimates X-Men vs. Brotherhood Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s the 15th anniversary of the Marvel Minimates line, and to celebrate, we’re going back to where it all began! This four-pack of Minimates captures two classic X-Men and two classic Evil Mutants in the 2-inch mini-figure form. A classically-styled Marvel Girl and Professor X team up to take on Quicksilver (in his green costume) and Toad – one of the first Marvel Minimates ever designed, in his first-ever release! Each Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, including unmasked hair for Jean Grey, a Cerebro helmet for Professor X, and alternate parts to turn Professor X into Mastermind! Packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #JUL172800, SRP: $24.99)

Marvel Minimates Thor: Ragnarok Movie Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get ready for Ragnarok! The third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok, will hit theaters this fall, and DST is celebrating with a new box set of Marvel Minimates based on the film! This 4-pack includes four all-new mini-figures, including Gladiator Thor, villainess Hela, Asgardian Loki and Bruce Banner! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features approximately 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # JUL172801, SRP: $24.99)

Marvel Hydra Symbol Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Hail Hydra! Ever feel like every time you open a bottle, two more take its place? Well you’ll be able to make short of those pesky bottles with this solid metal bottle opener in the shape of a Hydra logo! With powerful magnets on the back, it will hang on your refrigerator, waiting, until it is activated to fulfill its purpose – opening bottles! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUL172796, SRP: $18.00)

Marvel Gallery Netflix Jessica Jones PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Defenders Assemble! Joining Luke Cage and Daredevil, Jessica ones is the third member of the Defenders to join the Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama line-up! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall atop a New York City-inspired diorama base, Jessica Jones wears her trademark scarf and jacket, and features the likeness of actress Krysten Ritter from the Jessica Jones Netflix TV series. She is in scale to other Marvel Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC Dioramas, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #JUL172795, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Venom Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Brains! Venom is back, and DST is celebrating his rebrth with this approximately 12-inch resin statue of the original symbiote! Breaking out of a glass tank, Venom is at his full power here, and is a must-have item for any Venom fan. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color window box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item # JUL172797, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Select Thor Ragnarok Movie Action Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! They’re friends from work! Send your Marvel Select collection to the distant reaches of the galaxy with these two new 7-inch scale action figures based on the new Marvel Studios film, Thor: Ragnarok! Depicting Thor and the Hulk in their gladiator gear, each figure features 16 points of articulation and includes weapons seen in the film. Each figure comes packaged in the famous Select action figure packaging, with side panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant!

Gladiator Thor Figure (Item # JUL172802, SRP: $24.99)

Gladiator Hulk Figure (Item # JUL172803, SRP: $24.99)

Marvel Spider-Man Homecoming Movie Resin Busts

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s almost time for Homecoming! The first Spider-Man film to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is almost here, and DST is commemorating the occasion with to resin busts based on the film! One depicts Spidey in his high-tech suit, with web wings, while the other shows him in his homemade suit. Each measures approximately 6 inches tall and sits atop a pedestal inspired by New York architecture. Each comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant!

Web Glider Spider-Man Bust  (Item # JUL172798, SRP: $59.99)

Homemade Spider-Man Bust (Item # JUL172799, SRP: $59.99)

Superman The Animated Series Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s a bust, it’s a bank, it’s Superman! The Man of Steel joins DST’s line of vinyl banks based on the DC Animated Universe, with this approximately 7-inch-tall portrait of Superman as he appeared in Superman: The Animated Series! With a coin slot on the back and an access door in the base, you’ll be able to save some dough even as you save the day! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item # JUL172791, SRP: $22.99)

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 7/5

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.


batman 26Batman #26 Batman proposed to Catwoman, but before we find out the answer, Bruce is telling Selina about a time when he was caught between the Riddler and the Joker. The slow pace to the story makes this Friendlier than you’d expect.

Deathstroke #21 Deathstroke turned good after a life changing event in the previous crossover with the Teen Titans and the Titans, so he’s created a superteam…. it’s as Friendly a place to start as you’ll find.

Green Arrow #26  Ollie Queen has been framed for murder, had his death faked and turned himself in. Then he decided he didn’t want to wait for the trial and left to stop the Evil Organisation behind his woes and the destruction of Seattle Star City. It’s Friendly, but is it worth reading?

Green Lanterns #26 An interesting look into the history of Volthoom, the First Lantern, this comic is relatively Friendly, but possibly not the best place to start – which is a contradiction I’m having a chuckle at now.

Justice League #24  A brilliantly fun issue that’s a Friendly introduction to the future (possibly) direction of this series.

Nightwing #24 Nightwing was tricked by Blockbuster into arriving in the middle of a secret meeting of supervillains as the entertainment – by which I mean they’re going to test a new weapon on the superhero. This is a Friendly issue, and jam packed full of quick action sequences coupled with Dick’s narration that will help you slide right into the story.

Superman #26 Friendly story that takes place after an arc in which Superboy got mind controlled. It’s a nice breather, and has some great moments for the father and son dynamic of Clark and Jon Kent.

Review: Superman #26

STL049923MINOR SPOILERS BELOW


After the fallout with Manchester Black, in the last arc, Superman #26 is a slower and more happier issue between a father and son, Clark, and Jon. It also reflects on Clark’s experience as a child with his own father. Jon aka Superboy is just learning his powers, as we’ve seen in this book, and in Super Sons, and sometimes, in Clark’s opinion, goes in head first without thinking. Just like Pa Kent showed Clark a lesson when he was a boy, Clark gets the idea to do that with Jon.

Throughout the issue, Jon is seen smashing and punching things and not thinking things through at first, or planning ahead, like Clark wants him to do. After a few flashbacks to Clark’s own childhood, he realizes he may need to listen to Jon more, and they can learn from each other. The two super Kent’s finally meet eye to eye and beat up some baddies before they reflect on a touching final page. Michael Moreci tells a simple tale of a father and son learning to work around each other’s differences and come together as a team. It is touching, and it works with these two characters.

The art in the book by Scott Godlewski is a little more cartoony than this series usually has, and it had almost a Doonesbury comic strip look to the faces. That isn’t a bad thing, it was just much different than we’ve seen on the book, and worked just fine for a one shot issue like this. It’s a smart tactic by DC with the bi-weeekly format, letting new creators or different creators try their chops at their big names, while also only having a month to get back to the main story and the main creators. The colors by Hi-Fi were solid as usual, and added to the style Godlewski was going for.

This was an issue that went quick, and was short and sweet. I don’t think it was anything spectacular, but it didn’t have to be. It was a nice breath of air before we begin our next arc, and this book uses these little breaks well, because this comic is usually going full speed ahead. Now that Clark has given Jon that confidence in himself, it will be interesting to see if that spills over to Super Sons and Damian’s constant lecturing and attitude toward Superboy.

Story: Michael Moreci Art: Scott Godlewski
Colors: Hi-Fi Letters: Rob Leigh Cover: Lee Weeks & Brad Anderson
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 6/28

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.


DTC_Cv959_dsAction Comics #983 Superman’s greatest enemies are teaming up to destroy him. The Eradictor and Cyborg Superman have just freed General Zod, who has agreed to work with the Anti-Superman Squad (not the official name) so they’ll give him access to the Phantom Zone where his army is held prisoner. Oh, and Superman has lost his eyesight, which puts him at a slight disadvantage… This is Friendly, and a must read.

Batman Beyond #9 Damian Wayne is the current head of the League of Assassins, and he’s lured Terry, wearing a deadly prototype suit, to his mountain stronghold – and an aging Bruce Wayne has followed. An action packed, Friendly, issue that fills in a few gaps in the space between the current DC stories and the Beyond timeline.

Detective Comics #959 There’s a slightly large robot version of Azreal hunting former members of Azreal’s former order, the Order of St. Dumas. It has already stabbed a creature now laying in the Belfry under the care of Team Batman, and now Zatanna has just dropped a few rocks or something on its head when it appeared at a poker game Bruce Wayne was attending It’s a Friendly issue, oddly enough.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #23 I don’t really remember the last issue, but this is oddly Friendly.

Justice League Of America #9  Do you know the story of Tarzan? Basically, that’s the HJGLC_Cv23_dsnew guy, Makson, but twisted to a more evil version of Edgar Rice Burrows’ hero. Makson has pulled his estranged family to him, and he’s coming this way. The majority of this issue is Friendly, but the last few pages may be a little confusing.

Suicide Squad #20 The Suicide Squad’s leader was killed in action last issue (well, he disappeared, but they think he’s dead – we honestly don’t know any different yet). This is kinda Unfriendly once you move beyond the leadership hunt.

The Flash #25 Everything you need to enjoy this issue will be given to you really early on in the comic. Needless to say, this is Friendly

Teen Titans #9 Kid Flash got fired last issue for trusting Deathstroke (you’ll get part of that from the cover). This issue explores a little more of the newest member’s story, Jackson Hyde. It’s a fun, interesting and mostly Friendly comic. Fans of Aquaman’s stable of characters will have an easier time here than most.

Wonder Woman #25  An epilogue to the previous arc, this is a great treat for those partially familiar with that story, but it isn’t really the best place to start reading. That said, it’s still a pretty  good read, though not essential.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Deathstroke #21 (DC Comics) – This new team is super intriguing, and this run has already been great. The inclusion of Kid Flash intrigues me, as I’ve been reading Teen Titans too. DC has done a wonderful job of their universe and having things carry over to other books, and this is a great example of that.

Extremity #5 (Image Comics) – Johnson has crafted a fun and beautiful looking sci-fi/fantasy tale following our main character, who lost their drawing arm. The art is awesome, the action is great, and I recommend this book in single issue or the inevitable trade that will follow soon.

Batman #26 (DC Comics) – The “War of Jokes and Riddles” part two comes out this week, and I cannot wait. These versions of Joker and Riddler are fun, and I’ve enjoyed King’s run, even if it has been polarizing.

Superman #26 (DC Comics) – One of my favorite Rebirth comics. Tomasi and Gleason have weaved a fantastic series of arcs that have set up some fantastic things, including pulling in pieces of the new 52 run. I dig every issue.

Seven to Eternity #7 (Image Comics) – Remender’s crazy fantasy tale following the rag-tag group of misfits as they travel across a world that is enslaved by the God of Whispers. Highly recommended.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Motor Girl #7 (Abstract Studios) – Terry Moore’s series is one of the most entertaining out there and my favorite debut of the year so far. It’s a fantastic mix of sci-fi, humor, and tons of heart in a way that’s rare in today’s comic market. Add in the fact the main character Sam has a brain tumor, is kick-ass, served in the military, and her best friend is a talking ape, you also have one of the best characters of the year.

Catalyst Prime: Noble #3 (Lion Forge) – The Catalyst line of comics from Lion Forge has been one of the freshest universe debuts in a while. The characters and voices are diverse and its lead title Noble has sucked me into this new world leaving me wanting more.

The Unsound #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Cullen Bunn is a fantastic horror writer and the art from Jack Cole enhances the creepy atmosphere set up in this new series.

The Walking Dead #169 (Skybound/Image Comics) – All these issues in writer Robert Kirkman has shaken things up a lot and shaken some characters. I’m sucked in as to where it’s all going to go from here!

X-Men: Gold #7 (Marvel) – It’s taken quite some time but Marvel’s X-Men line is back and as reminding me of some of the classic runs I loved reading as a kid.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Bloodshot’s Day Off (Valiant) – Eliot Rahal is one of the most exciting writers in comics today. Bloodshot is an awesome character. A winning combination?

Batman #26 (DC Comics) – So.. Tom King has been on a winning streak lately. Here’s hoping he can continue on with that this week.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 6/21

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 – in some cases with a recap, in others without because sometimes things are forgotten. 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.


All-Star Batman #11 Last issue had a brilliant look at Alfred’s past as a rambunctious teen in England, while Batman went undercover as Bruce Wayne to infiltrate Penguin’s casino. Things hit the fan when he was mistaken for Hush (who has had surgery to look like Bruce). Oddly, a Friendlyish comic.

AQM_Cv25_dsAquaman #25 Not only is this comic the highlight of a series that’s been one of DC’s strongest since Rebirth began, it’s also one of the best places to dive in. It’s Friendly enough without a recap as you’ll be able to piece together the gist of things, but essentially Arthur has been deposed as King of Atlantis due to his Surface friendly policies, and he is currently believed dead.

Batman #25 There’s been a lot of buzz around this comic, and honestly? While it was Friendly, it was just an okay read to kick off a new arc.

Batwoman #4 The hardest part about this series is that I want to like it, but I can never remember the previous issues when I pick it up because it is, unfortunately, a very forgettable comic. Essentially that means there’s no recap this month (?) for Batwoman, other than the island Batwoman is on is about to blow up… ultimately, this is the finale of the first arc, so maybe wait till next issue to jump on board.

Green Arrow #25 Oliver Queen was presumed dead, until he showed his face again in Seattle… and was promptly arrested for being a douche (I actually think it had more to do with his former company, the one he got maneuvered out of, than him being a douche). This issue set up the future for Oliver Queen, and it is a Friendly set up.

Green Lanterns #25 This arc is all about the First Lantern, Volthoom, finally getting a chance to return home after ten billion years. It’s a long time… the story has been hinted at, and seeds have been planted, for several issues but  ultimately this is still Friendly.

Nightwing #23 Nightwing’s back in Bludhaven and has been confronted with an old (or new?) enemy in Blockbuster (no, not the defunct rental place). Sadly I don’t remember SUPSO_Cv5_dsmuch more, but the issue is still fun – and Friendly to boot.

Superman #25 Jon Kent has been mind controlled into turning against his father, and now he’s about to attack him. This isn’t the most Friendly issue, but it should be easy enough for you to pick up.

Super Sons #5 Sweet lord do I love this issue. It’s every bit as Friendly as you could hope for, and it’s really bloody good. This issue nails so much about the characters involved that you don’t need to have read the previous issues to be able to follow along and enjoy it. Genuinely highly recommended.

Trinity #10 There’s a bare bones recap at the beginning of this issue that works better with the visuals than anything I could give you. Friendly.

Preview: Superman #25

Superman #25

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Patrick Gleason (CA) Ryan Sook
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“BLACK DAWN” part six! The extra-sized finale to “Black Dawn” reveals the villain tearing the Super-Family apart and destroying everything the Man of Steel holds dear!

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 6/14

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_Cv981_dsAction Comics #981 Superman’s greatest enemies are teaming up to destroy him. The Eradictor and Cyborg Superman have just freed General Zod, and Superman has been caught in an unpenetrable darkness called the black vault where he’s face to face with his failures… oddly a Friendly comic.

Dark Days: The Forge #1 Technically a first issue, this comic pulls heavily from the end of Scott Snyder’s run in the New 52, and beyond into DC’s past. I feel as though I’m missing something here, but I’m pretty sure I’m not – for a brand spanking new fan this may not be too accessible, but if you’re willing to let the mystery unfold for you then it is Friendly.

Detective Comics #958 The first part of a new story that is an entirely new jumping on point. The only relevant bit if you’re utterly unaware as to the happenings in this comic is that Batman has a team in Gotham (he seems to have a lot of teams lately), and Clayface is on it. It’s a Friendly issue.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #22 A new story, Fracture, starts up here, and it’s as Friendly a place as any to start.

Justice League Of America #8 I really don’t enjoy reading this series all that often… but this is a Friendly place to start, assuming you’re aware of the line up. And funnily enough, it’s not a bad place to start, either.

NSM_Cv12_dsNew Super-Man #12 A relatively Unfriendly place to start, but an enjoyable comic nonetheless. The issue has some pretty interesting revelations regarding the New Super-Man’s past, Wonder-Woman’s past… and really a lot of things to reward those who have been with the series for a few issues (or are reading in trade).

Red Hood And The Outlaws #11 So here’s the thing: this is a Friendly comic because of Red Hood’s narration. I couldn’t remember any of the previous issue (at least not enough to give you a recap), but was able to enjoy this nonetheless.

Suicide Squad #19 Unless you’re reading this because it’s a tie-in to the Action Comics story currently running through that series, then this is an Unfriendly issue that new readers will really struggle to follow along with if you want to follow a plot… but this is a greatly entertaining comic nonetheless.

Superwoman #11 This is actually the second part of a new story, and I clearly missed the first part. Lana Lang’s powers somehow returned after they vanished (it’s explained later in the issue), making this issue quite Friendly, despite my utter lack of a recap.

The Flash #24 Barry actually gives a pretty decent recap of the the first part of the story himself during his internal monologue, and the rest you can piece together easily enough yourself as this Friendly issue progresses.

Titans #12 If you give the comic time to breath, this is a Friendly issue that doesn’t need a recap. You can piece together the bit of info you need for the issue to make sense from the included dialogue, and anything you can’t isn’t that relevant just yet.

Wonder Woman #24  The finale of a twelve issue story may not be ideal to start with, and I don’t want to ruin the story because it’s worth reading…  so I won’t. But, oddly, this is somewhat Friendly.

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