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DC Rebirth: Recap And Review

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.


 

aqm_cv15_dsAquaman #15 The conclusion to The Deluge is actually relatively Friendly without a recap.

Batman #15 Catwoman may or may not have murdered a couple hundred people. Batman gave her one last night of freedom in Gotham before he takes her to prison in the morning. After stopping a few crimes, and having a chat, they end up naked on a roof together… This could be a Friendly comic with that recap, but I don’t know if it’s worth your time.

Green Arrow #15 Ollie has been framed for numerous murders by the Dark Archer. He also beat the snot out of a crooked cop who was assaulting a civilian a few issues ago. That’s more or less enough to get you into the visually amazing Friendly comic.

Green Lanterns #15 Is actually an incredibly Friendly issue. We focus on Jessica Cruz’s greatest battle, and it’s a comic that gives us quite an insight into her character.

Justice League Vs. The Suicide Squad # 5 (of six) As you may imagine, this issue sees the story rocketing toward the conclusion of the arc, so what do you need to know to not feel lose? Well, Max Lord – a villain who can influence your darkest desires, who has a misguided sense of eroism – has taken control of the Justice League minus Batman via some kind of mind controlling diamond, and that’s… pretty much it. I’d still recommend you read the series as a whole rather than starting here, but it’s Friendly enough, I suppose.

Nightwing #13 Having just arrived in Bludhaven for the first time post Rebirth in order to find himself again, Nightwing comes across a supervillain support group who are being gradually framed for murder. The Bludhaven PD aren’t thrilled with having a superhero ntw_cv13_dstake up residence in their city, either… this Friendly book has become one of the best Bat family books from DC in recent months.

Superman #15 Last issue had a lot of build up that can basically be boiled down to the following: someone is hunting Supermen across the multiverse, and our Superman has teamed with President Superman and some others to stop them. This is a Friendly, and enjoyable, story.

Superwoman #6 Lois Lane and Lana Lang were both Superwoman until Lois was killed in issue #1. Since then, Lex Luthor has been locked up by his sister (no, we didn’t know he had one either), who has become Ultra-Woman – essentially a very comic book villain version of Lex Luthor who is trying to do something nefarious. The comic is kinda  Friendly.

Trinity #5 Uh… I don’t actually remember too much about the last four issues, but the relevant parts are skimmed over enough in the comic that I wasn’t lost. It’s Friendly enough, I suppose, although  you may want to track down #4.

Preview: Superman #15

Superman #15

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Ed Benes, Jorge Jimenez, Ryan Sook, Clay Mann (CA) Patrick Gleason
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“MULTIPLICITY” part two! Superman and New Super-Man fight alongside an army of Supermen from across the Multiverse against the threat trying to wipe them all out of existence! Plus, Jon and his neighbor Kathy investigate a hidden horror that seems to be growing in their town.

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Hero Plushies: DC out in March

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Hero Plushies: DC are out in March from Funko.

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DC Rebirth: Recap And Review For Comics Released 1/11ac

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.

There was a lot of DC books released this week, and while I didn’t get to read all of them, most are covered below.


Action Comics #971 Lex Luthor is about to be tried for crimes that he hasn’t yet committed ac_cv971_dson a distant planet, and Superman has just turned on him, even though Lex is doing is best to fill in a dead Superman’s shoes. Even though this is two or three issues into to the arc, it’s quite Friendly.

All-Star Batman #6 The very nature of this series is such that this could just as easily be a new #1 issue. It’s a Friendly comic that’s frankly amazing.

Detective Comics There’s very little recap needed here, as the comic focuses primarily on Batwoman’s background. Yes, you may need to know that the prisoner in the Bell Tower is her father, and the Colony is a militarized special forces unit that’s modeled on a lethal version of Batman. The Colony is also responsible for the “death” of Tim Drake, although that’s less relevant than you’d think this issue. Friendlier than you’d expect.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #12 When a story arc has been as fantastic as this one has, writing a very short recap seems almost insulting… but whatever. Hal Jordan died and went to Lantern Heaven but the White Lantern dude ressurrected him, meanwhile the rest of the Green Lantern Corps were trapped in a shrunken city by the Lantern equivalent of a compulsive hoarder. Working with their traditional enemies, the Sinestro Corps, they escaped, which brings you more or less up to date. Enjoy the Friendly conclusion!

Justice League/Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #1 I just… it’s Friendly for fans of one or both properties, and worth reading (surprisingly).

Justice League Of America: Vixen Rebirth #1 It’s a one shot comic that introduces Vixen to the post Rebirth universe. It’s Friendly enough to do it’s job.

Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #4 We’re at the half way point now in the mini series now, and the easiest way to summarize it for you so that it’s Friendly is this: The League and nsm_cv7_open_order_varthe Squad have been forced to partner to defend the Squad’s prison headquarters from a team of villains.

New Super-Man #7 This comic doesn’t really need a recap, as a lot of the relevant information is given in the opening few pages, which makes this one of DC’s Friendliest comics this week.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #6 As a conclusion to the first arc, this wraps up the story nicely, while also leaving enough to have you coming back  next issue. Although I could summarize the entire arc the only relevant bit to you here is that Black Mask has mind controlled Bizarro through techno mumbo jumbo and has decided to break stuff. Red Hood and Artemis are trying to stop them. While that’ll make the issue Friendly, I urge you to check out the trade when it hits the racks.

Suicide Squad #9 Serving as a prequel to the JL Vs SS miniseries this is a solid issue, but there’s no sense reading it if you’re not following that series unless you’re curious about the Squad before the current roster. For that reason I’m marking this as Unfriendly because it probably won’t get you into the series as a whole.

Supergirl #6 Supergirl’s Kryptonian father has somehow become the cyborg Superman, and he has a plan to save what remains of his people by turning their bodies into cyborgs powered by human life force. Supergirl is understandably less than pleased, but was sg_cv5_dstrapped in space by her father as he attacks her home city. Was trapped. Go grab the Friendly issue for some crazy fight scene fun.

The Flash #14 Kicking off a new story arc with some of the Scarlet Speedster’s more popular villains. Thanks to the introductory pieces of narration at the beginning, this is Friendly enough

Titans #7 An issue where the Titans can take a bit of a break after the chaotic opening arc. Friendly because it allows you to get to know the heroes you may be less familiar with.

Wonder Woman #14 Over the past 13 issues, this has become one of my favourite comic books. Luckily, aside from the fact that Ares has just shown up, and there’s a plot to gas a bunch a targets that we don’t yet know about, you can pick this up without any real idea of what’s going on and just enjoy the Friendly comic.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

div3-aric_001_cover-b_bernardWednesdays 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: Kill or Be Killed #5 (Image) – Ed Brubaker, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Sean Phillips are back and I cannot be more excited. They have done a tremendous job on this book and have proven once again, they hold the crown for pulp crime comics. This comic has me nervous and excited each time a new issue comes out!

U.S.Avengers #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was such a blast, and Al Ewing is on a roll lately, and one of the best things Marvel has going for it. We will see more of the Gold $kull by the looks of it, and probably go a bit deeper on this whacky team. More Red Hulk, he’s great.

The Clone Conspiracy #4 (Marvel) – I am a massive Spider-Man fan, I won’t apologize for that, so therefore I am excited for this issue, and actually enjoy the event. Now obviously if you’re not enjoying what they are doing, don’t listen to me here, but I want to see how this wraps up, and we are almost there. We also get a double Spidey dose with Amazing Spider-Man this week!

Superman #15 (DC Comics) – You get a Superman! And you get a Superman! I’ve loved this run by Tomasi and Gleason and the last issue was so much fun and just crazy. This is one of DC’s most consistent comics and I want to see where they are going after the last wild issue. Also, Red Son Superman, Captain Carrot, and more!

Trinity #5 (DC Comics) – Francis Manapul should be reason enough for anyone to read and drool at this comic. His art is just completely on another level to me, and this book rivals The Mighty Thor for the “prettiest” comic. Also, I actually am enjoying the story of our legendary trinity quite a bit.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity III Stalinverse: Aric Son Of The Revolution #1 (Valiant) – There’s a sense of something awesome about Valiant’s Divinity III, and while the first tie-in was good, it’s this one that has me most excited. Getting a chance to read some more about Aric of Dacia in this setting has me chomping at the bit to get my hands on the comic.

Harbinger Renegade #3 (Valiant) – What can I say? I’m a fan of Harbinger, and with Peter returning to Earth I’m looking forward to seeing how Rafer Roberts reunites the Renegades.

Deadpool the Duck #2 (Marvel) – When the first issue didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out, I kinda got curious to read the next issue. I mean… now that Deadpool The Duck is finally in the comic, I want to see what we get.

 

Brett

Motor Girl #3 (Abstract Studios) – Sam has problems. UFO’s are keeping her up every night, dropping in for parts and coffee, and a suspicious Area 51 fanatic is determined to catch it all on video. To make matters worse, the bank wants to repossess the junkyard and build a casino. But Sam is determined to stop them, especially when she learns the junkyard is sacred ground. This new series by Terry Moore is fun, funny, cute, and the first two issues are some of my recent favorites from anyone.

Curse Words #1 (Image) – A wizard comes to Earth to… conquer it? It’s a bit nebulous in this first issue that introduces is to Wizord, a hipster-ish wizard bringing realy magic to Earth. The first issue is entertaining and launches a stylish new series.

The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel) – I think Carol Danvers really came off poorly in Civil War II, but I’m still interested in seeing where Marvel takes her and this series.

Monsters Unleashed #1 (Marvel) – Marvel heroes versus kaiju. Nuff said.

Revolutionaries #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW and Hasbro’s “Revolution” is over and this series looks to bring together some of the characters from the now shared universe into a team book.

 

Shay

Harley Quinn #12 (DC Comics) – Joker + Harley = War of the Roses style mayhem.

Raven #5 (DC Comics) – Raven calls for familial back up to save San Francisco from the orb.

Gamora #2 (Marvel) – Gamora is on a collision course with revenge and things might not be what they seem or go as she planned.

SLAM! #3 (BOOM! Studios) – derby drama and love in comic book form, what more could you want?

 

Around the Tubes

march trilogy featuredTomorrow is new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

Around the Tubes

Gizmodo – Rep. John Lewis’ Graphic Novel Skyrockets After Trump Twitter Storm – Good.

Comics Alliance – Michael Keaton’s Batsuit and George Reeves’ Superman Suit Going to Auction – We’re checking our couch for change to bid.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story – This is absolutely one to check out.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – The Few #1

The Beat – Frontier #14

Retro Friday Review: Superman #185

superman_v-1_185For the first review of “Retro Friday” it felt like it’d be fun to go WAY back into the GP vault of comics and take a look at Superman #185, the first volume of the series that was released in February 1966. Back then comics were 12 cents and featured 25 pages of story and more.

Written by Leo Dorgman with art by Pete Costanza (for the first story) and Jim Mooney (for the second story) and a cover by Curt Swan the comic is so different than modern books with a style and story that has more in common with the classic Superman television and radio show than modern comics. That’s not a bad thing at all, but it’s interesting to see how much comics have changed in the 50 years since this comic was released.

The first thing I noticed is there seems to be a lack of credits anywhere in the comic. I went through it multiple times to figure out who handled the writing and art, but had to resort to a Google search to figure that out. It’s a minor thing, but caught me off guard and to begin reading the comic with that in my mind, I was looking at all of the details I could.

The issue features two stories the first up being “Superman’s Achilles’ Heel!.” When one part of his body is made vulnerable by a Red K exposure, Superman is targeted for death–literally–by gangland assassins. Yes, it’s as silly as it sounds and even has Superman sporting a metal device around his hand to make the villains think that’s his vulnerable spot. Arrows, yes an arrow as in bow and arrow, are used along with rifles and other weapons to try to take Superman down.

The villian is a former actor turned gangster who’s initially out to just find Superman’s secret identity, but then finds out his flaw due to the Red K. From there, plans unfold in an attempt to shot him in his vulnerable spot. Riddles are sent tauting him, lions are released in a football game, it’s goofy to all levels, but still somehow entertaining probably due to it’s focus on the story of Achilles and not adding any other distractions.

The second story, “Target Superman!,” is told in multiple parts (I have no idea why) and features South American multimillionaire Jose Rivera who wants his daughter Dolores to marry Superman, she is attracted to Clark Kent…and Clark’s double on the Kandor Look-Alike Squad steps in to woo her.

There’s absolutely some antiquated views of women and their roles, though the story isn’t as cringeworthy as I expected once I figured out the gist of the story. It’s not good by any measurement, but the headshaking sighs as I read the comic weren’t as present as I thought they’d be.

There’s Superman, his robot, and then a being from Kandor? Yeah, this is a take on the twin taking over in a role type story with a twist at the end and it’s… interesting. Entertaining on some levels, an example of the time in many others, it’s that weird type of story that feels right at place in an anthology. Hell, with some small tweaks and a touch of more weird and this story could be revamped for today easily.

superman-185-quizThe art is great with nothing too dynamic, but this still feels like the early years of comics where overly dramatic depictions of action were still being figured out. It’s a bit choppy in the flow, but it’s fun to see the retro look of everyone depicted, especially Superman who looks more like a Fleischer cartoon than today’s take.

What’s really fun is the additional items in the comic beyond the story. There’s a letter page, ads, and a quiz that left my jaw on the floor. You can see it to the right here, but the quiz is the measure your “Brotherhood Quotient” and is published as a “public service in cooperation with the National Social Welfare Assembly, coordinating organization for National Health, Welfare and Recreation Agencies of the U.S.” What I think is more amazing is the answers that whoever owned the comic checked off. The more things change, the more they stay the same I guess.

Going back to read a comic that was published decades before I could read is not only interesting to see a snapshot of the time, but also see how comics have changed in the 50 years since this was published. To be able to come upon a quiz like that found in the comic, especially considering the answers(!), you really get to see some history.

The comic was an enjoyable one. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but goofy fun where you can turn your brain off and just enjoy the stories within.

Story: Leo Dorgman Art: Pete Costanza and Jim Mooney
Story: 6.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.65 Recommendation: Read

Preview: Superman #14

Superman #14

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Ivan Reis, Joe Prado (CA) Patrick Gleason
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 04, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“MULTIPLICITY” part one! The New Super-Man of China has been taken! The Red Son Superman of Earth-30 has been beaten! And who knows what’s happened to Sunshine Superman! Someone is collecting Supermen across the Multiverse-this looks like a job for our Kal-El as he is joined by Justice Incarnate in this multi-Earth epic!

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Around the Tubes

bm_cv14_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Con Volunteer Headaches Are Coming Home to Roost – Wait for the lawsuits to start flying!

Vogue – Roxane Gay on Writing Difficult Women and Her Outlook on 2017 – Get some insight from the writer of Black Panther: World of Wakanda.

ICv2 – Marvel Promotes Nick Lowe – Interesting move.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Derf’s Punk Odyssey – As long as this gets posted we’ll keep sharing.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batgirl #6

Talking Comics – Batman #14

Newsarama – Justice League of America: The Atom

Newsarama – Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #10

IGN – Mooncop

Comic Vine – Superman #14

Wednesday Graphic Novel Review: Green Arrow Vol. 1 and Superman Vol. 1

January 4th is the first new comic day of the year and sees the release of the first two DC Comics “Rebirth” trade paperbacks!

Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Death & Life of Oliver Queen collects issues 1-5 and the Rebirth issue by Benjamin Percy, Otto Schmidt, and Juan Ferreyra.

Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman brings DC’s first family from a different world into Rebirth. Collecting issues 1-6 and Rebirth by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke, and Jorge Jimenez.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores January 4 and book stores January 10.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or buy them digitally and online with the links below.
Green Arrow Vol. 1Amazon/Kindle/comiXology and Things From Another World

Superman Vol. 1Amazon/Kindle/comiXology and Things From Another World

 

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