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 #31 If you’re thinking of starting this series (and you should) then you could do a lot worse than here. Indeed, if this is your first issue, then you’ll find a recap more than you’ll find at the beginning of the comic will rob you of a couple of interesting moments that those reading the comic will already be aware of. Needless to say, this is Friendly. 7.5/10
Batman #37 You know Batman and Catwoman are engaged? Great, you’re caught up. Now go enjoy a wonderful story. 9/10 (Yes, it’s Friendly)
Batwoman #10 Having been caught by Scarecrow and subjected to some mental torture and experimentation Batwoman and another prisoner, Colony Prime, escaped. Now, Batwoman has finally cornered Scarecrow while still under the influence of his fear toxin. Unfortunately, this is closer to Unfriendly that not, but that shouldn’t discourage you from at least thinking about this issue. 6.75/10
Green Lanterns #37 Following on from a story where the Lanterns relocated a dying planet’s population to Ungaran, an already populated planet, at the behest of the Ungaran regent, this issue sees the Lanterns return to said planet to help quell an uprising because of those relocated people. A Friendly issue that skirts racism with a less than subtle story. 7.75/10
Justice League #35 Although this is part two in The People Verses The Justice League, it’s almost a better place to start than the last issue. Friendly, and not too bad a story that looks at the public images of superheroes. 7/10
Nightwing #35 The start of a new arc is, once again, a great (an Friendly) place for you to jump into this series. Nightwing is forging his own path in Bludhaven, away from Batman and Bruce Wayne, and his struggles to establish himself in a city that doesn’t want him have been quite entertaining. Nightwing’s at his best when he’s against the wall, and he’s against the wall here. 8/10
Superman #37 The first part of the story that continues in Super Sons #11 (and you can guess which I read first…). Obviously, this is a Friendly issue, and probably should be read before Super Sons #11. 7/10
Super Sons #11 The second part of a story that crosses multiple series, and one I don’t remember reading the first part of. Despite that, this is still a pretty Friendly issue that touches on Damian’s touchy relationship with the Teen Titans and captures how he and Super Boy relate to each other in a few short pages. 7/10
Trinity #16 You know who the title characters are, and you probably know – or at least have an idea of – who Deadshot is. You’ll find this single issue story Friendly. 6.75/10
That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!