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 pick 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.
Action Comics #999 Almost a filler story until the huge milestone coming up, but it’s not completely worthless as it ties up a few loose ends and resets Lois’ relationship with her father. Friendly enough at the end of the day, but I’d hold out till next issue at this point. 6/10
Detective Comics #976 Batwoman killed Clayface to save the lives of innocent people and subsequently joined The Colony as the fallout of her actions rippled through the Bat Family. This issue picks up with a new arc that’s still leaning heavily on past issues but is Friendly nonetheless. 7/10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #40 Hal and Kyle Raynor were sent to investigate a planet for a relatively unrelated reason only to find that Zod and his family had conquered it. They fought the Kryptonians, lost, and were captured. Their rings were removed for study. Hal’s ring, being made from his own will, broke confinement andHal made Kyle use it to escape and get reinforcements (who left on an unscheduled and unsanctioned rescue mission). Prepare yourself for the might of Krypton and a lot of Green in this Friendly action packed issue. 8/10
New Super-Man And The Justice League Of China #21 The JLC have come face to face with a young man escaping from North Korea on the back of giant freaking crabs. It’s awesome (and Friendly). 7.5/10
Red Hood And The Outlaws #20 Bizarro is using some kind of green stuff to remain super intelligent, and the Outlaws are beginning to suspect that the genius who has helped them eliminate crime is keeping a secret… 7/10 (Yeah, since you asked, it’s Friendly).
Suicide Squad #36 I missed the last issue, I think, but this one is still relatively Friendly. 6.75/10
The Flash #42 Uh…. dear lord this is a pile of turd. I really don’t want you to read this because it’s awful, but if you must…. Grodd has stolen Barry Allen’s powers and he’s believes that nobody but him can save the day despite there being three other Flashes in the area. The are is sub par as well. 2/10
Titans #21 I may have forgotten most of last issue, but Roy Harper was given drugs (he wasn’t aware of it until afterwards), and is trying to save the world but isn’t having much luck with people believing him. This issue is kinda Friendly, and has a really cool fight scene. 7.25/10
Wonder Woman #42 I’d give you a recap, but the series has taken a turn for the worse, and I either didn’t read the last issue or I don’t remember it. Either way, this is kinda Friendly, but quite miss-able. 5/10