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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.

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fls_cv14_dsIt’s a new week and we’re kicking it off with our “Manga Monday” and look at the weekend’s box office results. While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Atlantic – Superhero Comics Are Largely a Response to Trauma – Agree? Disagree?

How To Love Comics – If You’re Ever In Kyoto You Must Visit The Kyoto International Manga Museum – This sounds really cool!

The Beat – A year of free comics – Eugenie Shark by Nicole Marie Burton – Go, go read free comics!

The Comichron – December 2016 comics sales estimates online; all new Comichron charts are now sortable, searchable! – Data! Data! Data!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – All-Star Batman #6

Talking Comics – The Flash #14

Mighty Meeples: DC Justice League Collection Tin, Out Now!

Cryptozoic Entertainment has released the Mighty Meeples: DC Justice League Collection Tin. The tin resembles the Hall of Justice, the iconic home of the Justice League, and provides a stylish home for the seven included Mighty Meeples figures, all depicting members of DC’s Justice League. The 1-inch wooden figures can be collected for display or can replace pieces in any board game to upgrade the experience.

First appearing over 15 years ago, the “meeple”—short for “my people”—possesses a distinctive shape that has made it a popular choice for player pieces in a variety of games. Cryptozoic increases the fun with Mighty Meeples that are oversized (regular meeples are usually .75 inches) and showcase popular DC Justice League heroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter.

The Mighty Meeples: DC Justice League Collection Tin retails for $14.99. Fans of DC’s Justice League can show off the Hall of Justice tin and use it to store the included Mighty Meeples figures, which can be collected or used in board games. Starting this week, the tin will be available at hobby retailers nationwide.


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Preview: The Flash #14

The Flash #14

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“ROGUES RELOADED” part one! Central City is quiet…a little too quiet. Which means one thing: the Rogues are up to something, and only The Flash can stop them! But first Barry Allen needs to track down his classic cadre of villains, who’ve vanished in advance of their greatest plan ever. Plus, artist extraordinaire Carmine Di Giadomenico returns!


More to Be Revealed About DC Universe: Rebirth this April!

If you’ve been wondering about how the mystery behind Geoff JohnsDC Universe: Rebirth #1 continues, you’ll find out more beginning this April in “The Button,” a four-part story arc in issues #21 and #22 of Batman and The Flash.

Courtesy of the Batman team of writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok, along with The Flash writer Joshua Williamson and artist Howard Porter, the two greatest detectives in the DC Universe unite to unravel the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley face button stuck in the Batcave wall. However, what begins as a simple investigation soon turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party – and it’s not who anyone suspects! This is a mystery woven throughout time, and the countdown starts here!

In addition to the standard $2.99 covers on Batman and The Flash in late April and early May, each of the four issues will feature a special $3.99 lenticular cover, all drawn by Jason Fabok. Don’t miss the chance to find out more about the mysteries behind DC Rebirth when these issues hit your local comics retailer beginning April 19!

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CONSTANTINE-First-Official-Image1It’s a new week! If you haven’t noticed, we’ve updated our navigation at the top of the site. Hopefully, it’s a bit easier to find what you’d like and if not, let us know in the comments!

Here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Guardian – The 20 comics to watch out for in 2017 – What are you looking forward to?

The Beat – A year of free comics: Batman Black & White by Gaiman, Bolland, Timm, etc. – Keep posting them, we’ll promote them.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Anna Archie Bongiovanni’s Grease Bats – And another.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Polly Guo’s Gawain’s Girlfriend and the Green Knight will cut your heart from your bosom – And another.

The Beat – Comics author and historian Gerard Jones arrested on charges of child pornography – We’re utterly disgusted if true.

The Hollywood Reporter – Rob Liefeld on the Extreme Universe Movie Deal: “The ’90s Have Been Largely Underserved” – Well they are coming back in style!

CBR – The CW Renews Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow – This isn’t too surprising.

CBR – Matt Ryan Returns As Constantine in New Animated Series – Can’t wait for this!

CBR – Batman V Superman Tops Razzies Shortlist – This isn’t too shocking really.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Green Lanterns #14

Talking Comics – Justice League of America: The Atom

Comic Attack – Kabuki Library Edition Volume 4

Talking Comics – Locke & Key: Small World

Talking Comics – Red Dog #2

Talking Comics – Tomboy #9

Talking Comics – The Unstoppable Wasp #1

Talking Comics – The Unworthy Thor #3

Justice League Gets a New Teaser Image featuring Flash, Batman, and Wonder Woman

Warner Bros. Has released a new image from the upcoming Justice League film. The image features Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

The film comes to theaters November 11, 2017.

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warlords_of_appalachia_003_a_mainThe weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing to celebrate the New Year? Any geeky parties? Sound off in the comments!

While you wait for the day to wind down, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Newsarama – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Can No Longer Afford Ghost Rider – The difference between comics and movies is budget…

Publishers Weekly – Black Comics Creators Fund Diversity on Kickstarter – Since publishers won’t…


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – A.D.: After Death #2

Talking Comics – All-Star Batman #5

iO9 – Civil War II #8

Talking Comics – Civil War II #8

Talking Comics – The Flash #13

Talking Comics – Warlords of Appalachia #3

Preview: The Flash #12

The Flash #12

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Davide Gianfelice (CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
In Shops: Dec 14, 2016
SRP: $2.99

“SPEED OF DARKNESS” part three! Time is running out for The Flash and Kid Flash as they race to help the Shade regain control of the Shadowlands, the dimension of pure darkness from which the Shade draws his terrible power, before it reaches our world and consumes the light forever.


DC Comics’ ‘Rebirth’ Collected Editions Trailer

Starting next month, DC Comics is inviting fans everywhere to discover what Rebirth is all about as they release the Rebirth Collected Editions to retail. DC Comics has created a special trailer to generate excitement for these upcoming books (title list below).

DC Comics Rebirth Collected Editions:

Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Death and Life of Oliver Queen (1/4/2017)
Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman (1/4/2017)
Aquaman Vol. 1: The Drowning (1/11/2017)
Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham (1/11/2017)
The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice (1/18/2017)
Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machine (1/18/2017)
Green Lanterns Vol. 1: Rage Planet (1/25/2017)
Detective Comics Vol. 1: Rise of the Batmen (2/1/2017)
Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies (2/28/2017)

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