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.
Aquaman #26 Aquaman has been dethroned as King of Atlantis, and is currently presumed dead to almost everyone as he hides in the deepest crevices of the city. But Mera has just found out he’s alive… it’s Friendly, and very well illustrated.
Batman #27 An interlude into the story that’s pitting the Joker against the Riddler with Batman caught in the middle. A War Of Jokes And Riddles takes place in the second year of Batman’s career, and we’re being told the story as Bruce relates it to Selena Kyle whilst their in bed. This interlude is a Friendly place to jump into the series.
Green Arrow #27 I don’t remember enough of what happened to give a recap. So based purely on the strength of this issue: Friendly.
Green Lanterns #27 Simon’s ring was destroyed, and Earth’s resident Green Lanterns were hurled into the deep recesses of space, and they have no idea where they are (neither do we, making this Friendly as we find out together what’s going on).
Nightwing #25 This issue brings to a close a tale where Nightwing was lured to a boat by the new Blockbuster – a man who styles himself as a hero trying to save Bludhaven – only to find a time bomb literally seconds from blowing a boat full of supervillains up. As a jumping on point for the future, this is Friendlier than you’d expect for a concluding chapter.
Superman #27 The Kent family take a tour through some important historical locations throughout the Eastern United States (I could be wrong there, my US geography isn’t great in regards to matching names to their locations). The comic is easy enough for new readers to pick up as you don’t really require any previous knowledge of the events in the series, making this a Friendly jumping on point.
Super Sons You know who Superman and Batman are? This is a comic about their sons, and it’s one of the stronger series in DC’s line up right now. Friendly, and awesome.
Trinity #11 Eh… it’s a relatively Friendly issue as our heroes face a non-generic alien foe… but it isn’t that great, either. Wait till next issue if you’re curious because this is the concluding chapter to the current story.