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 #977 Superman recaps his own story pretty well, but what isn’t explained is that Lois Lane has gone to rescue her father from a firing squad in a hostile country where the US military aren’t able to go. Oh, and Superboy is with her. It’s a ridiculous concept, but Friendly nonetheless. 6.5/10
Detective Comics #974 Batwoman just killed Clayface, who was trying to reform himself (and currently failing thanks to the machinations of the Victim Syndicate). This issue deals with the aftermath of that fateful action, but is still Friendly enough to pick up. 7.8/10
The Flash #40 Grodd is back and wants the Speed Force. A bunch of people are trying to help Grodd against the Flash, and shit is hitting the fan. The comic is frenetic, yet Friendly, and worth reading. 7.7/10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #38 Hal Jordan and Kyle Raynor were sent to a planet to investigate an illegal mining operation, and found that Zod and his family were responsible. Then they got their asses handed to them. The comic is Friendly, and quite an interesting read, 7/10
New Super-Man And The Justice League Of China #20 The newly renamed series kicks off a new era in the team’s career as they face off against a new threat. It’s as Friendly a place to start as you’re going to get now, and it is worth picking up if you’re half interested in the series. 7.8/10
Red Hood And The Outlaws #19 Bizarro has developed a super intelligence level after he died and was resurrected – but have Red Hood and Atemis noticed? Read this Friendly-ish comic and find out. 7/10
Suicide Squad #35 The first part in a new arc is as Friendly a starting point as you’re likely to find. 7/10
Titans #20 The Titans have disbanded, and Roy Harper is going against Intergang alone (accidentally) as he works to eliminate a drug supply chain. A Friendly issue that follows the teams as they live their separate lives. 7.7/10
Wonder Woman #40 Wonder Woman and her newly discovered brother have just come off slightly worse for wear against the Silver Siren, a former friend of Diana. As a concluding part of the story this is still accessible enough for you to pick up and enjoy