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Thursday, June 16, 2016

DC Rebirth: A (Somewhat) Outsider's Perspective - Week Three

Hello everyone, and welcome to Week Three of DC Rebirth, the new initiative to return DC to some of its old continuity, piece by piece!  If this is your first time with this type of article, let me clue you in:  I began reading DC on a monthly basis with the New 52 back in 2011.  When Rebirth was announced, I was unsure how it would be for newer DCU fans such as myself, so I decided to look at each of the new series to see what was best for people picking up DC for the first time with Rebirth.  Looking around the Internet, I've seen that some people started wanting to read DC after Batman v Superman, so hopefully this series of articles will help you figure out what series will be the most comfortable reads for you.

This week was a bit different in that most of the #1's already had their Rebirth special (think a zero issue).  Although we did come away with one new Rebirth special in the form of Titans Rebirth, which sees the pre-New 52 Teen Titans reunited, including Wally West.  Despite already covering their Rebirth issues, I feel like it's worth diving into the new #1's as many comic readers are apt to start there instead.

So, without further ado, let's see what Week Three brought us in Rebirth!

Batman #1

Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

Premise: Batman must find a way to stop a jet from crashing into Gotham City.

New Reader Friendliness: The Rebirth issue of this comic, while certainly enjoyable, was not exactly the best read for someone who may have wanted to try Batman comics for the first time.  Fortunately, this comic is a much better entry point for the new reader.  Tom King and David Finch tell a thrilling one-and-done Batman tale that sets up the story to come in the final pages.  What is perhaps most enjoyable about this take compared to Scott Snyder's is this Batman makes a huge effort to save lives as opposed to being dark and brooding from the shadows.

Verdict: Staying on the pull list

Green Arrow #1

Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Otto Schmidt

Premise: Green Arrow and Black Canary's quest to stop the Underground Men leads them to Queen Industries.

New Reader Friendliness: It's hard to get more new reader friendly than this.  As I said last week, this is my first time regularly buying a Green Arrow comic (I also do not watch Arrow), so I have come to this comic with completely fresh eyes.  Even though this issue is a continuation from Green Arrow Rebirth, I still found it to be just as great an entry point for new readers.  I'm continuously amazed at how great this comic is.  Ben Percy is doing great work and Otto Schmidt is providing perhaps the best artwork of DC Rebirth thus far.  If you are someone wanting to get into DC Comics regularly for the first time, you cannot find a better start than Green Arrow

Verdict: Going on the pull list

Green Lanterns #1

Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Robson Rocha

Premise: Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz face their first real challenge as the Red Lanterns prepare to come to Earth.

New Reader Friendliness: Green Lantern is a very tough universe to jump into as a new reader (trust me, I was right there 5 years ago).  Much like the X-men over at Marvel, Green Lantern today comes with a set of a few essential stories you have to have either read or be acutely aware of to understand a given issue.  This isn't a bad issue (Red Lanterns being pretty boring, aside), and Sam Humphries tries his best to give a few openings for new readers in this issue.  That being said, I don't think I could recommend this for someone wanting to jump into Green Lantern.  If this interests you, go ahead and pick it up, but be warned that reading this side of the DCU comes with a steep learning curve.

Verdict: Going on the pull list.

Superman #1

Written by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art by Patrick Gleason

Premise: Jonathan, the son of Superman, begins learning to deal with his powers.

New Reader Friendliness: After an overall pretty terrible Rebirth issue, Superman #1 provides more of the kind of Superman story one looks for (much like last week's Action Comics).  As for how this is for fresh eyes, I feel it's a pretty easy story to follow.  Thanks to Gleason's terrific art, you'll fall in love with Jonathan pretty quickly.  While the story isn't hard to follow, new readers may have some questions about how there is a dead Superman and also this Superman, who is married to Lois Lane.  I can't say these things will be explained without going back to at least Convergence, but those questions shouldn't keep you from enjoying this issue.

Verdict: Going on the pull list

Titans Rebirth #1

Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Brett Booth

Premise: Wally West reunites with his old friends from the original Teen Titans.

New Reader Friendliness: Of all the Rebirth issues thus far (except for Flash), this is perhaps the most direct sequel to DC Rebirth #1.  With that in mind, I think that makes this a pretty easy jumping on point for new readers.  If you're brand new to DC and picked up the Rebirth special and found yourself curious about Wally West, this is the next place to go.  While I think most of the characters will be unfamiliar to people new to the DCU, they are introduced well enough in here for the story to function.  I can't speak for how this series will be for the uninitiated down the line, but, for now, it's not a bad route to take.

Verdict: In for the next issue.

That's Week Three.  If you missed my recaps of previous weeks, you can check them out by clicking the links below:

Week One
Week Two

See you back in a week for more DC Rebirth!  Let's take one last look at how Rebirth has gone so far....

Week Three
Most New Reader Friendly: Green Arrow #1, Batman #1, Superman #1
Best Overall: Green Arrow #1

Week Two
Most New Reader Friendly: Aquaman Rebirth, Wonder Woman Rebirth, The Flash Rebirth
Best Overall: Action Comics #957, Wonder Woman Rebirth

Week One
Most New Reader Friendly: Green Arrow Rebirth, Superman Rebirth
Best Overall: Batman Rebirth 

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