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Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

Welcome everyone to Week Four of DC Rebirth!  If this is your first time here, this is a series of articles I will be doing to track how DC Rebirth is shaping up for the uninitiated to the DCU.  As someone who came to DC with the New 52, I know how the idea of DC relaunching can be exciting and intimidating at the same time if you've never regularly read stories with some of these characters.  If that sounds like you, then I hope these articles can be of service.

Week Four saw our lowest number of titles - just three #1's.  So let's see how those shaped up....

Aquaman #1

Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Brad Walker

Premise: Aquaman works to bridge the gap between the worlds of land and sea, but Black Manta has other ideas.

New Reader Friendliness: After Superman proved that the Rebirth issue is not an indicator of the series's quality, I was willing to give Aquaman a second chance after the horribly boring Rebirth issue.  Overall, if you're a new reader and picked up the Rebirth issue and this, you'll be just fine.  Even if you start with this issue, you probably won't have too hard of a time understanding this.  While characters like Mera and Black Manta may be unfamiliar to new readers, their motivations are clear enough in this issue to make this pretty easy to follow.  Brad Walker's art is mostly good here and this is certainly a better start for Aquaman.

Verdict: May pick up in trade

The Flash #1

Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

Premise: The Flash finds himself constantly too late, which causes problems when two emergencies rise at the same time.

New Reader Friendliness: If you're unfamiliar with the work of Joshua Williamson, I'd highly recommend his Image stuff (Ghosted, Nailbiter, Birthright).  The guy knows his way around a story and it is paying off in spades with The Flash.  Even if you didn't pick up the excellent Rebirth issue, this #1 is still a great place to start.  I imagine a lot of new readers who pick this up will be fans of the Flash TV show.  STAR Labs and even Jitters play a role in this issue, which is a nice way to ease in that set of readers.  Overall this is a great start for someone looking to get into The Flash or DC Comics in general.  The panels moving in the direction Barry is running is a nice touch.

Verdict: Already on my pull list and staying there

Wonder Woman #1

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Liam Sharp

Premise: Wonder Woman searches for answers as Steve Trevor deals with problems of his own.

New Reader Friendliness: Wonder Woman has been one of DC's most underrated titles for the past 5 years, and, fortunately, it continues to be that here.  This is a pretty easy story to follow for new readers, even if you are unfamiliar with Steve Trevor or Etta Candy.  That being said, I can't say that this would be one of the first books I recommended to someone fresh to the DCU.  It is a fantastic debut issue and Liam Sharp provides perhaps the best artwork of Rebirth so far.  All this doesn't stop the fact that the comic is a little too weighed down with continuity for brand new readers to appreciate everything.  If you're interested, though, this is more than worth the $3.

Verdict: Already on my pull list and staying there

That's all for this week!  If you missed any of the previous recaps, you can check them out by clicking the links below.

Week One
Week Two
Week Three

As June is a month with five Wednesdays, next week will be pretty light in comics.  In fact, there are no new DC Rebirth issues coming next week, so use this time to catch up on anything you've missed out on!  See you in July!

Week Four
Most New Reader Friendly: The Flash #1
Best Overall: Wonder Woman #1

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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