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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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

Welcome everyone to the sixth week of DC Rebirth!  Once again I am here to break down the debut issues (Rebirth issues and #1's) of DC's newest batch of comics.  As someone who came into the DC Universe with the New 52, I thought it would be important to see how the latest relaunch shapes up for new readers as DC works to go back to some of its old continuity.

After a week off and then last week giving us only one new series, this week was a bit kinder as we saw the release of two Rebirth specials and a brand new series, featuring a brand new character to the DCU!  So let's see how they shaped up!

Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1

Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Ethan Van Sciver

Premise: Hal Jordan fights to keep his humanity and not turn into a being of pure will.  Meanwhile, the Sinestro Corps moves to Oa's place in the universe.

New Reader Friendliness: I've said before that Green Lantern is a very hard series to get into for brand new readers.  A lot of continuity of the past few years plays a role in Green Lantern, making it a bit of a climb for fresh eyes.  With Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps being from the same creative team that has been writing the character for a while, I was worried this would not be fun for the uninitiated....thankfully, I was wrong.  Between this and Green Lanterns, I would have to recommend you start here if you're wanting to read Green Lantern for the first time with Rebirth.  You may have some questions about Sinestro, but Venditti does a great job of setting up the next phase of Hal Jordan's life in a way that is more than welcoming of new DC fans.  It also doesn't hurt that Ethan Van Sciver's art is pretty great here.

Verdict: In for the next issue

New Super-man #1

Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art by Viktor Bogdanovic

Premise: Kenan, a teenage boy in Shanghai, finds himself the subject of an experiment that will give him the powers of Superman.

New Reader Friendliness: In case it isn't obvious, this issue is extremely friendly to new readers as this new Super-man is a brand new character!  Gene Luen Yang comes off a short run on Superman, moving some of the ideas of the character to China.  I've seen some today calling this DC's Marvel superhero.  Parallel's can definitely be made between Kenan's origin and that of a lot of Marvel's characters (most notably, Spider-man).  That being said, this issue has a ton of emotion, action, and interesting characters.  Viktor Bogdanovic does some stellar work on art.  This may be the book to watch, people.  We just may have a modern classic in the works.  

Verdict: Going on the pull list

Nightwing Rebirth #1

Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Yanick Paquette

Premise: Dick Grayson abandons the life of secret agent to return to the role of vigilante Nightwing in order to take down the Parliament of Owls.

New Reader Friendliness: Yet again we have another Rebirth issue that is absolutely perfect for new readers.  We get some recaps of what Dick Grayson has been up to in his own series, but it is done in a way that new readers feel caught up, while old readers don't feel like they've wasted their time.  If you're at all intrigued about Batman's side of the DCU and want more, then Nightwing looks like it will be a great place to start.  While, story wise, not a ton happens here, Tim Seeley does a fantastic job of setting everything up to make Dick's return as Nightwing the event some comic fans have been begging for.  No worries though if this is your first outing with the character, this issue is an excellent starting point.

Verdict: In for the next issue

And that's it for this week! If you would like to catch up on the previous Rebirth releases, you can check out how they shaped up by clicking any of the links below:

JUNE: Week OneWeek TwoWeek ThreeWeek Four

JULY: Week Five

Let's also break down this week's releases one more time:

Week Six

Most New Reader Friendly: All three of this week's new books are GREAT for people wanting to jump into DC Comics with Rebirth!

Best Overall: New Super-man #1

See you next week as Justice League begins in earnest, and Hellblazer receives a Rebirth special!

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