I am a newcomer to comics with an interest in reading a Superman storyline. I have little deep knowledge of the Superman canon beyond what can be gleaned from the movies. As I understand it, the main line for Superman stories will now be Superman Rebirth, with a reading order of
- DCU Rebirth #1
- Superman Rebirth #1
- Superman (2016-) #1
- Superman (2016-) #2
- ...and so on.
However, in DCU: Rebirth #1 it says the story takes place after Superman #52 and Justice League #50 (and that you should read those first). Looking at those comic books, it seems that they are the concluding parts of story lines that have been running for several issues at least.
It's not clear to me how far this rabbit hole goes. So my questions are:
- What would a sensible starting place for a newcomer like me be? Should I just start with Rebirth or go further back (and if the latter, how far back)?
- What reading order should I follow to deliver me to the start of DCU Rebirth?
- Once I arrived at DCU Rebirth, should I expect to be able to read the Superman books as a self-contained series, or will other rebirth titles contain important plot information?