The GeeksverseResurrection Man #1

Resurrection Man #1
Published on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by

Written by: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by: Fernando Dagnino
Colored by: Santi Arcas
Lettered by: Rob Leigh
Cover Art: Ivan Reis w/ Joe Prado & Rod Reis
Assistant Editor: Rex Ogle
Editor: Eddie Berganza

This is probably the title I was most excited about when saw what books were going to make up the New 52. I loved the original series. It was unique, different and really well done. I was even more excited to learn that the original creators/writers would be handling the new title.

After reading it, was I still as excited?

Yes I am. The title has more of a supernatural tone to it then I remember the original being, which came across as more science. DnA do a good job of setting up the basic plot. We meet Mitch, learn that he dies and comes back with new powers, and that when he comes back he’s got a goal that he has to accomplish.

They do a real good job with the goal, because by the end of the issue we’re left with a mystery. Did he accomplish his goal or not? If he did, was all that death the goal? If not, what happens in the bigger scheme of things when he fails?

The antagonist of the issue is also a mystery. The whole issue we see her (it?) as working for the bad side, but a single comment at the end makes us question that. Her actions would undoubtedly be considered bad, but could she be working on the side of the angels? And if so, what side does that mean Mitch is unknowingly on?

The Body Doubles were a nice concept that worked well in the original series and I’m not sure how well they’ll fit into the new supernatural tone, but it was nice to see them. Their brief scene was pretty funny.

Overall the tone is nice. There’s some dark to it and it moves fairly quickly, but DnA do a good job of keeping the reader engaged. There’s a nice mystery being laid out in this series and I can’t wait to read more.

The art by Dagnino is pretty nice. It matches the original work by Butch Guice, not in style, but in tone. Resurrection Man was never a bright title, it was always somewhat dark, and the art and coloring fit that dark and edgy tone. Dagnino could use some work on the storytelling aspects as some panels are fairly jarring. But overall it works pretty good with some interesting layouts.

Resurrection Man #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

I’m glad the series is back and can’t wait to see where DnA take it.

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