Friday, November 24, 2017
Review: REBORN #1
IMAGE COMICS – @ImageComics
[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]
WRITER: Mark Millar – @mrmarkmillar
PENCILS: Greg Capullo
INKS: Jonathan Glapion
COLORS: FCO Plascencia
LETTERS: Nate Piekos of Blambot
COVER: Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion with FCO Plascencia
VARIANT COVERS: Greg Capullo; Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion with FCO Plascencia; Jock; Frank Cho with Laura Martin; John Cassady with Paul Mounts; Todd McFarlane with FCO Plascencia
28pp, Color, $3.50 U.S. (November 2015)
Rated M / Mature
Reborn is a new comic book miniseries from Mark Millar and Greg Capullo. An action-fantasy, Reborn is set in a world where people go to fight for survival... after they die! Reborn is written by Millar; drawn by Capullo (pencils) and Jonathan Glapion (inks); colored by FCO Plascencia; and lettered by Nate Piekos.
Reborn #1 opens in Minneapolis, 2002, the scene of a tragedy. In 2016, we meet Bonnie Black, a 78-year-old woman intimately connected to that tragedy. She believes that she is very close to the end of her life, and that death will come like a light being switched off. But there is another life waiting for her, and that life may not be lived in Heaven or Hell.
For me, Mark Millar's creator-owned miniseries are hit (Kick-Ass, Empress) or miss (Huck). So far, I think Reborn is leaning towards hit. Its central conceit – that people go somewhere after death where their past (the good, the bad, and the ugly) await them – is creepy, but intriguing. I am sure that Millar has even crazier stuff to reveal beyond Reborn #1, so I am ready for more.
Artist Greg Capullo is good in his first substantial post-New 52 Batman work. So he can draw something other than Batman! He mixes real-world-styled compositions with video game faux-reality with ease, but his storytelling in the fantasy world is a bit muddled. That can be fixed in future issues, which I intend to read... and maybe tell you about.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux
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