Review – Resurrectionists #1 (Dark Horse)

25718Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artists: Maurizio Rosenzweig, Moreno Dinisio
Release Date: 12th November 2014

I am not great with time-travel or past lives kind of stories and this comic, on the surface, looks wa-a-ay complicated for me to get my pretty head around. Actually, I can’t help but point out plot-holes. Zombies? Sure. Vampires? Why not? But a little messing about with time…The Resurrectionists are people who know they have been other in a past life and become them again but they don’t know what they did in a past life. Still with me? Good, because it turns out this comic is pretty good.

Mr Gardner and cohorts plan a heist at the local museum – to steal an Egyptian artifact ‘The Book of the Dead’. While carrying out the heist, the comic takes us back to Ancient Egypt where a Pharoah, Tao and his wife Maya, are betrayed by a usurper. Back to the present and Mr Gardner screams for his wife Maya. He finds he can also read hieroglyphics. Guess who the buyer is for their loot?

Time play aside, this is an interesting take on the traditional heist story but the beginning hints at a lot more. We meet Lena battling her way out of Sojourn – a suspicious corporation. Lena additionally meets and mentions lots of concepts: Jericho Way, The Answerers, The Maker and the idea of being Unlocked. Weirdest and intriguing of all, a Norwegian land grab. Is it a political, anti-establishment kind of story or something more ?This comic is clearly setting up for a bigger-picture and this issue is the perfect introduction to the tale.

Rosenwieg’s art is excellent; dynamic and a touch old school. Chiselled jaws and dark shadows. I especially liked the frames of the museum at night contrasting with the warm glow of Ancient Egypt. There are a lot of close-shot frames emulating the stealth of the heist which are particularly successful.

Let’s go along for the ride – it promises to take us anywhere.

Rating 4/5.

If you want to find out more about this series, check out our exclusive interview with writer Fred Fan Lente where he discusses all things Resurrectionists.

HAZHAVThe Writer of this piece was: Hazel Hay

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