Publisher: Dark Horse
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Maurizio Rosenzweig
Release Date: 24th December, 2014
I was lucky enough recently to interview Fred Van Lente, the powerhouse behind some of Dark Horse’s most interesting output of the last couple of years. This, the second issue of his new, stand-alone comic continues to pulls us forward with a strong and intriguing narrative, a great premise and some cracking art from (relative) newcomer Rosenzweig. Said premise stems from the line that is emblazoned on the cover and runs through the tale, that, “People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.” Literally, in this case, with people who have the power to become their past lives.
We see the tale, largely, from the perspective of thief Jericho Way, who seems to be re-enacting a heist from 3000 years earlier. Without giving too much away, he and the others around him are beginning to realise that they are in some kind of inescapable cycle; what remains to be seen is if they can make use of their past.
This is where one – or possibly more – of the antagonists come in, as an effective way of showing a fully-aware Resurrectionist’s potential. Here, the art comes into its own, as subtleties of movement, shadowing and eye-design allow us to see how characters mirror their past selves. It’s also worth mentioning the lack of cheesecake: the female characters are feminine, and even stylised (there is after all an Egyptian motif running through this whole saga, and that’s reflected in the character design generally) without reducing them to caricatures.
From the world-building on the back of Egyptian mythology to the potential for the team expanding as we encounter other times, places and characters, this is a really solid start, and a great place (or should that be time?) to get into a great new comic.
The Writer of this piece was: Sam Graven
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