Review – Reborn #1 (Image Comics)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Greg Capullo
Release Date: 12th October, 2016
Reborn is the much anticipated Millarworld collaboration between writer Mark Millar and artist Greg Capullo, published by Image Comics. Apart from a few preview sketches and lots of excitement spread on Twitter by both parties, the story for this new comic series has been kept fairly quiet. Greg Capullo took a break from drawing Batman to do the art for Reborn, so fans have been keen to see what he has been up to.
Millar and Capullo make the perfect team, with the writing style of Millar and fantastic art by Capullo gelling well together. The first issue of Reborn also comes with multiple variant covers from top artists from around the world, including big names like Todd Macfarlane, Jock and Frank Cho.
The comic starts with a shocking opening that pulls you into the story straight away. A sniper is on the loose in Minneapolis, but who is this sniper and what is going on? As the story progresses we find out. The basis of the plot is a fairly simply question – when we die, where do we go? At the start of the issue we see the protagonist, Bonnie Black, as an elderly lady pondering exactly that. However, in this imaginative story, the answer is not simply “Heaven” or “Hell”. Instead, we are Reborn.
Millar’s script gives us an insight into the suffering that Bonnie has endured in her life, as well as providing flashbacks to fonder memories. We get to see the sort of person Bonnie is, before she passes away and is ‘Reborn’. Bonnie re-emerges as a young lady thrust into battle in a futuristic setting that is drawn beautifully by Greg. There are flying dragons, spaceships and an immense amount of artistic detail that adds to the beauty of this comic. However, at the end of the issue the reader is left just as confused as Bonnie as to what exactly is going on, and what will happen next.
While it is unclear how this story will progress, the first issue has definitely left me wanting to find out more and looking forward to the next issue. Reborn is set to be a massive eighteen-issue story arc, and like many of Mark’s other popular comics, is already set to be made into a blockbuster movie.
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