Resurrection Man #1 Review
This series was the first one out of all of DC’s ‘New 52’ that interested me. I had never read the original 1990’s series of the same name and the thought of a man who could never truly die, and came back every time with a new superpower interested me greatly. This is the one comic at the moment that I am reading digitally through Comixology, simply because I wish to read it on the day of release and do not have a local comic book shop close to me.
Onto the review and I absolutely love the cover of this debut issue; I think it is really striking, the effect of the rain hammering down is good and having Mitch rising from his grave with a new power is awesome. The artists that created this cover did a really good job, and I look forward to seeing what they can create for subsequent issues.
The story itself is what pulled me into the book, and this issue did not disappoint. We have Mitch resurrecting right from the off and the way Mitch describes this evidently painful process is told very well. His first new power in this issue is Magnetism and he uses it effectively to gain money and to temporarily defeat the villain near the end of the book. As every new power he resurrects with is tied in some way to how he died, it begs the question in what way did he die in order for him to come back with that power? This issue sets up Mitch’s foes which seem to be both Heaven and Hell who want his unique soul; it will be interesting to see how having such big powers stacked against him will play out over the series. One feature that I think will be very interesting and has a lot of potential is the notion that upon resurrection Mitch always has a compulsion to do a certain something and a gut feeling that he can’t ignore. Within this issue this compulsion seems to be to board a plane that is heading for Portland, where he is ultimately attacked. Where these compulsions originate from and whether they will always lead to a conflict or be in any way useful remains to be seen.
The art within this issue is generally of a good standard, although I am aware that some other people have not liked it, I think that it fits the dark tone of the book quite well.
Overall I think that this was a highly successful debut issue; it introduced Mitch well and his enemies and set up an enthralling story that will hopefully run for a long time to come.
Issue Rating – 9/10