Resurrectionists #1 is one part heist and one part Hindu rebirth. Except, there is a catch: the past can see into the present and the present can remember the past. The premise is set up for a grand adventure. Is it good?
Resurrectionists #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
One of the first things many a reader will see when flipping open the first pages of their comic is a summary of past events that have occurred in previous issues. These summaries are good for refreshing the memory, but writer Fred Van Lente opens it up with a quote from James A. Baldwin to set the tone for this new series. “People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.” The story of Resurrectionists #1 paints a vivid picture of what this really means.
There is a huge teaser on the first page introducing the two main protagonists of the first book, but also hinting at other potential past and future lives. The first page itself opens up a huge potential for a ton of stories.
Moving away from the opening page, artist Maurizio Rosenzweig puts the reader right into the action showcasing the power of the Resurrectionists and their ability to harness their past lives. The page consists of four panels beginning with Lena, the Resurrectionist, lunging towards a group of adversaries. The next three panels take Lena and replace her with her ancestors from a Native American warrior wielding a tomahawk to a Barbarian figure smashing faces in with a giant club to an Asian martial artist throwing powerful kicks.
Leaving Lena, Fred Van Lente introduces one of the main protagonists, Jericho Way, as he cases a mark. One stand-out point upon introducing the mark is a description of the mark as well as the value and who the client is. Following the introduction of Jericho’s character, Van Lente moves onto his past life, Tao, the Maker. Van Lente does a good job of creating amazing connections between Jericho and Tao. It is really interesting how the two interact with each other: one through visions from his God, the other with memory-like dreams.
The two also have their own problems with their bosses. A discussion among Jericho’s employers does become a little confusing and could have been easily solved with a better speech bubble placement by Nate Piekos. Tao’s troubles with his employers take a drastic turn for the worse, and Van Lente and Rosenzweig combine to create a truly emotional sequence delving into Tao’s psyche. The page is horrifyingly beautiful and Moreno Dinisio’s use of reds, blacks, and greens really stand apart from each other and enhance the emotional duress Tao is experiencing.
Is It Good?
Resurrectionists #1 sets the groundwork for a unique premise combining past-lives and thievery. Fred Van Lente crafts intriguing characters who have experienced strong emotional punches. Maurizio Rosenzweig’s artwork truly captures the emotions of Van Lente’s characters and is able to portray the power of the Resurrectionists to great effect. Moreno Dinisio’s colors highlight the emotions and give the story a general dark and mysteriously foreboding feeling. There were a couple mishaps with the placement of some speech bubbles which forced a double-take to figure out how the dialogue flowed.