Posted by: Ken Porter

Review: Resurrection Man #9

Dan Abnett
Andy Lanning
Andres Guinaldo
Jesus Saiz
Christian Alamy
Mark Irwin
John Kalisz
Rob Leigh
Rafael Albuquerque
DC Comics
Release Date: 
May 9th, 2012


Mitch Shelley just can’t catch a break. Not only does he have a couple of hotheaded girls chasing him with machine guns, but now he also has the whole Suicide Squad on his tail. As he wakes up to his newest super powered skill set, he’ll have to fight his way to Amanda Waller’s secret facility in order to rescue the only friend he has in the world right now — assuming she hasn’t already sold him out.

I haven’t been keeping up on this title and I’m really sad that I had forgotten about it. I love the concept of someone being killed, coming back to life and then having a new superpower each time. Shelley has gotten a good grip on his ability, even though it’s unwieldy, and seems to adapt very well no matter what he’s been given. Each issue I’ve read has always entertained me, so I’m going to do my best not to leave this one in the cold again.

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are a great writing duo. This could have been a throwaway action issue, but they added enough character moments to make it fun while also being engaging.

Andres Guinaldo does some great work with Shelley’s newest power, a liquid metal body, and it’s showcased well in each panel. I’m not sure about how I felt about the way Deadshot looked with his helmet off, but that might just be me. I also loved Rafael Albuquerque’s cover for this issue and the last.

This book is definitely for fans of the darker side of the DC Universe. I wouldn’t be surprised if Shelley eventually teamed up with Justice League Dark in the near future. It’s definitely one of the better under the radar titles of The New 52.


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