Posted by:
Chris Bushley

Review: Resurrection Man #1 (DnA & Dagnino)


DnA bring their creation from the nineties literally back from the dead in the pages of Resurrection Man #1!

Is it just me or has DC really amped up the focus on non-mainstream characters with their New 52 books? Not that I am complaining, I love the fact that the DCnU has tapped into the well of dark waters to bring some much needed diversity to their rotation of tights wearing heroes. Specifically this week, the second of the new regime, where Vertigo-esque stories seem to have run rampant on the shelves. Don't believe me? Wait until you get a copy of Resurrection Man!

DnA revive their character of Mitch Shelley, a man that literally cannot stay buried! Every time Mitch dies he is brought back with not only a gnawing purpose to accomplish a task, but he can also wield a power he never had before. The only trouble with this is that after all these years, and all these deaths, Heaven and Hell see his soul as an ultimate, unattainable prize. One that must be claimed by one of them at all costs.

DnA have created a book that relies on both subtly and lavishness to entomb the reader in the shadowy world of Mitch Shelley. From the moment Mitch "awakens" you are drawn to him, a character whose inner monolog makes you feel as if you have known him for years. A character that is so different from what you would normally expect from a DC book, and yet, solidifies the fact that this is exactly what you should expect from the DCnU. Something dark, but personal enough that you are enthralled with the tale all the way through the shadows and come out a fan at the other end. This is the best book DnA have turned out in awhile, and it is well worth your time and money to see how outstanding of a tale it is.

Fans of the original Resurrection Man will be blown away at the caliber of a tale they will hold in their hands. Fans of Hellblazer and other Vertigo books will be ecstatic that they can read engrossing, edgier tales in the same world where heroes can fly. And all comic fans will rejoice that another book in the DCnU has set the bar high for what is to follow. Even though it may be called the "Dark Edge," the future looks mighty bright for The New 52!