This week I decided to give Resurrection Man another try. I found the debut issue to be pretty good, but the following two not so much.
The concept really appeals to me as I feel there is so much that can be done with it. Mitch Shelley is a man who cannot die, a man who comes back each time with a different power only to keep fighting the good fight. However, what we got with the initial issues was a bunch of TnA, which I felt really didn't belong in a book such as this.
Now, after a lay off for four issues, I am sorry to say I am just as let down with Resurrection Man #6.
The gist of the story is that Shelley gets admitted to Arkaham Asylum, and as he attempts to tell the Doctors his story of death and rebirth, they drug him so he doesn't commit suicide. Well, they must have missed a dose, because Shelley ends up getting into a fight, which gets him sent with the really "bad" prisoners. And guess what? These prisoners attempt to break out of Arkham.
Does every story that has to do with Arkham have to do with escaping the Asylum??
Well, Shelley ends up getting his death wish and transforms into a Shelley-Hulk to take down the escaping inmates as well as "Sumo."
Overall the story felt really flat, as if nothing really progressed; it felt like it was just going through the motions. I think my expectations for a "Resurrection Man" are more in line with Jeff Lemire's Animal Man and Scott Snyder's Swamp Thing: a dark and twisted, more horror oriented title.
Ditch the TnA, ditch the appearances by Deathstroke, and if you ask me - the next time Mitch Shelley gets reborn, ditch The Edge and welcome The Dark!