RESURRECTION VOL2 #0-1
Written by Marc Guggenheim and Drawn by Justin Greenwood
Published by Oni Press
What happens after the Earth has fought off the alien invasion? That’s the question at the heart of RESURRECTION, which returns to shelves this week with a second volume of stories and now in color. In volume one, we followed a handful of survivors as they navigated a new landscape of broken infrastructure, alien artifacts, and human brutality. Violence, distrust, betrayal, the machinations of forming a government… Marc Guggenheim delivered plenty of it in his taut, gripping scripts.
Volume two simply takes all of that horror to the next level.
Starting out with issue #0, which was a giveaway on FCBD, we begin to see more of the mystery behind what finally sent the alien threat away from Earth. We’re introduced to Dwight, a man who had been abducted and experimented on by the aliens in the months ahead of their invasion, and the British spook who ultimately is the one person that believes him. But that belief comes at a price, especially when it becomes clear that the agent knows far more than he’s willing to allow anyone to know about the extraterrestrial threat. This story gives you just enough of a hint about the human malice behind RESURRECTION and is an effective draw to get readers to sample the first trade (only six bucks!) and/or volume two.
And volume two gets off to an interesting start. The first few pages of volume one, issue one are re-drawn and re-presented as we open this new series, which is disconcerting for a moment. But that feeling fades as you see the logic behind it; when Sara strikes out on her own in the first volume, she leaves behind the group of people she’s been hiding with. This issue takes up the story of those she parted ways with. And their story is brutal, harrowing, and tragic. Certainly, this series will never qualify as light-reading.
Through the darkness, though, is the book I grew to really enjoy in volume one. RESURRECTION is intelligent comics, keeping your brain active and functioning well within its story logic. In fact, it works better when the shit hits the fan, because in the world of RESURRECTION, logic is the one more things that humans really don’t have left. My only qualm about volume two of this series so far is that I’m not entirely sold on new series artist Justin Greenwood. His work’s a bit stuff and he doesn’t differentiate between the characters as well as you’d like at times. That said, I had the same issue with Dave Dumeer in volume one, and he eventually grew into a far better artist as the series moved forward. Guess we’ll see how it works out this time around.