RESURRECTION VOL2 ISSUES 0,1

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.

Marc Mason

RESURRECTION 2-3

RESURRECTION 2-3
Written by Marc Guggenheim and Drawn by David Dumeer
Published by
Oni Press

When last we left RESURRECTION, Sara and Ben had visited the grave of Sara’s son and continued walking to Washington DC to see if anything was left. Judith McCreary had offered to let her alien captor out of his cage now that his race had abandoned Earth. And the remnants of the government had gathered to try and figured out what to do now that the alien invasion was over and very little infrastructure (not to mention population) was left standing.

Issues two and three build on the series’ strong debut by beginning to put some concrete concepts into play, the primary one being the fate of Washington, DC. Not only are Ben and Sara on their way there, but also the remnants of the government; though what those remnants are tends to be in question just a bit. Even the soldiers following as part of the group are beginning to consider a power play, as the country was technically put under marshal law years ago. However, Ben and Sara’s trip is sidelined by a something they could not have imagined: the world’s smartest and richest man, Norman Tulley, has been injured while exploring a downed alien spacecraft, and Sara, being a nurse, feels a small obligation to help. What they find inside, though, is mind-boggling.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If Marc Guggenheim’s Marvel work was even a tenth as interesting and well-written as RESURRECTION, I’d be able to read it without holding my nose. This is a terrific book, it has a terrific premise, and David Dumeer does standout stuff on the art. It’s clean, has a sense of elegance on the page, and his people feel real. Story-wise, Guggenheim also plays fair on the pacing; you’re paying $3.50 for it, and he works to give you enough story to make it worth the value- no decompression tactics.

Issue three also adds a recap page inside the front cover for new readers, which is smart. In all, this continues to be a satisfying reading experience.

Macr Mason