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Resurrection #1 - #3

Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2008
By: Bryant Frattalone

Marc Guggenheim
David Dumeer
Oni Press
Plot: What happens after an invasion when all the aliens are gone?

Commentary: The reviews for this series boast, "Check this one out,” and “Fans of Battlestar Galactica, Lost and Heroes -- this one if for you!” This is why I shy away from many independent comics. They either claim to be things that are different and groundbreaking which is more often than not just too much hype or they claim to be homages to better material gone before with a twist, as is the case with Resurrection. Sure, there is the presence of the small groups of survivors trying to figure out where they and the world go from here (Lost) while disparate characters form various plot threads that will ultimately converge for the big climax (Heroes). That being said Resurrection doesn’t offer anything that different than what you’d expect. There are the dethroned politicos vying for positions of power in a dangerous new world. Rag tag gangs of those who are just hanging on to whatever it is they have left, however small. There’s a mother wanting to find her son and see him one last time. We have the mysterious, displaced ex-military type who will ultimately be the most heroic of all, as well as the corporate magnate hell-bent on getting something for himself out of this whole mess. Finally, the well-meaning if misguided scientist who hangs on to a hold over from the invasion which is bound to lead to trouble.

What stands out in this series is not the art or special effects or even the various surprises and plot twists but Guggenheim’s grasp of dialogue and character interaction and development. It’s a human tale about humans surviving a literally and figuratively earth shattering experience. They behave as we’d expect them too and it’s all the more moving and shocking because we can identify with each one of these characters on some level. What Guggenheim gives us is not a Sci-Fi space epic or post-apocalyptic horror show but a story of human beings pushed to their limits and what they do afterwards. Do they become better or worse people based on their experiences? What lengths will they go to in their efforts to crawl out of the wreckage and become more than just survivors in a harsh new world? It’s not Sci-Fi for the sake of spectacle. It’s Sci-Fi as an examination of the human condition. On those merits Resurrection is a good read. It is much the same as the first season of Heroes was where the special effects take a back seat to character development and high drama. The blacks and whites and shades of grey presented by David Dummer’s pen illustrate these underlying strengths of the series nicely. I got these issues as freebies so in all honesty I wouldn’t run out to pick up the subsequent issues on my dime. Not because the books are bad, they are not. It has to do with being budget conscious and at $3.50 a pop I’d spend the money on books I buy regularly. However, given the opportunity to read some more of Resurrection I would and if you are interested in human drama against a Sco-Fi backdrop you will enjoy this series too.

Final Word: A solid little story for those who like their science fiction dripping with drama and the human element.



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