Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Mark Millar
Pencils, Cover: Greg Capullo
Inks: Jonathan Glapion
Colours: Fco Plascencia
Lettering: Nate Piekos
Variant cover 1: Ryan Ottley
Variant cover 2: Kaare Andrews
Under this quirky cover (or any of the variants, obviously) hides the second issue of Reborn, Mark Millar’s brand new series.
In issue #1 we had seen the victims of a shooter being… well, reborn as soldiers in a war between armies that include fantastic creatures (giants, orcs… all the trimmings). Bonnie, the wife of one of said victims, is now an elderly woman in a care home – where she dies only to return as a much younger woman on a battlefield, in Adystria. Her long-deceased father saves her from a dragon attack, then some orcs run from her calling her the “Protector”.
Issue #2 opens with a brief explanation – or rather, with the clarification that what happens is unclear to everyone: people are just reborn, apparently at a random age. We also find out that Bonnie seems to be destined to save everyone, although she doesn’t know from what they need saving. But Tom, her father, explains: the place where they are is some kind of heaven, where good people (and their pets, who become huge) go after death, and it’s being threatened by the inhabitants of the place where bad people go.
Up until now, Reborn seems to be a light-hearted, fantasy series with interesting characters and a good starting point – but we know that from Mark Millar we can expect pretty much anything. And we’ll probably get it.
The art is absolutely outstanding, with many hints of the best Todd McFarlane (who had personally picked Capullo to succeed him on Spawn after all) but without being an empty clone. It loans credibility to a series that already seems on its way to greatness.
Reborn looks like a series that will give the reader a great experience. After two issues it already is extremely interesting, although it’s clear that there is still a lot to be discovered.