The Resurrected: Comic Book (Trade Paperback) Review
Writer & Creator: Christian Carnouche
Art: Crizam Zamora
Colours: Salvatore Aiala
Letters: Cardinal Rae
Editor: Erica Schultz
Collection Cover: Tula Lotay
Produced by: Michael Hill, Nema Alexander, Feroz Nazir, Maximillian Crum
Interior Covers: Crizian Zamora, Anna Maria Cheringoushaya
It’s the Resurrection…
Brought together in this stunningly covered trade paperback, issues 1-5 of The Resurrected take us on a journey into a dystopian future alongside cop Cain Duluth. After losing his family in a nano-bot terror attack, Cain is on a mission to get to the bottom of the tragedy that tore apart his life. It turns out that he and his partner, Aki, will find out more than they bargained for…
I come from a land Down Under
The Resurrected brings together two of my favourite things: boss action sequences and incisive social commentary. Cain Duluth must address and reconcile his issues with his Aboriginal identity and heritage – a struggle that is particularly salient in the political climate of the world today. Handled deftly and sensitively, The Resurrected affords us the chance to examine these difficult social and political issues in a thoughtful and artistic way. Although we’re reading about a world decades into the future, the issues spotlighted throughout the series could very well be taking place right here, right now.
The transitions between break-neck action and poignant flashbacks maintain an energetic pace that you never want to let up. You forget that you are reading five separate issues, so well does the story flow. In fact, I burned through the entire thing on comparatively short train journey.
It might be my background talking, but something that really grips me about The Resurrected is the lyrical use of language and dialect. For example, the clipped and formal use of French sits in a perfect contrast to the casual Australian twang elsewhere in the writing. However, even in the quiet moments between panels and gunfire, you can still feel the dusty heat of the Outback around you. You never forget where you are. What may seem a minor detail is in fact a vital one. As a result of this linguistic magic, we as readers are firmly anchored right where we should be: smack bang in the middle of Cain’s ancestral narrative. Bonzer.
The Resurrected provides a damning and dystopian look at real-world issues without being heavy handed. Instead, we have fully developed characters with sometime questionable but always understandable motivations. This is a considered and slick comic book, and once you start reading, you won’t want to stop.