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"Resurrection Men #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Resurrection Men 2 Large

Written and lettered by N.S. Paul
Illustrated by R. Donald
2018, 27 Pages

Review:

James Stone has a strange and unusual ability that allows him to bring people back from the dead. He's being manipulated by Camael Kreig and Karl Schrodinger to use these powers on a select few. James is forced into this work as these men are holding his son, Jude hostage. This is just the beginning of his problems as he's starting to hallucinate, seeing his dead wife, Ayda, and a shadow organization begins to close in around him.

Resurrection Men hits with a pretty unique and interesting premise with the first issue. This one expands a bit, although it's pulled in a few too many directions. James is the central figure in the story, but the spotlight is pulled away from him to further establish the doctors. This unlocks some strange doings in their past that lead to some conspiratorial elements in the present.

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This shift is tough as we've become invested in James' story so to suddenly shift so much of the focus away from him loses some momentum. It's important to flesh out the other characters, however we don't need to dig so deep into their backgrounds based on what's going on. Some of this could have been hinted at during conversations as they make James' life a living Hell.

R. Donald's artwork is very reminiscent of Mike Mignola's style in the design for the characters and the overall look and feel of Resurrection Men. There are some areas that appear a little flat or awkward, like a character put into a strange position. This can make them look like a paper doll that has been folded at a weird angle.

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While there's definitely a Mignola feel to the artwork, it has a marked difference in that it's much brighter than what we've come to expect from this style. Shadow is not used all that much, so everything can be seen in the bright light of the day. Some darkness would add a creepy atmosphere to the story which would have a great effect.

There are a number of cool elements at play within Resurrection Men. It's just that they feel a little jumbled at times and unsure of where they might go. There's enough here to keep me interested for subsequent issues as I'm curious as to what the creators will do next.

Grades:

Story: Threestars Resurrection Men 2 Small
Art: Threestars
Overall: Threestars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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