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“These asides have been just as good or better than the main storyline. Great narrative from a fascinating time in history.”
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by Brian Wood, Andrea Mutti & Jordie Bellaire
Okay, listen. It’s not like I’m going out of my way to do this. I didn’t wake up this morning with this in mind. It just happened. Nothing I can do about it. Trust me, I tried. Before setting down to type this review I talked to Patrick and Dean, explaining my problem: “My favorite book so far is actually Rebels. I just don’t want to be known as the guy who always picks Brian Wood though.” Maybe they won’t notice. I mean sure, last month I chose Starve, but maybe the newbies here (of which I’m sure we must have somewhere) won’t remember anything prior. For those of you who are paying attention and do see the trend, Shhh…
Honestly, I’ve wanted to make Rebels my pick for a long, long time. I wanted to love it as I’ve loved many of Wood’s previous series, but I’ve only ever found myself really liking it. Does that make sense? Do you follow me? Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Rebels #6
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A Dream of You and Me. Future Islands. Singles, 2014.
by Brian Wood & Andrea Mutti
Brian Wood’s career took a completely different direction in 2011 after he left DC comics. From being a creator where the majority of his output was in the creator owned space, Wood branched out with Dark Horse & Marvel doing several X-Men related books, Star Wars, Conan The Barbarian & Moon Knight in addition to a few select creator owned series. But in 2015 it looks like the writer is returning to his comfort zone with a series of creator owned titles scheduled for release this year, including this weeks excellent debut of his new revolutionary war book, Rebels. Wood has made note of how the revolutionary war has been distorted as of late by political discourse in expense of it’s historical significance, but looking beyond the political implications what’s always been the most fascinating aspect of that time period was the people, the boots on the ground, the men and women fighting for sovereignty from an empire; it’s why the Last Of The Mohicans film is beloved while John Adams miniseries is forgotten. Rebels does a fantastic job of capturing that, of making the reader feel the tension and the stakes of the moment. It’s a story about a young man who grows up in the New Hampshire colonial militia culture at a time when the settlers were revolting against the British occupation over issues of taxation. Illustrator Andrea Mutti does wonderfully lush visual storytelling with the aide of coloring rock star Jordie Bellaire that captures the atmosphere while keeping the stories pace and establishing it’s dynamic. It’s the rare historical book that manages to capture the grittier elements that are typically white washed in most fictional historical stories, the part’s about how it was an actual war that had brutal consequences for all the people involved, the price that was paid for the glory of liberty. Wood & Mutti’s first issue of Rebels understands that and it works in putting the reader there. In it’s debut issue, it surpasses it’s hype and shows a new perspective on a well worn torn topic. As insightful as it is entertaining, as humanist as it is thrilling, Rebels hit’s all it’s notes concisely and with strength as the debut works in almost every way.