Review: Resurrection Man, by Dan Abnett

Resurrection ManResurrection Man by Dan Abnett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Holy 90s Batman! (he also makes an appearance here)

Mitch is a guy who lives rough on the streets, and the first exposure we have to him is his dying after saving some kids from a drive-by.
As things progress, we get moments where he has flashes of what appear to be his past, which we will soon catch up with as readers.
However, what’s cool here, is that Mitch cannot stay dead. He is literally a Resurrection Man. On top of that, every time he dies he is resurrected with new powers (telekinesis, super strength, empathic powers, shapechanging).

This gives the series unlimited potential, and for the first run, where we see him coming in from homelessness through the help of others, to him recalling who he was before he lost his memory, and going to confront that past.

The concepts are strong, the ideas are great, and the wandering stranger, when done well, is superb.
However…by about the halfway point, it seems like Abnett got lazy, or got a different editor who wanted a changed focus for the series…at this point it sorta got silly.

Throw into the mix, crossovers with the JLA, Batman, and Garth Ennis’ Hitman, and you’ve got prime 90s DC gold. When you add in the main villain who’s the Yang to Mitch’s Yin, things get weird.

I like this, and I wanted to like it even more, but the 90s art gets laughable at points, and it feels like phoned-in efforts for the 2nd half of this collection.

This was rebooted for New 52, but only lasted about 12 issues.

I give this collection a solid: 90s


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I'm a lover of pop-culture, from movies to music to books to TV shows to well...comics, and just about everything in between. I'm also a history buff, and spent 4 yrs getting a fancy BA in it. When I was at said University, I got my learn on AND spent all my money on CDs and VHS (yup, I'm THAT old.) However, I'm happy to discuss any topic really, as I love a good debate or just to be proven right. I'm Canadian, so I wear shorts and flip flops 9 months of the year, but no, I am NOT fanatical about hockey (I actually prefer baseball, thank my American father for that!). I love the outdoors, but don't get out enough... I've got a sick twisted sense of humour (hence why I'm friends with these Shallow folks) and believe that laughter is the best medicine...except penicillin...cause laughter won't cure the clap.

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