By Britany Murphy
Reborn #1 comes to us from the mind of Mark Millar and legendary Batman artist, Greg Capullo as they explore the fantasy world of what happens to us after we die.
I picked Reborn #1 up on a whim, without having heard anything on what it was about. Honestly, I just loved the cover art of the dragon- I mean, who doesn’t like a good fantasy book every now and again?
As soon as I got home, I looked up the concept and was blown away. It was not what I was expecting at all! It is typical for us to think about death and what happens to us in the after life, if you believe there is one and even if you don’t. So, the idea of a comic book relating to something that has come to our minds at least once in our lifetime (probably way more than once), was intriguing to say the least.
It is the kind of story where I want to tell you what to look for and talk about what is going on, but I feel like that will keep you from fully experiencing the book yourselves. So, I won’t say too much.
Most of the comic is spent in the here and now, focusing on Bonnie Black. Bonnie is an elderly woman who seems to be okay with the idea of death. She doesn’t believe that there will be anything after she dies. Simply put, it will just be her ending point in life. But, when she finally takes her last breath, she wakes up to something different than what she imagined. She opens her eyes once more and is in a strange world, a younger version of herself with a war raging around her.
At the beginning of the book, it can take a bit to get into it. But as soon as the story takes off, and everything comes full-circle it is worth the wait. Even with everything that was happening, I just kept on reading. It was a lot to take in and to digest, but it just worked. The combination of the great story-telling and the brilliant artwork just keeps the reader inthralled, causing it to be a definite page turner.
Reborn #1 was so different and refreshing. From the story to the artwork, everything about this book was nothing short of amazing. I am looking forward to what Mark Millar has in store for issue #2.