Reborn by Mark Millar & Greg Capullo | Review


Published on Nov 29, 2017


After the great Huck – our review here – Panini Comics presents the new work of Mark Millar, the ambitious Reborn.

Ambitious not only to the incipit of the story but also because it involves one of the most valued artists of the american scene that is the Greg Capullo that after years of being nailed to Spawn is literally exploded with the arrival in DC Comics, and with the work on Batman during the New 52 in the pair with Scott Snyder.

Reborn tries to give an answer to a questions the lack of man: what is there after death?

Definitely not there are heaven and hell as well as the traditional religions have made us believe, but a new world, Adystria, a realm enchanted, where everyone was born with special abilities and at the height of his life, as happens to the protagonist the lovable octogenarian Bonnie Black, who after a heart attack wakes up five-year-old in the middle of the war that is upsetting this the afterlife: if good people, in fact, lead a peaceful life, the evil people are reborn with a monstrous appearance, and inhabit the Dark Lands are now in turmoil from when the lead arrived Lord Golgotha.

Clearly Bonnie has come to Adystria to put an end to this war, but first it will search of her husband, Harry, killed by a killer insane to the streets of Minneapolis for many years before...

Millar then reads in a key, obviously personal a theme that has found a fertile ground for a variegatissima amount of works in comics, literature and film-television and does so by fusing that taste for the exaggeration which always distinguishes him in a fantasy half-way between the classic Lord of the Rings and some of the production of the animated japanese.

It is clear the style of Millar is the same: dry and essential. It builds very well, with great attention to the action and the coolness of the whole work, but at the moment, to deepen, even in the slightest, cut transversely and accelerates toward the resolution of the plot – for example, the plan of Lord Golgotha, and is given almost for implicit almost until the last chapter.

The difference with other works, as the same as Huck mentioned at the beginning of the review, is that here first of all, the plot holds the sliding in the second part of the story, and where I study, the scottish author really tries to give his vision and substance to the main theme Reborn.

The stage in the Kingdom of the Fairies, for example, reflecting on who throughout his life, he believed in a certain vision of the afterlife, or even in the final chapter, with a twist almost as unexpected, albeit very short, in which the author seems to want to touch the issue of therapeutic obstinacy and testament of biological pur filtered, and functional to the plot.

Furthermore, the protagonist Bonnie is the summa of the great protagonists of positive Millar is not only for the final happy ending but also because its resolution is based on the assumption that it is impossible for those who do not continue to do so puts the good of the most to own.

Literally, monster-the work of Greg Capullo from the point of view of the graph. The style of the designer new york is mature and demonstrates the safety of the stretch, and mastery in the construction of the table, despite playing on the simple joints of verticality and horizontality, is bent in favour of a spectacle and very cinematic already seen on other occasions but here taken to extremes.

The designer also unleashes all his creativity in some of the double splash-page impact, and according to the manner of sure the most action of the story, however, is in the phase of designing the world of Adystria that Capullo really shows all his talents: the character design fits perfectly fusing elements of distinct fantasy with technological elements while the environments are simple but refined and give it that touch of fairy-tale, but likely to the places of this unique afterlife. Of course, with decades of experience behind the monsters, beasts and animals, anthropomorphic, they are rendered in an incredible way and show all the skill of the anatomical of the designer.

The volume is the tried-and-tested hardcover soft touch that makes the Italian edition is certainly prestigious. Timely manner the apparatus of the biographical as well as agile and essential editorial staff. To report a yield of print-perfect for the first few chapters, but it could just be a defect of the copy in our possession, and a few typo too in the phase of the lettering.

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