Dark Horse and Fred Van Lente are off to a fast, fun start with the Resurrectionists #1. Read on to find out why.

The official description from Dark Horse:

Are you near-death experienced? Framed architect-turned-thief Jericho Way has discovered he’s a Resurrectionist, one of a select group of people who can not only remember their past lives, but become them. Two groups are now after his services; the Sojourn corporation, which wants to exploit his powers for mysterious purposes, and a motley crew of modern-day tomb robbers who have been trying to pull the same impossible heist for 3,000 years – and if Jericho joins them, he may steal back his own future!

Resurrectionists 1The book begins with a full blown action sequence, lead by a bad-ass leader Lena, followed by the inter workings of a museum heist of an ancient scroll which will be the spark that ignites Jericho’s mysterious past. After the heist Jericho’s dreams about an ancient time of a Pharaoh’s crypt maker Toa and his pregnant wife Maya and a rapidly deteriorating situation about their survival at the hands of the Pharaoh’s sergeant and guards.

After Jericho awakes from the dream turned nightmare he knows something is wrong and that this was much more than a dream. Van Lente has the knack to blend seamlessly the two parallel stories without confusing the reader and letting the story unfold naturally without overdoing with unnecessary exposition. He treats the reader with respect and never dumbs down a heady and complex plot.

Maurizio Rosenzweig‘s art is full of life, rich character and flows smoothly from panel to panel. The opening action sequence is bold with sweeping movements throughout. The colors are incredibly well balanced by Moreno Dinisio and maintains fluidity from the current and ancient time frames with consistency and choices in color palettes.

Van Lente starts off on the right foot. Resurrectionists is action packed from the beginning and Van Lente takes what could be an overly complicated story about past lives, those who are just learning about them and those who know how to use them and those who try to stop it, and lets it play out organically rather then playing to the lowest common denominator or making it so complex a reader just might give up. Van Lente also splashes in enough humor and action to ease the reader through the complex maze The Resurrectionists sets up, to make it a thought provoking yet still fun comic all along the way.

  • + Fast start, good action
  • + Rich character style art
  • - Complex story
  • + Well balanced and intelligent

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