Published on November 15th, 2016 | by Dana Folkard
REBORN #2 REVIEW
Summary: Millar takes us on a quest through the afterlife, filled with an interesting array of characters and a truly unique story.
An epic adventure begins!
Bonnie has been reborn, like a phoenix who rises out of the ashes. She is young, strong and has a new life ahead of her. It all comes as quite a shock to Bonnie, seeing all of those who she had lost, alive and well around her, whilst at the same time being handed a sword and told that she is the saviour of Adystria. It’s a lot for someone who just died to take in! On top of that, she learns the news that her husband hasn’t been found, which she then decides to embark on a dangerous quest to find him. Will she get back in time to fulfil her destiny and save Adystria?
We begin Reborn #2 in Adystria, taking in all the wonder and beauty of this strange new land along with Bonnie. Naturally being overwhelmed with what has happened, Bonnie grapples with the unbelievable events that have just happened and tries to process the things her dad is telling her. She quickly is informed of the turmoil that the people of Adystria are involved in, as they war with their neighbours from the Dark Lands who have been raiding their territories, led by the ominous sounding Lord Golgotha! The Dark Lands naturally being where all the baddies go when they die and Adystria being the place where all the good guys go. Bonnie is passed a sword, told that they have been waiting for her arrival, as she is the saviour of Adystria! All of this is a lot of information for Bonnie to digest, as she is told why they need her, what needs to be done and then the fact that no one has seen her husband since he passed away. Which begs the question, where could Harry be? A decision is made and Bonnie, her dad and her handsome poochie friend, Roy-Boy, embark on a quest to find Harry. And so the adventure begins!
I’m excited about this already. There is A LOT going on here and you feel a little like Bonnie, trying to take it all in as quickly as you can. This forces you to promptly adapt to the fast pace of the story, which is exciting and naturally gets you wanting a taste for more. There are a lot of characters but I remember all of them, which is thanks to Mark Millar’s effective characterisation. What I found really interesting is that this is only the second issue but you really do get a sense that there is a lot of lore here for us to learn and discover. This world feels well-rounded, developed and like it has a long history and an established culture to it. All of this world-building makes it feel developed and detailed and like a lot of thought has gone into it’s creation. I also really like the dynamic between Bonnie and her dad. It feels genuine and like a loving father-daughter relationship. You really get the sense that they understand each other, the kind of understanding that only people who know each other well really have. Again, this all comes together to make this world and the people in it feel real and relatable.
Greg Capullo’s art is just lovely to look at. He has created beautiful landscapes, epic cities and a varied collection of intriguing and dynamic characters. The sci-fi fantasy combination makes for an impressive and diverse visual feast. I really love the variety of creatures and landscapes that we have already seen and we have also gotten a glimpse of some interesting vehicles and tech on the background. It’s refreshing to see such a unique take on a new type of fantasy setting. Capullo has flexed his artistic muscle and given us something different and interesting and I’m really looking forward to seeing what else he has created for this world. He also draws such lovely and expression filled faces. You really get a sense of emotion when looking at Bonnie’s face, as she looks like a child, filled with awe and wonderment at this amazing and sparkly new world. Colourist, FCO Plascencia, brings a colour palette that suits this fantasy setting. Lovely vivid colours makes Adystria alive and vibrant, with the contrast of muted and a gloomy colour palette for the Dark Lands. Plascencia has also heightened the mystical and magic-filled scenes in this issue by using an almost luminescent palette. The light in the faerie kingdom is radiant and it appears to glow and sparkle. Just how you’d picture a faerie kingdom to be.
Reborn #2 has me intrigued. I think it’s a really cool concept and I just love the sci-fi fantasy setting. I want to go explore this world with Bonnie and her dad and go on an adventure with them both. I’m looking forward to seeing where this story is going and how it’s going to develop and unfold. Seriously, do yourself a favour and grab as copy ASAP!
I’m giving this issue 5 out of 5 stars!
Title: Reborn #2
Publisher: Image Comics
Creative Team: Mark Millar, Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia, Jonathan Glapion.
Reviewer: Dana Folkard