Published on June 7th, 2017 | by Dana Folkard
REBORN #6 REVIEW
Summary: An epic conclusion that is both engaging and though-provoking.
Intense and compelling!
The action-packed finale to Mark Millar and Greg Capullo’s Reborn is finally here, and it sure does pack a punch! The time has come for Bonnie to face the vile despot, Lord Golgotha, as she attempts to save Harry and Adystria from being consumed by darkness. Will Bonnie fulfill her destiny and become the Saviour of Adystria?
This issue kicks off exploring the rebirth of The Black Messiah, a.k.a. Lord Golgotha. This hate-filled abomination lived his life on Earth wreaking havoc and terrorising innocent people, and since his rebirth has been an unstoppable force, growing and spreading his darkness without anyone standing in his way…that is until the arrival of Bonnie, The Saviour of Adystria! Heads held high, without a single trace of fear, Bonnie and her father walk back into the Dark Lands, so that they may save Harry and put a stop to Lord Golgotha and his plans to invade Earth. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for, Bonnie and Golgotha, face to face with nothing but a few inches and air between them. The battle kicks off with the mighty dragon, Arimathea, diving through the clouds towards them, like some kind of lion-headed torpedo and bringer of doom. With the odds massively stacked against them, how will Bonnie and her father fight and defeat Lord Golgotha and his horde of heavily armed and bloodthirsty goblin warriors?
Well this was an intense, action-packed and thought-provoking finale of Reborn! I thoroughly enjoyed this conclusion and thought that Mark Millar did a wonderful job at delivering a satisfying and tidy ending. I was curious to see how Millar would handle Bonnie and Golgotha’s showdown, and I’m happy to say that it was both exhilarating and clever. Millar addressed some interesting ideas and concepts writing Reborn and it was nice to see him expand on these ideas, exploring the parallels of Earth and the afterlife, and how actions can influence both these worlds. I’ve also enjoyed seeing Bonnie grow throughout this series, with each issue revealing more about her character and the type of person she is. Selfless, heroic and noble, Bonnie is the embodiment of loyalty and love, and I guess that this is why she inspires those around her, and why they are willing to follow her into the gates of hell. Never before has Bonnie been more worthy of the title that was bestowed upon her, and it feels like she finally has become the person she was destined to be.
Greg Capullo’s art is vibrant and full of energy. Each scene is engaging and filled with epic action sequences, compelling imagery and tender moments. I thoroughly enjoyed the chaos of the combat scenes, filled with menacing hordes of diseased creatures and brutal, bloodthirsty monsters. I also enjoy how Capullo frames certain scenes, giving an unusual and interesting perspective to a variety of moments. It makes the overall visual narrative more compelling, as it creates a curious viewpoint from which to experience these moments. I should also mention Capullo’s natural ability at capturing the emotions of these characters. In such an emotion-filled issue, it was lovely to see and experience everything that Bonnie and her father were feeling. The colouring, by FCO Plascencia, and inking, by Jonathan Glapion helps to heighten the overall mood and emotional tone of the story. They also helped to create a wonderful sense of light and reflection, that gives this world a sense of realism. I really enjoyed the vibrant pops of colour that stood out in the dark and muted tones of the Dark Lands. The Faerie Queen was so wonderful and vivid, sparkling with a luminescent glow that looked magical. I just loved how she stood out on the page as a beacon of light shining through the darkness.
Overall, I have loved everything about Reborn. This is a story that continued to grow and deliver something new with each issue. The conclusion to this story arc was well thought-out, clever and satisfying. Combining clever character development, an interesting concept and stunning art, this is one story that will appeal to all sorts of people, seeking an intelligent and enjoyable piece of escapism. Whilst I’m sad to see the end of this story, I’m excited to see where the next adventure will take us and where Reborn will go from here.
I’m giving this issue 5 out of 5 stars!
CREATIVE TEAM: Mark Millar, Greg Capullo FCO Plascencia and Jonathan Glapion.
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PUBLICATION DATE: June 7, 2017
REVIEWER: Dana Folkard