Reborn is a new 6 part series from industry legends Greg Capullo and Mark Millar. To say that this is a powerhouse creative team up would be an understatement. Expectations were predictably high for the sci-fi fantasy epic, and the duo delivered on many levels. Through six issues, we were treated to a simple and straightforward plot, incredible artwork, and a predictable, but satisfying conclusion.
In Media Res
The story starts off quickly, as innocent people are murdered senselessly by a maniac sniper. One of the victims, a middle aged man shot through the chest, awakens in the afterlife. Instead of finding himself in heaven, however, he’s thrown directly into some kind strange conflict in a fantasy world. He’s also changed back into the younger version of himself.
Here’s an awesome 2 page spread by Capullo from issue 1, really showing off his talent.
We meet Bonnie Black, the elderly widow of the old man who had been killed. She is spending her time reflecting on some of the highlights of her life. She suddenly is rushed to the emergency room after suffering from an apparent stroke. Now presumably dead, she is reborn as the younger version of herself. Like her husband, she too is thrown into the middle of a battle.
Without divulging too much of the plot, Bonnie finds her dad, and the pair embark on a crazy fantasy adventure where she is often reacquainted with different parts of her past life, with varying results.
Cats vs Dogs
Here’s her cat, now some psychopath out for revenge because they neutered his whiny ass. I think if Bonnie knew he would end up being such a little bitch, she would have put his ass down.
Here’s her dog, not an asshole, just like real life. Loyal to the afterlife, not like some punkass cat that would literally eat the face of your corpse as soon as you died.
If not for Capullo’s badass depictions of violence, this could have easily been made into a Disney movie. It seems that Millar really allowed him to cut loose with his imagination, and the results are incredible. Millar’s versatility as a story teller really can’t be understated as well. This is the first time that he has written a full on fantasy story, and handled it like a pro.
Imaginings From the Mind of Capullo
Instead of boring you with more critique, I will leave you with some of my favorite shots in the series, from the master Greg Capullo.
Look at this shit. It’s a Lion/Dragon/Griffin thing eating some jabroni on Dumbo whilst surrounded by other dragons. “Shit!” is right buddy, you’re fucked.
Again, Capullo’s imagination and creativity can’t be understated. This actually reminds me of his art for the album cover of Korn’s Follow the Leader.
Apparently that giant dragon-lion isn’t shit next to the fairy queen.
That wraps up my Reborn review. If you are a Millar fan, and you should be if you’re not a complete dumbass, this book is a must-read. I read that there will be a Reborn 2, but I’m not really sure how to feel about that, as this already had a very satisfying ending. I wouldn’t skip anything from either of these guys though.