Review: Rebels #1

Dark Horse has been putting out some really great series lately. Coming up on April 8 is a series set in Revolutionary America by Brian Wood and Andrea Mutti.


Brian Wood (W)
Andrea Mutti (A)
Jordie Bellaire (C)
Tula Lotay (Cover)
On sale—4/8/2015

In a rush of great public resistance to an oppressive and excessive government, a homegrown militia movement is formed in rural America. This is not 2015, but 1775. With the war for independence playing out across the colonies, young Seth and Mercy Abbott find their new marriage tested at every turn, as the demands of the frontlines and the home front collide.

This story is a period drama and very refreshing in how unique it is in comics, even non-mainstream comics. For all appearances, it is historically accurate, but I’m not enough of an expert to know of any minute anachronisms. Our lead character is relatable, and we witness his development, realizing it almost before he does. The setting of New Hampshire illustrates the notion that the American Revolution was fought entirely in Boston, Philadelphia and Virginia. It also shows how the British crown viewed the land grants in the colonies, as loans that could be rescinded on a notion, and at gunpoint if need be

rebels1prvThe artwork is very nice, although the variety of clothing is sparse, which is probably my only nit to pick. The storytelling is dead on carrying the suspense of a showdown with British troops. The very beginning has dialogue that is descriptive of visual acuity and Mutti conveys it expertly. The colors by Jordie Bellaire are kept subdued to make the red coats of the British soldiers stand out, which is something middle school History class taught us was something American militia took full advantage of.

This is a series that I look forward to reading the next issue. If you would like to make up your mind yourself, check out the preview we put up earlier.