"The Resurrected #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Carnouche Productions
Written by Christian Carnouche
Illustrated by Crizam Zamora
Colored by Salvatore Aiala
2018, 32 Pages
In the near future, a terrorist attack decimates Australia, leaving it a husk of its former self. Nanobots from the Drexler Nanotech Corporation were to blame. Five years later, over in the United States, on the small island of Nova Lucis, Cain Duluth, an Australian native whose wife was at ground zero for the attack, is working a bizarre case involving a man who has come back to life.
There are a number of cool concepts at work in The Resurrected. This includes the nanobots, the possibly corrupt Drexlor, the idea that people can be brought back to life, and this murder case. They just don't quite come together to form a cohesive story. The tale makes a number of leaps and doesn't fill in the gaps, leaving a path of confusion and questions.
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Take the terrorist attack for example. Cain provides a very topline explanation for what happened, but that doesn't provide a ton of information. I'd love to unpack that more. Perhaps that will come in future issues. We also don't really know what happened to Cain's family. It's strongly implied that his wife is dead, however he makes a point to say he's still very much married when his partner tries to set him up with another woman. Is she stuck in Australia? Is Cain just holding out hope?
There are several mentions of the Aboriginal people of Australia and this seems to be very important to the story, but it's not clear why just yet. I have little to no experience with this culture or its folklore, so I'm interested to see how this will play out and how writer Christian Carnouche will weave it into the already complex story.
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Artist Crizam Zamora does a great job with the futuristic elements within The Resurrected. The comic starts in 2032 and there are some crazy sci-fi cars and very cool holographic screens used for communication. With the advancements we've had in the past fifteen years, this stuff is not that far off. Cain is seeing and speaking to his wife through one of these screens while he's half a world away. He watches as explosions start to rock her lab, powerless to do anything to stop it. This quickly establishes Cain and his emotional trauma.
While these aspects are well done, some of the character artwork falls short. The people are often placed in awkward or unnatural positions, like they don't know what to do with their arms. I can certainly relate to that. Some of their facial expressions look a little off, like they're smiling too wide or their eyes are just a little too large.
There's definitely a good story in The Resurrected. It's just not totally together just yet. All of the different sci-fi elements look cool, but there are some large gaps between them. I'm curious as to how these dots will be connected and there's enough here to pique someone's interest.