Friday, January 12, 2024

Comics Review: "REBEL MOON: House of the Bloodaxe #1" Has a Heavy Metal Vibe


STORY: Zack Snyder
SCRIPT: Magdalene Visaggio
ART: Clark Bint
COLORS: Francesco Segala with Sabrina Del Grosso (flats)
LETTERS: Andworld Design's Jame
EDITORS: Phoebe Hedges and Calum Collins
COVER: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Rafael Albuquerque; Baldemar Rivas; Andrea Olimieri; Federico Bertoni; Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 2024); on sale Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Suggested for mature readers

Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire is epic space opera film directed by Zack Snyder.  It is written by Kurt Johnstad and Shay Hatten and is based on a story conceived by Snyder.  Rebel Moon is set in a galaxy that is ruled by the imperialistic “Motherworld,” whose military, “the Imperium,” threatens a farming colony on the moon of “Veldt.”  Kora, a former Imperium soldier, goes on a quest to recruit warriors from across the galaxy to make a stand against the Imperium before they return to Veldt.

Titan Comics is producing a Rebel Moon comic book miniseries, Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe, that acts as a prequel to A Child of Fire.  It is written by Magdalene Visaggio from a story by Zack Snyder; drawn by Clark Bint; colored by Francesco Segala; and lettered by Jame.  House of the Bloodaxe is set five years before the events of the film, Revel Moon, and depicts the back story of the characters, siblings Devra and Darrian Bloodaxe.

Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe #1 opens on the planet Shusa, some 30 years before the main story.  This is the tale of how the future Lord Shusa, Yisrael, met his future wife, Amirami.  In the present, this day is the funeral of Amirami, and rather than grief his wife, the present Lord Shasu must deal with the rapidly changing present.

War is looming on the horizon for the planet Shasu.  Though he may be the reluctant ruler of the Bloodaxe family, Yisrael, must find balance in the conflict between living up to his father’s domineering legacy and maintaining the peace.  However, a terrorist act has put Motherworld and the empire in turmoil, and, for now, the focus will be on the planet Shasu.

How will this change the lives of the Lord Shasu's two children by Amirami, his son, Darrian Bloodaxe, and his daughter, Devra Bloodaxe?

THE LOWDOWN:  Titan Comics has been providing me with PDF copies of their publications for review for several years now.  Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe #1 is a recent arrival.

I have not seen Netflix's first of two Rebel Moon movies, but I hope to do so in the near future.  Rebel Moon has been a much anticipated film since its announcement at least two years ago.

Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe #1 is an interesting comic book.  For one, the art by Clark Bin and the colors by Francesco Segala recall the art of the late, great French illustrator, comic book artist and creator, Moebius.  Looking at that comic book reminds me of looking at the first issues of the American science fiction and fantasy comics magazine, Heavy Metal.  This first issue is both exotic and visually and graphically different from most American comic books.

The script by Mags Visaggio has a difficult job.  It must establish the back story while introducing the central conflict and primary dilemma the main characters will face.  And, for the most part, Visaggio's script pulls it off.  I'm ready to read more of the miniseries.

Readers looking for space opera science fiction comic books may find something or even quite a bit to like about Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe #1.  I feel safe in saying that fans of Titan Comics' sci-fi titles give this a try.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:   Fans of Rebel Moon the film may want to try at least the first issue of Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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