Saturday, March 16, 2024

Comics Review: "REBEL MOON: House of the Bloodaxe #2" is a Family Affair


STORY: Zack Snyder
SCRIPT: Magdalene Visaggio
ART: Clark Bint
COLORS: Francesco Segala with Sabrina Del Grosso (flats)
LETTERS: Andworld Designs Jame
EDITORS: Phoebe Hedges and Calum Collins
COVER: Daniel Warren Johnson
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Francesco Tomaseli; Giannis Milonogiannis; Giuseppe Cafaro with Marco Lesko
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 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, Rebel Moon, and depicts the back story of the characters, siblings Devra and Darrian Bloodaxe.

Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe opens on the planet Shusa.  Its ruler, Lord Shasu, Yisrael of the Bloodaxe family, must deal with a rapidly changing situation.  War looms and Lord Shasu 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.

Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe #2 opens with war looming on the horizon for the planet Shasu.  On Motherworld, a terrorist act has left the entire royal family dead, and the terrorists are said to originate on Shasu.

Though he may be the reluctant ruler of the Bloodaxe family, Lord Shasu struggles to maintain the peace, even as the terrorist act has put Motherworld and the empire in turmoil.  With the focus on the planet Shasu, Lord Shasu's two children, his son, Darrian Bloodaxe, and his daughter, Devra Bloodaxe, have plans of their own about defending the planet.

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 #2 is a recent arrival.

As of this writing, I have not seen Netflix's 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 was an interesting read, and issue #2 is just as interesting.  The art by Clark Bin and the colors by Francesco Segala create riveting graphical storytelling that not only pulls the reader into an interstellar mystery, but also transports readers to a science fiction and space opera milieu that feels inviting.  The art here also recalls the work of the late, great French illustrator, comic book artist and creator, Moebius.  This first two issues of this series are both exotic and visually and graphically different from most American comic books.

Writer Mags Visaggio pulls off the difficult task of establishing the back story and also of introducing the central conflicts and primary dilemma the main characters will face in the present.  This is really good writing, and I look forward to more of it.

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