|Covers by Kalman Andrasofszky|
RATING 3.9 out of 5
Let me tell you...I didn't know a thing about REBELS until I bought Issue 10, now it will be hard for me to ever give it up. The writer Tony Bedard has found his niche and delivers a excellent romp with a wide cast of characters. He is also able to give a dialogue for each character that is all their own.
What is R.E.B.E.L.S.? Revolutionary Elite Brigade to Eradicate L.E.G.I.O.N. Supremacy
"Eh?" was my first reaction too.
The main character in the R.E.B.E.L.S. series, is Vril Dox, who is a clone/son of Brainiac, who is a big bad guy in the DC universe. Vril Dox leads L.E.G.I.O.N., a group that is basically "Hero's for Hire." If the price is right, they'll help. Some of the crew actually are there just to keep a eye on Vril Dox, others... because of promises that Vril Dox may, or may not, make good.
Another great thing about this particular TPB, is that it gives a blurb at the beginning of issue 10 that brings you up to date on what is going on. Also, something I like, is it has the tags on a character when they first appear in a issue, telling their name, their power, and what world they are from.
These issues are not all-in-one issues, but the trade paperback, REBELS: The Son and The Stars can be read as a all-in-one and has a complete storyline. If you are buying the separate issues, I would say you would have to buy all 5 issues to get the complete story.
Issue 10 starts a crossover with the big mega storyline that DC was producing at that time, Blackest Night. Don't worry, Tony puts a short explanation in the dialogue about Blackest Night.
For Bedard's storyline, he had the deceased mother of Vril Dox's only child come back to life. When she was alive...they didn't get along. So as a dead zombie trying to rip Vril's heart out, she had more
than few ...extra last words from the grave.
Vril Dox was more then ready to accept the Yellow Lantern ring of fear, when it came knocking, but to find out why he lost it you'll just have to buy the TPB.
In the storyline we also find out that his son. Lyrl Dox/Brainiac 3, had a thirst for the domination of the universe, and he wishes to get back at his father for thwarting his plans, so he sides with Starro The Conqueror (Bedard also gives you brief info on Starro's background).
I love the interaction between the egos of Virl and Lyrl, plus all the other egos that are tossed in the mix. I would say that this is a really fun storyline and well worth the money for the trade paperback, you might even find yourself hooked on Vril Dox and needing another fix of R.E.B.E.L.S.
R.E.B.E.L.S. : The Son and The Stars
Writer for all issues: Tony Bedard
Issue 10: Artist: Andy Clarke
Issue 11: Penciller: Claude St Aubin, Inker: Scott Hanna
Issue 12: Penciller: Geraldo Borges, Inker: Scott hanna
Isue 13 and 14: Penciller: Claude St. Aubin, Inker: Scott Hanna
For all issues:Colorist Jose Villarrubia,Letterer: Swands, ass Editor: Rex Ogle, Editor: Brian Cunningham
Publisher: DC Comics
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