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‘The Resurrected #3:’ Comic Book Review

The Resurrected is an ongoing series set in the near future where science has advanced to the point of ending death and suffering by offering eternal life. As readers learned in the first pages of the series, the cost of this technology was high: the death of 30 million people. In this future-noir series, writer/creator Christian Carnouche critically analyzes the philosophical ramifications of that cost. Additionally, Carnouche draws on the plight of the aboriginal people over the centuries, giving voice to a group of individuals that have had little to no representation in Westernized comics. It is a factor that sets this independent series apart and makes it a worthy read.

Without giving any spoilers, in the third issue, Carnouche continues to explore the clash of tradition and the modern through a good mix of storytelling and action. The lines blur while alliances shift and are redefined as more of the backstory is revealed. Policeman Cain Duluth’s story conveys the personal struggle and offers up to the reader a relatable character as he becomes more aware of and immersed in the intrigue arising from science/technology and secret dealings in the political realm. In this issue, readers will gain additional insight into social discord across the various ethnic sectors of society. In particular, Carnouche sets up a question that the characters wrestle with: Just because something is legal, does it make it morally right? It is a question for readers to ponder, as well.

Artist Crizam Zamora, colorist Salvatore Aiala, and letterer Cardinal Rae have returned for the third issue. The mix of action and panels of dialogue give the visual team flexibility to showcase their skills. Zamora’s panel layouts are varied and fresh, and the five panels that highlight Pem’s backstory hit all of the critical narrative beats. The color palette that Aiala uses in this issue is exceptional, especially with the insurgence of pinks and fuchsia during the café scene and then the greens at the airstrip. Cardinal Rae’s lettering is clean, readable, and balanced; it blends into the rest of the visuals.

Special mention goes out to Zamora and Anna-Maria Chernigovshaya for their cover art for this issue. The composition of elements is positioned well, and the cityscape is intriguing. The nighttime reflects an interesting juxtaposition; the night can cloak a multitude of sins, but in this instance, it can also reveal a dangerous element. Special mention to Erica Schultz for her editing expertise which keeps the story’s momentum progressing forward.  

The Resurrected is published by Carnouche Productions, and regular updates are shared at the website, including page reveals and upcoming convention appearances. This series would appeal to readers who enjoy future-noir crime dramas and/or readers who want content that engages in moral and ethical dialogues arising from technology and a silenced class with little or no social power and representation.

Creative Team: Christian Carnouche (writer/creator), Crizam Zamora (artist), Salvatore Aiala (colorist), Cardinal Rae (letterer), Erica Schultz (editor), Crizam Zamora and Anna-Maria Chernigovshaya (cover art)
Publisher: Carnouche Productions
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Michele Brittany, Fanbase Press Contributor



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