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Resistance #1 Review
March 20th, 2020

I feel like I've witnessed the birth of a universe, which is exactly what Straczynski and the founders of AWA hoped to achieve with this book.

Ignoring (or, rather, trying my best to ignore) the accidental topical coincidence of reading about a fictional pandemic during a real pandemic, this book is gripping. What better way to build a world than to have readers flip open the cover to reveal the capital-W "World" on page 1? Mike Deodato Jr.'s art, while stunning throughout, immediately communicates the scope of what we're dealing with in a giant splash. Coupled with Straczynski's script, I can hear distinct voices from each of the characters as the book bounces between perspectives of what's going on in the following pages.

As spoiled in the solicitation, this book does end with superpowered individuals. However, there are still important details that make the book a worthwhile read, including answers to the main mystery and the setup of a new conflict in the final pages.

If you're looking for something to take your mind off of the coronavirus while in self-isolation, then you should probably wait a couple of months on this book, since it will just freak you out more. However, if you're interested in a genuinely fresh take on the superhero genre, then this comic is a must-read, and hopefully the beginning of an exciting new shared universe from AWA.

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  • gregroyj42

    Nice review.  After reading and loving this I was suprised it was released now.  I am also suprised there has been no uproar over it.  That may because it is a tiny publisher no one cares about, yet but if DC/ Marvel released this book i think they'd be getting killed by the groups that get butt hurt over everything.

    Reply  ·  3 months ago
  • adfellne

    I think there's a combination of factors at play here as to why it still got released.

    Firstly, I'm not sure when these books are shipped, but comic shops receive them generally on Mondays. Things in the States have changed so much since a week ago, when they were likely already packaged. I drive for Uber, and there were lines out the door to every bar in my state Friday and Saturday nights. Restaurants and bars weren't closed until Tuesday, and I think we're one of the earliest states to go that far. I don't think awareness, fear, or even belief has sunk in at a lot of places yet even now.

    Secondly, this isn't the first pandemic apocalypse to happen in fiction (The Stand, The Walking Dead, The Last of Us, etc). The timing is an unfortunate coincidence, but I don't believe it was released to incite fear. It's also about a disease that's obviously far different from coronavirus.

    This also isn't like the radio, which, for example, stopped playing a lot of songs after 9/11 for sensitivity's sake, nor is it as popular of a medium as other forms of entertainment. There will likely be fewer copies purchased of this book than there are people tuned in within the broadcast range of a single urban radio station. Not enough people will consume this book to make it a culturally relevant news topic. In fact, I believe AWA can only hope that it gets talked about in the news. Free advertisement.

    And on that last note, AWA probably can't afford to pull this book with it being a brand new publisher. They're probably just praying that stores are staying open so they can, at the very least, be seen, let alone purchased.

    Reply  ·  3 months ago
  • Highyellow1

    Very good points.

    Reply  ·  3 months ago
  • Wheezy1892
    This was a great first issue, I hope the next 5 continue to be good, I read the print, no ads is that just because its a one? Or is the entire line the same?
    Reply  ·  3 months ago
  • adfellne

    I'm not sure, this is the only AWA book I've read so far. I have their Upshot Now Magazine #1 on hold in my pull, which I'll pick up tomorrow. It's $5 and contains each of the 4 issues AWA has put out so far, just without color. I'm wondering if that's how they'll advertise their work, through monthly mags instead of ads throughout the single issues. I know their next mag contains 2 more #1s and previews of other titles. I appreciate the lack of ads, though. I hate when I'm flipping through a DC comic and see a two pages of panels that turn out to be a Snickers ad, or when I see Empyre propaganda in a Marvel book (though I will say, that's been an imaginative campaign and I like the art for those ads).

    Reply  ·  3 months ago
  • Wheezy1892
    @adfellne thanks for letting me know I wonder how many comics they will put under their banner it would make sense to keep it to few book but it sounds like there is few more in the pipeline.
    Reply  ·  3 months ago
  • Rjepic1
    I can't wait to eventually hopefully be able to pick this up and read it. I'm planning to pick up and try all the titles this company does. It's been great to hear all the good stuff said about the titles.
    Reply  ·  3 months ago
  • Imcubillo

    Been very impressed with all of these titles. This one was interest just with everything going on. 

    Reply  ·  1 week ago
  • fizzmatix

    This was on my radar after so many said it was good. It really doesn't disappoint. This issue has quite a reflection of our current times, though issue two just escalates even further. I can't wait to see where this goes. Along with the companion series.

    Reply  ·  1 week ago
  • Imcubillo

    I didn’t know there was a companion series, which one is it? 

    Reply  ·  1 week ago
  • PKcomic411
    Year One? By Percy.... But I didn't know about it being a companion series.
    Reply  ·  1 week ago
  • fizzmatix

    https://leagueofcomicgeeks.com/comic/2886892/moths-1 They announced it in the back of issue #2.

    Reply  ·  1 week ago