Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: THE RESISTANCE #2 – It’s Hard to Resist!
The Resistance #2
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Mike Deodato
Cover Artist: Rahzzah
Publisher: AWA Studios
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Oh, hey, Mom. I’m getting ready to do another review for Outright Geekery. Which one? I’m reviewing The Resistance #2 from AWA (Artists, Writers, & Artisans, Inc.). No, it’s not about a man resisting to move out of his Mom’s basement. Ha, ha, very funny. It’s about a global pandemic and what happens afterwards, but in classic comic book style. What do you mean you’ve already seen it? It hasn’t been released yet. No, Mom, this isn’t what you’ve been seeing on the news every night for the past few months. No, it isn’t! Geesh! Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
I have three words for you. J. Michael. Straczynski. Okay, that first one is a letter, but when you say it out loud it sounds like a word. This man has penned some classics in his day. Those classics include Babylon 5, some amazing Spider-man story arcs, Superman: Earth One, and many more that will stand the test of time in comic book lore. And with The Resistance #2, it’s starting to give off a subtle reminder of another one of his past hit series: Rising Stars. When I know he’s writing something, I will always give it a chance. He is one of the best writers in the business. For me, J. Michael Straczynski always seems to bring his absolute in his stories. I truly believe he’s writing the best story arc of his career, and that’s saying a lot.
In the previous issue, The Resistance #1, we learn about a global pandemic and how a virus has destroyed millions of lives. Top notch scientists are struggling to find a cure for a virus that seemingly came from out of nowhere. People are trying to distance themselves from one another. Death, chaos, and fear are running rampant. Sound familiar? No, this isn’t a comic book documentary on current events. This book/series was written before the coronavirus took the world by storm back in late January/early February. Mind. Blown! Eerily so. Towards the end of the first issue, the pandemic has ended, a new United States President has been elected, and we find out the truth about what actually started the virus.
This series is about the 5% percent of the people from around the world who were infected by and survived the virus, or The Great Death, as it’s now called, and how the world is going to control, cope with, or dispose of them. The Resistance #2 (AWA-Upshot) continues the story of those 5% as we get to meet a handful of them in this issue. According to the “World Health Organization, it’s becoming increasingly clear that some of those that survived The Great Death have developed extraordinary abilities. Because the virus struck across all lines of class, social status and ethnicity, these abilities have taken root in rich and poor, criminal and law-abiding citizens in every nation of the world.” Once a person received these special abilities, his or her true nature didn’t change, but it was magnified. And it’s interesting to note that most of the ones who received these abilities range from the late teens to the early thirties. Children and the elderly were hit the hardest during The Great Death. Once again, sound familiar? As I noted in my review of the first issue of this six-part mini-series, the pandemic theme that runs throughout this story arc is really powerful, and hits close to home, making it even more believable and downright scary at times. If you want some real world drama mixed in with your science fiction, this series is for you. Add this to your pull list to find out how it’s all going to play out. You will not be disappointed. And with all the possibilities that can play out here, I can only hope this is going to become a regular series after the mini-series ends. Six issues is NOT going to be enough!
Let me state this again: I truly believe that this is going to be the greatest story that J. Michael Straczynski has ever written, and he has written some classics. Teaming up with artist extraordinaire, Mike Deodato, is a brilliant addition. Deodato knows how to draw the perfect scene to fit the right mood in every single panel. Plus, Rahzzah has created another absolutely beautiful cover. AWA is on the rise! There’s no need to resist!
So, Mom, how did you like my review after reading it? What? Why would you ever want to catch a virus? Mom, it’s a comic book story. You cannot develop special abilities from having a virus. No, you can’t! Oh, boy.
Read Issue #1 here!