Reviewed by Brady Steele. 1775 is an era of rebellion and chaos in the nascent United States of America. Rebels #1 showcases how tumultuous and truly turbulent a time period it was. Living day to day not knowing what will happen to you home, your land or you kin gives this story a true sense of urgency.
WRITTEN BY: Brian Wood
ART BY: Andrea Mutti
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 8 April 2015
Full disclosure time: I’m from Canada. The only things I know of this era are from Hollywood movies like The Patriot. I also know Mel Gibson took his fair share of ‘creative license’ when he made his period piece films like the above mentioned and Braveheart. Therefore, my knowledge base of this point in history is iffy at best. However, I do know writer Brian Wood is a talented scribe and thorough in research and detail of whatever he writes about. Northlanders, DMZ, and The Massive are highlights for me of his previous work. After reading this debut issue, I believe whatever Wood presents to readers as authentic and strong in character.
The series look at Seth Abbott and how rough growing up in this new world has been and will be for the foreseeable future. Life is coarse in every conceivable way here in New Hampshire as the Red Coats continue to push into territory they are not welcome in. Artist Andrea Mutti does a fantastic job of showcasing how bristly, dirty and violent fighting for freedom can be. I get the impression that Mutti could do an admirable job in other time period series. It appears these two have collaborated before and they know how to work well together which bodes well for audiences.
Overall, I really enjoyed the artwork more than the story. I never really was too curious about this time in American history, but I will try out this series based on the pedigree of creative minds involved. It’s worth a try and hopefully the action keeps flying by readers to get people like me invested in this.
Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.