The newest issue of Rebels is a powerful issue. There was not much dialogue, but in this case, the images told the story. On the cover we see a bloodied, war-weary British soldier holding his bayonet with concern on his face. His story starts in London, 1769 where he reluctantly joins the British army to avoid being sent to prison. After he goes through training, he is sent to the colonies to patrol the streets of Boston where he would be involved in one of the most famous events in history. It is a cold morning on March 5, 1770 and a crowd of angry colonials is gathering. They heckle and holler at the British troops while the troops try to break them up in orderly fashion. This specific British soldier drops his rifle and it accidentally fires, killing someone in the crowd. This breaks him mentally and we see him slowly deteriorate as the war drags on.
Brian Wood did not write much, but he delivers another solid story. The words he did write give us insight into the mind of a man broken by war. The stars of this issue are artists Tristan Jones and Tula Lotay. Whether it’s Tristan throughout the entire issue or Tula’s cover, the images convey their own story. They bring to life the horrors of war and death through this one single, unnamed character. This was the most powerful comic I’ve ever read. The way it was written, drawn and put together was perfect and conveyed so many emotions. Rebels has outdone itself with this issue and I highly suggest you pick this issue up even if you haven’t read the series before. It is powerful, emotional and thought-provoking.
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Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Tristan Jones
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Artist: Tula Lotay