R.E.B.E.L.S. #9

Story by
Art by
Scott Hanna, Claude St. Aubin
Colors by
Jose Villarrubia
Letters by
Sal Cipriano
Cover by
DC Comics

Earlier this week, our own Jeffrey Renaud spoke with Tony Bedard about this title and some of the upcoming events herein. This issue brings some of those events -- and some of the characters Bedard mentioned -- to readers. Heavily embedded in the Starro storyline, this issue neither concludes the storyline nor does it begin a fresh story. Sure, some new plotlines start up here, but they do so organically. That said, this issue feels fresh and welcoming, quickly setting the stage without redundantly droning on. Readers familiar with any aspect of the L.E.G.I.O.N./R.E.B.E.L.S. lore will be pleased with this issue and fans of the cosmic characters of the DCU -- Omega Men, Adam Strange, Captain Comet, Kanjar Ro, and more -- will also find moments to enjoy.

St. Aubin's art is strongly detailed, yet clean and crisp. With a myriad of characters in a variety of settings, St. Aubin, Hanna, and Villarrubia deliver art that is enjoyable and welcoming. St. Aubin's knack for covering emotions on such a wide array of characters -- from Xylon the Dominator to Broot -- gives this issue an approachable quality that makes the story seem less dark than it is.

While the title of the book is cumbersome, the story within is anything but. This is DC's answer to Marvel's stellar successes of the past half-decade. The only space-faring folk missing here are some Daxamites, Kryptonians, Thanagarians, Green Lanterns, and Lobo. This book gives the less "popular," but still interesting, characters a place to shine.

The vibe this book gives is not dissimilar from that of "Guardians of the Galaxy" and DC certainly has a wider array of alien planets and species to bring in. Bedard and crew have set down a firm foundation for this title. The book has enough momentum that the "Blackest Night" crossover issues shouldn't totally derail the series. If anything, "Blackest Night" might give this series the boost it needs to find more readers. After all, who doesn't love a story about giant, galaxy-conquering starfish? This is the type of enjoyable adventure that is only possible in the pages of comic books.

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