In Review: Rebel Moon #1 (of 4): House of the Bloodaxe

COMIC BOOK PREQUEL TO THE NETFLIX MOVIE, REBEL MOON!
Bloodaxe

Synopsis: As war is looming on the horizon on the planet Shasu, the leader of the Bloodaxe family is conflicted between living up to his father’s domineering legacy and maintaining the peace. It is up to him to settle the conflicts within himself, and his family, before the entire planet erupts in war.

 

The Story

This prequel comic to Zach Snyder’s Rebel Moon movie series focuses on The Bloodaxe family and gives you the story behind what happened to Darrian and Devra Bloodaxe to have them turn against Motherworld whom Shasu were once allied. The story also acts as some foreshadowing for the character of Darrian who had a key role towards the close of Rebel Moon: A Child of War. We also get a look at what Jimmy the Robot’s role was before he turned up in the movie. 

The comic begins with the tragic death of Darrian and Devra’s mother and how the loss of her could tear apart the delicate alliances that the Bloodaxe family have forged with the other tribes on Shasu. Of course, Motherworld sees the matriarch’s death as an opportunity to divide and conquer.

 

The Artwork

Clark Bint does a fairly decent job with the artwork and provides some thrilling action beats early in the issue where we see Darrian’s mother kill a giant beast, which is a right of passage for all members of the Bloodaxe family. The artwork is fairly consistent with many of the designs and landscapes we saw featured in the movie. I loved the Egyptian influence behind the clothing that the Bloodaxe family wore.

 

Overall

Adapted by  Mags Visaggio from a story written by Zach Snyder this first issue of the prequel covers a lot of ground and introduces the various factions in the story. Thankfully, we have a couple of familiar characters in Darrian and Devra and the Robot Jimmy. But they are not quite as involved in the story just yet. As the focus is all on the downfall of Darrian and Devra’s father who has never been accepted by the other tribes as a strong leader.

Overall there are a lot of moving parts to this first issue with a few flashbacks. I’m intrigued enough to continue reading for a while, but could grow tired of the politics involved if something does not happen in the next two issues.

8.9
Rebel Moon #1 (of 4): House of the Bloodaxe
  • Cover
    10
  • Story
    7.8
  • Artwork
    8.5
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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