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Mr. Rant's "5 Reasons You Should Buy R.E.B.E.L.S"


Ok readers, listen up. I was going over the sales figures for DC comics recently and noticed a grave injustice. The book R.E.B.E.L.S. is one of the worst selling DC titles. Now, you may ask, “Mr. Rant, why should I care about such a thing? That book doesn’t have a Superman or Batman or Hal Jordan, so who cares if it goes?”

Well, Johnny Comic-Book-Reader, I care. And if I care about something, so should you. Why else would you be reading this article? So, without further adieu, the top five reasons you should be buying R.E.B.E.L.S.

  • It’s written by Tony Bedard. Tony Bedard is the man who brought you the excitingly merciless book Negation during his time with CrossGen. He also wrote Marvel’s Exiles for almost the entire second-half of that book’s run. Bedard is able to throw the reader into an alien world (literally), with characters you’ve never heard of, and a situation that’s beyond dire (think Farscape meets Revelations). Through a non-stop ride of death, doom, and humor, he’s able to give you a reason to care and root for these characters. Even the villains turn out to be more than two dimensional conquerors.
  • The art of Andy Clarke. I hadn’t heard of Andy Clark before I picked up this book. Now, he’s one of my favorite artists. Clarke has the talent to draw the entire Daxam army rising up off the planet to face an armada of alien ships, all rendered in exquisite, uncluttered detail. His scenes range from simple rooms to alien cityscapes teaming with all kinds of bipeds and non-bipeds alike. He can create a scene that is entirely overwhelming, but in simple fashion.
  • Vril Dox. He’s the leader of the rag-tag group that he’s assembled through lying, stealing, blackmail, and duress. He’s Brainiac-2 with no time for silly distractions like empathy, love, compassion, or even camaraderie. For him, Plan A: try to reason with indisputable facts. If that fails, Plan B: blow your planet up. And he’s the good guy.
  • Starro. Sure he started off as a giant starfish that was bested by Snapper Carr, but our little echinoderm has come a long way since then. This book shows us how and why our starry friend feels the need to conquer, and believe it or not, it’s not lame. Bedard brings true motivation and a little sadness to one of DC’s most ridiculous villains. Pair that with Clarke’s frightening take on the new facehuggers and the disturbing results of removing one by force.
  • Sure, this book is rooted in previous DC Universe continuity, but you don’t have to know any of it to know what’s going on. Bedard treats the many connections to DCU continuity more like eye candy than a necessary read. Everything you need to know is contained in the book you’re reading, and explained succinctly. This is one of the easiest DC titles to catch up on.

If you want a book that’s different from all the other Superman-punches-something or Hal-Jordan-is-so-awesome, then this is your book. If you want an exciting ride of planets blowing up, a manipulative team leader that’s more about using his teammates than working with them, or a giant unstoppable starfish, then this is your book. If you want a book that actually made Despero a decent character. If you want a a book that is just well written, well drawn, and introduces you to new characters that you can end up liking and caring for, then this book is for you.

In summary, I think you all know what to do. Go to your local comic shop or wherever you get your comic books, and buy R.E.B.E.L.S. You wouldn’t want to disappoint Mr.Rant, would you?

15 comments to Mr. Rant’s “5 Reasons You Should Buy R.E.B.E.L.S”

  • And hey, starting tomorrow it crosses over with Blackest Night for two issues. You’ve got to buy those, so just keep buying it after that! XD

  • Ebonhorn

    I think I’m going to start reading this book. I like Vril and I just read up on Starro and that sounds positively fantastic.

  • AdventureVault

    This book is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. God, I hope it doesn’t get canceled. That would be a crime.

  • Sir Real

    This week’s book comes with one of those “free” (gotta buy the book) GL rings, too. I believe it’s the indigo ring this week.

  • Awesome recommendation Mr. Rant, so thanks!

    So many title out there, so much of it sub-par, but plenty of the good stuff as well. We just need reviews/recommendations like these to know what to look for. 😉 The panels you used showed some really tight writing and great art. HAs it been collected in tpb yet? 🙂

  • Farnia

    I love this book! Glad to see some support for it.

  • dayraven

    thanks rant… see you can be a glowing ball of positivity too!

  • Nicknova

    That book looks funny! ^-^

  • Adrian

    Vril Dox is cool. I loved him back in the 90s.

  • Hank Henshaw

    I do read this book and it is one of the best that DC is printing at this time.

    The problem is that DC made some headway to the space fans a couple years back. The return of Adam Strange, the space heroes in 52, and Rann/Thanagar War. But Starlin pissed most of that away with Captain Comet and Holy War leaving Rebels the short end of the stick.

  • jasonahurley

    I just read REBELS #10, the first Blackest Night tie in issues, and it was awesome. I also just noticed that it is sold out through Diamond (Your local store will probably still have it though), and it’s going to a second printing. Hopefully some of the people that picked up the crossover will stick around.

  • SilntAngl5

    “In summary, I think you all know what to do. Go to your local comic shop or wherever you get your comic books, and buy R.E.B.E.L.S. You wouldn’t want to disappoint Mr.Rant, would you?”

    Are you trying to guilt me into buying REBELS? 😛

  • Mitchell

    I just want all the rings!! My shop has ran out of some before I got there! Grr!!