Absolution: Rubicon #1 (Avatar)

Absolution Rubicon

Rating: 4.5/5 – Gage Delivers Again!

Absolution was one of my favorite mini-series when it debuted in 2009. Gage’s story of John Dusk, a police officer with super powers who crosses the line, was unbelievably powerful and quickly made its way to the top of my comic pile whenever it came out. Gage turned what could have been an overdone trope into an intellectual tour de force that stood up to multiple readings.

The book picks up from the last volume where criminals are seeking to be released from prison because of Dusk’s abuse of power. What follows are a series of story beats that are hit in perfect measure. Gage took characters to even deeper levels and brilliantly showed the complicated relationships between the trio of main characters and their struggles since the last series.  The antagonist of the series gets introduced in an interesting way and creates a dynamic conflict.

Artist Daniel Gete does an excellent job on pencils and inks. Avatar, as a publisher, has a reputation for over the top violence. While some of that style of violence is present in Absolution, Gete does a masterful job of making the violence haunting instead of disgusting. Unfortunately the artwork is a little inconsistent in spots.

While you could pick up Absolution: Rubicon without having read the previous issues, I would strongly encourage you to find the first trade. The additional information it has adds layers to the story which make it all the more enjoyable.

Reviewed by: Hank Johnson – hank@comicspectrum.com
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