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Resurrection Man, Volume 1: Dead Again (Resurrection Man, Volume II #1)

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Mitch Shelby cannot die—constantly returning to life after every death with a brand new power. But what is the secret behind this gift/curse? As Mitch follows clues, he begins to discover how much of a pawn he is in a cosmic game of life and death!

Collecting: Resurrection Man 1-7
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by DC Comics
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Sam Quixote
Nov 02, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
Mitch Shelley is Resurrection Man, a man who can never die but, whenever he does, he is resurrected and imbued with a new power (psychokinetic powers, ability to manipulate lightning, water, etc.) and a vague new purpose to strive for. He also has no memory of the man he was before he was given this questionable gift of immortality. But Heaven and Hell are both after his long overdue soul and neither are being particularly pleasant going about it. There are also a pair of bounty hunters with ...more
William Thomas
Oct 19, 2012 William Thomas rated it liked it
The fact that the premise and ability of Resurrection Man allows for, literally, limitless possibilities, I found it strange how little DnA do with this the second time around. Having abandoned the 'Kung-Fu' styled wandering-the-earth Mitch Shelley, they waste no time making this book a run-and-gun thriller. However, it just doesn't work.

I'm more a fan of the character, the powers, of Mitch Shelley than anything that's actually been done in any of the books. Sometimes this run was painful, mostl
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Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
I really seem to go for the weird ones, don't I? So, basically Mitch is unable to stay dead and is wanted by both Heaven and Hell (his soul is apparently quite bright). There are bounty hunters after him (Bonnie and Carmen, who are dressed like a cliche of some man's perverted fantasy), what I assumed was an angel of some kind and he also at one point has one of his Dad's nursing home friends helping him try to get away from them all (he has a bit more of an interesting backstory than that ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Interesting storyline. Mitch Shelley comes back from death, and each time, with a different ability. I like how it begins with you thinking this is a supernatural phenomenon, but it's a scientific one instead. The bad guys are two voluptuous ladies with a taste for killing and an ability to heal: the Body Doubles. They are like Natural Born Killers, which wasn't a good association for me. They leave quite a trail of bodies, and formidable antagonists for the Resurrection Man.

The origins of Mitch
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Joseph
Feb 20, 2016 Joseph rated it liked it
Second reading.

Mitch Shelley has a secret but he can't remember it. Destined to die over and over again, only to be resurrected with a new super-power each time, Mitch finds himself hunted by the Body Doubles, who have a connection to his tortured past, and a group of angels from both heaven and hell, who want his soul.

Pretty good premise, and some day I need to read the original series to see how it holds up. This series was written by the creators, and I think they get a lot right here, but M
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Alan
Jul 06, 2013 Alan rated it liked it
I regret not getting to finish this series the first time Abnett and Lanning told Mitch Shelley's tale. Now as one of the initial (and canceled a second time) titles as part of DC Comic's relaunch I remember what I enjoyed about this the first time.

Mitch is very much an everyman, except that he can't die. Every time he resurrects he has a new super power, and he has no idea why, or what his past was. Nor why various people are chasing him. For me Abnett nad Lanning make Mitch the type of of guy
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Dustin
Jan 29, 2013 Dustin rated it really liked it
I read this in issues.

This brief review is for both Vol. 1 and 2. I wouldn't say there are spoilers, but if you haven't read them both yet you may want to skip this review.

I really, REALLY, hoped that this story would take a different turn. The idea of a guy who gets a new super power every time he comes back to life? Cool. The fact that he will be fighting both angels and demons because they both want his soul? Very cool. However, the angel and demon part of the story goes away pretty quickly a
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Shannon Appelcline
Nov 14, 2012 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
Not as amazing as the original Resurrection Man series, but Abnett & Lanning do a good job of reinventing Shelley here, with new mysteries and new background (while still keeping around most of the old characters and ideas, if placing them in new roles as well). The introduction of a divine subplot is quite a lot of fun, though it’s perhaps over-the-top when combined with the Body Doubles plot. Shelley’s new more proactive role in his own fate is also quite interesting.
Jessie
Dec 04, 2012 Jessie rated it really liked it
Similar to Demon Knights and Grifter, I had absolutely no former knowledge of this title and its character, but I loved it! The premise is great and allows for variety that you don't get from other heroes. I liked the art, the mystery, and the characters. I hope the character survives as a guest in other titles.
sixthreezy
Feb 11, 2014 sixthreezy rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-52, dc, swon-2014
This has the potential to go somewhere, though this first volume doesn't venture far from its roots. Resurrection Man is an interesting hero, and his two female enemy assassins are fun to read as well.
Graham Bailey
Sep 25, 2012 Graham Bailey rated it really liked it
Quite enjoyed this, Abnett's usual fact paced and action packed style is a pleasure to read & Lanning's visuals are a treat. I like the supernatural elements that have been added and my only real complaint is that there's not enough back story.
Daniel Butcher
Oct 02, 2012 Daniel Butcher rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-52
I have no idea how this book gets cancelled, but Animal Man finds an audience.

Perhaps it would have done better under the Vertigo imprint.
Kenyatta Garcia
Dec 03, 2014 Kenyatta Garcia rated it really liked it
Really interesting character. Full of surprises.
Rick Hunter
Aug 25, 2016 Rick Hunter rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people into comics with supernatural elements
Shelves: traded-donated
For a while now I've been trying to catch up on all of the books that DC put out under their New 52 banner. I've been using Amazon to find cheap copies of some of the stuff that I didn't figure I would keep after reading. I found a copy of this for a penny plus shipping and handling. I've now started 37 of the original 52 wave one releases in the New 52.

I just recently discovered writer Dan Abnett when DC ended their New 52 line and started Rebirth. As far as I know, I had never read anything by
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James Dunphy
Feb 14, 2014 James Dunphy rated it liked it
Resurrection Man is one of DC's New 52 titles situated in it's "Dark" corner of it's universe. As a whole this has always been the area of the DCU I have always enjoyed the most outside of strictly Gotham (& Batman). I was looking forward to Resurrection Man even if I have no prior experience with the character.

The first seven issues of RM is a basic fugitive on the run story. Sadly, that makes RM the second fugitive in the new DCU as volume 1 of Grifter pretty much mimics the same concept.
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The_Mad_Swede
As stated in my review of the available collection of writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's first run on this title back in the 90s, I am always interested in their material after their stellar run on Marvel's cosmic side a few years back, and the concept of Resurrection Man seemed interesting, which led me to pick up both the 90s' volume and this first volume of the New 52 version.

So, what is new? Well, the character of Mitch Shelley a.k.a. the Resurrection Man is still out there dying and resu
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Alex Sarll
So, that's a quarter of the first volumes of DC's New 52 that I've read. And unlike Batwing, this is one in which I did have some prior interest. I've only read one issue of Resurrection Man before, but it was the best non-Grant Morrison issue remotely relevant to the plot of the best comics crossover ever, the far future epic DC One Million. It was part of a subgenre I love - the 'I bribed the architect before you' fight between two incredibly smart, or else time-active, adversaries (the best m ...more
Michel
Aug 29, 2015 Michel rated it liked it
Ik dacht: “Ik zou wel eens beginnen lezen aan de nieuwe Resurrection Man, nu hij toch opnieuw gecanceled is”. Maar toen dacht ik: “Zou ik niet eerst eens de oorspronkelijke Resurrection Man lezen, wegens alsdat ik daar namelijk goede dingen over gehoord had?”

Een man wordt wakker nadat hij neergeschoten is. Hij had dood moeten zijn, en blijkt: hij was ook dood. Hij weet in eerste instantie niet wie hij is, maar beetje bij beetje puzzelt hij zijn verleden bij elkaar: hij was Mitch Shelley, een adv
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Vanessa
Apr 05, 2014 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhero, dc, modern-age
Amnesia is a pretty good device to introduce readers to a character that might be new to them. I always meant to read Resurrection Man, but I never got around to it. This is one of the characters in the New 52 that was new to me. I wasn't confused at all during the story.

This was a very fun comic. The majority of the issues are setting up the overarching story, with a few nearly stand-alone issues at the end. I really liked every character that was introduced. The sixth issue might be the funnes
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Kevin
Nov 08, 2012 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Mitch Shelley is a man who can't die and every time he resurrects with a different power. Angels, demons, the government, superheroes, and supervillains alike are after him, but all he wants to do is discover who he is.

The first half of this reads very similar to Grifter, Vol. 1: Most Wanted except replace aliens with angels and demons. People want him because of his power. What make Resurrection Man a bit better is that he finds out a slice of his past and doesn't like it. He wonders about his
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Shane
Sep 06, 2012 Shane rated it it was ok
I won't spend much time on this review. As one review on the cover stated, there are endless possibilities with this character. This collection fails to find the good ones. A man who has gained the power to return from death with a new metahuman power each time, but having no memory of his life beforehand, you get a story where every female is trashy and underdressed and the interest in RMs lost past gets lost in the clutter of endless action and breast shots. By the second half of the ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 13, 2016 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it

Resurrection Man is new to me I'd never heard of him before. He's really cool though and belongs to the dark, paranormal group of superheroes. At least I'm pretty sure he's a hero. Every time he dies he is resurrected quickly with new superpowers. In this volume, agents from both Heaven and Hell are trying to get him and bring him "home" as his soul has been around way too long. In the meantime, he has forgotten who he is and where he came from, his past, and is searching for clues and people wh
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Cale
Mar 28, 2013 Cale rated it it was ok
This was really disjointed. After the fourth issue, the story goes off in a completely different tangent that seems unrelated to original story in any way. The character of Resurrection Man has been used well in the DC universe on occasion - this isn't one of them. Way too much cheesecake with the Body Doubles in the first half, and the shift into Arkham for the second half left several key ideas unexplained, and then that story ended up without any closure either. I think this series already ...more
Richard Rosenthal
Apr 04, 2016 Richard Rosenthal rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic
It is little bit quantum leap, in that Mitch Shelly has a new mission every time he come back from the dead. It is a little bit Spawn in that Heaven and Hell are fighting over the soul of one man. It is a lot teenage sexual fantasy with the Body Doubles. One looks like a Bond Girl and the other is dressed as the sexy private school girl you see every Halloween. There is a scene where the two of them are lying half naked in a bed filled with guns. I expect this kind of thing in a Vertigo comic ...more
Etienne
Nov 08, 2015 Etienne rated it liked it
Like many comics featuring strange characters, Resurrection Man's great premise is very nearly ruined by clumsy exposition. Straight-male fan-service is so patent as to actually deter from the enjoyment of the plot. I'd gladly read schlock-and-awe as parody but, try as I might, I found no indication that the creators are being anything other than earnest.

If you like weird superheroes and are nostalgic for the days of gravity-defying breasts, this may be the perfect comic for you. Otherwise: ther
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Sean
Mar 15, 2014 Sean rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: DC Completists
I've heard good things about previous incarnations of Resurrection Man so I thought the New 52 version would be worth checking out. Sadly, I don't think it was. The character of Mitch Shelley is a good one and has such limitless potential. What we have here though is a ton of random possibly connected storylines. The art was fine but the Body Doubles (insanely dumb and unexplained name) were too pointlessly gratuitous. I think DC missed an opportunity to tell new and interesting stories with ...more
Jeff Raymond
This was a strange one.

Resurrection Man does what it says on the tin - he dies, he resurrects. He's got people looking for him. There's an issue with his soul. He's not so sure of himself, he only knows what power he has when he wakes up. And so on.

A little confusing? That's this arc in a nutshell. Confusing, I'm not convinced very necessary, and, truly I don't know if I actually get it. I might try the next trade if I can find it, but this is the first of the New 52 I could honestly say puzzled
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Ryan Mishap
Aug 26, 2013 Ryan Mishap rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A disappointing title with limited accessibility for new readers. There's little narrative and no character arc at all in the first issues and the small glimpses for background don't explain much.

The lesbian couple who may or may not be villains are drawn in the typical comic book style of adolescent male gaze fantasy and are used for titillation rather than as characters to take seriously--even though they appear to be major players.
Todd
Pretty middling. There are hints at something happening but I'm not holding my breath.

The Body Doubles have potential but they are either too exploitative or not enough. They're at the level where it just feels like something a fourteen-year-old would come up with as "sexy", but then a forty-something author decided needed a little "depth". But the depth is artificial at best.

I'll check out the next volume and hope for the best.
Angela
Apr 10, 2013 Angela rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
Resurrection man is someon who can't die, and gets power everytime he comes to life. Nice concept, really bad story. The body doubles are just portrayed as bimbos who happen to dress in hardly anything, and they take up too much of the story. The reason it didn't get 1 star is for the Arkham and Metropolis stories that show it could have potential.
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