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Comic Review: Welcome Back #1 – Time to Wake Up

By Mike Sains

Comic Review: Welcome Back #1 - Time to Wake Up

Writer: Christopher Sebela

Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

Colorist: Carlos Zamudio

$3.99

BOOM! Studios

Welcome Back surprised me. This is a book about dueling assassins, soldiers stuck in an eternal war against one another throughout the ages. But it is so, so much more than that. Which, when you think about that plot for just a second, that’s already quite the heady premise. So to stack the deck with things like the betrayal of a beloved paternal figure and the stigma that comes with being the child of an infamous public figure, this is one heavily-packed first issue.

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There are two major stories happening in this issue, the introduction of the overall concepts behind this eternal war, and the introduction of Mali and Tessa, two people who are fated to become codependent whether they know it or not. Throughout “Welcome Back #1”, the theme of duality is very apparent: this is the story of two soldiers on opposing sides of an age-old war. But also, this is the story of one woman’s life, which is about to drastically change because of another who is already on the path to her destiny. Two stories, both about two forces that seem to run parallel to one another forever.

It’s no small task to digest, and writer Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters, also from BOOM! Studios) helps the reader comprehend these complex ideas with ease. Because at the end of the day, all of that headiness does in fact lead to amazing, bloody battles between these two sides. They live, they die, they live again, with the sole purpose to kill again. This is a world in which Immortan Joe’s War Boys would have reveled. But here’s the kicker: one of these soldiers already knows all of these things, the other does not.

In terms of the art, this is an action movie ready to be made, as the panels feel like storyboards. Even the splash pages on pages 2 and 3 have this feeling of simultaneous action that feels very much like a montage, but for the comic book page. Jonathan Brandon Sawyer blends a visual style of hyper-kinetic action with a kind of anime feel added in for good measure. But honestly, the full page and two page spreads are a thing of beauty. Bonus points go to colorist Carlos Zamudio for giving this book a bright, vibrant feel, even during dimly lit street scenes or dialogue between two stationary characters sitting on a coach.

Comic Review: Welcome Back #1 - Time to Wake Up

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. 

This is an action comic book for people looking for more than just the average fare. While “Welcome Back #1” could feel too dense for its own good, Christopher Sebela manages to ease the reader in while continuing to pile on the ideas present in this world. The art team should give themselves a pat on the back, as this is some of the freshest, most entertaining action I’ve seen this year in any medium. I’m very excited for issue #2 and you should be, too.

Mike Sains

Mike Sains is a writer, editor, and podcaster for FanBoysInc.com and other outlets online. When he isn't writing, editing, or podcasting, he's collecting comic books, Funko Pop and Hikari Sofubi figures, and vinyl records of all kinds. He also likes free stuff. 😉 Follow him on twitter @MikeSains

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