Review by Paul Fiander
Co-Creator Writer; Alex Grecian
Co-Creator Artist; Riley Rossmo
Coulourist; Ivan Plascencia
Letters and Design; Thomas Mauer
Published by Image Comics
If you have not sampled this True-ish tale of the mad monk that worked his way from being a peasant to the court of the Russian Tsars I heartedly suggest you go back to the start. We have a review of the first trade which you can see here. From this point on I warn you there will be spoilers, actually firstly I’ll say this is a strong start to the new arc but some may not like the change in the story and that I can accept but for my money this is a issue worth reading.
So at the end of issue 5 we were left with something of a plot twist as our main protagonist was lying in the snow on the Gallican border with the removal of a large section of his skull thanks to a snipers bullet. Now is this is rather odd at the events pre-dated the start of the book where we are getting first person narration from Rasputin. The plotline was something of a shock when I first read it but thankfully this issue goes a long way into explaining why it is necessary. The recovery from the Snipers bullet showed us a precedent for Rasputin, now going forward we know his powers of healing are more than they first appeared. The deeper dive into the world of the supernatural has allowed the creative team to give this series a longevity that I was not expecting.
We also have a new addition into to the narrative with the addition of a snoopy reporter. She seems to know that Rasputin is not quite what he seems but in this regard we are still waiting to find out her thoughts on who he actually is.
This new arc is a chance to grow the story of Rasputin into new eras, the true-ish nature of the story has seemingly gone but what we are left with is an interesting look at a character out of time. From this first issue (of the new arc) though it looks like he is still up to old tricks. The question is how will he cope with the new world and how long will it cope with him?
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