Advance Review: Rebel Blood #4

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Guided by a mysterious voice through a night of carnage, you know the worst of it is still coming. After all, every step of the way home has been a fight for your life, against a whole world out for your blood. Any nightmare could be waiting for you around the next corner.  The terrifying conclusion to a night of carnage, with the trail of blood leading right to your own front door!

We’ve come to the end of a truly odd, yet gripping story with Rebel Blood #4. You may remember reading my other reviews talking up this series. The final installment is no different. It continues that line of strong issues. In the last review, I raved about all the zombie action and this one has plenty more of that. Well it’s a little more complicated than that, but you’ll find out when you read it.

Charles Neville has faced down all sorts of terror on this one night and fought his way back to his ex-wife’s house to rescue his child. We see more of the mutant zombie-like creatures that have been terrorizing Charles over the course of the night. The hordes are drawn beautifully and really set themselves apart from your run of the mill zombie. Neville finally reunites with his kid, but all isn’t as it seems.

I don’t want to summarize this story or really talk in depth about it, because you don’t see the end coming. It’s a twist ending that doesn’t leave you mad about it being a twist ending. I’m not a big fan of twist endings either; you can thank M. Night Shyamalan for ruining those for me at least. This one works really well and explains all the weirdness that I’ve pointed out from the other issues. It doesn’t tie things together completely, but you can figure out enough from what you’re being told. I don’t know if there are plans to revisit this world again, but it seems like there are plenty of ways to go on when you read the final pages.

Alex Link and Riley Rossmo really crafted a great story. Rossmo’s art for the four issues is consistent throughout and overall very good. There are a few panels where things look a little off, but it seems like that is used to impart a particular effect. There is a scene where Neville is beating someone’s face with the butt of a gun.  It is somewhat simplistic, but very eye catching. The art took me an issue or two to really get into, but it is great and matches the story perfectly. This is an odd tale, so a slightly odd angle on the art helps exemplify that.  Looking back at the four issues, they all work towards the end and shape a somewhat familiar but fresh tale.

Bottom Line: Rebel Blood is definitely a miniseries you want to check out. There are some issues stronger than others, but taken as a whole this is an outstanding series. Like I mentioned, it can stand alone but I wouldn’t be upset if it was revisited in some way. Rebel Blood #4 was a fitting ending and I give it a 5/5.

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