Review: Welcome Back #1

WelcomeBack_001_A_MainMali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight. But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt…

Neither side remembers what they’re fighting for… that to me feels so appropriate for this first issue, because through a lot of it, I wasn’t quite sure what was going on. Without the above solicit text, I’d have come out of the first issue confused and debating whether to continue on when the second issue hits stands.

Written by Christopher Sebela, Welcome Back #1 is an interesting debut that throws you into the comic, and definitely does not spend time explaining things. Instead it jumps around time hoping we’ll pick up on the text hinting as to what’s going on. By the end of the issue it’s a bit clearer as to what’s going on, but not spelled out, and totally baffled as to the why. And seriously, without that solicit text, I’d have been pretty damn lost.

The art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer is a plus. Each character is very unique, and there’s some variation in body types and styles. My one negative is that some of the action isn’t clear enough to see exactly what’s going on.

Overall, this does sound like it’ll be a cool concept, and I do want to see where it goes, I’m just not sure this debut makes me want to do that monthly instead of waiting until it’s collected as a trade.This is one I think will be a better read once it’s out in trade and you can read it in one sitting.

Story: Christopher Sebela Art: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review