Review: Rebels Vol. 1: A well Regulated Militia TPB

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This is 1775. With the War for Independence playing out across the colonies, Seth and Mercy Abbott find their new marriage tested at every turn as the demands of the frontlines and the home front collide. Rebels details the epic story of the colonists who, in a few short, turbulent years, created the nation of America. Collects Rebels #1–#10.

Rebels is an exciting tapestry of fiction, and history. It’s a fictional story, steeped in reality and history. While it is clear there are some parts that are based on real, historical events like the Boston Massacre, it’s all told through a fictional character. For the most part, the mix of personal narratives and dialogue breathes a sense of realism. The way Brian Wood writes the Seth Abbot character seems to be a mix of history, fiction, and personal experience as someone who grow in the same location, but in a different era.

The artwork by Andrea Mutti, Matthew Woodson, Ariela Kristantina, and Tristan Jones is just as superb as the story. The cover portrays this sense of history in a eye catching yet simple style. Colors change as the story switches between plot, flashbacks, and action. Honestly, the attention the artists payed to be historically accurate (as they can be) is stunning.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Andrea Mutti, Matthew Woodson, Ariela Kristantina, Tristan Jones
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: A must have for fans of historical fiction

 Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review