The Resistance #1
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The Resistance #1

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Mike Deodato Publisher: AWA Release Date: March 18, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 23
9.8Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

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J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5 and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One, returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr., the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. A global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come...or Earth's last hope?

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Mar 18, 2020

    If this first issue is indicative of the quality of this new, shared superhero universe AWA comics are not only onto a winner but they are a publisher to keep an eye on. An emotional, human story, incredible art and colours, this is one of the best first issues EVER published. Probably the easiest 10/10 I've ever awarded. Incredibly excited for the future of this shared universe. The talent involved takes this story to a new level. The coincidental timing of its release and the coronavirus just add an extra layer of drama. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Jul 11, 2020

    Overall, an excellent debut issue, that re-contextualizes the times we are in and adding a superhero twist. The story by J. Michael Straczynski is relevant and is very well developed. The art by the creative team is breathtaking. Altogether, a story that will be relevant for a very long time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Feb 19, 2020

    With The Resistance Straczynski and Deodato tell a big screen, epic story of heroes rising in the face of a world willing to embrace fascism out of fear. Clearly there are parallels to our modern times, both planned and accidental. The writing is sharp and memorable. Without truly introducing our central characters, Straczynski has created a backdrop which is interesting and leaves you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Dandy Don the Valiant Mar 12, 2020

    Not only does J. Michael Straczynski have another well-crafted classic on his hands, he is teamed up with artist extraordinaire, Mike Deodato. Deodato knows how to draw the mood perfectly on every page and for every scenario. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Mar 22, 2020

    AWA Studios hits a home run with The Resistance, as this issue paves the way to a bright future for the studio with a bleak story with a glimmer of hope for the world. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Mar 11, 2020

    The Resistance #1 is a timely, terrifying new beginning to AWA Studios' comic universe, and marks J. Michael Straczynski's return to comics. With a spin-off series, Moths, planned for release later this year, I hope to see more of this world and its superpowered antagonists, as well as its creators. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Swanktub Mar 18, 2020

    Don't read this if you are looking for escapism. That being said this comic is amazing. It plays off of the current fears that are relevant in the year 2020. The fear of pandemic, and the rise in fascism and authoritarianism in the world are both successfully drawn from. Both Stracszynski and Deodato bring their A-games. The writing is great, but is mostly exposition for the future of the series. As this is part 1 of 6 I really liked this, however I will want the comic to become more character driven as it progresses. If I'm being honest, I'm not usually a fan of Deodata's art, but his art really suits this story. The art is gritty, realistic and flows very well within the narrative. If this comic can keep it up, this might be a modern clas more

  • 10
    Nathan.Payson Mar 18, 2020

    Resistance is an amazing first issue on so many levels. It's shocking relevance to coronavirus to it's more intentional political moments. Various things happening feel so real to what we experience everyday. Though some moments don't make complete sense, its clear those moments happen for a reason. There are moments of audible gasps and moments full of mystery that a sense of cluelessness about what comes next. Moments where the future feels uncertain in the comic mirror so well the uncertainty of the present: both Coronavirus-wise, geo-political-wise, and also politically. Overall this is one of the best comics I've ever read and I can not wait to see what's next.

  • 10
    ZodTee Mar 26, 2020

    LOVED THIS. timely as hell

  • 10
    Rauld Mar 27, 2020

    Just... wow!!!!! It does hit a bit too close to home, but wow, what an incredible issue. What incredible storytelling. This will be a sure classic.

  • 10

    Wow. wow. wow. .........

  • 10
    cincyfan Aug 14, 2020

    Well that was awesome!! Looks like I have a new book to get

  • 9.5
    Wolf Warner Mar 19, 2020

    Heavy Hitting Issue #1... not for those who want politics in their comics! I’m in.

  • 9.5
    GTMedia Reviews May 15, 2020

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    I picked up "The Resistance" #1 before the state-mandated shutdown went into effect. It was one of the last comics I picked up from my LCS before it got shuttered at the outset of the pandemic.

    This is my first AWA title and the presentation is of incredible quality. The story and art direction are awesome. It becomes apparent very quickly that this may be one of the best-written titles on the shelves right now.


    The book covers a particularly virulent pandemic, it's recovery period, and the aftermath. The series will shine a light on the players involved in the new world. The situation will probably get more complicated considering how the first issue ends.

    I' more

  • 9.0
    Señor Smokey Aug 13, 2020

    -With concepts of superhumans and a virus that kills in two days, this is a very grounded sci-fi book
    -Art was dark with well-drawn, expressive faces.
    -Shows a spectrum of reactions and how much unity or division massive events can cause.
    -Straczynski is able to navigate human empathy and political greed effectively
    -This is a great premise that wasted little time building the world, excited to see what he does with it

  • 8.5
    Gizmo Mar 21, 2020

    Straczinski builds a science fiction world in the best tradition of sci-fi: one that reflects on our current social-political situation and channels those anxieties into asking "what if?" The actual sci-fi mechanism at work here isn't terribly different from things we've seen before, such as the Terrigen Mists a few years ago in Marvel which created new Inhumans but was effectively a pale imitation of X-Men. Heck, a friend and I had essentially discussed this same world setup as a comic book universe concept back in college, but Straczynski contrasts this setup with an abstraction of America's current political climate that accidentally becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy in many ways by the time it hits store shelves, which is pretty cool t more

  • 8.0
    allbeardnoteeth Mar 23, 2020

    World building issue that sets up the premise pretty well with the hook/twist that keeps interest up to want to see what happens in next issue this may be a slow burner but definately worth a look. Mike Deodato provides excellent visuals and layout that really suits the theme and style, recommended pickup

  • 8.0
    Walt's Comics & Books Apr 2, 2020

    Wow, the release couldn't have been timed better. A bit eerie.

  • 10
    Phil Heart Mar 29, 2020

  • 10
    tonpas1989 Sep 30, 2020

  • 9.5
    Grifter Mar 20, 2020

  • 9.0
    Bill Blaze Mar 18, 2020

  • 8.5
    fandelabd Mar 20, 2020

  • 8.5
    pablo Mar 20, 2020

  • 8.0
    Ellenkh Sep 19, 2020

  • 8.0
    Spanish Morlock Oct 21, 2020

  • 7.0

  • 7.0
    Captain Krakoa Mar 22, 2020

  • 7.0
    SoosX Aug 5, 2020

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