The Resistance: Uprising #5 (Review)

Aug 25, 2021

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The Resistance: Uprising #5

There’s a reason why “The Resistance” is the foundation AWA Studios was built on. From its inception, J. Michael Straczynski has created a world full of deception, conspiracy, and hope — for which we are all the lucky beneficiaries. 

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Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Art by: C.P Smith
Colors by: Lee Louthridge

The Resistance is a superhero universe for the 21st century. The combination of Straczynski’s writing and Smith’s art delivers the feeling that their world could be ours. There’s no better example of that than in The Resistance: Uprising #5. 

What allows The Resistance: Uprising #5 to work so well is the emotional tone it sets. It’s more than just “good guys vs. bad guys” — genuine raw emotion is elicited while reading. You feel it with every character, which speaks to the overall writing, as well as the premise it’s built upon.

Straczynski has been building towards a monumental showdown, which may have felt slow at times. However, with the cliffhanger ending to issue #5, something tells me we can expect absolute chaos in the next and final issue. 

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The Resistance is a superhero universe for the 21st century. The combination of Straczynski’s writing and Smith’s art delivers the feeling that their world could be ours.

As far as the artwork goes, C.P Smith’s abilities are on full display in The Resistance: Uprising #5. There’s a realism and a grittiness to his art that sets an intense, foreboding tone. And Lee Louthridge’s use of bright colors to showcase the reborns’ powers is incredible. The intensity each time power is on display is something to behold. 

The Resistance: Uprising, along with the entire Resistance Universe, is relatable, thrilling, and epic in scope. There is no doubt the upcoming issue will deliver a stunning conclusion to the second arc. I can only imagine where Straczynski takes the universe from there, and I for one can’t wait to see where it goes.

9.0

And if you want to learn more about AWA Studios, be sure to listen to TLDR‘s interview with AWA’s Chief Creative Officer, Axel Alonso — where he also talked about his time with Vertigo and Marvel Comics.

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