The R.E.B.E.L.S. and the Ring

R.E.B.E.L.S. #10 came out more then a week ago.  I only just now got around to reading it and it was pleasantly surprise.  This is one of the Blackest Night ring incentive books that DC has been putting out, where you get a ring from one of the Lantern Corps along with the comic.  This book came with the Indigo Tribe rings.  Thankfully this issue of R.E.B.E.L.S. is written with the idea that new readers would be coming on board so it makes for a very good jumping on point.  You do not have to know anything about the characters or the book before reading this as the story provides all the important details and background information.  The series centers primarily around Vril Dox the son of Brainiac.   He recently lost control of his intergalactic peace keeping force LEGION  to Starro the Conquerer, who was revealed to be the power behind the face hugging starfish like mind controlling Starros.  Dox and the rag tag crew he put together are out to stop Starro from controlling the entire universe.  Durng all of this Vril Dox’s ex wife Stealth recently died in a attack by the Starro controlled LEGION robots.  She then comes back as a Black Lantern being quite unhappy with Dox thinking he was to blame for her death.  The back story proves to be quite interesting and everything is told well.  Andy Clark’s artwork is beautiful on this.  It is not only great from a technical standpoint but the facial expressions in his work really breath life into the characters.

What really sold me on this series in the end was the final page where Vril Dox ends up as the newest member of the Sinestro Corps after one of the Corps members dies near him.  I’m looking forward to the next issue to find out what Dox, being a Brainiac, will do with a Sinestro ring.  Thumbs up to DC for giving this book the right kind of incentive for new readers to jump on and for creating the kind of book that is not only friendly to new readers but gives them the kind of story to bring them back for the next issue.