Image Comics 2015
Created & Written by Alex Grecian
Created & Illustrated by Riley Rossmo
Coloured by Ivan Plascencia
This series just becomes more complex and interesting with each issue. I really was weary of placing Rasputin in the present and leaving such a vivid and interesting past. However Alex has managed to keep the past alive and being told through flashbacks that tie Rasputin firmly into the present. A present that is unlike any we’ve known seeing as his actions have literally altered history as we know it. That they’ve managed to take events that have been rumored to be true regarding Rasputin and expanded upon them to create this enigmatic character that much more interesting should be applauded.
Last issue Rasputin and the young reporter Shanae started talking and she showed him pictures. Irrefutable proof of his life and actions and now wants answers about him and his past. Unknown to all of us was the identity of the person in the apartment with Rasputin. That mystery is put to rest this issue as Governor Harrison emerges from the bedroom and like any good strong woman decides she and Shanae should have a talk.
One of the things that Harrison says is that Rasputin has been drawn to many different PEOPLE over the course of his long life. Oh please let that mean what I think it means and that he’s had his share of male lovers as well. Being so long lived it would just prove that modern society trappings of labels really are meaningless.
What I found fascinating is how much Harrison knew of Rasputin’s life. In retrospect it makes sense since they are close and he’s saved her life and they are friends, with benefits. So to hear Harrison tell Shanae the story we’ve all been waiting for, the conclusion of the dinner party murder attempt, was one of those moments that sticks with you. As much as who is telling it as what transpired.
What happened when they threw Rasputin in the river was as amazing and unexpected as was the revelation of the body that was reported to be his floating in it.
That this story has kind of gone from a novelty when it started. let’s face it Rasputin’s life and powers is a novelty, and has turned into this gripping tale about his humanity and destiny. They boys have created a world in which the man inhabited and taken it to a whole new level mixing it with realms and creatures that have never been proven to exist and yet still influence man today. I look forward to sitting down and reading this book every month it comes out and I get excited for which demonstrates just how good it truly is.
Riley’s own unique style of art really does make this such a huge standout for me as well. He has this way of creating such emotions and feeling in the reader that you don’t expect. The intensity we see in the eyes, as much from Ivan’s colouring, and the sometime creepiness in his smiles just take you to this place and you don’t want to leave. There’s an intensity here you just get by many other artists.
With such creative story material, stellar dialogue and mesmerizing interior artwork Rasputin remains one of today’s most interesting books.