What is Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe about?
So first off, before we delve into the guts of this review, I think it’s important for you to note the issues that have plagued the release of Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon aren’t as prevalent here. Not in the way that has sparked outrage everyone you look online. Now, with that out of the way, let’s dive in.
With the story by Zack Snyder (which is comic book industry code for he provided an outline to the creative team), Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe #1 is written by Mags Visaggio and art by Clark Bint. You’ll be pleased that, like the subheading insinuates, Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe spends its time working on the world-building and backstory of the two coolest characters in Snyder’s Netflix Epic; the Bloodaxe siblings.
Wisely thought out by Mags Visaggio, the events of this origin story are tied into events that are mentioned in the film’s dialogue, such as the death of the Royal Family, with the exception that the events of the House of the Bloodaxe storyline are unfolding as that traumatic event is taking place and positions the Imperium to become the ultra-fascist organisation it is in the film.
Meanwhile, we enjoy a rich and vibrant world of the Bloodaxes in which the native population and the original Imperium conquerors live in a harmony that forever sits on a knife’s edge. An edge that has been disrupted with the death of Darrian and Devra Bloodaxe’s mother, Amirasi. There’s an underlying threat that’s looming as you feel like a war is coming.
Going back to that vibrancy for a moment, Clark Bint’s art creates a tribal element in the designs of the Shasu people. Akin to the natives of Arrakis in Frank Herbert’s Dune, the Shasuans (not a canon term but I’m running with it) have a deep sense of honor which, to me, resonates as a similar vibe to various Polynesian islands. The colouring alone, is its own character in its use to evoke deep emotional sensibilities through every consecutive scene.
Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe #1 feels like this is where the Rebel Moon epic should’ve started. Mags Visaggio has created this Dune-like appeal with different factions adapting to the Death of the Royals and moving their different chess pieces on the board. Whilst also creating a rich culture that is based on the very best elements of human nature. Unfortunately, we all know how this is going to play out and its going to be heartbreaking to see the turmoil unfold as the Bloodaxe siblings evolve into revolutionaries and ultimately – lose their home.
The Talent Involved and Sale Dates
REBEL MOON: HOUSE OF THE BLOODAXE #1
Story by ZACK SNYDER
Written by MAGS VISAGGIO
Art by CLARK BINT
On sale January 10, 2024
Published by Titan Comics
Themes of Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe #1
- Science Fiction
- World Building
What did you think of Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe #1?
Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe certainly is a very different take on the science fiction genre – but what did you think of this comic book? Did you love it or hate it?