Rasputin is a series that continues to experience piques and troughs, although I am pleased to say that at least this month the book is on something of a high point. In this issue we finally receive some of the answers that I have been clamoring for these last few months, and the result is an issue that is the strongest we’ve had in this series for some time, and once again restores a sense of direction to this oddly-paced comic. Whether the book will retain this momentum next month is unclear, but at this point I’ll take whatever small victories I can get. With this issue Alex Grecian uncovers some of the mystery surrounding why Rasputin was ‘killed’ and indeed how he survived his murder, while also revealing more about the relationship between the Mad Monk and the modern-day politician Governor Harrison. We gain a greater insight into Rasputin’s character, as well as that of reporter Shanae who continues to show potential, although like everyone in this book could use a little more fleshing out. The dialogue in this issue is far more entertaining than it has been in previous issues, and by the time you reach the final page there’s a real feeling that the story has (finally) moved forward.
The artwork is something I’ve consistently praised about this book since it began, and with this issue things are no different. Indeed, the highlight of Riley Rossmo and Ivan Plascencia’s work comes near the end of the issue, where we see Rasputin’s murder and resurrection – a scene that looks both beautiful and hauntingly creepy.
I still wouldn’t necessarily recommend Rasputin as a series, simply because it is far too inconsistent. That being said, this is solid issue and if you’ve been reading this book since it began you’ll probably get a lot out of this installment. Plus, the fact that despite all the disappointments this series has given me, I’m yet to give up on it completely is I suppose a testament to the story that Alex Grecian is telling here.