Tripwire Reviews Rebellion’s Brink Book 5

Still On The Brink

Tripwire’s contributing writer Tim Hayes takes a look at Rebellion’s Brink Book Five out this week…

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: INJ Culbard
Rebellion

With four story arcs of Brink under their belts, Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard spring a surprise by jumping back in time and setting Book 5 during the same period as Book 1. Until now the story has followed law officer Bridget Kurtis on a long slow descent into the inner politics and occult overtones of life on the artificial space stations housing what’s left of humanity, but the new collection from 2000AD goes back to the inciting incident that put Kurtis on that path in the first place: a shooting incident which, it turns out, was also witnessed by an investigative journalist named Nolan Maslow.

So now the journalist follows the cop’s trail and wanders into a separate but parallel set of dangers, which lets Abnett repeat something of the trick he pulled off the first time round. Although Kurtis is glimpsed in the distance going through the same motions she did before, it’s Nolan that leads the reader through a carefully designed story of haves and have-nots, management and unions, the powerful and the little people. Less conventional forces lurk in the dark too: cults worshipping elder gods that might take a dim view of mankind’s presence, groups of true believers with differing ideas about what’s best for Homo sapiens. And in the background, something very bad has just happened to the planet Mercury, another disaster for an already nervous humanity, leaving all the characters in a state of uncertain tension. Like The Out, another of Abnett’s recent co-creations for 2000AD, Brink has the current real-world on its mind.

Abnett’s experiment with Brink has been to tell all this in long extended sequences which are 90 percent people talking to each other and 10 percent anything else, rather than the other way around – and even then the action is usually a blast of violence between characters who were just talking to each other. The influence of certain kinds of TV drama looks pretty clear, although Abnett takes the opportunity to discuss unionisation and the reasons for organised labour at greater lengths than most TV series would go for. At the same time Culbard’s art is an experiment of his own, working out how to make this operate on a page. Facial expressions are part of it, but posture, visual symbolism and inventive lighting effects are Culbard’s main tactics, plus a bold colour scheme setting the blazing neon lights of commerce and pleasure against the dusty gloom of industrial plumbing and the men servicing it. Brink‘s sci-fi of workers and bosses, tension and madness, is a stand-out item on the modern 2000AD roster; but then it would be singular almost anywhere.

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Still On The Brink Tripwire’s contributing writer Tim Hayes takes a look at Rebellion’s Brink Book Five out this week… Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: INJ Culbard Rebellion With four story arcs of Brink under their belts, Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard spring a surprise by jumping back in time and setting Book 5 during the
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