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Supernatural: Rising Son #1

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2008
By: Marx Pyle

Peter Johnston & Rebecca Dessertine
Diego Olmos, Johnny Rench (c)
Wildstorm / DC
"But Dean, you gotta learn to enjoy the scenery once in a while." John Winchester

Things aren't going well for John Winchester. Still searching for what killed his wife, he takes on the Beast of Bray Road. You think that would have been the tough part of his day, but then he is fired from his day job because he is always late after taking on demonic forces.

Without income he and his two sons are kicked out onto the road. John learns that one of his wife's relatives, Eddie, has gone missing. Sadly, it has been common for that part of the family tree to be losing limbs mysteriously. But, Eddie had seemed immune...until now.

Off on the road with his sons, Dean and Sam, John heads out to find Eddie and hopefully some answers to what happened to his wife.

What he finds is a strange town populated by supermodels with demonic tempers.

Rising Son is the sequel to Origins. It takes place years later and acts as a prequel story to CW's TV series Supernatural. The TV series follows Sam and Dean, in their 20s, following in their father's footsteps by hunting monsters.

I'm a big fan of the show, so I had to pick up this book. I wasn't disappointed. I have always find John to be an interesting character and I'm happy to see a story where he is center stage. I'm also interested in what secrets they may uncover about his wife's death. The show revealed who killed her, but not why or why so many of her family members were affected. That is something the series creators have promised to explore more next year, but until then we get a sneak peak with this mini-series.

Don't worry if you haven't seen the show. You don't have to know the series to follow the story.

Wildstorm has been advertising that this mini-series will show us Dean's first hunt with his father. I'm very interested in seeing that, but nothing like that happens in this first issue. It was pretty obvious that something was up in the town and Succubi (who are butt ugly in reality) aren't the most unique twist, but it worked and the story was entertaining. It was also fairly self-contained. But, there is a mysterious person that makes an appearance in the end that is tracking John.

Overall, Supernatural: Rising Son is a nice mix of humor, action, and a touch of horror. An enjoyable book whether you know the show or not.

The art is pretty solid and works much better than the art in the Origins mini-series.

Final Word: If you enjoy the TV series, then this book is a must have. Otherwise...what the hell, give it a try.

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