R. Resurrection Man


Resurrection Man, real name Mitchell Shelley, made his first appearance in Resurrection Man #1 in 1997.  If the Question from my last post is my favorite hero then Resurrection Man is my second favorite.

He has the power of self-resurrection which gives him a sense of immortality, and with each resurrection he gets a different power that correlates with how he died.  Which means that if he ever died the right way he could easily become the most powerful member of the Justice League.

He was a test subject for a nanotechnology experiment by an organization know as “the Lab.”  The experiment blocked his memories for several months and rendered him immortal albeit with a little twist. The Phantom Stranger made a comment about working with Shelley in previous lifetimes, so maybe there is more to this power than just the nanotech.  It’s been revealed that Shelley had fought Vandal Savage, from the time of cavemen to the present day, each time he foiled Savage’s plans before he was killed in battle.

They did bring Resurrection Man into the New 52, but cancelled the comic in September 2012.


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  1. #1 by Tony Laplume on April 20, 2013 - 11:26 pm

    I suspect Abnett and Lanning created him based on the origin of Doomsday. In fact you might say Mitch and Doomsday would make natural adversaries.

    • #2 by pwetzig on April 21, 2013 - 12:14 am

      Mitch had a lot of enemies. When Abnett and Lanning came over to DC from Marvel they completed work on the Great Lakes Avengers and the leader Mr. Immortal. They thought he was boring, only having immortality as a power, so when they left Marvel they wanted to make the version of Mr. Immortal they wanted. At least that’s how they told the story.

  2. #3 by MPax (@mpax1) on April 22, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    Resurrection would be a cool super power.

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