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* ImmortalLifeIsCheap: Naturally. One issue has a confused Batman trying to figure out why the same guy keeps getting murdered by Gotham City criminals. A crossover with Comicbook/{{Hitman}} sees Hitman repeatedly shooting him over and over until he gets a useful power. In the [[ComicBook/DCOneMillion 853rd century]], even Resurrection Man himself gets in on the act, wearing a gauntlet that lets him commit instant suicide.

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* ImmortalLifeIsCheap: Naturally. One issue has a confused Batman ComicBook/{{Batman}} trying to figure out why the same guy keeps getting murdered by Gotham City criminals. A crossover with Comicbook/{{Hitman}} sees Hitman repeatedly shooting him over and over until he gets a useful power. In the [[ComicBook/DCOneMillion 853rd century]], even Resurrection Man himself gets in on the act, wearing a gauntlet that lets him commit instant suicide.


Mitch was originally the star of his own Creator/DCComics ongoing back in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], created and written by Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning (later known for ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''). His first appearance was actually ''Resurrection Man'' vol. 1 #1 (May, 1997). The series lasted for 27 issues, from May 1997 to August 1999. Focusing on his search to discover the truth about himself and his powers. Since the end of his original series, Mitchell has had guest appearances in various titles. He returned to the spotlight in a new Abnett/Lanning series as part of DC's ComicBook/{{New 52}} relaunch in September 2011. This series only lasted for 13 issues, ending with a [[EpisodeZeroTheBeginning Zero Issue]] where Mitch learned his origin.

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Mitch was originally the star of his own Creator/DCComics ongoing back in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], created and written by Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning (later known for ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'').''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''). His first appearance was actually ''Resurrection Man'' vol. 1 #1 (May, 1997). The series lasted for 27 issues, from May 1997 to August 1999. Focusing on his search to discover the truth about himself and his powers. Since the end of his original series, Mitchell has had guest appearances in various titles. He returned to the spotlight in a new Abnett/Lanning series as part of DC's ComicBook/{{New 52}} relaunch in September 2011. This series only lasted for 13 issues, ending with a [[EpisodeZeroTheBeginning Zero Issue]] where Mitch learned his origin.

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Urban legend tells of a drifter wandering the side roads and back streets of the USA, a man who won't ''can't'' stay dead. A Resurrection Man.

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Urban legend tells of a drifter wandering the side roads and back streets of the USA, a man who won't ''can't'' stay dead. A Resurrection Man.


* GenderBender: One resurrection had Mitch come back as a woman.

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* GenderBender: One resurrection had Mitch come back as a woman. This is actually a plot point. As a woman, Mitch's pain tolerance is higher, allowing him to bypass a gate that normally emitted so much pain it caused him to pass out.


Mitch was originally the star of his own Creator/DCComics ongoing back in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], created and written by Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning (later known for ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''). His first appearance was actually ''Resurrection Man'' vol. 1 #1 (May, 1997). The series lasted for 27 issues, from May 1997 to August 1999. Focusing on his search to discover the truth about himself and his powers. Since the end of his original series, Mitchell has had guest appearances in various titles. He returned to the spotlight in a new Abnett/Lanning series as part of DC's {{New 52}} relaunch in September 2011. This series only lasted for 13 issues, ending with a [[EpisodeZeroTheBeginning Zero Issue]] where Mitch learned his origin.

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Mitch was originally the star of his own Creator/DCComics ongoing back in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], created and written by Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning (later known for ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''). His first appearance was actually ''Resurrection Man'' vol. 1 #1 (May, 1997). The series lasted for 27 issues, from May 1997 to August 1999. Focusing on his search to discover the truth about himself and his powers. Since the end of his original series, Mitchell has had guest appearances in various titles. He returned to the spotlight in a new Abnett/Lanning series as part of DC's {{New ComicBook/{{New 52}} relaunch in September 2011. This series only lasted for 13 issues, ending with a [[EpisodeZeroTheBeginning Zero Issue]] where Mitch learned his origin.




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* AmnesiacDissonance: Turned out Mitch wasn't a very nice guy in his pre-Resurrection Man life, a corrupt lawyer deep in mob business. He seems to have been better in previous incarnations.
** The New 52 version was even less of a nice guy in his former life; [[spoiler: he was running the nanobot project, and conducting illegal human testing]].

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Turned out Mitch wasn't a very nice guy in his pre-Resurrection Man life, a corrupt lawyer deep in mob business. He seems to have been better in previous incarnations.
** The ''The New 52 52'' version was even less of a nice guy in his former life; [[spoiler: he was running the nanobot project, and conducting illegal human testing]].


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* DivinelyAppearingDemons: An InvertedTrope in ''The New 52'' version, where the angels that Mitch runs into sometimes look (and act) a ''hell'' of a lot like demons.


Mitch was originally the star of his own Creator/DCComics ongoing back in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], created and written by Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning (later known for ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''). His first appearance was actually ''Resurrection Man'' vol. 1 #1 (May, 1997). The series lasted for 27 issues, from May 1997 to August 1999. Focusing on his search to discover the truth about himself and his powers. Since the end of his original series, Mitchell has had guest appearances in various titles. He returned to the spotlight in a new Abnett/Lanning series as part of DC's {{New 52}} relaunch in September 2011. This series only lasted for 13 issues, ending with a [[Episode0TheBeginning Zero Issue]] where Mitch learned his origin.

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Mitch was originally the star of his own Creator/DCComics ongoing back in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], created and written by Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning (later known for ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''). His first appearance was actually ''Resurrection Man'' vol. 1 #1 (May, 1997). The series lasted for 27 issues, from May 1997 to August 1999. Focusing on his search to discover the truth about himself and his powers. Since the end of his original series, Mitchell has had guest appearances in various titles. He returned to the spotlight in a new Abnett/Lanning series as part of DC's {{New 52}} relaunch in September 2011. This series only lasted for 13 issues, ending with a [[Episode0TheBeginning [[EpisodeZeroTheBeginning Zero Issue]] where Mitch learned his origin.


Mitch was originally the star of his own Creator/DCComics ongoing back in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], created and written by Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning (later known for ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''). His first appearance was actually ''Resurrection Man'' vol. 1 #1 (May, 1997). The series lasted for 27 issues, from May 1997 to August 1999. Focusing on his search to discover the truth about himself and his powers. Since the end of his original series, Mitchell has had guest appearances in various titles. He returned to the spotlight in a new Abnett/Lanning series as part of DC's {{New 52}} relaunch in September 2011. This series only lasted for 13 issues, ending with a [[Episode0TheBeguinning Zero Issue]] where Mitch learned his origin.

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Mitch was originally the star of his own Creator/DCComics ongoing back in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], created and written by Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning (later known for ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''). His first appearance was actually ''Resurrection Man'' vol. 1 #1 (May, 1997). The series lasted for 27 issues, from May 1997 to August 1999. Focusing on his search to discover the truth about himself and his powers. Since the end of his original series, Mitchell has had guest appearances in various titles. He returned to the spotlight in a new Abnett/Lanning series as part of DC's {{New 52}} relaunch in September 2011. This series only lasted for 13 issues, ending with a [[Episode0TheBeguinning [[Episode0TheBeginning Zero Issue]] where Mitch learned his origin.


Mitch was originally the star of his own Creator/DCComics ongoing back in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], created and written by Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning (later known for ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''). His first appearance was actually ''Resurrection Man'' vol. 1 #1 (May, 1997). The series lasted for 27 issues, from May 1997 to August 1999. Focusing on his search to discover the truth about himself and his powers. Since the end of his original series, Mitchell has had guest appearances in various titles. He returns to the spotlight in a new Abnett/Lanning series as part of DC's {{New 52}} relaunch in September 2011.

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Mitch was originally the star of his own Creator/DCComics ongoing back in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], created and written by Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning (later known for ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''). His first appearance was actually ''Resurrection Man'' vol. 1 #1 (May, 1997). The series lasted for 27 issues, from May 1997 to August 1999. Focusing on his search to discover the truth about himself and his powers. Since the end of his original series, Mitchell has had guest appearances in various titles. He returns returned to the spotlight in a new Abnett/Lanning series as part of DC's {{New 52}} relaunch in September 2011.
2011. This series only lasted for 13 issues, ending with a [[Episode0TheBeguinning Zero Issue]] where Mitch learned his origin.

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Urban legend tells of a drifter wandering the side roads and back streets of the USA, a man who won't ''can't'' stay dead. A Resurrection Man.

The legend is true. His name is Mitchell Shelley, and he's wandering the Earth, trying to do good by others where he can. Every time he dies, he comes back with a new superpower.

Mitch was originally the star of his own Creator/DCComics ongoing back in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], created and written by Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning (later known for ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''). His first appearance was actually ''Resurrection Man'' vol. 1 #1 (May, 1997). The series lasted for 27 issues, from May 1997 to August 1999. Focusing on his search to discover the truth about himself and his powers. Since the end of his original series, Mitchell has had guest appearances in various titles. He returns to the spotlight in a new Abnett/Lanning series as part of DC's {{New 52}} relaunch in September 2011.

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* AmnesiacDissonance: Turned out Mitch wasn't a very nice guy in his pre-Resurrection Man life, a corrupt lawyer deep in mob business. He seems to have been better in previous incarnations.
** The New 52 version was even less of a nice guy in his former life; [[spoiler: he was running the nanobot project, and conducting illegal human testing]].
* ArchEnemy: The Body Doubles are Mitch's most frequently reoccurring foes. Also, ComicBook/VandalSavage, as he and Mitch have constantly clashed in the long span of their lives, up until the [[ComicBook/DCOneMillion 853rd Century]].
* TheAtoner: A touch of this after he finds out who he used to be.
* BackFromTheDead: Again, and again, and again...
* BadassLongcoat
* BodySurf: The Rider.
* TheCameo: Two panels of Abnett and Lanning's {{Elseworlds}} oneshot ''The Franchise/{{Superman}} [[FrankensteinsMonster Monster]]'', feature an (unnamed) ''actual'' resurrection man (i.e. a [[GraveRobbing grave robber]]), with Mitch's shoulder-length hair and broad-brimmed hat.
* TheCape: Pretty much, even though he normally doesn't wear one.
* CivvieSpandex: Typically doesn't wear a costume, favoring a black hat, black coat, black shirt and whatever trousers he can grab.
* DiscardAndDraw: Every time he dies.
* TheDrifter
* EvilCounterpart: Hooker, initially.
* ExiledFromContinuity: An aversion in Mitch's first ongoing (when the Vertigo embargo was still in force), as [[ComicBook/TheSandman the Dreaming's]] Cain and Abel show up in one issue.[[note]] Possibly because both are characters from older series that Gaiman integrated into his book instead of characters of his own creation.[[/note]]
* FirstEpisodeResurrection: Subverted. Mitch's resurrection abilities were already in place by the time we first met him.
* GenderBender: One resurrection had Mitch come back as a woman.
* GhostMemory: Mitch used to get flashes of his previous incarnations when he was little (and again when possessed by the Rider).
* IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou: When Mitch asks the demon what its interest in him is, it replies "I could tell you that, but then I'd have to kill you. Repeatedly."
* ImAHumanitarian: Hooker.
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap: Naturally. One issue has a confused Batman trying to figure out why the same guy keeps getting murdered by Gotham City criminals. A crossover with Comicbook/{{Hitman}} sees Hitman repeatedly shooting him over and over until he gets a useful power. In the [[ComicBook/DCOneMillion 853rd century]], even Resurrection Man himself gets in on the act, wearing a gauntlet that lets him commit instant suicide.
* InnerMonologue
* LovelyAngels: The Body Doubles, a pair of bounty hunters.
* MeaningfulName: In Mitch's very first issue, the town where he discovers his powers, and decides how he's going to use them, is called Crucible.
* MissingMom: Mitch's mother died when he was young.
* MistakenIdentity: Mitch, and the Forgotten Heroes, conclude he's the long-lost Immortal Man. As it turns out, he's not.
* MythologyGag: In the original series, Mitch's quest for his past life culminated at the old Soder Cola plant in Viceroy, Carolina. In the New 52 series, the plant is a cover for The Lab.
* NighInvulnerability: It ''may'' be possible to kill Mitch permanently. No one's succeeded.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: And a bit peeved that Mitch refuses to stay dead.
* PermaStubble: Mitch.
* PietaPlagiarism: Happens at issue 3 of his ComicBook/{{New 52}} title.
* QuestForIdentity: The first ongoing, and now the second.
* RasputinianDeath: Occasionally gets this from people trying to make sure he stays dead. It never works.
** In a {{Crossover}} with ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'', Tommy Monaghan kills Mitch over and over and over again until he comes back with a power useful to their situation.
* RealityWarper: Mr Skism.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: Via resurrection, apparently thanks to [[{{Nanomachines}} nanotechnology]]. Mitch's soul has been around at least since AncientEgypt (and he finds an image of ComicBook/VandalSavage's origin familiar...). In ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'', Mitch survives until the 853rd century.
* SuperpowerLottery: Anything from creating holographic butterflies, to shapeshifting, to pyrokinesis, to astral projection - typically, the circumstances of his death will shape the power (e.g. getting blown up in a nuclear explosion turned him into a living shadow).
** One issue had Hitman repeatedly shoot Mitch in the head for multiple lotteries, until he finally got a power that Hitman decided was good enough.
* TwoFirstNames: Mitchell Shelley. On an interesting note, the name he goes by depends on his current gender.
* WalkingTheEarth
* YourCheatingHeart: Mitch's wife wasn't happy to see him again - especially since she and her lover, Mitch's former partner, blew up his office in an attempt to kill him. Even pre-Resurrection Man, he was still hard to kill.
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