By Chuck Suffel
PAUL JENKINS & BERNARD CHANG Storytellers
BLOND colorist DAVE SHARPE letterer
RYAN SOOK cover artist WILL MOSS editor
DEADMAN created by ARNOLD DRAKE
So with issue number five we see the end of the first story arc of this wonderful Deadman series. I never read a book with Boston Brand in it (that I remember reading anyway) and I must say I’m hooked.
Let’s get a little info on Deadman (Boston Brand) shall we?
Deadman is a ghost, a former circus trapeze artist, he was murdered during a performance by a mysterious assassin. The goddess Rama gave him the ability to possess any living being ostensibly to search out the persons responsible for his death. But so far she has forced him to possess certain mortals in need in order to “help them”, and avoid damnation himself. She gives him no guidance on why this person needs help or how he should go about helping them, nor is she forthcoming in how long this task will last of how many people he needs to help.
This first five issue arc really dealt with Boston’s acceptance of his situation, in life he was an arrogant obnoxious user and in death he wasn’t much better. But that’s what this arc was really about, becoming more than you are. Deadman is well on his way to becoming a real hero and I was happy to be along for the ride.
Deadman also appears in Justice League Dark, another of the New52 titles I’ve been reading, along with Zatana, John Constantine, Shade, and Enchantress. Since next month starts a new story in DC Universe Presents I strongly recommend checking out Justice League Dark for more from this very cool character.
Next month in DC Universe Presents
DC Universe Presents #6
Written by DAN DIDIO and JERRY ORDWAY
Art by JERRY ORDWAY Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale FEBRUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US RATED T
The Challengers. Out of time and on the run. Eight survivors of a fiery plane crash, bound by fate and death, are on a desperate mission to uncover the mysteries of the Unknown before the powers that saved their lives, claim them for eternity.
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