Friday, October 21, 2011

Review the DCnU: DC Universe Presents Deadman #1

Trying to get anthology books to sell is tough.  With no defined star of the book it is often hard to get people to jump on board and put trust in a book that they have no idea who is going to be starring in it from month to month.  At the same time though these books are great for showcasing characters that are popular but may not be strong enough to support their own titles.  The first up in the series is Boston Brand aka Deadman who has really been showcased heavily over the last year or so with first Blackest Night and then Brightest Day.

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by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang
Deadman and all characters
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Deadman and all characters
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The first issue of the new DC Universe Presents book takes a look at the classic character Deadman and gives us a new look into his origin story. While not much is changed of the character's origin here we are given more depth into the character and Jenkins does a fairly good job of fleshing out the character and the aspects surrounding his origins more.

One of the major changes in the story is that Deadman is no longer trying to hunt down his murderer, instead he has been set on a path of redemption through helping others.  Its an interesting twist to the character and one that suits him well.  Deadman here has his primarily goal of using his powers to inhabit people's bodies to do good and to help the person with something that they need and in exchange it brings his soul one step closer to balance out and atonement.
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The new take on the character makes it seem that while his powers are the same, the difference is that when he fully inhabits a body he experiences their whole life and as such he has now lived countless lifetimes.  Boston Brand truly suffers here for his past misdeeds and it helps to make people sympathize with the character.


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The art is pretty solid as well.  Chang provides us with some pretty solid work here.  The tone is slightly darker and adds to the story.  One of the stronger points of Chang's artwork is his capturing of human emotion in their facial expressions.  They are pretty spot on.

I really like the first chapter in this arc with the Deadman character and I look forward to seeing what the team can do with other seldom seen characters in the DCU.

GRADE OF NEW TITLE: The book isn't the best work to come out of the new DCU, but its pretty strong in its on way.   The artwork was great and Jenkins really did a fantastic job fleshing our Boston Brand's origin as the Deadman.  I have to give the book a pretty strong B.  I am looking forward to reading more tales from this team.


WILL IT SUCCEED: This is one of the books I am unsure of how it will do.  The problem being that one month it could have huge sales because of a character being featured's popularity then the next month do poorly because the character may be more obscure.  I think the book could fair well if they focus on those more popular characters that maybe haven't ever gotten their on monthly or ones that are popular but shouldn't be the focal point of an entire series. 
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Deadman and all characters
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SHOULD IT SUCCEED: I really think the team did a great job here. The writing was great and I like books like this that allows characters that are often in the shadows to step forward and take the spotlight.  It works well when you have a strong creative team and I hope this book continues to succeed.

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