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Review: DC Universe Presents: Deadman #1 (Jenkins & Chang)

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Wed, 09/21/2011 - 03:04

Deadman's hopes of becoming the White Lantern went out in a flash, and Jenkins returns Boston Brand to being the ghost with the most as part of this new anthology coming out of the New 52.

The issue is entirely origin based, and so much so, that I found really nothing interesting taking place. We quickly learn that Brand jumps from person to person possessing them, as he is assassinated and given a new form by what appears to be a Hindu goddess. His mission is to right the wrongs in various people, which enables him to leap from soul to soul in the hopes that one day he might be reunited with his destined self (I thought he was dead?). It's basically Quantum Leap with a supernatural vibe. 

Now in all fairness, I am not that familiar with the character, but as apparently a Deadman TV show is in the works, I have hit up Wiki on an occasion or two. The original appears to have been given a second take on life, or death I suppose, to search out his murderer and obtain justice. That sounds far more interesting than what we got here as basically the issue sees Deadman explaining how much of a dick he was in real life, and how he can't figure things out. I as a reader can sympathize with Deadman's plight, as I really couldn't figure out why the story seemingly went on and on with this notion. And then at the end, Deadman is so, either fed up or just plain confused, that he puts a gun to his possessed head to call forth the goddess who never comes when he is a-calling. Again, I thought he was dead? Or I suppose if one of his "bodies" dies, all  bets are off with whatever reunification is supposed to take place once his mission is complete (will it ever be?). 

The issue really went no where, and without even an adversary being introduced, I found nothing as to entice me to read more. Is next issue going to pick up with the goddess explaining why he shouldn't shoot himself - or his host body? We were given no clues as to why Deadman is who he is other than some new age mumbo jumbo. There was absolutely no action at all in the book as a majority sees Deadman recall his life and various bodies he possessed. Big deal.

I was hoping for something more supernatural, something more horrific. Sadly, this is one of the few of the New 52 that have not met my expectations.