Commissioner Gordon heads out to inspect a nuclear power plant in Gotham only to find that the assassin who murdered Boston Brand is out to murder him as well. Deadman is on the case to stop the assassin, but can he save the commissioner from the assassin that took his life? This issue tried to tell that story, but it fails.
Deadman #1 is a book that readers were very excited to get their hands on. Boston Brand is one of the fan-favorite characters of the DC Universe and to see his return to comics — in his own series no less — got me more than excited. Unfortunately, I left this issue heavily disappointed. Visually, it looks great. The art was very on point and captured the emotions and actions on every page and looked great while doing it. Ignoring the story and dialogue, every page was a delight to stare at. That is about as much as I can say that’s actually good about this book.
It’s hard to believe anyone would be more excited to read issue #1 of Deadman more than I was, but as soon as I jumped in I was left confused. The whole book is bad, don’t get me wrong, but the first pages were so dense and cluttered with random moments it was hard to tell if pages were missing or not. I kept having to go back and read it over to see if I can maybe figure out what was a flashback and what was taking place in the present. It made me feel like I was stupid for not understanding it. It jumps everywhere and it’s so hard to tell exactly what is going on. I feel awful for giving this such a bad review but it’s just so baffling how all the tools are there to make a great story and the end product is this. As I said before, Deadman is one of my favorite DC characters so to see his first issue treated as poorly as this is shocking.
Commissioner Gordon is inspecting a power plant in Gotham and the assassin who murdered Boston Brand is out to murder the commissioner so Deadman trails the assassin and tries to save Gordon. That’s a solid story right there and had everyone on the hook to go get Deadman #1, but in practice it’s just so bad as explaining what’s happening. The amazing art does not make up for this incredibly confusing story. The clues and details that are given don’t make sense and it’s a shame because the team of Commissioner Gordon and Boston Brand are a lovely, unlikely team and I can see them going forward into future stories as partners. Detective and Ghost buddy cop comics sound amazing and that could make Commissioner Gordon more relevant than he is, but this issue proves that whatever chances there were of seeing it are gone. I feel like there’s nobody who’s going to go forward with this story after this disaster.
All the ingredients to a great story with amazing characters are present in Deadman #1, but unfortunately the execution was a monstrous disaster and disappointment. The art was amazing and a joy to stare at but it wasn’t enough to make up for the what was written.