Comic Review: Deadman #4 (DC Comics)

With issue 4, Neal Adams’ Deadman title from DC continues the multilayered mystery of Boston Brand’s death. It’s an epic adventure from the legendary comic artist. Neal Adams has had […]

With issue 4, Neal Adams’ Deadman title from DC continues the multilayered mystery of Boston Brand’s death.

It’s an epic adventure from the legendary comic artist. Neal Adams has had a long and illustrious (haha) career, beginning with his ad agency work in the early 60’s, then as an artist of the Ben Casey comic strip for a few years, until his emergence as a comic book artist for DC comics. And so on.

So, it’s full circle in a certain manner of speaking, with Adams, now 76 years of age, writing, drawing and coloring this six-issue miniseries about his old 1960’s comic characters. Deadman, Spectre, Phantom Stranger, joined by Jack Kirby’s Demon!

It’s a truly multilayered tale, this run of Deadman. It’s all about Brand’s family, and its dysfunctional desire to keep performing after Boston’s death. This issue delves further into the lives of minor Deadman comic characters, as Deadman gets closer to the truth about his death. Was it a planned event, a conspiracy?

If you are an Adams fan and can follow the bouncing plot, you will delight in the cameos, irreverent dialogue, and the twists of fate that await Deadman and his pals.

Adams writes a wacky story, but still illustrates like a master, and his page layouts continue to amaze.

DC Deadman 4, (of 6) $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Teen +

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