Friday, September 22, 2017

Return Of The Deadman!

Deadman is among my favorite protagonists in all of comics. I came into possession of a few vintage issues  of Strange Adventures (back when they weren't so vintage) as a kid and absorbed them. Adams produced artwork unlike any seen in comics at the time, bristling with a dynamic realism which was both vivid and exciting. He elevated what fans expected from the comic book page and his work on Batman was revolutionary for that most-famous character. But it was on Deadman co-created by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino, where he got to play the most, becoming more and more the master of his own fate, even writing the last few issues of that all-too brief original run.

And now after all these decades he's set to do it again. Adams has been revisiting some of his old haunts and does so literally now that he's about give us six issues of a Deadman limited series which asks the age-old question which motivated the original series so effectively -- Who killed Boston Brand?

I'm signing up for this one. (Though I might well wait for the trade reprint.) Neal Adams is a once-in-a-generation talent, and while his skills have lost a bit of their polish, he's still got a game well above the majority of the youngsters who ply the trade today.

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