Review: Dead Vengeance HC

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It’s 1940, and a phony body on exhibit in a carnival sideshow suddenly springs to life and shambles away. Not so phony after all: he is John Doe, radio commentator and archenemy of Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang. But why did he disappear in 1930, and why did the mayor, the mob, and the cops all want him dead? This collects Dead Vengeance #1–#4.

Dead Vengeance is supernatural noir at its finest. Taking the premise of a man who has lost his wife after, he has threatened to expose the corruption of the mayor, and his cronies. Adding a solid twist, as the real culprit of the murder is put in jail, preventing John from getting his vengeance. Bolstering the solid noir inspired story, as John gets murdered himself by a circus freak. Yet John, lives in state of un-death as his dead body floats in a traveling circus. As his spirit waits to return to take his vengeance.

If the story wasn’t already noir enough, the art work bolsters that atmosphere. The action scenes are gorgeous, and explosive at times. I love how they drew historically accurate clothes for the characters. It manages to make the world feel authentic, yet fictional.

Story: Bill Morrison Art: Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review