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Review: Deathbed #1


Myth, hack, sex symbol, stark raving lunatic—all of these words have been used to describe Antonio Luna, the world’s greatest living adventurer. Or at least he was until 20 years ago, when he mysteriously vanished from the public eye. Now the ninety-year-old has returned and claims to be on his deathbed. Which is where Valentine Richards, a failed novelist turned reporter, comes in. Val is hired to travel to Luna’s remote castle home and uncover where the old star has been all these years, and just how much of what he says is actually true. But once Val starts to hear Luna’s tale, she finds herself entering into an insane world of psychedelic violence and explosive supernatural adventure.

In Deathbed #1, what starts out relatively normal quickly takes a hard right into strange territory. Val reluctantly agrees to ghostwrite the life story of mysterious Antonio Luna, that seems simple enough. What happens next is not what was expected. Writer Joshua Williamson delivers a story that you think will go one way but then surprises you. What was thought to be an adventurer recounting his life turns into something completely else.

The art by Riley Rossmo is interesting and intriguing simultaneously. The first issue shows the diverse capabilities of Rossmo as he not only creates scenes of action but also puts in numerous details to give depth to the characters. The art hints at the great spectacle of odd things and adventure that Luna has had throughout his life with Williamson spelling it out. All of it leads to a specter of slaughter that helps deliver the punchline of the first issue.

The first issue is a fun one delivering lots of mystery and action and does so in a way that is unexpected.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Riley Rossmo
Ink: Riley Rossmo Color: Ivan Plascencia
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review