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Deadman Walking by Jones and Watkiss

01/06/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy Deadman: Deadman Walking in the USA - or Buy Deadman: Deadman Walking in the UK

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Deadman: Deadman Walking by Bruce Jones and John Watkiss. pub: DC Comics. 126 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $ 9.99 (US), $11.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-1236-0).

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Brandon Cayce is having a multiple reality crisis. One moment he’s co-piloting a crashing aircraft, getting ready to go to work with his girl-friend and then finds himself walking in on his girl-friend with his brother and trying to work out what is going on, especially when he is being chased by what appears to be a black ops squad out for his blood. Did I point out that he also walks out of surgery or a morgue and can heal his own wounds? Is he dead or alive or just a, as the book title calls it, a ‘Deadman Walking’. He even visits the circus and wears a certain Deadman costume when he’s mistaken for the trapeze ace.



The backcover blurb says the story is about understanding the meaning of life. I’m not sure I would go that far but it is certainly a weird story that would work quite happily as a film. You really do need to read it all in one sitting so you don’t lose track. John Watkiss’ art is somewhat basic compared to a lot of the art I’ve seen of late but it does make sense to the surreal aspects of the story.

Do we have a replacement for Boston Brand, the original Deadman? I’m not sure. As a Vertigo title it is aimed at adults more than teens so I’m not even sure if it’s actually in the DC Universe itself. I’m not quite sure what to make of Cayce himself. He’s mostly a victim of events than being able to take control of the situation he’s in. Just when he thinks he might be coming to terms with things, he has the rug pulled from him again.

I doubt if this book will appeal to everyone but if you like a slightly spook yarn than this will appeal to you.

GF Willmetts

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