Hey everyone, hope you’ve all been having a great week! Today I’m reviewing Deadman and the Flying Graysons #2; last month I reviewed issue #1 and loved it. Like the previous chapter in the story, this one did not disappoint and offered an interesting new perspective and direction for this section of the Flashpoint event.
Issue #2 picks up where the first left off, with the Haley Circus under attack by Amazons searching for the Helm of Nabu, a mystical item of great power possessed by one of the circus performers and known to comic buffs as the headpiece of the hero Dr. Fate. The frightened entertainers flee the attack as their comrades and civilians fall to the Amazonian onslaught. In the midst of it all, Boston Brand and Dick Grayson argue over what path to take; while Dick believes they should stick together and protect one another, Boston suggests they abandon the helm and focus on their own self-interests. This point of conflict becomes the central theme of the comic, and displays opposite sides of the human psyche during an event of great danger and panic: strive for the collective good or resort to every man for himself.
The plot of this comic is excellent, progressing perfectly from the last installment. I especially liked Boston’s character; while he remains self-centered and argumentative for most of the comic, he seems to slowly change and question his egoism as the story progresses. Dick also remains an interesting individual, suffering as he watches his relatives and allies fall prey to the Amazons. I think J.T. Krul did an excellent job of writing all the characters, though of course these two central figures stand out above the rest. I was especially excited to see another key fixture of the DC Universe make her appearance towards the end of the comic, but I won’t spoil who it is. All in all, this comic left me very excited for the final installment coming out next month.
The artwork in this comic is mostly high quality, though with a few hiccups here and there. Once again, the cover mimics a classic circus poster, an artistic choice that I love. The character designs remain excellent and original, while the majority of close-up drawings are superb as well. The gritty air of Fabrizio Fiorentino and Alejandro Giraldo’s art reflects the chaos of a city under siege by supernatural forces and the desperation of the performers fleeing for their lives. The battle and combat scenes are visceral and powerful, the images simultaneously exciting and frightening the reader. Some of the scenes drawn from a far distance, however, are of low quality; I’m not sure if this was an artistic choice to show the range of the scene or simply an issue of haste, as the other pieces of artwork in the comic reveal the true skill possessed by the artists involved. In general, however, the art is very good and the mass of well-drawn scenes overshadow the few poor quality sketches.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed Deadman and the Flying Graysons #2. The plot remained interesting, original, and well-paced, while the artwork is almost flawless. I suggest that anyone who hasn’t picked up Issue #1 of this series do so, as this is a Flashpoint story that’s definitely worth following. I’m excited for next month when I’ll read and review the final part of this trilogy!
Brett Simon is a twenty-one year old recent reconvert to the world of comics. He wonders what P.T. Barnum would think of Boston Brand’s performances.
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