Title: Deathbed (2018-) #1
Publisher: Vertigo
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Riley Rossmo
Colorist: Ivan Plascencia
Published: February 21st, 2018

Publisher’s Summary: 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.

This brand-new series is a bold collaboration between Joshua Williamson (THE FLASH, FROSTBITE) and Riley Rossmo (THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHED). Before it’s through, they promise to take you to the Moon and back—and everywhere in between—plus some places that are totally off the map.

Review:

Deathbed #1 is one of the most unique and interesting and exciting comic books that I have read in a very very long time. Writer Joshua Williamson and artist Riley Rossmo have come together and produced a work that appeals to readers that range from the casual consumer to the ‘comic books are literature, man’ visual storytelling aficionados.

Both Antonio Luna and Valentine Richards, our main protagonists, are characters that, despite having learned only so much about them in the limited time we’ve spent together, are flawed and have rich and interesting stories that are begging to be told. Thanks to this, there is great potential for an impressive dept-of-story as well as a finished product that, while being discussed for years to come, will resonate with readers from various backgrounds.

This comic book blew me away and left me picking my jaw up from the desk several times throughout my reading experience; there was one scene in particular (you’ll know it when you get to it) that left me stunned in disbelief. I won’t tell you what happened here, as doing so would spoil the book, but trust me, it’s exciting and unlike anything you’ve seen in some time.

Comic books don’t get much better than this one here: I am eager to watch the story progress and am confident that issue after issue, I will be singing its praise. Don’t miss out on this one folks…

The Bottom Line:

Deathbed #1 is a comic book that is unlike any other that I’ve read; yes, it is weird and yes, it is strange, but Deathbed #1 is an amazing work that stands heads taller than a majority of the books being published today. Deathbed #1 offers a unique reading experience that is rich with depth and detail to anyone willing to pick it up. Deathbed #1 is a must-read, and creators Joshua Williamson and Riley Rossmo deserve to be applauded for their achievement.