Review: Flashpoint Deadman and The Flying Graysons #1

Published on June 20th, 2011

FLASHPOINT has descended upon DC like a child being told it is time for bed or, even worse it is time to clean up your room.Neither of which I used to be a big fan of. As many of you are aware, I have been labeled “the Marvel Fan Boy” and while I will accept that moniker you must be fully aware the whole, unnerving truth. I DO READ MORE THAN JUST MARVEL. Yes, let’s get the gasps and guffaws out of the way right now. I actually LOVE the idea of the DC reboot/restart. I would even go a step further and say that the only reason I am a BIG MARVEL fan as of late ( Don’t worry Marvel, I will still be suckling at your comic teat) is because I have been let down by DC in the past and feel they have so much unexplored potential with their many characters. Having said all that, how do I feel about  Deadman and The Flying Graysons #1 written by J.T. Krul and drawn by Mikel Janin? Read on to find out!

flashpointdeadman1This is a very odd review for me to write as I have gotten the pleasure to meet the writer of this book several times before ever reading anything he has ever written. Now I mention this not to brag or boast but to inform you of how strange it is for me to meet someone, who you know is a writer, and hold off  on reading anything they have written just in case it was a steaming pile of garbage. The thought that Krul is such an incredibly nice guy, and a friend to the site (Don’t worry your check for putting up with us is in the mail) and  If I did not like his work I would then have to lie to his face about it became a little too much. So I just did not read any of his work. No harm then right? Even though I have been told countless times by Simon and Susan that I would LOVE his run on Green Arrow. So having said all that how was the actual comic? In a word GREAT!

Deadman and The Flying Graysons #1 of 3 takes place in a world full of Amazonians run amok. A world ravaged by the sea.In the FlashPoint storyline Professor Zoom has run back through time and changed everything that was in the DC Universe. This divergent time line has a traveling carnival featuring Deadman as a death defying escape artist along with The Flying Graysons. We also see other familiar faces likes Dr. Fate , King Shark and Rag Doll. In this world, The Haley Circus is constantly traveling from town to town in Eastern Europe (or what is left of it) trying to make a buck and give people in these war torn towns something out of the ordinary to take their minds off a world gone mad. Krul very nicely establishes the changes that have been made in this time line. He actually made me wonder what a world would be like with a superhero team of carney’s. That is no small thing as carney’s freak me out a bit. Apologies to any of you carnival folk reading this, these are my own issues and should not be taken as an insult to you or your choice of profession. This book also made me want to see a book of Dr. Fate in a more low key outfit. Not only is the writing FANTASTIC but the art work done by Janin is superb! He actually makes all these characters work for me and even has me slightly in love with Dick Graysons mom, who is drawn a lot like Evangeline Lilly.

So many great things going on with this book it almost makes me sad that the FlashPoint world will be over soon. Fear not though as we still have 2 more issues and a lot of things to explore with this interesting group of characters. Krul will make you wonder what a world where Dick’s parents never died was like. How that defines who he is and how maybe, just maybe, his family might have made him a much stronger person than Bruce ever could have. I, for one, will be picking up any book Krul writes when DC re-ups in September!

Final Verdict: Writers and artist like Krul and Janin are what give me hope for the  new direction DC is going. If you are reading FlashPoint than I highly recommend this 3 issue mini. If you aren’t, then I highly recommend this 3 issue mini! Deadman and The Flying Graysons could easily be one of the best ongoing out there if it was a regular running series with this creative team. As it is now, it is something short but incredibly special!

Sheldon Lee