Over the past year, most of the attention paid to DC Comics has revolved around their Rebirth initiative. And, while Rebirth has gone a long way to clear the stink of the New 52 from our collective consciousness, it's not all that's been going on.
Today I want to shine a light on a few titles that might have been overlooked during the rollout of Rebirth.
DEADMAN: DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE
- I am endlessly fascinated by Deadman. Acrobat Boston Brand is brought back from the dead to help right wrongs by possessing the bodies of others. It's like a Quantum Leap with a ghost. In Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, Deadman finds himself drawn to a mansion and the psychically attuned women within. The only problem? The mansion screws with his possession abilities. This is a solid story that checks off all of the boxes needed to make a story like this one work. Good as an introduction to the character. Even better if you're already a fan. Give this one a read.
EVERAFTER VOL. 1: THE PANDORA PROTOCOL
- Fables ended its groundbreaking run a couple of years ago. Now, the world created in Fables is back with a new spin on things. Everafter takes place after the end of Fables and (re)introduces us to Connor Wolf, one of the children of Bigby Wolf and Snow White as he begins his career as a Shadow Player, an elite special forces team operating on the fringes of the Fables universe. The superspy angle is a smart way to bring us back into this world. I inhaled this one. It's a really fun read.
DOOM PATROL VOL. 1: BRICK BY BRICK
- Truth? I've never been a big Doom Patrol fan. Their convoluted history made them hard to get into when I discovered them. Grant Morrison's work, while geniusly Morrison, also made it hard to jump on in the middle of his run. I've tried. With Brick by Brick, I tried again. Written by Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy
), this new take on the Doom Patrol is heavily inspired by Morrison's run. This volume is all about putting the team back together in the most arcane ways possible. I enjoyed the book, but its just not my cup of tea. A must read for Way, Morrison or Doom Patrol fans. Might not be for everyone else's tastes.