DC Universe Presents Vol. 1 featuring Deadman & Challengers of the Unknown (The New 52)

DC Universe Presents Vol. 1 featuring Deadman & Challengers of the Unknown (The New 52)

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by Paul Jenkins, Dan DiDio, Jerry Ordway
     
 

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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics - The New 52 event of September 2011, it's the start of a new series spotlighting some of the DC Universe's most exciting super heroes! This brand new collection features heroic nomad ghost Deadman and the adventure-seeking Challengers of the Unknown!

Ever since he died and became Deadman, Boston Brand has served the deity

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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics - The New 52 event of September 2011, it's the start of a new series spotlighting some of the DC Universe's most exciting super heroes! This brand new collection features heroic nomad ghost Deadman and the adventure-seeking Challengers of the Unknown!

Ever since he died and became Deadman, Boston Brand has served the deity known as Rama Kushna, inhabiting bodies to complete missions that she dictates. But for the first time, Deadman may have a clue how to gain some control over his "life", as he finds that the souls that he helps are going straight to Hell! This first arc of DC Universe Presents is written by Eisner-award winner Paul Jenkins (BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT, Inhumans) and illustrated by the dynamic Bernard Chang!

The Challengers. Out of time and on the run. Eight survivors of a fiery plane crash, bound by fate and death, are on a desperate mission to uncover the mysteries of the Unknown before the powers that saved their lives, claim them for eternity. This second arc is written by DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio with art from the comics legend Jerry Ordway!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If there's one primer for readers trying out comics for the first time, it's DC Universe Presents."—USA Today
Library Journal
Writer and recipient of the 2006 New York Times Academic Librarian of the Year Award, Jenkins (director, library services, Coll. of Mount St. Joseph; Batman: The Dark Knight) presents an anthology that spotlights the lesser-known but no less captivating comics characters. This first volume collects a five-issue Deadman arc and a three-issue Challengers of the Unknown arc. Boston Brand is Deadman, the ghost of a trapeze artist bound by goddess Rama Kushna to perform quantum leaps into the body of people in crisis, serving a personal path to redemption. The Challengers of the Unknown by DiDio and Ordway reimagines the classic Jack Kirby team as a group of D-list celebrities/reality show contestants globe-hop on a quest to reclaim magic artifacts.

Verdict The Deadman arc is easily the strongest part of the book, with its focus on the nature of Deadman’s mission and his relationship to Rama Kushna. The Challengers of the Unknown, on the other hand, presents forgettable characters and a worn-out plot. An optional purchase for most graphic novels collections.—Terry Bosky, Madison, WI
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401237165
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
624,383
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.28(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Jenkins is an English comic book writer whose works have been spread out amongst all major American comic book publishers. He has written Sentry, Spider-Man, Origin and the Eisner-Award winning Inhumans for Marvel Comics. His DC Comics work includes a run on Vertigo's HELLBLAZER, as well as BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT and DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS as a part of DC Comics - The New 52.

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DC Universe Presents Vol. 1 featuring Deadman & Challengers of the Unknown (The New 52) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
The New 52 brings with it this universe spanning book that is supposed to spotlight characters not big enough for the own books. The first storyline starred Deadman and was very good. It was spiritual, philosophical, intriguing, and had enough action to keep things going. Deadman is someone I'm not terribly familiar with so I'm not sure how he changed in the New 52, but this version is very interesting. I enjoyed him and his take on the world. The art by Bernard Chang was very good and reminded by of J.H. Williams at times with the unique panel layout. The individual covers by Ryan Sook were phenomenal! Truly fantastic! The problem with the book overall was the second story starring the Challengers Of The Unknown. To be honest it was terrible. The premise is fine but the execution was beyond bad. The plot, dialogue, and actions of the characters were just really bad. It was painful to read. The art by Jerry Ordway was fine but nothing special. That's why overall, the collection is just okay. If the two stories are ever released separately, skip the Challengers tale.
Ross8 More than 1 year ago
The first half of this graphic novel is great and gives a solid backstory to Deadman while also keeping the plot interesting. Challengers of the unknown could be scrapped though. Didn't even finish reading their story.