Writer and Creator: J. T. Krul
Artist: Mikel Janin and Fabrizio Fiorentino
Check out my video for the review of Deadman and the Flying Graysons or read it below the video.
As we were rearranging our comic boxes, my husband pulled out this story and said this may be something I like. Just based on the incredible circus-themed covers, I had to check it out. And wow! This comic totally impressed me. It was so good.
This is a three-part series in a big storyline. Deadman and the Flying Graysons takes place during Flashpoint. I admit, that I am not familiar with the events in Flashpoint. It has been a storyline that I have been meaning to check out. What I loved it that I didn’t have to know the events of Flashpoint to get into and enjoy the story. The writer does an amazing job of creating a self-contained story in a massive storyline.
Dick Grayson along with his parents are performing in a traveling circus in Europe. We have several characters that will recognize also working as circus performers. Among them are Deadman and Dr. Fate. The circus travels ahead of the war that is being waged by the Amazons. The Atlanteans and the Amazons battle each other without consideration for the rest of humanity. Thousands of innocents are killed. The group of circus keeps on the move trying to stay away from the fight and survive. Deadman is a talented and main attraction of the circus. He does death-defying stunts on the trapeze. Deadman is an arrogant character that only cares about himself or at least what he tells himself. Dr. Fate reads people’s fortune. It is so cool to see these characters in a different reality than I know them. It reminded of like an elsewhere story. Things start happening when we learn that the Amazons want the helmet of Dr. Fate. The Amazons will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. The brutality of the Amazons is so extreme in this story. They are unrecognizable as the Amazons we know especially Wonder Woman. It will be up to Deadman and Grayson to prevent the Amazons from taking Dr. Fate’s helmet.
I loved the circus-themed covers. The inside art did a great job of conveying the story. I loved seeing the heroes and villains being reimaged as circus performers. I enjoyed seeing what Grayson would have been like if his parents weren’t killed and continued his life in the circus. It was neat to see and the artist did a great job.
I was surprised by this comic. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. The story was excellent and the ending. I really liked the ending. It was so good! Deadman’s character growth was done well. The readers get to see his character change from the selfish and unreliable character to a hero. Grayson’s determination in this story was strong. He knew himself and knew what he was going to do. It was really reminiscent of Batman’s origins. This was a well-written story with amazing art. I really enjoyed it and rated this story 4 stars. Deadman and the Flying Graysons has really made me want to read more of Flashpoint.
Have you read Deadman and the Flying Graysons? What did you think? What did you think about Flashpoint? Should I move this story to the top of my TBR list?