Deathmatch #2

Deathmatch #2

Writer: Paul Jenkins Artist: Carlos Magno Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: January 30, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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The battle royale continues as the world's greatest superheroes are forced to fight each other to the death in a mysterious, otherworldly prison. Who will be crowned the victor in this month's grudge match? More importantly, who will be the loser? And will the cabal of Sable, Meridian, Sol Invictus, and the Manchurian be able to decipher the mysteries of the prison before one of them is selected to enter the arena?

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Feb 4, 2013

    It's hard not to love originality, even if the concept seems a tad redundant with similar products already out. Jenkins has the potential to really take Deathmatch anywhere it wants to go from here. It's the second issue in and you can see alliances form and the backstabbing begin, but the last panel is the real mystery of it all. If you're looking for over-the-top violence with and engaging story, check this one out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Christopher Romero Feb 2, 2013

    The book also provides a couple of nice visuals at the end of the book: one is a tournament brackett of the matchups, and the other a profile spread of various characters. Deathmatch is one of the hottest titles out there, well worth the four bucks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Jan 30, 2013

    Still, that is such a marginal complaint, given the enjoyment I am getting out of this book. For my money, it's one of the best things going in terms of superheroes outside of the mainstream, or just in general really. I'll definitely be back next time to see why these folks are imprisoned, how their tensions will further escalate (they come to a "head" in this issue) and just to see where this is all going. I'm so on-board, it hurts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 4, 2013

    Deathmatch sounds like a hollow comic book concept. This issue proves it is not. Jenkins has a bunch of plots running here as he appears to be pulling threads out in various directions to join them back up at some future point. The fighting isn't nearly as central to this book as the title suggests. To round out the book the comic has a bracket and bios in the back making this comic book a true experience. I definitely enjoyed this comic book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Feb 4, 2013

    "Deathmatch" #2 maintains the narrative tension and rapid world-building of the debut issue, and the final matchup inches closer. However, it doesn't actually advance the central mystery of who, how and why very far. This isn't a serious problem for a second issue, but it draws out conflict and raises expectations for the ending. "The Hunger Games" started strong, but its pacing and the tightness of its plotting weakened as the trilogy progressed. Much of the payoff for "Deathmatch" will depend on whether Jenkins and Magno can deliver on motive as well as suspense. Read Full Review

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