Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1

Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1

Writer: Sarah Vaughn Artist: Lan Medina Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 5, 2016 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 7
8.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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Trapped inside an old gothic mansion, Deadman must battle the forces of darkness alongside Berenice, a young woman with a complicated love life who is gifted-or cursed-with the ability to communicate with the dead. Romance, mystery, and evil await in the new, bimonthly miniseries DEADMAN: DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE, by Sarah Vaughn (Alex + Ada) and Lan Medina (FABLES)!

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Oct 5, 2016

    Deadman #1 is a nearly flawless, Gothic romantic treat with a diverse cast of characters when it comes to both race, body type (Kudos to Medina.), and sexuality that has chills, thrills, and gorgeous scenery to go along with poignant themes of love, death, and the messiness of relationships. The incorporation of the character Deadman adds a touch of humor and the fantastic to these lofty themes while he also gets to learn more about humanity through his bond with Berenice. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Oct 5, 2016

    All together, this book does well to establish a story that deserves to be told around a roaring fire on a cold night. If you let it, it will give you the perfect chill. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Oct 5, 2016

    The art is beautifully rendered, both on the people and on the location. The house in a well done gothic is essentially a character unto itself, and Lan Medina imbues the edifice with life and menace. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Oct 22, 2016

    This first issue sets the stage, but we won't have long to wait for a conclusion, this is only a two issue series, so next issue will wrap things up. Far from old fashioned, there are a lot of modern dynamics at play in this issue, including ones of sexuality and gender identity that are handled very subtly. Vaughn is adept at weaving these into the fabric of the characters, making them just a part of fleshing out the personalities and lives of the people she is writing about instead of blatantly cudgeling the reader with really overt cues. These are facets of the characters but are not made to seem as though the only reason the characters exist in the story is to be a platform to showcase these aspects of their lives. Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love is a wonderful first issue and I look forward to seeing how the creative team wraps up the story in the conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 5, 2016

    I honestly went into this with no expectations and maybe a bit of a negative one (I don't care too much for Deadman), but came out loving it. I can't wait to see the next issue not just for Vaughn's solid writing, but Medina's art too. If you're a fan of horror this is one you'll absolutely want to check out as it's a solid comic to be released as we head into the Halloween season. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Oct 10, 2016

    Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1 successfully combines the classic haunted house tale, traditional romance and the tragic super-heroism of Deadman to create a disquieting portrait of the living and the dead trapped together in a hundred year old mansion. Although Sarah Vaughn's script sometimes falls foul of excessive narration, she effectively establishes relationships between three very different characters, pitting them against supernatural forces of malevolent and benevolent nature. Lan Medina and Jose Villarrubia's evocative visuals ascend Vaughn's atmospheric thrills, making Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1 one ghost train you wouldn't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Oct 6, 2016

    A strong debut that feels like what it's paying homage to, but also takes steps to be more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Oct 6, 2016

    Luckily the story and art overcome the production quality shortfall, giving readers a nice opening chapter. Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1 isn't isolated from Deadman's history and existence beyond this issue, but it also doesn't wallow in history, choosing instead to exist for now, and to give the readers a strong sample of one avenue Deadman stories can take while offering up consideration for other genres. I'm glad to see Boston Brand back in spectral action, and Vaughan, Medina, Villarubia, and Chang give readers a nice, neat read. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Oct 5, 2016

    Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1 was a very good start to a story you feel invested in from start to end. Great characters, a constantly evolving story, and mystery which keeps you on your toes for what comes next. Some might look at romance and roll their eyes, yet Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love takes a different approach into that world which leaves you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 6, 2016

    This isn't really a superhero comic in the traditional sense, which is actually one of its greatest strengths. It's more a Gothic horror and romance story that happens to feature Deadman. Perhaps the highest compliment that can be paid to this book is that it would be appealing even without Deadman in the picture. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Justin Wood Oct 5, 2016

    Readers unfamiliar or uninterested in superhero storytelling don't need any complex experience with DC's publishing history to understand and be engaged by the haunted house story within and long time comic readers might find particular pleasure in the classic approach that reframes some of the strongest traditions of comic mystery storytelling. Believe me, rich, creepy storytelling like this is genuinely and unfortunately hard to come by, so if you look forward to October and everything that comes with it as much as I do, go to your local shop and pick this up. The only downside is I can't read the whole damn thing right now. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    411Mania - Stephen M. Lyon Oct 13, 2016

    I recommend this book be picked up, even if just for the art itself; the story is a worthwhile bonus. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Oct 5, 2016

    Deadman #1 was a decent read. If you're a fan of suspense and the supernatural or unknown this obviously this book is for you. I haven't read many of the supernatural books of the heroes of the DCU unless it's been Constantine or Doctor Fate or so it's good to enjoy a completely different character. Definitely read Deadman #1 and I promise you won't be disappointed! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Oct 5, 2016

    A spooky location and a sensitive medium seem like great components for a Deadman story, but it hasn't taken off yet. Indeed, this Deadman doesn't seem familiar, and I wonder if this might have been served better as a prose novel. I suppose that's something we can assess once this short series is concluded. Read Full Review

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